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The Message, greater than the Messenger.

5 Sep

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As human beings we at times have the tendency to base information off of a persons character, rather than the importance of that knowledge. For example, we are more prone to believe a Police Officer than maybe someone who is just passing us by on the street.

In some cases this can be true, but when it relates to the Word of God we should take heed with discernment. The Bible states that we are all corrupted and fall short of His glory Romans 3:23. This means even the most pristine man or woman is susceptible to corruption, in this we must discern ALL people in correct teachings.

We forget that the Lord uses the broken and fallen to bring Himself glory. 1 Corinthians 1:27, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”

Proof of this is found in the Apostle Paul who persecuted many Christians until the Lord made Himself known to him. Imagine the people of that time listening to God’s plan for redemption from him. Then imagine those who turned away from knowing Jesus based off of Paul’s past life. This is why we take heed to the Word, and base it off of truth of the Bible and not the person.

Trust in the Word and discern it, no matter who is speaking it. Remember many also dismissed Jesus at one time Matthew 13:55-56, “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?” Shalom

The Gray Area of Sin…

4 Jul

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John 1 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”

I have heard arguments, that sins not directly addressed in the Bible are actually permissible. For instance some aspects of sexual sin were not directly addressed by Christ, so it becomes ok. This framework of thinking has crept into the minds of Believers in a way to justify sinning.

While the Bible does not address all sin, it address what constitutes as sin. That being transgressing the Law. The Law of God from the Ten Commandments to the Levitical Law (Deuteronomy 18) outlined numerous sins which short stated anything short of perfection is sin. As being created by a perfect God we should in turn be perfect. While achieving perfection is impossible in the flesh, through Christ sacrifice for out sins we are able to live justly in the eyes of God (John 3:16).

Now while Jesus or the Bible did not address every sin, which would made the scriptures so encompassing it is laid out we are to live as Christ and die to the flesh (Philippians 1:21). As followers we must discern what being in Christ and Holiness pertains to. Are living to please ourselves or God who is holy? Are the thoughts and our actions in alignment with The Lord’d original plan for mankind?

If not we must reassess and bring our actions and thinking unto submission of our Holy God. I pray we all take heed and submit accordingly until the Word of God, Shalom…

There is no separation, from the love of God…

3 Feb

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Romans 8:38-39

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The Apostle Paul in his address to the Roman Church, expressed the unconditional love of God through Jesus Christ. This love stems from Christ perfect sacrifice on the Cross. Through our belief in Jesus, God sees us as his Children (John 1:12-13), operating in an imperfect world.

The love of God is as deep as the ocean. This love transcends our own sinful nature, and worldly spiritual wickedness that will try to hinder our walk with Him. The Cross of Christ has overcome the world, John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Jesus is letting Believers know, that even though He is not present in the flesh He will be with them. In times of depression, sorrow, and hardships He is there. The Cross has overcome all and the only thing left is to believe and have Faith in The Word of God, Romans 3:28.

The principalities spoken of in Romans 3:38-39 represents Satan and His Fallen Angels. The “god,” of this world is rendered powerless in the presence of Cross of Christ knowing that He is s already been defeated by it, Revelations 17:14.

I pray in our dark hours that we know that God is still sovereign, giving those who know Jesus the power to overcome. Using his love (The Cross), as our crutch.

Shalom…

Waiting On the Lord…

13 Oct

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Waiting upon The Lord…

“Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

In releasing our Faith by the spoken Word of prayer, the Lord always hears our cries. God is ever present in the affairs of His children and provides intercession based on the Blood of Christ. However, the Lord is outside our jurisdiction of time and answers when He knows it is at our best interest. The wait can produce doubt, but rest assure God always answers prayer.

Though God does not answer prayer at our convenience at times, the wait that patience produces amounts to strength and character. I believe once we ask God, spiritually the answer is released to us. It is up to us at time to receive His answer in the natural realm.

This time can be thought of as a reflection of the event. We can think about what caused it and what correction if any is needed in our personal lives. To prevent future mistakes and provide spiritual edification. Isaiah 40:31 provided insight into what a Believer can expect when the spiritual answer arrives from our Lord.

Renewed strength is the first. Persecution strengthens the will of man. Allowing us to become stronger and more determined to correct mistakes and be strive for righteousness. Renewed strength solidifies the belief of the righteous path of God.

Mounting up with wings as Eagles defines a rise from the ashes, strong and beautiful. This scripture uses running and not fainting as a way of saying we will have more endurance to finish the race. God is always looking for ways to build up his children into powerful men and women. He uses every opportunity good or bad to do so.

Our patience produced in waiting on Him is no different. Strength, character and endurance come to help us finish the race set forth by our Lord and Savior. Remember to stay faithful knowing that the Spiritual answer from our Lord will naturally manifest soon.

Shalom…

Which Christ Do You Believe?

5 May

image“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

Today the world paints many different pictures of our Messiah, Jesus. While the world acknowledges His existence, there are many debates as to who Jesus truly was. Though many ideas and teachings are true, the fact of Jesus as the Messiah is not debatable.

Some titles from other religions and groups categorize Jesus as only a Prophet, others a teacher or miracle worker. Though these are all good labels, a missing component of who Jesus truly is needs to be inserted for our salvation.

Let’s examine a few titles given to Jesus and relate them to scripture. Was our Lord a Prophet according to the Quran in Surah 2:136? Yes, Matthew 21:11 states, “So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

A Prophet is defined as a teacher or proclaimer to the will if God. To a extent we as Christians hold this title. In preaching the good news of The Lord to the world, we declare the good news of salvation.

The world says he was a good teacher. Yes, He was! The scripture states in John 3:2, “This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” By way of the Holy Spirit of God, we teach the scriptures to those who have ears to hear. Instructing those of the salvation found in the Cross.

Jesus Christ was all these things, but none compare to the fact of His deity. Their have been many great prophets and teachers but none have paid the price for our sins. The sin nature in man cannot be covered by good deeds or positive words. The wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23. But in Jesus that debt is paid by his perfect sacrifice on the Cross, Romans 3:25.

So which Christ do you believe? I believe Jesus is the Christ as stated in Mark 14:62, “Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Shalom

Are you ready to meet Him?

18 Dec

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1 Peter 1:16, “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

A personal question that we as Disciples of Christ should continually ask ourselves is, “Am I ready to meet the Father?” Sometimes in our walk with the Lord we have the tendency to put holiness on everything except our own lives. The sacred purification process no matter where you are in your walk with Christ whether amateur or veteran always rest on holiness. Biblical Holiness is defined as being set apart from the world, consecrated to the Word of God. Upon the Lord’s return He is looking for those without spot or wrinkle, stated in Ephesians 5:27, “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

Even though while we are in the flesh no perfection can be found, in accepting Jesus Christ we are offered grace and mercy for when we do fall short. Even though we cannot attain this perfection we must still strive for it unless the Cross of Christ is made to no effect in our lives, 1 Corinthians 1:17. Holiness is not acting as if we are perfect but relying on the perfect sacrifice of the Messiah and thus reflecting it in our own personal lives.

A few standards to live by are recorded in Romans 13:11-14, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” I pray that by walking in the light and striving for perfection in the presence of our sinful nature, the true glory of God will be revealed. In return making all who believe worthy to meet the divine Savior, Shalom…

Conducting ourselves as Disciples of Christ…

12 Aug

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Mark 1:17 (KJV) “ And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”

A Biblical Disciple is any man or woman who follows the teachings and beliefs of Jesus Christ. In today’s modern world Disciples are referred to as Christian’s. While I see no difference between the two, the term Disciple is the one originally used by Christ himself to define His follower’s, and gave power unto. As Disciple’s we are representatives of God’s heavenly government, giving guidance to the unsaved and being a representative of the divine power found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible gives 3 distinct characteristics of discipleship in the Bible, which is abiding in God’s Word (John 8:31-32), Bearing Fruit John 15:4-8, 16) loving one another John 13:34-35.

In doing the Word of God not only shines a light on the Gospel, but also keeps the believer free from the sin nature. If you continually do over and over the will of God it will in return become part of your nature and make up. The more that the Father can see in you of Him will create opportunities to pour out blessings in your life and the life of others. This faithful practice gives your will over to the Father to do as He needs in your life and that of others. Jesus called the Disciples from their different walks of life to become his” fisher men,” of souls (Mark 1: 16-17). Repetition in doing right, in return will produce the fruit of holy living.

Bearing fruit is another high calling of every Disciple. Bearing fruit can be found in teaching ministries or helping those in needs. The “fruit,” that you will bear is directly related to the reason why God called you in the first place. Every person has a caring heart towards an immoral or criminal act in society. This can be found in ministering to homeless children, civil rights or abused women. We all personally feel the need to change something wrong in this world and there is no greater force than the Holy Ghost to receive the power to do so.

Loving each brother and sister is a direct mandate from God. John 13: 34-35 (KJV), “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” This is directly related to saved brothers and sisters who fall back into sin and repent. We cannot fail in love because God never failed to love us, even in our worst sinful moments the love of Christ interceded on our behalf. God the Father had every right to destroy the Earth and begin again as in the Pre-Adamic age (Genesis 1:1-2), and in the days of Noah but did not. Hold onto that same love for our fellow Disciples and fast and pray for their same divine re-birth, Shalom…