Thursday

Why Believing All Men Will Be Saved Requires a Low View of God - Romans 3:12

Why Believing All Men Will Be Saved Requires a Low View of God - Romans 3:12
The Heresy of Universal Salvation, Part 3
It's important for Christians to fully understand this popular heresy.

Universal Salvation(1) not only requires disbelief in God’s Word, and a mockery of justice, it requires a low view of God. 

God is perfect, holy, glorious. 

Mankind is fallen (Romans 3:23), worthless (Romans 3:12), deserving death (Romans 6:23).

Do people believe in Universal Salvation because they have a deep love for mankind, or do they simply have a high view of man and a low view of God?

When we say a good God could not send anyone to hell, we’re saying our appraisal of goodness is better than God’s appraisal in Scripture. We're saying our finite wisdom is greater than His infinite wisdom.

Instead of being shocked God sends men to Hell, we should be shocked He allows any of us in heaven! 

How can we look on the suffering of Christ and expect Him to save those who reject, ignore, or mock Him their whole lives on earth?

We have sinned against a perfect, holy, God of love, yet He offers us salvation in His Son (Matthew 6:25).

How can we possibly think He owes us more than that?
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(1) The belief that all men will be saved whether they believe in Christ or not. Please see: Part 1: Hoping All Men Will Be Saved Is a Sign of Unbelief  and Part 2: Hoping All Men Will Be Saved Is a Mockery of Justice 
 

Wednesday

A Sugary Gospel Leads to a Weak and Flabby Spirit

A Sugary Gospel Leads to a Weak and Flabby Spirit
Sugar creates an appetite for itself. The more we eat, the more we want to eat.

That’s the danger of the sugary gospel that so many are serving in the Body of Christ. Sugar-coated truths are yummy and addictive, but they're devoid of spirit-building nutrition so they make our spirits weak and flabby.

They produce a form of godliness but deny the life-transforming power of the Gospel (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

God wants us drinking pure spiritual milk (1 Peter 2:2), but He rebukes those who hold onto their milk bottles too long (1 Corinthians 3:2-3). We must move on to solid spiritual food.

But the sugary gospel is worse than remaining a bottle-fed baby Christian. It’s ruining our spiritual hearts and minds, giving us energy for selfish things, not the things of God.

Dear Christians, what are you reading and studying? Is it spurring you on to love, good works, and self-denial or simply satisfying your spiritual sweet tooth? (Hebrews 10:24; Luke 9:23)
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Some related 1-minute devotions: "Spiritual Spam" and "Sugar-Coated Truth." They offer more advice on a sugary gospel and two tips for discerning spiritual junk food.

Tuesday

Let's Pray for Our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters in Christ - Hebrews 13:3

Let's Pray for Our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters in Christ - Hebrews 13:3
I asked a Bulgarian woman who'd grown up under Communism, “What was the worst aspect of Communism?” 

She looked surprised that I didn't know and said, “We were like sheep to the slaughter. We'd never heard the Gospel."

My eyes welled with tears at her word picture of countless lambs herded to their deaths. 

I’ve never lived without a Gospel witness. I have always been free to worship, free to read the Bible, to hear Christian radio and TV, to read Christian books and magazines, to speak openly about the Lord.  

I have a responsibility to pray for those who haven't heard the Gospel and for those Christians suffering persecution:
“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3

Today let’s take time to pray for those who haven't heard God's Word and those who are suffering for it.

For specific prayer info on the persecuted church, see Open Doors Prayer News.


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Monday

Half-Truths Are More Deceptive Than Outright Lies

Sharing God's Truth Accurately
Satan is most effective using half-truths instead of outright lies.

He likes promoting just enough truth about God to appear Biblical while denying the power of the Gospel to save and transform - God's love without His standards, salvation without repentance, blessings without responsibilities (2 Timothy 3:1-5). 


Scripture records Satan's half-truth tactic:

1. He told Eve she'd understand good and evil (Genesis 3:4-5).

2. He quoted Psalm 91 to Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11).

3. He inspired Ananias' charitable giving (Acts 5:1-2). 

Satan's half-truths are always deadly and deceptive: 

1. All mankind suffered because Eve not only understood evil, she committed it (Genesis 3:22-24).  

2. Jesus rebuked Satan’s misuse of Scripture (Matthew 4:10).  

3. God struck Ananias dead for his half-truth giving (Acts 5:3-11).  

Jesus said:
“You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32 

Full and complete truth is important to God. Is it important to you?

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Note: There are many half-truths promoted in Christian circles: Christian Myths, Judge Not Misunderstandings, Self-esteem Doctrine, Prosperity Gospel, Twisted Scriptures, Universal Salvation, "The Shack"
https://bitesizebiblestudy.blogspot.com/2017/03/god-loves-truth-satan-loves-half-truths.html

You will enjoy looking at the full Scripture passages and noting more about Satan's half-truths in today's Bite Size Bible Study. Don't miss it! 

Friday

♥ 5 Reasons God Searches Hearts – 2 Chronicles 16:9

God searches our hearts
God is searching hearts, yours and mine.

Why?
1. To find those genuinely committed to Him:
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9

2. To see important things in our character that others miss:
“The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

3. To reward:
"I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve." Jeremiah 17:10

4. To test our thoughts:
Psalm 139:23: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”

5. To purify and renew us:
Psalm 51:10: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

God is searching hearts.

What will He find in yours and mine?

https://biblelovenotes.blogspot.com/2009/03/heart-devotions.html

 You might also enjoy: Our Hearts Are At Home With the Lord

Or look through Bible Love Notes archive of 1-minute devotions about "Hearts":
Heart Archive.
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