The Christian walk is one of continual struggles. We are at war in the spiritual realm and are fighting in the physical realm at the same time. This is the Christian battle and it is our lot in Christ as we walk with him.
Today’s scripture is a recognition of the battle that we undertake as Christians.
For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict which you saw and now hear to be mine. (Philippians 1:29-30)
We talk a lot about sickness and healing in church as Christians. And the bible shows HEAPS of examples where the Lord and the apostles walked amongst the people healing the sick. So it raises the question today, why do Christians get sick?
I see churches who run healing meetings at and I must say I sometimes have a bit of a laugh about it. A sign out the front of the church that says, “Come and Be Healed…7:00 – 9:00 AM Tuesday’s” or something like that. It always sounds to me like, if you don’t turn up then, you won’t get your healing.
But it does raise a good question when we look at all those healings in the bible and yet we don’t seem to see them today. Well, this scripture today should give us some comfort and help explain why this is the way it is, and we will look at what the Lord has provided for those who do get ill.
The challenge that faces all of humanity is their inability to exercise self control in all things. Oh sure, people can exercise self control over many things, but everyone has a weakness or two that will take hold of them when they least expect it and do not want it to happen and …boom! They fall apart and do the very thing they hate.
In my last post I wrote about how Paul suffered in this way from covetousness in his early walk with the Lord and before coming to Jesus. And he is not alone for every person has their own personal set of weaknesses to which they have and will succumb if the conditions are right and they are at a weak point. Let’s face it, even Superman had kryptonite! Only Jesus was able to exercise self control in ALL things and only Jesus conquered the passions and desires of the flesh and lived a life without sin.
But Jesus did all of that for a reason, which we need to take notice of. Jesus suffered in the flesh and died so that through His death we could come to God and be set free from sin and the law. But he did much more than that in the sacrifice he made for us and we need to take this lesson to heart. Continue reading “Thank You Jesus”
They abolished slavery several hundred years ago. At least they did in most western civilisations and those civilisations where rulers had compassion for their people. And this is a good thing.
But despite that fact we are all slaves. Every person on this earth is in the bondage of a slavery like no other, for we were all sold under sin many, many years ago and there is nothing we can do about it.
There is no payment we can make, work we can do, gift we can offer or anything else on this earth that can buy back our freedom from this slavery. We were born slaves and because of this slavery we will die slaves. The slavery I speak of is the bondage to sin and we are very fortunate to live in this time and age for although we cannot do or pay anything to buy back our freedom, Jesus has done it for us.
Greed is destructive. Greed destroys people and relationships as the passions of people rise to lead people to make bad and destructive decisions.
In this section of scripture, which mainly talks about the initial journey of Paul to Rome, we see how the greed of the boat owners led to the destruction of the boat and it's cargo. Had The Lord not intervened it would have also led to the loss of the people aboard.
Now I must preface this discussion by saying that this section of scripture does not specifically say that the owners were under the power of the passion of greed. However, as business people they would certainly have been focused on the profits to be made from trading and the sooner they would arrive at their destination the sooner they would receive payment for their cargo. In essence, even back then, time was money and the desire for profit overwhelmed good sense in this situation.
Jesus makes a clear distinction between His people and the people of this world. He separates Christians from the people of the world in an unusual way.
The children of God, according to the words of Jesus, are not of this world as He said in verses 14-16.
14 I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I do not pray that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
No doubt many would find this hard to believe and hard to accept, but it is true. Those who follow Jesus follow a path that is not of this world but is from God. And the path we follow does not lead to the things of this world but to the things of God. So let us look at this for a few moments to understand the significance and importance of this matter.