Tag Archives: God

DON’T LEAVE THE CROSS

Courage to Walk AwayIt is important to keep at the forefront of ones mind the cross. Why? It is the foundation of Christianity. Paul said,  “for I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). As the days progress there will be more and more challenges to your faith in Jesus.

Evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). How? Through smooth speech and cunning craftiness will men and women be moved by teachers to fulfill the requirements of the flesh and not God.

Be on guard to remember when you are despised for doing well, that Jesus, who was perfect was crucified. Steven a man filled with the Spirit of God was stoned to death. Many others within scripture and within our contemporary setting are being killed for telling the truth.

So, if you feel bad or beaten and you know your living holy, understand the wicked are being set up and they will have their day. Because God is just he will make sure you have your day as well. Your eternal life is on the way.

BREATHE WELL IN SUFFERING

Bawah-Air-Foto_19It is natural to run from the sufferings of this life, only to find more suffering. Some work to drown sorrows in alcohol, sex, drugs, gambling, shopping, etc. Some may use weird techniques to eliminate the pain by meditating on absolutely nothing. When will earthly suffering end? The answer: The Grave. You must run through life with this understanding. Just accept that life’s suffering unites color, sex, and socio-economic status. There is a natural unity in all of mankind and that is suffering.

The moment resolution is made about suffering in this life, you can move on with faith believing and trusting in the impossible. Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered. Suffering is as natural as breathing air. Let the fire of suffering make you shine as gold.

There are two types of suffering. The first is because of disobedience to Christ and the second is obedience to Christ. You can add unnecessary suffering to your life. For all the pleasure that sin gives there is a tail that brings suffering. Ask the addict who lost everything they had in their life because of it. This suffering should be avoided and can be avoided by obeying the voice of God and understanding his will for your life. The second suffering can never be avoided. This suffering is found when you choose to obey God’s word over strong desires to sin against it.

There is a pain that develops in telling your flesh the answer is no. Ask the dieter who tries diligently to put down the potato chips, ice cream, pizza etc.  The body will fight you. The devil will fight you. Spiritual darkness in heavenly places is against your success. Why? Your success shines the light for others to see and rejoice in the fact that making it is possible.

Breathing well in suffering is found in understanding that your suffering is not strange. For the follower of Jesus Christ understands that it is common to all believers. Since it is common, sit back and trust the Lord for the roller-coaster ride is almost over. Grab the hand next to you and say we will make it. Don’t allow the screams of others to cause you to lose hope. Jesus will never leave or forsake you and in the end he will be there to bring you home.

Know All of God’s Attributes

It has been my experience within the church to come to know God and his love in an unbalanced form. The idea that God loves unconditionally and without strings attached. That God is compassionate, merciful, kind, and pleasant. After all, God sent His only Son Jesus to be sacrificed for sinners. No greater love then this. So, if I understand God’s love and kindness am I sufficiently equipped to deal with God? No. You have been offered a God that is not based on Scripture, but one fabricated by the world. Because to know God is to understand all of His attributes.

Listen: “Then Jesus said to another man, “Follow Me.” The man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead. You, however, go and proclaim the kingdom of God (Luke 9:59-60).”

Does that sound like a loving statement?

Listen: “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell: (Matthew 10:28).

Does that sound like a compassionate statement?

Jesus said, “You are my friends if you do what I command” (John 15:14).

Does that sound like unconditional love?

“Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you. for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land” (Deuteronomy 6:14-15).

If God were to destroy in his anger, do you think the soul is going to heaven?

God is love! (1 John 4:8), but God will not be mocked. We must love and fear Him or miss an opportunity of entering into His rest. The way is narrow because its easy to be deceived by all of the love talk, but forget that God’s friends obey Him or go to hell. Faith without works is dead.

Know God’s love, His jealousy, His kindness, His wrath, His compassion and His terror. Then you will have an understanding of the God of the Bible and the one with whom we have to deal.

Don’t Mix Movie Preachers With the Teaching of Jesus Christ

It has come to my attention that men should fear aliens, meteors, global warming, demons, fallen angels, and stock market crashes, but no one is saying anything about fearing God. Why? Did God not say, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

Do not mix the movie preachers with the teachings of Jesus Christ. Fearing God is the beginning of wisdom and the beginning of knowledge. Fearing God is the most healthy thing an inhabitant of God’s earth can do.

When is the last time you seen a movie where God killed people? Should I fear Thanos from Avengers, when He requires stones that God created? Should I fear, the white man’s nuclear weapons, when God can stand on the Sun or eat it like a tic-tac, if He chose to do so. The earth is the Lord’s footstool. Be wise, servants of the most high and remember that fearing God is the best position.

 

The Godless Wisdom that Excels The Children of Light: Ungodly trust in God


There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is death (Proverbs 14:12). There is a way that appears wholesome and that spreads love, but it is actually hate. There is a way that appears like trust, but it is actually laziness and fear. The children of darkness are wiser than the children of light (Luke 16:8) because they don’t have an ungodly trust in God.

They take full responsibility for their success. They take full responsibility for their failure. They live completely in the world without trying to escape it. Many within the church have given up their responsibility and have placed it on God and they wonder why many of their prayers go unanswered. They say things like God will do this and God will do that and God will do that. God’s grace takes care of that and God’s mercy takes care of that. Then my question becomes, what do you do? Nothing?

Don’t stop with a salvation prayer and rest there. Its dangerous and extremely wasteful. As a Christian, we are no longer citizens of earth, but God has never given us permission to abdicate our responsibility to be salt and light with specific implications to change the world around us. This is something we choose, not God. Listen to the wisdom found in Psalms 37 and look at our responsibility that is listed first and then God acts.

Our responsibility:

  1. Do not worry (Psalm 37:1)
  2. Trust in the Lord, watch the conjunction, & DO GOOD (Psalm 37:3)
  3. Take delight in the Lord (Psalm 37:4)
  4. Commit your way to the Lord (Psalm 37:5)

God’s responsibility:

He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun (Psalm 37:6). It is your righteous reward because you are choosing to perform the righteous acts.

No matter how bad you want to leave this evil world or its political system, you should never believe that your presence is simply to go to work and die. You have a responsibility on earth and you should never forget that. You cannot get God, to do what He already said, you should, before He responds with a yes and Amen.

Evil people have their feet on the ground and as a Christian you should to. Its God’s responsibility alone to carry you to heaven. So, enjoy earth and be about the Father’s business. It is our responsibility to do so. Remember, it is the joy of the Lord that is our strength.