Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
C.S. Lewis wrote:
There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall
about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is
to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.
They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a
materialist or magician with the same delight (The Screwtape Letters
[New York: Macmillan, 1961], p. 3).
Lewis was right.
Unfortunately, strands of both errors exist in today’s church. On the
one hand, some Christians are materialists who fail to understand that
the Christian life is a fierce spiritual battle.
One reason for a materialistic attitude is indifference. When your
world is an easy place to live in, it’s easy to forget that a spiritual
war is going on. It’s easy to forget that millions of souls in the world
are in the grasp of Satan. And it’s easy to forget that Satan always
takes advantage of Christians who are lethargic, indolent, or
spiritually stagnant. He loves it when Christians try to hole up in a
sanctified environment instead of fighting the battle. Yet that is
precisely the agenda of many churches today. People are trying
desperately to enjoy fellowship while remaining indifferent to the
Another reason for being materialistic is worldliness.
Too many Christians crave earthly, temporal pleasures instead of the
rigors of warfare. They seek a life of ease—a life of entertainment and
activities, never realizing their role in the battle of the ages. A
believer who invests his or her time and resources in mundane things
won’t understand spiritual warfare.
A Christian who had a
deficient view of God’s grace said to me, “The wonderful thing about the
Christian life is that basically you can do whatever you want.”
Believers are not handed a free pass to do what they want. They are
called to obey Christ, the Commander-in-Chief. In Matthew 16:24–25,
Jesus raised this call: “If any one wishes to come after Me, let him
deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes
to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake
shall find it.”
MacArthur, J. (1996). How to meet the enemy (7–8). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." Jesus
7:14 difficult is the way. Christ continually emphasized the difficulty of following Him (Matthew 10:38; 16:24, 25; John 15:18, 19; 16:1–3; cf. Acts 14:22). Salvation is by grace alone, but is not easy. It calls for knowledge of the truth, repentance, submission to Christ as Lord, and a willingness to obey His will and Word. See notes on 19:16–28.
MacArthur, J. J. (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Mt 7:14). Nashville: Word Pub.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Love for foreigners, Deuteronomy 10:19.
Journey with divine approval, Judges 18:6.
Solomon’s attitude toward foreigners, 1 Kings 8:41–43.
Missionary assignment, 2 Kings 17:27–28.
Outreach to heathen, 1 Chronicles 16:23–24; Psalm 96:3–10.
“Foreigners will hear,” 2 Chronicles 6:32 (CEV).
Heathen as inheritance, Psalm 2:8.
“Tell the world,” Psalm 9:11 (LB).
Ends of the earth, Psalm 22:27.
Worldwide outreach, Psalm 65:5.
“Tell every nation on earth,” Psalm 96:3 (CEV).
Sent to other nations, Isaiah 66:19.
Benediction for missions, Psalm 67:1–2 (See LB).
Those who proclaim God’s word, Psalms 68:11.
Declare God’s glory among nations, Psalms 96:3, 10; 105:1.
Sow in tears, reap with joy, Psalm 126:5–6.
Alert during harvest, Proverbs 10:5.
Eternity in the heart, Ecclesiastes 3:11.
God reaches out to heathen, Isaiah 5:25–26.
Isaiah’s missionary call, Isaiah 6:8–10; 12:4–5; 45:22.
Evangelize during night, with morning coming, Isaiah 21:11–12.
Light for Gentiles, Isaiah 49:6; 60:3.
Beautiful feet of those who bring good news, Isaiah 52:7; Nahum 1:15.
Those who did not ask for God’s message, Isaiah 65:1–5.
“Earth’s farthest bounds,” Psalm 65:8 (NRSV).
Harvest past, summer ended, no salvation, Jeremiah 8:20.
Responsibility for failure to witness, Ezekiel 3:18–19.
Someone to stand in gap, Ezekiel 22:30.
Responsibility of watchman to warn wicked, Ezekiel 33:7–9.
Those who witness shine like stars, Daniel 12:3.
Ripe harvest, Joel 3:13–14.
Famine for words of the Lord, Amos 8:11–12.
Jonah’s second call, Jonah 3:1–9.
God’s name great among nations, Malachi 1:11.
Teaching, preaching, healing, Matthew 4:23.
Plentiful harvest, few workers, Matthew 9:37–38.
Gospel preached across world, Matthew 24:14.
Village evangelism, Mark 1:38; Luke 8:1; 9:6.
Great commission, Matthew 28:16–20; Mark 13:10; 16:15.
Biblical models, Luke 19:10; Acts 8:4–5; 15:7; 2 Peter 2:5.
Greatest model for mission, John 3:16.
Harvest time, John 4:35–38.
Missionary Jesus, John 7:35 (LB).
Lifting up Jesus draws lost to salvation, John 12:32.
Spiritual conquest, not earthly possession, Acts 1:6–8.
Message to entire world, Acts 10:9–20.
Missionary commissioning, Acts 13:2–4.
Macedonian vision, Acts 16:9–10.
“Chosen to be a missionary,” Romans 1:1 (LB).
Faith reported world-wide, Romans 1:8.
Outreach to unevangelized, Romans 10:14–15; 15:21 (See LB).
Benediction upon world missions, Romans 16:25–27.
Payment for spiritual service, 1 Corinthians 9:9–14; 1 Timothy 5:17–18.
Adapting to another culture, 1 Corinthians 9:19–23.
Faithful outreach facing difficulties, 1 Corinthians 15:57–58.
Open door opportunity, 1 Corinthians 16:9.
Ambassadors in the world, 2 Corinthians 5:18–21.
Marks of serving disciple, 2 Corinthians 6:3–13.
Supported by others, 2 Corinthians 11:8.
Mission agency, Galatians 1:2 (LB).
Anticipated salvation of Jew and Gentile, Galatians 3:6–9.
Less than least, Ephesians 3:8–9.
Medical furlough, Philippians 2:25–30.
Rapid spread of Gospel message, Colossians 1:6.
Church and its outreach, Colossians 1:24–27.
Praying for a missionary, Ephesians 6:19–20; Colossians 4:3–4.
Thankful Lord for privilege of ministry, 1 Timothy 1:12–14.
Missionary message, 1 Timothy 2:5–7.
Called to be a full-fledged missionary, 2 Timothy 1:11.
Divine plan for perpetuation of Gospel, 2 Timothy 2:1–4.
Paul’s ministry mandate to Timothy, 2 Timothy 4:1–5.
Missionary credentials, Titus 1:1–3.
Called to ministry of holiness, 1 Peter 1:15–16.
Willing to lay down one’s life for others, 1 John 3:16.
Proclaiming angel, Revelation 14:6, 7.
Anderson, K. (1996). Where to Find It in the Bible. Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
"Analogy has been drawn between a savage finding a watch upon the sands, and from a close examination of it he infers a watch-maker. So far so good. But attempt to go further: suppose that savage sits down on the sand and endeavors to form to himself a conception of this watch-maker, his personal affections and manners; his disposition, acquirement's, and moral character—all that goes to make up a personality; could he ever think or reason out a real man—the man who made the watch, so that he could say, "I am acquainted with him?" It seems trifling to ask such questions, but is the eternal and infinite God so much more within the grasp of human reason? No, indeed! The God of Scripture can only be known by those to whom He makes Himself known."
"Nor is God known by the intellect. "God is Spirit" (John 4:24), and therefore can only be known spiritually. But fallen man is not spiritual, he is carnal. He is dead to all that is spiritual. Unless he is born again supernaturally brought from death unto life, miraculously translated out of darkness into light, he cannot even see the things of God (John 3:3), still less apprehend them (1 Cor. 2:14). The Holy Spirit has to shine in our hearts (not intellects) in order to give us "the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6). And even that spiritual knowledge is but fragmentary. The regenerated soul has to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus (2 Pet. 3.18).The principal prayer and aim of Christians should be that we "walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Col. 1:10).