The initiative is intended to encourage the mindset in the hearts of Bible believing Christians the world over.
It has and is becoming progressively more clear to me that there is a real need in the church for sound solid Biblical teaching.
“Is this not already the case? ” you may ask. Sadly it is not the case.
In the recent past I have taken the plunge to write my book Throne Room Etiquette. The process of writing and subsequent discoveries that I had made in christian circles was nothing short of astonishing. It was becoming abundantly clear to me that there was a dire need for solid bible based teaching to be made available to the general population of believers.
I had met with a local pastor and man that I respect significantly and was encouraged that he and some fellow workers were doing amazing work in a suburb not to far from my home. I felt inspired and my spirit was lifted to see such commitment and dedication maintained in a community that had very little to offer a minister and family in the way of financial support.
The idea that we have teachers out there that are promoting and pushing a doctrine of prosperity for the sake of drawing in the masses only to deceive them into surrendering cash they kan ill afford to lose, is disturbing and I would be as bold as to say that it displeasing to the King of kings. It’s nothing new after all. These kinds of deceiving self righteous mindsets have been around for centuries.
It does bother me though that not more is being done to expose these prosperity teachers and bring the bride of Christ back to the basics of simple sound teaching. I really to understand and promote the idea of people maturing spiritually. In fact it is some thing I endorse and work toward promoting in the lives of fellow believers on a daily basis.
To the end of exposing false teachers and their vain doctrines that expose the people who really do not know I will continue to write and produce, in my opinion, solid content that inspire people to get back to the basics of being in a relationship with Jesus.
We Must grow and mature. Jesus expects it. it is my prayer that Jesus will enable the development and rising up of workers that are able to bring about maturity in the bride of our King. looking at the world in a global perspective and comparing it to Hosea 4 allows us to see how far our family of believes have ventured off the straight and narrow path that leads to salvation.
Using a journal to keep track of things.
About a year ago I decided that I needed to re-visit the use of a spiritual diary. It took me back to some memories from the mid nineties when I had just moved to Durban. Back then I was using my journal to keep track of my conversations with God and to aid, if you will, my commitment to memorizing scripture by applying myself to reading, writing and speaking scripture.
At the time it made so much sense to me because it made my conversation with God some thing that became tangible and it also helped me refer back to it in the future when I felt my faith was weighing. Right up to today I can remember a conversation that I had had with God during my first week in a strange city. I was experiencing massive amounts of new things in a new city. Keeping a journal came naturally and just made sense at the time.
Getting back to my journal for 2015, I am reminded of the time on February when I stated it up again. I was getting closer to completing Throne Room Etiquette and felt that I was growing into new areas of my understanding of Kingdom things. I do feel that my journal in some way encourages me to keep coming back to it in order to add to it. In some way it keeps me on my toes and helps me to remain current in the things I learn from Scripture and strangely does have a massive impact on my relationship with God.
Some of the rudimentary things I had used to help me keep track of my entries were page numbers. Not all note books come with page numbers so adding numbers to your pages as you write may serve to encourage you to come to make more entries. As a rule I like to separate every day’s entries into its own little space. I also like to write down the date and time that I am entering my quite space. Not every one will like this level of structure in an informal activity but I had found that it just works for me.
Lastly I do some thing that challenges me in my journal entries. I would follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and after selecting a portion of scripture I make a note of the book and chapter before I even start to read the chapter. This compels me to see my efforts through when it comes to working through that particular Bible chapter.
Looking through the selected or appointed Bible chapter I strive to look for things in ways I have not before, and more often than not, I end up asking questions that brings new answers and understanding about the way things are and work in the Kingdom of Heaven. In short the keeping of a journal has and keeps to improve my walk with God and is only one of the tools that I use to help keep me under His guiding hand.
Any Comments/Your Thoughts Welcome On The Above Post
I had post this image on the Facebook profile of Throne Room Etiquette. I was pleasantly surprised when it started a healthy debate.
Frank da Hortra made a statement “ We need to humble ourselves to God. However the pursuit to humble ourselves to other people is the one fraught with danger, in the act of doing this, pride develops leading us into sin. To humble ourselves to God and his word should be our goal. I should have put it clearer. I am reminded of a story of a student that got a badge for humility. When he put the badge on the next day it was taken away from him because he was proud of his humility. (Quote from John Mcarthur)”
One of the characteristics that we always hear about in Christian circles is humility. Nicolas, a good mate of mine threw the question out there on my Face book page one day asking: “What is humility?”
On face value it seemed a simple question that could be satisfied with a simple answer. As is the case with most things one start to realize that its not as straight forward as it may seem.
There are a few references in scripture that discuss concepts that are very close to the idea of humility but the one that stood out to me when I was looking into humility was one that referred back to a portion of scripture found in
1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in the Messiah, if there is any comfort of love, if there is any fellowship in the Spirit, if there is any compassion and sympathy,
2 then fill me with joy by having the same attitude, sharing the same love, being united in spirit, and keeping one purpose in mind.
3 Do not act out of selfish ambition or conceit, but with humility think of others as being better than yourselves.
4 Do not be concerned about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others.
5 Have the same attitude among yourselves that was also in the Messiah Jesus:
6 In God’s own form existed he, and shared with God equality, deemed nothing needed grasping.
7 Instead, poured out in emptiness, a servant’s form did he possess, a mortal man becoming. In human form he chose to be,
8 and lived in all humility, death on a cross obeying.
9 Now lifted up by God to heaven, a name above all others given, this matchless name possessing.
10 And so, when Jesus’ name is called, the knees of everyone should fall wherever they’re residing.
11 Then every tongue in one accord, will say that Jesus the Messiah is Lord, while God the Father praising.
12 And so, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only when I was with you but even more now that I am absent, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him.
14 Do everything without complaining or arguing
15 so that you may be blameless and innocent, God’s children without any faults among a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world
16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. Then I will be proud when the Messiah returns that I did not run in vain or work hard in vain.
17 Yet even if I am being poured out like an offering as part of the sacrifice and service I offer for your faith, I rejoice, and I share my joy with all of you.
18 In the same way, you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.”
When I read through this passage there is one thing that becomes clear. This “Humility” is an attitude that comes from a mind set, a way that one looks at your own position relative to another person or purpose.
The Author of Phillipians not only talks about the attitude of humility but in his address he also exemplifies it in the way he talks to the Philipians in v 12. He also encourages them v3 even though he had the capacity as a teacher to instruct them. When he discusses Jesus he speaks of the same attitude in the life of Jesus v7+8. This is not just His life on the earth but the eternal life of Jesus. Its made clear that Jesus inspired this “attitude” in the passage.
In my mind and heart i believe that that “Putting a face on grace” by Richard Blackaby makes large inroads in helping us grow in our understanding of humility. Perhaps there is some value in putting a life of grace and humility side by side they are not all that different…….
Pride on the other hand should perhaps get its own blog space but because it stands in relative contrast to humility perhaps we should touch on it also. I believe that most people will agree that pride is not always a vain behavioral attribute. One can be proud of ones spouse or child for achieving a particular goal.
When pride creates conceitedness I believe that it has produced fruit that is sin because it detracts from dependence on God that true humility testifies. Perhaps this is why Phillipians 2:12 says:”continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”
Looking at Philipians 2. It’s clear to me that humility is a view of others rather than a view of ones self. Ie. Your needs come before mine, especially the attitude of ill do whatever it takes to get into relationship with the king. Also humility is the ability to compare yourself to God rather man. While pride is about self service and viewing yourself more important than others. So with that in mind it would not be prideful to hold others to a higher standard, even a higher one than you are keeping.
Just a quick thought.
Any Comments/Your Thoughts Welcome On The Above Post
How DOES the translation of my bible impact the meaning of the original content?
For some time the question has been out there in one way or another. After a thought provoking discussion I was prompted to revisit this idea and felt that it would make a lot of sense to gain a better understanding of how the translation of the Bible has or changed what it means and for that matter what it means to us.
if one considers it for a while it is possible to highlight some of the positives as well as some of the negative impacts various translations has had on generations of Christians.
on his blog Dr Joel Hoffman he sites five ways in witch translations of the bible had changed its meaning. Personally I can attest to how some translations of the Bible has significantly enhanced my understanding of scripture without the need to study other languages. once we balance the possible good and bad impact these translations have had on the foundations of our faith we will be able to develop a solid opinion about weather we think translating the bible is a good thing or a bad thing.
I would like to hear your point of view and to know how you feel your bible in its current form that you use most often has impacted your life.
Nicholas (03-12-2015 12:01)
I’ve reached a place where I find it best grasp the verse that says STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED… It does not tell us to read to show ourself approved. When you really get down and study the bible, no one version is good enough. You end up using all resources available to you in order to fully understand what God is saying.
Any Comments/Your Thoughts Welcome On The Above Post