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By Faith Alone: Part 2 – More Than Fluffy Poetry

light bulbs hanging from sky

The Lord IS the Spirit of Christ – the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is God. He is a Person. He is active and moving within every Christian.

He is the One who lives within us TO DO the things that He has commanded us to do. And to NOT DO the things that we should not do.

This is why the Bible says that we must be “obeying the truth through the Spirit.” (I Peter 1:22)

But what does this mean? Really?

We see that phrase, “through the Spirit“, and then basically walk right on by it. Like we tend to do with a great deal of the word of God.

We tend to see these phrases as a kind of poetic excess that the Lord has put into His word. Or we think that the King James translators suffered from an abundance of flowery language and superfluous rhetoric.

Or that they wrote with a kind of middle-English “God talk”. As some like to say to put down the KJV.

And therefore, the words are not treated seriously.

We ignore incredible spiritual truths that have been placed right in front of us.

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“Crucifixion” is a Finished Deal

3 crosses clouds artworkI am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

Many believe that this verse is speaking of an ongoing process in the believer’s life.

As if, this crucifixion continues daily in our lives.

As if, the work of crucifixion is not complete. And we are still left to go through a self-crucifixion process. Daily nailing ourselves upon a spiritual cross to deal with our sins and iniquities.

A process, that even believers are supposed to do daily.

But this is not true. This is not what this passage means!

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The Christian “Self” Dies Hard

zombie pirate

A problem that is common to every believer in Christ is dealing with one’s own inner self. And our confidence in that self.

Yet, despite the reality of our evil inner man, the idea that self-confidence is a bad thing is rejected within Evangelicalism today. 

Because self-esteem teaching has permeated the church. Thanks to a number of “Christian psychologists” who have pushed this thinking. Even going so far as to say that having a lack of self-esteem is the real definition of sin. Which is an idea popularized by the late Robert Schuller, the “positive thinking” preacher.  

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To Be Like Christ

Potter and Bowl

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (I John 4:17-18)

What an amazing passage this is!

It speaks of the end of fear and then makes another amazing statement.

That we are like Christ in this world. 

But what does that mean?

How can that be?!

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A Christmas Moment

Barn Star Field

I’m all for holding onto the joy and restfulness of the season. Which is often hard to do before Christmas Eve.

So here’s some very beautiful music to link to.

One is from the London Symphony.

This other link below is of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel from the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Shaw.

The Robert Shaw/Atlanta Symphony stuff is some of my favorite music. You can search around YouTube and find many other collections they’ve done for Christmas. 

So, turn down the lights, light some candles, get a mug of hot chocolate, sit by the Christmas tree, and enjoy the moment. 

Merry Christmas!!

Our Best is Not Good Enough

Trudging up Snowy mountain

…through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12)

Christians sink or swim in this Christian life based on their understanding of God’s working within them.

Or, more specifically, based on their dependence on the Lord to handle the entire affair.

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The Rest That Remains


Roaring Falls Creek

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”  (Hebrews 4:9)

One of the greatest moments of my life was when I first discovered the reality of God’s Rest for the believer.

This occurred about 6 years after I first trusted Christ. This was that wonderful moment when I first experienced the joyful reality of Christ as my Sanctification.

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Finding the Rest of God

Deer in BackYard

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man  fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:9-11)

I’m convinced that most Christians reading this verse believe it is talking about heaven. About the rest waiting for us after we die.

This passage begins with recounting how Moses led the people through the wilderness for 40 years. And how they failed to enter into the promised land.

Only after the death of Moses and the death of all the original Israelites, except Joshua and Caleb, did the people finally cross the Jordan River and enter Canaan. All because they did not believe God would fight for them and protect them in what was, without doubt, a very dangerous place.

From that reference, we are told there is another rest that is ready for Christians to “enter into”. Something that has been provided right now for the believer. Not just something down the road after 70 or 80 years of life.

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God Arrives on Time

Watkins Falls and Bridge“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Galatians 4:4,5)

Whatever we do, time marches on. Nothing can slow it down or speed it up.

On a bad day, it is slower than molasses. On a good day, it races by at light speed.

I was recently watching the movie, The Time Machine. In the old version, the best one as well as the one produced by George Pal, it is set just before New Year’s Eve.

The original author of the book was H.G. Wells. He was a man that believed in the goodness of men to overcome evil. He believed in a lot of the progressive views of societal & governmental control that are popular today among liberals.

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