As we know, people from all over the world have said they have seen Jesus in clouds, various foodstuffs, buildings, etc. There is one little problem with this. Nobody knows what Jesus looked like. Continue reading →
Philippians 3:4-7 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
More than anyone else, the Apostle Paul could have boasted of himself. He was a “Hebrew of Hebrews” with Pharisaical training and a zeal for the law. In fact, he was “blameless” concerning the law. In addition, he was intellectually sharp and and well-respected. By his own admission, he could have had “confidence in the flesh”. But he didn’t. Continue reading →
Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Fear is a part of life. Some fears are minimal, but others can be debilitating. Regardless, when fear comes upon us, we should seek the Lord. The Hebrew word translated “sought” has a range of meanings including “resort to”, “enquire of”, “consult with”, and “seek with care”. These meanings convey dependence upon God rather than ourselves. It is saying, “I need help.” Continue reading →
Isaiah 40:18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
This simple verse communicates a profound truth by way of a rhetorical question. Nobody can be compared to God. He is unique in His essence, quality, and character. He is the Creator and He is transcendent from His creation. Continue reading →
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
This verse is a paraphrase of Proverbs 3:34:
Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
Pride, often manifested in scorn, will cause God to resist (oppose) us. Pride is what caused Satan to be cast out of heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15). Pride is one of the seven deadly sins (Proverbs 6:16-19). If we desire God’s grace on our lives, we must be humble. In short, we must resist pride or God will resist us. Continue reading →