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Monday, February 12, 2024

The Ultimate Faith Object – Wisdom From Dr. Neil Anderson - Purity 1272

 

The Ultimate Faith Object – Wisdom From Dr. Neil Anderson - Purity 1272

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of a cloud-covered blazing sun over a snow-covered landscape comes to us from Connor MacCagg who shared this view from his skiing trip to the Killington Mountain Ski Resort on Sunday. 

Well, It’s Monday, and after a weekend’s continued indulgence of some sweet treats and party foods, due to my stepdaughter’s birthday party on Saturday and unbridled Super Bowl Sunday-inspired feasting, I am ready to repent! I ate so much junk yesterday that I had trouble sleeping and felt physical pain from eating so much more than I am used to – and I am here to declare that I am “done”.  Sometimes you have to learn again why it is you decided to change the way you live and a return visit to insanity can really motivate you to not do that again and to remind yourself that life is better when you live a healthy lifestyle.  

So I am in recovery from sugar and carbs and am calling it a mail-it-in Monday as I going to share this simple message I received in my email from Freedom in Christ Ministries UK, on:

“THE ULTIMATE FAITH-OBJECT

By Dr. Neil T. Anderson

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever (Hebrews 13:8)

The fact that you claim to believe is not the issue of faith. It's what you believe or in whom you believe that will determine whether or not your faith will be rewarded. Everybody walks by faith every day. Every time you drive on the highway, you do so by faith. Are the objects of your faith on the highway reliable? Most of the time they are because most drivers drive safely. But you may have been involved in an accident because you placed your faith in another driver who proved to be untrustworthy.

What happens when the object of your faith fails you? You give up on it - maybe not immediately, but how many failures would you tolerate before saying never again? Once faith is damaged or lost, it is very difficult to regain. Your belief isn't the problem; it's the object of your belief that either rewards or destroys your faith. If your marriage partner has been unfaithful to you, or a friend or relative has hurt you badly, your faith in that person is weak because he or she did not live up to your trust. When faith in a person is shattered, it may take months to rebuild it.

Some faith-objects, however, are solid. You set your watch, plan your calendar, and schedule your day believing that the Earth will continue to revolve on its axis and rotate around the sun at its current speed. If the earth's orbit shifted just a few degrees, our lives would be turned to chaos. But so far the laws governing the physical universe have been among the most trustworthy faith-objects we have.

The ultimate faith-object, of course, is not the sun, but the Son. It is His immutability - the fact that He never changes - that makes Him eminently trustworthy (Numbers 23:19; Malachi 3:6). He has never failed to be and do all that He said He would be and do. He is eternally faithful.

All I have needed Your hand has provided. Great is Your faithfulness, Lord, unto me.”  - Dr. Neil Anderson

Yes, we are to have faith in the Son – Jesus Christ.

During yesterday’s Super Bowl broadcast, there was a commercial that emphasized the love of Jesus through images of various people washing one another’s feet. The Ad wished to express Jesus’ teachings of love and no hate and the fact that “He gets us” -  which He does. Of course, He does – but let’s be sure we are also reading the word of God to make sure we “get Him” – all of Him – and that we understand who Jesus really was according to the Bible.  Yes was the suffering servant but He also didn’t mince words when it came to hell, “sinning no more”, and the Book of Revelation reveals that Jesus will return to rule and reign.  Jesus didn’t “teach hate” but He did teach us some hard truth: Loving Jesus warns us in:  

John 3:17-21 (ESV)
17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
18  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
19  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
20  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
21  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

So know what the Bible says about Jesus and about the things that are evil according to God. Some people are living Biblically evil lives – and don’t know it. They love darkness rather than light and they hope to claim the Son but not repent and follow Him into the light of righteous living.  But that’s not believing in the name of the Son of God – the One who was sinless and who called us to repent because the kingdom of God was at hand. So come to do what is true and come to the light, put your faith in Jesus – be saved , and follow Him.  

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Communication, Gossip, and Lying.

Proverbs 17:27-28 (ESV)
27  Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28  Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Today’s verses are the third of five passages of scripture that fall under the eleventh point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Communication, Gossip, and Lying.

11.     Do not hurt your neighbor by gossip or careless talk; control your tongue.

Today’s verses warn us to restrain our words and to be “cool” to show our wisdom.  A rash, angry, or “hot” spirit can lead us to say things we will regret.  Our resource is showing us the Biblical wisdom of being careful with careless talk and controlling our tongue, so think before you speak, repeat back to people what they are saying so you can demonstrate that they have been heard, and pause before you speak.  A little patience can save us from a lot of grief, so consider restraining your speech to “be cool” and at least appear to be wise.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

EVENING READING: MARK 4

“Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you
use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear,
more will be given.” – Mark 4:24

Here is a very important principle in relation to the effect of God's Word in the life of an individual. “Take heed,” says the Savior, for your appreciation of and obedience to the Word of God governs its effect in life and also governs any further revelation.

The same principle is seen in Hebrews 5:12-14 and 1 Corinthians 3:1-4, where the apostle shows that owing to disobedience on the part of those who heard the Word, they had not grown sufficiently to be able to bear a heavier diet. They were unskillful, only taking milk. “Take heed” is the command and secret of growth.

May I always listen and respond to the Word of God,
and thus grow, for Your glory, Lord. Amen.[1]

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