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There have been those who have many questions about the Bible. I would like to share my responses and hope it enlightens others as well.
A student asked this question. Can you give me a basic understanding about the "Trinity"?
To begin lets understand that the actual word "Trinity" cannot be found in the Bible, but the truth of it can. While there's only one God, the Godhead consists of three distinct persons—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All are equally omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal, and unchanging, but each one has unique functions.
When we study the Bible, Scripture shows how each member of the Trinity fulfills His specific role, and it also reveals how those three roles interrelate. This is an important factor of understanding. Basically in simple terms:
To get further clarity one should recognize that the way of redemption showcases these roles in a clear manner. First, The Father designed and organized how mankind would be redeemed (Galatians 4:4-5 (ESV) "4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." God set into motion a complex set of events, actions, and prophecies which culminated in the life and death of a Savior, Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son.
The Son carried out the plan (John 6:37-38) "37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me." He followed the Father's instructions to come to earth, even though that meant He would have to die. In doing God's Will, Jesus became the single path the the Father.
The Holy Spirit sees to it that every person feels a call toward God's saving grace (Romans 1:19-20) "19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse."
Furthermore, He transforms the lives and hearts of those who receive salvation through Jesus Christ.
The Father, Son, and Spirit are equal in their divine attributes. Yet each relates to mankind in a different way because He has a specific role. It's very important to understand this distinction: We do not have three gods; we have one God in three persons functioning uniquely and perfectly.
We are halfway through 2016 an the very questions we asked ourselves in 2015 are the same questions we are asking ourselves today, "Why am I Here? This point in my life, this place in my life, this position in my life, this state of my life, it all leads to the question "Why am I Here?" We impose our on positions in life and we chose where we are in life. You can either accept where you are or simply move from here and advance to your true Destiny. I ask you the question, "Why are you Here?"
Question? “Do you ever feel ineffective in prayer?”
True prayer is really a foundation of true ministry. Without regular, fervent prayer, we may produce much activity, but we won’t see lasting spiritual fruit.
Not only that, but our own spiritual growth is dependent on regular communion with the Lord in prayer.
"The power of religion and godliness lives, thrives or dies as closet [private] prayer lives, thrives or dies. Godliness never rises to a higher pitch than when men keep closest to their closets.”
And yet, if you’re like me, you find yourself often echoing the words of Jesus’ disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). The full verse says, “And it came to pass that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. (Luke 11:1)
Recorded in the very verse with the disciples’ request we learn three attributes of Christ’s prayer life:
“…as he was praying…”
That the disciples would find Christ praying is no surprise. Not only did He sometimes spend complete nights in prayer (Luke 6:12) and often rise early to pray (Mark 1:35), but Jesus’ life was a state of continual communication with the Father.
“…in a certain place…”
It seems Jesus had designated places where He would go to pray. Just before Calvary, Judas knew he could find Jesus in the Mount of Olives at the garden where he frequented as a prayer place (Luke 22:39).
We often make excuses for not having a place or a time for prayer yet Jesus found places of solitude where He made time for private prayer.
“…when he ceased…”
Jesus was so engaged in His time of prayer that for the disciples to ask a question would have been an interruption. The way many of us pray, however, is so disengaged that we are constantly letting our own thoughts interrupt us and perhaps thankful for the intermittent distractions coming from our phones.
Jesus was fully involved in prayer. He was bringing definite petitions before the Father. This was no mere ritual—it was real communication. John Bunyan said, “In prayer, it is better to have a heart without words than words without heart.” I’m afraid we too often pray through a list with no real heart engagement in the serious business of prayer.
Constant, private, whole-hearted—do these adjectives describe your prayer life? If not, they should.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” —Hebrews 4:16
“Worrying is not necessarily the best use of our emotional energy and spiritual capacity.”
Leaders worry about stuff. We just do. I don’t mean that wring-your-hands, fretting and get-sick-to-your-stomach kind of worry. But that kind of natural focused concern about things you care about.
Like we “worry” about our kids. Parents care, we just do. We want our kids to be safe, healthy and make good decisions. That’s normal, but … not necessarily the best use of our emotional energy and spiritual capacity.
The bottom line is that worry isn’t helpful or productive, and rarely changes anything.
There are common worries leaders experience such as:
1. Worry about what other people think.
2. Worry about what we can’t control.
3. Worry about finances.
4. Worry about church growth.
5. Worry about opposition or a confrontation.
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
This is your reality checkpoint
In a leadership talk, John Maxwell asked the question, “Why worry?” Here’s what he said:
* 40 % of the things we worry about will never happen.
* 30 % of the things we worry about concerns old decisions that cannot be changed.
* 12 % of the things we worry about centers upon criticisms made by people who feel inferior.
* 10 % of the things we worry about is related to my health, which worsens when I worry.
* 8 % of the things we worry about is legitimate, which can be met head on when you have eliminated senseless worries.
That’s the beginning to winning over worry. Focus on what you can do something about. This leads us to the first step to remedy worry.
If there is nothing you can do about it, let it go. I mean really, let it go. Stop losing sleep over it.
For that small percent of legitimate concerns, do something. Take action! Such as:
* Pick up the phone.
* Make a decision.
* Have the conversation.
* Get some help.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
When we trust God we increase our faith. The devil loves to make us doubt. We are drawn to people of great faith because they offer hope. People will always follow a leader with great faith who offers hope over one who worries.
Get Some Rest.
Sometimes we overcomplicate things. We can overthink stuff and become exhausted. You might just need to take a break. Get some rest. This is a powerful tool to change your perspective. Remember: “When you have done all you can do, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” —Victor Hugo
“What should you do if you expect to find worship hard?"
It happens. Even believers struggle sometimes with worshiping. Life gets hard. Problems get in the way. We go to church, but leave our heart at home. What should you do if you expect to find worship hard?
1. Be honest with God. He already knows your struggle. He’s big enough to handle your questions … and even your complaints. Admit your battle to worship even as you go to the worship service.
2. Don’t back away from the people of God. Avoiding church is not the answer when we don’t feel like worshiping. That disobedience will only compound the problem.
3. Evaluate your own life. Sometimes our own sin is the problem. If you know that sin’s in the way of your worship, confess it. Get real with yourself and with God.
4. Confess your feelings to somebody. We’ve all been where you are today. Find somebody who can pray with you from experience—and out of a position of victory.
5. Remember that God’s carried you through in the past. You, too, have probably been here before. The same God that restored your worship in the past can do it again.
6. Ask God to give you a new song, and patiently trust Him to do it. That’s what David did in Psalm 40:1-3. Follow his lead.
7. Think future tense. Worship is tougher when we’re focused on present-tense difficulties. Don’t ignore your struggles, but keep in mind that God’s already on the other side of them. He—and His people—win the war.
8. Quietly let others worship around you. This idea is tied to #2 above. Join with the people of God, and let them worship on your behalf. As they experience God, you might surprisingly want to join them.
9. Do love for God even if you don’t feel love. Love is intentional obedience, even when our heart is in a wrestling match. Sing the worship songs anyway. Listen for a single word from God in the sermon. Let your heart catch up with your head.
10. Thank God for worship. Even if you don’t fully experience God this weekend in worship, be sure to thank Him for the opportunity you have to gather with His people and focus on Him. Billions of people will have no such opportunity
God is not a cosmic genie who promises to answer every request if we just believe strongly enough in His power.
I get a little impatient with super-spiritual saints who leave the impression that they have a deeper grasp of prayer than most. Such folks teach that if other believers just understood God’s Word better—or had more faith in prayer—God would answer all their requests. They would never suffer illness or poverty again.
Such leaders seem to ignore the fact that Jesus was poor and the Apostle Paul struggled with a thorn in the flesh throughout his life. Paul prayed for God to remove the pain, but the Lord did not answer this petition.
There are qualifiers. Someone once said that God answers prayer in one of four ways:
4) “You’ve got to be kidding Me!”
The following are seven biblical reasons why God doesn’t answer our prayers as we request:
1. Unconfessed sin.
“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2)
2. An unforgiving spirit.
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:25)
3. An unbelieving heart.
“But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” (James 1:6-8)
4. Improper motives.
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:3)
5. An alienated marriage relationship.
“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” (1 Peter 3:7)
6. An anemic effort.
“So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” (Acts 12:5) “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.” (James 5:17)
7. The sovereignty of God.
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.” (Romans 9:15-16)
Trust and obey.
These principles are on my mind because of the death of Kristen Sauder, a woman from an article I read about recently. The article stated that thousands of Christians prayed for Kristen to be healed of cancer. They not only prayed, they fasted and prayed. The elders anointed her with oil and prayed.
While Kristen lived a few months longer than doctors projected, her condition continued to deteriorate. She died at age 45. Seemingly unanswered prayers left many perplexed as to why God doesn’t always answer in the affirmative. Considering the number of righteous people who prayed with intensity and with pure motives for her recovery, I can only conclude this was not God’s will. That may not make sense to us, but God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8).
Job challenged God’s fairness and asked why so many horrible things happened to him when he had lived a righteous life. God finally responded by asking Job where he was at the dawn of creation or if Job could explain the formation of a baby in the womb. God didn’t give any clear answers. He just reminded Job that He was God and Job should trust Him to work things out in the end.
The Lord Jesus provided ample evidence of His love by coming to earth and suffering and dying for our sins. He gave us proof of His power by rising from the dead. So we have good reason to believe that “all things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
God doesn’t promise that all our prayers will be answered just as we express them. He does promise that He hears our prayers and in the end all will be made right. In the meantime, ours is not to understand or explain, but to trust and to wait. This is a lesson every church leader should be teaching to members of the flock.
ARE YOU GROWING?
What amazes me is people who desire to lead over the Body of Christ but are unwilling to Study. Jeremiah 3:15 says "Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding" How can you expect to grow in knowledge, if your leader refuses to grow. A growing concern is that many churches are becoming irrelevant because so many leaders refuse to adapt to change or seek growth in knowledge.
Every Leader must be willing to be educated, trained, and prepared for caring for the Body of Christ. There are so many who claim they full knowledge and understanding but are unwilling to grow through education. Jesus taught the disciples until the moment of the ascension but many leaders feel as if they have attained full knowledge.
Church Leader's principles of ministry should not be based on repeating practices which do not demonstrate growth but only promotes preservation of traditions. The Word of God never changes but the delivery must produce fruit.
If we are to reach this present world, we must grow internally as individuals before we can expect growth externally as part of the Body of Christ. 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
You must ask yourself the hard question? As Jesus taught the parable of the talents, are we the servant with one talent? Are we the one who buried the talent based on false assumptions about the expectations of The Master? If YOU are not growing then why are YOU going? Each person is personally accountable for their own growth, you cannot shift the blame for the lack of your growth on those who lead over you. This is not being critical or judgmental but an invitation to challenge each person to pursue growth and set expectation of growth with our leaders as well.
As members of the Body of Christ: Is it better to be entertained or educated when you attend church? (I personally wish to be Edutained) Are we willing to positively persuade our leaders to seek individual growth so the Body of Christ can be the recipients of that knowledge gained from the process.
Syncretism, as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary, is “the reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief.” This is most evident in the areas of philosophy and religion, and usually results in a new teaching or belief system. Obviously, this cannot be reconciled to biblical Christianity.
Many will misunderstand this post because of our inability to separate the Will of God from the traditions of man. As we prepare for the Resurrection season, it is my hope and prayer that we discontinue the teachings and celebration of the Easter Bunny.
Here is the real problem: Religious syncretism often takes place when foreign beliefs are introduced to an indigenous belief system and the teachings are blended. Therein lies the problem, for syncretism relies on the whim of man, not the standard of Scripture.
There is no scriptural support for this tradition, however churches will sponsor easter egg hunts and attempt to force a spiritual undertone for support of this thinking and practice.
This year, let's return to the true and only reason for the celebration of THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST. This celebration is not to be combine nor shared with any other tradition in a manner which supports Conformational Ministry over Transformational Ministry.
Think on just a few things stated in Scripture: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37); "Jesus replied, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'" (John 14:6); "Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name" (John 20:31-32); and “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
Religious syncretism is simply not compatible with true Christianity. In fact, any modification to biblical law and principle for the sake of a “better” religion is heresy. Revelation 22:18-19 "18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
This Resurrection Season, please don't contribute to the miseducation of our people. Let's teach the true meaning of this season.