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Scriptures and the Power of God

In Matthew 22, the Sadducees set up a hypothetical scenario, in hopes of tricking Jesus. They wanted to trip Him up on matters of law and trap him in error. The scenario dealt with marriage, re-marriage and the resurrection. (Not sure they would ever see seven brothers marry the same woman, one after the next, but regardless...)
 
Jesus has some interesting things to say about marriage in Heaven, but first, He points out their error: “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matt. 22:29). This is sound teaching for our day. Errors come when we don’t know the Bible. Errors come when we don’t know the power of God. The wisdom of God is found in the word of God. The gospel is the power of God (Rom. 1:16). And Christ is the wisdom and the power of God (1 Cor. 1:24).
 
Jesus ends with a reminder of life beyond the grave: “And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.’” 
 
Our God is very much alive and is the Author of life! And the crowd’s response is the same as ours: “When the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.”

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Not Old Enough

“I’m sorry,” I said, “I’m not old enough to watch that.” My nephew looked at me with complete confusion. His face said clearly that I was OLD - certainly old enough to legally watch anything I wanted. But what I was trying to get him to understand is that I will NEVER be old enough for some of the things this world has to offer. Whether it’s my movie choices, the songs I listen to, the video games I play or the conversations I engage in, all of them have an impact on my heart and soul.
 
I did an in-depth study of Romans 12 years ago, and it was a game changer for me. Roman 12:1-2 spoke to me especially because it taught me two very important things: 1) I am not my own. In view of ALL that God has done for me, I daily choose to kneel before Jesus and willingly offer myself up as a living sacrifice. That means that I also choose to lay down my own desires and legal rights in order to follow Him.
 
2) What I allow into my heart and mind through my ears and eyes affects what I believe, how I act and who I become.  If I spend my time in God’s word, prayer, listening to worship music and engaging conversations about Jesus, it is easy for me to determine what He calls good, acceptable and perfect. But if most of my time is spent watching and listening to what this world calls good, it becomes harder and harder to hear God’s voice.
 
So, I want to ask you today: what are you allowing to have access to your heart and mind? Are you being discerning in what you watch, listen to and engage in? Are you laying down your own desires and rights to willingly follow God?
 
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

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