July 14, 2019
1 John 1:1 – 2:2
1 John 1:1 – 2:2
The Fellowship of the Gospel Philippians 1:1 The Church at Philippi stands as the fulfillment of Paul’s vision of the man calling, “Come and _______ us…” Acts 16:17. “These men are _______ of the Most High God who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” Philippians is primarily a letter that _______ on […]
We conclude our six-month undertaking in the worshipful book that invigorated our heart and passion for Jesus Christ. The Psalms began with six verses describing the value of delighting in the word of God and ended with six verses describing the delight in the worship of God. It started with the warning to the wicked and ended with the embrace of universal worship. It began by stating what to avoid but ended with what to adore. In its beginning, it demonstrated the fruit of stability, while it ended with the fruit of solidarity. Each book division ended with a doxology (41:13; 72:18-19; 89:52; 106:48), but the last concluded with exalted praise.
Whether you are a David running from Saul or a Jonah hiding from God, the darkness surrounding both is overwhelming; nevertheless, God’s strength is timely. Conflict, hardship, and affliction surround the godly and the ungodly; they are no respecter of persons. What is unique between these two groups has everything to do with the object of their dependence. The fruit of either confidence or uncertainty is in direct proportion to the center of their dependency. God told Abraham, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless” (Gen. 17:1). The believer mining daily in the Scriptures, with determination to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, will face struggles differently than the one bent on the strength of their ability.
Believers often battle against the unnecessary desire to apologize to the culture for their belief and teaching on God. For instance, whenever the culture attacks God for being hateful, believers will often redefine God to allow Him to fit comfortably in the social realm, rather than to stand on the biblical standard. In the face of the conflict, rather than redefining God, we must be thoroughly aware of the blessing when the God of Scripture intersects with our life. It is crucial for every believer to take time to know and glorify God without apology. Equally important is our realizing the wonder of considering the ongoing presence of God.