We see in Malachi 3:8–12, God says, “Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may … Continue reading Is Malachi 3:8-12 for the Church?
Christians are indeed saved by grace, and they are “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (English Standard Version Eph. 2:10). These good works are not performed to retain salvation. Nor are they performed as a means of repayment to God for the amazing salvation … Continue reading Grace and Works
Habits are very formative in anyone’s formation regardless of what it is they are seeking, or not seeking, to form. A habit is described as “a settled or regular tendency or practice” by the Oxford dictionary. When one has a settled or regular practice, this practice then begins to form them. For example, if someone … Continue reading Developing Habits for Godliness
I want to end this little series of stewardship on one of the most important items we can steward: God’s Word. Scripture is our standard to judge anything by. It is our guide, counsel, and source of wisdom for all of life. We see as much in 2 Timothy 3:16–17 when the apostle Paul wrote, … Continue reading Stewarding our Study of God’s Word
One may think that by working they are being a good steward. The answer to this is yes and no. Yes because you are working and earning your pay and providing. This is stewardship in its own right because the apostle Paul stated, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For … Continue reading Stewarding Your Work
Every person who is in the body of Christ has a gift given by the Spirit. I believe that this gift is something that you receive in full once you have believed. I believe we grow into the gift because we are still in the flesh and we must persevere and go on to maturity … Continue reading Stewarding our Spiritual Gifts
Charles Ryrie states, “All believers have the capacity to serve sin and the capacity to delight in the law of God.” This is so because “God has provided the way of victory. But, because [the flesh] has not been refined, it is a powerful enemy with which we have to live.” Since God provided but … Continue reading The Struggle With Sin
Once again we will look at our motives in our Christian life. We have looked at those who serve to prove salvation, those who serve to keep salvation, and those who serve to earn salvation. We have also looked at those who serve for their own glory. So, today I want to look at those … Continue reading Service Because of Love
Continuing the theme this week I want to look at some false motives. By false motives, I mean those that are done for one’s glory. Like we see in Philippians 1:15, those who preach Christ from envy or strife. They do it to look good or to get even with someone. It is not to … Continue reading False Motives
As with yesterday, I want today to look at our motivations. To, more explicitly, look at what motivates us to serve the Lord. There are many out there who will say that we are to serve the Lord because if we are not then we are not really saved. Others will say that we are … Continue reading What Motivates You?
I want to this week to look at and study our motivations. We have motivations in everything we do. Whether this is in exercising, eating cake or other sweets, in our jobs, or in doing chores around the home. In all of these, there are motivations. In exercising we are motivated either to have a … Continue reading Motivations
Charlie Bing gives us a great summation of why a believer does works for the Lord when he wrote: "We know that rewards are not the only, or necessarily the best, motivation for godly living. Love, gratitude, and duty are some of the highest motivations for serving God in this life. But there is nothing … Continue reading Godly Living and Rewards
There is quite the calling for all believers in Galatians 6:1–2. It reads, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” This is … Continue reading Restoration, Burden Bearing, and Fellowship
We see in Scripture that the body of believers gathered together regularly. Paul wrote of these gatherings several times throughout First Corinthians (5:4; 11:17-34; 14:23-26). In some of these cases, Paul is explaining how they were to punish a believer who committed horrendous sin. In other places, he is directing how the meeting should go, … Continue reading Stronger Together
It is so easy to lash back. It is so easy to get even and return tit for tat. Our nature inside us screams that we do this. We want to make the other person look foolish and defeat them for any attack against us. This is what we desire in situations when someone is … Continue reading In Weakness We are Strong