Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday Meditation: Presumptuous Grace

"And said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up,Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ --Matthew 4:6-7 

There is far more here then just an improper challenge toward God. There is something here that flies in the face of any type of "name it-claim it" or prosperity messages. It is tempting God.
Satan quoted a couple Bible verses. Psalm 91:11 and 12. He did not misinterpret them. But he did challenge God to fulfill them (at east verbally anyway). Jesus understood. Instead of saying "hey that's really out of context and not applicable here," he said "You shall not tempt the lord your God." (Duet 6:16)

The Bible is not  a book of spells and incantations even though many a prosperity teacher seems to apply th‏e selected verses that way. Using it in the way Satan did is an example of how manipulative people function--and those who desire to subvert the Bible to a book of spells and incantations. That's not how this works...that's not how any of this works.

If we live or act carelessly and expect that God's grace will be there to cover your errors...you may be presuming upon Him something he has not promised. When God created the heavens and earth He established natural laws...like gravity. Gravity describes the inescapable affect that everything that goes up will come down. It is what keeps us on the ground and not floating recklessly into space.  If you wish to quote a scripture to help you defy gravity....you would be making a big mistake. Gravity is like a host of other cause and affects (reap what you sow, etc), that are an inescapable reality. That's why prosperity messages fail. They promise gain that if you do this and this will happen. It doesn't work that way. That's not how any of this works.

It is an act of presumption. And very vain presumption. It presumes that if I say this verse...I will defy gravity. Or if I say this verse...then I will become rich. Or if I give you money, God is required to pay me back times 10.

Cause: Rising Federal debt. Affect: The need for more money to cover debt. If budget cuts do not get made then taxes will have to be raised in order to bail the government out the debt it incurred by it's own presumptuous spending. They presumed upon their own honesty and ability to repay debts. A lack of honesty killed the goal and, voila: A National debt that rises every day
 Washington Times Report after the CBO was released: On national debt Rising federal debt threatens to choke economic growth within a decade, beginning a death spiral that will sap revenue from government programs even as demands grow, forcing the government to borrow even more, Congress‘ budget watchdog said in a frightening report Tuesday.
Budget cuts or tax increases now would help avert that scary scenario, leaving the economy far stronger than it otherwise would be, the Congressional Budget Office said in the starkest warning yet by the independent agency that putting off tough decisions will only make things worse.
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