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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

THE WOODSHED


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Each of the apostles had their own way of dealing with problems in the church.

Jude tried to encourage and challenge the saints before dealing with deep spiritual problems. Jude 1:3 “It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.“

Peter spoke with great authority for he was regarded with great respect throughout Christendom. His close relationship with Christ as his tutor resulted in spiritual wisdom.

Paul directed his followers to the Old Testament for authority, and then taught New Testament truths as GOD’S spirit had interpreted it for him.

James it is said was the pastor of the church at Jerusalem. This is where the debate over doctrine was hashed out. He being the Lords brother was straight laced and tolerated no foolishness. He was a genuine yea and nay man with nothing in-between.

When James got through with you, you knew you had been taken to the woodshed and got the full treatment.

Pastors today are faced with many of the same problems as James faced and must deal with them when oft times it isn’t a pleasant job. On occasion people will leave and go somewhere else instead of accepting correction.

Let’s look at a sampling of James declaration; James 4:1-10 Message Bible

1-2Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. You lust for what you don't have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn't yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it.


2-3You wouldn't think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you'd be asking for what you have no right to. You're spoiled children, each wanting your own way.


4-6You're cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn't care? The proverb has it that "he's a fiercely jealous lover." And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you'll find. It's common knowledge that "God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble."


7-10So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it's the only way you'll get on your feet.

We can only guess what the problems were but I suspect that he got things straightened out in a hurry. Brow beating aside - - strong preaching will build strong Christians.

So be it. Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usv_knN7ESg&feature=related

This post has been linked with Shanda at: On your Heart Tuesday

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