Monday, February 7, 2011

Random Thoughts

I have always published articles on a particular subject, but I thought I would publish some seed thoughts for your consideration.  These are thoughts that have come to me usually when listening to a sermon or teaching someone is giving.  They are not fleshed out yet.

Condemnation

Condemnation is who I am according to my failures.
Conviction is who I can be according to God's grace.
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Faith

Lessons from the raising of Lazareth.
Mary and Martha said, "If you had been here..."  Jesus replied, "I am the resurrection and life."

Faith is about believing who He is, not about what He can do.  Note the difference, Jesus did not exhort the sisters to believe He could raise the dead.  Rather, they must believe He is life.  What He does is a product of who He is.

He said to the woman at the well in John that if she knew who He was she would ask for the water of life.
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The Gospel

The ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19) is that "He who knew no sin was made to be sin that we might be the righteousness of God in Christ."  Any preaching that does not lead the hearer to an identity of righteousness is no gospel at all.

Redemption is concerned with making sinful man fit for standing before God's throne.  Righteousness makes one fit for God's presence.
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Security

No weapon formed against you shall prosper.  The weapon may not be removed, but when its threat is meaningless to us it ceases to prevail.
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Built for Conflict

God created Adam and gave him an assignment that required him to be ready to do battle.  He put Adam in the garden and commanded him to cultivate and keep (guard) it.

If God gives an assignment He must give the tools and equipment to do it.  That is what grace is all about.
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ET

All things were made by Christ and without Him there was not anything made.  If there is an ET it must be created by God and could not be  a higher degree of being in creation since man was created in the image of God.  If an ET was created in the image of God it would be a human.
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Enjoy and do what you will with these ideas.

1 comment:

Aaron Cavazos (Weep for Souls Ministries) said...

Excellent insight. These nuggets are so valuebale for every believer. I miss your classes at IBC.

Aaron Cavazos, Evangelist
Weep for Souls Ministries
aaroncavazostoday.blogspot.com