Romans 1:22 “Professing to be wise, they became fools.”
There is both worldly wisdom and wisdom from above. Worldly wisdom is sensual and demonic, telling people to live however they want while promising no consequences, but the wisdom from heaven teaches us to fear our Creator and submit to His ways, because He is God. One path leads to death and eternal torment and the other to eternal life.
The Scriptures tell us that what may be known of God is plain to us, because God has shown it to us (Romans 1:19, 20). You see my friends, we are without excuse. We know God exists. The evidence for His Divine attributes are stamped all over the cosmos. We can see His beautiful artwork in the morning sunrise as the fresh air hits us when we walk out the door, we can see His delicacy and intricate hand as we examine the absolute beauty of a butterfly as it gracefully flutters in the air, we can see His Divine power and providence as we examine the furry of the sun, as it rages in all of its glory, giving heat and light to the earth.
Have you ever thanked Him for all He has given you, or like an ungrateful child have you snatched what He offers you without so much as a feel of gratitude?
Take a look in the mirror; where did you get such an incredible machine that functions without your consent? Who’s brain are you using to understand what you are reading? Did you create your eyes with their 137,000,000 light sensitive cells each so that you can see this message? Where did you get your toes for balance or your eye lashes to keep the dust out of your eyes? Who decided your tongue should have 8,000 taste buds that renew every ten days so that you can enjoy juicy cheese burgers and ice cream? Was it you who designed your inner parts to digest food and send nutrients where they should go, also disposing of the waste? Did you form your heart and tell it to pump life giving blood through your veins? Was it you who programmed your DNA so that your body triggers 12 intricate chemical reactions when you cut yourself, so that your blood clots and you don’t bleed to death? Or maybe it was a far more intelligent and wise Being called “God.”
All genuine scientific discoveries and studies of creation scream at us that there is a God; a God who is supremely wise and powerful; vast and yet detailed, orderly and sovereign, terrifying and yet merciful.
We humans are born into this world, realize that we exist and then brazenly shake our fists at the heavens, defiantly declaring that we are god and there is no other. Professing to be wise we become fools.
The very reason man rejects the obvious truth that God exists is because God is also “moral”, and mankind does not want to be told how to live, even by the One who made them. Man loves adultery, pornography, murder, rape, pride, arrogance, unfaithfulness, greed, lust, hatred, gossip, slander, homosexuality, idolatry, drunkenness, covetousness and the like, and therefore hates God because He is holy.
But God in His mercy has provided forgiveness for the world through His Son’s death on the cross, His burial and resurrection. Because Jesus took our rightful punishment, God can legally dismiss our case and give us eternal life; but to reject such a wonderful and undeserved gift, even saying there is no God, is to spit in His face and trample His sacrifice under your feet. With such an offense, all that is left is a fearful expectation of the fierce wrath of God, which is eternal. But why would you chose such a fate?
With much love for your souls, Jonathan Ball
P.S. Even the great satanist Aleister Crowley, who lived an arrogant life full of rebellion to God, paced back and forth at the day of his death, being in fear and torment because he knew he was about to meet his Maker…
Only By His Grace
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
We must understand this essential truth: that anything good in our lives comes from God. If it were not for Him, you wouldn’t exist, and if it were not for His Divine intervention, you would not have come to Him to be saved, if indeed you are saved (John 6:44). We are not converted by our own power, and once born again it is not of ourselves that we bear fruit unto God, but only by His wonderful grace; for without Him we can do nothing.
The one who ministers in his own strength will fail, for the crashing waves of this life hit hard, knocking us to the ground. But those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength, and will mount up on wings like eagles, soaring above the turbulence of the storm (Isaiah 40:31).
Even Paul the apostle came to a place of utter despair while in Asia, feeling as though he was under the sentence of death. This happened so that his trust would not be in his own feeble ability but in the exceeding power of God, who alone could deliver him (2 Corinthians 1:8- 10). And God did deliver him, and used him mightily to spread the gospel across the globe!
You see, we must not depend on ourselves; we mustn’t! For we are nothing without God and apart from Him we can do NOTHING! It is in Him that we live and move and have our being, so we have to come to a place where we remove all reliance upon our own greatness, and lean on YHWY’s everlasting arm; for His strength is unfailing and His wisdom unsearchable.
Rely on His great power today, and you will find that all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Trust in the LORD with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. Pour out your lives in His service, and you will do great things; for His grace is sufficient for you!
Love in Jesus Christ, Jonathan Ball
Sacrifice, not Success
Ephesians 5:1, 2
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Christianity in the west has become somewhat of a club that you join or something that you add to your life to make it better, but when we look at Jesus call to follow Him, it means to take your life with its passions and desires, dreams and agendas and nail it to the cross, never to look back (Luke 9:23; 9:62). All that we are we surrender to Jesus so He may make us new and fill us with His life.
The early Church fathers and apostles were happy to be labeled “Christ’s slaves”, for they were bought by Him, owned by Him, and completely at His disposal. Whether He called them to live or die, it did not matter, for they were dead to themselves and living for the One who died for them and rose again (Galatians 2:20). It is imperative that we completely change our view of Christianity if we are to live and follow Jesus the way He intended. For it is when we die that we shall live.
Jesus’ whole life was lived for others and look at the impact He had on history. His 33 years of life shook the ages. We are called to imitate God and walk in love, so how did God love us? He laid down His life for us so that we could live; and now He calls us to follow Him, offering our bodies, our energy, our money, our breath, our hands and feet, our passions and desires as living sacrifices, so that others may know Him. This is a sweet smelling sacrifice to the God of all creation.
It is all so foreign to us who have it all, but we must grasp it, and quickly; For Jesus is returning soon, and He has commanded His Church to repent before He removes their candle stick from its place (Revelations 2:5). Reader, is your life still your own? Have you believed the lie that Jesus is there for your worldly success (lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life, 1 John 2:15- 17)? No, it is sacrifice that He wants, so that all the world may know Him through your burning love for them. Worldly success is selfish, but sacrifice is selfless. God help us to live for you so that as our lives are poured out, others may drink freely from the river of life!
Love Jonathan Ball