January 17, 2017
Consider these New Testament passages:
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” - Matthew 5:5
“So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future- all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.” - 1 Corinthians 3:21-23
How are the righteous to inherit the earth? All things belong to those who are righteous—because of our union with Christ! Because we are connected with the King who rules over everything, we inherit all things!
How can these verses encourage us today? What if we are struggling financially and our car gets repossessed? What if we are forced to move to a smaller house because we can no longer pay rent? People all over the world spend their lives collecting treasures here below, but are blind to the greatest treasure--Christ Himself! Therefore do not be jealous of others, including the rich and those deemed “successful” in this world. Let us rather pity them, and pray that God would cause them to see their true poverty correctly! The wealthiest of men is indeed actually poor if he is without Christ and the poorest of men, who is in Christ, is indeed wealthy!
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” - Matthew 6:19-21
And further down...
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
- Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus calls us to have faith in Him. We can trust our Father will take care of us, as along as we are about our Father’s will. (And yes, part of this means working hard to provide for our families! -1 Timothy 5:8
How does knowing we will inherit all things and that God will provide for us change our lives?
1) Because we can live without being anxious.
Our Father owns all things and He knows exactly what we need, when we need it, and will deliver it to us in His perfect timing.
2) It allows us to see and praise God for His over-abundant kindness.
He has given us eternal life, salvation from wrath, and a restored fellowship and communion with Himself. Christ is our greatest treasure. All other blessings are secondary to him. As we recognize these little things that our gracious Father has delighted to grant us, let us not utterly disregard them, but let every gift He gives us move us to greater love and gratitude.
3) We can be content in all circumstances
Let us walk in joy--even when we are in poverty, knowing that one day we will inherit the earth, and we are rich beyond comparison in Christ. Our contentment does not come from external circumstances but from being in Christ.
4) We have compassion and pity for those whose only treasure is in this life.
Whether they are rich or poor, everyone without Christ is poor, miserable, blind, and naked, having no hope of anything beyond this life. Do not be jealous of those that have earthly riches, because we have the greatest treasure the world is missing. We must share the treasure of Christ with everyone who needs it, rich or poor.
5) We can happily work hard.
Let us not labor to be rich with earthly wealth, but as Jesus said, to store up treasure in heaven. For many of us, this may look like working a tough, grueling, 9-5 job to provide for our families. Many of us may struggle just to break even. But let our hope and prayer be that we can find ways to live on less and make more so that we can GIVE more to the cause of the gospel and to feed and clothe those poorer than us. God is glorified by such desires, even if He doesn't give us the ability to do what others can. Let us still be faithful with the time and resources He has given us and use the gifts and abilities we have to advance the gospel and help others physically and spiritually.
This subject has abundantly blessed me the more I have considered it. God has brought a tremendous amount of peace to my life through the knowledge of this truth, and hope you are as well.
January 16, 2017
Racism is an attitude that is diametrically opposed to Christianity. Racism views others with prejudice based on outward appearance. Christianity views others with love and compassion based on the fact that all humans are sinners in need of a Savior. This Savior, Jesus Christ, has made a new people redeemed by His blood from every tribe, tongue, and nation. The Christian is one who has been redeemed by shear mercy of God--not for anything in us--so any boasting in self and in the flesh is utterly hateful to God. To emphasize the truth that no race is superior to another before God, He assembles His church with people of every tribe, tongue, and nation under heaven. Speaking of Jesus, the people of God in Heaven are quoted in Revelation 5:9, "You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation."
January 3, 2017
Interview with Pastor/Author Jeffery Johnson.
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December 25, 2016
Christmas is a wonderful time for friends and family members to gather together, and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Phil 2:8"
Christmas means that God humbled Himself and took the form of His creation. As a human, he endured all of the temptations and frustrations of this life to rescue us and defeat death! Christmas is a celebration of our Lord’s grace and mercy towards us.
We are all born sinners; however, when we humble ourselves and accept him as our Lord and Savior, we are born again into his glorious kingdom.
We pray that you and your family have a Merry Christmas and rejoice in the true reason for the season.
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Congrats, Dillard family! We are so excited for y'all with baby #2 on the way!
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