July 21, 2017

I believe I can fly

You've heard that song, right?

Silly one that it is, but it points out a very important lesson.

We can go ahead and believe we can fly, and get on top of a big building, and jump.

If we have nothing but our two arms to make us fly, we will die.

A good friend will follow you all the way to the edge of that building, and try to talk you out of jumping, and will, if they are a really good friend, say, "Let me prove this for you," and jump in your place, so that you can have one more moment to come to your senses, and repent of your beliefs.

For whom will you take the fall?

Do you take the fall for anyone now?

If not, then you won't ever, until you are ready to truly die.

If heaven is not running in your veins now, then you are not going to be taking the risks of speaking the gospel message, for those who do will have few friends (as did Jesus), and they will be betrayed (as was Jesus), and they will be reviled (as was Jesus), but all the while they will be true followers of Jesus, for those who are have already been crucified.

They do not live according to how they feel, but according to EVERY word that is in the Word.

They do not pick and choose, and just really like some verses, and ignore the ones about hell, and loving God with all the heart, and how it is a fact that if you continue in sin, then there is no sacrifice for you, and that is found in Hebrews 10:26, and that God does not hear the prayers of those who sin, and if you think that you overcome evil with "positive" thoughts, and you tell others to stop talking "negative" then you know not the Word. Tell me where we are told about positive, and negative?

Those who know the Word, speak it, and those who know the Word, love it, and they do not use the common vernacular of the world in speaking of it. The world and the Word do not mix. Not at all.

People do not "just stop it" when it comes to sin.

People, while in sin, repent of it, and are made new.

The great lie is that you are the same as you were prior to believing in Jesus, and while scores will say that they are not the same, they are if they still sin.

What's so new about a person still sinning after Jesus, as they did before Jesus?

Do not be deceived.

If you live the gospel, you will be hated.

But who cares about the world?

Only those who love it.

You cannot love both, for Jesus says that you will love one, and hate the other.

When you hate the world, then you do not pursue what the world offers, and the world will hate you for it, and by "the world" I also am including the "church" people who think that they are saved but are not, and Jesus defines them in Matthew 7:21-23. Can you find what he calls them?

Are you ready to die?

Those who have already been crucified with Christ are, and they long for heaven, but they will not be jumping off a tall building to prove it, unless it is to lay down their flesh for another.

They get a new body in heaven anyway!

Not a new soul! Nope. Jesus makes that clear in Matthew 7:21-23 as well, for these deceived people are not made new at heaven's gate, even though they think that they ought to be made new, because they are the ones who still sin, and they say that they will get a new soul in heaven. Nope.

If so, then why did Jesus not give them one in that passage in Matthew? 

I will fly one day.

And it will be soon.

Life is short.

Are you ready for the day you die?

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17).

July 19, 2017

Do you vigorously defend what you love?

What is it that you could sell if you had to sell something in order to eat?

I could sell La-z-boys, Tempurpedic mattresses, and soft sheets.

Do you see a theme there?

I could not sell running shoes, a vegan lifestyle, or juicing.

Again, do you see a theme there?

What is the theme of your life?

What I am asking, to narrow this down a bit, is what do you love?

What you love, you know.

Not everything that we know do we love however.

For instance, I do not love diabetes, and cancer, and sin, but I know a bit about a couple of those things, and I know a lot about sin.

If you know God, then you know love.

You know how you came to know his love, and you love everyone, and you want everyone to know of his love, and you want that none would perish in their sin, and you speak as often as you are allowed about the way to know God, and you CAN, and WILL defend your faith vigorously.

Or you know it not.

Do you simply drink in everything you hear from those who say that they know the Word and teach, or preach it? Do you question them? Do you ask them to define words for you?

Do you study to be approved by God?

We are commanded to study, and we are commanded to defend the faith we say we love.

Do you?

Would you allow your child to continue to be under the tutelage of an Algebra teacher who would not take endless questions from your child about that subject?

Some of us maybe cannot "get" Algebra, but the gospel message?

Everyone, who is ordained to get it, can get it, and since we do not know who can/cannot get it, then we speak it gladly, and often, and until we draw our last breath, because we love it, never saying that some are too stupid to get it. Course not. We are not the gate-keepers, and we know no one's heart.

Only God knows a person's heart.

The redeemed are simply vessels, never judges.

They know their place in the scheme of things, and they love the order under which they live.

It has brought them peace that passes understanding, and joy that cannot be properly expressed.

They are free.

Can you defend that which you call precious?

If not, please do not tell anyone to just "do it" or say the words that you think will get them saved.

Saying that I am a Christian does not make me one.

So, can you tell me what makes me one?

Do you know the words that Jesus said that would prove it?

And the words of the apostle Paul, and do you speak those truths, or do you make up words?

Study, my friend.

Or perish in your sin.

Defend what you say you believe, or you believe it not.

Paul defended his faith always, and then some until he was decapitated.

Do you love anything that much?

Will you speak the gospel message with a sword hanging over your head?

The gospel message separates sheep from goats, sons from fathers, mothers from daughters, and a mother-in-law from a daughter-in-law, and believe it or not, that is why Jesus came (Matt. 10:35).

It may separate your head from your body.

The redeemed love not their body to the death (Rev. 12:11).

That's been settled.

They have already been crucified, yet they live, and they live by the power that raised Jesus from the dead. The redeemed have heaven in their hearts, and they long for it. They love not this world.

Not one whit.

They fear nothing that man can do to them; their soul is saved.

You will speak the gospel message no matter what— if you love it.

It has the power to free one from sin.

Paul urges that we imitate him (I Cor. 4:16).

Can you?

Do you?

If not, consider that you know not the gospel message, for those who know it, proclaim it.

No threat stops the mouth of the one who loves God with all that is in them.

In season, and out, and it flows from them, not of their doing, or as a result of a pep rally.

The gospel is your life, or it is not.

For those who sell the vegan lifestyle, can you ever make them hush?

What if they think that it is a matter of life or death?

The gospel is a message of life or death. 

Light or darkness.

Love or hate.

Obedience or sin.

The narrow road or the wide highway.

Dead to self, and alive to Christ, or alive to the world, and lost in sin.

Non-respecter of people, or prejudiced.

Serving, or looking to be served. 

Salty or no flavor.

One or the other, and never both.

And you choose.

Wisdom or folly.

God's way or yours. 

Repent, or perish in sin. 







July 18, 2017

Do you brag about your many blessings?

I know your hear it, and maybe you say it.

"I am (or we are) so blessed, because of ..." and just fill in the blank.

What are you thinking?

Rain, sunshine, a bonus, a promotion, or money of any type, earned, inherited, or found under a rock?

A new house, a new church building, a safe trip, a good parking space, a productive garden?

Most always it will be for something material (it will rust/decay), and/or physical (it will perish).

With no doubt, we are to rejoice, and here is the "when" that we find in James 1:2.

We are told to count "it" (or life) to be all joy when we encounter various trials or temptations, like when someone lies to/about you, or when you find that your "best" friends aren't even "sort of" friends any longer, and when life looks "hard" in the eyes of others who see with old eyes.

And Jesus tells us that we are blessed when we are full of mercy, and mercy is only given to those who need it, like those who will not, and cannot reward us for caring for them, and those who betray us, and those who revile us.

And he goes on to say that we are blessed when we are peacemakers, and a peacemaker never will gossip, or hate, or hold a grudge, or look to get even, or betray anyone.

And so do you think that you are blessed?

Are you using that word "blessed" correctly?

You see, even the heathen are blessed if you are going to talk about the rain, and the beautiful rainbow, and a promotion, and more money, because they will get all those things.

Hitler had money, and power, and sunrises, and flowers, and friends.

But Hitler had the wrath of God on him, as do all sinners.

John 3:36 tells us that God's anger is on the ones who disobey.

Do you disobey?

If so, then you are still experiencing God's mercies even while his wrath is on you.

All sinners enjoy mercies like bountiful harvests, beautiful homes, and good food, health, and wealth.

Do you give thanks for all of that in your life, and is that why you would say that you are blessed?

God does not hear the prayer of thanks from those who regard iniquity in their hearts (Psalm 66:18).

You can go ahead and pray, and give thanks, and make your requests known to God, but he will not be hearing you if you have sin in your life, and anyone who sins has sin in their life.

Mormons pray. Every cult I know of has members who pray. Do you think God hears them?

He does not.

Jesus tells us in John 3:19 that sin is done for the love of it.

And then there is this: If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me (Psalm 66:18).

To sin (iniquity) is to love sin.

That is what "regard" means.

When you tell a family member, who has come to visit, and they are headed home to see grandma, who you have not seen for some time, "Tell grandma I send my regards!" then are you saying that you want them to tell her that you have a warm spot in your heart for her?  YES.

If you still sin, then that is what you have in your heart for it— a warm spot.

You will have a divided heart, and that type heart does not stand.

James 1:8 tells us that type of heart is unstable in everything.

Repent of hate, and be washed clean, and be set apart, and know of grace, and be filled with love.

All sin boils down to hatred for God, and/or others.

You will be holding something against God, like he has not "blessed" you like you think you deserve, or something like that, and you will be holding a little something against someone/everyone.

While still in sin, repent of it, or agree with God that you hate, and that hate is murder.

If you choose not to repent, then your soul will perish in sin, and you will be one of those who stand at heaven's door, and argue with Jesus, like those we read about in Matthew 7;21-23, and you will be saying, "But I prayed! I gave great testimonies about all my blessings! I said your name, and I made demons leave people, and I held Bible studies, and did good things for you!"

And Jesus tells "certain" people, who say those things, but don't go to heaven, that he does not know them, and they must depart from him.

Specifically, what does Jesus call them?

Do you know?

Check it out.

Study.

See if there is any wicked way in you.

Argue with God about your sin, and your love for it now for it will be too late later.

Know what sin is, and why it is that you do it, and figure out if you have really been born new.

Know what a blessing really is, and answer honestly if you rejoice when people revile you.

Know also that you will be reviled IF you are truly born new, for when you speak truth, and when people around you hear it, and they don't want to give up their sin, then they will hate you.

Know that regardless, you will continue to speak truth, and you will rejoice.

You will not be looking for blessings (more stuff, "good" parking places, or any temporal things).

You will know that great is your reward in HEAVEN.

You will long for it with all your heart if you truly have eternal life in you now.

To be blessed is to be a peacemaker.

To hunger and thirst after righteousness (God) is to love him with all the heart.

That is his command.

Are you blessed?

If so, then you will not be bragging about it, but you will be boasting of your weakness, and of the power of the Holy Spirit in you, and rejoicing only that you know God.

And you will weep over the lost, and while people revile you, you will rejoice and pray for them to be blessed, and you will know that you are on the right path, and that God hears you when you pray.

Now that's blessed.




July 11, 2017

Going "special" places?

It's that time of year.

People go on vacation, to beaches, mountains, anywhere but home, lots of people go just to get away.

When you pray, where do you go?

Is it someplace special?

Is it a prayer closet?

A room where only prayer happens?

Whey you pray, Jesus says to go where no one can see you.

Someone could see you in your special prayer closet.

Or in a special room, or "throne" or such as.

The only place no one can see you pray is inside of you.

In your heart.

It is no more special than to be looking at someone while they talk, and be praying for them.

And they not know it.

Who does the "work" of salvation in those for whom you pray?

Is it not God alone?

Must anyone see you in agony?

Jesus went off by himself, and his friends were elsewhere (sleeping) when he prayed.

Paul and Silas could not go someplace "special" when they were in jail.

Yet they prayed.

Don't set up a shrine, and think yourself holy when you go there to pray.

That is religion.

It makes a "rule" that says, "When I am here, don't bother me. I'm being holy. Be quiet."

In the cacophony of life, the one who knows God will be praying to him.

They will do so earnestly, and fervently, and the God who sees them in private, will reward them.

The ones who cannot be bothered are as the "religious ones" who passed by on the other side of the road from the man in the ditch who was naked, and bleeding to death.

The one who had mercy on him was moved with compassion, and when one is moved with compassion, then the feet will take them, not to "holy" places to pray, but to a hotel to tend someone, known, or unknown, all night perhaps, or all day, or all week, or for years.

Mercy knows no bounds in the redeemed.

They are full of it.

And they will obtain it.

Not because they holed themselves up at certain times of the day to do "religious" work, but because they have been made new, and they no longer live to make a show of their lives, but to serve.

Go.

Into all the world, go.

That's the special place God has commanded those who love him to go, and they do, and they love.

Do you?

June 11, 2017

Who are they?

It is interesting that some, perhaps many, claim to know Jesus.

It is also interesting that we find in Matthew 7:21-23 that is vitally important that Jesus knows you.

Rarely do we hear anyone say, "Jesus knows me."

It is of utmost importance that you can say with confidence that Jesus knows you.

He will tell those who he does not know to depart from him at heaven's gate.

How horrific that will be for those who think that they are saved, yet are not.

Many are deceived.

So who are these people who think that they are saved, yet are not?

They are not people outside the church.

People "outside the church" rarely say that they know Jesus, in fact, many take his name in vain.

In the common vernacular, the ones who think they are saved, and are not, are the religious ones.

They will be people who pray, for instance, and not everyone who prays knows Jesus.

Matthew 7:22 tells us this is so.

They will be people who have cast out demons, and who have done things for Jesus that they think are really good activities, at least according to them, and again Matthew 7:22 tells us this is true.

Not everyone who thinks that they are saved really are saved is what Jesus is saying in that passage.

So who are the unsaved ones who think that they are saved, and know Jesus?

Jesus calls them "workers of iniquity," and have you ever studied those words?

In our everyday vernacular who a "worker of iniquity," and is it you?

Look up the word "worker" and what do you find?

Look up the word "iniquity" and what do you find?

Do you study to approve yourself to God, or do you slack off, and think that  you are saved?

Do you have friends who might think that they are saved, yet are not?

Do you care?

What is the gospel message?

If there are people in your church who think that they are saved, yet are not, are you nevertheless earnestly speaking the gospel message to them?

Do you know what will happen to you if you speak the gospel message to people like that?

They will persecute you, just as they did Jesus.

You will be hated, just like Jesus.

They will wish you out of their lives, and they will try to shut you up, just like Jesus.

Is that happening to you?

Jesus said that persecution would occur in your life if you speak the true gospel message.

Do you prefer to gain the world? If so, you will lose your soul.

You cannot have both the world, and Jesus.

Many are deceived. The deceived do not want to hear the truth. They prefer to be blind.

They prefer sin because they love it, and not God (John 3:19, and I John 5:3).

Their dying day will be horrific.

They will have worse than a rude awakening.

They will go to hell.

Do you know him? Does he know you? Who does Jesus know?

From Matthew 7:21-23 it is only those who are NOT workers of iniquity.

Do you spend energy on sin?

June 10, 2017

Do you pray...

...thy kingdom come? (Matthew 6)

Those who long for his appearing do.

...thy will be done? (Matthew 6)

Those who know him, and are confident in his perfect provision will do so.

...Holy is YOUR name? (Matthew 6)

Those who know him as holy, and make nothing of themselves, and adore him, and him alone, do.

... that he will forgive you just as you forgive others? (Matthew 6)

Those who hold no grudges do.

...that others may have Christ dwell in them richly? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Those who have Christ dwelling in them richly request that God do the same in others.

...that others will be rooted and grounded in love? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Those who are rooted and grounded in love pray that for others.

... that others may know the depth of the love that God has for them? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Those who know of his love pray endlessly for others to know of his love.

... that others will be filled up with the knowledge of God? (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Those who know God intimately long that others will know God intimately.

... that others will be blameless for the day of Christ? (Philippians 1:9-11)

Those who are blameless desire only that others will be presented blameless as well.

... that others will be filled with all spiritual wisdom? (Colossians 1:9b-12)

The wise will do that.

... and that they will please God in every respect? (Colossians 1:9b-12)

Those who please God beg him to bring others to perfection in his Son.

... and do you pray that others will share in the inheritance of the saints? (Colossians 1:9b-12)

Those who are no longer selfish pray that others will share in the inheritance.

... continually? (I Thessalonians 5:16)

Those who are pure in heart pray always because the line of communion is always open to them.

Not of works lest they boast.

They beg God to do to others what he did TO them.

It is just that wonderful.

Do you pray fervently for others?

Do you wrestle in prayer for others, or just wrestle with flesh and blood? (Colossians 4:12)

What is it that you pray?

For what do you pray?

For whom do you pray?

Your prayers will tell on you.

Examine your heart for out of it flows rivers of living water, or stale worldly words, and ways.

It will never be both (Matthew 7:17).

Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17).




May 22, 2017

Don't suppose it

What is it that you suppose?

Then again, what does "suppose" mean?

Suppose- to assume for the sake of the argument

Okay.

We, who believe that Jesus came to earth, died, and rose again (remember demons believe that), might assume that all that Jesus did was in order for us all to live in harmony.

Think again.

It won't happen.

That won't happen here on this earth.

Jesus says that it won't.

Don't even assume it.

Look what Jesus says in Matthew 10:34-35:

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man's enemies will be the members of his own house."

Astonishing words really.

Have you ever heard an invitation to follow Jesus using those words?

"Come follow Jesus. Perhaps your mother will turn against you, and your father will disown you, and your very enemies will now be the ones living under your roof with you."

"Come, hundreds of you!"

We hear quite the opposite it seems.

We hear of peace, and calm, and yes, that happens in the SOUL of the saved ones.

While all around them gives way, because they now preach the gospel, they are at peace.

While they are being hunted down for the kill by those who hate the gospel, they will be calm.

Don't suppose all is rosy and bright in a world where sin abounds.

The gospel (the Sword of the Lord) cuts to the heart of the matter.

People love the sin that they do. Jesus says so (John 3:19).

What people love, they don't want to stop doing.

They will fight to keep on doing the sin that they love.

They will not like hearing that they are sinners.

Either one follows Jesus as he teaches, or they teach their own gospel, that sounds easy on the ears.

They don't teach to NOT store up riches, for they store up riches.

They don't teach stop and help the needy, for they fear the needy, and getting their clothes dirty, besides a ballgame somewhere is about to start, and they need the easy chair, and food.

They don't teach that unless all that you do is BETTER than a Pharisee you will not see heaven, because they are the Pharisees, and they will not see heaven.

Hard words?

Jesus said them.

Do you use them, or do you preach a different gospel to your friends?

They will perish in their sin with you unless you are willing to forsake ALL for the Lord.

"Do not fear the one who can destroy the body but kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell." Matthew 10:28

Fear only God.

If you don't, then you fear "man" and you speak not the gospel, and if you speak not the gospel, then you know it not, and it has not set you free. The redeemed speak. They cannot but do that.

Is your "gospel" sweet smelling roses, and must no one ever speak of unrest?

Just keep your mouth shut, and never speak the Truth, for we don't want to upset anyone?

If so, then it is a false gospel, and false gospels are of the evil one.

Everywhere Jesus preached the gospel it seems there was an upheaval.

He confronted Pharisees, and he questioned their "religion" and it was for the sake of their very souls.

For whom do you live?

Your mom's approval? If it is for other than God alone, then beware. You are on shaky ground.

You will love riches. You are seeking to get more. You love not God.

Jesus says so (Matthew 6:24).

You will fear many, if not all things, when you walk the wide road.

The narrow road is filled with peace amid the fire, strength for battle, and rest for the weary.

What composes the walk you will take this day?

If it is with God, then don't suppose it to be a "peaceful" one with your family, and close associates.

If any of them walk not according to the Word, then they will hate you when you speak truth.

Wives, you have specific instructions to follow with a wayward husband.

Keep a gentle and quiet spirit that they might be won. I Peter 3:1-4

Otherwise, speak the Truth. The wise woman does. It is on her tongue (Proverbs 31:26).

It is always kind to speak the Truth, for it has the power to free one from sin, and to live for God.

And God alone.

Don't suppose you will get accolades for speaking the Truth.

Those who truly speak it do not do it for praise but that others might be won to their Lord.

Besides, what happened to Jesus for the Truth he spoke???

Don't suppose you will be loved by the world. They will hate you.

The church of today will hate you. It is in a filthy way. It is full of the world, and behaves just like it.

But guess who loves you?

Oh the love of God. Do you know him? If so, then you speak of him, come what may.




May 21, 2017

Have you repented?

When Jesus commands one to repent, he is saying "agree with me about the sin you do" and if you think that you continue to do that (repent) over and over in your life, then you are wrong.

If you agree with me that fire will burn you, then you will not touch it.

Will you not agree tomorrow, and then touch it? And then agree at the time, and not touch it?

Will you go back and forth with your assessment of fire?

If you agree with me that cyanide will kill you, then you won't ingest it.

If you change your mind tomorrow, and think that cyanide will not kill you, and ingest it, then you just might not have a tomorrow where you can agree with me again.

If you agree with me that hate is murder, then what?

Will you continue to murder people?

Do you desire to face Jesus at the judgment seat and say that you are a murderer?

"Hello, Jesus. I'm here to go to heaven."

He will inform you if you have come to him as a "worker of iniquity," or as a pure soul.

And Scripture tells us you will argue with him if he informs you that you are a worker of iniquity.

"But I prayed! And I cast out demons. And I did great things in your name. Having Bible studies is a good thing, right Jesus? And feeding poor people at church one night a week is a good thing!"

Matthew 7:21-23 tells us that Jesus will tell every single worker of iniquity to depart from him even though they will argue with him about all the good that they have done.

A "worker of iniquity" is a person who will spend energy on sin.

Do you spend energy on sin?

Sin exhausts people of the ability to love, and serve, and do it with gladness every single time.

All day long, and forever is how one serves when full of God's love.

And to hate is to spend energy on sin, and to hate is murder.

All sin is black, and sin is done for the love of it (John 3:19).

Jesus says so.

Do you agree?

All sin boils down to hatred of people or God.

What consumes your thoughts?

Is it God and his Word, and his ways, and do you long to talk of them all day long, but others grow weary of your words, and turn away from you, and shun you?

Do you try to convince people that the sin that they do is hate, and hate is murder, and do you get the cold shoulder, and do you hear, "Everyone sins, including Christians," and do you think, "Oh my, they are workers of iniquity, and are going to hell" and do you pray relentlessly for them?

Or do you talk about the weather, and what you ate, and where you are going, and what you like to craft, and how you are trying to get to the gym, and the restaurants that you love, and is your conversation, while boring, nevertheless, offending no one?

(The gospel message is offensive.)

And no one shuns you? Do you have friends who like to talk about their stuff, and how they would love a new house, or car, and you all talk all about that type stuff? And no one turns away?

You will love God with all your heart, or you will love to talk about your stuff, and things.

You will love your neighbor as yourself, or you will not love people at all.

Have you repented?

Have you agreed with God about his commands?

Until you do, then you will be like Job, who feared God, but did not love him.

We do not see Job repent until around chapter 42. Read it and see what happens when he repents.

The same thing will occur in your life when you repent.

All things will be made new.

You will no longer simply fear God, but you will love him with all your heart.

You will sin no more, for you will be washed clean.

Righteousness is applied to the soul, and it becomes born new, by the power of God.

Light dispels the darkness.

Jesus says so.

Do you agree?

You will be a good tree. Good trees only produce good fruit.

Jesus says so.

Do you agree?

You will be pure in heart, and you will see God.

Jesus says so.

Do you agree?

Repent.

Agree with the Lord that your dislike of people is hate, and hate is murder, and Jesus says so.

Or continue in your sin, and perish in it.

Yes, he says that too, and do you agree with him?

Don't let your heart be cold.

Don't turn a cold shoulder to his Word.

Agree with him.

Repent.

May 18, 2017

Absolutely no balance

Here is another catch-word heard everywhere one takes a listen: balance!

We all just need balance.

We need to balance this and that, work and play, exercise and rest, and you name it, it needs balance.

According to God, we are to love him with ALL the heart.

NO balance. Just all. The scale tips all to one side. All on the side of love.

According to God, we are to love the neighbor as we love ourselves.

NO balance. Just love the one in the "ditches" of life as you would love yourself.

I don't know about you, but if I ended up the ditch, "beaten up" by life, then I'd want warmth.

Oil.

Food.

Rest.

I would give myself that if/when I get beaten up by the world.

I do that now— just for me.

I'll do that also for the "neighbor" who needs it.

I buy used vehicles, and if my "neighbor" is in need of a vehicle, and cannot buy it, then I buy them a used vehicle, and if my neighbor needs a helping hand, a listening ear, or tending, they have it.

The redeemed have repented of their sin, and have been cleansed from all unrighteousness.

I John 1:9 has happened to them.

Their bodies stay on the altar; they've been crucified with Christ, just like Paul (Galatians 2:20).

All or nothing.

No balance.

No making sure everyone, and everything is fair.

What is fair?

Jesus, our leader, the one we say we follow, was a servant, totally.

He was killed for it.

Would you say that was fair?

It was love. It is love. It is exemplified in the redeemed, the very representatives of God on earth.

The ones, for whom, and to whom, you share the gospel, and your food, and your care, and money, and attention, and time, will not love you in return for the most part, unless they are redeemed.

The ones you tend, if you love God with all your heart, most likely will be heathen.

They will blaspheme God's name, and will stab you in the back perhaps, but you, if you love God with all your heart, will love them till you draw your last breath.

All or nothing.

How could a living sacrifice know when and what the balance would be in a relationship?

They just love.

They just give.

Absolutely no balance, and for sure it will not be fair according to worldly standards.

The just do not live according to worldly standards.

They love God. He rules them. They obey his commands.

Absolutely.

May 17, 2017

Just like Jesus?

When one truly follows Jesus, and lives life as he commands, then all "things" will be different.

The people, who would say that you are a friend, may start thinking you are crazy.

For the words that you proclaim, you will be thought to be possessed of the devil.

Has that happened to you yet? It will if you live as Jesus lived, and speak as he spoke.

Do you speak truth, or flattery? Do your words lead someone to freedom, or bondage to you?

Do you want followers, or do you lead others to follow, truly follow, Jesus?

When you truly follow Jesus, and live as he lived, then many will enjoy the fruit of your labors, and will clamor for more of them, but not you, and the words that you speak,

They will want your goodies, but just don't think that they will want to visit with you.

They will do all that they can to silence you. You will be shunned. You will be an outcast.

Your words convict them of their sin.

You don't do it, but the words that you speak, because they are the words of Jesus, will convict.

They will want you to be gone. Gone from their presence. You will not have many true friends.

But do you want the world, and all that it offers, even fake love from people who hate you?

Pursue that, and end up perishing in sin.

Pursue that, and end up empty.

Pursue that, and get very frustrated, and you'll whine, and fuss, and be moody, loving no one- really.

Or repent of your hate, and find that God will do a miracle of cleaning in your soul.

You will be made whole.  All things will be made new. The words you speak will change.

You will believe in a literal hell, and you will do all that you can to persuade others to repent.

Just like Jesus.