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We have a God who can speak worlds into existence out of nothing at all (Genesis 1:1); it is no wonder He can do great things with so little to work with. He does not need or want the best or the brightest or those with tremendous talent (I Corinthians 1:26-31).
God wants ordinary people (like you and I) to step out with extraordinary faith and do amazing things. The Bible is full of examples of ordinary people exercising amazing faith in terrible times. It is easier to be faithful in the good times, but history is made when ordinary people are faithful in the worst of times.
These four great myths and peoples’ acceptance of them is steadily destroying our morality and our society.
1.) The Goodness of Man: We are constantly being told that all people are basically good. If we initially think anyone is bad, we just don’t understand them.
The Bible teaches just the opposite (Romans 3:9-18 and Jeremiah 17:9). Man is universally depraved and only God is good (Mark 10:17-18).
In Acts 13:6-12 Paul and Barnabas were ministering in Paphos on the Island of Cyprus. Once there they were opposed by a Sorcerer and False Prophet called Barjesus or Elymas. The Sorcerer attempted to prevent Paul’s ministry to the Deputy Sergius Paulus. Sergius desperately wanted to hear Paul and Paul wanted to minister to him. Elymas did all he could to stop it from happening and Paul under the inspiration calls Elymas a “child of the devil”. Paul knew he was not merely battling a Sorcerer he was at war with Satan himself.
I Thessalonians 5:18: We are told to give thanks for everything. Everything means both that which is good and that which is bad. All that happens to us is in accord with God’s sovereign will. To fail to thank God for all is to fail to trust that He knows best.
Romans 8:28: God uses all things both good and bad “according to His purpose”. God has a purpose in every single bit of tribulation He allows into our lives.
I Corinthians 11:1 and 2: “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.”
God’s Word through Paul tells us in certain terms to follow Paul as we practice our faith. We are to practice the traditions that are handed down to us through Paul (God’s Apostle to the Gentiles).
God knew just how much Paul loved the Philippians. And Paul wanted the Philippians to know as well. Paul prayed a specific prayer for the Philippian believers. He prayed that their love would grow, but that their love would be bound by knowledge and sound judgment. He prayed that they would come to a full understanding of that which was more excellent and how it differed from that which was not excellent. “To approve things that are excellent” in the Greek is “To approve things that differ.” The excellent things differ by being excellent.
Genesis 35:1: God calls out to Israel (Jacob), despite the fact that they had committed a horrible atrocity. The sons of Jacob had killed all the Hivite males because their prince had defiled their sister (Genesis 34:1,2,7, and 25-27). Their actions were clearly wrong (Genesis 34:30). God is always calling out to the sinner (Isaiah 1:18 and Mark 5:32).
Genesis 35:2 and 3: To get re-focused on God, we first must make a heartfelt commitment to change our direction.