THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY

“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to the, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her.  Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” – Matt. 21:1-3 (NIV)

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RESURRECTION LIFE

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah 43:18-19

 

Introduction:
As we prepare to celebrate Easter please join me to study these thought provoking devotionals from Oswald Chambers called “My Utmost For His Highest”.  It is my conviction that God will touch our hearts in a special way.  He declares that He is doing a new thing. Let us lay hold of what He has for us.

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IN THE CROSS OF CHRIST I GLORY

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the word – Galatians 6:14 NIV.

Introduction                                                                                                                                                                      

In our day the cross has become a piece of jewelry.  It is something attractive that people identify with.  A polite person would not even mention the cross in public.  It would be like our talking about the gallows or the gas chamber or the electric chair.  Nailing someone to a cross was the worst form of execution in Paul’s day.

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THE JOY OF RESTORATION

“Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” – Psalm 51:11-12 (NIV)

 

Introduction

Restoration brings a great feeling of warmth, love and acceptance. If anybody understands what it means to be restored to fellowship with God, it is Peter the apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and one of the members of His inner circle.

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CHRISTIANITY AND MORALITY

‘For I am the LORD your God Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth. – Leviticus 11:44-45

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INTRODUCTION

God wanted His people to be holy (set apart, different, unique), just as He is holy. He knew they had only two options: to be separate and holy, or to compromise with their pagan neighbours and become corrupt. That is why He called them out of idolatrous Egypt and set them apart as a unique nation, dedicated to worshiping Him alone and leading moral lives. That is also why He designed laws and restrictions to help them remain separate – both socially and spiritually – from the wicked pagan nations they would encounter in Canaan. Christians also are called to be holy (1Peter 1:15). Like the Israelites, we should remain spiritually separate from the world’s wickedness, even though unlike them, we rub shoulders with unbelievers every day. It is no easy task to be holy in an unholy world, but God doesn’t ask you to accomplish this on your own. He has provided help. Through the death of His Son, “you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault(Colossians 1:22). With Christ, you can live in the world without having to be of the world.

 

MORALITY

Morality is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “conformity to ideals of right human conduct”. It is behavior that is regarded as correct and subjected to a series of codes of conduct by a human being. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy established that the term “morality” can be used either:

(1) descriptively to refer to some codes of conducts put forward by a society, or some other group, such as a religion, or accepted by an individual for her own behavior or

(2) normatively to refer to a code of conduct that, given specified conditions, would be put forward by all rational persons.

Albert Einstein stated that, “A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hopes of reward after death.”

The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics states that, “it is not hard to imagine a society of people that has no religion but has a morality, as well as a legal system, just because it says that people cannot live together without rules against killing, etc., and that it is not desirable for these all to be legally enforced.

CHRISTIANITY

Christianity may be regarded as another religion among certain circles of society, however, in reality Christianity is founded upon a relationship between the person and the Lord Jesus Christ. You may argue that all religions have a representative, but in this sense, the Christian accepts Jesus Christ to not only be the Son of God, but also God Himself. The Word of God is what we believe to have been given to us by God Himself, in order to come to the knowledge of Him. Now, within the wisdom of this Word, not only do we get to know God, but it also provides us with a mirror in which to see ourselves. The true you is found in Its reflection. Whether for the good or the bad.

True morality then is found, not in the codes established by a society or religion, but that which is established by the Word of God. Although societies and religions may change, the Word of God stands forever. This tells us that true morality is unchanging, because the Word of God is unchanging. Truth, according the Word of God, is the measure. Any moral code of conduct established by a society or religion that differs from the truth established in the Word of God is not, in its true definition, a moral conduct. Whether any act or behavior can be regarded as moral, it will have to stand to the scrutiny of what God had to say about it.

So in reality, true morality and true Christianity are joined by the very same foundation, which is the Word of God. You cannot separate them without affecting its true nature. Psalm 14:1 “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”

The Hebrew words rendered “fool” in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient Morality is not found in what is right or justified in the eyes of society (this we have allowed to be established), but more on the revelation of God’s view of right and wrong, as given in His Word. When we talk about the true moral character of a person, it is to be found in the reflection of that person’s life and how it coincides with the instructions given to us in the Word of God.

Although there may be some codes of conduct in society that may relate to God’s view, it is evident that true morality in society today suffers from a lack of a full inclination to what God has to say about morality. However, true morality was not meant to be carried out by a society as a whole, but by the individual persons of that society. We all hold the individual responsibility to adhere to the Word of God and modify our conducts accordingly in order to be the instruments of change in our society. For example, acts such as removing Bibles from the schools in certain parts of the world, was accepted by society to be the correct thing to do. For what relation does God have with education? However, it was the removal of the moral compass in our society that years later has led to the loss of correct behavior among our children and a society lost in its attempt to fight the onslaught of immoral behavior.

CONCLUSION

This has now created a generation that redefines and adjust morality based on popular demands. We must stand against any code of conduct that is contrary to the Word of God, in order to establish the true moral compass, if society is to find its way back to God.  At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord said these words: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built His house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock– Matthew 7:24-25. The Word of God, the Bible, is the only rock upon which to build morality. Only then can we be a true Christian nation, living within the measure of true morality within our society.

TO PONDER:

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. – Proverbs 4:14-17

Stay blessed!

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WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP FOR A NEW CHRISTIAN?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10

“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. – Romans 4:7

Introduction

If you are a new believer, you experience the beginning of your new, eternal life. Your sins have been forgiven and you have been given a fresh start.

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