Thought of the Day 8-17-15

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, (Ephesians 5:25 NKJV)

The theme of this verse is not so much the coming of Christ to die for sinners as the giving of himself to them in love. John tells us how at the cross the soldiers came to examine Jesus. They found to their surprise that He was already dead, but they pierced His side and there flowed out blood and water. This suggest symbolically the two aspects of the work of Christ; namely, the shedding of blood to redeem us from our sins, and the flowing out to us the water of life.

To die for sins is one thing, but to die for love is more. Christ died for us in order to give Himself to us. The vital issue of our new birth lies just here. It is not repentance which makes us a part of Christ, neither is it confession of our sins, nor even our faith. It is the life of Christ imparted to us by a divine act, which alone makes us a part of the Church which He loved and gave Himself up for.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (I John 4:10 NKJV)

Thought of the Day 8-12-15

“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. (Matthew 12:31, 32 NKJV).

All sin is serious, and to some degree challenges and attacks the character and authority of God. But six sins are specifically identified as sins against the Holy Spirit. Since the Holy Spirit is a person. He may be sinned against. Since He is also God, it is an extremely serious matter to be guilty of sinning against Him. These six sins are blaspheming (Matt. 12:31-32), lying or tempting (Acts 5:4,9), despising (Heb. 10:29), resisting or striving with God (Acts 7:51), vexing or grieving (Eph. 4:30), and quenching (1Thess. 5:19) the Holy Spirit.

Because of the severity with which Jesus describes blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, some people unnecessarily fear that they may have commitment the unpardonable sin. One of the characteristics of such sin is that the Holy Spirit ceases to convict of sin in one’s life, the fact that someone may be concerned about a particular sin indicates he is not beyond grace. The keys to not sinning against the Holy Spirit are to (1) be led by the Spirit, (2) be filled with the Spirit, and (3) be illuminated by the Spirit.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. (John 16:13 NKJV)

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 8-11-15

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NKJV)

The uniqueness of the Christian experience results from the Union of Christ and the believer. This is expressed in Scripture as Christ being in the believer and the believer in Christ. Ten times Paul uses the Greek preposition sun (together) to describe this relationship. Believers were crucified (Gal. 2:10), dead (Col. 2:20), buried ( Rom. 6:4), quickened or made alive (Eph. 2:1-5; Col 2:13), raised (Col. 3:1; Eph. 2:6), seated (Eph. 2:6), and glorified (Rom. 8:17) together with Christ. Jesus used the image of the vine and its branches to describe His union with the believer. The Christian can conquer sin because Christ lives in him.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)

But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (I Corinthians 6:17 NKJV)

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 8-6-15

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8 NKJV)

“The book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth” that’s the first element of supernatural success God gives us in this verse. I like to say it this way: Talk the word. When I say talk the word, I don’t mean just every now and then when you’re feeling spiritual. I mean continually. In Deuteronomy 6:7, God said, “you should talk His word”. When you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 6:7 NIV)

That pretty much all the time, isn’t it? At home, at work, in the grocery store, wherever you are. Keep the word of God in your mouth. Roman 10:17 tells us that “faith comets by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” So when you’re continually talking about what God says, what He’ll do and what His promises are, you’re going to be growing in faith because you’re hearing the word from yourself all the time. You believe you more than anybody else. Try this and see what begins to happen.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 NKJV)

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 8-4-15

A.L. Kitselman said, “The Words” I Am are potent words. Be careful what you hitch them to. The thing that you are claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.”