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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 21 · 2 years ago

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Hello and welcome to read Your Bible devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word. Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. You can find a RSS feed link on our website, www dot do berry baptist clarksbridgecom. Christianity is wrong. I get your attention, but idea. Years Ago I was sitting in a house listing with a gentleman and I was sharing with him the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now I came to Earth and fully, God fully, man died on the scene. It died on the cross for our sins. As man rose from...

...the day we m blow up biding into our heart as Lord and Savior. We can be saved because we're sinners. He never seen. We the entire Gospel. I got to the end of the Gospel and I said, is there any good reason why you wouldn't invite Jesus into your life as Lord and Saviors Day? He said yes and that was one of the first times I'd ever had someone say yes and I kind of like, okay, I said, what would that reason be? And so I was waiting for him to say, well, I don't believe there's any evidence for the resurrection, or I'm an atheist and I believe in the evidence of the evolution, or I just can't logically believe that God exists. I was waiting for him to give me some intellectual argument and he didn't. He didn't give me an empiricle of argument or a scientific argument. He didn't give me an intellectual or rational argument.

He said I can't believe because if I believe, I would have to admit my ancestors are inhale. He was native American and he believed that most of his ancestors did not, except Jesus Christ, and that's why he wouldn't get said. Had nothing to do with the evidence of the Resurrection, had nothing to do with the truth of the Gospel. It had to do with the fact he wasn't willing to admit that his parents or his grandparents were wrong. Not long after that, I was in a McDonald's restaurant. I sat down and was visiting with someone. Got An opportunity to share the gospel with that person. He was an older gentleman's probably in his s at the time.

Got To the end and he was very nice and courteous. As the same question and I said, is there any reason why you wouldn't want to accept Jesus Christ in your life as Lord and Savior today? He said yes, there is. I said a good reason? He said yes. I said what would that be? He said well, young man, I would have to believe that everything I believed all my life is wrong and I'm just not willing to believe that again. It wasn't an argument from science, it was an argument that he would have to admit the way he's lived his life is wrong. So Sad. And yet I admire their intellectual honesty. I admire their thoughtfulness there they truly were considering the cost of Christianity and the implication...

...and I admire that they weren't going to rush in to some sort of an emotional decision, that they were thinking about it and they were thinking the consequences of it and they would thinking I would have to admit my life's been wrong or I would have to admit my parents and grandparents were all they actually thought. I love that intellectual honesty. And yet both of these gentlemen were not the first to question the Christian faith because it implied the vanity of their life or the vanity of a salvation by words. In fact, both Buil Dad and so far, two of job's friends here and chapters eighteen through twenty, zealously defend a salvation by words, because jobs implication is that we're not made right with God by doing good things. We're making our way through this incredible...

...book and job is really wrestling with maybe this God will give us good if we're good in this life. Maybe that doesn't work. We're saved by grace, and grace loan. But maybe we also live by grace also, and not by words. Maybe that we reap what we sow, but it's not reaping of physical blessings, which implies a work salvation. Draw and BUIL DAD and so far and Elip as all believe in a work salvation. And so as job is working his own mind through this and as he's speaking what's coming to his own mind, all of a sudden it's triggering in buil down and so far and helip has whoa. We could be wrong. No, no,...

...we're not wrong. And so they're going to defend zealously their position. To Joe Because of what he's saying and at what it implies about a salvation by words. Notice job eighteen three. Why are we regarded as beasts, as stupid? In Your Eyes, you who tear yourself in anger for your sake? Is the earth to be abandoned or the rock to be moved from its place just because you think you're right? Indeed, the light of the wicked goes out and the flame of his fire gives no life. And again in Chapter Twenty, in verse two. Therefore, my disquieting thoughts make me respond, even because of my inward agitation. Build Adams so far have been troubled by job's words. Job argues that he has lived a good life,...

...as man measures goodness, and that is suffering is not because of sin. In fact, he has argued strongly and convincingly. But if job is correct and job's suffering isn't because of sin, then bill, dad and so far have lived their lives and error because they believed and lived in a works salvation. They have been good all their lives, and now the thought that such good living has no bearing on a relationship with God is quite unnerving. I'm a good person. God has to accept me. You're saying no, God doesn't have to accept me with all the things I've done all my life to live good and be accepted by God. I've fed the poor, I've given to this, I've given to that, I've lived a good life. I've...

...been good to people who are mean to me. God must accept that. And Job Says No, no, he does it, and that is not only just agitating to him, but it's agitating because job makes sins. It's bugging them. God, we can't be with God. We're sinners. No amount of good races our sin. That makes sense and it's troubling them and that's where they are. Thus, in Chapter Eighteen we saw bill dad responds with words that may no sense. Job Makes Sense. Bill Dad says, and we just read it. He accuses job of hunting for words. Job's know where hunting for words. Job's readily just about it off what he's got to say in return. He also accused job of tearing himself in anger.

Joe Wasn't tearing himself in anger. Bill Dad's just not making sense, because job's anger isn't with himself. Bill Dad Badge basically asks if the world he is friends in the world that he knows should just desert their world view to appease job and his words. He's angry. He's like Joe, you're angry at yourself, you're tearing yourself apart, when in reality, build Dad's one. That's a and then he says, so, you're right, everyone else is wrong. Is that it, Joe? You can see that type of attack coming against job, because what job has said is troubling. Bill Dad. Isn't that how the world responds to us? Is Christian's Oh, so...

...you're saying you're right and all the world's wrong. Our answer is always, of course not. I'm not saying I'm right at all. I'm saying God's right. And if I were to side between God, the Creator, and all everyone else, the creation, then I would side with the Creator, and that makes them mad. That's exactly what happened here. And he attacks so far, continues these thoughts and chapter twenty after job responds to build. Add in Chapter Nineteen. And, by the way, job's response to build add very logical. And so job's response walking through, Bill Dad, white can't be a word salvation triggered so far and so far as trouble and so far as thinking. What if job is right? What if God is bigger...

...than we think? What if some of the righteous suffer in this life and some of the wicked are rewarded in this life? What if it's not a salvation by words? What if we're all sinners and separated from God? What if our words are as filthy rags to a perfect God? Such can't be the case, not because it's illogical, not because it doesn't have merrit. In fact it's very illogical. But it can't be the case because it would nullify the way so far has lived his entire life. Thus, the troubled thoughts and inward agitation that such thoughts produced pushes so far to defend his world view even more adamantly. But that's more for so far than job. The...

...two gentlemen I've visited with, they weren't saying that for me, they were saying it for themselves. They knew they weren't going to change my mind. They knew the argument that I would have to believe my ancestors were in hell wouldn't all of a sudden cause the pastor the think, oh well, there you go, I'll desert my faith in they knew better. They knew the argument. Well, I would have to admit everything I've lived for a dram wouldn't persuade me that was their reasoning, more for themselves than for me. Keep in mind, as you and I pray for our friends, our family members, our acquaintances that may not be saved, that the older they are, the more difficult it may be for them to accept the Christian faith.

So requires a humbling admonition that much of their lives have been lived under a false worldview. Admire their intellectual honesty, admire that they're considering the cost and then pray for them. It's important to note that job's continuing arguing with his friends had no effect on persuading them. Joe Continues to show them how their wrong, and it had no effect. Sometimes it's best just to share the Gospel and God's love and let it alone. Sometimes, when someone saying I can accept it, don't keep argue. Sometimes it may be okay to do that if they want to entertain that Joe's friends did, but sometimes it's best...

...just to say let me let it alone, let God work on and just pray. Christianity requires a forfeiture. Some may not be ready to make you. And so what do we do? We pray and let God do things which your eye are incapable of doing. Well, love this book of Job, how much truth is in this powerful book. Continuing, looking forward to continuing our study again tomorrow. You can be Reading Job Chapter Twenty One through twenty four, but I want to pray for you for we pose today. Father, thank you again for teaching us through your wonderful word and thank you for reminding us of our friends who may not know you and, as we share the Gospel, some of them may reject and some of them may be older and they would have to admit that they've lived their life and error and...

...such would be difficult. I pray for these I pray God that they would come to us high when you use the Gospel to touch their hearts and bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and I pray for all of those listening who are praying and witnessing to these people who haven't been saved. Give them wisdom, let them know when to say something, when not to when just to pray, which rust to I don't always. Let us share the Gospel. Once we share, give us wisdom. We pray all of this in Jesus. Thank you for joining us again today.

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