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God Is So Evident In The Bible, and Seems So Hidden Today
I thought we could talk about “Hearing GOD”. Some people say that GOD has talked to them and then some say, GOD doesn’t talk any more. Then there are some that say that it’s our imagination or even Satan is talking to us because GOD has stopped talking to us. So let’s get started with a Four Part Discussion.
The Bible records God appearing to people, performing amazing and undeniable miracles, speaking audibly, and many other things that we do not seem to witness today. Why is this? Why was God so willing to reveal and prove Himself in Bible times, but almost seems "hidden" and silent today? God used miracles and direct communication with people in order to reveal to them His character and nature, as well as His plans and commands. His first miracle – creation – was the primary evidence of God’s existence and exhibited many of His attributes. From what was made, man could conclude that God is powerful, sovereign, and good. The creation was His first declaration to mankind. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the expanse proclaims His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). Following creation, God spoke to people to further declare Himself and to inform man of His law and His ways. He first spoke to Adam and Eve, giving them commandments to follow and, when they disobeyed, pronouncing a curse upon them and their descendants. He also assured them, and all mankind, that He would send a Savior to redeem us from sin. Thereafter, God spoke to Moses, giving him the law for His people to follow. He performed miracle after miracle to verify His existence to His people and to build their faith in Him. In addition, He spoke to His prophets so they would write down His words, words which were preserved for us in the Bible.
When Jesus came to earth, He also performed miracles to prove that He was indeed the Son of God and to foster belief in Him (Matthew 9:6;John 10:38). After His miraculous resurrection, He enabled His disciples to continue performing miracles in order to prove they were truly His, again so that people would believe on Him who sent them. So why does God no longer speak audibly to us?
There are several reasons for this. As noted above, God has already spoken, and His words have been miraculously kept for us down through the ages. Now we have the completed canon of scripture, and we need no further miracles to “validate” the Bible. In His perfect Word is everything we need “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is complete and is perfectly able to make us “wise to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15), a “more sure Word of prophecy to which we would do well to take heed” (2 Peter 1:19). We need nothing more, and we are not to seek extra-biblical revelations. To do so calls into question the efficacy of Scripture which God has declared to be sufficient.
Second, we have within us the Holy Spirit whom God has given to us to “lead us into all truth” (John 16:13). He speaks to us continually, teaching us, and reminding us of all things that Jesus taught (John 14:26), guiding, correcting, and convicting us of sin (John 16:8). God is indeed “speaking” to us today through the Holy Spirit, who is certainly not hidden. Another reason for God’s seeming concealment is alluded to by the prophet Habakkuk: “The just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4). God does not give His people a continual chain of miraculous signs; He expects them to trust what He has already done, search the Scriptures daily, respond to the Holy Spirit within, and live by faith, not by sight (Matthew 16:4;John 20:29).
Finally, let us remember that even in those times when it seems that God is doing nothing, He is still the sovereign Lord of all creation, and He is constantly at work, bringing about the fruition of His perfect plan. One of the best examples of God’s “hidden” working is the book of Esther, in which God is never mentioned, but which plainly shows His sovereign hand at work from beginning to end.
Next Post will be: Listening To GOD or Hearing Satan
April 20, 2015
Jude 1-25 (Good News Translation)
God’s Hopeful Word
Jude 1-25: The Letter from Jude was written to warn against false teachers who claimed to be believers. In this brief letter, the writer encourages believers to build on the foundation of their faith.
Today’s Scripture: Jude 20b, 21
Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and keep yourselves in the love of God, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy to give you eternal life.
1 From Jude, servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James—
To those who have been called by God, who live in the love of God the Father and the protection of Jesus Christ:
2May mercy, peace, and love be yours in full measure.
3My dear friends, I was doing my best to write to you about the salvation we share in common, when I felt the need of writing at once to encourage you to fight on for the faith which once and for all God has given to his people.4For some godless people have slipped in unnoticed among us, persons who distort the message about the grace of our God in order to excuse their immoral ways, and who reject Jesus Christ, our only Master and Lord. Long ago the Scriptures predicted the condemnation they have received.
5 For even though you know all this, I want to remind you of how the Lord once rescued the people of Israel from Egypt, but afterward destroyed those who did not believe.6Remember the angels who did not stay within the limits of their proper authority, but abandoned their own dwelling place: they are bound with eternal chains in the darkness below, where God is keeping them for that great Day on which they will be condemned.7 Remember Sodom and Gomorrah, and the nearby towns, whose people acted as those angels did and indulged in sexual immorality and perversion: they suffer the punishment of eternal fire as a plain warning to all.
8In the same way also, these people have visions which make them sin against their own bodies; they despise God's authority and insult the glorious beings above.9 Not even the chief angel Michael did this. In his quarrel with the Devil, when they argued about who would have the body of Moses, Michael did not dare condemn the Devil with insulting words, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”10But these people attack with insults anything they do not understand; and those things that they know by instinct, like wild animals, are the very things that destroy them.11 How terrible for them! They have followed the way that Cain took. For the sake of money they have given themselves over to the error that Balaam committed. They have rebelled as Korah rebelled, and like him they are destroyed.12With their shameless carousing they are like dirty spots in your fellowship meals. They take care only of themselves. They are like clouds carried along by the wind, but bringing no rain. They are like trees that bear no fruit, even in autumn, trees that have been pulled up by the roots and are completely dead.13They are like wild waves of the sea, with their shameful deeds showing up like foam. They are like wandering stars, for whom God has reserved a place forever in the deepest darkness.
14 It was Enoch, the seventh direct descendant from Adam, who long ago prophesied this about them: “The Lord will come with many thousands of his holy angels15to bring judgment on all, to condemn them all for the godless deeds they have performed and for all the terrible words that godless sinners have spoken against him!”
16These people are always grumbling and blaming others; they follow their own evil desires; they brag about themselves and flatter others in order to get their own way.
Warnings and Instructions
17But remember, my friends, what you were told in the past by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.18 They said to you, “When the last days come, people will appear who will make fun of you, people who follow their own godless desires.”19These are the people who cause divisions, who are controlled by their natural desires, who do not have the Spirit.20But you, my friends, keep on building yourselves up on your most sacred faith. Pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,21and keep yourselves in the love of God, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy to give you eternal life.
22Show mercy toward those who have doubts;23save others by snatching them out of the fire; and to others show mercy mixed with fear, but hate their very clothes, stained by their sinful lusts.
Prayer of Praise
24To him who is able to keep you from falling and to bring you faultless and joyful before his glorious presence—25to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, might, and authority, from all ages past, and now, and forever and ever! Amen.
Who are the “godless people” (verse 4) mentioned in today’s reading? How are they described? To whom are they compared? What words of encouragement does the writer give? Is there someone who is in need of receiving encouragement from you today?
Merciful and loving God, I pray that you keep me from falling and bring me faultless and joyful into your glorious presence. To you, God my Savior through Jesus Christ my Lord, be glory, majesty, might, and authority, from all ages past, and now, and forever and ever! Amen.
The ability to discern distorted messages about God’s grace.
Revelation 5:1-14: The Lamb of God is praised.
Big Government vs Natural Rights
If the DoI state the people are endowed by their Creator. If these rights preexisted before the government, that they are not created by the government, then it is before all governments, before any which we know of or heard of, right?
Thomas Jefferson “…a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”
For Locke and his philosophical heir Jefferson, this natural law of non-aggression was the basis of government power. By prohibiting aggression by one person or group against another, the government would preserve the natural rights to life, liberty, and property. Importantly, repelling aggression was also the limit of government power, for when the government exercised power for any other reason it was committing aggression itself and invading the rights it was meant to protect. - Tom Mullen
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We have seen what big government does to the psyche of people, most everyone claims life use to be freer and safer in the old days before big government. So why is it so hard to get people to really support smaller government, do you fear liberty so much to think the country will just go crazy when they claim it worked in the past?
Two hours into my first day of work as a Wal-Mart greeter, and ugly woman came in with her two kids. Hearing her swear at them, I said, “ Good morning , welcome to Wal-Mart. Nice Kids, are they twins?” The mom answered, “Hell no, they ain’t twins. The oldest one is 9 and the other ‘un is 7. Why would you think they’re twins? Are you blind or stupid?” “ I’m neither blind nor stupid.
Two hours into my first day of work as a Wal-Mart greeter, and ugly woman came in with her two kids. Hearing her swear at them, I said, “ Good morning , welcome to Wal-Mart. Nice Kids, are they twins?” The mom answered, “Hell no, they ain’t twins. The oldest one is 9 and the other ‘un is 7. Why would you think they’re twins? Are you blind or stupid?” “ I’m neither blind nor stupid. I just couldn’t believe someone slept with you twice.” Have a good day and thank you for shopping at Wal-Mart.”
My supervisor said I probably wasn’t cut out for this kind of work.
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It is frustrating that we once again see people seeking to appease the anti-theists. Over and over, we are pressed to change what has been normal for years because someone wants to claim hurt feelings. They feel left out or excluded. "It is my constitutional rights to be included," they whine. I would like to hear the article and paragraph on that, please. It is happening again in Tennessee.
Christian News reports:
Presentations from a character identified as "Bible Man" have been halted in a Tennessee school district following a complaint from a prominent atheist activist organization.
You would think that the man was sexually abusing the children during these assemblies the way the atheists talk. What did this "Bible Man" do that was so bad during these presentations?
Horace Turner has been presenting assemblies at Grundy County schools for approximately 40 years without issue. He sings songs, presents Bible lessons, distributes literature and erects Christian displays for the children. Attendance is voluntary.
Now, if the things that Turner did during these assemblies bothers you, read that last sentence again. They were not mandatory, they were voluntary. If the students or their parents did not want their children to participate, that was fine. But, these are Christians exercising their freedoms outside the church and home. This will not be tolerated.
Christian News continues:
But last month, after receiving a complaint from a parent—whose name has not been disclosed—the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent the district a letter asserting that Turner's presentations are unconstitutional.
In fact, this statement could not be further from the truth. The assemblies were not compulsory. Therefore, they are not unconstitutional. But, this lie is not the most troubling thing. It is the language used by the atheists concerning the activities at the assembly.
"[W]hile some Christian evangelizers come as wolves dressed in sheep's clothing, this wolf comes dressed as a wolf," the letter stated. "'Bible Man's' overtly religious and proselytizing messages are explicit."
"The district must ensure no more 'Bible Man' assemblies or other religious assemblies are being scheduled or taking place in its public schools, thereby protecting children under its care from predators and upholding their constitutional rights," the letter stated. "We also wish to be assured Bible Man is not given other access to district students, such as in lunchrooms, etc."
These same people would not want to fire a teacher who actually was a predator. Yet, when it comes to Christianity, the children need to be protected. This shows the speed with which we are headed toward persecution of Christians. If the children need to be guarded against us, how far do you have to jump to for them to need to silence and eliminate us?
It is not very far at all!
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