Monday, February 20, 2012

God and "How to Succeed"

Does Proverbs care more for success than for God?
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Proverbs 9:10

Bookstores are full of “how to” books, each promising to teach you how to make a success of yourself by just following a few simple rules. Is Proverbs an ancient “how to” book? It seems, at first look, more interested in success and prosperity than in God. Many of the Proverbs can be adopted by those who have no love for God.

But if you look at Proverbs as a book, rather, than a collection of unrelated fragments, you will find that its “how-to’s” of wise living can’t be separated from God. While some Proverbs observe the hard facts of life—that bribes are effective, for instance, or that money does buy friends of a kind— the book never for a moment endorses success techniques that involve immorality. More importantly, a deep sense of people’s sin and their utter dependence on God is spread throughout Proverbs. Wisdom, that fundamental tool for living, starts with the fear of God and leads to a knowledge of Him.

The word’s Lord or God are actually mentioned nearly 100 times, so a complete study of God’s place in Proverbs takes you through virtually the entire book. Here’s a closer look:

Proverbs on God’s relationship to wisdom: 1:7; 2:5-9; 8:22-31; 9:10; 22:17-19

Proverbs on sin: 15:8; 16:6; 20:9; 24:11-12; 28:9-13

Proverbs on trust in God: 3:5-12; 14:26, 27; 16:20; 18:10; 19:21; 21:31; 29:25-26; 30:5-9

Proverbs on God’s blessing: 10:22, 27, 29; 15:16

What are your plans for success? Is God’s will the basis of your plans or an afterthought? 

- Pastor Regan Myers

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Power of One

Relationships all stem from God’s relationship with Himself in the Trinity. 
“And God said, Let us make man in our image.” Genesis 1:26

The Trinity is a great mystery but can simply be stated as three persons in one essence. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit form a perfect relationship called “One.” Deuteronomy 6:4 says it clearly: 
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is One!” (NASB)

This perfect relationship between the 3 persons of the Trinity is heaven’s core. When Satan rose up in pride and developed his own agenda, for the first time in eternity there were “two.” He was immediately removed from heaven, because around God only the principle of one can operate.

When God made Adam and Eve, He crowned them with heaven’s power of one: 
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24) NASB

Satan was fearful and angry that an earthly relationship had been formed with the same qualities and characteristics as God Himself. He therefore set about to destroy that relationship and succeeded by setting Adam and Eve against each other and later causing one of their son’s to kill the other. His agenda throughout the ages has always been to bring confusion and diversion to powerful relationships. This power of one is demonstrated through the Bible. The Apostle Paul constantly exhorted the church to be 
“like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” Phil. 2:2 NKJV

This is the power of ONE!

- Pastor Regan Myers 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

And Greater Works Than These Shall He Do

John 14:12: “Verily, verily, I say to you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

Jesus expressed His love for people who were in a difficult situations. He did not do it for His power, but did it to express His love. This is what the Gospel is all about. Jesus was more committed to expressing His love than showing off His power.

There was a man who went to Haiti to check on the ministry he had there; some small schools in the hills. He came to a little hotel to get cleaned up before he boarded the plane to go home. There by the entrance he was intercepted by three young girls. They were about 15 years old. They all propositioned him for $10 each for all night. There they stood, skinny and hungry. The man said “I have $30. I will pay for all 3 of you to be with me all night long!” The man rushed up to the room, called the front desk and said, “I want every Walt Disney video that you have.” Then he called down to the restaurant and said, “I want 3 banana splits with everything on them including extra ice cream!”

The girls came and the ice cream came and the videos came and they sat at the edge of the bed and they watched videos and ate ice cream and laughed until 1 a.m. That’s when the last of them fell asleep across the bed. As he saw those girls stretched out across the bed, he thought nothing had changed. Tomorrow they will be back on the streets selling themselves again. He didn’t know enough Creole to tell them about salvation, but the word of the Spirit said this to him: But for one night, for one night you let them be little girls again! If Jesus were to make a decision which is the greater work - walking on water or giving one night of joy to 3 little girls that had been to hell and back. Which do you think Jesus would consider the greater work?

- Pastor Regan Myers