Monday, January 26, 2015

Marsha's Musings: Action and Words (1 John 3:18-22 NASB)

                   
   

Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. (1 John 3:18-22 NASB)

My kids are almost grown.  I don't know how well I have modeled these verses for them.  I'm sure I could have done better, but there is no point in bemoaning the past. I can start doing better right now. 

...whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. (1 John 3:18-22 NASB)

Are these verses saying that if we put the right coins in, what we want will come out? No. God is not a cosmic vending machine. 1 John 5:14 tells us that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. This is the key. We must ask according to His will. How do we know his will?  We know by searching the Scriptures to learn the heart of God and by studying the prayers of the apostles and Jesus.

So what about our laundry list of needs that we pray about?  Is it wrong to bring our list to the Lord? No, if it's his will to answer to our liking, he will. If not, he won't. But whatever the answer, we need to be prepared to accept his will and be willing to let him sanctify us through it. 

It is my desire and prayer to do a better job of modeling my faith to my kids and husband.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Marsha's Musings: Walk the Talk. (1 John 3:16-18 ESV)



By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:16-18 ESV)

There is much one can add to this. It's pretty straight forward. How easy it is to see a need and turn our eye the other way.  According to this we supposed to "walk the talk".  As James says, "What good is it to say we have faith if we do not show it in the things we do? 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Marsha's Musings: Whoever Does Not Love Abides in Death (1 John 3:14-15 ESV)

                           
     

We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:14-15 ESV)

 John is speaking to Christians about loving your fellow Christian.  The use of the word "the" in front of brothers (KJV says "the brethern) indicates that he is talking about those in the family of God and not all people in general. 

Christians are to have a special bond of love with one another that they do not have with those outside the family of God. However, we are supposed to love our neighbor as ourself.

One who claims to be a Christian yet hates another Christian, or for that matter anyone, has committed murder in his heart.  Hate is not a Christian virtue.  There is a place for righteous, controlled anger that does not revolve around our pride, but there is no place for vindictive hate in the Christian's life. This verse tells us that this person is not Christian...they abide in death and do not have eternal life in them.

This is serious stuff.  I need to seriously examine my heart when I find myself expressing venom for another person, especially another Christian. When I see other Christians "bite and devour" one another with their words, where does that come from? Do I join in? 

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! (2 Corinthians 13:5 ESV)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Marsha's Musings: The Christian Life is Not for the Faint of Heart (1 John 3:13 ESV)


Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. (1 John 3:13 ESV)

We see it every day in the news...Christians being slaughtered in the Middle East, tortured and jailed in communist countries, sued and run out of business, targeted by the IRS, free speech rights being trampled on and more in the United States...and we put our hand over our mouth and gasp in horror and surprise.

Why are we surprised?  God told us it would be this way. Did we not believe Him?  Or did we think somehow He would exempt us from suffering?

Look at the verses in the photo above.  We have gotten so comfortable and complacent in our armchair Christianity that we have easily skipped over and ignored these verses in favor of an easy carefree Christianity where we think God is a cosmic vending machine, here to give us our every wish if we just do the right things.

We have had it easy, but things are changing quickly in our world and we are on the edge of all out Christian persecution on our own soil.  Are you prepared? 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Supposed Bible Contradiction #2

Here we have another meme made by someone who wants to cast doubt on the Bible.  

yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. (Galatians 2:16 ESV)

You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. (James 2:24 ESV)

These verses are talking about two different things.  

The first verse is talking about being justified before God.  We are not justified before God by our works because our works are all tainted by sin. We are only justified through faith in the works of Jesus Christ on our behalf.

The second verse is talking about being justified before men.  The unsaved looks at the Christian and unless he sees works to justify the claim that he is a Christian won't believe that he is one. 

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! (James 2:18-19 ESV)

Also, our faith is a working faith.  Good works are the RESULT of being justified by faith alone in Christ.

Again, this is a meme made by someone who wants to cast doubt on God's Word and the Christian faith, but they don't know what they are talking about.

Supposed Bible Contradiction #1


I saw this meme, and another similar to it that I will address in another post, while searching for an image for a blog post. This deserves an answer, so I will attempt to answer it.

When resolving supposed condratictions in Scripture, there are several things you must take into consideration.

1. Who is the audience?
2. Who is the speaker?
3. What is the context of the surrounding passage?
4. Are there varying meanings for the same word depending on how it is used?
5. Is the version of the Bible in question a reliable translation?  The Good News Bible, The Message and other paraphrases are not reliable. The KJV, NKJV, NASB, ESV are some of my favorites that are from reliable sources.

Let's look at the Luke 14:26 passage first.

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26-33 ESV)

Jesus is the speaker and the audience are the crowds that had begun to follow Him around.  Jesus wants them to know what it may cost them if they continue to follow Him. Soon, it would not be popular to follow Him and those who chose to do so would risk being put out of the synagogue, even disowned by their parents and siblings.  Even today in many Jewish families, if a family member converts to Christianity and follows Jesus, they are disowned by their family and even considered dead as far as they are concerned.  So for Jesus to say "“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple", meant that you could not love your family above Him, because if you did you couldn't be His disciple. You had to be willing to be disowned by your family and even put to death by those who hated Jesus if you wanted to follow Him. If you followed Jesus, your family would take it that you hated them.  You had to love Jesus more than you loved your family, because you would most likely lose your family if you followed Him. This is what is meant by hating your mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters.

This "hate" is not the vindictive, murderous hate that is talked about in 1 John 3:15, where it says, "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him."  Jesus explains why vindictive hate is equal to murder. 

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:20-23 ESV)

It is a heart issue.  When you hate someone, in effect you are wishing they were dead and therefore you have murdered them in your heart. This is vastly different from the "hate" talked about in Luke 14:26. They are no where the same, so this meme was apparently written by someone who doesn't understand the teachings of Jesus or the culture in which He lived.

Marsha's Musings: Let the Bible Speak for Itself..No commentary Needed Here (1 John 3:10-12 ESV)




By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. (1 John 3:10-12 ESV)

Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. (1 John 3:15 ESV)

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.” (Matthew 15:18-20 ESV)

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8 ESV)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Marsha's Musings: The One Who Lives A Life of Habitual Sin Is Not A Child of God (1 John 3:4-10 ESV)




Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (1 John 3:4-10 ESV)

I think the ESV makes this clearer than the KJV.   Too many people have twisted what the KJV says here to mean the believer can attain sinless perfection on this earth.  Of course if a person were to read the entire book, there is no way they can come to that conclusion, yet that is what happens when you cherry-pick Scripture. 

Basically, this passage tells us that if a person lives in habitual sin...a life characterized by sin, that they are not a child of God. This should be really sobering to those who say they are Christians but flagrantly violate Scripture and make it a habitual part of their lives.  Take a look at some of these Scriptures:

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:26-32 ESV)

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—
But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” (1 Corinthians 5:9, 11-13 ESV)

This is just a couple passages and the following things are mentioned or inferred:
Homosexuality
Lesbianism
Covetousness 
Malice
Envy
Murder
Strife
Deceit
Maliciousness 
Gossips
Slanderers
Haters of God
Insolent
Haughty
Boastful
Inventors of evil
Disobedient to parents
Foolish
Heartless
Ruthless
Not only doing things above but approving those who do them
Sexual immorality
Greedy
Idolator
Reviler
Drunkard
Swindler

Whew! That is quite a list and that is only from two passages of Scripture!  I'm sure there must be more.  The point from the 1 John text is that a person who makes it their life style to do any of these sins and continue in it unrepentantly is not of God.  That is pretty serious stuff. 

Now the point of all this is not so we can sit back on our holy high horse and point fingers at others and check them off on our "Child of God/Child of The Devil" list.  The point here is that we need to examine our own lives and see where we are spiritually first.  Note that gossip and boasting and being greedy are all included in this list.

  I had a person get angry and say, "You mean to tell me that disobedience to parents is worthy of the death penalty??"  Of course not in our society today in this world, however, in God's economy, sin is sin and one is just as bad as the other in this list. Do you know why?  It's because ALL SIN is missing the mark of God's holiness and righteousness. ALL SIN is against God.  

But it doesn't end there. God is loving and just and righteous. This is why Jesus came and kept all the law perfectly in our place, died and paid the penalty for our sin and rose again victorious over death so that we might be saved from the wrath of God to come against those who flagrantly sin against Him.

Repent and call on Him to save you and then live a life of purity through Him who will strengthen you to do it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Message for Singles and Dating Couples----What Are Your Thoughts?

                                 



In this day of loose morals, the topic of dating and sexual purity seems to be avoided. Let's face it, it's an awkward topic. But it has been on my heart for some time, so I'm going to address it.

One of my kids has a couple of friends who see no problem with having their girl friend spend the night or even live with them (no one else in the home for accountability).  These friends claim to be Christians and have what they think are "valid"reasons) for these arrangements. They claim that they are not being sexually intimate.  

Others who are dating see no problem with putting themselves in situations where the temptation to be intimate is difficult to avoid. They spend large amounts of time alone. Most think that it's okay to kiss and make out with each other as long as they "don't go all the way".  Scripture has a different take on this.

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22 ESV)

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:18 ESV)

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. (1 Corinthians 6:12-13 ESV)

Flee youthful passions...means more than doing everything but "going all the way".  Kissing and making out is allowing youthful passions to take over.  Fleeing means don't even go there, but rather get out and run from it.  

It breaks my heart to see Christian young people putting themselves in situations where temptation can get the better of them.  They are only fooling themselves.  They WILL regret it later down the road, I guarantee it.  


While I'm at it, with pornography being so prevalent on the Internet, I'd like to sound an alarm about that too.  FLEE FROM IT!!!!  It will ruin you and your relationship with your future spouse.

Please read an excerpt from a sermon I found online. I have provided a link if you want to read the whole thing.


http://discipleshipproject.us/fornication-dest.html

Marriage is not the only setting that can establish the expectation of sexual intimacy. It’s the only legitimate setting; but it’s certainly not the only one. And singles dating one another over an extended period of time - spending a great deal of time alone with one another - encounter those settings again and again. They reach a point of profound emotional intimacy - and that emotional intimacy presses almost inexorably toward sexual intimacy. Just about every moment alone becomes a setting which establishes the expectation of sexual intimacy. And they find themselves defrauding one another again and again and again. Now, are we going to kid ourselves at this point?

Singles who have been dating one another for a long time and who have established a profound emotional intimacy with one another become trapped between two sins: fornication on the one hand and fraud on the other. If fornication is avoided, fraud is committed. And if fraud is avoided, fornication is committed. They find themselves bouncing back and forth between these two sins. Soon, their whole relationship turns sour. What should be done? Get married, doggone it. Or break off the relationship. But don’t continue simply dating one another.

Screenshot20121004at102853PMA boyfriend/girlfriend relationship cannot endure indefinitely. It’s merely transitional in nature. I’m amazed at how often singles attempt to prolong a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. Too many men these days are outright wimps. They want an emotional relationship with a woman, but they don’t want to pay the price for it - marriage. And too many woman these days are succors: they’ll continue indefinitely with a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship with hardly a murmur of protest. Listen, ladies, throw the bum out. Drop him. He doesn’t deserve you. Don’t play the fool for him. If he’s not willing to marry you, send him packing. Is he a real man? Then he’ll marry you. The point is stop playing the fool. So many times I hear the excuse: “We just don’t have the money to get married.” Sita and I got married with hardly a dime to our names. Yes, it was tough. But we managed it. The lack of money is just an excuse. And what does it excuse? Does it excuse fornication, ladies? Does it excuse fraud? A boyfriend/girlfriend relationship is going in one of three different directions: (1) courtship and marriage; (2) fraud; or (3) fornication.

Men, come to grips with what you want. If you want the emotional intimacy a woman can provide, then marry her. And if you’re unwilling to marry her, stop dating her. All this business of prolonging boyfriend/girlfriend relationships is morally wrong. And nowhere in the Bible is it countenanced. In fact there are many passages which warn against it. Let me give you a couple:

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

2 Tim. 2:22

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.

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I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.  Do you agree?  Do you disagree?  If you disagree, why, and can you support your reasons with Scripture?  Use the comments section below to add your thoughts.

Marsha's Musings: Hope In Christ Purifies. (1 John 3:2-3 KJV)



Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1 John 3:2-3 KJV)

My ultimate goal should be to be like Jesus.  When He comes for us we will be changed and will be like Him. With this goal and hope in mind, shouldn't we seek to purify ourselves and be holy while we live on this earth?  I'm not talking about sinless perfection. That is impossible until Jesus comes.  I'm talking about living a life of repentance and a conscience toward God so that we do not need to be ashamed at His coming.

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 KJV)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Marsha's Musings: "therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not." (1 John 3:1 KJV)





Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (1 John 3:1 KJV)

This verse is worth looking at a second time.  This time my focus is on the last line: "therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not."

If you need evidence that the Bible is true, this is a good place to start.  Just look around you.  How are Christians generally portrayed in Hollywood movies and television sitcoms?  Are they portrayed in a favorable light?  No.  It's almost always in a negative light.  

Take a look at how Christians who support the traditional Biblical view of the family are treated in the news and by those who are not tolerant of that view?  They are boycotted, sued and put of business in some cases.

Look how the radical Isl*m*sts are treating those who claim to be Christians in the MIddle East right now.  They are driving them from their homes, torturing some and killing others publically for all to see.

Look what happens to the Christian school child who dares to stand up in class and proclaim the truth.  They are rediculed into silence most of the time.

All of the above scenarios all give evidence to the truth of God's Word.  God is kind and merciful to tell us the truth so we do not need to be surprised and caught off guard.  The  world does not know Him and therefore they will not know us.  When we show people the truth of God's Word, they react as if we are an alien from another world.  We should not be surprised.  If they knew God, then they would not react in these ways toward us.  

This knowledge should first of all be a comfort to us because God knows and understands what Christians will have to deal with.  Seccondly, it should comfort us to see that their reactions are evidences that the Bible is true.  Thirdly, it should comfort us that God loves us enough to give us forwarning of how the world will react toward us.  To be for-warned is to be for-armed.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Marsha's Musings: Behold, What Manner of Love the Father has Bestowed on Us! (1 John 3:1 KJV)


Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (1 John 3:1 KJV)

Behold!  It means to observe, to see with attention.  Yet, I have read this verse many times, but never really stopped to think about it. I've never taken the time to observe it and to see it with attention.

What manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God!  

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:10-14, 29 KJV)

As sinners we deserve the just penalty for missing the mark of God's righteous standard and for thinking we can stand on our own self righteousness. Yet, He came in the flesh to a sinful world of people and was rejected by the majority and crucified, taking the just penalty for our sin on Himself so that as many as recieved Him and believed on His name would be given the power to become sons of God. He has to give the power to us to become the sons of God because we can not do it on our own power.  It doesn't happen by heritage, or by our own will. It happens by the will and power of God. He makes us willing to receive Him and know Him.  It is all of His own doing that He bestows His love on us and makes us know and desire to accept Him.  What manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Marsha's Musings: Denying Jesus (1 John 2:21-24 KJV)



I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. (1 John 2:21-24 KJV)

There is more here than just acknowledging that Jesus was a good man that lived a long time ago.  It is accepting the whole body of truth about Him as it is presented in Scripture.  

If you go to Scripture and twist it to mean what you want it to mean or cherry pick the parts you like and discard the rest then you are denying the Son and the Father.  You are denying that Jesus is the Christ and you are not abiding in Him but have made up a false Jesus and a false Father that can not save.

Similarly, if you have scripture that has been added to the Word of God, that you believe to be true, then you are worshipping a false Jesus and a false Father.

Wide is the road that accepts all these alternate views of Scripture, Jesus and God the Father...it leads to destruction.

Narrow is the road that leads to salvation.  There is only one way. Make sure you are on the narrow road.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Marsha's Musings: Abiding in Him (1 John 2:28-29 KJV)




And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. (1 John 2:28-29 KJV)

Too often I've put the emphasis on the part about having confidence and not being ashamed at His coming, and neglect the conditions for these things.  This is a man centered view. It is a false view.

The God centered view is to focus on Him and abide in Him. If I forget the conditions for being unashamed and having confidence at His coming, then I am lying to myself and I will not have confidence and will be ashamed at His coming.

Abiding in Him is the key ingredient.  How can I do that?  

1. Daily immersing myself in the Word of God 

2. Daily confession and prayer

3. Acknowledging God in all my ways

Friday, January 02, 2015

Marsha's Musings: Knowing All Things (1 John 2:20, 27 KJV)



But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (1 John 2:20, 27 KJV)

I have puzzled over verse 20 for a few days.  Then I read verse 27 and it helped clarify what verse 20 was about.

Do these verses mean that we know everything?  Of course not! We would be God if we did. Do they mean we do not need preachers and Bible teachers? No, because that would be a contradiction of the whole book Romans and the Pastoral epistles. 

I believe the whole point of these verses is that the Holy Spirit teaches how we should live and convicts us of sin in our lives through the reading and study of the Word so that we repent and walk in the Light. This is how we come to abide in Him. We "know all things" that matter in relation to walking in the Light and abiding in Him.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Marsha's Musings: Antichrists Prove God's Word is True (1 John 2:18-19 KJV)

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. (1 John 2:18-19 KJV)

This isn't talking about the antichrist, but rather those who have been in the church much like tares among the wheat. It says in verse 19 they left because they were not really Christians. Their true colors came out and they were anti-Christ, so they left.

This is disheartening to witness, but at the same time it confirms that God's word is true. He said it would happen and it does.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Marsha's Musings: My New Year's Goal (1 John 2:15-17 KJV)





Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1 John 2:15-17 KJV)

Okay, these verses hurt.  Some would take these verses to mean that Christians should not watch TV, go to movies, drink, dance or "go with the girls who do".

We live in the world, but we are not of the world.  We are not to love the world or the things in the world more than we love God.  We can use the things of the world and enjoy them, but our love for God should be so much more than our affection for this world that given a choice between the two we would always choose God.

We are told to seek first the kingdom of God.  If we do this, then we will not fall into the trap of loving the world.

This is harder to do than it sounds.  I think of my own use of electronic devices such as my iPod, iPad and computer, or even the TV.  How do I use these things?  Do they take up so much of my time that my time with God gets neglected as well as the calling of wife and mother that God has put me here for?  

There is nothing inherently wrong with these things, but when they start taking over my life and my duties as wife and mother and the upkeep of the home begins to go South, then my love for the world and the things of the world are creeping in.

Thinking about social media, the lust of the flesh is there.  Many extra marital affairs begin on social media.  The lust of the eyes is there.  The sensual photos  that people post up, the marketing schemes that you see in the margins are all aimed at the lust of the eyes.  The pride of life is on social media.  People want to be noticed on social media.  Some get bent out of shape if they don't get any "likes" on what they post.  Others post up how hard life is and write scathing comments if they don't get the sympathy they were hoping for.  Otherss post up selfies all the time to draw attention and comments about how beautiful they are.

I have been  guilty of a number of these things mentioned.  It's Dec. 31 today, New Year's Eve.  I want to make it a goal this New Year to spend less time using my electronic devices for wasting time, and seeking attention and more time using them to help me be more organized and get the things done God has called me to do.  I know I have resolved to do this many times and keep failing.  With God's help, I hope to do better this year.  Do me a favor, will you?  Keep me accountable to this.  If you have read this, please ask me once in a while how I am doing on this goal for the New Year.