Monthly Archives: January 2018

Analogy: Suppose you liked a woman and pursued her and asked her out several times and tried to win her heart and you got turned down so many times that you gave up. Eventually she realizes you are wealthy and have a mansion then she suddenly wants you. Yet you are no longer open to this and saw she did not want you when she had the chance so why should she partake in your estate? But many want heaven but have rejected Jesus Christ all their lives here and refuse to serve and worship God and receive his Son, so why would he invite you into his kingdom when you Reject him as King all your life here?

“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain. ” I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery. ” Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

Psalm 2:1-12 –

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Repentence And Rest

A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.

Proverbs 19:3 –

Not all suffering is directly a result of sin or poor decisions, but there is a type we all can bring on ourselves and just for the record I know this principle well enough after even a short 28 years on earth. God is often blamed for a lot of hardship and as a human myself I have had temptations to get angry with God at what happens in times of life. Yet if God truly was out to punish any of us, he would kill us and sentence us to eternal hell. But God sent Christ to remove that punishment if we reach out to Him by faith! We still sow and reap but God according to Scripture, “For he does not willingly afflict the children of men” it says and that is He is not up there with glee hoping you blow it so he can smack you- thats how I used to see God but after I saw and experienced his love I see him more as what the Bible says “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you, he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice, blessed are all who wait upon Him.”

Does God want to just see you fail or sin to strike your life or see you reap the consequences? No, we all will when we sow poorly but God delights in repentence and turning from foolish and sinful living!

When we repent, we turn from sin to seek the Lord and through Christ the moment we get saves by faith we turn to Jesus. The rest God gives is the weight of our sin is removed, the “blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1 says.

We as Hebrews says “Enter God’s rest” and we are at “Peace with God through our Lord Jeaus Christ” it is written. We are received and accepted freely by grace when we receive and accept Him who makes it possible to be saved!

Glowsticks

To be broken for a season of testing is not bad, it may feel aweful but patiently persevere and see the wonderful things God brings. Many who have suffered much become more compassionate and gentle, those who have been emptied of self and pride become greater usable for the Lord to display his love through. Pride and self centeredness leave us fairly useless because it hardens us to the problems and pain of others and make us glory inordinately in self “Me, myself and I” but know a person you find that has had it rough and is not hung up on self and you must admit even if your not a Christian that is appealing!

Spiritual Make-up Vs Spiritual Face Lift!

Now seemingly women go nuts about the actual stuff but see a spiritual lesson. When Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God they hid from him and one another in the garden. Also today we are aware of our own flaws and guilt that our sin leaves us with and many today make-up with their “good deeds” yet when we receive Christ as Lord and Savior and see how much God loved us to die in our place to make up for what we cannot, that should result for all of us in a spiritual face lift as we glow the radiance of his love toward those who also have not had the reconstructive surgery of a “New heart” that Ezekial prophesied God would finally give those who he chose to make brand new in the attitude of their loyalty to him and worship.

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” [Ezekiel 36:25-27]

In John 3:3 Jesus said, “Unless a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

And that is why Jesus came, to save us from the ugliness of our own sin. We do not have to brush over that soul celulite or drooping countanence of the inner person. God said, “Cain why is your face downcast? If you do what is right will you not also be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your doorstep. It seeks to have you but you must rule over it.”

Unfortunately Cain did not, and so often we do not either and we need the transforming work of Christ from within to give us the power that we receive by faith to live new! We can try to do temporary fixes for our guilt and sin in the form of good works and behavior modifications but these temporarily cover up our unrighteousness but Christ wants to wash it away!

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

Hebrews 10:19-22

Small Efforts Do Matter

Read this earlier today:

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’” Then the word of the Lord came to me: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”

Zechariah 4:6-10

Then tonight read, Luke 21, and I notice how both passages God seems to be very interested in even the “small” things we do for him. We may be tempted to feel more spiritual on days we seemingly do more, but do not forget that God is not concerned nearly as much as the size of our results as the effort we make to honor him!

Discerning God’s Will

Romans 12 gives some backbone to this- yet there are many Christians and myself at times that let trying to figure God’s specific will, who to marry, where to go to college, what to do here or there get too much of a focus to where it can divert us from throwing all ourselves into pursuing godliness, cleaness of heart, a life of good behavior and what we already know is God’s design for every believer! Do focus on fundamentals and secondary matters blend in just fine.

“Power Made Perfect In Weakness”

“To suffer for fun is ridiculous, yet to suffer with purpose when it comes is worthwhile.”

No one should like pain for enjoyment but life as it is in this present age has it’s fair share of it for all of us at some point. What is the Apostle Paul saying? He had been confined to a situation and circumstance he wanted out of and caused him pain, but grew to not despise the pain but use it in the power and strength of the Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Paul saw that the power of God was most displayed in his weakness and hardship! We all know people who are surviving hardships by just a thread and those who become inspirers from it.

Paul saw his “Thorn” as a platform for Christ to show his sufficiency! Jesus Christ is all we truly need and at times all we have but he will never leave us or forsake us, even if those we love flee or fail us. When our resources prove insufficient and friends unreliable, when our weakness hinders and hearts grow heavy Christ’s power can uphold us in joy and peace, as we trust God’s faithful love to see us through!

Love That Transcended Human School Of Thought

You can sometimes come across a situation where you speak a true concept, yet those who hear what you said comprehend what you said but they cannot reconcile it with all they truly know.

So your words indeed true as they be, fail to impress upon the heart, because some people may have never by actual life experience seen what or how what you spoke actually looks like.

For example, Biblically we are called to “Love our neighbor as ourselves” and even “Love your enemies” and many out there in the world cannot fathom how such a concept is possible and remains to them as “A Concept or Ideal with no reality or actuallity.” They may think “Oh what a noble thought but that is highminded idealism.” Yet this is because all people I’d say are familiar with what they have seen in their own life from an actual reality vs words they hear that sound even nice to them but they have no way to reconcile the distance of what is said from what has been shown to them by life experience.

For some, this may be why so many make anger and hatred synonymous. Because people I would say if angry enough at even a friend may turn against them or abandon them entirely. So given enough experience hearing “I love you from someone” yet if you had some experiences similar to mine, and many other people, you know that talk can be cheap and words may seem wonderful on paper yet often fail in practical outerworking.

Yet the whole Biblical concept of “Love” that is truest, “Agape” in Greek, for unconditional love challenges the minds of those who indeed may crave it the most. Why? Venture to say it is because we know that all of us by nature are corrupted by sin and God indeed calls for “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.” [Deuteronomy 6:5] [Luke 10:27] Yet so often from early on in life we find we all have become sinners that “Fall short of the glory of God” Romans says, and we both have failed to love God for who he is and our neighbor with pure love we ought.

We all though desire such love, “What a person desires is unfailing love yet better to be a poor man then a liar.”

[Proverbs 19:22]

{So many people do like to hide who they truly are for fear of being unloved when people see who they are, the good, bad and ugly. This first started back in Genesis, in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the tree of the “Knowlege of good and evil” and they realized their nakedness and hid from both one another and the Lord. We know our imperfections and sinful tendencies so we feel vulnerable before others who may discover our true imperfections. Haven’t we all felt this way when getting close to others? We fear they will see our worst and we may discover they often at times fall short of making us feel accepted or loved like we hoped they would. There is a fear these days among many that I too resonate with because I have been through it myself, the fear of closeness, not because we fear relationship but more so we fear we will get close to those and end up feeling they reject us or see how we are and distance from us.

Yet Jesus said “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” [Matthew 5:3]

The meaning Jesus of this is our acknowlegement of our condition of poorness most is before God, we fail him and one another, yet God’s love is Biblically stated a part of his nature, so is holiness. Here is a hard concept: God does have anger toward sin but compassion on the fallen sons and daughters of mankind seems irroconcilable in the mind of the non Christian especially, but also has been a very tough paradox for Christians even too! For the longest time, I had the hardest time intermarrying God’s disdain for sin and his great love for people who sin, and for such a long time it created a terrible struggle for me by being so hard on myself even as a younger Christian.

Because human school of thought seems to say, “I love you up until you really reach my final limit and up till this offense- you are loved but if you cross this line then I cannot bring myself to love you anymore.” – In human relationships: This pertains more so to those people are real close to and with mere friends they have maybe even a lower threshold for since they are not family or extremely close. Yet often our culture has used anger as quantifiable offenses that creates great anger to [The moving of friend or family to status of enemy] because culture often associates “Enemies” with people we “hate” yet not Jesus, because Jesus in his sermon on “love your enemies” never trivialized the nature of offenses or sin but moved deeper into a heart attitude between the offender and the offending- so what does he say “Love your enemies, pray for them, do good to them without expecting anything in return” and “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you, even sinners love those who love them. Yet love your enemies and do good to them for then your reward will be great and you will be called children of the most high God for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked”

By nature we all are bent toward being wicked and selfish! We all by default are sinners till God quickens our hearts to the love of Christ that gives us a higher way to love then the world does. The worldly default human automatic is “I treat you well based on how you treat me and I love you if you love me” yet how does Jesus redifine love? Biblically he defines it in what he taught but most of all his actions gave example of what he taught- then at the end, he suffered the death of a villian and was degraded on a cross that was his execution to show God’s love toward those who would ultimately in that moment reject him, betray him, spit on him and crucify him. Who up until that point claimed that they were “God’s Son” and let their own creation destroy their life to prove how deep the love was? Only Christ, because kings of old ruled by power, force and command, however, God though has that right to do so has shown truest humility in love not because he owes his own a proof of his love or worth but rather he knows the stubborn heart of all mankind and if he had not stripped of his kingly glory to condescend for us then he would not have lost nearly as much as us, no, he would be just as glorified in heaven regardless but what love compelled him to cater to a human creatures that had no loyalty to him or to eachother? He by His own love lowered himself to do for us the truest benefit and save us from the charges of sin against Holy God. Who among you would sacrifice yourself for someone who was an enemy living in animosity against you? What if your enemy stole $10, 000 from you, and by great love you desired closeness to this foe knowing that an act of great mercy would soften his heart so he would in response love you more then he once hated you? So you said, you owe me this but because I do not want to have you imprisoned for grand theft- I will release you from your great debt. Let’s say he knew he was in danger of long jail time and if you did not offer forgiveness he would have no hope. So also, God knows we are hopeless to repay but he sent a sort of check to cover our great debt, His own Son, His own heart of love to release those who receive it by faith!