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Spiritual Thoughts with Spiritual Words

May 10, 2018

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Spiritual Thoughts with Spiritual Words

With all the influences  of today’s media  and our ability  to travel around the world  and meet people  in all cultures,  we are bombarded daily  with ideas — with words,   big words,  new words,  powerful words,  words with shades of meaning.     We can become overwhelmed  with the seeming possibilities  of all the new ideas people present  to convince us  of their authority.

God’s children have had  to face the words  of all sorts of unbelievers  down through the ages.     The words  of the unbelievers  often seem quite daunting.     The unbeliever will use big,  challenging words  to intimidate those  who trust in God.     With powerful words  they will make false accusations  against the truth  that we are saved by faith alone  in Jesus Christ.

Unbelievers will mockingly sneer  at a Christian  and claim  that they are weak and stupid  for thinking  that they can actually believe  that Jesus takes away  all our sins.     They will call our faith  just sheer laziness  and irresponsibility  on our part — saying that we cannot make anyone else  carry the burden  of our sins — that we need  to be responsible  for our own sins.

Those sorts of words  can make a Christian wonder  about the validity  of their faith,  just as they made the early Corinthian church wonder.     So,  Paul wrote  in 1 Corinthians 2:12-13,

Now we have received,  not the spirit  of the world,  but the Spirit  who is from God,  that we might know the things  freely given to us  by God,  which things  we also speak,  not in words taught  by human wisdom,  but in those taught  by the Spirit,  combining spiritual thoughts  with spiritual words.

Paul and the apostles  did not use big,  philosophical words  to try and bamboozle the people  into believing  in the saving power  of Christ Jesus.    Instead,  they used “spiritual thoughts  with spiritual words”.     In other words,  the spiritual words they used were references  to all of God’s spiritual promises  throughout the Old Testament  to show what God said years ago  about the coming  of our Savior.     Then,  as they showed  how Jesus was a fulfillment  of all the Old Testament prophecies,  they were presenting more spiritual words  showing God’s power  in fulfilling prophecy. 

The “spiritual words” they presented  were proof  of God’s power — proof that Jesus actually does  take away all  of our sins  through faith  in His name.     Jesus truly is the way,  and the truth,  and the life.”  (John 14:6)     Jesus is proof  that God kept His promises  in great detail.

Yes,  those words are so simple  that even a child can come to faith  in Jesus.     Such is God’s love  for all those  who seek Him.     He wants us  to understand the salvation  He freely gives to us  in Jesus.     Only the foolish  will refuse to acknowledge  all the proofs given us  throughout the Bible.     

Therefore,  Jesus tells all of us  in Luke 18:17,

Truly I say to you,  whoever does not receive  the kingdom of God  like a child  shall not enter it  at all.

As little children enter the kingdom  of God,  let us enter with them,  confident in God’s words  of promise,  and heeding Paul’s words  in Ephesians 5:6,

Let no one deceive you  with empty words,  for because of these things  the wrath of God comes  upon the sons of disobedience.

As we rejoice  in God’s promises  to us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your promises  are proven and sure.     Let us always stand firm in them  in love and obedience.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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