Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Got Rest?"

True rest does not come from having a vacation. Many times we try doing so many things to try and get rest. We take 2 weeks off, but when we get back, we need a vacation from our vacation. We try to sit quit for awhile. We try to get a massage and many other things. But after all the things we try, we are still tired.

But true rest only comes as we place our faith in what Jesus did at the Cross daily. Just as when we got saved and we trusted the message of the Cross and believed that is the only true rest!

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Heavy laden means over burden with ceremony. We want to do things to get the rest we need. We try to do things to get what we think God has for us. We work as Martha did. But it is the work for the Lord. But we need to sit at His feet and hear His voice. We need to trust Him that as we do take the time to spend with Him all the other things and work that needs to be done, He will give us strength.

You only get “burned out” when you trust yourself and you get your eyes off the one who gives you rest. You changed your focus from Jesus to what you are doing.

Matthew 11:28-29Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Learn of Me! Learn of Me! Learn of Me!

He will give you rest as you come unto Him. You shall find rest as you learn of Him continually.

May you come unto Him, but may you learn of Him, and stay there. This world has nothing to offer. All that they try to do to give a person rest has no lasting value. Taking a vacation will not work. The problems will still be there when you get back.

Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Find true rest today. Are you already saved and do not have rest, the answer is the same!!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Psychological Way or The Way Of The Cross ? by Len Paxton

Which will you choose. You cannot have both. They are tremendously opposed to each other. You will have to choose which worldview you will hold to.

In this blog, I am not going to attempt to give you the history of modern day psychology. I am simply going to highlight some of the contrasts between these two divergent paths; The psychological way vs The Way Of The Cross. Modern day psychotherapy has its roots in atheism, evolution, and humanism. Sadly, most denominations in modern Christianity have opted for the psychological way and have cast aside the way of the Cross.

The Bible holds ALL the answers of human behavior 2Peter 1:3
Psychology also claims to hold all the answers of human behavior.
The Bible tells us that man is an eternal soul St John 3:16
Psychology has as its foundation, evolution.
The Bible says that man is a sinner Romans 3:23
Psychology says that man is a victim.

The Bible says that the problem of man is an evil heart (Jer. 17:9) and that man is inherently evil.
Psychology says that the problem is man's environment and man is inherently good.
The Message of the Cross treats the very depths; the very core of man's problem, the heart. (Ez. 36:26-27, Eph 3:17, etc....)
Psychology treats only mans symptoms.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is the answer (St. Matt. 11: 28-30)
Psychology says that therapy and "professional help" is the answer. Most psychology "professionals" will denigrate Faith and say that the minister of the Gospel is not qualified to help humanity.

The Bible tells us to deny self and crucify the flesh ( Matt. 16:24, Gal. 5:24).
Psychology says we should love "self" and pamper "flesh".
The Bible directs us to the Cross, which assures us the help of the Holy Spirit.
Psychology directs us to the flesh.
The Bible directs us to Faith in God (Mark 11:22).
Psychology directs us to self effort.
Self cannot improve upon self. Remember that.

The Word of God, The Bible, Leads us into repentance (Acts 26:20) and restoration (Gal 6:1).
Psychology offers only remorse and referral.
The Bible IS TRUTH....
Psychology is mere, mortal, flawed mans opinions.
The Bible says that God's truth is unchangeable (Psalm 119:89).
Psychology says that truth is determined by the majority and by culture.

There are many, many more contrasts that I could list for you but the bottom line is this; One simply cannot believe in the Bible and the message of the Cross; at least not as one ought, and also believe in psychology. It can't be done.
If you as a believer put your trust in anything other than Christ and Him Crucified, no matter how well intentioned, you are committing spiritual adultery. Rom 7.

Psychology puts man as the center of all things. Our Faith, from the Bible, puts Christ as the center and the ONLY answer for man. The two cannot be joined. Preachers of the Gospel who attempt to join the two will help no one. The only true help that is available is found in the word of God which is The Message Of The Cross....