The Structure of True Religion

I have heard many who confess to follow Christ say that they are not in a religion but a relationship. In fact, I have said this in the past myself. However, as I have grown wiser and more knowledgeable through my relationship with GOD, I have come to a better understanding of the relationship between the two. Many of the negative ideas I originally held regarding the Christian religion came from its misappropriation by those being intentionally deceitful and those ignorantly following the blind which were leading them. Our heavenly Father never intended for Christian religion to operate separate from a relationship with Him. The influence of Satan, the great deceiver, is very evident in the many counterfeits being circulated today. Another example is the US has been accepted by many as a democracy however it falls short of the tenants of a pure democracy because many of the people born in the US have not been allowed to vote, and the electoral college dilutes the power of the vote represented by actual people. Tax paying people with black and brown skin, born in the US, are referred to as citizens however they have been historically denied the basic citizen right of equal protection under the law. So, this demographic has not actually been recognized as full citizens. Again, it is much like the many people condemning socialism and communism though we have never had a country on earth to operate in the pure ideals of them as expounded on by Marx and Engels. The names were misappropriated by countries like Russia and China though these countries have never employed all the key components.

These are just a few other current day examples of how people have been deceived and excepted counterfeits. Until you foster a love for truth which drives you to seek GOD’s face and study His word, Satan will continue to exploit your natural love for comfort and pleasure. The truth is disruptive to the false. Truth tears down the false to make way for a true and eternal foundation and structure to be built.

Religion is defined by Merriam Webster as a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices; a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith. We can take from this definition, in relation to Christianity, that Christian religion would be a system of attitudes, beliefs, and practices held with ardor and faith. So, by definition, there is no separation between the practices required in a religion and the relationship by faith which empowers them. The problem again is that we have seen Christianity misrepresented, resulting in misunderstandings, confusion, and denunciation.  As I mentioned earlier, the Father never intended for any actions to take place outside of a relationship with Him. When you read Christ reproving the pharisees and Sadducees, you see Him addressing religion without relationship.

“But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.” (Luke 11:42 KJV)

Christ is saying true religion is doing both. Look at this parable taught by Christ.

10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:10-14 KJV)

Again, both are required by Christ the King. This guest was clearly called a friend, however He failed to comply with the prescribed system or practice of preparation. We are also taught by the apostles James and Paul that it takes both to be complete. James says faith without works is dead, and a man isn’t justified by works alone or faith alone (see James chapter 2). Paul says without love, the essence of the relationship, he is nothing and none of his religious acts mean anything (See 1 Corinthians chapter 13).

At issue in the separation of faith and works is the practice of sacrifice on both sides. On the side of works oriented devotion, there is the sacrifice of effort and busyness being offered for justification and validation. On the side of faith only oriented devotion, there is the sacrificial love of GOD being used as justification without the reciprocal sacrificial love unto the laying down of personal will in obedience.

GOD is clear, He desires obedience over sacrifice. Christ did not give himself to become a common sacrifice for sins, like the old testament practice of yearly sacrificing bulls, rams, and doves. He gave Himself once to fulfill the requirements of the old testament law forever, which was ruled under the law of sin and death. He has now ushered in a new covenant which is ruled by the law of life and spirit. The resurrection life we inherit from Christ is the life of a dear and obedient son of GOD.

You man of faith, are you going before GOD reminding Him of the sins He has already remitted because you are not exercising true overcoming faith; the faith which David used to defeat Goliath, the faith Joshua used to take the promised land. Doesn’t your faith tell you that the very life of Christ is in you to do His works; to live righteously, to fill the hungry, to free the oppressed, to counsel the fatherless, to give shelter to the homeless, to please the Father. When did you go beyond yourself to demonstrate that you trusted Him? Just something to consider.

You who are busy in works, have you ever just sat with someone broken and not tried to fix them? Just sat with them and listened and only gave a solution if they asked for one, or do you feel pressed to say something or do something? Have you ever just sat and cried tears of joy because you knew in that moment, GOD’s love was perfect for you and you felt His arms around you? Have you ever sacrificed for someone and told nobody, but just praised GOD for allowing yourself to be used?

These are the manifestations of confidence in GOD’s love for you and belief in His promises. These examples are glimpses at the works of faith, the fruit of true religion.

Shining Light On “Matter”

If a sheet of paper is sold but is never printed upon to be seen or read, how much did it really matter. If that paper is used to relay a message of hate or death, did it ever become something of value. I know these are somewhat relative questions, but I want you to ponder the message of your life. Your life is like a blank sheet of paper produced to deliver a message to all who encounter you. What is the message you were created to deliver? What is the impact of the message you display and how well do you know the author? The late Dr. Myles Munroe once said, “Where purpose is unknown, abuse is inevitable.” If you haven’t pondered the questions above regarding your life, then by definition you have not made your life “matter.” Matter is defined as the subject under consideration. There are many others with considerations for your life, but what is most important is the message the Creator has given you to share. Purpose can only be discovered in the mind of the Creator because He holds the reason why you matter. Matter is also defined as the substance a physical thing is composed of, however without the first definition I gave, the second one really doesn’t matter. As sign can be composed of wood, metal, or plastic, but what really makes it matter is the message it signifies like, Stop, Entrance, Exit, or Dead End.

Before you dismiss your existence as a mere accident, irrelevant, or without purpose, consider these facts. For you to be reading this the following occurrences had to take place precisely. You had to be selected from 6,000,000 eggs to make a group of 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 by 40 weeks; From that 1,000,000 or 2,000,000 you had to be selected from a group of around 300,000 within the next 12 or so years; then of that 300,000 or so you had to avoid being apart of the 1,000 eggs eliminated every month for the next 144 months (if your mother gave birth to you around the age of 24). Each month, while trying to avoid elimination, of the remaining hundreds of thousands of eggs, only 1 egg will be selected for a chance to be fertilized. When you were chosen to be that egg, there still had to be coordination between two people who had undergone the same selection process, and they had to meet at the right moment in all of time, and at the right place in all of space and then come together during an opportune moment which lasted about 10 to 24 hours. Why that egg, union, and earth day was chosen for you is revealed through a relationship between you and your Heavenly Father, the Creator. The key words in all that I have shared are “chosen” and “selected.” These words infer purpose because the coordination of your life took a mastermind, not chance.   

For something to have matter, it is only because it first mattered. Purpose proceeds creation. Love is what nurtures and reveals that purpose. GOD is love. Fulfill your purpose by seeking GOD through studying and applying the principles of love which are revealed through holy scripture and creation.  

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV)

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse… (Romans 1:19-20 KJV)

Our lives matter more than we or others tend to know. By walking in the discipline of Love, we ensure the time we have is leveraged for the best outcomes.

Owning Your New Day

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You cannot change by holding on to the past in a way that doesn’t promote newness. The Creator has given us the process of time to accept what already is. Though we live in time, there are universal laws that are eternal and exist outside of time. I am referring to the truth of GOD and the life sustaining order He has established. YESHUA proclaims, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV) The preponderance of truth teaches us that the knowledge of the Father is eternal life. My point, there is truth that spans beyond time and creation as we know it. When we choose to believe the report or testimony of Christ regarding eternal truth, the influence of that belief causes us to experience new life. I say new life because He is new to us though He has been around eternally.

So, what on earth does that have to do with your new day. You have been given the power of belief. What YOU choose to believe has a direct influence on the life YOU live. I emphasized “you” because unfortunately many people empower outside influences to dictate the life they live. I am not talking about actual oppression here; I am talking about blame. When you blame others for the quality of your life instead of analyzing what you have chosen to believe and how your belief has influenced your life, you break your ability to usher in new days by making them subject to others. When unfortunate things happen, own what is yours and release what you have no power over. Trust GOD with things you cannot control but pray for the virtue and integrity to change your beliefs if it is reasonable that they were the primary cause.

We cannot and shouldn’t try to change people around us. If that sounds anti-evangelical to you, it is because you don’t understand how redemption works. Just because you change someone’s behavior doesn’t mean their heart has changed. Laws conform people’s behavior, but they don’t change people’s heart. The redemption of Christ involves changing people’s heart, the core of who they are, only the power of GOD can do that as each individual submits to Him of their own free will. Our obligation or duty, as a mandate of love, is to express the truth of GOD in word and in deed.

When we are able to accept that our belief is the power used by GOD to usher in our newness every day, we have to stop blaming others for the ruts we are stuck in. We must stop blaming others for our lack of joy, our lack of peace, our lack of growth, our lack of newness every day. GOD Himself has made the knowledge of Life and eternal truth available to us but it is our decision or not to learn of Him and heed the wisdom of His Life-giving WORD. While it is true that there is a great many things around us which needs to change, how you hold this present reality is based upon your belief, and that belief of yours will be reflected in the present state of your soul. Is your soul at peace? Is your soul at rest? Is your soul filled with joy? Is your soul depressed? Is your soul bitter? Is your soul anxious? You have to take the time to be introspective and examine yourself because therein lies the mechanism to change YOU and the quality of your life. How can you influence change in the world if you have not taken the time to understand how the world has influenced your belief, and the condition of your own soul? We must look inward to clear the path for a new outlook. This is why YESHUA emphasizes forgiveness. You have to give yourself and others space for new life ahead of the change unseen. You will never see the new growth in a person when it buds if you confine them to who they were yesterday. I’m not saying you shouldn’t distance yourself safely away from hurtful people, but you should pray for them and believe in GOD’s ability to change them just as He has changed you. That belief sustains positive hope and keeps the ground fertile for budding new life.

“Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” (Psalm 37:4 KJV) This is just one verse from Psalm 37 affirming that receiving the desires of your heart is between you and the Lord. If you believe obtaining the desires of your heart has anything to do with you and anyone else, that belief could be the cause of a lot of anguish in your life. That is just one example of how your belief determines the forecast of your day. You will have good conditions or bad conditions based on your belief. Psalms 37 is packed with truths to keep your life new and fresh. Stoke your belief with the truths of GOD’s word and your days will begin with newness and joyful expectation.

Obtaining 2020 Vision

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Vision is often interpreted in reference to seeing the future. Vision has such broad application. It could be a picture of something in its entirety, or just a picture of the most relevant part of something. I think these two examples make up the focus of the vision we must live by each day. The greater vision is of our Heavenly Father on the throne, carrying out His will for our good and His glory. This overarching vision gives us the assurance we need to have peace, joy, hope, and confidence in the tomorrows we cannot see. A clear vision of what is most relevant in our lives is the focus on the current moment. YESHUA taught that we are not to take thought of tomorrow because we have the greater vision giving us liberty to focus on just today.

The Lord is giving us 2020 vision by showing us how to use our eyes. People often strain their eyes by trying to see things they were never meant to see. You cannot see around a curve. The earth is round and tomorrow unfolds as light comes to us from around the curve. YAHWEH illuminates the day at hand. As I hear people profess today that we are in uncertain times, I contrast that to all the proclamations of Vision that I heard toward the end of 2019 and at the start of the year. It is clear to see the disconnect between what was expected and what the Lord is doing. GOD is truly fulfilling what was in the heart of so many regarding better vision, but just not in the way many expected. He has slowed things down to help us stop and focus on now. Much of our stumbling comes from looking too far ahead versus focusing on where we are currently and our very next step. The most powerful influence you have on your future is the seed you sow today. GOD has given you faith, strength, and a measure of grace sufficient for living victoriously today. If you will just be mindful of the direction He is given you for your steps today, you will find the measure of joy and peace for today exceeding abundant. You will also find there is plenty of light today to see what GOD is doing in your life right now. This is the vision we need for 2020 and beyond.

 

Uncertain People Experience Uncertain Times

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My hope and my confidence for now and the future are in Christ the Lord. To many intellectuals, this may seem foolish, however it is the very reason I do not live in uncertain times. It is written, “The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” (Psalms 19:9) It is the convictions of the many who now live, and not the current times which are uncertain. Have you been fully persuaded of the testimony of Christ? Are you certain that living according to His word is the path of life? It is time to decide what you will be; either a vessel of light ruled by truth and love unto GOD, or a vessel of darkness ruled by selfishness and fear after the devil. Your belief will determine your state of mind and your actions. It’s time to be either hot or cold. It’s time to be certain. It’s time to decide.

Meditate in Psalms 91

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+91&version=NKJV

 

The Real Choice Before Us

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Awake! We are not called to save this world. We are called to save people out of this demonic world system. This world system is not redeemable because the Lord didn’t build it. We seek a kingdom which is to come. The only thing that can change this world is a revolution of values. That is only accomplished by renewing minds and changing hearts. You need the power of GOD to do that. He has already sent a Savior for this world. There is no other answer; not marching, not physical war, not electing a better president. The answer is the Body of Christ taking up the cross and preaching the sincere unadulterated word of GOD. Don’t say we’ve tried that because the majority of what I hear from pulpits and confessing Christians doesn’t line up with the gospel that YESHUA preached.

I have seldom heard a gospel preached which shifts the affections of the hearers to the kingdom of Christ and away from this world. Most people today come to Christ seeking to save the life they have, not looking for a new life altogether. Ministers tell people, just say this confession and it will all be better. YESHUA said, go sell everything you own and then come and follow me. The gospel of Christ demands that you let the things of this world go. It may be riches, it may be unforgiveness, a desire to be successful in the eyes of your family and peers, a criminal lifestyle, ungodly sexual practices, alcohol and other drugs used as a way of coping; we have to give it all to Him.

The Creator will not build on a foundation He has not laid Himself. Contrary to the misguided belief of many Americans, GOD did not build the foundation of America. The founding fathers of this country were not inspired by the teachings of Christ, or His New Covenant. Granted they may have been inspired by the bible, as in the Pharaoh, building a kingdom through slave labor and hard bondage. It seems they may have adopted social control methodology from Caesar and Rome, imprisoning and brutally killing dissidents. How could those fighting to be freed from oppressive rule, turn around and institute a government with built in marginalization and oppression? The heart of Christ is salvation to all people regardless of ethnic origin. When has that been modeled through the United States Government. Before you answer, do your research. It is clear when the founders wrote “All men are created equal” it was understood in that day that only white males qualified as the referenced “men”; not women or any people of color. Just study history. This is the true heritage of this country, and until people accept this reality, they will not be able to see clearly enough to forge meaningful change, nor shift their allegiance to Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom. Which by the way, is unstoppable and inevitable.

I have been some what hesitant to produce videos and now I know why. It is because people need to read. They need to learn the power of words, and the discipline of dedicating time to the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. Truth is to be chewed thoroughly to the smallest of pieces and fully tasted in order for it to be consumed and digested properly. Listening to the bible while you are driving or doing other things is OK, but studying the Word with a concordance and a dictionary is truly enlightening.

The separation of church and state has been twisted to imply the Word of GOD shouldn’t be injected into conversations about problem resolution around tables that outside of churches. As believers, we are not confined or limited by this belief. We are called to inject the Word of GOD on what ever platform we have been given. This is what is needed to break the powers of darkness that is blinding so many. The light of the Gospel of Christ must break forth unrestrained. There is no other solution to man’s problems other than that which GOD has given through the life of His Son, Yeshua Hamashiach! If you disagree with this, then you are part of the problem.

Matthew 12:30 “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” (NKJV)

Luke 11:23 “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” (NKJV)

These two disciples of Christ are testifying that they heard YESHUA say what I have quoted above. It’s time to gather with Christ. Will you surrender your life to Christ and His Kingdom, or will you continue living in deception and cleaving to this crumbling world system?

This can be considered part 2 of a post from November of 2016

https://theinscribedheart.com/2016/11/13/crossing-over-to-spiritual-unity-is-the-only-hope/

 

What are you injecting into your life?

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I understand the logic of medical vaccines however the principle of it violates MY faith. I am emphasizing “my”, because faith is a very personal thing, and I don’t want anyone thinking I am trying to take shots at them (hehehe). I am neither suggesting that taking medicine is evidence of a lack of faith, even the Savior says if you are sick you should probably see a physician.

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mark 2:17 KJV)

I will say that some of the products put on the market today for medicine are criminal. Worldly vaccines come in many forms; a scientific cocktail injected into the bloodstream or any accepted belief suggesting something other than GOD can preserve your life. Every indication of diseases and plagues I have seen in the bible come as a result of sin. Due to my new covenant with GOD, through the blood of Yeshua the Christ, I am no longer afraid of curses related to sin. Since I have GOD’s promise regarding this, why would I then subject myself to a disease for protection against it. I want to repeat something here, “I have the promise of GOD”. This is not the promise of scientific evidence, which has a probability of failing, or the promise of man, whose life subsist on dependencies beyond his control. This is the promise of GOD, who has ALL power to bring about whatever He wills, and He is FAITHFUL and TRUE…amen!

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16)

This is the promise to every child born of faith in Yeshua the Christ.

The heart of man is so wounded, he is afraid to speak in positive absolutes. He will affirm his captivity to “negative absolutes” all day on the evidence that his life, and those around him, have been littered with negatives. Man has experienced so many failures, disappointments, and setbacks, he is reluctant to speak in positive, victorious absolutes. I am not suggesting that people should lie to themselves about things they would like to happen. I think people should believe and affirm the positive things that the Creator has said. However, for that to happen, you must first have knowledge of what He has said, and you must believe. I have spent a great deal of my life seeking the heart and mind of GOD through what He has spoken and through what He has made. YAHWEH and His love through Yeshua the Christ make up the realest element of my life. I have gone days without eating and drinking, but I have never LIVED a day without relying on His love to sustain me. Life is the presence of GOD inside your soul. I have faith that nothing can uproot GOD from my soul, so I will live eternally. The Life in me is impervious to disease, or any other type of physical deterioration. My decisions on life are all based around my relationship with GOD the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This must be an absolute to keep my life from being vulnerable. This is also why GOD has given us His promise, and living proof, in the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua Hamashiach.

 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:13-20 NKJV)

These are all professions of my faith which have come from injections of the Word of GOD and from revelation of the Spirit, as well as the written testimonies of GOD as recorded in Holy Scripture. Life will test our beliefs, it is the only way we come to see who we really are and who GOD really is. After living on this earth for over 50 years, I still hold all these things to be true. I do not know what the next moments or tomorrow holds, but I know who holds time itself, and I know He loves you and wants to secure your life in Him. Accept His love for you as an absolute and never doubt it, and you will find a stability and assurance in your life which gives true and lasting peace. From this foundation of peace, a rest will hold you which yields a power to live on the terms of Love instead of fear. This is the liberty which Yeshua the Christ gives to all who accepts His amazing love.

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36 NKJV)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Roman 8:1-2 KJV)

Knowing GOD Is Greater Than Any Unknown

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Once you have walked with GOD for a while, it becomes clear how the carnal mind and common sense can be a barrier to understanding the ways of GOD. To be clear, by common sense, I am referring to popular ideas regarding what is sensible. I am not speaking of good-sense. I have seen in religious circles, as well as the world abroad, where sheer non-sense becomes popular, therefore common, while it doesn’t make good sense at all. My point is that to commune with GOD, your mind must be renewed. You must let go of old ways of thinking to allow the mind to bend in new ways to receive the principles of GOD, which are often counter-intuitive

In my meditations over the last couple of days, I have been thinking about how we must trust GOD and be comfortable with unknowns. Those who walk with GOD must learn to live in certainty, while in the midst of the unknown. Our Father in Heaven promises us that all things will work out for our good if we will trust Him. We have to be comfortable not knowing the details of the “how”. This shouldn’t be that hard for us since our lives were conceived outside of our influence. We didn’t choose our parents, our ethnicity, our birth dates, our gender, or were we would touch down on earth. These unknowns were orchestrated by our Heavenly Father, also called “The Alpha and The Omega”, the beginning and the end. Our journey began with Him and our journey will conclude with Him. Even the part in the middle is filled with sign post which point to Him, because He is life. I love watching wild life, as well as the seasons coming and going. Without man, and all his thinking and calculating, these things have a sustainability and harmony by design of the Creator. They seam to only suffer disruption as a result of man acting beyond the reach of his understanding in an effort to take control of his life. A life plagued with disruptions.

In whatever unknowns you find your self in, be certain of the fact that your Father GOD loves you and has a plan for your life. Trust Him with the completion of the journey and just ask Him to help you with the next step, and then after you take that step, seek Him for the next, and so on. What you will find is that including GOD daily in the steps makes the journey more fulfilling than the destination. This method of advancing daily, while keeping your eyes on GOD, is filled with peace and joy. Whereas, obsessing over just getting through to the destination is wrought with stress and fear. Tough times are unpleasant, but they can be very rewarding if we will go through them with our eyes on GOD, getting to know Him better through the things He would have us learn through the steps of the journey. In the end we come to understand that the storms suit us. And like our Father, we learn to where dark clouds as a glorious garment. The unknown is just another blank page waiting to be filled in your book of exploits with GOD. Lean on Him, trust in Him, and walk with Him, through your unknowns.

Who’s Fool Are You?

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If you are going to walk with the Almighty GOD, be prepared to be ridiculed and thought of as a complete fool. When the foundation of my faith was being laid as a believer, my pastor at the time (Pastor Wayne C. Thompson) would often say of himself, “I am a fool for Jesus, whose fool are you?” Truly, following a GOD that can bring to past whatever He desires, can stretch the imagination. Consider some of the mental anguish faced by these followers of the Most High. Don’t put them on any pedestal. Just think of them as ordinary people:

Moses: He was told to go to the most powerful government of his day, and demand that they surrender their means of living, brandishing a piece of wood.  (Victorious!)

Noah’s family: Told to spend nearly a century building an Ark on dry land with no water in sight, for a great flood to come. (Floated to safety!)

The maiden and Elijah: During a famine, she was told to give the last of her provisions to the prophet Elijah, so he could eat. (Her store of provisions became inexhaustible! [She gained 10 lbs and opened a food truck. 🙂 ])

Joshua and Caleb: They were told they could only go to war after they had reduced their ranks to a fraction of their enemy’s. Defeat had to first look eminent. (They were undefeated when they followed GOD’s orders.)

Joseph preparing to marry: Your bride is going to be pregnant, but she hasn’t been with anyone. It’s GOD’s son. (He didn’t loose his mind or put her away)

Marry: Unimaginable!

I could go on, but I think the point has been made. Today we look foolish when we love our enemies and are kind to those who are nasty to us. When we give our hard earned money “Charitably”. When we abstain from sex, period or until we are married. When wives submit to their husbands. When husbands take sole responsibility for providing for their families. When you trust that GOD is your primary protection from the pestilence of the day, be it disease, crime, dui drivers, tornadoes, or whatever else that threatens. The just shall live by faith. That is literal. I don’t do anything without processing it through my faith in GOD.

To me, those who act on the basis of their own knowledge or understanding are far more daring than me or anyone else I mentioned above. I would not have dared get married without relying on GOD, thinking I could become one with another person, who is able to consider infinite ideas and have infinite opinions. Nor would I have dared have children, who would become one of those infinite idea people (right around 14 or 15), in hopes that they would honor and listen to me, so that I could guide them to sound maturity.

Believers, except the feelings of dissonance and realize you are in great company. Let us follow the example of Christ, who faced what appeared to others, as definite shame.  Hebrews 12:1-3;

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Our prayer, Psalm 119:30-33;

I have chosen the way of truth;
Your judgments I have laid before me.
I cling to Your testimonies;
O Lord, do not put me to shame!
I will run the course of Your commandments,
For You shall enlarge my heart. Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall keep it to the end.

Be encouraged, continue to glorify GOD, and find comfort and fellowship in the Holy Spirit, and in those of like precious faith.

(Picture “Walking on water” isac goulart 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding and Embracing Christ Our Passover

Passover

Four weeks from today, many churches around the world will be celebrating services related to the resurrection of Christ, the Savior.  The Savior is also referred to as the Lamb of GOD. If you don’t properly understand the name, Lamb of GOD, and why the Savior gave His life at the time of the Passover, you could fail to appropriate a huge blessing for your life.

The children of Israel had been in captivity in Egypt for four hundred years, and when it was time for their deliverance, the Lord intervened in a mighty way. He sent judgment upon the false gods of Egypt in the form of all manners of plagues, while Israel was still in her midst, however in keeping His promise and glorifying His name, He preserved the children of Israel, as Egypt was destroyed around them. The final death blow from GOD to break the powers of Egypt was a plague of death, to all the first born of man and beast of Egypt. To avoid this final judgment, GOD commanded an extra precaution be taken by the children of Israel. Their homes had to be marked with the blood of a lamb without blemish, in order for this final judgment to “Passover” them and not destroy them as well.

Just as the Lord promised, when the Destroyer smote Egypt, the blood of the lamb preserved the children of Israel. Now we are living in a time of judgment, and a much greater offering has been given than that of an animal sacrifice, even the body of the sinless and righteous Son of the Most High GOD. How much more confident should we be, those of us who have taken His blood upon ourselves, as the dwelling place for His holy presence. Even before the lamb’s blood was shed in the days of Israel’s deliverance, the children of Israel had already been spared from all the other plagues. The deliverance surrounding the lamb came as the power of their oppressor was totally broken over their lives. These events were a foreshadowing of the great deliverance to come.

The power of Satan was TOTALLY broken 2000 years ago, when Christ gave His life upon the cross. He shed His precious blood to give us exceeding confidence in the days of judgment, that we might have peace, and that our hope and strength fail not. GOD has called His redeemed to be witnesses unto the world for the provision He has given in the Lamb of GOD during such times as these. The power to stand comes from the Passover meal. All the children of Israel were commanded to eat the flesh of the lamb from which the blood would be taken to cover the post of their homes. Likewise, our strength comes from eating the flesh of Christ. The gospel of John teaches us that Christ was the Word of GOD made flesh, therefore when we consume His words, we are consuming Him. If you want strength to stand in these days, you have to fill your self with His words. Read your bibles, get into praise and worship, gather with people of like precious faith and exchange teachings and testimonies.

I am sharing this to encourage all those which trust in the blood of the Lamb of GOD to be confident in His power to preserve you. And for those of you that have never heard the Gospel of Christ, know that He gave His life on earth as a sacrifice for your deliverance from anything which would try to separate you from knowing His love for you, and the life of righteousness, peace, and joy He has prepared for you. Even now, where ever you are and in whatever circumstance you find yourself, if you call upon the Lamb of GOD, He can give you His life in exchange for your current life, that going forward you may have the blessing of His protection and covering. He has promised that they which call upon the name of the Lord will be delivered. He is called the Lamb of GOD, the Son of GOD, The Savior, Heavenly Father, Jesus the Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, just to name a few. Honestly, if you humble yourself and call earnestly from your heart in agreement with what I have shared hear from the testimony of His life, even with no words, He will hear you in the sincerity of your heart about wanting to know Him, and wanting to experience the life He desires so much for you. If you already know Him and recognize that you have been living in disobedience to what you know is right, turn from your disobedience and ask for forgiveness. Fear is a sign of broken fellowship, and you know in your heart if you are afraid of what tomorrow may bring. Ask your Father GOD to restore your faith through intimacy with Him. The bible teaches us the there is no fear in the assurance which the love of GOD gives. Intimacy comes from spending time in communication. Don’t let anyone or anything hinder your devotional time with GOD. I’ll list a few scriptures here to help build your faith through the knowledge of His love.

Peace, in the name of the Lamb of GOD.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm23&version=NKJV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+91&version=NKJV

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+10%3A12-13&version=NKJV

The whole book of the Gospel of John

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+1&version=NKJV