February 15, 2017

Thinking minds want to know

Have you ever sung the following words at church:

I was sinking deep in sin,
Far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within,
Sinking to rise no more.
But the Master of the sea
Heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me.
Now safe am I.
Love lifted me!
(and so on...)
Did you notice from where the author says that he was lifted?
How about this one:
He breaks the pow’r of canceled sin,
He sets the pris’ner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.
Has the power of forgiven sin been broken in you? Are you free? Have you been made clean?
And one more: 
Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood
Would you o'er evil a victory win?
There's wonderful power in the blood.
When you sing about being free, and lifted, and having victory over sin, what does that look like?
Could you give a practical explanation to anyone who asked?
Would you say that yes, there is freedom, and victory over sin IF a person does something?
If so, then what is that something that must be done?
And whatever it is that you would name, must it be done constantly in order to be free or for only 5 minutes in the morning, and if so, what if a few mornings are missed, or maybe even a year or two is skipped, and what happens if whatever it is to be done is simply forgotten? What happens then?
Where/how/when does one pick up and go again?
What if they don't ever get around to picking up and going again before they draw their last breath?
Do they still go to heaven?
If so, then why bother to ever pick up and go again?
What would be the point?
What have they missed?
If nothing, then would you say that the person, who never picked up to go again, drifted back into the miry clay, and got deep in sin again, and if so, then who cares? If they go to heaven anyway, then there is no skin off their back, right? They are home-free, right? They have a golden ticket, right?
I would never ever tell anyone to live by the words of any hymn or chorus.
Jesus has told us how we must live.
It is according to his words, and not a few we pick and choose, but every one of them (Matthew 4:4).
What are all those words that he has said to us all?
Whatever they are, do you know them, and do you live by them— all?

How would you tell the seeker to live by all of them?
Are you a thinking mind, and do the words of the Lord mean anything to you at all?
Do you apply your feelings to them, and if you feel like doing them, do you do them? If so, how? By what power? Does that power come and go? How is it you access strength when you want to do that?

Do you give orders to someone, or says special words, or act like you mean it in order to get power?

You will be held accountable, not for what you have put into your body, but for what has come out of it, therefore, what do you speak? God's words? Or are you more concerned about clean eating, and drinking, and what the latest guru says about all that, or do you spend time thinking on his Word?
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)

When someone is filled with righteousness, do they still sin?
What are you filled with right now?
Does it affect what you say, and do?
Does it sound just like the world, and what is it that you do?

What do you offer your world that sounds of freedom, and victory, and eternal life?

Thinking minds want to know.

What would you tell them?

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