From a Child’s-Eye

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A Spark of Truth

Children are wonderful gifts of God, who can teach us many principles if we allow them. This morning I would like us to begin to look at our lives from the eye of a child. What I mean by this is to live a life as if a child was always around us. I will be the first to admit, there are things I say and do, I do not want my child repeating, none of them inherently wrong but to repeat in public, may not be the best thing in the world. So my challenge for myself is to always be talking and doing things as if my daughter was around me 24/7. This can be very hard at times because I like to joke and say things to the “older” crowd to get a laugh. I am slowly but surely realizing my flaw in that way of thinking…

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Forgiveness is God’s Miracle!

I know what many say about miracles, what people call miracles today are not really that. I agree in most cases, I felt compelled to call forgiveness a miracle because it is God’s way of healing things that are so broken, it almost seems like a miracle is needed for them to be healed. For those who have felt the power of true forgiveness, even when one does not deserve it, miracle is the only word that comes to my mind.

So where do I begin, I have wronged so many in my past, I have been wronged so many times, I will not begin anywhere, but I will start from everywhere. Life is full of mistakes, that can shape who we are, either negatively or positively, it is up to each and every person to decide how they respond to life. I, did not start off they way I have ended up, I am still not where I want to be. Forgiveness is an art, it is a well developed, methodical decision that we must choose. Nobody can forgive for us, so we must do it. How? How can we be hurt so bad, made fun of for so long, and felt like an outcast in life, forgive those who have hurt us the worst? My journey began, when I was forgiven. You see I could go into all the times a person has hurt me over and over again but it would not compare to the damage I have done to others. Many people see me as a nice person, but not all were fooled by the mirage I had placed around my true intentions and actions. You see, I was a coward, I attacked from the shadows, I blamed others, I intentionally did things that nobody would ever know who did it; but it would make it all the worse when the damage was done. You see for me to truly forgive others, I needed to know what forgiveness felt like, the burden that is lifted, the fresh breath of air that forgiveness brings, it is almost magical. I needed God. You see, I did not need every single person who I had ever done something wrong to forgive me (even though I hope one day they will), I needed a forgiveness that was going to do so much more than just clear my conscience, I needed forgiveness that was going to shape the rest of my life. Only God’s forgiveness can do this, only the power of the blood of Jesus Christ could heal my wounds. I now have purpose, I now have a reason to no longer be that coward to hurt people, I now have the strength to help and show others the same forgiveness that was allotted me.

God taught me so many lessons through His forgiveness. He taught me, that most times, people really do not deserve forgiveness but it is not about deserving it, it is about compassion, grace, and mercy. For me to be the bigger man, to be a bridge between the hurt that people have caused and the healing that can be done.

Do you see why for me, forgiveness has been a miracle? The past no longer has control of my life, the bitterness and pain of life, no longer has a sting. I can live a life of pure devotion to God, because I now live a life that is not tied down by sorrow and pain.

Sometimes I forget this lesson, sometimes I revert back to my old ways of wanting to get even, instead of trying to mend a relationship. Today, I read an article by a dear brother in Christ, that has pierced my soul, I thank him for that. Forgiveness is better than holding on to the anger and pain, reaming angry all the time, forgiveness is the only way to begin anew. God has the power to change lives. I could not truly forgive, until I understood what forgiveness was for, it is for the benefit of both parties. Pain leaves holes in both the one caused the pain and the one who was hurt, the hole can be filled.

Think about those whom you have hurt or have hurt you, use forgiveness as a bridge of healing and mending what has been broken, once you begin, you will not want to turn back.

I hope this encourages you, as it has me.

Lord I Lift Your Name on High

In our everyday life, with all of the confusion of work, kids, activities, and family we can forget what is truly important in life. We as Christians are given an opportunity to praise our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. Even though, God opens the door sometimes we can decide not to walk through that door. We don’t need to beat ourselves up about that, because the past is the past. What we need to worry about, is what am I going to do today to Praise God and our savior Christ Jesus.As the song goes, “Lord I lift Your name on high, Lord I love to sing your praises, I am so glad you are in my life, I am so glad you came to save us…” we are to be appreciative of what God has done for us by sending His own begotten or special Son.

Today all I encourage you to do, if nothing else, is to find a way to lift Jesus’ name up, not just in your own private life or not even by posting a bible verse on a social media site, but in the confusion of your life today, tell somebody about Jesus. Tell somebody, how much He means to you, tell someone what He has done for you. If a person comes up and ask why you’re going through your day with a big smile (which hopefully you are) tell them, it is because of the love of Christ, living and taking refuge in your life!

Lord WE lift your name on High!!!

Part Two in “The Lord’s church, are we members of it?”- Have we received the love of God?

What this series is going to help do, is examine, are we a member of the Lord’s church or are we following man made traditions, organization, and practices that were not set up by the Lord.

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear” (Isaiah 59:2)

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)

When asking if we have received God’s love, one must conclude that receiving God’s love, is receiving the Son that He sent for us to have eternal life.

So what does it mean to receive His Son? To receive His Son, is to be in His Son (Ephesians 1:3) and to have the Father and the Son making their abode with them. “Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me” (John 14:23-24).

The way Jesus told Judas to have God and the Son to make their abode with a person was through the keeping or obedience to God’s word. We see that reflected in 2 John 2:9, “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.”

So how do we as, carnal sinful human beings, keep something so holy and unstained? First off, it comes from God. We could not have faith, if God had not given us something to have faith in. We know faith comes by hearing the word of God and our faith in the love that God has shown us causes us to love in return (Romans 10:17; 1 John 4:7-14). We could not love without having first been given love, love begets love, when it comes to the love of God. So then our faith turns into a motivation for obeying God, rather than a reason, which the two can be intertwined. The reason we love God is because of the motivation we received when we found out what God has done for us, even in our sins. Jesus let’s us know that that the evidence of our love for Him, is found when we keep His commands (John 14:15).

So what is the commands God has given us for salvation? There is obviously something God wants from us, that distinguishes the lost from the saved. If not, then either all are be lost or all are be saved. Jesus makes a clear distinction between sheep and goats in His ministry. Jesus simply says this to Nicodemus, talking about His coming Kingdom, “Truly, Truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” he continues in verse 5, “Truly, Truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:3, 5). Jesus equates, being “born again” with being “born of water and Spirit” thus concluding that to enter into the kingdom of God, one must be baptized (water) for the remission of sins and receive the gift (indwelling) of the Holy Spirit (spirit) (Acts 2:38 emp. Mine). Romans 6:3-7, reminds us what baptism represents, it is reenacting the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord, Christ Jesus. Our faith motivates us to obey Jesus, which leads us to baptism for the remission of sins (ie being born again).  This is where we obey Christ and put on Christ (Galatians 3:27), which brings us back to John 14:23. Jesus  makes the statement in Mark 16:16, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he who disbelieves shall be condemned.” Belief allows us to trust the command from Jesus to be born again, by water and Spirit, and allows us to see or to enter into the kingdom of God.

Once again, none of this would be possible, if it had not been for God. There is nothing we did that caused God to love us, but because h\He loves us, He sent us His Son. He has given us an opportunity to get into Christ (Ephesians 1) for eternal life.

Luke, let us know in Acts 2:41, that those who were being baptized were the ones who were being added to the church. Receiving Christ, being baptized, and being in Christ’s church are synonymous statements. Have you been added? If not, why not, and if you want to discuss more about the kingdom of God and wondering if you are in Christ’s church, let’s talk.

Part One of the Series

“Part one in “The Lord’s church, are we members of it”-Are you “Cutting off the End of the Ham” in Religion

This part one of a mini-series on the “Lord’s church, are we members of it.”

What this series is going to help do, is examine, are we a member of the Lord’s church or are we following man made traditions, organization, and practices that were not set up by the Lord.

An Illustration many know and for those who do not, “A young couple, recently gets engaged, and while the man is sitting and watching his new bride cook, he notices something. She cut off the end of the ham, and threw the end away and began to cook. When he saw this he asked, “Why did you cut off the end of the ham?” She answered, “because that is how my mom did it.” Later, the wife went to her mother to ask but she gave the same answer, “that’s how my mom did it.” So finally going to the source of the issue, when the girl asked her grandma, her grandma stopped, smiled and let out a chuckle.  She answered, “I cut off the end of the ham because, I did not have a big enough pan.”

The story helps explain a little bit about traditions, they are not something that were meant to be passed down as, “the only way” or “the best way” sometimes, it may have just been the most convenient way at the time, and it may have not even been the best or right way to do it. As people, we love traditions, you can see this during holiday seasons and family events.

One thing we must ask ourselves is, are we following a tradition, that may not be right? Are we teaching those traditions as doctrines of God (Matthew 15: 1-9)? We must be in a constant state of self-examination when it comes to truth, why you ask? well because each person is to “work out their own salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12),” “God is searching for those to worship Him in spirit and truth.” We need to be in a constant state of searching the scriptures as the “noble -minded” brethren in Berea did (Acts 17:10-11) to find out whether or not the things Paul preached, were really so.

Do not be afraid to ask, your leaders and teachers the questions, “Why do we believe this?” and “How did we come to this conclusion?” If there answers do not mesh with scripture, start examining scripture. Even if they do give scriptural support, go see if they are giving accurate statements in context. The devil used scripture with Jesus in Matthew 4, but he did not use it accurately and He defended scripture with scripture. It is your salvation at stake, please take the time to examine it.

What this series is going to help do, is examine, are we a member of the Lord’s church or are we following man made traditions, organization, and practices that were not set up by the Lord.

Rejoice and again I say rejoice!

Rejoice, what does that look like? Well you can see genuine rejoicing when something happens to a person that they truly are overjoyed about. One such example in my life, was the fist time I held my now, 21 month old baby girl. There was no news in the world that could have taken the joy away from me, there were only tears of joy.

So the question is, how do we rejoice like this in spiritual things? How does one constantly live a life of rejoicing and praising our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? The answer may be a simple one but it is an answer that is far too often neglected on a daily basis and when going through trials.

We have been saved from our sins!! We have the hope of eternal life! We have a God who is a personal, caring, and loving God. We are His own possession, a chosen people, a holy nation! If you think for a moment how the Jews felt, knowing God had chosen them for a special purpose and that He was with them, more than any other people at that time, it must have felt pretty good. The problem was that they took it for granted, how special they really were, and if we are not careful we can do the same.

The scriptures teach that those who have received the mercy of God, salvation, are God’s own possession. People take care of things they have bought and paid for, how much more will God do the same. Paul gives us some insight into his secret of being able to rejoice always.

“4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

This week, if you want to truly rejoice, think on the things that God wants you to be thinking about and there will be no reason not to rejoice. When you think about God and what He has done through His Son, one cannot help but Rejoice always!

Have a week of rejoicing and thanksgiving to God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

Do you trust in God’s Sovereignty

First off, what does it mean to be Sovereign? Basically, God is in control of all things, this does not mean God forces people under His will, infringing on their free will. God can use people for His will, in a positive way (those who will allow Him to use the for good) and in a negative way (those who fight God and His will). For example Pharaoh, who was used to show the power and glory of God to the world. Pharaoh, in no way wanted to be used by God, but God used Him anyway, because God knew how Pharaoh would respond to Moses and letting the children of God go. Daniel, however I think is the greatest example for us today. We all know that the Government, “just shut down” (whatever that means)  until the can all agree or at least agree to disagree. As Christians, how does this effect our lives, well it doesn’t, now it may have a great impact on the physical aspect of our life, but really that is not our worry or problem. Do we trust, that if we are faithful to God, He is going to see us through? God does not promise the easiest life here on this earth, but He does promise us a home in heaven. Honestly America, could be taken into Captivity as were the children of Israel and we could still be Christians (it would most likely, make us stronger Christians or cause some to jump ship) and live our lives to God. Daniel, did. He did not protest being taught the Babylonian language and culture, He did not protest being under a new king, but only when the law of man and God’s law conflicted, he found ways to appease both parties and when both could not be appeased, he obeyed God rather than man. We get so caught up in politics and getting worried about what the government is going to do or not d,o and we forget who is really in control, God is. For the one who has obeyed God’s commands and given his life over to God, we do not fear the physical, even death, because we have so much to look forward to in death, I say, bring it on. Let’s put our trust in faith back in God and as a good soldier of Christ, stay out of the affairs of everyday life (2 Timothy 2:3-4).

“But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34)

“Every person is to be subjection to the government authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” (Romans 13:1)