Monday, March 25, 2013

Truth or Lie #11: God's Word is Sufficient



Truth:    God’s Word is sufficient to lead me, teach me, and heal me.

Lie:         I know I need God’s Word. But it can’t meet EVERY need.

They say, 81% of the population wants to write a book.

Only 2% actually do.

Still, we have a plethora of books out there.

Long books.
Short books.
Gift books.
Hymnbooks.
How-to books.
Resource books.
Fun books.
Crossword books.

But out of all the books ever written, the Bible is the only Book God ever wrote.



Words are important in our society.

Words were important in the very beginning.

Everything exists because of a spoken word—God’s Word commanding all to come into existence.

The God Who spoke words, and out of nothing, created a beautiful world, is the same God Who spoke words that people throughout the centuries can still hear, read, study, meditate on, remember, live by, find comfort in, and trust.

God wrote a Book that has lasted longer than any other book.

And in it, we find words sufficient for every need.

When Hudson Taylor was going through a strong spiritual struggle in his life, he found himself around professing believers who he discovered “were content to live just as they would if there were no such book.”

When we ever think we need something other than God’s Word, we are like these people—content to look for help and sufficiency and hope in anything other than a Book written by the God of Heaven, the God of Wisdom, the God of Peace.

Written by the God who is aware of all we are going through, all that we need, all that we require that is not unlike the needs of the human race throughout time. They each found sufficiency in the words of the God who created them with His word.

And we can find that same sufficiency.

The truth is . . . God’s Word is Perfect (Psalm 19:7).

Complete.
Enough.
Sufficient.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word of God.” (Luke 4:4)

Read the only Book God ever wrote, and you will find His Word sufficient to lead, teach, and heal.

Let’s not go through life as though there were no such Book.




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This is Part 11 in a series, called “Truth or Lie,” based on the book, Lies Women Believe, and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

In the final chapter, Nancy highlights 22 freeing truths that are essential to our Christian lives.

Come back each Monday (or subscribe to Capacity Corner) as we look together at these 22 truths one-by-one.

[Thanks go to Lisa Norman for fixing my subscription problem. Thank you, Lisa!!] 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Truth or Lie #10: My Past Doesn't Have to Plague Me



Truth:    My past doesn’t have to plague me.

Lie:         My past will always be a giant scar that will never heal.


Some people say: “Time heals everything.”

You don’t have to live very long to know there’s not a lot of truth to that statement.

Life has its hurts—hurts that are often too deep to wait for time to heal.

But does our past have to plague us?

Is the past just a giant scar that will never heal?

Can we just put a bandaid on it, and get over it?



Let me ask you this . . . what’s your one thing?

You know.

That “ONE THING” that’s your brand.

That represents you.

Your motto for the day-in and day-out.

Paul’s was this . . .
“This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:14)

Paul’s one thing was really two. 

In one breath, and, somehow, in one action, he forgot and reached forth. He forgot the past, while striving for what was ahead.

He didn’t allow his past to plague him. 

His past didn’t infect his today.

While forgotten, his past only spurred him on in the present toward his future.

The truth is . . . our past—its heartaches, the ways others have hurt, the ways we have hurt others, the sins we’ve been guilty of—none of these scars have to hurt today.

No matter the past, the Lord our God makes new.

A bandaid is only protection from further infection; a covering from the ugliness of a wound.

Our God provides more than a bandaid.


Our God is our Healer.
Our RE-Creator.
Our Prize for what’s ahead.


Time can never heal the past.

But by His grace, we can forget and reach forth.

One thing.

And instead of being a plague or a giant scar, yesterday can be the springboard for today that spurs us on to tomorrow.

“Remember not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:18.19)


Related Posts:
Forgiveness Frees 

Click here to listen to the lesson on Jehovah-Rapha (the LORD who Heals).



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This is Part 10 in a series, called “Truth or Lie,” based on the book, Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

In the final chapter, Nancy highlights 22 freeing truths that are essential to our Christian lives.

Come back each Monday (or Subscribe to Capacity Corner) as we look together at these 22 truths one-by-one. 

(And feel free to share your own thoughts below!)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Truth or Lie #9: The Cross of Christ is Sufficient to Conquer My Sinful Flesh



Truth:    The cross of Christ is sufficient to conquer my sinful flesh.

Lie:         I can’t help it. It’s my nature to sin.

What would you say if I told you a man who grows beautiful roses in his yard suddenly began a “Protect the Aphids Society”?



You might call him “crazy;” “out of his mind.”

Maybe even “insane.”

Dr. David Needham likens this man to a sinning Christian.

The Christian who sins is acting completely contrary to who he really is -- choosing destructive behavior completely opposed to the beautiful person Christ has re-created.

We could say . . . sinning, for a Christian, is a state of temporary insanity.

We might defend that statement with excuses like these:
“I couldn’t help myself.”
“It’s more natural to sin. Doing right is too hard.”
“I was born a sinner. Yes, I’m a forgiven sinner. But I’m still a sinner!”

The truth is . . . the Cross of Christ is sufficient to conquer my sinful flesh.

When Christ died, the Bible tells us, “our old man is crucified with him, and . . . [we are] freed from sin.” (Romans 6:6,7)

The truth is . . . we don’t have to sin, because we’ve been set free from its power and dominion.

When we sin, that’s a choice we make -- a choice to follow an old master.

A choice to be temporarily insane.

“Knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, dieth no more; 
death hath no more dominion over him . . .
Likewise, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin.” (Romans 6:9,11)


Related Post:  The Cure for the Common Sin



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This is Part 9 in a series, called “Truth or Lie,” based on the book, Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

In the final chapter, Nancy highlights 22 freeing truths that are essential to our Christian lives.

Come back each Monday (or subscribe to this blog) as we look together at these 22 truths one-by-one. 

(And feel free to share your own thoughts below!)