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Robert M. Solomon
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Reviewed by: John Woon, Family Connect 1 Small Group
This is a compilation of Bishop Robert M Solomon’s series of weekly devotional reflections providing Bible-based thought-provoking insights for spiritual maturity. In this book, Bishop Solomon addresses real issues facing the individual Christian, the church, and the nation in an easy readable way.
What are some of the issues addressed by Bishop Solomon in this book?
One issue is on prayer. Bishop Solomon wrote that living in an environment that majors on using people rather than relating with them and loving them, it is easy for Christians to enter into prayer in the same mode. They need to hear that ultimately our life is not about us; it is about God. We need to build our lives around prayer and not the other way round. Are we going after the blessings of our prayer or the one who blesses us as we pray?
Another issue is on idols. God is against idolatry because it misrepresents reality and worse, it robs us from truly experiencing God. Sometimes, the idol is not something foreign to God but rather something that is supposed to legitimately represent or remind us of God. The religion of the Pharisees is a good example. The problem with the Pharisees was that they were the worshippers of shadows. They had taken the Old Testament laws, which were meant to lead them to the divine lawgiver and made these laws an end in themselves. They had created a complex system of Pharisaic laws and had missed the point altogether. They had clung to the old testament forms of religion or rather their own distorted forms of them. They embraced the shadow so much that when the one who caused the shadow to be formed appeared on the scene, they failed to recognize Him and Worship Him. Are there any idols in our lives that we should remove in order to approach God effectively?
Another issue is on sin. If there is one thing God hates, it is sin. He takes it very seriously because it goes against all that God is. It separates people from God and from one another. It is a deadly condition with extremely serious consequences. One has to look at the cross of Jesus Christ to see how deadly sin is. It is for our sin that Christ died on the cross (1 Cor 15:3). Every time we look at the cross, we must be reminded how deadly sin is. If you recognize that sin has to do with both doing the wrong thing as well as not doing the right thing, then you can appreciate why holiness has to do with both personal piety (being good) as well as social involvement (doing good). Living out the Scripture and holiness are the hallmarks of true revival. Are we embracing these elements of revival in our lives?
Let the insights within this book be like a feast to the Soul to nourish our spirit.