December 31, 2016

Are you happy?

No matter what, is there a smile in your heart?

No matter if there are "plans" or not, is your heart at rest?

No matter if you are taken out for a date, a movie, a walk, or a talk, is your heart rejoicing?

If not, then you live according to the flesh.

If not, then it takes more than what God commands to make you happy.

If not, then you do not know God.

In knowing God, a soul is always at rest.

How could it not be content?

In knowing the Creator? In knowing, not the one who gives peace, but the one who IS peace?

In having constant fellowship with him? In knowing your prayers are heard? In knowing joy?

Many so called Christians will pray for peace.

If they truly knew the Lord, then they would know peace, for he IS peace.

He does not come into a soul, and then that soul still need anything.

They are whole in knowing him.

It is similar to a child crying, and a mother rushing to hold the child, and the child saying, "Could you give me peace?" The attentive, loving mother IS peace to the little one. Resting in her arms, the child settles, and finds rest. In knowing God, the adult child is always at rest, never worrisome.

He reveals himself to the repentant.

The revelation of God is instantaneously transforming.

That soul is never the same again....ever.

They are happy. Blessed. They are peacemakers. They have been born new.

They are merciful...full of mercy. They are the pure in heart. They will see God.

Are you happy?

If not, what does it take?

First one thing, and then another?

Or do you know God?

If so, then you are always happy...truly blessed.

December 30, 2016

Out of control

Do you fuss?

Criticize?

Withhold love?

Gossip?

Are you angry?

Bitter?

Selfish?

Is there anything you cannot stop from doing?

Does the Spirit control you, or are you out of control?

Do you know that it is one way or the other, and never both that occurs in a soul?

If you think that it can be both, then when you are in control, then do you know that it is you doing it?

You, at times, can find the wherewithal to be "kind" and it won't be for long, or forever, but just long enough to get through dinner, or some event, with that person who grates your nerves.

Yep, you can endure, but for a limited time, not forever.

Your love, if not forever, is not love.

Love always is one way, and never short term.

That will be the one thing that will be difficult for you to admit, or agree to, or believe.

But belief in Jesus is to believe his Word, every bit of it, and he says that love is one way.

It always behaves one way.

If you cannot always behave with love, then you have not love.

You are out of control at times, right?

What brings you back from those out of control times?

Something you do?

If you can name something, then that something that you do, is called works.

Salvation of God is not of works.

The salvation that comes from God is a rescue from sin, to sin no more.

It is a rebirth.

It is the gift of a new nature.

The old nature is gone. The saved one is crucified with Christ. They are new.

The good that they do is from, and of, God, and it is constant.

To be saved is to be grated into the Vine where love flows, not of anything one does.

It is automatic.

Yes.

Just like sin is automatic in the old nature, goodness, the righteousness of God, is automatic in the born new soul, who has repented of sin, and has been given a river of love, not of themselves at all.

The new person does not need to "work" at being good.

They are controlled by the Spirit.

Are you?

Are you always generous, loving, and holding no grudge?

Or must you work at it?

Is your "salvation" of works, or is it real, and other-worldly, and are you new?

Jesus commands that we repent. You will soon pass from this world. Where will you spend eternity?

If it is heaven, then know this, that the eternal life you claim to have is happening now.

It starts at redemption.

Do you live as though you have eternal life now?

Or do you live for a future here on earth?

Always hoping for more here on earth?

Always holding onto your stuff as though you will be forever here?

Or do you live as though you are passing through?

Are you at home here, or do you long for heaven, and to see God, and be forever in heaven with him?

Is your life one of lip-service, or one of heart-service?

Can you spout verses, and say "praise the Lord" with the best of them?

Can you cast out demons?

Are you building a Bible study, or helping to build a great church, and do you invite others to church?

God is not impressed.

Are you new?

If so, what is the evidence?

Is it a controlled life of love, and generosity, or are you out of control, angry, and moody?

The Spirit only fills a life, and not partially, but wholly.

He does not sit in a corner of a heart waiting to be acknowledged.

If you have been redeemed, then you are filled with God's love.

Are you?

If so, then you do not spend energy on sin.

Workers of iniquity, out of control people, will not see heaven.

Will you?




December 29, 2016

A revealing faith

When one lives by faith, then the life lived is one of constancy.

Feelings come and go, and moody people love today, and hate tomorrow depending on circumstances.

However, the redeemed one, who truly lives by faith, knows God, and in knowing God, they are not hampered by the events of life. They do not fly off the handle, or fall apart, or scream, or fuss, or fume, or worry. They don't get depressed, mad, or have fits, or love only when loved first, and in return.

They love, for they have been filled with love after being washed clean.

After repentance.

The filling of love— fills them.

They do not need to ask to be filled with love.

They have it flowing through them.

They do not ask for peace.

Christ, who is peace, lives in them by his Spirit.

They reveal faith.

It is a trust in someone they know who will work all things together for good for them.

Nothing sways them.

What sways you?

Music?

What makes you feel good?

A warm bath?

What thrills you?

A dinner out?

What if nothing like that happens to you, do you thrill at your salvation as if it were a last resort?

If so, then you know not of salvation, of chains falling, of freedom.

The heart of the redeemed is steadfast.

Never shaken. Never worrisome. Never angry.

Trusting and obeying is the heart of the truly redeemed.

Repent of your sins, for your time on earth is but a breath.

You will soon be gone from this world.

Where will your faith take you?

If your trust is in the things of this world, and a human, then you are on a sandy foundation.

Those who are on the rock will stand there without quaking, for they are held by God.

He is a surety for them.

He keeps them from slipping.

He does not allow temptation to be too strong.

They reveal faith. In their love, their words, their walk.

Their light shines.

Does yours?

December 26, 2016

Say, "Thank you."

Imagine never needing to be reminded to say, "Thank you."

As a child, you were, most likely, admonished, upon receiving a gift, to say, "Thank you."

And you would comply, and say, "Thank you."

Meaning it, or not, you would say it.

And you still do that today.

Or perhaps you forget. Maybe someone gave you a gift, and you thought, "Why that?"

And maybe, for a moment, or a few days, you forgot to say, "Thank you."

And then you did, but you did it from a place in you that says, "Remember your manners."

But to be set free from chains.

To be hating, and then to have love flowing.

To always be walking in clay, and then to be floating.

To the One who has set a soul free, the "thank you" never ends.

No reminder necessary.

The gift of freedom is never taken for granted.

Never forgotten.

And why is that the case?

Because a new nature has been installed in place of the old one.

The old one is gone— crucified.

The new nature says, "Thank you."

Often, always, without end, the heart of the redeemed lives in gratitude.

Do you?

December 23, 2016

This one thing I know

This season, as busy as it can be for us, and any season for that matter, this one thing is sure:

You will either be looking to serve, or waiting to be served.

Your heart is either like the heart of God, and is love, and you are following the example of the Master, and putting on an apron, or you are fighting the laying down of your life.

The heart, that was once selfish, is now, in the redeemed, crucified.

Dead.

Desires to sit, and wait to be served, are of the past.

The old nature has died.

Physical limitations aside, the heart of the one, who has been crucified, serves.

In prayer, in out-stretched hands, in generosity of giving, in whatever need a neighbor has, the one, who has been bought is no longer a cry-baby, needy, or selfish soul.

No task is beneath the redeemed woman.

Trash pick up, and take out. Hard to wash pans, and sticky floors. Toilets, and unmade beds.

She works for the good of others, and finds that in giving, she receives.

In her dying, she is born new.

In her repentance, she walks on the narrow road.

Consistently without a care. Constantly with joy. Continuously in peace. 

She walks, putting one foot in front of the other, even if in a wheelchair, her heart beats for others.

The Lord's spirit performs tasks through her.

She yields. She cannot help but do that. She wants nothing but that.

Her nature is new.

The yoke (service to which she is now called), and the burden (of others that she carries) are light.

She rejoices in this life, and looks with expectant heart for the next.

She is just passing through.

And this one thing is for sure: She serves.

Do you?

December 19, 2016

Concerning how you talk about you

"I'm getting younger."

According to Joel Osteen, when you say those words, God will renew your youth.

No one gets younger.

Everyone gets older, and everyone dies.

God renews the strength of those who know him.

God will not make you young.

He give a new nature to the repentant.

Nothing happens just because someone repeats it often enough.

That is a lie.

One time.

That's all it took for a prophet of old.

One misstatement about God, and his ways, and he was put to death (Deuteronomy 18:20).

Has God changed his mind about the severity of saying things that are not true?

He has not.

Men, and women, like Joel Osteen are false prophets, and because of grace, they are still walking about on this earth, but they need to repent of their false gospel.

You must study the Word. Look at it carefully. Ask questions of the Lord concerning it.

If you choose to listen to those who preach health, wealth, and false doctrine, then you will be accountable for your choice.

Are you being taught to die to self? And that those who follow Christ, and know God are crucified with him, and that they no longer live according to how they feel? Or do you live according to how you feel? If you feel like it, then are you kind? If you sleep well, then do you help your neighbor?

How is it that you live on this earth?

Is it by faith, and EVERY word of Scripture, or just parts of it?

Or do you live according to how you feel about things?

Has someone hurt your feelings? Do you carry a grudge? Or are you kind to them as though it never happened? Do you know that you will be forgiven EXACTLY the way that you forgive others?

Do you show mercy? Grace? Do you hold the sins of others against them?

How do you think about yourself?

Are you pretty good?

Do you keep a mantra going in your head?

Must you do something in order to "feel" close to God?

Or have you hid the Word in your heart? 

Do you see yourself dead to you, and your desires?

Wake up. The only way that you can live forever, and get that new body some day is to repent.

It does not happen by continuous repetitive mantra-like talk.

That is evil.

When you "talk" about you to yourself does it sound like, "I am crucified with Christ. I no longer live, yet I do, and the life that I live is accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Does that describe you?

Have you waited for the Lord, or do you like to be waited on?

Those who wait on the Lord are renewed— no mantra does that.

Who are you to you?

To whom do you answer?

Does anyone answer to you, or do you see to it that they do?

The woman of God knows God, and in knowing God, she waits on him, and serves others.

He gives her strength to run the course set before her on the narrow road.

She is filled with good deeds.

She loves God and others with her whole heart.

Do you?


December 17, 2016

What she doesn't talk about

The wise woman.

We see from Scripture that the wise woman does many things.

We don't see that she talks a lot.

But when she does, the words she speaks are kind.

What does the word "kind" mean?

Benevolent in nature.

She sees what others need, and she is good to them, helping them with life.

Her teachings are instructive, gentle, encouraging.

We don't see in her a person who is ever ill at ease, discontent, or complaining.

She is just always way too occupied with the Kingdom of heaven.

It fills her days, and because she belongs to the King, she is happy.

Those closest to her see her happiness.

Many times, it may be easy for supposed Christians to put on a happy face for the outside world, and then display quite the opposite at home, but that is not the case for the woman with the new nature.

What you see outside, you'll see inside, because her insides have been washed.

She is clean.

She was once dead in sin. Once walked in darkness. Not any more. (Eph. 2:1, Col. 2:13, Eph. 2:5).

Sin no longer stains her soul. She no longer lives in darkness. She no longer wags her tongue.

Do you? Are you happy inside and out? Are you aware that what leaves your mouth reveals your heart? Are you aware that you can pretend, and even lie to yourself about your behavior, and think that it has no effect on your life with God, but you have no relationship with him if you complain.

Many think that they are saved, yet are not.

That is what Jesus says in Matthew 7:21-23.

Why would someone think that they are saved, yet are not?

They are deceived.

They have not come to God as he commands.

They have listened to the blind leading the blind.

They walk the wide road, first good, and then bad, first sweet, and then sour.

They think that their efforts to live for God are worthy of attention from him.

He does not see effort.

He sees obedience, or disobedience.

He sees a clean heart, or a sinful one.

The clean heart has repented, and the sinful one has not.

The pure in heart see God.

The sinful one will not.

What do your words reflect?

Purity, or deceit?

Kindness, or indifference?

What the wise woman does not speak of tells us much about her heart.

There are some things that are best never to say, and the wise woman will hold her tongue.

"Those who consider themselves religious, and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless," James 1:26.

How does the wise woman keep total control of her tongue?

It is because she has been crucified with Christ. Her body, mind, and spirit belong to God.

He controls her.

Does he control you?

It will be all or nothing at all.

Study.

You'll see for yourself, or you'll stayed deceived, and find your tongue wagging, and you're helpless to do anything consistently about it, for only in repentance, and being washed is one crucified.

The "doing" of righteousness is not of the redeemed, but of the One who has taken the reins through faith in the words of Jesus, and he commands us to repent, and obedience brings faithfulness.

When you repent, then you truly believe in him.

Then you'll be totally loyal, for he will accomplish in you what you cannot do for yourself ever.

Don't even try, for trying is vain effort, and constitutes work on your part.

According to God, work, striving, and effort stinks (Isaiah 64:6). 

Repent. The kingdom of heaven is at hand.


December 16, 2016

Always....it's extreme

Colossians 4:6
Let your conversation be always full of grace,
seasoned with salt
so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

2+2=4

Always

Some things never change.

God is love.

The word "is" means equals.

"Love is patient and kind."

Always.

"Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

"Give thanks in all circumstances."
I Thessalonians 5:18

The heart of the redeemed is a continuous flowing river of thanks.

Is your life lived in the extreme?

"...he will save his people from their sins."
Matthew 1:21

Salvation is an experience extreme in nature.

An old nature is replaced by a new nature.

All things become new.

Someone in bondage in sin isn't any more.

Ever.

Always free from sin is the repentant.

Always praising, always loving, always patient, and full of grace.

Full.

Never a little corner where angst hides for full means filled to utmost capacity.

What does your life reflect?

Freedom or bondage?

Calm or fear?

Love or hate?

The Word or the world?

It will be one or the other, not both.

Always.

Salvation is extreme. 

If you claim to be saved, then from what have you been saved?

 


December 15, 2016

Always the same glorious message

Are you bound to anger?

Can't shake it?

Does it haunt you, always lingering over your shoulder, and in your heart?

Jesus came that we might be free.

Not just free.

But free indeed.

Truly free.

Some will claim to be free.

And sing about being free.

But to be truly free is more than singing about being free from sin.

Truly free from sin is to no longer be bound by it at all.

Something breaks?

Free from anger.

Someone betrays?

Free to love.

Some event is cancelled?

Free from discontent.

No whining. No hate. No bitterness.

Or do you suppose that Jesus sets a heart free little by little?

And if so, then contingent on what?

Works?

Effort?

Firmness of resolve?

Nope. No works are involved with the freedom Jesus gives. It is once and done.

Repent.

Agree that you are not content, or that you are resentful of your life, or that you hate.

Or keep on sinning.

It is your choice.

Scripture says that we are to choose today whom we will serve.

Do you suppose that one would choose to serve God one day, and then not serve him the next?

Would you call that love for God?

Those who truly love him, those who are truly set free, obey him (I John 5:3, John 14:21, I John 2:5).

Do you believe that?

Belief in Jesus requires belief in his Word, all of it, always.

Otherwise, one will wander on the wide road, first loving, and then fearful, first kind, and then hating.

That is burdensome. It is a life of moody, irritable behavior. It is not pleasant at all.

To not always obey is to live according to feelings.

The just live by faith (Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38).

They live by EVERY word that is in the Word (Matthew 4:4).

The redeemed don't pick and choose what to abide by, for they abide in the Vine.

The freedom given by Jesus, and performed by the Holy Spirit, in the repentant heart, is constant.

Is there work involved?

No.

There is repentance first, and then submission forever, which brings joy unspeakable always.

I will preach the same glorious message till I die.

Repent, for you will soon die, and then the judgment.

Only those who spend no energy on sin will go to heaven (John 7:21-23).

Do you really believe that?

Read it. Parse it. Dig into it.

To understand it, one must ask questions. Do you study? Are you curious?

Or do you live with your feelings, and emotions guiding you?

That is worldly.

The Word says that the commands of Jesus are an easy yoke, and a light burden.

To always love an unloving husband is easy for the repentant.

To never fuss about thwarted plans is easy for the contented heart who rests always in God's love.

To give generously without fear is a light burden to the one who knows God.

To bear burdens is a breeze to the one who loves God.

To truly believe is to truly obey.

Do you believe...truly?

Do you obey...always?

Do you love that same old glorious message?

Do you abide in the Vine?

Do you know perfect obedience?

If not, repent, for the kingdom of heaven is (truly) at hand (Matthew 4:17).

December 11, 2016

Retribution

Has someone done you wrong?

A husband?

A mother?

Your dad?

How about a neighbor?

Who is it that does not love you as you think that they ought?

What do you want for them?

Do you want meted out to them as they have done to you?

Or is your heart broken for them?

Do you weep for their sin, and their life, that must be miserable because just maybe they know of how badly they treated, or treat, you?

Are you asking, pleading, with God, for him to have mercy on them, and bring them to grace?

Do you show them mercy, grace, and love, and are your arms open to them?

Or do you hold them at arms-length?

If you say that you love God, then you only love him because he first loved you (I John 4:19).

Or do you think that you are just so smart as to love God, and that your love is worth something to him? It is only worth something to him when it is worth something to someone else, like the ones who do you harm, and did you harm, and want harm for you. When you love the unlovely, then you love as God loves. Loving the lovely is easy, and those on the wide, easy road "love" like that.

What are you asking God to do for, and to, the ones in your life that you think are unsaved?

Maybe they are evil, and vengeful, and not so kind.

Are you the same to them, and do you make it obvious that you know of their sin?

Are you so kind to them that they warm to you, or are they repelled by you?

Are you casting stones?

Only the sinless can cast stones (John 8:7), yet they don't throw stones for they know from whence they have been saved, and their grateful hearts are just that, always thankful, and never vengeful.

Are you able to pray as Jesus taught us to pray:

"Forgive me just like I forgive others." (Matthew 6:12)

How do you want to be forgiven?

It will be exactly the same way as you forgive others (Mark 11:26).

Think on that.

December 8, 2016

Just like Jesus

Have you ever been betrayed?

Misunderstood?

Called names?

Falsely accused?

Left alone when you needed a friend very badly?

What did you do?

Like Jesus, were you able to hold your tongue, and not condemn, and go on loving endlessly?

Those saved from sin will not strike back, in fact, they turn the other cheek.

They behave just like Jesus because he lives in them.

The Holy Spirit empowers them, and not when they happen to "remember" to ask for help.

The redeemed do not belong to themselves, for they have been crucified with Christ.

Upon repentance, the person who could not control the tongue, and who got moody, upset, belligerent, and acted like the world, will find their old self, the one who enjoyed retribution, is gone.

Dead. Crucified. Killed. Extinguished. Buried. Evaporated. From east to west....gone.

It is not of their doing, it is a gift of God.

If you must strive (try) to be good, and try to remember to pray so that you can stand, then you are doing the work and you will fail, and you do fail, and you continue to sin over, and over again...right?

Those who continue to sin do not know God (I John 2:4).

Right?

I am begging you to study Scripture and see these words for yourself.

I don't make up these words, and hope to cause people anguish, but if what I say causes you to pick up the Word, and see for yourself, and you come to repentance, then I rejoice.

If you were to tell me that in always wearing my seat belt, then I would never die in a car wreck, and if I agreed with you, then what do you suppose that I would do?

Yep. I'd always wear my seat belt.

If I did not agree with you, then I would not ALWAYS wear it.

In agreeing with God about sin, then one is saying, "Yes, you are right God. Hate is murder. Sin is causing me spiritual death, and I don't know God, and he won't hear me pray if I continue to sin."

When we agree with God, then HE does the changing in us.

Darkness is gone. But you must agree with him. Bondage is gone. But you must agree with him.

Hate is gone. But you must agree with him about the sin that you do.

Or, continue in it, and if you choose to do that, then there remains no sacrifice for you (Heb.10:26).

And do not be deceived and believe about that verse as Albert Mohler preaches it.

He says that verse is talking to a lost person, and only in that one verse, and the rest of the chapter is for the saved. Good grief. How ridiculous is that. And what a lie.

A lost person still has a sacrifice, and that is the sacrifice of Jesus, and they have it till they die. But to those who say they have the knowledge of truth, and then go on sinning, well, you are doomed.

Read it for yourself.

We must be perfect like Jesus, or we are workers of iniquity, and to them, Jesus will say that he does not know them, and they must depart from him (Matthew 7:21-23).

People who sin go to hell.

So many Christians tell me that they sin.

They spend energy on evil. That's what sinning is. Or is it "different" in you?

Study.

Just like Jesus, grow in wisdom, and that takes study, not of books about the Bible, but the Bible.

Do you know it?

Do the words in it flow from you, and do you meditate on them always?

Are they like a spring in you just waiting to gush?

Do you find them sweeter than honey?

Is the Lord better than food to you?

Or do your words flow from you, and are they bitter, and divisive, and do you tear people down?

Do not be deceived. Many will say, "Work hard at saying positive words!" or "Stay positive!"

As if all it takes to walk with God is trying hard, and remembering to stay positive.

You won't find any of that in the Word, but doesn't it sound nice?

Nice doesn't work. Regeneration does. That takes repentance.

Have all things been made new in you?

As one sins, one is not made new.

Repent, agree with God, and his Word, once, and for all time, and be made new.

The striving ceases.

The chains fall.

Sin is gone.

The yoke is easy.

The burden is light.







Just like Paul

Paul was on his way to see to it that Christians were arrested, and if nothing else, persecuted.

And then he was converted.

He NEVER again behaved as he once did after he was born new.

Do you?

After your conversion, have you lied, stolen, gossiped, behaved antagonistically, hatefully, or in any way, have you continued in your old way of life?

Conversion means never the same again.

It is a change in character.

It is to go from sinfulness to righteousness, from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom.

Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians (II Cor. 6:3) says that he caused no one to stumble.

Sin always causes not only yourself to stumble, but others.

If you are not a light, and if you are not salt, then you are a hindrance to the kingdom of heaven.

Paul was always salt and light after his conversion.

That is what Scripture says.

Do you believe it?

In I Corinthians 10:32, Paul tells the church to strive to cause no one to stumble.

In our striving, we will see that we are unable to stop our sinning.

In our striving (trying), we come to the end of ourselves, and see our sin.

In our striving, and in following Christ, we come to repentance.

We must admit that we are wrong. We hate. We kill, not only other Christians, but anyone who gets in our way, disagrees with us, and/or makes us mad, and/or the ones who betray us.

The only way to imitate Paul, as he tells us to do in I Corinthians 11:1, is to repent as did he.

On that road to Damascus, he was changed completely, never to be the same ever again.

If you have been converted, then you are not the same as before conversion.

You might think that you have been converted, but if you still sin, then you have the old nature.

The new nature, given as a gift upon repentance, replaces the old one.

The old is gone, and the new is come, IF anyone is truly in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).

The one who is in Christ is just like Paul, and is never a cause for anyone to stumble.

They don't gossip, play favorites, hate, cause strife, lie, or cheat, for they love.

They love God with all that is in them, and they love the neighbor too.

Just like Paul.

Are you just like Paul? Do you imitate him? Is your life lived for Christ, and to die would be gain?

Do you look forward to your home-going, but till then you work for the kingdom?

In season, and out of season, are you content, and sharing the gospel just like Paul?

December 6, 2016

Temperamental

Are you gentle one moment, and loving, and then in the next moment, when someone has said, or done something that rubs you wrong, are you different?

First gentle, and then hostile?

First kind, and then abrasive?

First inclusive, and then exclusive?

Are you moody, irritable, or sensitive to the point where others know to be careful around you?

If so, from what are you free?

Jesus sets the soul, bound in erratic behavior, free, and not only free, but free for sure.

Free indeed.

There is no doubt about the freedom one has after an encounter with Jesus, who leads one to God.

Jesus does not lead a soul to him in order for that soul to worship him, and sing about him, and bow to him, and pray to him, and put him first in their heart; no, his mission is to bring the lost to God.

In repentance, one knows God.

In knowing God, one is washed, a ring is put on their finger, and a blessed party starts.

That party never ends, for the repentant soul is given a new heart, a new mind, a new life.

Temperamental no more. The new soul never turns their back on God. They stay on the narrow road.

Strange, erratic, even dangerous behavior is a thing of the past.

The old life is gone.

Newness has come.

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, then the old is gone, and the new is come," (II Cor. 5:17).

Newness does not dwell alongside the old if one is truly in the Vine.

Old natures are cut off by God, and one is drafted into the life of Christ.

(We don't cut off the old nature ourselves, for how can a sinful person recreate a pure heart?)

Heirs. The righteousness of Christ. Eternal life.

What does it all mean?

Do you understand that one can sing, and speak, of newness, and not have it?

One can pray, and not be saved?

One can do, as the Pharisees, all things "proper" and not know God?

Yes. That happens. Many in our churches are lost.

Great ministries "for God" are built, and those who build them go to hell.

Preachers go to hell.

Jesus said all of that it is so in Matthew 7:21-23.

What makes the difference according to Jesus?

If those who do all those "wonderful" things expend no energy on sin.

We must not be workers of evil.

Sin is a work of evil.

How does one escape that evil?

Agree with God about the sin that you do. Call it evil. Hate is murder.

You've been commanded to love God with all your heart, and your neighbor too.

Repent.

Become a new person, not of your doing at all, but by the miracle of re-birth.

Repent, and never be temperamental again, or choose to continue in sin, and not know God.

Life is short.

Now is the day of salvation.


December 5, 2016

Everywhere you turn

Are you still living and breathing here on planet earth?

If so, no matter what direction you look in this world, you will find counterfeit ways to peace.

Meditation. Exercise. Food.

Mind. Body. Soul.

Which way will you turn?

If in meditation, you turn any place but to the Word, and think exclusively on it, then you are worldly.

If in eating, you turn any place to find guidance, then you are looking to the world for instruction.

If in deciding what to do with leisure, you don't look to Scripture, then you will be foolish.

We either walk on the narrow road with limited instruction, or the wide road where we wander.

On the wide road, your options are all over the map. You'll hear it all. You'll wonder which way is best because gurus abound, and experts do as well, and they all want your ear, and your money.

If you choose the narrow road, then your only option is to repent of walking the wide road.

If you choose the narrow road, then you will be persecuted for your narrow-minded way of life.

If you choose the narrow road, then your friends will be few, but your joy continuous, and great.

Which road will you choose?

At every turn, until you choose the narrow way, you will still be confused, at times, and angry, at times, and bitter, and hateful, at times, and you will never have peace at all times.

Peace that passes understanding is not something that comes and goes.

The peace that the world offers is of a transient nature.

First up, and then down. Trying this method for peace of mind, and then another. Always trying.

Those who always keep trying, always fail.

Those who repent are changed from night to day, from strife to peace, from anger to love.

Repent for you will soon leave this planet earth.

Agree with God or you are in agreement with the powers of evil.

There are only two roads.

Which one do you walk?


December 4, 2016

Steady she goes

The wise woman has a lot on her plate, and as she goes about her day, she just keeps going.

The baby needs changing, the dinner needs fixing, the pie needs baking, the dishes, the laundry, the bed needs making, the list does not end, but that is her life, and she loves it.

She doesn't dread.

No dreading of dishes, or diapers, or the next thing that comes her way.

Her life is full to over-flowing— always.

No complaints. No fuss. No worries.

She has a Lord.

He sustains her.

He enables her, for she has submitted her heart, once and for all time, to him.

She belongs to him, and she does not jump off the altar of sacrifice, nor the Vine.

She can't.

She has agreed with God about her sin, and he has washed her, and made her whole.

Sin causes one to be less than whole.

She is whole.

Her soul is bound with unbreakable twine to God, her Father.

She hates no one, and loves God with all her heart.

He keeps her feet from stumbling into sin (Psalm 121:3).

There are things that God will NOT allow in her life.

Too much temptation, that causes sin (I Corinthians 10:13), and falling into it (Psalm 121:3).

That is what God does.

What must a woman do to be wise?

Abide by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Jesus.

He commands repentance (Matthew 7:14). Repentance is the first thing Jesus preached.

Agreeing with Jesus is belief in him, and doing what he said about sin is the first step to God.

There is no other way.

Try if you like, but your efforts to be good, and not fuss, or complain, or bring strife, will fail.

Always.

You know the pattern.

Fuss. Say that you won't. Then you do it again. Over, and over, and over again.

What Jesus commands (repentance) one must do in order to be born new.

Being born new means that nothing is ever the same ever again.

Fussing stops. Strife ceases. Jealousy, anger, and now you name a sin. It's over. Done.

New life means new life.

For many years, after my supposedly conversion, all things were the same.

I lusted, complained, gossiped, complained, and fussed, and lusted, over, and over again.

Nothing new there.

No conversion (change) had occurred for I had not repented.

To repent is not to feel sorry for bad things you do.

To repent is to agree with God that your hate is murder, and not simply a dislike of some people.

Argue with him if you will.

Agree with him if you will be free.

December 3, 2016

The Lord's guarantee

Shoppers love a guarantee (a promise, or an assurance).

"If you don't like it, bring it back for a full refund, no questions asked."

WOW! What a deal is that? Who wouldn't give a product like that a try?

Salvation.

Those who come to Jesus, and follow him, and are Christians, are told by him that he gives life.

Not only life, but abundant life (John 10:10).

It is guaranteed.

What the Lord says he will do he does.

But by the way some "Christians" talk, and the way they complain, and get depressed, and live in a state of mind just like the world, then it is a wonder that they don't take the abundant life that is guaranteed by Jesus back to him and say, "Try again."

To hear what comes out of the mouths of the "saved" would cause me, if I didn't know better, to say to them, "What's so special about salvation? You have no joy, and you are bitter. What's the point?"

It is an affront to the Giver of life when supposed Christians behave just like the world.

When Jesus sets a soul free, then they are free.

If you are not free from (sin) strife, complaining, depression, and a view of the world that leaves you acting like the world, then seriously question, not the Giver of life, but the life you claim you have.

If you cannot say that it is abundant, and free, and not only free, but free indeed, something is wrong.

Not with Jesus, mind you, but you.

The Word was written for a purpose.

We are told that as we read it, we will know if we are born new or not (I John 5:13).

The Word is not for us to read, and then spout to prove ourselves knowledgeable.

It is given as as a mirror for us to hold up, and look into it, and say, "Why am I fussing, and why can I not stop bickering with my husband, and why do I hate my neighbor, and why must I be reminded to praise the Lord, and why does it seem that my prayers are not heard?"

Yes. Question your salvation. Many will say not to do that.

If we are not to question it, then what about II Timothy 2:15?

No where will you find that we are sit back and assume anything when it comes to our salvation.

When I studied the Word to try to understand why my prayers were not being heard, I found that if I regard sin in my heart, then God will not hear me. There it was. Plain as day in Psalm 66:18.

I had the problem.

Sin was my problem.

To be specific, it was hate.

I did not love God with all my heart, and for sure, I did not love my neighbor as myself.

But I argued with God. I called my sin something other than sin. My life was not abundant.

I worried. I fussed. I tried so hard to live for the Lord, and be kind, and it was a struggle— always.

Then I repented of my sin.

I agreed with God about hate.

Then God washed me. He filled me. He changed me. I was born new. Inside of me was regenerated.

Now the yoke is easy, and the burden light.

Now I sing, and am content, and love— always.

Now my life is full to over-flowing. It seems that cannot keep up with it most days. I am free.

I am free from fussing. Gossip. Discontent. You name the sin, and I'm telling you, I am free of it.

Am I boasting?

Only in my Lord who lives in me to do through me what I cannot do (I Cor. 1:31 & Phil. 4:13).

Only in God.

That's my promise.

The Holy Spirit will inhabit the soul of the repentant, and the repentant will sing.

Why?

Eternal life is theirs. They are awash in freedom. Love is known for the very fist time.

Not a "love" that comes and goes depending on the weather, or if the belly is full, or if one has had enough sleep, or if one is loved first, or in return. There are no caveats in a free soul. They love.

That's a guarantee.

Yes indeed. The soul whom the Lord sets free is free indeed (John 8:36).

Are you free?


December 1, 2016

Living by cliches?

A cliche is a trite, stereotyped expression, which is based, not in fact, but in common ideas.

Here are a few that "Christians" will say, "God has my back," and, "I may wander from God, but he will never leave me," and "I know God understands when I don't take time to be with him."

All of those thoughts, or ideas, are not based in the Word, but in a feeling about God.

The redeemed do not live by feelings about God, or sentiment, but by faith in the Word.

They know the Word.

They don't misquote it, or take it out of context in order for it to fit their frame of mind.

If they aren't feeling good, then they still are kind, and they won't think "God understands" when they don't have the "energy" to be kind, and then snap at the husband, and are unkind to any soul.

The redeemed are kind when they don't "feel" good because they live with the Holy Spirit in them to accomplish what they can never accomplish— which is to love always.

Do you live by cute sayings, and common "Christian-ese" phrases, that have no basis in truth?

Or do you live by every word that comes from the Word?

What was the teaching of Jesus concerning how a Christian, not should live, but will live?

It's not by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).

And it is by the renewing of the mind that we live, and we do not renew our own minds, for how can  a human "fix" what is broken in them? It is the Lord who renews us. He makes us new.

We don't do the "making new" of our own selves.

It is not of us that anything is good.

I pray that you won't "feel" when you read the Word, or listen to teaching.

I pray that you will think for it is from our minds, that we speak, and what we speak reveals our hearts, and so many times we hear what people "feel" and what they "feel" is so many times erroneous, yet they "think" that it is "truth" and it is not, unless what they speak is found in the Word.

"God has my back" is not Scriptural.

God does indeed understand that we are mere human, and that is why Jesus died, and rose again, and gives us his Spirit, because if we remain in our "human" condition, we are lost, and we wander.

But being born again means we do not live any more according to the flesh, yet some will claim that, while being a Christian, they still have the sin nature, and sometimes they yield to that fleshly nature, even though, according to I Corinthians 10:13, God does not allow that to happen to his child.

To say, "God understands my fleshly nature," is an excuse to sin.

If you live according to the Word, then you live in truth, not in falsehoods and cliches.

If you live according to the Word, then you will repent of your sins.

If you live according to the Word, then you do not wander on the wide road on your way to life.

Life in Christ means one is hidden in him, and has his mind, and that person won't spew cliches.

How do you then live?

Are you free?

If so, then free from what?

"So if the Son sets you free, then you will be free indeed," (John 8:36).

Are you free, or still enslaved to sin?

Do you have a new Lord, and a new nature, or have you yet to be born new?

Once and for all time a soul repents.

Once and for all time a person agrees with God about the hate they have for him, and others.

Once and for all time a soul has eternal life and is free, or they have no new life at all.

For those in Christ, the old is gone, and the new has come (II Corinthians 5:17).









 

November 29, 2016

On asking God for trinkets

In John 16:22-24 we see a glorious unfolding.

The disciples were told by Jesus that soon, after he ascended into heaven, they would see him again.

He was telling them that life is indeed short. Don't be sad. Their lives on earth would soon end.

But don't let that fact cause any distress, Jesus told them, because they would be together again.

Upon seeing Jesus again, the disciples would rejoice, and no one would ever take that joy from them.

Jesus also told them to ask the Father for whatever they wanted, and in receiving it, their joy would be full. What do you suppose the disciples wanted from the Father? How do you think they prayed?

Many love to quote those verses from John 16, and attach getting trinkets to the promise found there.

"Do you want fullness of joy? Ask God for more! The world is your shopping center, and God will give it to you! Tell God what you want! Name it. Claim it. Stand your ground for more stuff!"

In any place in Scripture do we find that joy is found in the world, and what it offers?

Never.

"Whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you," (John 16:23).

No one can ask anything of the Father unless they first have an audience with him.

Communication with God, the Father, requires a perfect heart.

Knowing God, through faith in Jesus Christ, commands obedience to the words of Jesus first.

Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking.

But know this: the soul who knows God will ask nothing from him that is man-made.

Joy, complete happiness, does not, cannot, will not, occur in surroundings of silver or gold, or pretty and bigger houses, or expensive jewels, or for that matter anything one can see, or taste, or handle.

Fullness of joy is seeing Jesus (John 16:22).

Is that what you seek?

Is that your heart's desire?

Do you run after the Lord and the joy of knowing him, or more of the world and its treasures?

One will pass away, and be destroyed, and the other will bring one face to face with God.

One brings discontentment, and the other fills a soul with peace that passes understanding.

One is temporal, and the other eternal.

Which road are you walking?

Be still, and listen carefully.

Your heart's desires, and your prayers, will tell on you.


November 28, 2016

Who sings praises?

What is the proof of salvation?

Is it the singing of praise songs?

Who sings praise songs, or hymns, or words of adulation?

Mormons.

Catholics.

Cults of all sizes and shapes.

People, who know God, and people who think that they know him.

Simply singing praise songs proves nothing except that one can sustain a musical note.

It does not prove salvation, no matter how pretty the sound, or heart-felt the singing.

I had a friend at work, who was a member of a well-known cult, who sang praise songs every day at work, and all of us have heard the magnificent renditions of hymns sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, none of whom, if they believe anything proclaimed by Joseph Smith, will go to heaven.

True belief in Jesus for salvation is accompanied by a new nature.

That new nature, controlled entirely by the Holy Spirit, is obedient.

Don't be deceived.

Don't think that just because you sing praises, or keep praise music playing in your home, or car, then you are saved, because no verse in Scripture indicates that is the truth.

The truth is that those who love God will obey him (I John 5:3).

Not just when they feel like it. Not just when they have had enough sleep. Not when they have eaten.

Those with the new nature are always obedient to love.

They offer no excuses for why they have not loved, or do not love, because they are obedient to love.

They love God with all that is within them, and their neighbor as themselves.

They sing, but that is simply a by-product of an always grateful heart.

I have "Christian" friends who tell me that they need to be reminded to praise the Lord.

That is unimaginable upon knowing what grace does to the repentant.

That is unthinkable when one knows that, before grace, a heart is full of hate.

That is impossible to one who has been born completely new.

No one needs to remind the soul to sing who once was bound but now is free.

They sing. To their core, they sing. No reminders needed.


November 25, 2016

Because of grace

Have you ever sought for something with all your heart?

Have you ever gone after something, or someone, and you let nothing get in your way?

How determined have you been, in your life, when it comes to seeking God?

The only way that we find him is, according to God, when we seek him with all of our hearts.

When we let nothing stop us from knowing him.

When we let sleep, food, and all comforts, go by the wayside, and look to know him.

That is when we will find him.

It is with the whole heart you must seek God (Jeremiah 29:13, I Chronicles 22:19, Hebrews 11:6). 

It is not by thinking, "I think I'll walk the aisle," or "I think that I'll say a little prayer," or "I'll spend a little time with God today," or "I hope that he hears me cause I'm really busy with a lot of things."

NOPE.

God says that to know him takes a diligent search.

Have you ever thought that you lost a valuable piece of jewelry?

How hard did you search for it?

Maybe you looked for a bit, and then thought, "Oh well, I'll get another," or "Who cares, it's just stuff," or "I didn't like it all that much anyway," or "I can get another, and it will be better."

There is nothing better than knowing God.

There is nothing better than knowing that he hears you when you pray.

There is nothing that can compare to his peace, joy, and grace.

It is mercy that allows us to seek God, and in finding him, we become intimate with his grace.

Don't allow "things" to distract you from seeking God, and knowing him.

In knowing God, you will know grace. Grace washes your sin. It makes you whole.

Are you whole?

Is your soul perfect?

Do you know God?

What keeps you from searching for God?

Do you think that you know him already?

Beware. Many will say to Jesus at the judgment, "Lord, Lord," and he will say, "I never knew you."

One can pray to Jesus and NOT know God.

When we know God, then we know Jesus.

Jesus is the way to God. He leads you, not to worship him, but God. Not to pray to him, but to God.

May the mercy of God lead you to search for him, and know his grace that will make you whole.




November 24, 2016

Those little rituals

Must you read your Bible every morning to "feel" right with God, and the world?

If you miss it, then are you out of sorts?

If you "forget" to pray, then do you get a bit superstitious, as if God might not help you?

Jesus tells us that when we think that we must adhere religiously to this or that, and keep traditions, and rituals, then we have let go of God's commands, as we hold onto human traditions (Mark 7:8).

Those who have let go of God's commands, don't love, they keep rituals.

God command love.

Many so called Christian leaders will tell you to have those morning devotions, and that they are so important, and that they don't know how they would get through the day without them.

All the while, the redeemed have hidden God's word in their hearts, and they feast on it continuously.

They pray without ceasing.

Let the morning routine be busted, and ruined, and be gone.

Let the milk spill, the rain fall on the parade, and the biscuits burn.

The soul, who is anchored in the Rock of all Ages, will not faint, nor fall, nor profane God's name.

They stand.

No rituals needed, nor performed.

Paul suffered starvation, homelessness, and shipwreck, to name a few of his distractions from a morning routine, and yet in it all he was more than a conqueror through the power of the Lord.

No little set aside time to connect with God is needed for those who are attached to the Vine.

They are always in communication with the lover of their soul, who has set them free from the traditions of those in the world, who think that their devotions, and days set aside to honor God, and be thankful, indicates righteousness, all the while they look down their noses at those who don't do as they do, or think as they think, and they have no time for anyone in the ditch as they keep rituals.

Those who love God, love him always, or not at all.

They acknowledge him with every breath, or not at all.

They do not keep rituals, or set aside a time, and mark a calendar to remember to pray, or praise him.

They love him.

Those who love him, obey him, not sometimes, but at all times.

Have your rituals been crucified?

Do you, with all your heart, love God, and all others, or do you love to keep rituals?

November 23, 2016

A surpassing righteousness

Jesus said that unless the righteousness, that you believe you have,
exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not see heaven.
Matthew 5:20

That begs a few questions needless to say.

What is righteousness?

It is just or right conduct.

What did the "just" conduct of the scribes and Pharisees look like?

They carefully adhered to rules and regulations to be accepted by God.

They KNEW the rules and worked hard to do them all.

The Pharisees, while being very careful in their behavior, still crucified Jesus.

Do you know the Word and strive hard to do what the it says to do?

And do you still crucify Jesus?

Hebrews 6 speaks of those who do just that.

Those who still crucify Jesus have tasted (but not swallowed) of God's goodness, and then wander away, and taste, and sin, and back and forth they go, as they continue to enjoy praise songs, and good sermons, yet they still sin, for they have never truly repented, and they continue to crucify the Son of God (as if they could), in all of that "loving God" and continuing to sin type behavior.

That type of person might think that they are exhibiting behavior conducive of one who loves God, but Hebrews 6:6 says that those who live lives like that are a public disgrace.

Anyone who is a public disgrace does not honor, love, or know God.

They think, and say, that they do; but Scripture proves otherwise.

Believing that one can fall, and sin, and repent, and fall, and sin, and repent etc., is a false belief.

No repentance has occurred in one who continues to sin. 

Scribes and Pharisees, while working very carefully to do good on the outside, were still dirty inside.

And Jesus tells us that our goodness must be better than almost perfect, or we will not see heaven.

You can keep a perfect house, and give money to the poor, and brush your teeth three times a day, and eat clean, and exercise religiously, and go to church every Sunday, and pray before every meal, and DO and say godly things, and your heart can be far from God, which begs a few more questions.

What must we do to have more righteousness than the ones who were VERY careful to obey?

We must be born again.

We can't be almost perfect, like the scribes and Pharisees, we must be perfect.

We must be born new.

How does Jesus tell us to do that?

Repent. That agreement with God about sin happens once. Agree with God about hate.

Hate contradicts the two commands Jesus left us with that we must do to see heaven.

We must LOVE God with all our hearts, and our neighbor as ourselves.

The scribes and Pharisees loved to be good, but didn't love God nor anyone but themselves.

They loved being known for being good.

The redeemed know that their goodness is not of them, but all of God.

The good (righteousness) that they do is accomplished by the resurrection power of God.

It is by faith in what Jesus did, and belief in all he said to do, and it is constant.

Whey you truly believe, then you do as commanded by the one in whom you believe.

You cannot truly believe until you repent, and are made whole, perfect, by God.

That is what surpasses the scribes and Pharisees.

Constant goodness (righteousness) of God in a soul.

The scribes and Pharisees strove mightily to do as they ought.

The truly redeemed accomplish it through repentance, and the relinquishing, once and for all, of sin.

They are perfect.

They love God with all that is within them, and the neighbor too.

They are seated with Christ in the heavenly places NOW.

They have eternal life NOW.

They have a home in heaven NOW, and they long for it always because they have a NEW nature.

The old is gone, the new has come.

Do you have righteousness that exceeds the goodness of those who were VERY careful with the law?

Do you love?

Love is the surpassing righteousness.

Love lays down desires and serves always, not sometimes.

Jesus says you must have righteousness that does not fail.

Love does not fail.

We have that righteousness in repentance.

One cannot sin and always be righteous.

Many will say to me that perfection is impossible and I say that they evidently want to sin.

Why?

Because Jesus says that if one sins, it is for the love of it. (John 3:19).

That is difficult to believe...right?

When we believe, however, we obey.

Admit that you love sin. Admit that the dislike you have is hate. Agree with God about it.

That is repentance.

Sin always fills one with darkness, and it destroys, and it brings death.

Always.

That does not comport to eternal life.

And if you continue in sin, Hebrews 10:26 explains that you will not find a sacrifice for that behavior.

No sacrifice for sinful behavior means no Savior.

No Savior means no salvation.

No salvation means no heaven. 

The righteousness of God always brings a new nature to the soul who repents.

Someone with a new nature does not have angst in their heart toward anyone, and love God too.

They don't wander on and off the narrow road continuously through life.

Someone who repents is made new. They are not the same ever again. They are perfect in love.

They stay on the narrow road, and are more than conquerors through God who loves them.

That soul will see heaven.

Have you repented?

God gives a surpassing righteousness to the ones who seek him, and repent.

It is a gift. An eternal one. It starts with repentance.




November 22, 2016

Rest

Where was Paul headed when he had his face-to-face meeting with the Lord?

In what condition was Paul's heart at the time?

Who prayed for Paul, before he was Paul, and was still Saul, while he was being stoned to death?

Where is your husband's heart?

Where is he headed?

Who will pray for him even though being persecuted by him?

How is it that a soul, while being persecuted, can, and does find rest?

Does rest reside in a good book, a nice walk in the sunshine, or rain?

Does one find comfort for their soul in a beautiful sunrise, or in the fresh morning air?

Will a heart stop its fretting only in a praise song, or a restful night's sleep?

How about a "satisfactory" bank balance, or lovely home that would be the envy of many?

Only on the Rock of all Ages does a soul truly rest.

Let all the kingdoms threaten war, and all comforts be removed.

Allow a husband to wander, and be less than godly.

Sleep, or no sleep, rainbows, or none at all.

The soul who knows God is always under his shadow, resting, abiding, comforted, kind, and loyal.

Paul was headed to kill Christians when the Lord got his attention.

Stephen prayed for Saul, who became Paul, as he was being stoned to death (Acts 7:58).

What was his prayer?

"Do not hold this sin against them." (Acts 7:60)

What will you pray, and do you pray, when you experience an injustice?

The only ones who will see God are the ones who pray as Stephen prayed.

He prayed as Jesus taught us to pray.

"Forgive me the same way that I forgive others."

The soul, who is at constant rest, is the soul who prays accordingly.

Why?

They have been forgiven much, and they know it, and the grace by which they live, they extend.

It is comforting.

To allow God to be God in the life of another is rest.

No need to control, or manipulate, or hate.

Knowing God brings a knowing that he will do as he wills, and that is comforting indeed.

Knowing God brings a knowing that prayers are heard, and that is comforting indeed.

Knowing God brings new life, through repentance, and that is comforting indeed.

Rest?

It is only known in knowing God.

Do you know him?

If not, repent.

If so, then your soul is always peaceful, and nothing, and no one causes you to shake, rattle, or roll away from resting beside still waters, and basking in eternal peace, not because everyone thinks you are lovely, and the husband is attentive, and no one is persecuting you because you WILL be persecuted if you know God, but you rejoice because you are being persecuted, and because your life is now completely different, because you are a NEW person, with a NEW nature, and you now KNOW God, the king of all kings, the One in whom you rejoice, and the One, because of whom, you are now constantly free from sin.

Continuous freedom from sin is continuous rest. 

Worry is sin.

We are commanded not to worry, so therefore to worry is to disobey.

To worry is to say, "God, this is not right. You have brought this into my life, and it is wrong. You did it wrong. You don't know what you are doing. Let me tell you how to fix it. I know better than you."

You elevate yourself above God when you worry.

He commands that we have NO other gods above him, not even ourselves.

We love ourselves more than God when we think we know better how to do things, or how they should be.

When God holds a soul, that soul does not, will not, and cannot fret.

Do you want to know comfort, and rest, and a cessation of worry?

Repent of your sin, and be washed in grace, or choose to continue in sin, and eventually face eternal separation from God because understand this:

There remains no sacrifice for those who make the deliberate choice to keep on sinning (Heb. 10:26). 

One does not continue to sin after knowing God.

That soul, because the power of the resurrection is in them, rests from sin to sin no more (Phil. 3:10).





November 21, 2016

Are you your husband's helper?

A woman, who loves God, and his Word, understands her place in the home with her husband.

She knows, because she knows God, what it is to truly help her man.

She will do some things, the helpful things, and she won't do other things, or the unhelpful things.

How is it that she can always be a helper?

She has been crucified with Christ. She no longer lives. But she does. And the life she now lives?

It is accomplished through the resurrection power of God through Jesus Christ.

It is not of her doing, for she is not her own person any longer.

She no longer subscribes to the world's philosophies, or jargon, or wisdom.

She does not need to 'be her own woman,' or 'be all that she can be,' nor does she need to be heard, or acknowledged, or fulfilled, nor does she feel the need for her 'space,' or 'time,' nor does she try in any way to keep things 'fair,' as in those who keep score, as in "I cooked the meal, now you do the dishes."

"Helper" - someone who gives or provides what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need.

WOW.

Imagine having a husband, who does not believe, and then helping him come to know God.

"Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, 
so that even if some do not obey the word,
 they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 
when they see your respectful and pure conduct."
I Peter 3:1-2

How does a wife "help" a husband who does not seem to know God?

She lives a life of respectful, and pure behavior and doesn't say a word about any of it to her husband.

No wife can do that without fail 24/7 without being born new first, without repenting first, without knowing God, first, otherwise she will try, and fail, and try and fail, and life on the narrow road is not about trying.

"Do not let your adorning be external—
the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry,
or the clothing you wear—
but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart
with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which in God's sight is very precious."
I Peter 3:3-4

Did you catch all that? Did you read it slowly? What part jumped out at you?

When Jesus said that those who have been redeemed will not perish, that new life begins at repentance, and keeps on going forever, he was referring to a gentle and quiet spirit that Peter tells us does not perish in a woman who loves God, and therefore loves her husband. It is beautiful. It is very precious to God.

And to a husband. A gentle and quiet woman is precious. Precious - of great value, highly esteemed.

You can say that you love God, and if you are then unkind to your husband, and are not submissive, and quiet, and gentle, then you do not truly love him, and you are, according to I John 4:20, a liar.

Tough words aren't they? 

Don't adorn yourself with external.....don't be concerned with clothing....jewels.....don't think that a hairdo is pleasing to God and makes up for unkindness.....we are liars if we say we love God, yet do not submit....

Yes. The Word is a sword. A sword cuts. It cuts through the lies, and gets to the truth.

Are you a helper to your husband?

Because of you, does he have what he needs to accomplish his purpose on earth?

Do you provide that help with a gentle and quiet spirit?

That cannot be accomplished as you continue to be enslaved to your demand to be heard, and as you continue to think that your thoughts should be considered for your marriage to be healthy, and as you think that how you look, and dress, are in any way acceptable to God or make up for poor behavior to your man.

Think again, and read the Word, and know this: What you think, or feel, has nothing to do with Truth.

Unless what you think, or feel lines up with the Word, every last bit of it, then you are out of line.

You are walking the wide highway.

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and your soul, and the soul of your household is at stake.

In this life, it will be your way, or God's way, not both.

Is it true that in God you live, and move, and have your very being?

Or do you just like the way those words sound, and you say them, but you do not live them?

Jesus talked about lip-service, and about those who say that they love him, but have hearts far from him.

How will you know that you are controlled by the Holy Spirit?

The redeemed woman is a new person. She has a new nature. The old one (the sinful one) is gone.

She is a helper to her husband, and if she has no husband, then the world is her mission field.

Either way, she is in the service of the one who is her King, not sometimes, but always.

In this life, you will seek for your world to revolve around you, or you will know God

When you know God, you know your place, and that place is safe in his hands regardless of the status of your husband, your hairdo, your jewels, your clothing, your home, for all that you are is hidden in Him.

You are a living sacrifice always, or a carnal woman trying to be good, and failing at it at every turn.

You will soon die. This will all be over with in the near future. Repent, or perish in your sin.

You must be born again. 

Are you seeking the Lord? Or do you seek to have your desires fulfilled? Those who seek him, find him.

Seek to know God. Seek to know why you cannot be gentle and quiet. God gives understanding to those who look for truth. Truth is only found in his Word. Let it speak to you. Turn from this world. Repent.




November 18, 2016

Have you repented?

Name a sin that you do.

If you just named one, then you have not agreed with God concerning it.

To repent is to agree, in the truest sense of the word, with God exactly how he defines it.

When we agree with God that sin is sin, then we are able to stop it because a miracle occurs.

Born again status is occurs, and grace is known, and love is poured into that born new soul.

The new soul has a new nature, the old is gone, the new has come (II Corinthians 5:17).

Sin, all sin, is boiled down for us by Jesus to a heart that loves, or hates.

All sin is either committed because of hatred for someone or God.

The first four, of the ten commandments (Exodus 20), concern our relationship with God.

1- You shall have no other gods before me

2- Make no graven image and bow to it

3- Do not take the name of the Lord God in vain

4- Keep the Sabbath day holy

The next six have to do with our relationship with people

5- Honor your father and mother

6- You shall not murder

7- You shall not commit adultery

8- You shall not steal

9- You shall not bear false witness

10- You shall not covet

Jesus condensed all the law, including the ten commands, into two commands.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself.

When a soul loves God with all that is within them, then they will never have any 'god' as priority before God, and they won't bow to any man-made image, nor will that soul take his name in vain, and they will, even in their rest, honor God, and not fritter time, or be foolish.

When a soul loves others, they honor them, never wishing them dead, never wanting their spouse, never taking what is not theirs, never lying, or desiring to take from others if only they could and not get caught.

When a soul repents, that soul agrees with God concerning these issues.

Repentance is a one time thing.

We either agree with God about hate for him and others, or we continue to hate.

And we cannot hate anyone and say that we love God (I John 4:20).

So if you would say, "I love God," and yet you hold anyone in contempt, or hold a grudge, you lie.

That's what I John 4:20 says is true.

I will not tell a friend that I love her, and then try to take her husband from her, and lie about her to defame her, and go so far as to wish her dead so that I can easily have her husband, and her stuff.

I will not tell God that I love him, and then ever forget who he is, and what he is to me.

I will not know God as my Father and not be at rest always.

In all those things, would you agree with God concerning them?

Do you love him with all your heart, and everyone else too?

Never do you take his name in vain, or hold a grudge, or seek this world's goods?

Examine your heart.

Do you really agree with God concerning hate?

We hate God, and others, or we love him totally, as he commands, and everyone else too.

It really is one way or the other that we live.

Never both.

We agree with God, or we walk contrary to him.

We walk solely on the narrow road, or we are on the wide highway, being kind sometimes, and not always.

As I have come to understand, even Hitler had his kind moments.

So if you think that being unkind, and unloving at times is okay, and God is fine with that, then you are on par with Hitler. But if you are going to say that God is not fine with that, then what must you do to obey him?

Completely obey him, or else you are on equal ground with the most infamous man in the world.

We might like to think we are not as bad as what Hitler was.

Remember what Jesus says about hate?

What does he equate it to in a heart?

Murder.

Do you equate it?

Or do you like to think that you just don't "like" certain people.

We are commanded to love.

Again, if you think differently, then a "little" unkindness is just fine with you.

God won't hold that "little" bit of unkindness that you do on occasion against you.

Is that what you think?

Find that in the Bible.

I see what one "little" act of disobedience cost Eve.

Those who love God, obey him (I John 5:3).

They don't strive to obey him.

To strive is to try hard.

Do you have to try to do good?

If so, then is your righteousness of you?

If you strive, and then do it, then yes, it is of you, and God also tells us what our "goodness" is to him.

Filthy. (Isaiah 64:6)

God does not command, and then say try hard.

We either obey, through repentance, or we never achieve obedience as he commands.

If you still sin, then you are a worker of iniquity, or you expend energy on sin, and you will not see heaven until you repent, and are born new, not from a prayer you repeat after someone else, not because you walk an aisle, or are baptized, or feel like you are new. A new person does not have the same appetites. What they did prior to knowing God, they do not do any longer ever, for they are free, and free indeed.

Have you repented?

November 15, 2016

Generosity

Are you free from smallness of mind?

Are you free from worry about tomorrow?

Are you free from thinking about what you will eat, or what you will wear?

The one, whom the Lord has set free, is free indeed.

That woman is big-hearted, not just to those who give to her, for how easy is that?

Even evil people are able to give to those who give to them.

But the woman who has been born new is liberal in her giving, to the poor, and the beggar, and the husband, as well as to the one who is thankful, and the ones who are not, and all of that will not matter.

She's a giver.

Out of the abundance of what she is given, and has been given, she gives.

Will she be tempted to hoard?

Yes.

But she will overcome that and give, and not fear for her tomorrows to come, for she knows God.

She reaches her hand to the poor (Proverbs 31:20).

She stretches it out to make sure that they get what she is handing to them.

From the car window to the beggar, and to the "neighbor" in need, she gives, knowing the Lord will repay.

She will give sacrificially, with no thought of being repaid, for she gives to the poor who struggle.

Her heart is touched with their plight, and she is not deaf to their cries for help.

She is generous to the poor (Ephesians 4:28).

Are you?

Scripture tells us that those who have a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor (Proverbs 22:9), and the one who is gracious to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his good deed (Proverbs 19:17).

How is it possible to have eyes that see need, and then give bountifully?

How is one able to be gracious to those who have less in so many ways?

Only through being made new.

You can try to give, and be happy about it, and be generous, and you, at times, will succeed.

But to always give, and not hoard, and share of your abundance?

It is only possible in repentance of the sin of hating that neighbor, and that beggar, and God.

Until then, you will think, in the back of your mind, that it is not fair that you must share what is yours.

You will give grudgingly, and infrequently, and will rationalize your way out of giving if possible.

But the redeemed give so much that it is impossible to remember what has been given.

"But when you give to the needy, don't let your left hand know what your right hand does," (Matthew 6:3).

When you give, do you write it down, talk about it, keep track of it, or do you give, and keep on going, giving again, and again, and again? It will be one way or the other. Not both.

"Give and it shall be given to you. A good measure. Pressed down, and shaken together, and running over shall men give unto you. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (Luke 6:38)

Do you believe it?

If so, then you will do it. You will BE generous. Generosity will be your lifestyle.

Is it yours?

November 14, 2016

Terror

Formally, the word 'terror' means cause of intense fear or anxiety.

An undisciplined two-year-old can be a terror because of the anxiousness the little one brings to all.

A wife, who hates her husband, is a terror as well, at least to him. 

She will cause, in him, the desire to not be home, come home, and when he is home, then he is on perpetual edge wondering what will set her off, what she will demand next, or if she will even be civil to him. Will she be moody? Anxious? Needy? Caustic? Sad? Angry? Demanding? Sarcastic?

Or will she have her happy hat on and be content, and happy, and agreeable, at least for the moment?

I was once that woman, but even as that woman, I would have told you that I loved my husband.

I was a liar. He would have said that he doubted that I loved him. How can one love, and be disruptive?

I was disruptive, sometimes to the point that he would rather go hungry than to be in my presence.

But I would have said that I was just fine.

I was blind.

Then, when I repented, I was set free. I rejoice to see my husband come home. To feed him, care for him, and love him, truly love him, is now why I live, and breathe, and have my being.

Informally, the word 'terror' means a person or thing that is especially annoying or unpleasant.

In both the formal, and informal definitions of the word, I was that person, yet I thought that I was saved.

It doesn't happen that way. If you think that you are that person, wake up. Study your behavior.

Does it comport to I Corinthians 13?

I even could quote I Corinthians 13 from memory, but I could not do it.

Not until I repented.

Saying the words is EASY, and I walked on the wide highway, zigging, and zagging along the way.

Moody, and hating, and gossipy, and lobbing grenades all along the way, never really loving anyone.

Not really.

Love behaves ONE way always.

It is only accomplished upon repentance.

Repentance is a one time deal.

Turn from sin (hate) or continue in it.

But to say that you can turn from hate, and then back to it, and then away from it, etc., is to NOT agree with God about how poisonous it is, and it is to accept a lie that one can hate all along the way to perfection.

Nope.

Can't be done.

Do we lie, and steal, and commit adultery, and gossip, and be hateful as we walk with God?

If so, then why would any "Christian" be concerned about their "hidden" life being exposed in a hacking of any website where they go to fulfill their jollies? Why worry about someone finding out your sin, if you, and the rest of your "Christian" cohorts CAN sin? If you CAN sin, then you WILL sin. That is a fact.

What is in you, will come out of you  (Matthew 15:18).

Don't want to talk ugly, but you do? Don't want to be demanding, but you are?

Don't want to sin, but you do?

If sin is in you, watch for it, because it will pop out, and it will be done because you love it.

That is what Jesus said happens (John 3:19).

Are you a terror sometimes? Is it not very often— according to you? What would anyone else say who sees it, experiences it, and must live with it? Trust me. It is awful. Even once a year is too much.

The effect of terror, sin, on a home is devastating.

So why not stop it?

Do you know why?

"You must be born again." John 3:7

When someone is born the first time, then do they tell everyone about it?

They can't.

When someone is born the second time, the same thing is true.

They cannot articulate it very well at first because they do not know what happened to them.

They've been knocked from their high-horse of self-righteous behavior, and it is stunning.

The new birth happens to you. You don't "find" anything. You don't "do" anything to get the new birth.

The new birth is something that God does in you, and it is so miraculous, that it leaves one speechless.

Look at the life of the apostle Paul.

How long did it take for him to find the words needed to begin his ministry?

Do you know the Word?  Do you love it? Is it sweet to you?

Have you been born completely new?

Is the frightful violence in you gone?

Or do you love God with all your heart?

It's one way, or the other.

The narrow road, or the wide highway.

Terror, or love.