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God Owes No One, Yet Is A Generous Blesser!

The Christian life can also be prey to extremes, one extreme I would like to focus on here specifically in this writing is more on the spectrum toward legalism. God's commands are good, wonderful and necessary for our life and well being but if we are not careful we can fall into the extreme of being so hard on our selves as believers and other Christians we give very little room for breathing room in the form of grace to grow and progress! When we err on the extreme over over focus on "do's" and divorce it from the true way to gain victory over sins and struggles, we drain the joy, excitement and thrill right out of being in a relationship with God. This is like a man who may do all the good things he does for his wife because he "ought to" versus "I adore my love, my bride, my dear that I would go out of my way to please because I delight in her and never want to hurt her." Or vice versa, a woman who feels as though her relationship with her husband is more just some wife duty as opposed to her heart being enamored by his love for her.

We cannot thrive in our human relationships as a to do list and if we treat God as anything less then a personal being who longs to fellowship with us and be close to us, we do not truly thrive in the Christian life under such mindset either.

-Legalism seems to come in two forms, one: People who buy into the faulty erroneous thought, "I can be good enough for God to save me and go to heaven," two: "I must be the perfect little do gooder Christian otherwise God will not be happy with me, he will not bless my life and will withold good things from me and not answer my prayers." Sometimes yes, we limit God's blessings through our disobedience and rebelling, but none the less I have even seen God be incredibly gracious when I was even being stupid or stubborn. Our view of how God sees us will affect how we interact with Him. God wants us to be holy and walk uprightly, however, we must assess how we are going about this. Do we see God as just up there watching us to make sure we just behave? Or is his desire for us to walk in holiness, wisdom and righteousness more then just Him wanting us to just "be the good little believers we should and he is boss so I better behave." Such a mindset will often even slowly creep into born again believers lives because old habits die hard. We often feel this pressure from others but we cannot filter God throw what others do since he is flawless and good, perfect and righteous, more so then even the greatest human friend or parent!

We do not have to be perfect or never have our struggles for God to be good to us, we should not take his grace for granted and harm ourselves by sinning, if at all we can avoid stumbling because God may not bless us as much in those times as he wanted to. Never the less because we cannot earn his blessings by even our own obedience, but rather because he is good and delights in us, he wants us to learn to walk as often in obedience as we are called to and if we do sin, repent and recieve all he wants to bestow on us. Like any good parent wouldn't ground a kid just to smear it in their face, but a caring parent would correct a mindset that would keep the child from truly prospering as an individual, and that can include discipline. Yet parents that are ideal ones really do not take much pleasure in just spanking their kids or grounding them. Even if our human parents were not perfect, most of us had decent ones that actually wanted us to succeed in life more then anything else!

The Galatians got into some stinking thinking, and they had been saved purely by grace through faith in Christ yet then reverted to trying to keep laws and commands in Jewish law. They stopped letting faith fuel their good works, but instead they chose to get sucked into "do's and "do nots." There Christian lives became less then a real satisfying relationship with the living God and more of a tradition, and law, and checklist of religious formalities and stringent regulations. When Christian churches in our time fall prey to this, they become dry and more lifeless then ever, more of social clubs instead of a family of faith. Ever been to a church where the teaching was good and people were friendly enough but you sensed something a little stagnant?

Well, often these churches are full of Christians that are genuinely saved yet it is easy for any of us as we progress in our walk with Christ to let the fire grow a little cooler over time. We see this take place in Revelations 2 when Jesus address the church in Ephesus. This in a sense was also happening in the Galatia church:

Galatians 3:1-14 You foolish Galatians!

Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Deadly Delilahs

Steer Clear Of Delilah

(Judges 16:1-25) One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. The people of Gaza were told, “Samson is here!” So they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the city gate. They made no move during the night, saying, “At dawn we’ll kill him.” But Samson lay there only until the middle of the night. Then he got up and took hold of the doors of the city gate, together with the two posts, and tore them loose, bar and all. He lifted them to his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that faces Hebron. Some time later, he fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver.” So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.” Samson answered her, “If anyone ties me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” Then the rulers of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she tied him with them. With men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” But he snapped the bowstrings as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered. Then Delilah said to Samson, “You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied.” He said, “If anyone ties me securely with new ropes that have never been used, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads. Delilah then said to Samson, “All this time you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied.” He replied, “If you weave the seven braids of my head into the fabric on the loom and tighten it with the pin, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” So while he was sleeping, Delilah took the seven braids of his head, wove them into the fabric and tightened it with the pin. Again she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and pulled up the pin and the loom, with the fabric. Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it. So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison. But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved. Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, “Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.” When the people saw him, they praised their god, saying, “Our god has delivered our enemy into our hands, the one who laid waste our land and multiplied our slain.” While they were in high spirits, they shouted, “Bring out Samson to entertain us.” So they called Samson out of the prison, and he performed for them. When they stood him among the pillars, 

I find some interesting points we can take to heart from the story of Sampson

1.) Sampson had God strength and supernatural power to defeat large armies of Philistine men yet his achiles heel was he had an eye for pagan women that caught his eye, the first incidence was he married a Philistine woman, and she did at the hands of her own, her and her fathers household because the enraged Philistines nursed a grudge against Sampson so they took vengeance by burning her and her father.

2.) Sampson relied too greatly on his pride and I am led to believe his victories over the Philistines led him to get careless and wreckless.

3.) At the end of the story the very eyes that led Sampson astray ironically were the very eyes the savage Philistines poked out.

4.) Sampson later met smooth little Delilah who had a way to butter a man up. She was one smooth serpant that knew just how to coex a man to fall trustingly into her suductive arms and Sampson revealed his weakness that if his hair was cut he would lose all his strength.

Ever met one smooth talking tigress thar knew how to wear you down? That was Delilah for you and she was persistent and her lust for money was all it took for her to through the man who thought she loved him under the bus. Just like Judas betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver, little miss Delilah was easily bought to with just a little incentive.

She how she responded when Sampson for the first few times did not tell her his secret? She had an emotional ace up her sleeve and said, “All this time you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied.”—Did Delilah care if Sampson truly loved her or not? Most likely not. Yet as many suductresses of our time even also do, they know they can smooth talk a gullible man led astray by his passions and desires. She had a fine way of preying on Sampsons greates kink in his metaphorical armor. Yes that is, his desire for women. 

Many young women in our day and time learn from Delilah of yesteryear and this is really all the unredeemed know. Using their powers they believe they possess to accomplish their desired end.
Before Jacob encountered God, he was the “deciever” and had learned to also get forward in life by tricking others, especially his own brother Essau who fell prey namely to his own lack of self control.

Hebrews 12:16-17 refers to Esau this way, “See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.”

Delilah was probably no more guilty then any other Philistine in the land in her time as well as any non believer residing in our day. The person who does not know Christ, the Living God or ways of the Lord has no one really to rely on fully but themselves and what they concoct and devise to get by in a ruthless world dominated by unbelief.
To the person who neither trusts God nor believes in a God, he or she really thinks they must do what they see fit, as earlier on in the book of Judges said, “Israel had no king, so each person did what they thought best” and self preservation for the lost soul is at the very end of the day their driving focus. For they make friends even on this premise, and they are loyal only to those who they derive some recipricative benefit from.

Yet for the one who follows Christ, this is not the way of the cross.

(Matthew 5:38-48) “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 

In a world that knows only love by strings attached, Christ tells us the better way that we must follow his example and not as Sampson said in his revenge, “I will do to them what they did to me” since this only escalated the thirst for blood on both the side of Israel and the Philistines:
We are called to “Take up our cross daily and follow him” and “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good”

Sampson’s unwise playing with fire cost him his life yet at the very darkest God still brought light when Sampson prayed in his repentence as he was chained to the pillars in humiliation. He looked back to The Lord and although he perished with the Philistines he made it into the list of great people of faith in the book of Hebrews.

“All Employees Must Wash Their Hands Before Returning To Work” 💩

Wouldn't it be gross if you knew someone took a big ole dump then prepared your food and never washed their hands before hand? Well this is a unpleasant thought in the food industry. Yet many a Christian may think they can serve God and be a light to others while having the unrepentent poop stains of sin on their fingers.

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye." (Matthew 7:3-5 )

The truth be told is that we cannot truly be useful for God's service or acceptable to Him unless we are first cleansed by the washing of grace. No matter how intent your heart is on bringing the blessing of spiritual burgers or the crisp fench fries of good works. The truth is our sin can corrupt even the most noble and righteous looking things we can do. So we are first by faith in Christ washed clean when we believe the Gospel, yet a believer can have dirty fingers also if they refuse to repent of some ongoing sin also.

" Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." (James 4:8-10)

There is of course no sinless disciple of Christ, so repentence is a daily process of self examination and letting The Spirit show us any wrong attitudes, actions or thoughts that we have entertained.
Scripture says in 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us of all unrighteousness"

To confess is more then just saying "yeah I sinned and then going on your merry way flipping spiritual burgers with dirty fingers." True confession does involve acknowleging our sin and agreeing with God but sincerely asking Him to remove the stench and sin from us when we did wrong!

Faith Switches

Imagine a switch on a floor to open a hatch or door, or a switch on the floor to engage a mechanism that created some result that can only be manifested only if you put all your weight down on it. Now many of God's promises in the word are this way. In order to see the Lord's answer or for Him to do what He promises, on somethings you must just put all your faith down on the promise before the result comes. Faith is not wishful believing, but saying, "God said in His word, I therefore believe" yet faith that is strong goes a step farther and says "God said if I do this, he will provide in this way, so as intimidating as this task is, I choose to go forward believing God will come through"

Some people think God failed to answer, not because he did, but because either they tried and still yet do not see the result of their faith or in some cases they did not fulfill the prerequisite requirements. 

That is why it is good to know when coming across a scriptural promise, if that promise requires some form of action on our parts first, or if it will require a season of waiting patiently for God to manifest His good word in His wise time he sees best.

Comparing Games Stifle True Joy

A piece of cheesecake, began to grumble that she was not as delicious as the other deserts at the table of the banquate. So the host and master of the banquate came and said, "What is the matter?" She said, "Im not as delightful as those delicious looking arrays of sweet chocolate covered cherries, nor am I as delectable as the pecan pie or the pumpkin bites." The master of the banquet who was also the chef said, "I made you as unique as you are so you do not have to compare yourself to other deserts, and you have your own unique and lovely flavorful qualities"

Women out there, this should especially be a reminder not to grumble and envy other women. Since it seems to be that women more often compare themselves in the appearence state to other women then men do. Men often boast of their accomplishments, strength and the things men often unfortunately put to much stock in. Really though, everyone can play comparison games of some sort, but its silly. Embrace your God given uniqueness, do not envy others but embrace your own identities as "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14)

When we truly accept and appreciate our God given worth and are secure in that, it frees us not to fret over what others say because we know our own value and have no need to envy, fret or fear others successes. That is so often the root of it isn't it? Many feel as though the only way to build themselves up is to tear down another's success. How foolish!

People who accept their worth is not dependent on others can be secure to rejoice in another's good without feeling bad about themselves. Who would not want to have such freedom? As the Word of God says, "It is more blessed to give then receive."

We all are most happy when we can take joy in the happiness of others, and not just our own prosperities.

As a teenager, I was the rather concerned about my physical appearance to a obsessive degree, and loved weight lifting. These were great activities that had nothing wrong with them, after all, God created our bodies and we should take care of his gifts, yet we must not just only invest in this, and my problem was that I thought that my strength and appearance was my success. Being in a wheelchair has brought some amount of challenges and insecurities, so I prided myself to try to become the strongest man I could physically and in a way now that I look back in hindsight, I see there was an element of me trying to overcompensate for feelings I had of being viewed as weak, helpless and inferior. So I suppose having a muscular physique made me feel more formidable and a little more imposing. I would think, well if some one wants to look down on me for being in a wheelchair, they will at least see the muscles and be impressed.

Yes, no doubt, I still like being muscular and strong, for one it just makes maneuvering a wheelchair and everyday life easier, and the ladies we all know love them biceps, haha. Humor aside, I do see my worth is not in this,  and after this phase in my life I suppose in subconscious ways I started really investing more in intellect and my mind, but our worth is not in our wits either.  People by all means should invest in their health, appearance and intellect, yet we cannot safely idolize such things. "Use what your momma gave ya," so to speak, but trust God to do what only he can, that is, give your life value, meaning, strength and purpose. When we attach our worth or well being to anything transient, lets say that in times these things get blown over by life's strong winds, we fall with them. "If they fall, your going down with them, going down with them baby if they fall." Yet when we follow the Scriptural prescription below, we have guaranteed security:

 

The God who created us unique and wonderful both male and female can be trusted with all the details of our life. He truly has more ability to enable us to fulfill his call and design for our lives more so then we could muster the skills and advantages on our own. Some people are floundering even trying to just figure out what truly will fulfill their inner hunger, they try all sorts of thing and many have tasted wealth, beauty, fame and all kinds of success from a human standpoint yet they feel no more thrilled with life then most, many say, "I have seen it, done it, tasted this, experienced that and now what?" After a while even life's most exciting thrills grow lack luster unless we are walking in God's plan that he lays out for our lives. He has a specific will for everyone and  few hop on board to go full force down such an exciting adventure.  God's general will fro mankind is that they come to know His Salvation at the cross that has bought our freedom and approval and favor with God. It is purely a gift that is offered to all whom receive this by faith by believing in Jesus Christ and surrendering our total trust into his plan for our lives. I am convinced God loves everyone, not everyone repents and responds in faith to this offer of unearned pardon, but no one who sincerely by faith reaches for it will be denied.

God loves his human creatures so dearly that he takes care of the indictment that we are all born subject to, the sin that is ingrained in us from birth that has become instinctive. We all start off on an even ground, and yes we are born into it but he loves us enough to sacrifice his own very heart to show us we matter to him. If we did not matter he would condemn us all, and we would be like condemned abandoned houses, scheduled for demolition. Yet what is it that God so loves about human kind? It is not one's beauty, wealth, accomplishments, or even religious acts that so many perform as one jumping through circus hoops. God's existence is not hindered by us, nor is his well being enhanced by what we have or do. It is purely grace, and the nature of God is love, so when he created humanity, he created a vessel to pour his love into and before the fall and sin, man and woman both had an unhindered ability to love God back, and have a meaningful relationship close to him.  Our sins drive a wedge between us and the Lord, so he has made a way to restore the broken intimacy and fellowship we can have with Himself.

He loves you and me, not because you look swell, or are athletic, or wealthy and give to charity, and he does not love us because we are good. We can compare our morals to others, and undoubtedly there are some decent human beings that out of their God-given image God places in all of us shows through. Yet we all have something very alien, and wrong with us—we need mercy, and grace, not more good deeds -as the modern equivalent of the fig leaves Adam and Eve wore to cover themselves when they sinned. God offers us His robes of righteousness through Christ, and a new identity, not one of guilt or feeling inadequate or unworthy of love. After all, "he demonstrates his own love for us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

So Christian and non Christian alike have been created by God with value to their lives and worth in God's eyes. Not inherent to us boasting of ourselves but rather as it was written in Genesis after God finished creating the world, "The Lord saw that it was good."

If then God says it is good, who are any of us to slander another person about what they look like or things they truly have no control over. The only thing God condemns in human beings is the corrupt pull called sin in our human hearts that stirs us to sin, envy, boast of ourselves, tear down others, rebel against him  and any other behavior or attitude that leads us to act out of our fallen disposition. Yet the Lord does not hate sinners, there will be a day he finally judges unrepentant people who refuse to plead for his pardon, yet he does not hate people,  He came to restore us to the glory we could have lived from if the fall had never happened.

Our value is rooted in His love, not our own self love nor is it redefined by our insecurities, nor others criticism. Live free today in the truth!

 

 

 

 

The Heart Can Get Pregnant.

Everyone who is past a certain age knows that basic reproduction involves a sperm meeting up with an egg and under proper conditions the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining and a baby begins to grow. 
But how has God left a divine finger print to impress spiritual truths through the natural realm on ou heart? Well, the heart of a person is the womb and when God’s Spirit fertilizes the truth of the Scripture, The Gospel of Grace in a barren heart, faith enables Christ to form in the heart of one who believes the message. Yet truth without The Holy Spirit bringing it to life remains just an egg and can end up just being expelled from the heart over time. 
Yet pray that when you share the Gospel with those who do not know God, and The Love of the Savior, that God’s Spirit will bring to life that word of truth they have heard. 
Always be gentle with people. After all, “No one can come to me unless the Father draws them to me” said Jesus, but wonderful is this finishing thought he concludes with, “And no one who comes to me will I by any means cast out.”
Our American Christian mindset needs to be readjusted often so we can instead of arguing people into a faith that is inconceivable in their minds, we merely ought to only obey our commission to share and pray over them fervently and not grow angry or impatient with those who have not grasped the truths yet. 
Too many Christ followers are I think tempted to complain about our culture rather then seeing the heart of the issue. People need to be “Born again” as Jesus speaks of in John 3.

Storm Shelter.


When a tornado touches down and the sirens are blaring and the winds are howling they suggest getting in a ditch or hiding under a bridge if you cannot get to a basement. Well what should we do when life gets tornadic? Hide in the refuge of Almighty God. Sometimes all you can do is wait out the storm and flee for refuge in the Lord until it passes. We may be tempted to keep driving forward and outrun the storm because we think we can outwit our situation but truly the safest thing is to trust God and take refuge in His care and wisdom by doing what he tells us to, and often that is to wait and trust. We must remain loyal and upright in such times because waiting requires obedience to things we know we ought to do while we trust him with impossibilities beyond us.

Psalm 9:9-10 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.