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Preaching Righteousness or Preaching Jesus?

God did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly. (2 Peter 2:5 NKJV)

If you ever try to take an old bone away from a dog, chances are you will be bitten, or even worse, torn apart. But, if you throw a nice steak over to the side, most likely the dog will forget about the old bone and go to the steak. Satan has most people in the world chewing on the old bones of a sinful life. If you try and preach righteousness, chances are you are in store for a very unpleasant experience. But, if you throw a nice steak over to the side and preach Jesus, there is a good chance they will see the glories of Jesus and walk away from a life of sin.

And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. (Acts 5:42 NKJV)

Sin was rampant in the world at the time of the flood, at the beginning of the Church Age, and now it is rampant at the end of the Church Age. Putting the emphasis on righteousness rather than Jesus when we witness to a dying world is like spinning our wheels in the mud. We really don’t get anywhere. Instead, we can get deeper and deeper in a rut. But, if we take the example of the early Church in the verse above and preach Jesus, we then can turn the world upside down.

Don’t get me wrong. There are times when we must point out sin when preaching Jesus to a dying world, but it must be with love, not condemnation.

Yes, homosexuality is sin. Yes, drug and alcohol abuse is sin. Yes, abortion is sin. Yes, promiscuous sex is sin. Our job is to concentrate on pointing to the better way, which is Jesus!

Notice in the first Scripture of this article, that outside of Noah and his family, not one person was saved from the flood because of Noah’s preaching of righteousness. The preaching of righteousness is mainly reserved for the Church. It is vitally important to the Church so we can live a life of holiness. When we live a life of holiness, we then can be effective witnesses for Jesus in a dying world.

Jesus Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed. (1 Peter 2:24 NKJV)

Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:22‭-‬24 NLT)

The world in Noah’s day was suddenly drowned because of their sin. In today’s world, it is quite different. People are slowly drowning because of their sin, but don’t recognize it. It is our job to throw them a life preserver. And that life preserver is Jesus! Some will take it, but many will not. That fate is up to them. At least we can know we did what we were called to do!

In conclusion, we learn that we cannot put the cart before the horse. We must preach Jesus first. Only after that, righteousness fits into the puzzle.

Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:11 NKJV)

Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” (John 5:14 ESV)

“Preach Jesus to a dying World! Preach righteousness to a forgetting Church!”

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Not My Will But Thy Will

Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may Your name be kept holy. May Your Kingdom come soon. May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9‭-‬10 NLT)

In order to get my point across in this article, I must start off by going back to the days when TV was king. It was the time when Jim and Tammy Bakker’s PTL Club and Jimmy Swaggart’s Ministry were the Christian shows to watch. I remember how many men and women alike in our congregation would miss services, then brag about how fantastic these shows were. This grieved me much as an Elder in the church. I saw how it hurt my Pastor even more. We couldn’t say much because it would be misconstrued as jealousy. But we knew what the Word of God taught and the dangers of sitting in front of a TV, rather than being in fellowship:

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25 NLT)

We also recognized that everyone in the congregation was important and when someone was missing, the church body felt it:

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. (1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT)

All that we could do was pray and keep seeking and doing the will of the Father. It wasn’t long that both of these shows ended in horrific scandals because of behind the scenes sin. We were ready to minister to those in the congregation whose faith was shaken by it. What a blow to the Church world:

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. (Galatians 6:7 NLT)

As I look around, whether it be the World, America, or the Church, I see the ‘Me Me Syndrome’. I can understand the ‘World’ because it is Satan’s playground. I can even understand ‘America’ because we have turned our backs on our Christian heritage. But the ‘Church’? What happened to the ‘Our Father’ where we are supposed to sincerely pray, “Thy Will Be Done!”? We need to look in the mirror and examine ourselves. We need to grasp a hold of Paul’s mindset:

You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the Word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us. (2 Corinthians 2:17 NLT)

Now take an even closer look at America. We are coming apart at the seams. Lawlessness and disregard for the Constitution have infiltrated our Congress. It is spreading like a wildfire:

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12 ESV)

As we see the end approaching so quickly where the trumpet can sound at any second, are we continuously seeking ‘Thy Will Be Done’ or are we blinded by ‘self’? I hope this article prompts us to sincerely seek the answer and make corrections as needed. Jesus does not want to take the wheel. He wants each of us to give Him the wheel. He wants us to give Him complete control of our lives. He wants to be our LORD. He doesn’t want to be just a figurehead in our lives!

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Is Humility an Attribute of God?

The other day in Sunday School class, the question came up, “Is ‘humility’ an attribute of God.” I must admit that even though I have studied the Bible extensively for over 40 years, I never considered that question before. The closest I came is to an article I wrote 7 years ago Partaking Of God’s Glory

This question opened up a ‘can of worms’ for discussion. Someone said ‘humility’ is an attribute of God. My wife basically countered by pointing out that God is the pinnacle of everything there is in the universe. She took this from the ending chapters 38-42 of the Book of Job where God confronts Job. Needless to say, the discussion and research continued into our home life, which any good Sunday School class should stir. The following is what we came up with, by rightly dividing the Word of God.

Very first thing we needed to do was look at the meaning of being ‘humble’ and ‘humility’:

Humble– Having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc. Low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc.

Humility– The quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc.

Simply put, ‘humble’ is a description word (adjective) meaning not inflating one’s opinion of self-worth. Being ‘humbled’ is a verb, an act of being subservient. ‘Humility’ on the other hand is a noun and it’s an attribute. It is being not full of self-importance.

Now let’s look at the root word for ‘humble’ and ‘humility’. It is the Latin word ‘humilis’ which means low, close to the ground.

Second thing we needed to do was find out everywhere ‘humble’ (humbled, humbledst, humbleth, humbleness, humility, etc.) is found in the Bible. It is found 68 times. The only time it is not used in reference to man is in the following portion of Scripture which describes the one-time act of Jesus Christ, and it is the verb ‘humbled’:

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5‭-‬11 ESV)

The word ‘humbled’ in verse 8 is the Greek word ‘tapeinoō’ which means to make low or bring low.

Why is it so important to emphasize that it was a ‘one-time act’, and not an attribute of God. Read the following four verses in Scripture to get the answer:

He (God the Son) then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. (Hebrews 9:26 NKJV)

By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:10 NKJV)

But we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:9 ESV)

It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing Him to the cross once again and holding Him up to public shame. (Hebrews 6:6 NLT)

Nowhere in the Bible does it refer to God with the attribute noun ‘humility’, nor does it hint at it!

We do know that the attributes the Bible tells us God has are eternal:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 NKJV)

We know that God is ‘love’. When you tie the following portion of Scripture together with Philippians 2:8, the ultimate is God’s ‘love’ that brought about the one-time humbled act of the Son of God:

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 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. (1 John 4:8‭-‬10 NKJV)

The first time the Son of God came to this earth was in a one-time act of being ‘humbled’:

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zechariah 9:9 NKJV)

And this one-time act of allowing Himself to be ‘humbled’ had a finishing point:

After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (John 19:28‭-‬30 KJV)

At His second coming, He will appear in His eternal attribute of being the High and Exalted One:

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of Lords. (Revelation 19:11‭-‬16 ESV)

Also notice in the following verse how Paul refers in the past “just as Christ was” but “He now lives by the power of God”:

Although He was crucified in weakness, He now lives by the power of God. We, too, are weak, just as Christ was, but when we deal with you we will be alive with Him and will have God’s power. (2 Corinthians 13:4 NLT)

What does all of this mean to us? Let’s look again at two verses used above:

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…..and being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5‭, ‬8 ESV)

The Son of God offers us the attribute of ‘humility’, which we as Christians are to possess through the one-time ‘humbled’ act that Jesus demonstrated.

Keep in mind, as a human, even though someone may not have the attribute of ‘humility’, they can still demonstrate a one-time act of being ‘humbled’:

And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, “Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster upon his house.” (1 Kings 21:28‭-‬29 ESV)

But we as Christians are to be different by possessing the attribute of ‘humility’ all the time in our daily walk:

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:5‭-‬6 NKJV)

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. (Isaiah 2:11 NKJV)

And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:10‭-‬12 NKJV)

So in conclusion, even though God ‘humbled’ Himself at one point in time, He did it as a result of His eternal attribute of ‘Love’, for God is ‘Love’! For this we are eternally grateful to the One, Who also has the attribute of being ‘Eternally Exalted’!

As the song goes:

He is worthy of worship!

He is worthy of praise!

He is worthy of honor!

He is worthy of thanks!

For further study, there is an excellent article from the folks at Got Questions on the attributes of God:

Attributes of God

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Unexpected Touch

Sometimes we become so desperate that we will do anything just to touch the hem of the Master’s robe:

Wherever He went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged Him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of His robe, and all who touched Him were healed. (Mark 6:56 NLT)

Other times, it is the Master who reaches out and does the touching according to the circumstances:

Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” He said. “Be healed!” Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed. (Mark 1:41‭-‬42 NLT)

But what about when the Master unexpectedly touches you when you least expect it and it comes as a sudden surprise? Instead of an answer to prayer or a response to an act of desperation, it is simply a touch of comfort:

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26 KJV)

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. (John 16:7 KJV)

The other day I was caught up with the busy demands of life. Out of nowhere, I was overwhelmed by the Master’s touch. I felt the LORD’s love and comfort all over me. Oh, to be loved by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

No, I did not reach out to touch the hem of His garment. And no, I did not request for Him to touch me. It was simply the Master knowing me and my needs better than I know myself and He determined I needed a hug!

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” (Matthew 6:25‭-‬26 NLT)

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5b KJV)

We serve a good, good God. So the next time you feel the Master’s unexpected touch, stop what you are doing and bask in His goodness! This in turn should prompt us to bestow unwarranted acts of love upon our fellow human beings:

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35 NLT)

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Black or White?

No, I am not referring to racial matters. And no, I am not referring to paint colors. Of course, sin is sin—–>I am not referring to this matter either. I am referring to what is perceived as either a right way or a wrong way.

When I was a young Christian, I lived too much in a black and white world. Let’s call it a cookie cutter world. There was no flexibility. Gray was a non-existent color.

But as I got older, I realized to appreciate and understand what Paul was really saying:

Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:19‭-‬23 NLT)

I just wonder how many people I turned off from the Gospel, when I was a young Christian, simply because I failed to seek out a common ground?

The best example I can find in the New Testament of how Paul conducted himself in this area is with the matter of circumcision. Paul made it absolutely clear that circumcision was not necessary for one’s salvation:

While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers: “Unless you are circumcised as required by the law of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Paul and Barnabas disagreed with them, arguing vehemently. Finally, the church decided to send Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local believers, to talk to the apostles and elders about this question. But then some of the believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and insisted, “The Gentile converts must be circumcised and required to follow the law of Moses.” So the apostles and elders met together to resolve this issue. When they had finished, James stood and said, “Brothers, listen to me. “And so my judgment is that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from consuming blood.” This is the letter they (Paul included) took with them: “This letter is from the apostles and elders, your brothers in Jerusalem. It is written to the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia. Greetings! “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements: You must abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. If you do this, you will do well. Farewell.” And there was great joy throughout the church that day as they read this encouraging message. (Acts 15:1‭-‬2‭, ‬5‭-‬6‭, ‬13‭, ‬19‭-‬20‭, ‬23‭, ‬28‭-‬29‭, ‬31 NLT)

But now for the big “BUT”! Paul made sure he did not become hardened. He recognized that ‘hardness’ was not ‘holiness’. Instead he used circumcision as tool to win the Jews:

Paul went first to Derbe and then to Lystra, where there was a young disciple named Timothy. His mother was a Jewish believer, but his father was a Greek. Timothy was well thought of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium, so Paul wanted him to join them on their journey. In deference (respectful submission to the opinion of others) to the Jews of the area, he arranged for Timothy to be circumcised before they left, for everyone knew that his father was a Greek. Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day. (Acts 16:1‭-‬5 NLT)

Even Jesus was careful not to unnecessarily offend anyone:

On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house. But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?” “They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.” (Matthew 17:24-‬27 NLT)

The lesson we can all learn from this is that, yes, there is a right way and a wrong way. But, many times there is a better, higher way!

Each person and situation is unique and needs prayer and discernment:

And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. (Jude 1:22‭-‬23 NLT)

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Whose Tape Measure Do You Use?

One of the most profound lessons in life that I learned involved a fishing kreel and the story is as follows.

I loved fishing for native Brook Trout in Northwestern Pennsylvania when I was growing up as a kid. The legal length of the fish had to be at least 6 inches. I used the tape measure on the side of the creel to make sure it was a keeper. As the years went by, the material the creel was made of shrunk. One day I took notice of the side of the creel and realized the tape measure had also shrunk. The 6 inch mark was now only a hair over 5 inches. I shuddered realizing that if a Fish Warden had come upon me while I was fishing, that I was in deep trouble. The Fish Warden would do the measuring according to his tape measure, not mine. I could make all the excuses I wanted, but none would matter. I WAS GUILTY.

Another story is when I was on the mission field building a house in Balti, Moldova. I manned the cutoff saws down on the ground. My workmates would shout down exact measurements of the boards they needed. If my measuring tape did not match theirs exactly, could you imagine what the outcome would be?

Both of these examples reflect what has happened to our world because we have abandoned God’s tape measure, the Bible, to rule our lives. Gay and abortion issues, along with political and religious views have gone haywire. Man has turned to the devil’s tape measure instead.

One simple verse sums it all up of the only way we can get back on track:

But Jesus answered the devil, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4 ESV)

When we die, the only tape measure that will be used is God’s!

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