Tim Conway – De ce faci ceea ce faci?

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Ce te motivează să faci ceea ce faci? Te motivează dragostea pentru Hristos şi gloria lui Dumnezeu? Sau îţi urmăreşti poftele tale egoiste mergând împotriva voii lui Dumnezeu?

De ce faci ceea ce faci?

Lupta cu păcatul Ceea ce vă cer să faceţi… este să gândiți. Vă rog, gândiți-vă puțin, de ce faceți ceea ce faceți? De ce vă îmbrăcați în felul în care vă îmbrăcați? De ce folosiți bijuteriile pe care le folosiți? De ce faceți ceea ce faceți cu banii voștri? De ce faceți ceea ce faceți cu timpul vostru? De ce vă uitaţi la ce vă uitaţi la televizor, la cinema, sau pe calculator? De ce faceți ceea ce faceți pe calculator? Aveți motivații care-L slăvesc pe Dumnezeu în toate acestea? Aveți acea încredințare, credeți voi că ceea ce faceți Îl slăvește pe Dumnezeu, căci „tot ce nu vine din încredinţare, e păcat”. (Rom. 14:23) Fie că mîncaţi, fie că beţi, fie că faceţi altceva: să faceţi totul pentru slava lui Dumnezeu. (1Cor. 10:31) Trebuie să fim oameni care gândim. Nu faceți un lucru doar pentru că și colegii de clasă îl fac. Nu faceți un lucru doar pentru că și colegii de serviciu îl fac. Sistemul lumesc este peste tot în jurul nostru. Faceți un lucru doar pentru că îl puteți dovedi prin Cuvântul lui Dumnezeu. Punct Sunt motivațiile voastre niște pofte înșelătoare? Pofte lumeşti? Pofte ale firii pământești care se războiesc cu sufletul, sunt motivațiile voastre conduse de aceste pofte? Sau sunt conduse de dorința de a-I fi pe plac lui Dumnezeu? Asta trebuie să ne întrebăm mereu. Care este motivația? „Păi, mă îmbrac așa ca să se uite cutare băiat la mine.” Sper să vă dați dați seama care este motivația reală. Atunci când Biblia spune că dacă vreți să obţineți atenția unui băiat, și vorbim de acel tip de atenție pe care ar trebui să vi-l doriți, atunci căutați să aveți un duh blând şi liniştit, fetelor! Dacă știți Scripturile, asta spune de fapt 1 Petru 3.

La fel, băieților, dacă mergeți la sală cu scopul de a atrage fetele, înseamnă că munciți din greu doar pentru a fi plini de mușchi și a arăta ca cei din lume. Bineînțeles, exerciţiile fizice pot fi bune, dacă vă ajută să vă disciplinați și vă ajută sănătății voastre, dacă nu mai sunteți obosiți peste zi și simțiți că aveți nevoie de mai puțin somn, și în general dacă vă dau o stare de bine. Atunci, da, își au locul lor. Dar sunt ele motivate de evlavie? Hainele pe care le purtăm? Le purtați cu scopul de a-L slăvi pe Dumnezeu? Sunteți voi darnici? Vă folosiți voi banii… în scopuri care-L slăvesc pe Dumnezeu?

Care este motivația din spatele felului în care vă folosiți banii? Când vreți să decideți dacă să aveți un televizor sau nu, (Ştiu creştini care au televizoare și ştiu creştini care nu au.) … care este motivația voastră? Ce anume realizați voi prin asta? Când mâncați, de ce mâncați așa cum o faceți? Când beți… Dacă aveați de gând să spuneți „Păi Biblia ne dă voie să bem băuturi alcoolice.” Trebuie să vă întrebați mai întâi, de ce? De ce faceți asta? Există vreo motivație în asta care Îl slăvește pe Dumnezeu? Nu-L slăviți deloc pe Dumnezeu când faceți lucruri care-l fac pe fratele vostru să se poticnească. Şi le mai faceți și în faţa lui. Dacă ce mâncați sau ce beți îl face pe fratele vostru să se poticnească, mai bine vă abțineți.

De ce facem ceea ce facem? Încercăm cumva să-i câştigăm pe oameni pentru Hristos? Hudson Taylor s-a îmbrăcat ca un chinez, pentru a-i câştiga pe chinezi. Şi i-a câștigat! Pavel s-a făcut tuturor totul pentru a mântui pe unii dintre ei. (1Cor. 9:22) Ca prin orice mijloc, să-i mântuiască pe unii dintre ei. Vedeți, atunci când sunteți însuflețiți de iubire și când sunteți conduși de dorința de a mântui oameni, când sunteți conduși de dorinţa de a vă maturiza, sau de dorința de a deveni mai evlavioși, când sunteți conduși de dorința de a deveni mai smeriți, sau de a cunoaște mai bine Biblia, când sunteți conduși de dorința de nu-i face pe frații și surorile voastre să se poticnească… Vedeți despre ce motivaţie vorbesc? Pe când atunci când urmăriți doar poftele voastre și când ajungeți să faceți ceea ce faceți de dragul plăcerii, sau de dragul de a vă simți bine si în general când faceți totul pentru că vreți să vă satisfaceți aceste pofte și dorințe, … atunci sunteți pe teren alunecos.

Ascultați-mă. Ele (poftele firii) se războiesc cu sufletul vostru. Şi oamenii îşi pierd sufletul în această luptă … mereu. Prin harul lui Dumnezeu, prin tăria lui Dumnezeu, prin puterea lui Dumnezeu, rămâneți în Hristos! Şi căutați să trăiți având motivațiile corecte. Aducând orice gând și orice motivație în supunere faţă de Hristos. Întotdeauna. În supunere faţă de Hristos, fiind călăuziți, însuflețiți și motivați de dragoste. Lăsați ca dragostea să vă călăuzească viața!  Lăsați ca dragostea pentru Dumnezeu şi pentru aproapele vostru să vă însuflețească! Și nu poftele. Ci dragostea. Doamne ajută-ne!
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In Awe of Creation – Hurricanes ( Irene – Latest Space Station View)

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Uploaded by on Aug 24, 2011The International Space Station once again flown over thenow Category 3 storm and its outlook seems even more ominous. This fly-over occurred on August 24th, 2011. According to NASA -Hurricane Irene is a major hurricane, and NASA satellite data shows its diameter is now about one-third the length of the U.S. Atlantic coastline. NASA satellites are providing valuable data to forecasters to assist them in the forecasts for Irene’s track and power. As of this morning, a Hurricane Watch is now in effect for the coastal U.S. Let us pray for the safety of those in the hurricane’s path…

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Rekindling the dying fire by Rev. Allen M. Baker

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Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. (Ephesians 5:25)

Any Christian husband knows that obeying this command is an awe-filled, humbling task. Our tendency is to err in one of two directions. Some of us abdicate while others dominate. You are abdicating your responsibilities to your wife when you embrace passivity in your marriage, when you neglect your calling to love her sacrificially. Men instinctively move toward abdication. Adam in the garden told God that the woman he gave him was the cause of his disobedience. We have tried to pass the buck ever since. Some, in an effort to make sure they lead their wives, fall instead into dominating them, lording their authority over them, controlling them, running roughshod over their feelings, desires, needs. In either extreme the result surely will be agitation. A wife’s anger, bitterness, wrath, strife, inability to trust her husband with money or other women, and her tendency to languish emotionally, spiritually, and sometimes even physically can be traced to the treatment she receives from her husband.

No wonder that after several years of marriage the passion fires can dissipate. No wonder both parties find themselves drifting into separate hobbies, recreations, vacations, and bedrooms. Remember this – the loss of love in a marriage (when your wife says that you do not love her anymore) is the husband’s fault. Strife, turmoil, and bickering are usually the wife’s fault, but they stem from her husband’s failure to love her as he ought, according to the prescription of the Apostle Paul.

So, what must any husband do to rekindle the dying fire of love in his marriage? In order to rekindle he must first repent. Repent of what? Of not loving his wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. The Apostle, after stating the wife’s subordinate role of submission, commands husbands to consider the love of Christ for his church. Paul later says the one flesh principle of Genesis 2:24, 25 is a mystery where Christ and his church are a type for marriage. Looking at Christ’s love for his church is to drive us to see how we are to love our wives. The love of Christ for his church is the model, ground, or foundation of a husband’s love for his wife (see John 3:16, 1 John 4:10). This love is never a mere feeling. It is active, purposeful, intentional. The character of this love is found in the fact that Christ willingly gave himself up for us. Paul uses the same language in Ephesians 5:1, 2 where he commands us to mimic God, to walk in love because Christ loved us and gave himself for us. The Greek text here has an interesting construction which reveals the intentionality of Christ’s love for us. It uses three hina clauses. These are purpose clauses- that he might sanctify her . . . that he might present to himself the church in all her glory . . . that she might be holy and blameless. Many think Paul is calling husbands to sanctify their wives by teaching them God’s Word so that they may be prepared to meet God on that great day. Certainly a husband is to teach and lead his wife, but I suggest this is not what Paul is stressing here. Instead he is wanting us to step back, take a long look as it were, at the remarkable, steadfast, sacrificial, eternal love of Christ for his church. He wants this love to grip us, to dominate our very souls. Our tendency as men is to see a problem and to move quickly to fix it. You probably are looking for three easy steps to rekindle your marriage. These sorts of things have only limited success. Real change, a real rekindling of love in your marriage, will come as the Holy Spirit rekindles your sense of the Triune God’s love for you.

Christian husband, will you survey the love of God for you in Christ? Do you not see the intentionality of his great love? In the so-called covenant of redemption in eternity past the Lord Jesus willingly offered to become human flesh in order to die for your sins, to be raised again for your justification. He said that he came to do his Father’s will. He said that he must work while it is still day, for when night comes no man can work. Luke tells us that he resolutely set his face toward Jerusalem. He said that he came not to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many. He said, ‘Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit.’ Jesus did not embrace passivity. He offered himself up for you. Jesus does not abuse his position and power. He rightly demands our submission but he always leads in love, purity, and gentleness. The Father’s supreme plan has always been the salvation of his people for all the ages, all to the praise of the glory of his grace. The remarkable truth is that God has positionally sanctified you (putting you into a category of being righteous, called as saints) and he is also progressively sanctifying you, making you more like Jesus, by chastising, teaching, and leading you into all truth. He has washed you with the regenerating waters of the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:25, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Titus 3:5), giving you a heart to love God and hate sin. He has declared you not guilty, having imputed to you his very righteousness or perfection. And He promises to take you to heaven when you die, to glorify you. Revelation 19 says that we are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb, having been clothed with white garments. Positional sanctification, regeneration, justification, and glorification are all mentioned in Paul’s treatment of Christ’s love for his church mentioned in Ephesians 5:25-27.

Husbands, you will rekindle your love for your wife, you will repent of not loving her as you ought, when you are slain, overwhelmed, awed by the love of God for you in Christ. When you continue to hold to the notion that you have something to offer God, then you will continue in hard-hearted rebellion against God and your wife.

I could write pages on this topic, but I must stop. But consider this one last concept. In Hebrews 2 the writer tells us that Christ is no longer ashamed to call us his brethren, that through death he has rendered powerless him who had the power of death, that is the devil; and has removed the fear of death which held us in slavery all our days. Think about that. Meditate upon it. Ask God to stir up within you a new, experiential awareness of God’s remarkable, eternal, covenantal love for you. Seek it, and when you have it, when it wells up in your heart, then it will naturally spill out to those around you, especially your wife. You will want to serve her, to consider her needs, to sacrifice for her, to be intentional in putting her needs before your own. You will be grieved at abusing your role. You will delight to love her willfully, thoughtfully, thoroughly.

Rekindling the Dying Fire


Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.(Ephesians 5:25) 
Any Christian husband knows that obeying this command is an awe-filled, humbling task. Our tendency is to err in one of two directions. Some of us abdicate while others dominate. You are abdicating your responsibilities to your wife when you embrace passivity in your marriage, when you neglect your calling to love her sacrificially. Men instinctively move toward abdication. Adam in the garden told God that the woman he gave him was the cause of his disobedience. We have tried to pass the buck ever since. Some, in an effort to make sure they lead their wives, fall instead into dominating them, lording their authority over them, controlling them, running roughshod over their feelings, desires, needs. In either extreme the result surely will be agitation. A wife’s anger, bitterness, wrath, strife, inability to trust her husband with money or other women, and her tendency to languish emotionally, spiritually, and sometimes even physically can be traced to the treatment she receives from her husband.No wonder that after several years of marriage the passion fires can dissipate. No wonder both parties find themselves drifting into separate hobbies, recreations, vacations, and bedrooms. Remember this – the loss of love in a marriage (when your wife says that you do not love her anymore) is the husband’s fault. Strife, turmoil, and bickering are usually the wife’s fault, but they stem from her husband’s failure to love her as he ought, according to the prescription of the Apostle Paul.So, what must any husband do to rekindle the dying fire of love in his marriage? In order to rekindle he must first repent. Repent of what? Of not loving his wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. The Apostle, after stating the wife’s subordinate role of submission, commands husbands to consider the love of Christ for his church. Paul later says the one flesh principle of Genesis 2:24, 25 is a mystery where Christ and his church are a type for marriage. Looking at Christ’s love for his church is to drive us to see how we are to love our wives. The love of Christ for his church is the model, ground, or foundation of a husband’s love for his wife (see John 3:16, 1 John 4:10). This love is never a mere feeling. It is active, purposeful, intentional. The character of this love is found in the fact that Christ willingly gave himself up for us. Paul uses the same language in Ephesians 5:1, 2 where he commands us to mimic God, to walk in love because Christ loved us and gave himself for us. The Greek text here has an interesting construction which reveals the intentionality of Christ’s love for us. It uses three hinaclauses. These are purpose clauses- that he might sanctify her . . . that he might present to himself the church in all her glory . . . that she might be holy and blameless. Many think Paul is calling husbands to sanctify their wives by teaching them God’s Word so that they may be prepared to meet God on that great day. Certainly a husband is to teach and lead his wife, but I suggest this is not what Paul is stressing here. Instead he is wanting us to step back, take a long look as it were, at the remarkable, steadfast, sacrificial, eternal love of Christ for his church. He wants this love to grip us, to dominate our very souls. Our tendency as men is to see a problem and to move quickly to fix it. You probably are looking for three easy steps to rekindle your marriage. These sorts of things have only limited success. Real change, a real rekindling of love in your marriage, will come as the Holy Spirit rekindles your sense of the Triune God’s love for you.Christian husband, will you survey the love of God for you in Christ? Do you not see the intentionality of his great love? In the so-called covenant of redemption in eternity past the Lord Jesus willingly offered to become human flesh in order to die for your sins, to be raised again for your justification. He said that he came to do his Father’s will. He said that he must work while it is still day, for when night comes no man can work. Luke tells us that he resolutely set his face toward Jerusalem. He said that he came not to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many. He said, ‘Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit.’ Jesus did not embrace passivity. He offered himself up for you. Jesus does not abuse his position and power. He rightly demands our submission but he always leads in love, purity, and gentleness. The Father’s supreme plan has always been the salvation of his people for all the ages, all to the praise of the glory of his grace. The remarkable truth is that God has positionally sanctified you (putting you into a category of being righteous, called as saints) and he is also progressively sanctifying you, making you more like Jesus, by chastising, teaching, and leading you into all truth. He has washed you with the regenerating waters of the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:25, 1 Corinthians 6:11, Titus3:5), giving you a heart to love God and hate sin. He has declared you not guilty, having imputed to you his very righteousness or perfection. And He promises to take you to heaven when you die, to glorify you. Revelation 19 says that we are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb, having been clothed with white garments. Positional sanctification, regeneration, justification, and glorification are all mentioned in Paul’s treatment of Christ’s love for his church mentioned in Ephesians 5:25-27.Husbands, you will rekindle your love for your wife, you will repent of not loving her as you ought, when you are slain, overwhelmed, awed by the love of God for you in Christ. When you continue to hold to the notion that you have something to offer God, then you will continue in hard-hearted rebellion against God and your wife.I could write pages on this topic, but I must stop. But consider this one last concept. In Hebrews 2 the writer tells us that Christ is no longer ashamed to call us his brethren, that through death he has rendered powerless him who had the power of death, that is the devil; and has removed the fear of death which held us in slavery all our days. Think about that. Meditate upon it. Ask God to stir up within you a new, experiential awareness of God’s remarkable, eternal, covenantal love for you. Seek it, and when you have it, when it wells up in your heart, then it will naturally spill out to those around you, especially your wife. You will want to serve her, to consider her needs, to sacrifice for her, to be intentional in putting her needs before your own. You will be grieved at abusing your role. You will delight to love her willfully, thoughtfully, thoroughly.

 

Ravi Zacharias – Legitimate pleasures and pornography

An introduction from Ravi Zacharias’ website:

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is a global team of itinerant speakers with offices throughout the world in: the United States, the United Kingdom, Romania, the Middle East, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada.  Founded in 1984 by Ravi Zacharias, the vision of RZIM is fourfold:

  • Evangelism with a particular focus on skeptics, cultural influencers and critical thinkers
  • Apologetics that addresses current issues and the intellectual struggles related to these concerns, and the humanitarian needs of those at risk within a society
  • Spiritual Disciplines that focus the mind and heart on the glory of God
  • Training that comes alongside the Church or concerned Christians worldwide so that the mandate of I Peter 3:15 might be fulfilled—to set apart Christ in our hearts as Lord and always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us, with gentleness and respect, all for the glory of God.

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