Spiritual Hearing Aids

1-minute devotion about "spiritual hearing aids"

Last year my husband got hearing aids and we learned some important facts about hearing loss:

1. We hear with our brains, not our ears.(1)

2. Hearing loss is often a factor in developing dementia.(2)

I thought about the multiple places in Scripture where Jesus says “Whoever has ears, let them hear.”(3)

1-minute devotion about "spiritual hearing aids"
When we come to the Lord, we gain “ears.” These ears are sort of like “spiritual hearing aids” that help us hear God’s voice and renew our minds (because we hear with our brains).

Our hearing aids include prayer, Bible study, obedience, and godly fellowship.

If we quit using our hearing aids, we hear God’s voice less and less clearly.

People who repeatedly reject God’s Spirit develop spiritual dementia. This is characterized by illogical arguments against faith in Jesus and sometimes rude rantings against God’s people.

But God’s hearing aids are better than earthly hearing aids. They can even reverse spiritual dementia if the patient is willing.
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(1) How Do We Hear? The ear captures the sound waves, but the brain turns them into sounds we recognize.
(2) Hearing Loss and Dementia
(3) Matthew 11:15; 13:43; Mark 4:23; Luke 8:8; 14:35; Revelation 3:6

Vibrant, Healthy Christians Eat Right

Vibrant, Healthy Christians Eat Right

In a previous devotion I talked about spiritual “junk food” that leaves us spiritually malnourished. 

What we need is spiritual “health food”:

1. While junk food teachings downplay prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship, health food teachings stress their importance (Psalm 119:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:17). 

When they become a regular part of our diet, we realize they aren't tasteless vitamins. They're flavorful whole foods that build our faith muscles and clean toxins from our minds.

Vibrant, Healthy Christians Eat Right
2. While junk food teachings emphasize God’s grace and dismiss personal responsibility, health food teachings rejoice in God’s grace and respond to that grace with dedicated and Christ-empowered obedience (Philippians 2:12-13).

3. While junk food junkies yell “Judge not” when they hear teachings about sin, healthy foodies yell “Thanks, I needed that!” (10 Scriptures).

4. When junk food teachings misapply Scriptures, healthy foodies pull out their Bibles and study (Acts 17:11). 

They make sure they aren’t falling for an artificially flavored gospel. They want the real thing, complete, fresh, in context. 

So which are you spiritually: a junk food junkie or healthy foodie?
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God often compares His Word to food (e.g. Matthew 4:4). Bible Loves Notes has a Pinterest board devoted to 1-minute devotions using food analogies: Soul Food.

4 Ingredients in Spiritual Junk Food

4 Ingredients in Spiritual Junk Food

As new believers we feed on pure Gospel "milk" (1 Peter 2:2).

Next we move on to solid food. 

If we refuse solid food, we never mature (Hebrews 5:12; 1 Corinthians 3:2-3).

But there's something just as unhealthy as remaining milk-fed babies. It's junk food teachings which give us a "sugar high" but leave us malnourished.
4 Ingredients in Spiritual Junk Food

Junk food teachings:

1. Downplay our need for regular prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship.

2. Emphasize God’s grace and dismiss personal responsibility.

3. Misuse the words “judge not” to silence Christians who share God's truth about sin.

4. Misapply Scriptures and take them out of context.

Unfortunately, if the Church were a grocery store, we’d notice that the junk food aisles are growing.

Maturing believers understand our need for proper spiritual nutrition. 

More than ever before, we need to maintain a steady diet of prayer, God’s Word, and godly fellowship!
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For more on spiritual nutrition:
Spiritual Spam
A Sugary Gospel

False Teachings About Sodom and Gomorah

Debunking False Teachings About Sodom and Gommorah

When sins are approved by culture, people manipulate Scripture to “prove” that Christians have misunderstood Biblical passages for thousands of years.(1)

That’s why false teachings about homosexuality are gaining ground. 

One of these teachings claims the destruction of Sodom and Gomorah wasn't related to homosexuality.

They point out that Ezekiel 16:48-50 lists Sodom and Gomorrah's sins as arrogance, selfishness, and other “detestable things, but doesn't specifically mention homosexuality.(2)

Then, with fantastically twisted eisegesis,(3) they attempt to explain away:

Debunking False Teachings About Sodom and Gommorah
1. Multiple Old Testament passages describing homosexuality as a serious sin (Leviticus 20:13 & 18:22-24).

2.  Multiple New Testament passages listing homosexuality as a serious sin (Romans 1:26-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; Jude 1:7).

3. God’s clear design for sex between a man and woman married to each other (Genesis 2:18-25; Mark 10:6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:2). 

God's commands are loving and wise. When we share them graciously, we express God's love (Colossians 4:6).(4)
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Debunking False Teachings About Sodom and Gommorah

(1) This is an absurd foundation for any teaching. It means God allowed His children to believe a false view of human sexuality for thousands of years despite the humble, honest Bible research done by Christians throughout history. Whenever doctrine is changed to accommodate culture, we can be confident it is not the Bible that has been misunderstood.

(2) This quote from GotQuestion.org explains Ezekiel 16:48-50: "The Hebrew word translated 'detestable' refers to something that is morally disgusting and is the exact same word used in Leviticus 18:22 that refers to homosexuality as an 'abomination.' Similarly, Jude 7 declares, '...Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion.' So, again, while homosexuality was not the only sin in which the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah indulged, it does appear to be the primary reason for the destruction of the cities." 

(3) This means you come to Scripture with an agenda and explain the meaning not according to the context but according to your agenda (Difference between exegesis and eisegesis). See also: What Was the Sin of Sodom and Gommorah?

(4) There are individuals and groups who do rude, mean-spirited things against homosexuals. Even if these people claim to be Christian, they are not representing the Gospel. Genuine believers are neither harsh nor permissive about sin. Being light and salt means loving people as God loves them - not being afraid to address sins that damage people's hearts and souls but doing so with kindness and grace. Going with the flow is popular, but it's not loving.
 

God's Kingdom is Not a Democracy

Why God's Kingdom is Not a Democracy

My husband has a sign on his desk that reads, “Never confuse the will of the majority with the will of God.”

Korah made this mistake in Numbers 16 by starting a rebellion against Moses.

Even though God had proven with signs and wonders that Moses was doing His will, Korah said, “The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them.”

He rallied 250 Israelites in an attempt to overthrow Moses. 

But God was leading Moses, and God is a majority of One.

Why God's Kingdom is Not a DemocracyJude talks about Korah as one example of those who spread false teachings in the Church.

The Korahs among us try to convince us that we should embrace majority values such as sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, transgenderism, and pornography. They appeal to our selfishness and worldliness and claim to speak for God. 

They emphasize God’s grace and ignore God’s purity, justice, and righteousness.

Dear Christians, let’s only listen to teachers who represent the Majority of One.
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Each highlighted word in this devotion is linked to a 1-minute devotion on the subject. I encourage you to read them all!

Jude uses three Old Testament examples when describing false teachers. I've written about the other two in these devotions:
What We Learn from Bad Guys Like Cain
Bad Guys are Good Warnings: Balaam
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