We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

God get our attention

Probably the most painful and least desired ways that God gets our attention is through failure. After all, nobody likes to fail. However, this is often the best way for God to get through to us. Pride is something that can absolutely block your communication with God. It is one of the few things that Scripture clearly says the Lord hates (Proverbs 6:16-17; 8:13; 16:5). So, if there is pride in your life, God knows exactly what you need: a good dose of failure. And that is what happened to Israel in Joshua 7. The new nation had just won a mighty victory in Jericho and, as a result, had become rather prideful. Considering themselves invulnerable after taking such a powerful city, they allowed faithlessness and disobedience to creep into their attitudes. In arrogance, Israel ignored God’s battle plan for the little city of Ai–the soldiers were certain that they could take the small town on their own. But they were wrong. God denied them this victory, and the few men of Ai drove them back in a humiliating defeat. God had blessed Israel with a shocking victory over Jericho, but He now needed to get their attention in another way. And you can be sure that God still speaks to us through failure when it becomes necessary. If failure today can lead to great success tomorrow, isn’t the setback worth it? When unexpected failure occurs, be sure to check your response. Don’t just say, “Well, I blew it.” Instead, agree with God that “I messed up pretty badly,” But then ask, “Lord, what are You trying to tell me in this?” – Dr. Charles Stanley

Published in: on October 16, 2009 at 4:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Malachi 2: 14-16 Unfaithfulness

In the book of Malachi, I saw something that I have never seen before. The text seems to suggest that in marriage, God’s Spirit creates a oneness that leads to godly offspring IF we as men remain faithful to our wives. Unfaithfulness brings violence and generational upheaval. Here’s the Did God not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking, Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless. So guard yourselves in your spirit. So many men today spend time building their bodies, the careers, and their hobbies; Paul in the NT writes that men ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. Can you imagine what our marriages would be like if we actually loved our wives as much as we enjoyed golf, or Monday night football, or fishing? What many men don’t realize is that the result of not loving their wives as much as they love themselves is their loss. Did you know that the average divorce cost around 30 thousand dollars? Did you know that in America, divorce is a 31 billion dollar per year business, resulting in 175 billion dollars in money spent virtually down the drain? Can you imagine what would happen to this economy if we just strengthened our marriages? The deficit would be erased and the budget balanced in just a few years! I can’t think of a better stimulus package!

Published in: on October 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm  Leave a Comment