Month: April 2015

Spiritual Myopia

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2 Peter 1:5–9

5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

As the Apostle has taken time to teach us what we need to add into our lives so we can be fruitful for our Savior, he also takes time to warn us of what happens when we don’t chorus these qualities into our lives.

In verse 9 the warning is clear and concise. Those who call themselves Christians but don’t have these qualities in their lives are short-sighted. The word used here is the word we use for an eye condition called “myopia.” According to Webster this means a condition of the eye that makes it difficult to see objects that are far away. So why does Peter use a medical term to define a spiritual condition?

The parallels between physical myopia and spiritual myopia are very similar. When you cannot see things in the distance you cannot plan ahead to make a directional decision until you are closer to the object. There is danger here as you might come too close to a cliff, a wall, or a dangerous situation. Spiritually speaking, when you cannot see ahead you are not prepared for the life-decisions that need to be made and you can end up in a dangerous or an evil situation that you could have avoided.

Spiritual maturity and spiritual sight go hand in hand. If you want to see where your life is headed, you need to add these spiritual qualities to your life.

If you reject the addition of these qualities to your life, not only are you spiritually blind but you also have forgotten that you were forgiven and cleansed from your sins and before long will end up both blind and arrogant of your blindness.

Avoid this spiritually dangerous position by adding these qualities into your life.

Yesterday we had Pastor Rick Cross from Frontline Missions in our church. Rick brought a timely Sunday school lesson on the need of corporate prayer in the church. The NT church understood this and spent much time in corporate prayer. I long to see our church committed to corporate prayer both in church and in homes. Ask God how He would lead you to be a part of a new emphasis on corporate prayer in our church.

This week, the Supreme Court of the U.S. is hearing arguments regarding the national legalizing of homosexual marriage. This is the Roe vs Wade of the homosexual movement. We should be aware of the danger of this to the freedom of religion in our country. If this passes and becomes national law Christians who hold to the Bible’s view of marriage will be breaking the law, arrested and imprisoned. Make no mistake, this is the goal of the homosexual movement. They want freedom from religion and freedom to open expression of all perversion. We who hold to biblical values, led by the Holy Spirit, are their enemies. Take time this week to pray for our Supreme Court to reject this decision.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

 

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Abounding in our Christian life

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2 Peter 1
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

These wonderful qualities that we have looked at the past few days have God-ordained purpose. Yes, they are good to live by and have, they make us more like Christ, but there is another value to adding them into our lives. For when we chorus into our lives these qualities and they abound in us and are seen through us we will not be barren in our faith nor unfruitful in our knowledge of Christ.

First of all, our faith will not be barren. This is a term used to describe a woman who cannot bear children, she is barren. When we have these spiritual qualities in our lives our faith will not be barren, that is, it will give life. The first life that our faith gives us is our own. We were dead in trespasses and sins and God has saved us and given us life. The second life our faith produces is spiritual life in others. As they see the effects of Christ in us they will see their need of Him and crying out to Him will also come to life. Our faith will not be barren.

Secondly, we will not be unfruitful in the knowledge of Christ our Lord. Again we see a term has has to do with reproduction. A fruitless fruit tree is of no value. A fruitless Christian is of no value to the kingdom of God. So, when we add these spiritual qualities to our lives we will produce fruit of greater knowledge of our Lord Jesus. With greater knowledge of Him comes greater confidence in Him and the reality of a fruitful life in both good times and bad times of life.

Are you abounding in the Lord Jesus today? Are these things in you and abounding through you giving life to you and to others. What do you need to chorus into your life for the glory of God?

These days sure do click by. It is hard to believe that it is Friday already. As usual, remember to pray for Pastor Bill as he leads services at Sunrise Assisted Living and at Spring Meadow retirement center. I will be leading a service at the Devonshire at 11:00 and appreciate prayer for that service.

Satan and his hosts are fighting against RU. There are many in our community who are in addictions and need the power of the gospel to save their lives. They are not coming in. They see the sign out front and know we are here. Pray that God will break down the walls that keep them out and bring them in the doors tonight. This is a life or death ministry. People are dying in their addictions and need the Savior to give them His life. Pray for them to come tonight.

Sunday we have Pastor Rick Cross from Frontline missions with us. Pray for his time with us to be a challenge to our hearts.

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

Add the notes of brotherly kindness and love to the chorus of your life

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2 Peter 1:5–7

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

As we are adding to our faith, chorusing into our lives new chords to make our lives become beautiful music for the Lord, add to faith virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, and godliness, then we are to add brotherly kindness and love.

We have known people who had all of the knowledge right, all of the faith right, all virtue right, all self-control right and all godliness right but did not and would not treat those with “less spirituality” than them with any kindness.  In their knowledge they became prideful and looked down on those with “less spirituality” than themselves.  God wants us to add all of this to our lives and to do it with brotherly kindness toward one another.

John said that the world would know we were Christians by our love one for another.  In the Christian church lack of love is disharmony, it is cacophony, it is equivalent to an instrument in the orchestra being flat or a player being behind a measure.  It does not matter how well someone can play if they don’t play along in unison they stand out in a negative way.  When someone who claims Christ is not loving toward another believer they stand out in a negative way. We are to add brotherly kindness and treat one another with great kindness at all times.

All of this is possible because we add love to our chorus.  When we add love we are showing who our Lord is.  If you are your own lord you will not show love but will show frustration.  I know people who take frustration with them everywhere they go.  They cannot know my Lord for He brings peace and love wherever He goes.  What do you bring into a room when you enter?  Do you bring in love?  Does the Conductor bring in the chord of love when you enter a conversation?  Look in the mirror of your soul today and see if you need to add more of God’s love into your life so that the chorus of your life may be complete and make beautiful music for the Lord Jesus.

We have been praying for Cyril and Lois Cyroteuk’s granddaughter, Isabel.  This week their daughter Holly shared a her liver with Isabel.  Both Holly and Isabel are recovering and both need our prayers. The surgery has been hard on Holly.  She is in pain.  Let’s keep both of these girls in our prayers this day. 

Remember to pray for one another.  Ask God to lead you to whom He would have you pray for today.  Spend time in prayer for them.  Pray for Sunday.  Rick Cross, from Frontline Missions, is going to be with us in the service.  Pray for God to use Rick to speak to our hearts. 

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

Keep adding God’s chords into your life, self-control. Perseverance, and godliness

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2 Peter 1:5–6

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,

When we have chorused into our lives faith, virtue and knowledge, the next chord to add is self-control.  By nature, we are not very self-controlled.  We tend to do what we want when we want for as long as we want.  In Christ, we have Holy Spirit power which enables to live self-controlled.  This means that we don’t have to eat that next helping, buy that next item, dwell on that next thought, say that next word, go to that next place, and so on.  We can live a life of self-control keeping us from things and thoughts that bring us and others pain.

After self-control we are to chorus in perseverance.  Perseverance enables us to remain in an action of self-control.  We start off well and with perseverance we can also end well.  Persevere in the power of the Holy Spirit to keep your faith, to keep your virtue and to grow in knowledge.  Perseverance keeps us going.

After perseverance we are to chorus into our lives godliness.  Godliness is the spiritual dimension that keeps us doing all of this for the right reason.  Without godliness we would lean toward pride.  When we successfully add into our lives these important attributes we tend to be prideful of our new life.  When we add godliness we realize that everything we have added came from God and it is God who empowers and enables us to keep this all together.  Never forget the chord of godliness.  Godliness is a God-likeness; it is learning to live as though God were living His life through us.  I can never be proud of God’s work; it is only through Him and in Him that I can add any of these wonderful and blessed qualities to my life.

I really do wish that more and more of you could come to join us for prayer meeting on Wednesday nights.  This is not a guilt trip to get you there, I don’t do that.  This is a longing to see more of you understanding the importance of corporate prayer and joining with us pleading with God to do His work in our church an in our community.  We have a lost community all around us.  Our programs cannot bring people to Christ.  Only the Holy Spirit can work in people’s lives.  Together we plead with God to send His Holy Spirit to break hard hearts for His kingdom and glory.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

Obedience is the Key; Jesus is the Cornerstone

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Adding to our faith, virtue and knowledge

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2 Peter 1:5

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,

As we add to, chorus into our faith, Peter gives us specific spiritual attributes that will bring our lives to making beautiful music for God. We begin with faith, which faith, by the way, comes to us as a gift of God. (We may have a measure of faith in our lives but the faith to believe in the person and the work of Jesus Christ as sufficient for our salvation, comes from God. Ephesians 2:8 makes that clear.)

But once God has given us the faith to believe and to follow Him, He wants us to add to that faith. The first instrument that we chorus into this spiritual symphony is virtue. Virtue is moral goodness or moral excellence. By nature, man is immoral. Jesus told the crowds that if a man looks at a woman to lust after her he has committed adultery with her in his heart. Moral goodness is the newness of thought that sees members of the opposite sex as people, as souls, as brothers and sisters, not as potential sexual partners. While all of us face moral temptation at different times and intensities, the church ought always to be a place of moral excellence. We love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. We long to see each other grow in grace and knowledge and obedience to Christ. We live together in a close-knit family of grace and peace. All of this is possible because we have added moral excellence, virtue, to our lives.

After virtue we are challenged to chorus in knowledge. Though we believe by faith, it sure does help to understand what we believe and why we believe it. The greater our added knowledge of God, of Jesus Christ, of the Holy Spirit, of the way the Word fits within itself and applies to our lives, the stronger we will be in our walk with the Lord. Those who do not take time to add knowledge of God to their lives will remain spiritual babes eating only the milk of the word and never growing into the meat of it. Discipline yourself to be in the Word of God every day. Discipline yourself to be in church, in Sunday school, in Wednesday night studies, and then in the car listen to sermons to increase your knowledge.

Take time today to ask God to help you increase in virtue and to increase in knowledge.

 

We have our weekly service at Sunrise Assisted living at 10:30.  Please pray with us for this time of ministry of the Word to hearts.

Ladies, tonight is your Soup for the Soul at Lifesprings in Aurora.  If you have any questions please call, text or email Bobbi.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS