“How can I overcome this sinful addiction?” Likewise, the Scriptures relate, “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” Here are 4 keys that when applied have and will release one from addictive sins. Many believers use this method unknowingly to overcome temptations, and yet for others, these points can be missed. These 4 points form the framework that I use to regularly help others overcome the enticing temptations of addictive habitual sin. Take up your cross daily with these 4 points and you will overcome giving into these temptations. These keys may also be used to address stress and anxiety that often keep believers from doing God’s Will.
“For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Heb. 2:18).
There is always a way of escape from Continue reading
When I consider the state of this Nation in light of the words of Scripture, I find a reoccurring practice. Psalm 2 is David’s Psalm introducing God’s Anointed, His Messiah. In that psalm, God’s Spirit speaks through David about kings and rulers, who take counsel together against Yahweh and His Anointed. Today, the rulers of nations unintentionally fulfill prophecies essentially saying about God and His Anointed, “Let us burst Their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” Like a sailboat without anchors, foolish leaders lead their nations into bellowing waves and ominous clouds when they cast off God.
How does God respond? “He who sits in Heaven laughs; the Lord Continue reading
Is this another attack against religious freedom? The “Freedom From Religion Foundation”. In his article “Clergy Housing Tax Break Declared Unconstitutional – Everything You Want to Know and More“, Peter J. Reilly reported,
“On November 22, 2013, Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that Internal Code Section 107(2) which exempts from income tax amounts, designated as housing allowances, paid to ‘ministers of the gospel’ is unconstitutional.”
Crabb ruled in favor of the “Freedom from Religion Foundation” and its atheist presidents, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker. Sadly, some “pastors” have taken advantage of this, and have built huge tax-free homes from the selling of books and being the head of a congregation, congregations, or a whole denomination.
What would happen to churches if this tax-exemption were removed? Continue reading
Why understand the chronological order of the Gospels? Some are bewildered by the events of the Jesus’ resurrection or what happened in the course of Jesus’ trials. Some unbelievers have asserted contradictions, and some believers have agreed laying aside Jesus’ words for a more mystical approach to faith in Christ. Both of these err in assuming the Scriptures have failed and Christ’s words are unreliable in Scripture. An honest examination of the Gospels will show these accounts of Christ hold true. There is a true chronological harmony of the Gospels, and this can be seen in the purposes of each Gospel.
Why are there 4 gospels? All 4 Gospels of Matthew, John, Mark with Peter, and the Apostles testified via Luke as eyewitnesses of what they saw and heard (Luke 1:1-3, cf. 1 John 1:1-4). Matthew wrote emphasizing the 5 main teachings of Jesus Christ in Galilee along with His fulfilling of predictive scripture. Mark concisely presented Continue reading
When Thanksgiving comes around every year, I thank God for our 1st Amendment right to freedom of religion and what is left of it (Eph. 1:3). The purpose of Thanksgiving was to thank God for that freedom, and it was by that freedom that Thanksgiving was established. Yet, look where we are when Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks to soldiers, family, and inspiring leaders with little or no mention of God. While God’s name may still be mentioned in the Pledge, what student or teacher can actually openly reflect upon the identity of the Creator, who created all men equal with certain unalienable rights? What school, workplace, or any public place can openly recognize “Nature’s God”, “divine Providence”, self-evident truth, or being created by a Creator? Does it sound right that the Declaration of Independence and our basis of rights should be avoided in discussion or stripped of any meaning in America
God is already removed from our nation when Continue reading
Have you ever missed a comment in a conversation and wondered how did your discussion progress to that conclusion? What do you do? Do you not think back through the process of reasoning? What if your reasoning was faulty or incomplete, but you did not know it? Such is true with the misinterpretation of Scripture and following after of false doctrine. We may think that we understand, but if we do not understand from which the Scriptures conclude, our understanding will be somewhat flawed or may be completely flawed.
What do you do when you have lost something? Do you not search backtracking over your previous steps and think of where you were going? If you find yourself lost while traveling, what do you do? Most observe their surroundings and back up. Such is the case for finding our way in God’s Word, so that we are sure to follow Jesus’ footsteps.
Here is another example of a misunderstood scripture and a text of great meaning: “Now to the one working, the wages are not counted according to grace but according to debt. Yet, to the one not working, but believing on the justifying of the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:4-5). Essentially, we are saved and made right before by faith and not by our own working. Otherwise, the one working and expecting wages sees his salvation as God’s debt to oneself.
Now, step back into the previous scriptures. How is faith being counted for righteousness by grace different from one working to earn wages? The preceding verses of Romans 4:1-3 had established, Continue reading
Take scripture within its context and apply it to your life. Know Truth by taking steps back into its defining passages. Understand God’s Word by God’s Word. See God’s breath in scripture by observing the surroundings. Who said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32)?
Consider Isaiah 28:16, “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.‘” (Isaiah 28:16).
The preceding verses of Isaiah 28:14-15 reveal, Continue reading