Posts filed under ‘salvation’
We will run across Pharisees and other religious types as well as authentic Christians and non-Christians throughout our life. Chances are good that professing Christians will not receive a gentle rebuke humbly. They will reject it. Isn’t this what the Pharisees did routinely when Jesus pointed out the truth to them? The truth was always objectionable for them to hear.
For me, I’m taking stock of my life today and I have come to the unfortunate realization that yes, there are individuals that I simply feel no kinship toward. Okay, I’ll say it. I can’t stand them for one reason or another. That’s a bit embarrassing.
As we go through life, we need to be aware of the fact that while God wants us to avoid evil, the best way to do that is by actively meeting needs of people who have real needs! We cannot do this with an “I have to do this even though I don’t want to” attitude. It must be done because we truly care about people. We care that they are lost. We care that they have needs that they honestly cannot meet. We care enough to do something for them because their need is right in front of us!
I still marvel to hear Democrats who largely supported Obamacare, now complain that they are losing their health insurance. They cannot say they were not warned. They simply opted to not heed the messenger about the truth of Obamacare. They don’t understand it and they feel as though they’ve been cheated. I also find it interesting that “Not a single Republican voted in favor of Obamacare in either the House or the Senate.” Of course, let’s not forget that this was a time when Democrats controlled both the House and Senate.
But here is where the double standard and duplicity comes into play. Even though Jesus turned water into wine and on another occasion stated that “It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man,” (Matthew 15:11), people continue to focus on the things that, in the end, have no bearing on anything. They want things to look good externally. That’s all they care about. Meanwhile, the slander, the gossip – all of it – continues unabated.
Does Rick Warren not love Muslims enough to share with them the Good News that Jesus Christ came to live a perfect life in order that He would fulfill the law and give Himself up as a sin-offering for humanity? 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us that “He made [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
One of the highest offices in the Department of Homeland Security is occupied by a Muslim Brotherhood zealot, with an active twitter account. On this Twitter account Mohamed Elibiary trashes Christians and dares call America an “Islamic nation.”
I have learned that when I realize my mind has begun to wonder and is going into areas that don’t glorify Him or help me, then I simply start praising Him. Rather than try to think about something else specifically, I am helped when I simply make a sharp turn away from what I’m actively thinking and begin praising God. It seems much easier than trying to deliberately replace the thoughts that are pulling me down the wrong road with thoughts that are just as deliberate to pull me back toward the correct road.
I fully believe that praise is the greatest weapon the Christian has at their disposal. We need to use this weapon before we use anything else, or at least in conjunction with His Word. It lifts us out of our circumstances, spiritually.
For the average person, only those who “win” are seen as being victorious in Christ. Those who lose? Failures. They misheard God. They only thought they were directed by God but in reality, they missed the boat entirely.