Sunday, January 22, 2023

Bible Study with the Cincotti's - Doin' Business with God - 01/22/2023

 Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 01/22/2023

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Doin’ Business With God


       “Search me, O God, and know my heart;

       Try me, and know my anxieties;

       And see if there is any wicked way in me,

       And lead me in the way everlasting.”         Ps. 139:23,24


Eventually each one of us will have to do business with our God. The most dangerous thing you can do is to take your faith seriously.


Jesus said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his life father       and mother, wife, and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.  Lk 14:26


These are fighting words. A war within rages between the new creation man, and the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Our worst enemy is casual, melancholy, sentimental, Christianity. Jesus says He will, “vomit you out of My mouth.”

Believe it or not, God is serious about this stuff.


What is it that we speculate Jesus meant when He said things like, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.Mt. 12:36


“Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Lk. 9:23


God is determined, through sanctification, to change us into the image of His Son. Rom. 8:29, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son…”


II Cor. 3:18, But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

So, how does He do this?


         When a metallurgist, when purifying gold, will turn up the          heat in order to bring the dross to the top of the liquid gold.    He scoops it off, and when he can see his own reflection in   the pot, he knows that the gold is pure.


                           How can we miss the metaphor?

For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God Deu. 4:24

I Pet. 1:7 says, “that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Does God turn up the heat? That’s hardly a fair or worthy question.

But in Lk. 22:31, Jesus said to Peter, “Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat." Satan turns up the heat in order to break us, but the next vrs. reveals the Lord’s heart toward us, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.”


take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ” II Co. 10:5

Before it becomes a word.

For, “The tongue has the power of life and death” Prov. 18:21

Balak said, “Must I not take heed to speak what the LORD has put in my mouth?” Num. 23:12

That was the Spirit of Christ in him, who would say more perfectly later, “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.” Jn. 12:49


         When trials come to the believer, waves of conviction should likewise accompany it. It’s time to do business with God. We should be willing and anxious to purge out the leaven, even the subtle sins, as Peter says, “laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and evil speaking.” I Pe.2:1. It’s time to take inventory. Not that God would instantaneously remove the trial but that He would give us grace to endure it. He said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” II Cor. 12:9

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