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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord: Psalm 128

Psalm 128

A song of ascents.

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    who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
    within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
    around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
    for the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion;
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—
    peace be on Israel.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2017 in blessings

 

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THE B-I-B-L-E! IS THAT THE BOOK FOR YOU?

This is Part 4 in our series on theologically FirefoxScreenSnapz471quenching the Spirit of God.  We saw in our 1st post that we may theologically quench the Spirit of God when we fail to be Berean believers.  In Part 2 we pointed out that we quench the Spirit when we don’t listen to His speaking to us through other believers.  A third way we quench the Spirit is when we confuse our impressions with the Spirit’s speaking through the Word.

The fourth way we may theologically quench the Spirit of God is when —

IV.  WE DON’T TEST ALL THAT WE HEAR BY THE SPIRIT’S PRIMARY TOOL, THE WORD OF GOD!

We read in I Thessalonians 5:   19 Don’t quench the Spirit, 20 don’t despise inspired messages. 21 But do test everything — hold onto what is good . . .

FirefoxScreenSnapz472How do we “test everything”?  We allow the Bible to have what we seminary professors call “functional authority” in our lives.  We actually use the Word of God to test what we hear, see, are exposed to (or expose ourselves to).  How do we know if a teaching is consistent with the Word of God?  I’ve been helped by —

Three Tests of Biblical Faithfulness:

1.  Does this teaching clearly contradict anything in the Word of God?  If a person says, for example, “I’m not sure I believe in the deity of Jesus anymore” (as Spencer Burke said in his book A Heretic’s Guide to Eternity), he is obviously standing in opposition to what the Scriptures teach about the Person of the Lord Jesus.

2.  Does this teaching challenge a characteristic (or attribute) of God?  Some false teaching is quite subtle. When an Open Theist (someone who does not believe that God knows everything) expresses his error, we should find ourselves vigorously defending the doctrine of God’s omniscience.

3.  Does this teaching push a me-first, prosperity-at-any-cost, FirefoxScreenSnapz473no-suffering-needed view of the Christian life?  Here we must ask what the tenor of Scripture is.  And it is quite clear that we have been granted the privilege to suffer for Him!  The diabolical contagion of prosperity theology has infected many Christian churches — and it needs to be soundly opposed by the clear teachings of Scripture. (to be continued)

 Questions:

1. What teaching have you heard recently which drove you to the Bible in order to test it?

2.  What is one practical way we can teach our youth to use the Word of God for such testing?

 

 
 

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JOHN PIPER SLAMMING PROSPERITY THEOLOGY!

Friends:

I believe one of the greatest challenges to Evangelical orthodoxy and biblical faith is something called PROSPERITY THEOLOGY!

Here’s a short video from Pastor John Piper which you might find interesting:

Questions:

1.  How does a poor theology of suffering support the Prosperity Gospel?

2.  What books or sermons have influenced you in this area of theology?

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Theological Essay

 

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