Hi my name is Bill, and I have a lot to say with little time to say it. This blog is meant to be helpful for people who struggle with the status quo, and politically correct narratives that seem to plague our society. I will discuss difficult subjects of human behavior, and strategies for winning in life. I am a Christian, but I do understand the skepticism that keeps unbelievers from taking that step of faith. Come on a journey with me over the next few years and enjoy the great blessings available to us! PLEASE CHECK OUT MY MOST RECENT BIBLE STUDY AT THE BOOKSTORE LINK BELOW: http://thebp.site/221771
Why does God discipline?
Read Hebrews 12:1-13
Let’s begin with the hard truth. In the text we learn that God does not treat everyone the same. He ONLY disciplines those who belong to him. The text states the reason for his discipline is his love. Which also infers he does not love everyone the same. Discipline is different than judgment. The purpose of God’s loving discipline is to produce the peaceful fruit of righteousness in his children. It is to cause those who belong to him to “share in his holiness,” as the text states.
God does not approve of his children living according to fleshly desires. Those who have been born of God have absolutely no obligation to the flesh according to Romans 8. In the beginning of Hebrews 12 the people of God are commanded to, “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” If indeed a person has a relationship with God, initiated by God, and made possible only through the power of regeneration, it is impossible to live in sin without God’s loving discipline.
The text goes on to state that God, as our Father, does it for our benefit. He is healing us of the corruption that is hindering us. Pay attention to verses 12-13, “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. (my emphasis)”
There are only two kinds of people living in sin.
- Those who are not children of God and are condemned already according to Jesus in John 3:18.
- Those who belong to God and are deceived.
There is no third option. Christians can be deceived for a season. Therefore, if you are deceived you must face and deal with the lies you have believed. You must repent, and daily begin to mortify the deeds of the body. No child of God can comfortably say, “I am deceived, I love sin, I know it, and I am OK with that.”
In addition, no child of God can live in sin without the pain and suffering that comes from God’s loving discipline. Especially in the context of God’s discipline, pain is a good thing. Pain tells us that something is wrong. For example, concerning the nervous system of the body, if we did not have pain sensors, we would break off limbs and fingers. Pain can be a very good thing. In the case of God teaching his children to live in holiness, pain is ALWAYS a good thing. When pain comes, our first priority should be to ask questions. What is God healing me from? What sin has ensnared me? What fleshly desire is controlling my life? What habit of sin is God teaching me to get victory over? The aim is not to destroy us in punishment, but to grow us into holiness. There are obviously exceptions to this rule about the why of pain, but the text absolutely speaks of pain and suffering as a result of God’s working in our lives to heal us from sin.
Think about what it means to be healed. Is it good or bad? I think about the examples we have in the New Testament of Jesus healing the deaf, blind, and lame. Not one time does Jesus heal someone and receive the response of, “WHY DID YOU DO THAT? PUT ME BACK LIKE I WAS!” No, they responded with great joy and thanksgiving. In the same way, we should respond with gratitude and thankfulness for a loving Father who refuses to leave us in our sins. Desire healing. For those who are healed by his strips live forever with him!
According to the Bible, by “keeping our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,” we will run the race with endurance. The term keeping is continual action. Not one time, or some times, but all the time keeping our eyes on Jesus. Run the race to win!
Today is Monday. It is no different than any other day except in how you perceive it. The Lord is on his throne and is working out his plan today. What is his plan? All that he has decreed, including his sons and daughters sharing in his holiness. “Be holy, as I am holy” 1 Peter 1:15-16
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When a lie is repeated over and over it eventually becomes truth to the easily deceived. This is troubling because all humans have the ability to be deceived. As a Christian you will admit that the Bible is your rule of faith and practice, but that does not mean you are operating by biblical principles in your every day life. There is a great deception plaguing Christians today. It is the lie that we have believed from Satan. The lie says, you are just a sinner, and there is nothing you can do about it.
I was once deceived by this same lie. It ends up becoming the excuse for repeating the same sins over and over. I wrote the following Book/Bible Study to help Christians deny the lie and live the life God expects of everyone who belongs to him, “Be holy, as I am holy.” I pray it helps you, your children, and many others in your life find true meaning and satisfaction with a Holy God. We are overcomers! Please click the following link for the bookstore.
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“Now then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.” Genesis 27:3
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I recently found this picture that brought back great memories of the time I spent in Canada. I love the outdoors and the beauty of creation. One of the neatest places on earth is the Hockley Valley area in Ontario, near Orangeville. This picture was taken while I was sighting in my new 270 caliber rifle. A friend named Tim helped me enjoy some great adventures there Ontario. We also spent hours in the Hockley Valley General Store eating breakfast and discussing the Scriptures. The ski-doo in the picture above is one of the bikes we took to the Georgian Bay and rode across Lake Huron. We had a guide on those trips who would always say, as we looked across the beautiful landscape, “We are some lucky people.” I always laughed inside at that saying because we were more than lucky, we were BLESSED by an amazing God who created that beautiful place. Did I mention we did 100 mph across the iced over Lake Huron? Sometimes in life you have to slow down and smell the roses, while other times you speed up and enjoy the thrill of the ride!
You have probably heard the old saying, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and make you pay more than you want to pay.”
Sin, as defined by God, will hold you back from the blessing of God and REAL success in life. It will ultimately lead to death. Sin kills. What we need more than anything else in the world is God’s blessing. The gifts that come from Him are far better than anything anyone can perceive or achieve for themselves. Sin says you can’t have the blessings and gifts from God.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
On the subject of gifts, one of the greatest gifts and graces from God is the revelation of our sin. When God convicts and reveals specific sins in your life, He is showing you grace and leading you to repentance. Why would He reveal our sin nature and specific sins to us? The answer in short is, because He loves those who belong to Him with a special love, and refuses to leave us in our selfish ambitions and sinful desires. When God reveals your sinfulness, He is proving His love for you and showing you a better way.
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:25-32
Note: I used all CAPS on the word REAL above because humans tend to over exaggerate their success or define it differently than God does.
Someone recently commented on my post about victims in Iran, that I must be one of those ‘Trump Christians.’ My question is, what in the world is a ‘Trump Christian.’ They also asserted that I wanted a theocracy. These repetitive talking points were used because I agree with some of Trump’s policy decisions. This is another case of the extreme liberal partisan attacks in which these kinds of individuals can’t think for themselves, and use ad hominems to attack anyone who agrees with Trump’s decisions.
First, let me answer the question posed. No, Trump is not our king. I don’t want a theocracy, and Trump isn’t even my ideal candidate for president.
Second, I don’t believe our country is a Christian nation. And certainly our government doesn’t represent Christianity throughout the world. All the wars we are in have nothing to do with Christianity or advancing Christianity. We are not in a holy war as a nation. And I don’t believe Trump even remotely identifies himself as a born again Christian. Nor do I see him as one. That being said, I believe our government has been put in place by a Sovereign God and functions according to His rule by democrats and republicans. A person does not have to be a Christian for God to use that person for His purpose. Read the book of Exodus, Daniel, and the history of even evil nations God used for His purpose.
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Romans 13:1
Finally, I agree with most of the policy decisions of the Trump administration. While I do not like Trump’s way of communicating and dealing with his opponents, I would much rather have him in the White House surrounded by conservatives as opposed to liberal democrats willing to do and say anything to get their power back. Also, Trump is actually doing everything he promised to do during his 2016 campaign which is very rare, especially for subtle, lying, swamp loving politicians like Joe Biden.
You don’t have to like it, but you must understand we are a divided country over policy and ideas, and everybody does not get what they want all the time. If the democrats were as smart as they presume to be, they would understand Trump’s personality and use different strategies to actually get things accomplished on their agenda. For crying out loud, Trump was not even a republican before running for president. They have blown up the bridge of by-partisanship with the president by ultimately impeaching him, and then they cry, “he didn’t call us before he killed Soleimani”. Intelligent people get things done by understanding who they are dealing with. Obviously, democrats have chosen to wine and be angry about Trump’s personality, instead of getting things done.
I pray for Trump, and all of our politicians to step back and work together for the good of the country, not their party’s power. Trump is not a king, and he is not God, but WE THE PEOPLE elected him. And he will be elected for a second term.
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” Isaiah 46:9-10