Teachable

“…when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.”   Proverbs 21:11

I was studying some Bible passages recently that say, “teach me”. There’s several of them in the Psalms, such as “Teach me thy way” (Psalm 25:4), “Teach me thy statutes”(Psalm 119:12), “Teach me to do thy will” (Psalm 143:10), and there’s other “teach me’s” in the Scripture. It struck me as I was studying through those that in order to do all those things, I have to be “teachable” to begin with or I’m not going to learn how to do those things.

Having a teachable spirit is such a good trait to have. It means we are able to receive instruction. Proverbs 21:11 says,

“When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.”

When we learn something new or even are reminded of something we already know, it makes us more knowledgeable. It helps us live more wisely. I doubt if any of us have a teachable spirit all of the time, and I was thinking about some of the things that hinder us from being teachable.

  • We think we know it all.
    Thinking we know it all can really hinder our learning. When we are in that mode, we don’t allow anything to soak in. It’s like we have this coating on us that blocks out everything we should be absorbing.We can never learn enough about Christ or know our Bible as good as we need to in order to serve the Lord the way we should. How can we ever know it all when it comes to Christ?

    “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Romans 11:33

  • We don’t listen closely.
    Do you ever do that? Half listen? I know I do sometimes. If we are not careful, we may just miss some very important points that we’ll need down the road.When dealing with the Christian life, we have to listen closely to the Lord too.

    “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” John 10:27

  • We are too busy talking ourselves.
    When we are rattling on ourselves, we miss out on some learning experiences. Sometimes we have to just stop and listen.“Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” Psalms 141:3

Wade’s Wednesday

Render
“What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?”  Psalms 116:12
 
When I hear the word, “render”, I think of an old TV show where Andy Griffith is speaking of someone singing a song and he says, “Start rendering.”  Other than this example, I can’t recall ever hearing the word used except for in the Bible.  The most common Biblical example which comes to mind is found in the gospels. “And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.  And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:  Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?  But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?  Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s.  And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.” (Luke 20:20-25)  Jesus taught that we are to pay our taxes and we are also to give our tithes and offerings to God.  We can render thanks to God. “For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;”  (I Thessalonians 3:9)  In Psalms 56:12 we are shown that we can also render praise to God.  “…I will render praises unto thee.”  In these verses we see that to render is to give that which is due.  I don’t know about you, but I could never render to God all that is due Him.  He gave His only begotten Son to die and save me from eternal separation and torment in hell.  He gives me the air that I breathe and ability to move about and live each day.  He supplies all my needs and gives me many of my heart’s desires.  Just thinking about it makes me realize how far behind I am in rendering to God those things which He so righteously deserves.

Tuesday With Karen

Songs In God’s Church

Songs in God’s church come from inside,
From hearts so thankful He’s in their life;
When a lost soul asks God to come within,
Salvation is theirs, & forgiveness of sins!

Songs in God’s church are radiating forth,
Hearts giving praise & honor to the Lord;
Everyone saved has reasons to rejoice,
Man gets blessed if God is their choice!

Songs in God’s church are holy, joyful, & real,
Christians praising God for the love they feel;
It’s such a wonderful place to be together,
God speaking to us makes everything better!

Songs in God’s church will glorify His name,
For salvation’s gift & making a heart change;
He comes inside the one who asks Him in,
Walking by us, His fellowship won’t end!

By The Lamb’s Blood

By the Lamb’s blood, we’re cleansed from sin,
He erases all sin when we get born again;
We’re part of His fold as we meet the Lord,
Then have reason to rejoice evermore!

By the Lamb’s blood, we’re given a new life,
Provided by God thru the love of Christ;
He loved us so much, He hung on the cross,
So man could be saved, not forever lost!

By the Lamb’s blood, we have salvation,
Cleansed from sin, & no condemnation;
He erased our reservation in Hell,
Making our eternal life forever well!

By the Lamb’s blood, we have peace inside,
Just knowing that God, within us abides;
He becomes our Father in our new birth,
Then feeds us daily by His holy Word!

KI

We’re Never Alone

We’re never alone, in this life we live,
God’s loving hand has great riches to give,
When He comes inside, forgiving our heart,
He’s there to stay & He doesn’t depart!

We’re never alone, He’s walking with us,
Directing our steps, deserving our trust;
He knows, at times, we’ll become weak,
Saying, Fear not, my child, only believe!

We’re never alone, with situations hard,
God will work with us, wherever we are;
He lifts us up from the valley so deep,
Hears our prayers, drying tears we weep!

We’re never alone, and never will be,
God walks by us, & supplies our need;
His strength & grace are helping us go on,
Praise God! He never leaves us alone!

KI

A Legalism Reality Check

By Ricky Smith

Every summer as a middle school student, I would attend a week-long “camp meeting” in North Georgia. This experience was rewarding and I have many fond memories of the time. At the same time, this was the moment in my life where I came face to face with legalism. I remember well the worship service that was very expressive. Keep in mind that this church tradition was more Pentecostal in its worship while very Baptist in its teaching. You might call it “Bapti-Costal”. This means that it was not uncommon for people to jump from pew to pew or even run laps around the church as a form of expressing joy in Christ. I will withhold comments on whether or not I feel this is appropriate, as this blog is not intended to elevate one worship expression as better than another. That being said, I do appreciate the more reflective worship expressions of our church rather than highly emotional responses. Anyway, back to my story…

legal tent

One evening, everyone was “wide open” in their worship, and I stood at my pew and sang the song being played. A man near me came by and asked me if I was saved. “Sure, I am,” I replied. His response was, “Well, then, why aren’t you running around?” That was the moment. I stared legalism in the face, and the sincerity of my salvation was called into question because I didn’t respond how someone else thought I should.

Paul warns of a similar situation in Philippians 3:1-6. Our position, ethnicity, zeal, or conduct do not define our worth and worship. Our ability to keep the rules does not determine our value to God. The hope of the Gospel in the complete work of Jesus Christ is what defines us and gives us worth.

Beware of your religious actions becoming what defines you rather than a humble act of worship to become more like Christ. Our actions matter, and they are worshipful, but legalism is a real trap that distorts the Gospel. Because of my early life experiences, legalism is something that I don’t want to touch with a ten-foot pole.

Friday Funnies

FINALLY SERMON

A pastor fell out with his church council over various church policies and procedures, including how the finances were handled. After bitter arguments and many nights of lost sleep, he decided to leave the congregation to take a job as a prison chaplain. He preached his last sermon at the church on John 14:1: “I go to prepare a place for you.”

HERE’S YOUR SIGN

In a moment creative inspiration, the entrepreneur who owned the coin-op laundry beside the church commissioned this sign for his window: “Where cleanliness really is next to Godliness!”

MIX UP

A businessman ordered flowers to be sent to the opening of his friend’s new branch office. When the businessman got there, he was shocked to see the flowers with the inscription. “Rest In Peace.” He was so outraged that he stopped at the florist to complain.

“It could be worse,” the florist said, “Just think: Today someone was buried beneath a floral arrangement with the inscription. ‘Congratulations on Your New Location!’ ”

Word Of God

Why I Know the Bible Is the Word of God
Adrian Rogers
2 Timothy 3:12

Take God’s Word please and open to 2 Timothy chapter 3. I was thinking about my own background and my love of the Holy Scriptures. And I was asking myself, Adrian, why do you believe the Bible is the Word of God? And I pondered on that subject. And I said to myself, Well, I believe the Word of God because I was told it was the Word of God. I mean, to begin with. My mama, my daddy told me the Bible was the Word of God. In our home, we just had certain principles. Number one is that you never set another book on top of the Bible, or never set anything else on top of the Bible. Or you never put the Bible on the floor. It was just a different book. It was the Word of God. And as a child, I didn’t understand all of that, but my parents, I had respect for my parents. And I just said, Well, that is the Word of God. I didn’t know much about it. I didn’t understand it. But I had a respect for it. Later on I became a Christian. I got saved. I was born again. And I began to study the Bible. And I learned more and more about it. And now I know it is the Word of God, but from a different perspective. I have other reasons now for believing that the Bible is the word of God. And I want to share those reasons with you in a moment. But I want us to begin reading in 2 Timothy chapter 3 verse 12. The Bible says, Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Question. Are you living godly in Christ Jesus? Well, a good test is are you getting any persecution? If you’re not getting any persecution, you better check yourself out. Now, persecution doesn’t mean that they’re going to flog you or stone you. It might mean they’ll laugh at you. It might they’ll overlook you. It might mean they’ll put you down. It might mean they’ll pals you up. But friend, you be an out and out Christian in this world, there is no way you’re going to come out unscathed. Amen? That’s what Cod’s Word says. And especially in the last days, because the Bible says, But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. Friend, that verse has climactic in this day. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them, and that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of Cod and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect. That means complete, mature. Thoroughly furnished unto all good works. I charge thee therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing in his kingdom, Preach the Word. Be instant in season and out of season. Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Wade’s Wednesday

Wisdom

by Charles Stanley

A growing number of people in our world fail to seek God for His wisdom. Instead, they strive to satisfy their passions and desires without regard to their futures or to the consequences of their decisions.

This is a spiritually dangerous way to live. When we try to live apart from the counsel of God’s wisdom, we suffer disillusionment, fear, doubt, worry, and frustration. Our lives fall apart when we do not involve the Savior in our decisions.

The wisest approach to life’s challenges is to seek God for His plan, direction, and spiritual insight. But how can we do that? The next time you face a challenge or an important decision, seek God’s wisdom by doing the following:

• Seek Him—If you want to know God’s heart on a given issue or when you have to make a difficult decision, ask Him. Take time to pray—but in your times of prayer, don’t do all the talking. Listen for God’s still, small voice whispering His words of guidance and encouragement to you.

• Meditate on God’s Word—You will gain insight into God’s mind and heart by studying Scripture and meditating on its truth. Difficult decisions become easier to make when God is the One guiding you.

• Obey the principles of Scripture—When you set your heart on obeying God, He will teach you how to apply His truth in your life. Then you will know the way of wisdom.

• Observe the faithfulness of God—The Lord has never failed to keep a single promise He has made. The Bible is full of testimonies that celebrate His goodness and love. Learn to claim His promises as you read His Word.

• Heed godly counsel—God can use a pastor or trusted Christian friend to help you see beyond your weaknesses. Don’t hesitate to share your needs and fears with those who love the Lord and you.

• Associate with wise people—Choose your friends wisely. Include God in every relationship, and you will establish a strong, godly base of counselors to support you in making wise decisions.

Because God loves us, we have no need to worry about the future. He has a plan, not only for our lives, but also for every problem we face. Oswald Chambers said, “All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.” Take time today to renew your trust in God and His ability to provide the wisdom you need.

Tuesday With Karen

Infused With Courage

Infused with courage, God will do for us,
He works in a heart who gives Him trust;
He knows the smallest need we have inside,
There’s no need at all His grace won’t supply!

Infused with courage, by God’s loving grace,
He gives us strength for everything we face;
There are times we’ll get feeble and weak,
But there’s great courage in all He speaks!

Infused with courage, God does for His own,
He walks by our side, we’re never alone;
He is the Potter and we are the clay,
He molds our heart in each passing day!

Infused with courage, we will always be,
It’s a special thing He does for you & me;
Some things will happen, making us confused,
In all things, His grace is bringing us through!

KI