Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

Twenty Days of Prayer: Day 15


Romans 14:23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

This passage contains an often ignored spiritual principle. Though we no longer face issues of eating meat sacrificed to idols, we do face a number of issues that can violate conscience.

Questions for Reflection:

Is there something in your life about which you have to constantly work to convince yourself it’s right? Is there something about which you know you don’t have peace, yet you still haven’t made any changes? Do you lack perfect peace about the amount of time and energy you are giving to work or recreation? To financial gain? To personal appearance? To the opinion of others? Though these things are not technically wrong, do you sense your level of emphasis is wrong?

Sixth Category (Sins of Omission)

A sin often ignored is that of omission. James 4.17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.


John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. (5) 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.

The most crucial way we abide in Jesus is daily Bible study and relational prayer. Neglecting daily time with God completely prevents spiritual cleansing and growth. Tragically, many modern believers have bought into the tragic unbiblical notion that all one needs is a brief two or three minute daily devotion.

Questions for Reflection:

Do you spend significant time in daily Bible reading and prayer? Have you been too “busy” to give God significant time? Remember, you will never be spiritually stronger than the strength and quality of your personal time with God. You must be willing to spend significant daily time with God. Have you neglected to abide in a close relationship with Christ?


October 28, 2009 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, family, God, Jesus, Life, marriage, Prayer, relationship, Religon, Theology

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