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Bring It On-Line: - April 26, 2016

Do you have any tips on how I should read and study the Bible? If you get really sick and you have an addiction, can God use the sickness to break your bad habit? Is predestination theology biblical? Read Transcript


We've got some questions.

We do have some e-mail.

Let's bring it on.

This is a viewer who says, "I really like the Bible.

But sometimes I beat myself up for not reading it every day.

I've never read it entirely, just the four

gospels, Paul's letters, and the five

books of the Old Testament.

Do you have any tips on how I should read and study

the Bible?"

Well, there's a systematic way and a devotional way.

And right now, I'm following most of the devotional way.

I've done the systematic, where you look at a book and you say,

who wrote it?

To whom was it addressed?

What was the issue involved?

What were they trying to get across?

What are the lessons you can take from it, and so forth.

And you go through it systematically.

And that's the way to do it.

The other way is you're asking God for a [INAUDIBLE],

a word where he speaks to you out of the Bible.

And that way you can, as I believe John Wesley said,

we sought the oracles of God.

And God will speak to you specifically

from things that seem to be a little bit unrelated.

And all of a sudden, it jumps out at you.

But you need to read Proverbs.

You need to read the Psalms.

They're just filled with rich, devotional literature.

And but don't beat yourself up.

Well, I didn't read today.

And therefore I have sinned.

God didn't put it there to make you unhappy.

He put it there to-- "My Word have

I hid in my heart that I might not against you."

It builds us up.

OK.

This is Becca, who says, "If you get really sick

and you have an addiction, can God use the sickness

to break your bad habit?"

God can use anything.

And the answer is yes.

Of course he can.

Can he use it?

God can do anything.

All right.

This is Zeru, who says, "Is predestination theology

biblical?"

Well, there's predestination and foreknowledge.

And the theologians go a long way into trying to account.

God knows everything.

So he knows the end from the beginning.

Does that mean he plans everything out?

That's predestination.

I think the Calvinists would say, yes.

He's got it all planned.

We do know that God has a plan.

I think God has a plan for us.

He has a plan for our nation.

He has a plan for the word.

And so that's predestination.

Things were predestined.

But at the same time, he doesn't take away free will.

So the big theological issue has been all the way along

is, how much is free will?

And how much is God's sovereign grace?

And anytime you go too far either side,

you're into heresy.

So you need to have a tension between the two.

Work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

for it is God who works in you to will

and to do of his good pleasure.

So those two are in tension.

And that's the way to live.

We leave you with today's Power Minute from Matthew 21.

"And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing,

you will receive."

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