That phrase, “stand in the gap,” occurs in the Book of Ezekiel, but the idea behind it is scattered throughout Scripture. From Crosswalk.com………
An exhortation is a call to some sort of action or mindset, and the Bible has a number of exhortations we should take note of. From Crosswalk.com……..
Jesus is the key to God’s kingdom
To be sure, that [God’s] kingdom has been here as long as we humans have been here, and longer. But it has been available to us through simple confidence in Jesus, the Anointed, only from the time he became a public figure. It is a kingdom that, in the person of Jesus, welcomes us just as we are, just where we are, and makes it possible for us to translate our “ordinary” life into an eternal one. It is so available that everyone who from the center of his or her being calls upon Jesus as Master of the Universe and Prince of Life will be heard and will be delivered into the eternal kind of life.
From The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God. Copyright © 1997 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers
Knowledge and faith go together
We don’t have to look very far into our own thinking and living to see the effects of either being sure of God or not being sure of God. I believe that scripture always presents real faith as something that is based on knowledge as well as something that goes beyond anything you could know, and involves a commitment to God and his kingdom. Those two things, knowledge and commitment, are not exclusive of one another; rather, they are related. If we do not have a knowledge of God at the foundation of our commitment, that commitment simply will not hold up. It will waver; it will not govern our lives. It will be like pulling a chair away from someone in the act of sitting down. We will not be able to hold on to our belief as God intends, by the action of his Spirit on our hearts and our minds.Knowledge and faith are intended to go together.
For example, when you read Hebrews 11, the great chapter on faith, you will see faith equated with a vision of reality. We are told that Moses endured as one who sees the invisible. Faith is not a mere thought that something is true or the hope or resolve to believe it is. As Martin Luther said in the preface to his commentary on Romans: Faith is a living, well-founded confidence in the grace of God, so perfectly certain that it would die a thousand times rather than surrender its conviction. Such confidence and personal knowledge of divine grace makes its possessor joyful, bold, and full of warm affection toward God and all created things—all of which the Holy Spirit works in faith. Hence, such a man becomes without constraint willing and eager to do good to everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer all manner of ills, in order to please and to glorify God, who has shown toward him such grace. It is thus impossible to separate works from faith—yea, just as impossible as to separate burning and shining from fire.From The
Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus. Copyright © 2015 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
While Bible study is vital for every believer, this article challenges Christians to make a habit of spending time alone with God. From RickThomas.net…………
We all had fathers and some were healthy in their parenting and some were not. But we also all have a heavenly Father who cares for us deeply. Let’s concentrate on Him on Father’s Day. From Core Christianity………..
This article puts forth the idea that we can learn a lot about how to respond to spiritual and personal conflict by studying the Book of Nehemiah. From Theological Apologetics via Patheos.com………..
This article reminds us that we should foster a mindset of being grateful to God in all circumstances. From Two Journeys…………..
If you did not already know it, you should be doing exegesis every time you read the Bible. But what is exegesis? Here is the answer from Logos.com………
This article shows how important and biblical is the use and practice of regular rest. From JesusMusings.com……………………