Changed on Tuesday
Press on in Christ
Psalms 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. This is a classic which I will comment on later. Coupled with the following verse… Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. But first let us be encouraged by some positive teaching from the scriptures. Philippians 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Don’t despair with the present situation. Paul thought he had made it before he was converted and could boast that he was of the elite, circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee. In other word he was more Jew than a Jew. Then he came up against the highest standard of all, Jesus Christ. Where did this mighty Jew end up, what did he have to boast in? The experience with Jesus on the road to Damascus quickly sorted Paul out. Then he was able to give us the encouragement, press on, even though he endured a lot of hardship. Jesus, recorded in Luke’s Gospel, don’t look back put you hand to the plough. In the bush, one of the hardest things to do on any machine was to go in a straight line. One of the big no nos was the temptation look back. Of course laser beams have eradicated this problem with their bullet like precision over long distances. I suppose we can say, press on in Christ with precision of a laser beam, Christ being our motivation. ‘Oh how hard I have it.’ The Apostle Paul’s life was far from easy. (see Bible Verses) Yet he could still give us encouragement, press on no matter what! Eternity over the ‘here and now.’ Now back to the first two verses above. We give thanks to God for calling us with a holy calling, the Holy Spirit giving us new birth. Many Christians could, like Paul, identify with those verses before they were converted. But Steve Lawson gave more depth to the first verse. Note, it comes from the heart. In others word they know there is a God but choose to rebel and reject. It is treating God with contempt. the heart is not the physical organ it is the seat of moral nature and spiritual life or the seat of all life (including knowledge). It has gone past the mind. ‘Out of the heart,’ that what defiles a person. This is the sort of foolishness you hear. When this wise (by worldly std) man was asked how it all began. His answer, ‘a molecule on the back of a crystal.’ They reckon Christian are silly believing all the God stuff. That answer fits the first two verses to a ‘T.’