my time as a part of the institutional church system, one of the words
that kept coming to the forefront to help me as a weak believer was
REDEDICATION. When i failed I was taught to rededicate my life to Christ
and try harder to be more sincere in my efforts to live for Him.
Rededication became a way to regain some resemblance of holiness for
awhile...at least until I made another mistake and needed to rededicate
Since coming to a fuller understanding of the
gospel of grace, I have learned that rededication will never bring me to
a sustaining meaningful relationship with Christ, for it meant to o try
harder and trying harder is not the answer to an intimate sustaining
walk with God even though we may rededicate ourselves to Christ with all
sincerity. It is the wrong approach to maintain a commitment to Him
even though it sounds religiously spiritual.
The problem with
our rededication is that it is a self initiated act and is just another
name for self-sufficiency of the flesh in order to satisfy the
expectations of the group we choose to belong to. This is the way
religious flesh tries to live the Christian life but, it is in fact
preventing us from living the Christian life and the harder we try the
more we fail because the Christian life doesn’t come by TRYING…it comes
self-sufficiency, self-trying, self-anything…is a hindrance to a
victorious spiritual life. Siding with Jesus in the grace walk is the
only assurance of living in victory.
What did Jesus say about
following Him; If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself,
and take up his cross and follow Me (Matthew 16:24).
What did He say we are to do? Rededicate ourselves to Him? No, He said that we are to deny self.
Rededicating ourselves so as to try harder isn’t the answer. It doesn’t
matter how sincere we might be. It simply won’t work. The answer is to
trust Him. That’s the only cure for an unstable, up-and-down spiritual
Jesus illustrated our relationship with Him by
comparing us to a branch; I am the vine, you are the branches; he who
abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you
can do nothing (John 15:5).
Think about the relationship
between the vine and the branch. Can a branch produce fruit? No. If you
need proof, just cut a branch off a vine or fruit tree, and watch awhile
to see how much fruit is appears. However, if a branch is attached to
the source with a flow of life, it can bear fruit. On its own the branch
is not a fruit producer, it is a great “fruit hanger.”
a perfect representation of our ability to live the Christian life. It
is impossible for us to produce it; no matter how many times we
rededicate ourselves and try harder, no matter how “dedicated” we are.
We the branch can bare the characteristics of Christ’s life by being
dependent on Him and allowing Him to work His work through our humanity
Is there a place for doing in Christian living?
Absolutely! But it is vitally important to have that will and effort to
do exercised in an attitude totally dependent on God’s life and power
within us. The relationship between them is clearly shown in this
passage: “So then, my beloved…work out your salvation with fear and
trembling” (Philippians 2:12).
That sure sounds like dedicated
effort, doesn’t it? Yes, but the next verse, completing the sentence,
tells the inner secret, the hidden source of power for the outward
effort: “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work
for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
In other words, the
life God has designed for me can be understood as Him expressing His
life through me from the inside until it governs my life on the outside.
I depend on Him as my life, my wisdom, and my power as I walk through
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25), is a common verse cited by Christians who believe that if you're not attending weekly meetings or plugged in a church denomination that you are somehow out of sync with Scripture and, for all practical purposes, "backsliding". Some refer to the out of church crowd as rebels, or the walking wounded and this verse is often given as the prescription. But is "attending church" really what the author of Hebrews had in mind here?
YES THE BIBLE SAY’S NOT TO FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING TOGETHER? NOTICE IT DOES NOT SAY DO NOT FORSAKE THE "ASSEMBLY" OR CHURCH BUILDING.
First of all, it is essential that we understand the meaning of the word "church" as it is used in the Bible. These comments, while being historically and biblically sound, are not meant to suggest that Christians should not meet together, share fellowship, pray or preach the Word of God. If that is the conclusion you…
“Reprobate infants are vipers of vengeance, which Jehovah will hold over hell, in the tongs of his wrath, till they turn and spit venom in his face!”
Elsewhere, Edwards asked the question:
“Can the believing father in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving children in Hell?”
Now, a bit of clarification: Edwards is not referring to God when he speaks of the “believing father in Heaven”. Rather, he is speaking an earthly father who enters Heaven, while His children are sentenced to an eternity in Hell. One would assume that Edwards’ answer to this question would be something akin to, “Nay! And a thousand times nay!”.
Unfortunately, his answer was as follows:
“…it [the sight of his children in Hell] will increase rather than diminish his bliss.”
To be honest with you, I’m not sure if I’ve ever read more demonic, and putrid words in all of my life. I have a level of respect for Jonathan Edwards, and kno…
Came across this on the net, no author cited to give the credit to. Whoever he or she was...did an excellent job!
The trial of Pastor Jones
Judge: Mr. Jones you have been charged with multiple counts of
extortion. Your crime spree covers 20 years and thousands of victims.
You have defrauded people out of their money with fear and manipulation,
telling them they had to tithe 10% of their income to your church and
that God would bless them if they did. You also told them that if they
didn't tithe God would curse them. How do you plead?
Mr. Jones: I
plead not guilty your Honor, I have done nothing wrong. I have only
preached what the Bible says. In the Bible Abraham tithed to Melchizedek
and God blessed him for his faithful giving. The Bible even says he was
rich in silver and gold.
Judge: Is it not true, Mr. Jones, that
in Genesis chapter 13 verse 2 the Bible says Abraham was rich with
livestock, silver and gold?
Mr. Jones: Yes, you are exactly right, that's what I j…