Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing
worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the
loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain
Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that
comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the
righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know Him and the
power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, that by any means possible I may attain the
resurrection from the dead.
1 Samuel 15:10-11
The word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made
Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not
performed my commandments.” And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the
Lord all night.
Read that passage carefully. Does the phrase,
“I regret that I have made Saul king,”raise any questions for you? Do you think,Can God have regrets?What was God telling Samuel?
There’s a movement today in evangelicalism in North America that teaches
something called open-theism.
1 Samuel 28:5-7
Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart
trembled greatly. And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not
answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets. Then Saul said
to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may
go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold,
there is a medium at En-dor.”
The closing events of King
Saul’s life remind us that we can reach a point where we decide, like a
drowning person going down for the third time, to give up.
1 Thessalonians 1:4-7
we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our
gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy
Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to
be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the
Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the
Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in
Macedonia and in Achaia.
I suppose some might be
content to never be an example to others.
shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or
distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
As it is written, “’For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’” No, in all these things we
are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that
neither life nor death, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor
things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in
all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all
circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do
not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything;
hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
Our Lord told the
parable of the widow and the unjust judge to teach us that men ought to
pray without ceasing. The widow persevered in seeking one definite
thing. The parable appears to refer to persevering in prayer for some
special blessing, when God delays or appears to refuse.
1 Corinthians 2:7
"We speak of God's secret
wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory
before time began"
Seeking wisdom is like seeking a
hidden treasure. When we are looking for a treasure, especially treasure on
which our life depends, what do we do?
We don't give up after five minutes.
We keep on mining. We keep on digging. We keep on searching. We do this because
it is as if our life depends on it. So we are persistent, committed, and
disciplined in our search for this treasure.
A mans reward for his
labor done whole heartedly is his hearts delight. Just as developing our
character is intentional so is learning how to live as God's son, as
and adopted child of the Living God.
As we grow into manhood we
have choices made for us by those that love us or have the
responsibility to care for us. In the beginning of our walk as a young man we
are influenced to be who we are by the effect of the choices made for
us, including our response or reaction to them.
circumstances do not confirm or deny God. How we persevere and bear
fruit in spite of our challenges testifies that God is real with the
power to save us.
mandate to Adam when God said, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it...”
has not changed. (Genesis 1:28-30)God repeats His directive to Noah after he leaves the ark. (Genesis 9:1-7) From the Tower of Babel to the dislocating of the Jews to all the earth in response to their rebellious ways; God has been participating in helping this mandate to be fulfilled.
does it mean to live life God's way? It means that our mind is open
to receiving the guidance God gives us through His Word and to let
the Holy Spirit teach us how it applies to our real everyday life
with all of the challenges we face. Since the foundation of our life
is now based on God's perfect love for us the only way we can learn
what this is and looks like is to receive this kind of love from God.
As we learn to recognize His love for us we begin to recognize it in
others. This is how we are able to distinguish from the worlds
concept of what love is and the real thing.