Our third and last purpose of these devotionals is learning Christian theology, which also have a threefold purpose:
Jesus spoke, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also” (Matthew 5:38-39, NIV).
You ever thought why we’re not supposed to take matters in our own hands? I mean, isn’t God a loving God? Then why does He want us to just get beat up?
I think many of us interpret that Scripture like this. But
what Jesus is saying is “Don’t take matters in your own hands; turn it
over to God and He will protect and justify you”. As long as Jesus walked in
love, and He always did, He was untouchable. The Word declares they were going
to throw Jesus off the brow of a hill, but He walked in their midst.
Most of us have a mental grasp of Christian values. We understand we need to be head and shoulders above everyone else when it comes to love, mercy, forgiveness, etc. However, most do this at the expense of power.
These devotionals are built on the foundation of 1 Timothy 4:14; “Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery”. (According to Rod Parsley The gift Paul was speaking of was the gift of faith).
Notice, this was a command Paul was writing, not a suggestion. Many people hold that character is more important than gifts. However, that’s not Scriptural. Remember the Parable of the Ten Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)? The one who was giving the one talent (1 Peter 4:10) hid it out of fear and misperception. Jesus called him "wicked and slothful..." (verse 26) and he was thrown into “outer darkness” (verse 30).
God created our gifts and character to be balanced equally.
Lord, I thank You for the adventures of the Spirit. I ask
that each person reading this will do it with a heart wide open to You, Sir. I
ask just like Jesus was baptized in the Holy Ghost and power
so we will be too. That Your love will be made complete in us (1 John 4:12),
that we may be a light shining in darkness. In Jesus’ name.
call love, forgiveness, tithe, among other things, Christian theology.
Christian literally means "Christ like" or "little Christ".
Theology is the study of God's attributes. Therefore, Christian theology is the
study of Christ's attributes.
So the values of Christ put us on a whole new level. One where we become the heads and not the tails. Praise Jesus!
According to 1 Cor 12 there are 9 gifts of the Spirit. Each one can be characterized into three groups; utterance gifts, power gifts, and revelation gifts.
Verse 25 the servant said he was afraid and hid his talent. The misperception is in verse 24; “Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed [sowed seed]”. It would be unjust for God to expect a harvest where He has not first sown seed. How can a farmer expect a crop at harvest time, but never planted any seed? Also, how can God expect to reap where He never sowed? Again, how just is it for a farmer to expect a harvest from his next door neighbor if he never sowed any of that seed?
Luk 3:21-22, 4:1,14; Act 10:38