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When I think of sports and how it relates to spiritual matters, I think of rugby because there is so much running and wrestling going on. Now, if a man desires to referee a rugby game and has not taken the time to understand the details of the game and to become a true disciple of the game, he is bound to misapply the whistle at certain things he deems uncouth. He is bound to use his subjective judgement and he will whistle inconsistently with the rules of the game. Though he may be sincere about his analysis of the game, he is sincerely wrong most of the time. The same applies to spiritual matters. The same applies to interpreting the Scripture, and most of all, the same applies to understanding the plan of salvation for mankind; a plan for which many religions and their representatives continue to misapply the whistle today.

 

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There is no place in the Bible where it is said that only the rich will be lost; it is only the wicked that will be lost. But the Bible certainly does speak against the love of money; a trap that the rich and those who desire to be rich often fall into (1 Timothy: 9, 10) which makes it harder for them to focus heavenward. No one can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24; Romans 6:16). If our time and honest resources are not serving the cause of God, then we have another master that rules over us and to that master, we become slaves unto death.

 

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There is a classic mistake men make; some less, some more—and that is desiring to live a life of worldly security and wasting the glorious opportunities that life offers to live for eternity.

 

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The Great Physician’s laboratory for the lost is the Bible. The more we take our sicknesses to His laboratory, the more we get our diagnosis and medications, and realise His great love. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29). The more we trust Him who created us and redeemed us, the more effective His prescriptions will be, for when we come to God, we must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:16-7).

 

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As long as there is life, there will be trials and overcoming for the Christian faithful. He must understand the importance of trials to his obedience and the significance of overcoming to his peace. And he must not let the joy of overcoming make him forget the necessity of trials and the reality of both.

 

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Denomination saves no one. Only Jesus saves. Yet, those who will be saved in the end simply cannot be guilty of Christ’s rebuke; “They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules” (Mark 7:7; Matthew 15:9), the chief of which is the exaltation of a counterfeit man-made Sabbath above God’s. Many, most Christians are guilty of reasoning away the simple evidence of God’s word. Eternity is too great a cost to follow the traditions of men and church that is not rooted in the Scripture; the infallible word of God.

 

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God declared Abel righteous by His foreknowledge of what choices Abel will make. He never made Abel act. It was the same with Abraham and the heroes of old. And God’s declaration of them as righteous was confirmed by the choices they later made. This was not a magician’s spell. It was simply God’s foreknowledge. And this same applies to Christians today. It helps shed more light to many questions about when we are declared righteous. I believe it is before we have done anything and after we have done everything. The former is the foreknowledge of God and the latter is the evidence God’s declaration. This is faith and works in action. This is justification and sanctification.

 

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To live a victorious Christian life over sin and self, we must simply commit to Christ’s righteousness. Christ’s righteousness is the opposite of self-righteousness. Self is lost in Christ in doing the absolute will of God. There is no other way for at the centre of Christ’s righteousness is God’s eternal Law. And Christ became the embodiment of that Law. Thus, we must live like Him for this is the essence of Christianity; to be conformed into the image of our perfect example.

 

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Some think that the way they dress does not imply the state of their hearts. But here is a simple perspective. These same people will have a hard time buying a product that does not look good on the outside. They assume that the content must have been affected by the outside looks. A seller will have a tough time convincing them otherwise. Ultimately, they would prefer to buy a product that is not exposed and intact in order to avoid buying a deficient product. Evidently, lawlessness and hypocrisy are birds of a feather.

 

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Satan gives you an awkward situation and makes it look perfect. God gives you a perfect situation even when it doesn’t look that way. But it is quite unfortunate that many have preferred to receive the poison-laden candy from Satan to accepting the light burden of Christ.

 

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We are truly living in disturbing times when many professed Christians are not simply erroneous anymore but are now intelligently erroneous. Indeed, if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? We must now learn, in the face of the floods of deception proceeding from Satan and his agents, to compare scriptures with scriptures, and ensure that are not throwing out the baby with the bathwater on any issue.

 

***”Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).***

Friend, what were your Bible reflections this month? Kindly leave them in the comment section below.

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