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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

92. Sorrow Comes From a Depraved Community

This post is a personal response to the Amanda Blackburn murder and the murder of her unborn child a few days ago...we live in an ideological age where permissiveness is granted to whoever to do whatever their flesh decides. The more free time a person has in this age, the more extreme their permissiveness desires. There is no end to the depravity of a man or woman who has nothing but free time and the freedom to do as he or she pleases. This is but one of the consequences of empowered ignorance where groups of peoples are hyped into doing whatever their heart desires. 
No leadership in the home does not equate to no leadership in the community, but it does equate to a dumbing down of whoever the leaders and the followers might become in the community. Every community needs worthy, wise and active leaders who possess something other than depraved selfishness. The "I want my way" philosophy in a depraved community doesn't care what other people do to hurt or destroy other people. All absolute depravity leads ultimately to death and yet can be cured by the active influence of the Holy Spirit. 
Death would not be necessary to the depraved if Jesus was the absolute answer to the leaders in the home, the community and abroad. Our way of life goes as our leaders lead us for our current leaders have shown and are showing their depraved selfishness by their own personal fruit and the way of the nation, the community and the home is left unguarded to the most depraved of individuals in our midst.
Our leaders have left us unguarded, whether they be in the corporate palace or the pulpit, the White House or the house down the street. Most, if not all, have gone their own way and have collected more than a few dollars for their time.
God, have mercy on us all, for we have gone astray and need You today.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

91. On Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ

John 3:27, John answered him and said, "A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven." (NASB)
Much transpires in the third chapter of John. It begins with a Pharisee named Nicodemus coming secretly at night to Jesus and he gets a spiritual lesson...one that he has never heard. The lesson begins with Jesus talking about being born again and unless a person is born again, that is, born of the Spirit, he will not see the Kingdom of God.
A conversation ensues and after many questions, the why of all matters is spoken by Jesus in telling Nicodemus that the reason for Him being there, Him being the Son of God, was that God loves the world and desires to save who would be saved.
The last half of the chapter talks about John, the Baptist, whose disciples are confronting him about this Jesus, who happens to be baptizing people. John's disciples seem to be either confused or jealous about this Jesus, so, in their curiosity, they bring the idea of Jesus to John, the baptizer's, attention. It is at this point that John says this opening statement above, verse 27, "John answered and said, 'A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.'"
This is the same John who subsequently said in the same chapter, "For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on Him.'" (John 3:34-36, NASB)
In this one chapter of John, the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is presented, that is, before the atonement; for without the atonement, the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ for the sin of the world, you have no Gospel. The what in verse 3, you must be born again; the how, verses 5-15, by and of the Holy Spirit of God; the why, which is twofold, first because God loves the world that He created. Secondly, darkness wars against the light and the deeds of men reveal whether they be of the dark or of the light. And, lastly, in verses 31-36, the decision that must be made by men, that being, believing and obeying. Yes, our Lord expects us to obey Him. Him, not men.
There is no such thing as the Gospel of Jesus Christ being summed up in one word. That idea is from deception. The Lord God had men to write all that they wrote in order to not leave anything out of His Gospel plan so that people would not be deceived by His own Word, or the lack thereof, and end up into an eternal hell.
So, what of it, what have men and women done over time to sum up the Lord's own words and make it fit their own particular philosophy of the quickest and easiest way to heaven and get an offering plate into people's hands?
Some say, "All you have to do is believe!" And, they leave the entire Gospel to that.
Still others say, "All you have to do is love!" And, in like manner, they leave the entire Gospel to that.
And others, who have the propensity to abide in the grace dispensation, say, "God's grace is sufficient, receive His grace and go in peace."
And the others who say, "God is love", to make it the all encompassing piece de resistance, leave out Jesus Christ! To those whose mantra this be, who is God? The Lord, allah, Buddha? Who is God? What is love? What type of love are you referring to?
All of these beliefs are that, beliefs. Alone, they touch on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but they do not present the Gospel itself. As I have listened to these mantras over my last 58 years, each time I have heard a one word belief system being presented, or, a one verse belief system, they always leave out the rest of the Gospel, especially the beginning point, and that, being born again. It's like licking the frosting off of the cake without ever touching the whole meal. A person who would eat in such a manner would surely become diabetic, ruin their kidneys, as well as, their other internal organs, live in pain and die.
What we are left with, then, from these one word Gospel toting philosophies, is a bunch of sick people chewing on one word and relying on it for their entire salvation.
In Matthew 18, Jesus talks about stumbling blocks and how stumbling blocks, in this case, the possibility of false teaching, cause His little ones to stumble. For a person to cause a little one to stumble is a catastrophic thing in the Kingdom and Jesus states His case without apology, that, "...whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea." (V. 6)
This leads us back to the original statements, spoken by John, that "...a man can receive nothing unless it be given him from heaven." It would seem then, that, if a Pope, a Bishop, a Pastor, a Minister, a Parent, a Teacher or a whatever, if that person causes His little ones to stumble by their erroneous teaching or by their hellacious treatment of His little ones, that what has been given to them from heaven is not a hearty "thank you and a job well done, welcome into my Kingdom," but a sizing of the neck for their rope that is tied to a millstone.
Christ Jesus has admonished all of us who preach His Gospel to preach His Gospel, not our own. Otherwise, we will receive what we were chose to receive and our words and actions will be the testimony to our eternity.
If you're going to preach or witness, preach the whole counsel of God, not some watered-down vain philosophy of men that portrays more of the itching to get a dollar in your back pocket and a fuzzy feeling in your heart, more than you are to see lost people made whole.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

90. What's Love or Hate Got to Do With It?

If I choose to allow someone, or another family, to live in my house, they would have to abide by the rules of my house. They would need to believe what I believe as I believe it. Otherwise, they would need to find another place to live. No apology is needed from me for stating this obvious social more'. I would presume that to be the case in every normal household across the globe. 

Agreement is required, as it states in Amos 3:3, "Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?" (NIV) "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" (KJV). For all of you so called Christian leaders who are professing your great and perfect love for humanity and act like you got it going on with your form of perfect love, while telling the communities that we, as Americans, should welcome all refugees no matter who they might be, or represent, into these United States...then, I have a suggestion for you before you go any further. Allow another person of a completely different race and religion to live in YOUR home first. THEN, profess your great and perfect proven love for all of mankind, including some of those uncivilized, murdering terrorists, known as "refugees". 

These statements are not hate filled, but are made from very simple common sense...which is a thing that seems to evade the majority of political and religious leaders I know. No maturing adult allows the devil into their home thinking, "Well, he just needs somewhere to lay his little head." Why should any maturing adult do the same for their next door neighbor, either next door, or in the next state? 

Stop all of the hypocrisy, even the Lord had the Philistines and the religious nut-heads killed.

89. Be Rightly Devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ

Do you ever get into your daily devotion time with the Lord and as you are reading and hardly praying, the things you are reading bring another person to mind and you wish with all your hard heart that "they" would see what you see and change their pitiful lives so that "you" could be happier with them as a friend, co-worker or spouse?

Your devotion becomes a thought process of thinking about how other people are rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to speak directly to you about you. 

The Holy Spirit sits about with a raised brow and says, "There he/she goes again, chasing thoughts that I did not place within him..."  And, one by one the distracting thoughts take the place of the Holy Spirit's voice.

Are we more in tune with our personal devotion rather than the Lord Himself Who deserves our absolute devotion? 

Think about it before you enter into His Presence...