Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Mirror Moment

Galatians 2:14 “But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel, I said to Peter before them all, If thou being a Jew, livest after the manner of the Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the gentiles to live as do the Jews.”
The life we have been called into is not an easy life. It is a life which requires a lot of sacrifice, long suffering, self denial, humility, giving and forgiving just to name a few. But it is a life that must be lived in truth. It is a life we can’t just talk, but the world must also see this life in our walk. It is easy to say you are a Christian, to say you are Christ like, but what does the life you are living before man say. It is one thing for people to see you dressed on Sunday’s and say that there is a Christian, but if they see you dressed up on Friday or Saturday night will they say the same thing?
Here Paul called Peter to the carpet. Peter was trying to tell the gentiles they had to live and walk a certain way. Yet that which he was telling them they had to do, he himself wasn’t doing. We who are believers, sometimes are quick to point fingers at the way the non-believers are living and the things they do which goes against the word of God, but what about that which we do which to goes against God’s word. How can we who are saved expect the lost to live in accordance to God’s word, if we are not. Let us first make sure we are walking in the right direction before we begin pointing fingers at those who we believe are going wrong. Paul told Peter if you being saved is living the life of the unsaved, how can you expect the unsaved to live right.
We know or at least we profess to know that Jesus rose with all power in heaven and earth in His hands, let us then live as though we believe this truth. Let us spend more time in the mirror and less time looking out the window, and then maybe we can win more souls to Christ.

His Ways To Be My Ways

Romans 8:32 “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things”.

When Christ came to earth, He explained that there is a different way of thinking and living for those who have been born of the Holy Spirit. He taught that God’s way is the way of giving, rather than the normal selfish human way of always getting. The key to living a way of life different from the way of the world is to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, that this mind will be in us that was also in Christ Jesus. Through His spirit, God not only leads us in a different way of thinking, He helps us change the motivations that govern our actions.
This focus on unselfishness rather than the self-serving approach produced by our natural way of thinking, brings about a dramatic change in the way we live and everything we do. God ask that we reorder our priorities, allowing his spirit to change our thinking, serving God by doing his will and seeking his kingdom. When we put God first ,he promises to provide ways for us to meet our needs. He will with hold no good thing from us.Living a godly life is much more than merely calling on God’s name as though that alone will excuse us for doing whatever we please. Living a godly life is doing what pleases God. It is practicing what he commands, and living a way of life defined by his word. Jesus taught a way of life based on observing God’s commandments from a heart of love that willingly makes personal sacrifices for the sake of others, focusing on giving rather than receiving. A true Christian cannot base his way of life, his new way of living on his own ideas about right and wrong.
 God’s law and Christ example of perfect obedience to those laws, set the standards for the genuine Christian way of Life. Our new life is based on giving, a free gift given by God to all who will receive it.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son”, Giving is the way of God and the foundation of His love to mankind. Let us use this same foundation as we give to a lost world that which God gave to us, His only begotten Son.

A Love In Spite Of

Luke 6:27-28 “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you”.
What would happen if, as Christians, we started actually living out what Jesus taught us? Jesus teachings on love attacks several traditions and misinterpretations of  what we believe love to be. While we have learned to love thy neighbor, we sometime seem to exclude our enemies. But Jesus  instructs us to love and do good to our enemies. we are to love not based on who they are, but because of whose we claim to be.Now this love does not result from a weakness or failure to stand up for truth or justice, it is a purposeful love that flows from a strong heart that seeks eternal salvation for others. This sacrificial love demonstrates that our purpose for living is larger than ourselves.

Jesus commands us to pray for and bless those that offend us. Our natural response is to strike back when mistreated, but Jesus teaches us to do the opposite. Jesus gave two illustrations to show the extent of how far our love for others should go, there is a blow to the face and stolen clothes, in such cases we are not retaliate. The purpose is to reach out in love instead of satisfying ourselves through revenge. Our love must be strong and purposeful in accepting mistreatment, as it shows our trust in the Lord and his ability to use the situation for his Glory. Jesus not only taught how we are to love, but how we must also be merciful to others in our daily lives, as the Father is merciful to us.

The standard of sacrificial love goes beyond what others might do or what we might want to do, but it is what Jesus teaches us to do, and what he did. The prime example of selfless giving is our heavenly Father himself, who showed kindness to all humanity regardless of how they treated him, as he gave his only begotten son that we might have everlasting life. When we have love one to another as Jesus hgad to us, then we will lead a lost world to the salvation of the Lord

With A Loud Voice

Revelations 5:12 “Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing”.

John said The Lamb was worthy, and the books were opened, and we shall all be judged, every man, according to his works. While there is time, worship the Lamb of God! For He is worthy. In heaven He is seen receiving all the honor, glory, and praise, yet on earth He received almost none of these things. In fact, He was ridiculed while hanging on the cross, and he was made a curse for us by being crucified. The solders may have mocked Him, as a false king before His crucifixion, but now He is truly worshiped as a king in Heaven. Do you mock him ,saying he is you King but not living as a subject in His Kingdom. The four living creatures “Amen” in agreement, and the elders do the only thing they could, they fall down and worship the Lamb who was slain, the Lamb who is worthy.

 

This Christian journey we have embarked upon, has many unknowns. It is full of challenges, obstacle’s, opportunities, temptations, stumbling blocks, and barriers. It is a narrow road we must travel, and along the way we will slip, trip and fall. We will stumble, have doubts and sometimes even entertain the thought of giving up. But we must press on towards the mark of the high calling of God, so quitting is not an option. No matter where the journey leads us we must trust that Jesus will never fail. He is our Shepherd and He will supply our every need and lead us along the way. With every twist and turn, with every peak and valley we overcome, it brings glory to God and salvation to a dying soul. Every obstacle and challenge we are faced with, is a opportunity for us to be molded, shaped and fashioned into that which God has called us to be. No matter what it is we are going thru it is working together with Gods purpose for our good. Whatever happens is part of God amazing plan of salvation, and is made available because of the worthiness of the Lamb.

 

Jesus paid it all and all to Him we owe. Jesus suffered bled and died to atone for the sin of mankind. He is worthy of all the praise, so let our living say with a loud voice, Lord we praise you, while our life is one that shouts of worship for the precious Lamb of God, for He is worthy. Let us sacrifice as He sacrificed, give as He gave, and love one another as He first loved us that all might know the glory of the Lord….