SPF 123: How to Avoid False Knowledge

No knowledge is neutral. There are things we learn that are raised up against the knowledge of God or those that promote the knowledge of God. So why does it matter and how can be more discerning to avoid false knowledge?

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How to Avoid False Knowledge

There is nothing neutral. There are things we learn that are raised up against the knowledge of God or those that promote the knowledge of God.

This is freeing news the the Christian. Since there is no neutrality we can pick a side. And it doesn’t make us bigots or racist or challenged or put us in an echo chamber. This is the life of a Christian - to glorify God and enjoy Him forever and that means being aware of arguments of false knowledge, of empty philosophies that set themselves up against the Truth of our Reigning King.

Verses:

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Romans 11:33-36 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:20-21 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.

Guard - For Timothy he need to have His eye locked on that Gospel; To keep watch - so that both he and his hearers would know the Truth. This is the same for us. Guard the Gospel that has been entrusted to us. Be able to know what is false and what is true. Keep a careful watch over this precious gift.

Avoid these two things:

  • Irreverent babble which Matthew Henry, a bible commentator Talks about irreverent babble being human eloquence which is human persuasive speaking and writing which often opposes the truth of God.

  • Contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge

There is knowledge out there that is false and opposed to the Truth. It contradicts what we read in the Word.

And what’s a good rule of thumb to know true science - Matthew Henry has a great filter: true science would approve of the gospel and consent to it.

All truth is God’s truth. Non Christians can know true things but truth things will never be opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ nor to Creator God and His plan.

This is where our faith hits the road because Christians must believer that there is one source of Truth and that is the Bible. That the Bible is breathed out by God, without error, living and active, and is the ONLY INFALLIBLE rule of faith and practice. As Got Questions says, “the Bible is God’s written revelation to mankind and is never superseded by man’s thoughts, ideas, writings, or visions.”

2 Timothy 2:15-20 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

Ephesians 6:10-20 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Resources

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Bible by Olive Tree
HarperCollins Christian Publishing


SPF 122: Being Students of God's Creation - Part 2 (evolution)

God has revealed Himself in His written Word, the Bible, and in what He has made. Creation is constantly testifying about God and as we study it, we get to know the Creator more! Today I’m going to share some amazing facts about God’s creation and spur us on to be students of what He made. This is Part 2 in a 2 part series.

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Resources

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Brazil Nut Tree & Bee Info: http://brazilnuttree.co.uk/bees.html

How Long Were the Genesis Days? - 30 Minute video https://creation.com/media-center/youtube/how-long-were-the-genesis-days-creation-magazine-live-7-02?utm_source=creation.com&utm_medium=slider&utm_campaign=homepage_slider

How Long Were the Days of Genesis - article https://creation.com/how-long-were-the-days-of-genesis-1

Martin Luther on Days of Creation - quote https://creation.com/luther-on-creation-days

Creation in Six Days - article list https://creation.com/search?q=six+day+creation

Six Literal Days (and 10 things every Christians should know) - article https://answersingenesis.org/days-of-creation/six-literal-days/

Days of Creation - 6 minute video https://answersingenesis.org/days-of-creation/

Creation Days Ordinary Days - 1.5 minute video https://www.icr.org/article/thats-fact-creation-days

When is a Day Not a Day? article https://www.icr.org/article/when-day-not-day

Evolution’s Achilles Heel - DVD https://usstore.creation.com/evolution-s-achilles-heels-705

Pseudo-Science Attacks Irreducible Complexity - https://www.icr.org/article/pseudo-science-attacks-irreducible

Irreducible Complexity and DNA, etc - https://www.icr.org/article/imminent-death-darwinism-rise-intelligent-design

Free Magazine

Get Acts and Facts for free: https://www.icr.org/icr-magazines

Evolution's Achilles' Heels
Starring Robert Carter, Ph.D., John Sanford, Horace Skipper, Ph.D
The Creation Answers Book
By David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Wieland

SPF 121: Build Up Your Faith by Studying Creation Part 1

God has revealed Himself in His written Word, the Bible, and in what He has made. Creation is constantly testifying about God and as we study it, we get to know the Creator more! Today I’m going to share some amazing facts about God’s creation and spur us on to be students of what He made. This is Part 1 in a 2 part series.

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Creation Pours Out Knowledge about God

It’s important for us to be students who diligently study God’s Word, but it’s also a gift to us and glorifies God to study what He has made. It all points to Him and magnifies His greatness.

Psalm 19 is known as the Psalm that teaches about both of God’s books - His Word and His Creation.

Psalm 111:2 says Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in Him.

One aspect of Solomon’s wisdom - the wisest man to live - was to talk about natural history because it’s part of the glory of God. 1 Kings 4:31-34

Ask the beasts and they will teach you! Job 12:7-10

God has made us to love beauty and He made beautiful things - in fact, He was lavish in His design and creation. And we get to know Him by studying it a bit more. 

Benefits in Studying God’s Creation

Studying God’s creation helps us be better apologists!

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15

One of the ways to become a better apologist is to have an excellent foundation of creation. Many people who argue against God have been steeped in secular humanism and science.

First it’s important that our foundation is Scripture. Scripture is true and Genesis 1-11 lays the foundation for creation, marriage, children, history. Study creation through the lens of Scripture and our eyes will be opened to how cohesive what we can observe is to what is written.

“When you don’t raise up kids who can defend their faith - give an answer for the hope they have - they are going to be consumed by culture.” - Ken Ham

Resources

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Incredible Creature Cards ($4) - Evangelistic cards to give away with animal facts - like the chuckwalla lizard!

https://creationproclaims.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=3&product_id=33

Creation Proclaims - Dr. Jobe Martin - Videos and resources on animals that point to our Creator

https://creationproclaims.com/index.php?route=common/home

Answers in Genesis - Ken Ham

https://answersingenesis.org

Worldview Academy - Bill Jack

https://worldview.org/about/

Riot and the Dance - Dr. Gordon Wilson (movie and biology curriculum)

http://canonpress.com/search.php?search_query=riot+and+the+dance&Search=

Answers for Kids Box Set (Answers Book for Kids)
By Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge, Cindy Malott
The Riot and the Dance: Earth
Starring Dr. Gordon Wilson
The Creation Answers Book
By David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Wieland
Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution I
Starring David Hames, Dr. Jobe Martin

SPF 120: Are Obedience & Faith at Odds With Each Other?

Good works, obedience, submission to Christ, the 10 commandments are these at odds with things like grace and faith? On today’s episode I invite my husband Andy to discuss some possible reason behind some of the hesitancy and resistance of words like obedience and how we can take great joy in the whole Gospel and the power that is at work in the believer’s life.

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Episode Notes

Andy Stanley, Jeff Durbin Debate on Should we Unhitch Christianity from the Old Testament

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yji0fqtVEw8

What Have You Podcast with Rachel Jankovic and Rebecca Merkle

https://www.nsa.edu/what-have-you-goes-rogue-what-have-you-93/

John MacArthur Commentary on Philippians 2:13-14

https://www.gty.org/library/bibleqnas-library/QA0141/what-does-it-mean-to-work-out-your-salvation

Paul Washer Quote:

“Although the believer will battle with sin, and at times suffer loss, it does not diminish the fact that both his heart and affections have been transformed. His sin is no longer a cause for delight and boasting, but of mourning and confession.”

London Baptist Confession of 1689: Chapter 16 Good Works

http://www.reformedreader.org/ccc/1689lbc/english/Chapter16.htm

Scriptures Referenced:

Colossians 1:13-14

Ephesians 2:8-10

Romans 8:28-30

1 John 1:8-10

Philippians 2:12-14

Matthew 5:16

Hebrews 5:14

Resources

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SPF 119: Make the Most of Summer (Plan + Purpose) Summer Special!

Summers are a season that usually have a bit of a difference pace. To make the most of our summers, I’m offering a few ideas to plan out a purposeful three months. I’ll share my number one idea with a few insights I’ve already gathered after just two days! It’s the summer special!

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Summer Life Hacks

Keep your car cool! Thanks Stephanie!

  1. Park in the shade

  2. Use a sunshade in the windshield

  3. Crack your windows

  4. Park the car facing south or west

  5. Get tinted windows

Summer Strawberry Frosted Lemonade - Homemade!

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Here’s my super secret recipe:

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

  • 3/4 cup almond milk

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries

  • 2 cups ice

  • 1 TBSP collagen

  • 1 Tspn xanthum gum

  • Sweetener to taste - try 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • Blend on high until smooth! Add more sweetener if you like!

  • Makes more than a quart

Here is a link to where I got my inspiration:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/272397477442426646/

Eagle Lake Camps

Looking for a Christian summer camp for your kids? Check out Eagle Lake Camps!

Eaglelakecamps.org

Our 2018 visit to Eagle Lake!

Our 2018 visit to Eagle Lake!

Purpose and Plan for Making the Most of your Summer!

I think one of the biggest ways we can make the most of our summers is to not neglect the Word. What a gift the Word of God is to us but when slower or busier seasons hit - it can quickly fall to the wayside.

So print the plan.

Read along.

Do it with your kids or a friend at church.

Talk about it.

Share what you are learning.

Be blessed.

GET THE PLAN:

newcitydenver.com/bible

What a full summer. 

Can you imagine getting to September 1st having read through the New Testament - I think I would look back and no matter what other things I did or didn’t do, I would be really thankful and satisfied at God’s Word having fed my soul that summer.

What I loved about Matthew 1-8

  1. Joseph - Chapter 1 - Do not fear obedience or the Lord’s plans

  2. The prophesies! In the first 4 chapters there were SEVEN fulfilled prophesies about Jesus from a variety of prophets - Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah, Hosea.

    1. Check out this article on probability: http://www.bereanpublishers.com/the-odds-of-eight-messianic-prophecies-coming-true/

  3. When Jesus started his ministry he was doing three things:

    1. Taught in the synagogue

    2. preached the Gospel

    3. healed people

  4. In the sermon of the mount Jesus talks about giving to the needy, praying, and fasting and the common theme is to do them for the Lord in secret and not for the praise of man.

More Ideas!

I’m going to run through some ideas and I encourage you to think about a plan for yourself and if you have kids or grand kids how you can include them in this. We have a mission field in our home and may we not miss the summer to get planting seeds and watering those right at our feet!

  1. Pick an attribute of God each week and look up some Bible verses about it

    1. https://www.challies.com/visual-theology/visual-theology-the-attributes-of-god/

  2. Pray through the Psalms in the morning or at night

  3. Memorize a chunk of Scripture 

    1. Exodus 20

    2. 1 Corinthians 13

    3. Ephesians 1

  4. Be a student of God’s Creation 

    Read a book or articles on creation websites like creation.com and learn about things you see this summer out in nature. Give glory to the creator!

    1. Watch the Riot and the Dance - free right now on Amazon Prime

    2. We read about different birds and how they build their nests and my daughter remarked - God is amazing! I could never do that and a bird does it!

  5. Attend a Christian conference

  6. Learn some hymns as a family 

  7. Practice Hospitality 

  8. Serve at church

  9. Go through Ligonier’s RC SPROUL mini booklets on crucial questions - the digital copies are free! Pick one a week and read through it with your family or on your own. 

    1. https://www.ligonier.org/blog/rc-sprouls-crucial-questions-ebooks-now-free/?utm_source=ligonier&utm_medium=app+slider&utm_campaign=cq+sale

Resources

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The Riot and the Dance: Earth
Starring Dr. Gordon Wilson
The Creation Answers Book
By David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati, Carl Wieland


SPF 118: The Theology of Feeling Good - Moralistic Therapeutic Deism & Jesus Christ The Righteous

What if I told you there was a worldview that sounded like Christianity. and has slipped into many churches, Christian books, and is definitely all over Instagram, but it’s actually far from the True Gospel. It’s called Moralistic Therapeutic Deism and we are looking at the five beliefs of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, ways they impact Christianity, and the True Good News of Jesus Christ, the Righteous.

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The Theology of Feeling Good

Christian Smith studied American Teens and wrote the book: Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (Amazon links are affiliate links)

Christian Smith really did a great job peeling back what is going on and exposing the heart of a problem. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is a man centered approached to Christian beliefs but really leaves the Gospel, the good news, behind. The moralistic is a focus on trying to be a good person, but without Christ and by a standard that is not formed by the Scriptures. Therapeutic meaning that God serves us to build up our self-esteem. God is a God that we can go to help us feel better. And Deism meaning that God is God, but one who is far off and uninvolved - He is not Sovereign, He does not have a plan, He created the world and now it is happening how it happens. With the exception of when I need God to help me feel better. 

Five beliefs that Christian Smith nailed down with Moralistic Therapeutic Deism:

  1. "A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.”

  2. "God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.”

  3. "The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about ones self.”

  4. "God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.”

  5. "Good people go to heaven when they die."

Now we can easily recognize some of the dangers that can come with this worldview, mainly - the Gospel is not preached, but I wanted to go over a few more and how we can be faithful to uphold the Truth in our homes, in fellowship, and in the world.

  1. Emphasis on happiness - Christianity’s emphasis is not on happiness. It’s on God and we need to watch out for those messages and for the temptation of the flesh.

  2. A loss of historical Christianity - In Christian Smith’s study they found that relatively few teens made references in their interviews to a variety of historically central religious and theological views.

  3. Language - the language is important and when you look at the language used and promoted among this medley of religious faith, it is severely lacking in the most important terms. Critical terms like Trinity, holiness, sanctification, sin, grace, justification, church, heaven and hell are being replaced by a lunges of happiness.  

  4. Watch out for revisions that create an appearance of desired unity  - MTD appropriates, revises, and abstracts doctrinal elements from a lot of religions but mostly Christianity and Judaism - FOR ITS OWN PURPOSE. And one of the purposes is to create this appearance of unity.

The True Gospel is Found in Jesus Christ

1 John 2

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

This is the Gospel - that we have sinned, that Jesus Christ, the righteous, is our advocate pleading for us before the Father; He is the propitiation for our sins, and now we can walk in the same way in which Christ walked - keeping God’s word.

Advocate - our Helper pleading before the Father; it is Jesus’ delight to save

Jesus - He will save His people from their sin -

Christ - The man of God’s own choosing to obey; shows His authority to plead for us; the successful One - able to plead before God; we may safely lay our troubles where God has laid our help - Spurgeon

The Righteous - Not just describing Jesus’ perfect character but also His plan for His righteousness for me

“He declares Himself my substitute and puts His obedience to my account.” - Spurgeon

“My soul, thou hast a friend well fitted to be thine advocate; He cannot but succeed. Leave thyself entirely in His hands.” Spurgeon

Resources

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FREE Article by Christian Smith about Moralist Therapeutic Deism: http://outreachnorthamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Smith-Moralistic.pdf

The book referenced:

ESV Study Bible
By ESV Bibles by Crossway


SPF 117: Daughter of the King - Adoption, Privileges & Responsibilities

At some point in your Christian faith, you may have heard the phrase or read it on a card or coffee mug “you are a daughter of the King.” It sounds lovely and special, but what does it really mean? Today we are talking about being daughters of the King, which comes through our adoption as children of God, and some of our privileges and responsibilities that go with it. 

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Life Hack

Try that dry brine chicken!! Cook it in a dutch oven and make gravy on the stove after baking!

Dry Brine:

Daughters of the King

When you hear the phrase daughter of the King what that phrase or title is referring to is a child of God. Because God  is our Father and He is also King, it makes His children that are female, daughters of Him. This is about our adoption - from going from God’s enemies to His children. 

With adoption we 1. have the glorious reality of our salvation and 2. a new responsibility to now   “walk in a manner worthy of our calling.” Ephesians 4:1 

Our Adoption making us Sons and Daughters of the King

Galatians 4:4-7

Paul tells us in Galatians that at just the right time, God sent His Son so that on our behalf Jesus could fulfill the righteous requirement of the Law in order that we might share with Hime the rights and privileges as children of God.

What did I do to deserve this adoption as a child of the Most High God, that I might share with Christ the rights and privileges a child has with his or her father?  Nothing.  

Jesus did it all.

Chosen - from The Ology by Marty Machowski - “We choose ice-cream that takes good. But when God chose us to be a part of his family, we were yucky spoiled sinners — not one of us was good. God didn’t chose us because he need us or because we had some special quality, God chose us what will were still sinners, just because He decided to love us.”

And When we really want to understand our adoption - our chosenness - we must also understand who we were before Christ!!

  1. Ephesians says we were strangers and aliens

  2. Colossians says we were enemies of God because of our evil behavior

  3. Colossians 3 says this is the way we once walked and lived but are now to put them away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth”

  4. We were dead in our sins, destined for hell, objects of God’s wrath

But thanks be to God through Christ Jesus’s perfect obedience to God the Father, through His death and resurrection, we can go from all these things to being adopted by God to be His children.

Because we have been chosen and adopted by God we can now call God our Father.

Abba Father doubly emphases God as our Father - in two different languages to assure us that God is our loving Father who cares for us. We are no longer God’s enemies and we are no longer at odds with our Creator - we don’t have to run from Him and try and hide our sin - we have peace with Him and He is now our source of forgiveness and mercy that we can run to at anytime. What an honor - what a blessing.

One important distinction to note is that all people are not God’s children. It is true that all people as God’s created beings are born under His authority and His lordship and will one day be judged by Him, but John 1:12-13 teaches us that God’s children are those who have received salvation:

To be adopted by God is to be blessed beyond any other blessing. Something small we can do everyday is acknowledge the blessedness of being children of God.

Privileges of Adoption

With adoption comes many privileges 

  • Our eternity is secure and our condemnation is gone through Christ

  • We are now given a new nature to worship and love God

  • We are given the Holy Spirit as a seal and also as a helper and counselor to live according to what is good and pleasing to God

  • We can now approach the throne of God and receive mercy and help in our time of need

  • We have a home in heaven and the problems and sufferings on earth are called light and momentary in comparison to our future glory

Our Responsibility as Sons and Daughters of the King

Romans 8:12-17

“So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh to live according to the flesh.” Romans 8:12

Part of our indebtedness to God is to now be about His business.

Instead, We are debtors to Christ - to him we owe it all. Matthew Henry writes, “Being delivered from so great a death by so great a ransom, we are deeply indebted to our deliverer.” 1 Corinthians 6 reminds us that we were bought with a price, so glorify God with our bodies.

Matthew 6:33 tells us But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

The good news is 1. we have a new nature so our hearts desire to be about God’s work - although the flesh competes but 2. we now are led by the Spirit!

Rachel Jankovic - You Who quote (chapter 18):

“We are quick to see the role of princess as one that has a lot of privilege in it, and is in fact a privileged position. But more than that, it is a position of responsibility. You are a daughter of the King. That means you should be about His business. You are a daughter of the King — therefore you bear your responsibilities in a way that becomes the office you hold. While it is a great honor, being a daughter of the King is more like wearing a shirt that says STAFF boldly across the back. When it comes to Kingdom work, we are the Kingdom workers. Who should be more invested in this work than the children of the King Himself?”


As we grow in in our faith and understanding of God, so our hearts grow for His business. And by His power we can carry out these responsibilities with gladness and without pressure. This is our joy and delight!

RESOURCES

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Great adoption links:

https://www.gotquestions.org/Abba-Father.html

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/adoption-christ-jesus/

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/adoption-into-gods-family/





SPF 116: Pupose-Full & Personality - Idenity Part 2

What is purpose-full living? Is their really meaning in a regular day doing regular things? What about our personalities? Do they define our identity? I’m answering these questions and more on today’s podcast. This is part 2 in a 2 part series. 

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Who am I = Who is my god?

In the book You Who, Rachel points out that when the world is asking the question, “Who am I?” they are really asking the question “who is my god?” Who is the one who has authority in my life and who am I supposed to worship?

At the base of identity talks - we need to know who is our God.

Psalm 100:3

“Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”

Purpose-FULL

Throughout Scripture it is clear that a primary purpose of a Christian is to obey God because it brings glory to God as our creator and Master. And there we have joy!

We can obey because God changes our hearts. Jesus Christ rose form the dead therefore we can live these fruitful faithful lives unto God.

There is glory as Rachel says, “when regular Christians, obey Christ in a regular way, doing regular things, in regular time, with regular skills and abilities. but this thought often comes to mind “this may all be fine but surely there must be more.”

The truth is we can equal regular with MEANINGFUL - with purpose-FULL!

1 Cor 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Rachel says, “No obedience to the Lord will ever go out into the void to continue useless into eternity.”

Isn’t that a good reminder to be steadfast - that no act of obedience to the Lord is useless or meaningless.

There is purpose in the regular day. We can find contentment with the seeds God gives us to sow for that days work even if it feels so regular.

“The Christian embraces every small opportunity to small obedience. Why is that? Because we serve the God who makes the small things great. Our small things, given to Him, will be great. You can trust Him for that.” Rachel Jankovic

Personality

There are a few red flags when it comes to personality:

First, we need to be cautious when we label something as a weakness or not my personality, but Scripture has commanded us to do this thing or not do this thing.

Second, whatever our personality are they are to be given back to the Lord.

Romans 12:1-3

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Rachel writes that “our personalities are something that God gave us so that we would have something to be on the alter and offer to Him. 

Rachel writes, “We are naturally full of instincts and desires that are contrary to what God wants us doing. That means that those things are something to obey with, not something to obey around.”

Whether we have the gifting or personality or not, we are still called to obey and give it at sacrifice to God. These are kindling on the fire of God’s alter. 

The big takeaway here is that we are not being defined or REFINED by our personality types. Our personality isn’t what is grooming and shaping us to be who were are meant to be. Abiding in Christ is our call and that is shaping us into Christ-likeness.

Resources

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For great sermons and teachings go to ligonier.org or renewingyourmind.org

You Who by Rachel Jankovic






SPF 115: Who am I? Identity Part 1

Who am I and what am I created for? Is my identity created by God or do I create it? Today we are talking about identity and some secular influences that can derail the truth about who we are, plus learn about our call to fruitfulness. This is part 1 in a 2 part series.

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Free Kid’s Bible Reading Plan

This is a free 10 day reading plan you can do with your kids all about what happened after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!

You can use The Gospel Story Bible by Marti Machowski with the readings if you have it, or would like to purchase it. See the link for the book at the bottom of the page under RESOURCES.

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Life Hack

Roast a chicken and make it delicious with ONE INGREDIENT! SALT!

Over salt your bird for a dry brine and roast it in the oven at 375 until fully cooked.

Read about dry brining from bon appetit here: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/dry-brine-chicken

Identity

Everyone at some point in their lives is searching for their identity - who they are and why they matter. We want to know our purpose and how we fit into life. 

As Christians, I have very good news - our identity is in Christ and can be known every time we pick up the Word of God.

Two Deceptive philosophies:

  • Maslow’s hierarchy of needs - we cannot know who we are until all other needs are met

  • Exilstentialism - we create our meaning; existence precedes essence

God has not set you on a course to create yourself. You do not have that pressure to hand craft who you are. What a blessing!  Our value and worth does not depend on what we can make of ourselves. In fact, God is God and the creator of your life. In His grace and mercy He has given us the Bible tell us who we are, and what our purposes are.

Another problem - our rebellious hearts. We rebel against who God says we are and what His purpose is for us.

Romans 6:5-8, 20-23

Our identity is in Christ and in just a few short verse we learn wonders about who we are and what we are called to do.

We are made new - the old self that hated God and loved self - it is crucified with Christ, so that the body of sin might be brought to nothing! 

  • We are no longer slaves to sin - I talked about this in episode 114 - sin is not our king anymore - we are not enslaved to follow sin which leads to death

  • We live with Christ - our life has a new trajectory - freedom to live for God - we are captive to Him

  • We are slaves to God - everyone is a slave to something - we are captive to something - Christians are now slaves to God - that means we are His, a part of His kingdom through adoption as sons and daughters. We have an inheritance of eternal life. You are an eternal being and now your eternity is secure with Christ.

  • We now live fruitful lives - being a slave to God means we are now producing fruit! The fruit of living opposed to God is sin, shame, and death. But the fruit of righteousness is sanctification and eternal life! 

Quote from chapter 8 of You Who by Rachel Jankovic:

  “Jesus Christ died for sinners. Jesus Christ did not come to this world and die so that you might live. That is only the partial truth, the truth that skips all the action. Jesus Christ came to this earth, struggled, suffered, and died the you might die. Let that sink in. It was not His death that gave you life—His death gave you death in Him. But what happened after His death? His victory over death. The resurrection. Jesus Christ died so that you might die, and he lives so that you might live. Your life in Christ is what happens after your death in Him.

Total submission to Christ is to life in Christ. This is because without dying in Him you cannot live in Him. When you submit your life to Him fully, you can live in Him fully. There is no going halfsies with death for Christians. You can’t try to keep living the life that should have died i Christ. You can’t arrange you little ideas about yourself in some compatible way with your idea of Christ. Let Him have it all - what remains after death is ONLY LIFE. You are no longer the author of your own identities, but rather you live in the Author and He lives in you.”

Galations 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

We have been crucified with Christ and also resurrected with Him. We now live for Him and to Him and through Him. Because to Him be the glory forever.

Regarding our identity - it’s not a mystery.

God has told us who we are in the Bible and what we are to do about it. As we learn who we are and walk in obedience through God’s grace we will be satisfied, we will be fulfilled, we will be fruitful because we are living lives to God.

If there is one thing we can remember about identity it’s that God created us for His glory. We are designed by Him to worship Him. Don’t chase the wind. 

Resources

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SPF 114: Sin is Not Your King - Dead to Sin & Alive with Christ

Addiction, purpose, freedom, legalism. You won’t find these words directly in Roman’s 6 but out of God’s teaching about being dead to sin and alive with Christ we find some major answers to questions about those topics. Today I’ll address why Sin is not Your King, how we can practically be free from sin, and how God’s grace helps us take action to be tools and weapons for God’s glory.

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Dead to Sin & Alive to God

God has given us His grace through Jesus Christ to not only save us from the consequences of sin but so we are able to take action. Before Christ we were prisoners to sin, or as Romans teaches - slaves to sin. Sin was our Master. But God’s grace frees us to be slaves to righteousness - and to the perfect King Jesus. God’s grace stirs us to action and part of that action is living to God and not to sin.

No. 1 Sin is Not Your King

Romans 6:12 says, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body to make you obey it’s passions.”

How are we able to follow such a command?

Because of the indicatives listed above in Romans 6:1-11. Because of who God has made us to be through Christ, we are able to follow this command of not letting sin reign.

Romans 6:1-5

  • We are dead to sin - so don’t live in it any longer

  • and We were buried with Jesus in death IN ORDER THAT as Christ was raised we too might be raise to LIVE A NEW LIFE

Romans 6:6-11

  • What does Scripture indicate about us: our old self was crucified so that the body RULED by sin might be done away with; so we are not slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been set free

  • we are free from sin. So we can live for ourselves? Live for our dreams? Live for comfort? No, we were save from sin TO live our lives to God. Scripture says Jesus lived to God and in the same We now live to God.

So all those indicatives are the power behind vs 12. Because of the Gospel, because sin used to be our master but now we live to God - this imperative is possible

“Let not sin therefore reign in your total body to make you obey it’s passions.

 Romans 6:12

As Christians we are not to let sin reign in our mortal bodies.

No. 2 How can we practically be from from sin?

Romans 6:13-14

  • The practical truth of overcoming sin is that first - God’s grace frees us and second that we are not to offer our members to sin. That means we do not present ourselves to sin to be used as an instrument of wickedness.

  • God gives us a self of control of our bodies. I there is something that is a gateway to sin for you, don’t go there, physically, emotionally, mentally.

  • Repentance from sin is a turning away from sin TO the Lord because He bought us back from death, because we are now alive!

How can we present our members to God?

Romans 6:17-19

  • we know His standard - His law - that is where abundant life is found, joy and peace and purpose.

  • We pray - we ask God for help in our temptation - it’s in the Lord’s prayer - “and lead us not into temptation.”

  • We repent and turn back to God when we do give into sin.

No. 3 God’s grace propels us to action to be tools and weapons.

We are tools and weapons for unrighteousness or tools and weapons for righteousness.

We fight sin.

We build up others.

We build our convictions from the Word

We build up our homes to be places of worship to God

You have purpose and direction. It’s to fight and to build. It’s through the power of the Gospel equipping you to leave opportunities that lead to death and pursue what leads to life.

It’s a journey, it’s a process - but we need to know the power of the Gospel and how to practically walk in that freedom. Don’t get down on yourself if you’re addicted, if you feel hopeless. Go to the Gospel Truths to know who you are and who is at work in you.

Resources

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