Category Archives: Theology

Nothing is Impossible

What an amazing God we serve!
In reading Luke 1 this morning, I marveled at how God caused Elizabeth to be pregnant with a son despite her being past child-bearing age. I also marveled at how He brought forth a baby in the womb of Mary despite her having known no man. How right Gabriel is when he says:

… nothing will be impossible with God.
– Luke 1:37

Through Elizabeth and Mary, God brought forth John the Baptist, a means of grace, and Jesus Christ, the believer’s Lord and Savior. John was sent to warn the people to repent and turn from their sins. Jesus was sent to be the One that sinners turn in their repentance. How lovely is the Gospel. What a merciful Lord we know. How great Jesus is to condescend and become a man in order to die the death that we should’ve done. This God turns the hearts of men to Himself! It’s all of grace and all of mercy and all of pure love. Though I once was lost and rebellious, this God of the impossible called me to Himself and mercifully saved me. Blessed be His holy name!

And as we pray for family and friends that don’t know Jesus, let us remember that nothing is impossible with Him. Even though we may look at them and think it is close to hopeless, be encouraged — The same God that called us out of our mire can call them too. He is GOD!

In my place, Jesus died…

In my place, He stood condemned
He who knew no sin
Became sin for us
That we might become
His righteousness

Bearing all my sin and shame
The punishment and blame
He conquered the grave
That we might become
The heirs of grace

In my place, Jesus died
The spotless Lamb laid down His life
The wrath of God was satisfied
In my place, Jesus died

In my place, He stood condemned
He who knew no sin
Became sin for us
That we might become
His righteousness

Bearing all my sin and shame
The punishment and blame
He conquered the grave
That we might become
The heirs of grace

In my place, Jesus died
The spotless Lamb laid down His life
The wrath of God was satisfied
In my place, Jesus died

Nail pierced hands, bleeding side
His body bruised, my God crucified!
A crown of thorns, dying cries
His flesh was torn, my God crucified!

Hallelujah! What a Savior!!!

In my place, Jesus died
The spotless Lamb laid down His life
The wrath of God was satisfied
In my place, Jesus died

– “In My Place”, The Village Church

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The Son of Adam, the Son of GOD

Reading this genealogy got me a bit excited, especially the last line. I was reading it and something on the inside went, “Yea!”

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Luke 3
23 Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli,
24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph,
25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,
26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,
27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri,
28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er,
29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi,
30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim,
31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David,
32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon,
33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,
34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor,
35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah,
36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech,
37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan,
38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

Notes from Matthew, Chapters 16-19

During my reading in Matthew tonight, I was convicted in many areas, and grateful for the Lord God teaching me His Word. Tonight’s reading was Matthew 16-19. In tune with my usual, I am sharing my thoughts and application from those chapters.

Matthew 16:15-17
To know and believe that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of the Living God is not something that we’d just know in the flesh. This is revealed to us by the Father.

Matthew 16:23
We become a hindrance to God when we set our minds on the things of man and not on the things of God.

Matthew 17:16-21
My faith in Jesus must function properly or it will be weak.

Matthew 18:3-4
To be humble like a child, this consists of childlike trust, vulnerability, and the inability to advance my own cause apart from the help, direction, and resources of my Heavenly Father (taken from the notes for this verse in my ESV Study Bible).

Matthew 18:6
Causing others to sin is a SERIOUS matter.

Matthew 18:8-9
Making war on sin is serious and sometimes drastic measures must be employed.

Matthew 18:15-17
This passage lays out the proper way to deal with sin, offense, and conflict in the Body. Step 1: Go to your brother or sister ALONE. If they do not listen – Step 2: Take 1 or 2 others with you. If they still do not listen – Step 3: Tell it to the church. If they do not listen to the church – Step 4: Let them be as a Gentile or a tax collector (one who is deliberately rebellious against God). How many times have I seen this NOT be the case in the Body. Fleshly works are more often the resolve than the route that God gives us to follow. Gossip runs amok along with backbiting while holding grudges that cultivate bitterness.

Matthew 18:24-35
The believer in Jesus has been forgiven of SO MUCH SIN! What we have done to God and against God is absolutely heinous! How dare we have an unforgiving heart against a brother or sister?! We’re COMMANDED to forgive. It is NOT an option. And not only are we commanded to forgive, but to forgive from the HEART.

Matthew 19:14
The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to children.

Matthew 19:25-26
There’s no one on earth that is too far gone to the point that they cannot be saved.

I pray this is of use to any readers of this blog. May Christ be seen, may He be glorified, may we pursue Holiness.

Grace & peace.

The Three

If there is no such thing as the Trinity, and if God really exists in different modes (not persons), how can one explain Matthew 3: 16-17?

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Matthew 3:16-17 ESV

God has to be 3 persons; otherwise, the above would be illogical. To say that sometimes God is the Son, sometimes He is the Father, and sometimes He is the Holy Spirit does not only a great disservice to God, but it’s very irreverent as well as heretical, and shows that the one making that statement cannot really believe in the Bible as the Bible has MANY examples that show “God in 3 persons, Blessed Trinity”.

Just a thought as I read God’s Word. Praise Him for the grace to understand. He is so merciful.

Biblical Assurance

It is 5:51a and I am wide awake. It’s not that I am not tired, but I am up listening to sermons and would rather listen to them than go to sleep right now. I am currently listening to Paul Washer’s series on Biblical Assurance. I’d definitely recommend this series to anyone who struggles with wondering if they know Jesus and if they are known by Him. I’d also recommend it to those that are sure of their salvation, but struggle from time to time. I have only listened to Biblical Assurance Part 1 & Biblical Assurance Part 2, and am on the way to Biblical Assurance Part 3, Lord willing. I will share some of my notes here.

Notes from Part 1
2 Corinthians 13:5 says to test and examine yourself. With what? The Word of God. Test your life in light of the Word of God.

Eternal life is not a ticket to Heaven and an escape from Hell. John 17:3 explains what eternal life is. It is not just longevity and perfection. Heaven is Heaven b/c God is there.

God is light. He is holy, pure, and perfect. In Him there is no darkness. He is not esoteric or hidden. He has shown us Who He is and what He desires of us; God has made Himself known.

What is our habit of living? Do we walk in a way that contradicts what the Bible teaches about God’s Will and Word? What does my style of life show?

Notes from Part 2
A true Christian will be sensitive to the sin in their life and it will lead to confession and repentance and brokenness.

When was the last time you were broken over your sin? What is your attitude toward sin?

Is your heart responsive to God when He speaks to you about your sin?

How do you respond when someone comes to you and points out your sin? Are you sensitive or are you hard-hearted?

Hiding our sin is like hiding our cancer from the only doctor who has a cure.

Confession: to speak the same thing. When the Holy Spirit points out our sin, we say, “Yes, Lord. What You say about me is true; I confess that to You”.

God desires holiness in all of His children and He will see to it that it happens. (Phil. 1:6)

Isaiah 66:2
– There is hope found in that the Lord looks to the one who is humble and contrite of spirit and trembles at His Word.

Do not be discouraged when God points out your sin. He is FOR you and He points out your sin because He LOVES you and He wants to see You healed.

There’s a Lover of your soul Who loves you more than you can imagine and you have never seen a love like it because nothing compares. His love is so great that you can hardly believe that it is true.

The believer in Jesus Christ has hope because God is not like us. Where men are neither faithful or righteous, He is both.

There’s not ONE unrighteous thing that Jesus cannot forgive you of and set you free.

Unrighteousness: everything that does not conform to the perfect character and will of God; it is a lack of conformity.

1 John 1:10 – When you say you have not sinned, you are not just saying that God is lying but you are saying that He IS a liar.

In Isaiah 6:1-7, God didn’t dismiss or crush; He cleansed.

I Was Saved & Am Being Saved – Present Tense

Christians experience salvation in this life in both a past and present sense, and we anticipate salvation in a future sense. Christians have been saved from the penalty of our sins; we are currently being saved from the power of sin; and one day, when God’s plan of salvation is completed and we are with Christ, we shall be like Him, and we shall be saved even from the very presence of sin.

– “God’s Plan of Salvation” (ESV Study Bible), Crossway

I was saved and am being saved – present tense / and will be saved from the deadly pestilence.

– “My Portion” (Shai Linne)

Hallelujah and amen.

The Great I Am

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.
John 8:58 ESV

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The Way, the Truth, the Life
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 ESV

The Vine
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:1-5 ESV

The Bread of Life
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.
John 6:35-38 ESV

The Good Shepherd
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
John 10:11-15 ESV

The Light of the World
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 ESV

The Resurrection and the Life
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
John 11:25-26 ESV

The Door
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
John 10:9 ESV

Greater than Abraham? Absolutely!

The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
John 8:48-59 ESV

Learning about the Lord




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It is 2:53a. I was asleep earlier, but awoke to the sound of my mirror falling off of my closet door. I’d fallen asleep listening to Nancy Leigh Demoss’ broadcast on modesty. It’s a habit of mine to listen to a sermon as I am on my way to sleep. It helps to have that be the last thing I hear before I drift off into dreamworld.

Since I couldn’t sleep, I decided to write down all of the heart rhythms that I have learned in the class I am taking. We are not done, and so far, I have learned how to differentiate between…

normal sinus rhythm
sinis bradycardia
sinus tachycardia
sinus arrhythmia
wandering pacemaker
atrial fibrillation
atrial flutter
premature atrial contraction (PAC)
atrial tachycardia
premature junctional contraction (PJC)
junctional escape rhythm
accelerated junctional rhythm
junctional tachycardia
1st degree heart block
2nd degree type 1 heart block (wenkebach)
2nd degree type 2 heart block
3rd degree heart block / complete heart block

From day 1 of the class til now, I have been absolutely rocked at the way the human heart works. I had no idea how intricate of an organ it is until now! I remember sitting in class on day 1 shaking my head as my eyes welled up with tears at how the Lord has done His thing in the complex creation of our bodies. And this is just the heart! I can’t imagine what will happen if / when I learn about other systems and organs in the body. I’d probably fall prostrate in worship in the midst of class, lol! It’s been an amazing journey in this class. 2 more weeks, 2 more quizzes, 1 final, and 1 certification exam. I look forward to what will happen. So far, I have made all As by God’s grace. He has totally made my brain work. When people have made comments about me being smart, I have pointed to Him, letting them know that I prayed and asked for the Lord’s help in this course. In doing this, it provided an opportunity to share the Gospel with classmates. He has been good. There are P Waves, PRIs, and QRS complexes floating in my brain on a regular basis. But I enjoy it. It feels like this is part of what I was created to do.

During my brief (I hope it’s brief) period of insomnia tonight, I listened to a sermon by John Loftness from Sovereign Grace’s “Meeting with God” series. The title of it is “How to Profit from Scripture”. In it, John talks about how afflictions will make a theologian out of you by causing you to search God’s Word and cling to it for dear life. As I listened to it, I couldn’t help but think about the physical afflictions I have been dealing with for the past month. Arthritic-like pain in my face and limbs, asthma-like symptoms, acid reflux and heartburn, an upper respiratory infection and bronchitis, taking antibiotics and dealing with the side-effects, insomnia, and more have plagued me a bit. I have found myself frustrated more than a few times as I have prayed and pleaded with God to heal me, but wake up in the same condition on the next day. But I can say this – I have been more diligent in my prayer life and in reading His Word. I have learned to wake up truly grateful that I made it through the night. When the pain has abated, I have learned to thank Him. I am learning to cling to and trust in His Word and in His promises. I am learning to trust Him more. I have enjoyed quiet times where I have just sat and smiled and thought about the Lord. I have grown more in awe of His creation. I have grown more honest with Him about how I feel. I have started journaling DAILY. This is a discipline I have struggled to maintain for YEARS, yet now, not only am I doing it daily, writing page upon page upon page, but I look forward to it. I keep my journal beside my pillow along with my Bible so that getting into it is not far from me when I awake. And when I think back on past prayers, even in this pain and affliction, He is answering prayers. When I prayed things like “Lord help me to be more diligent in studying Your Word” and “Lord, make me a woman of prayer”, I assumed that the Lord would cultivate this as I went on about my normal everyday life, but in this, His provision and work have been sweet. A few weeks ago, as I cried about things to my dear, sweet friend Jenny, she mentioned then that these afflictions were possibly an answer to prayer. Thought that is surely not something you wish to think, I am becoming more and more in agreement with my sweet sister.

And on the flipside – The ailments have caused some changes in my external life. I’ve become a better steward of my health. My eating habits have changed drastically. I have cut out fast food, fried food, carbonated drinks, high fructose corn syrup, and many other things. My diet consists of a lot of grains, produce, and water. I eat spinach and mushrooms almost on a daily basis, and I enjoy it. I have discovered cheese that is non-dairy (or I guess I should say ‘cheese’? lol). I have discovered delicious, yummy ice cream made from hempmilk. I am discovering the versatility of God’s creation outside of animals and animal by-products. My diet has pretty much become vegan with the exception of honey here and there. And you know what? I am okay with it. Though I do long for the day when I can enjoy a good sushi roll, I am enjoying the vastness of God’s creation when it comes to food. And in this, I praise Him. I am also learning to appreciate God’s grace in a nice, hot bubble bath. Such a simple thing, but so very helpful. He is good.

3:25a now. I need to get some sleep! I have my alarm set to wake me up at 9:30 and have a to-do-list that awaits me. So if the Lord wills and allows, I will have a productive day. This entry won’t be posted until late afternoon as I am taking a break from the internet. Technology has become a snare, and on many days I have become its slave, unable to turn away. But that is another entry for another day! Closing Microsoft Notepad for now, but leaving readers with these God-breathed words from the Apostle Paul:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV