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I think we need to be sharing with one another more from our hearts concerning what our Lord is teaching us each day from his Word and how he is applying His truths to our daily lives in all practicality. This is what the Bible says we should be doing, that we should be encouraging one another in the faith so that none of us falls into sin. For me, I've been learning much about waiting on God and trusting in his sovereignty.I think it's funny/ pathetic how we Christians enjoy working hard to show others how much we know, how smart we are. When we should be learning from each other and sharing God's love we want adulation on our intelligence, on our education. And much of the time we are wrong!
What do you think?
I am curious how we "increase our spiritual muscles". I wouldn't say "all" we need is more knowledge. but it is knowledge that saves us as equally as faith.I think its sad how we as a people supposedly of faith, focus so much on knowing scripture more (which in itself is good) and barely scratch the surface when it comes to increasing our spiritual muscles which does not fall within our intellectual pursuit. For although its by faith we are saved, most christians seem to think once that bridge is crossed, all we need is more knowledge to be perfect as Christ our savior is perfect.
I think you presented a clear balance. Serving with true agape love will make theI think it's funny/ pathetic how we Christians enjoy working hard to show others how much we know, how smart we are. When we should be learning from each other and sharing God's love we want adulation on our intelligence, on our education. And much of the time we are wrong!
What do you think?
If this is a stab at debate and heated discussion I disagree. If at purely boastful discussion, sure of course.I think it's funny/ pathetic how we Christians enjoy working hard to show others how much we know, how smart we are. When we should be learning from each other and sharing God's love we want adulation on our intelligence, on our education. And much of the time we are wrong!
What do you think?
It isn't a stab at a debate...Just a simple observation not directed at or about anyone in particular.If this is a stab at debate and heated discussion I disagree. If at purely boastful discussion, sure of course.
We are to get on our knees and work out our salvation in fear and trembling. Contending for the truth / sharpening our swords can appear heated, full of vanity and what not, especially on the internet where you cannot see emotions or expressions.....but give me that over feel good discussions any-day.
It is carnality 101 to hate correction. Spirituality 101 to love it.
Use this knowledge of yours to find out, since it is so powerful.I am curious how we "increase our spiritual muscles". I wouldn't say "all" we need is more knowledge. but it is knowledge that saves us as equally as faith.
1 Tim 2:3; This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
1 Tim 2:4; who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Rom 10:1; Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.
Rom 10:2; For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.
Rom 10:3; For not knowing about God's righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
Rom 10:4; For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Col 1:9; For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
Col 1:10; so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
What is the difference between someone in a "Christian" cult and a "true Christian". Plain and simple it's knowlwdge of the truth.
2 Tim 3:2; For men will be ....
2 Tim 3:5; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
2 Tim 3:6; For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses,
2 Tim 3:7; always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Pet 1:3; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
2 Pet 1:4; For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
2 Pet 1:5; Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
2 Pet 1:6; and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,
2 Pet 1:7; and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
2 Pet 1:8; For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Pet 1:9; For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
I know a good many "spiritual" people who aren't saved. By the same token in your claim about knowledge, I could say...
"many christians seem to think once that bridge is crossed, all we need is to be more spiritual to be perfect as Christ our savior is perfect."
I think we should all learn to debate or correct brothers and sisters Nicely be kind and gentle is what the bible teaches !!! If someone can not state a difference in opinion in kind gentle loving way then just shut up !!
What do you think?
Jesus tells us the second greatest commandment is, which I would say every single person fails every day me included. Everyday people fail this here in JT.Check out 1 thessalonians 2: 1-13
Esp verse 7-8
Nurses are gentle arent they? They dont come at you with a knife. That is why to train in ministry, start with children first. If you've never taught a sunday school class...or your own children, then teaching adults the bible could be troublesome. Many parents sadly blame their children for their own failings when they hadnt actually nursed them correctly...granted we are not THE apostles but we build on their foundation and take them as an example on how to behave. As messengers of the gospel to others.
I would say it NOT funny if someone wants adulation for themselves...it's wrong! We cant please men, we need to please God and give Him the glory. Plus He can use the mouths of babes...or even donkeys that never had any education!
Here is my testimony (not the whole of it) in song, which the Lord gave me to write a few years ago. The song is simple, home recorded, with computer generated musical instrumentation, sung by a 67 year old woman who loves Jesus with all her heart. The video is homemade, too, using PowerPoint, which I had to learn how to use, and multiple personal photos of myself from childhood to adulthood. The song encourages my heart every time I sing it. I hope it will encourage your heart, too. It is a prayer.May I be so bold as to ask everyone here what God is teaching you personally for your life and witness? The Bible says we are to encourage one another daily so that none of us is hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We are to encourage one another, and build one another up. But to build up is not just a pat on the back or a nicey-nice message to make us feel good, though it is certainly good and needed to hear "Well done," or "Good job" or "Love you," as long as these are said with sincerity of heart. We are to be encouraged by one another's faith. And, we are to encourage one another through the scriptures. But, encouragement and building up of one another also involves speaking the truth in love to one another so that we might all become mature in Christ. So, it also involves urging, inciting, inspiring, cheering, boosting, developing, nurturing and persuading. I need to be encouraged. I am certain you do, too. And, I get encouraged by others' walks of faith and by what they are learning and are applying to their lives.
Gal. 5:13-14 NASB: “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF."