Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Generation bound to Relativism

Relativism is the doctrine that knowledge,truth, and morality only exist due to the culture of that society. It is the belief that there is not an absolute in belief.

The past 3 generations have succumbed to this belief system and it has seeped into the church. My generation, Generation X, started down the path of relativism. They are the founding members of it. Unfortunately, they have passed it on to their children. My children’s generation, Generation Y, has made Relativism their new source of faith. The motto is “ If it feels good to me then it must be right.” When society’s moral compass becomes blurred by a “ feel good” doctrine then that society quickly sinks into the quick sand of uncertainty.

Today’s relativism has infiltrated the church and bible doctrines are being rewritten. The doctrine of grace has turned into the doctrine of sympathy Sympathy seeks to only excuse one’s wrong behavior and never gives a direction on a way out. Apostle Paul writes in the book of Romans about sin no longer having power over us. Grace excuses the punishment for our sin that we have put to death in our lives. If we sin more or continue to walk in our sins then Grace is of no affect.

Rom 6:1-14  What should we say then? Should we continue to sin so that God's kindness will increase?  (2)  That's unthinkable! As far as sin is concerned, we have died. So how can we still live under sin's influence?  (3)  Don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  (4)  When we were baptized into his death, we were placed into the tomb with him. As Christ was brought back from death to life by the glorious power of the Father, so we, too, should live a new kind of life.  (5)  If we've become united with him in a death like his, certainly we will also be united with him when we come back to life as he did.  (6)  We know that the person we used to be was crucified with him to put an end to sin in our bodies. Because of this we are no longer slaves to sin.  (7)  The person who has died has been freed from sin.  (8)  If we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  (9)  We know that Christ, who was brought back to life, will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him.  (10)  When he died, he died once and for all to sin's power. But now he lives, and he lives for God.  (11)  So consider yourselves dead to sin's power but living for God in the power Christ Jesus gives you.  (12)  Therefore, never let sin rule your physical body so that you obey its desires.  (13)  Never offer any part of your body to sin's power. No part of your body should ever be used to do any ungodly thing. Instead, offer yourselves to God as people who have come back from death and are now alive. Offer all the parts of your body to God. Use them to do everything that God approves of.  (14)  Certainly, sin shouldn't have power over you because you're not controlled by laws, but by God's favor.

Relativism states that sin is not sin. The only sin is to not do what feels good to the participate. Sex, drugs, and immorality are all free game because if it feels right then it must be ok. This belief system has been around since the beginning of time. Satan used it the garden with Adam and Eve and has increased its doctrine throughout the world. Relativism blurs the absolute truth which is only found in Christ. The church has allowed this foul belief system within its doors. Doctrines of Judging  and the love of Christ have been altered to allow people to live anyway they want. They have allowed the Gospel to become less offensive and controversial, so that the numbers can grow in their buildings. For those who are trying to follow the word of God without man’s interpretation are labeled religious or people stuck in the past. Satan’s deceptive doctrine is working and deceiving many. The Bible foretells of this deception and how many will follow it to the end. The world is preparing for the final push of this untruth.

2Th 2:8-12  Then the man of sin will be revealed and the Lord Jesus will destroy him by what he says. When the Lord Jesus comes, his appearance will put an end to this man.  (9)  The man of sin will come with the power of Satan. He will use every kind of power, including miraculous and wonderful signs. But they will be lies.  (10)  He will use everything that God disapproves of to deceive those who are dying, those who refused to love the truth that would save them.  (11)  That's why God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe a lie.  (12)  Then everyone who did not believe the truth, but was delighted with what God disapproves of, will be condemned.

One thing is clear. God will allow people to believe their own delusions and belief systems but in the end those people will discover the unpleasant reward for not following the Truth.  We are getting closer and closer to the return of the Lord and the world will drift further away from God’s truth.

So how do we fight against Relativism?

1. Don’t be afraid to speak the truth.  In today’s culture, many believers take the back seat to speaking God’s truth because they are afraid of offending some one.

2. Know that God’s word is and will always be offensive to the sinful heart.

3. Live your life without approach. Think about the Story of Daniel and the lions den. Daniel lived so much of his life without approach that the evil men who disliked him could not find a single Skelton in his closet. They had to trick the king into making some bogus decree about praying to any other God beside the king in order to get Daniel  into the lion’s den.

4. Continue to allow Holy Spirit to search your heart. Relativism can easily collide with God’s reality. Before you know it a little leaven has just leaven the whole lump.

5. Be the light into the darkness. The only way to overcome the night is through a flashlight. Light reveals what the darkness conceals.

It is important that believers keep their eyes open to the world around them and don’t allow this false doctrine of relativism to over take them.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Setting the Example

Titus 2:7  Always set an example by doing good things. When you teach, be an example of moral purity and dignity.

One thing Christians should be are examples for the world to see. We are vessels used by the living God to demonstrate to the world that the Gospel of Christ is life changing. Unfortunately, many Christians have fallen into religiousness. This religiousness gives the wrong reflection to the world and this is why many are not turning to Christ in the droves.

Did the 1st Century church have this same problem? Was there a period to where people stopped converting to the faith?

Scripture can gives us a hint and we can look at history sources outside of the bible to narrow down the answers. In Acts 4, you will see the honeymoon stage of the church.

Act 4:32-37  And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.  (33)  And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.  (34)  Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,  (35)  And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.  (36)  And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,  (37)  Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

A multitude of people came together with one heart and one soul. Everyone in the church was in harmony and following one vision. Everybody helped each other regardless if in lack or abundance themselves. It was truly a sight to behold.  In Acts 6, we find the Honeymoon stage of the church starting to wear off.

Act 6:1  And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

When human beings interact  with each other; it will always cause a reaction of some kind. Either a reaction with positive results or a reaction with negative outcomes. There are some key words to look at in this one verse. “ And in those days,” The writing is obviously writing about events which took place in one time period but were written about in another. Luke, the author, states in those days when the number of the disciples were increasing. It would stand to reason that at the point of Luke’s writing, he was seeing less people come to the faith. Why? 

The answer is simple. If you read the rest of the book of Acts, you can see the “Why” It is called RELIGION. Religion is the contributing factor which hinders believers from being examples to the world for Christ. Jesus preached more against religion than he did heaven, hell, sexual sins, greed, corruption and so forth. So what does Religion look like in the church?

1. Following man-made doctrine over the Message. For instance, some churches talk about Heaven is our home and we will escape to heaven one day. This is unbiblical and totally opposite of what Jesus taught about his kingdom.

2. Following pieces of the bible and misquoting/interpreting certain passages. For instance, some churches make the Homosexual sin of a higher status than any other of the sexual sins. They are all actually lumped in the same form of sexual sin. Therefore, when a good ole deacon looks at porn; he is committing the same sin as someone who is in the homosexual life style.

1Co 6:12-20  Someone may say, "I'm allowed to do anything," but not everything is helpful. I'm allowed to do anything, but I won't allow anything to gain control over my life.  (13)  Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food, but God will put an end to both of them. However, the body is not for sexual sin but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body.  (14)  God raised the Lord, and by his power God will also raise us.  (15)  Don't you realize that your bodies are parts of Christ's body? Should I take the parts of Christ's body and make them parts of a prostitute's body? That's unthinkable!  (16)  Don't you realize that the person who unites himself with a prostitute becomes one body with her? God says, "The two will be one."  (17)  However, the person who unites himself with the Lord becomes one spirit with him.  (18)  Stay away from sexual sins. Other sins that people commit don't affect their bodies the same way sexual sins do. People who sin sexually sin against their own bodies.  (19)  Don't you know that your body is a temple that belongs to the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit, whom you received from God, lives in you. You don't belong to yourselves.  (20)  You were bought for a price. So bring glory to God in the way you use your body.

3. Following ignorant religious dogmas that have nothing to do with the faith. For instance, some churches will only read from the KJV bible and state that it is the only one true version. They are too ignorant to realize that the KJV has been revised several times and the current version today has changed tremendously from it’s original form. In fact, most today could not fully read the original version. Jesus never intended for the Bible to become an idol or religious object to bow to. His word is meant to be followed and taught to others without our religious mindsets.

So how can we be the true examples for the world to see? How can we change our current state of living and help draw others to the gospel.

BE LIKE JESUS

This is simple and true. Being like Jesus means hating religion, standing up for those who religion destroys and condemns, it means showing grace and love but still condemning the sin and revealing a way out. It means being willing to lay one’s life down for others and being in constant communication with the one true God. It’s called having a relationship with the Father.

If we truly are like Jesus then the example to the world will shine through.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Just Blame the Christians


I try to stay out of politics as much as possible. In American, the Liberals and Conservatives spew out there dogma everyday over the news media outlets. Both sides are biased for their point of view. Liberal media is like an angry badger because their candidate lost the election. ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO!!!!!!! The Conservatives are too busy trying to make excuses for a President whose moral code is zero. I agree he was the lesser of two evils but we don’t need to cover up or ignore his faults. He needs to be held accountable to his lack of moral understanding. He is the President of the United States and represents all Americans around the world.

Here lately, I have read numerous articles from Liberal news media outlets. Many of the articles are about how Christians are the blame for Trump’s success. Many of the articles talk about how Christians are ignorant and it is the White racist Christians who have helped get the country in disarray. Here is a group of people who boast about being acceptive of others but the small print at the bottom of their charter states. “ Except for Christians.”

If you are a historian, you would see that history is repeating itself. The Roman Empire started blaming Christians under Nero’s leadership. One reason was that Christians threaten the political ideology of the day. Christians did not believe in world conquest and the abuse of slavery. This ideology started to threated the political landscape of the Roman Empire. Therefore,when a large Fire took place in Rome, Nero seized the opportunity and blamed the Christians. The next thing you know, Christians where being fed to the lions in the arena, made into Gladiators, hot lead poured down their throats, and more horrific torturing ideas conjured up by the liberal leaders of the day. Yes I am comparing Liberals to the Roman leaders.  Hey, I call it like I see it.

Jesus said the world will hate use because they hate Him. His teachings are opposite of the world’s view of morality. The sinful world does not like to be shown their sin and the ignorance of their ideologies. When people are shown their true ugliness; they will always lash out at the people holding the mirrors.

Mat 5:11-12  "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, lie, and say all kinds of evil things about you because of me.  (12)  Rejoice and be glad because you have a great reward in heaven! The prophets who lived before you were persecuted in these ways.

Like the Romans, the Liberals are leading a charge against Christians today. They spew out false narratives and lump all Christians under one banner. Their goal is to turn the masses against us and weaken our ranks. Jesus said it would happen and it will get worse as Eternity comes closer to our reality. So what can we do about it?

Overcoming the Blame Game

1. Keep standing up for the values of Jesus’s teachings and don’t confuse the teachings with Conservative ideology. We are Christians first and the Republicans are not the Christian political party. Stop mixing the two a little leaven leavens the whole lump.

2. Witness and share the Gospel with all people and pray for them.

3. Pray for the Government leaders and for the media leaders. Our greatest weapon is prayer not commentary.

4. Rejoice when the ignorant and self-righteous persecute you because our Eternity is with the Living God.

5. Teach and prepare your family for the coming days of intense persecution. It is going to come and we have to be ready.

Ignorant and self-righteous people will always Blame the Mirror holders for their short-comings. These people don’t want to face their ugliness. Just like Nero, many of them find it easier to blame the Christians instead of facing their personal demons. Be ready Believers, it will get worse.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Inspire before you expire

Man on top of a mountain standing contemplates the dawn


As I get older, I realize how short life truly is. I am 46 years old and I know of people my age who have already passed away. In human perspective, their life was short. In my perspective, life is short whether someone dies at 1 or a 101. As a believer, I understand and believe in the concept of eternity. When someone lives with eternity in mind, then this physical life is short. It also gives that person a different perspective.

I keep thinking, who am I inspiring? Who do I inspire to be better? Who do I inspire to become more than themselves? Who do I inspire to follow the one true God?


Mat 4:18-22 GW  As he was walking along the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Andrew. They were throwing a net into the sea because they were fishermen.  (19)  Jesus said to them, "Come, follow me! I will teach you how to catch people instead of fish."  (20)  They immediately left their nets and followed him.  (21)  As Jesus went on, he saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee preparing their nets to go fishing. He called them,  (22)  and they immediately left the boat and their father and followed Jesus.

The word inspire simply means to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something creative. Jesus was the great example of someone inspiring others to be more than themselves. He took average fishermen and inspired them to become some of the greatest leaders in the word. Think about Peter, who was a simple fisherman, but God used him to write a portion of the New Testament. He went from Fisherman to Road Scholar. Think about Matthew, he was a hated tax collector who turn from a dishonest CPA to a respected historian. The apostles of Christ all ended up inspiring others and without their inspiration. There would not be a Christian Faith today!

So how can we inspire others before we expire?

1. Live a life full of inspirational character. People follow those whose character stands the test of time.

2. Care more about others than yourself. By nature, we are selfish beings. Our life should be about giving not getting. It does not mean you can’t have things. It just means that things should not have you.

3. Become an encourager even when you need encouragement. I have found this process to be most helpful to me. Encouraging others always seems to lift me up when I need encouragement.

4. Be willing to invest your time. Nothing in life comes to pass without giving up personal time to see it to fruition.

5. Always be positive. This can sometimes be a hard thing to do, but a positive outlook even in the face of uncertainty always helps the situation.


It is important that we don’t fall into the mediocrity of life and settle for the world’s norm. Leaving a legacy behind is not about leaving your family physical things; it is about inspiring them and others to be more in life. Inspiring others is an action verb. Inspiration has to have feet. Get up and get out into the world and inspire others before you expire from this planet.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Bible study lesson 1

OGN Bible Study              Lesson 1
Walking out our Faith

Heb 13:1-19  Continue to love each other.  (2)  Don't forget to show hospitality to believers you don't know. By doing this some believers have shown hospitality to angels without being aware of it.  (3)  Remember those in prison as if you were in prison with them. Remember those who are mistreated as if you were being mistreated.  (4)  Marriage is honorable in every way, so husbands and wives should be faithful to each other. God will judge those who commit sexual sins, especially those who commit adultery.  (5)  Don't love money. Be happy with what you have because God has said, "I will never abandon you or leave you."  (6)  So we can confidently say, "The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can mortals do to me?"  (7)  Remember your leaders who have spoken God's word to you. Think about how their lives turned out, and imitate their faith.  (8)  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  (9)  Don't get carried away by all kinds of unfamiliar teachings. Gaining inner strength from God's kindness is good for us. This strength does not come from following rules about food, rules that don't help those who follow them.  (10)  Those who serve at the tent have no right to eat what is sacrificed at our altar.  (11)  The chief priest brings the blood of animals into the holy place as an offering for sin. But the bodies of those animals were burned outside the Israelite camp.  (12)  That is why Jesus suffered outside the gates of Jerusalem. He suffered to make the people holy with his own blood.  (13)  So we must go to him outside the camp and endure the insults he endured.  (14)  We don't have a permanent city here on earth, but we are looking for the city that we will have in the future.  (15)  Through Jesus we should always bring God a sacrifice of praise, that is, words that acknowledge him.  (16)  Don't forget to do good things for others and to share what you have with them. These are the kinds of sacrifices that please God.





Paul the Apostle, often gave the saints reminders of what it means to walk out our faith. The words spoken and written by Paul were inspired by Holy Spirit and those words are still relevant today. Below is what we should be doing as believers. This is not an all inclusive list but gives some clarity to our unified purpose in Christ.



Walking Out our Faith:
1. Continue to love each other: Paul writes this letter to believers and gives them one of Jesus’s greatest two commandments. Simply love each other or your neighbor. The Greek word for love in this context is Philadelphia which means strong brotherly love or bond. One common theme in God’s word is that believers need each other and our love for each other should be out of this world.
2. Don’t forget to show hospitality: Believers should be the best care givers and hospitable people in the world. Does this mean each time you walk past a homeless person you should give him or her money? Hospitality is more than giving a stranger a few dollar bills. It is share what you have from your abundance or from your lack. It is about having a giving spirit and demonstrating Christ’s compassion to the world.
3. Remember those in prison: I never forget visiting a prison in the Philippines. It was a sad sight to see. The prison was over crowded and the conditions were 10 times worse than the American prisons. In fact the prison I visit made the American prisons look like a Ritz Carlson. Society locks convicts up and throws them away. Believers should help, in some what, with ministry in the prisons. Society has the ability to throw convicts away but God still has a purpose for him.
4. Remember the mistreated: Who are the mistreated? Any person suffering through adversity or ill-will. Anybody whose life is in a shambles and needs a hand up not a hand out. Christians love to give hand outs because it is easy and less messy. Giving people a hand up requires more work and devotion to the cause.
5. Marriage is honorable: It is not by mistake that marriage is mentioned in the middle of this list. Christian marriage is the greatest witnessing tool to the world. We demonstrate Jesus’ relationship with the church. If we don’t have honorable and caring marriages then our testimony to the world becomes weak and of no affect. Christian marriages are prophetic utterances to the world and to what is to come.
6. Don’t love money: The love of money is truly the root to all evil. It seems like the more I make the more I have to worry about. We should be careful on how and what we pursue in life. The Law of too much takes effect on many believers. Having too much can distract believers from their true purpose. It does not mean you can not have things but things can’t have you. Having too much gives us a false hope and can remove our complete trust in the Lord, who is our provider and keeper of life.
7. Remember the Godly Leaders in your life: This scripture is very clear. Remember those Godly leaders who have poured out their heart and soul for the people of God. This excludes those leaders who are in the ministry for themselves. The writer was referring to leaders who have visibly given up all to lead God’s people down the right path. These leaders were to be imitated and honored.
8. Don’t get carried away by false teachings: False teaching are every where today. The false teaching are not in the occult or belief systems other than Christianity. False teachings are in denominations and churches as a whole. So many man made doctrines have caused the church to wonder away from God’s truth. So many churches are bound to these doctrines and are seeing their doors closing. In America, the rural churches are dying like flies on a hot summer day. Some of these churches are pastored by 70 and 80 year olds who hold up the old man-made doctrines. Jesus talked about one sin more than any other that would send the world to hell. That sin was religion and man-made doctrines.
9. Bringing a sacrifice of Praise: Jesus was insulted and faced cruel punishment for our sins outside the city gates of Jerusalem. His sacrifice of blood made us holy before the Lord. It removed our shame and allowed God to meet with us again on a more intimate plain. We should never stop praising the Lord for all the great things he has done for us and continues to do for us. We should bring our Praise daily to the King.

This passage of scripture is just one aspect of what believers should be doing. God’s word is important for us to follow and ensure we are following it without human interpretation. His word is simple for those who truly follow after Him.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

God and His Book


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Psa 139:1-24 GW  For the choir director; a psalm by David. O LORD, you have examined me, and you know me.  (2)  You alone know when I sit down and when I get up. You read my thoughts from far away.  (3)  You watch me when I travel and when I rest. You are familiar with all my ways.  (4)  Even before there is a single word on my tongue, you know all about it, LORD.  (5)  You are all around me-in front of me and in back of me. You lay your hand on me.  (6)  Such knowledge is beyond my grasp. It is so high I cannot reach it.  (7)  Where can I go to get away from your Spirit? Where can I run to get away from you?  (8)  If I go up to heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in hell, you are there.  (9)  If I climb upward on the rays of the morning sun or land on the most distant shore of the sea where the sun sets,  (10)  even there your hand would guide me and your right hand would hold on to me.  (11)  If I say, "Let the darkness hide me and let the light around me turn into night,"  (12)  even the darkness is not too dark for you. Night is as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.  (13)  You alone created my inner being. You knitted me together inside my mother.  (14)  I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.  (15)  My bones were not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, when I was being skillfully woven in an underground workshop.  (16)  Your eyes saw me when I was only a fetus. Every day of my life was recorded in your book before one of them had taken place.  (17)  How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God! How vast in number they are!  (18)  If I try to count them, there would be more of them than there are grains of sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.  (19)  I wish that you would kill wicked people, O God, and that bloodthirsty people would leave me alone.  (20)  They say wicked things about you. Your enemies misuse your name.  (21)  Shouldn't I hate those who hate you, O LORD? Shouldn't I be disgusted with those who attack you?  (22)  I hate them with all my heart. They have become my enemies.  (23)  Examine me, O God, and know my mind. Test me, and know my thoughts.  (24)  See whether I am on an evil path. Then lead me on the everlasting path.



God Knows everything about you and I. Scripture says He sees you and I when we are at home. Our homes are our most intimate place on the planet. Most people don't see us in our natural habitat and never fully see our true selves. However, God does. He knows and sees who we really are.
Nobody can look into our skulls and see or hear our thoughts. However, God can. He hears and sees all our thoughts. We can't hide them from Him. Thoughts in themselves are not sinful unless they enter the realm of lust or greed. Nonetheless, our God knows all.
The reality is that there is nowhere we can hide from the living God. God is everywhere. He is the before and the after. He is the first and the last. He is not bound to time but time is bound to Him. He lives outside the realm of time and space. He lives outside of the realm of eternity. God is not an eternal being. Eternity is a reflection of his natural state. Therefore, he knows all and is all.
Verse 16 describes something amazing. For those who agree with abortion should read this one verse. God knew us while we were a simple fetus in our mother's womb. He started his first chapter in our our personal book at conception. Our lives are recorded on the pages of this godly book. God does not need the book for his memory; the book is for our benefit.  

Jesus told the disciples to be happy that our names are even written in one His books for us.

Luk 10:20  However, don't be happy that evil spirits obey you. Be happy that your names are written in heaven.
Now there are several books that scripture talks about. There are two very important ones. The book of the living or remembrance which is mentioned in Psalm 139 and the book of Life which records the names of those that have repented and turned to Jesus. We are discussing the Book of the Living. In this book, our lives are displayed on the many pages. The chapters were already written by the Living God and as we live out our lives the record of these dealings are recorded and compared to the preconceived thoughts.  Are we living up to what God has called us to be? Are we walking in our Father's footsteps? What if what you are doing now for God is not what God has ordained you to be? How can we know the chapters already written by God's loving hand.
We can live out our lives by what God has already written about us. Do you know the secret? Do you know how to live each chapter of your life accordingly? It is so simple. Have a relationship with God. Let your desires become his desires. Follow Him with wreckless abandon and never look back. That is it. If you do that then each chapter written about you will come  true. It is that simple. We miss God  and his purpose for our lives when we are not in his presence. Prayer is our life line and key to obtaining the words about us. Prayer with listening intently is very vital in our walk with the Lord. He is like a loving Father who desires to read this bedtime book to his children. You would be amazed about the chapters which are yet to come for your life. If you are still breathing then the last chapter has not happen yet. Get close with the Lord and know what he knows about you. 

In verse 23 of Psalm 139 is states (Psa 139:23)  Examine me, O God, and know my mind. Test me, and know my thoughts.
In this verse, the writter is turning over his most sacred piece of his life to the Living God. He is surrendering his mind and thoughts over to His God. This is the most intimate part of our being and once our thoughts are fused with our God's; then the true adventure can start!!! The chapters of our lives can truly be fullfilled. Are you in His book? 

Pleading

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Sing over me your song of holiness.
Declare your hope and majesty with loud noises.
Make known your presence through righteousness.
Angels announce your glory through many voices.
Pierce my heart with your bloody nails.
Shine your light where no shadows can escape.
Rip out of me every tainted pails.
Let your fire burn deeply to cause a reshape.
Break the chains that choke out life.
Heal the hurt and cleanse the wound.
Cut open freedom with your knife.
Disperse your love through clouds abound. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mark of a Believer

Rom 12:9-21 GW  Love sincerely. Hate evil. Hold on to what is good.  (10)  Be devoted to each other like a loving family. Excel in showing respect for each other.  (11)  Don't be lazy in showing your devotion. Use your energy to serve the Lord.  (12)  Be happy in your confidence, be patient in trouble, and pray continually.  (13)  Share what you have with God's people who are in need. Be hospitable.  (14)  Bless those who persecute you. Bless them, and don't curse them.  (15)  Be happy with those who are happy. Be sad with those who are sad.  (16)  Live in harmony with each other. Don't be arrogant, but be friendly to humble people. Don't think that you are smarter than you really are.  (17)  Don't pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you. Focus your thoughts on those things that are considered noble.  (18)  As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone.  (19)  Don't take revenge, dear friends. Instead, let God's anger take care of it. After all, Scripture says, "I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord."  (20)  But, "If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink. If you do this, you will make him feel guilty and ashamed."  (21)  Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good.

Christianity today is becoming more and more blurred as relativism ( leven) mixes with the truth. It is hard to determine how Christians should act and believe. The word of the Lord is very clear on what being a Christian should really be like. We simply have to follow His word and pattern our lives after Jesus. It truly is about what would Jesus do.

Below is the break down on what is the mark of a believer.

1. Love Sincerely:  Love has to be given without hypocrisy and with a sincere heart. In other words, Christians should love without strings attached and do so with a genuine heart.
2. Hate evil: Hating evil means despising every thing that goes against the nature of God. Sin, not individuals, should be hated. Hating evil reveals how sin is very destructive.
3. Hold On to what is good: It is clear that we should hold tight to the doctrines of Christ and to his message. We should not hold tight to the religion of men.
4. Don't be Lazy in showing devotion to the Lord: True devotion is passionate and life changing. Our daily walk with the Lord is just that a daily walk. Every day our devotion should him should be demonstrated and lived.
5. Use your energy to serve the Lord: Be fervent in following the living God. Give everything you got in serving the Lord. Be extreme and relentless in your faith!!!
6. Be happy in your confidence. Be happy in the gospel message. Know with confidence that this truth we have is the greatest truth in the world.
7. Be patient in Trouble: A true mark of a believer is how he or she acts during the time of trouble. Be patient and allow the Lord to teach you through the difficult times.
8. Pray continually: Believers should be in constant prayer. Praying without ceasing means our direct line to the Father is always open and available. Prayer has two parts. 25% speaking and 75% listening.
9. Share your life and resources with others in need: One thing is for sure believers should always share all of our resources with each other. Unfortunately, this does not seem to translate well in today's church setting. Our life and resources are not meant to be stored up for a rainy day; they are meant to help each other when the need occurs. We are in this together.
10. Be hospitable: The greatest trade mark of believers is how we are hospitable to others. This means having folks over for dinner or entertaining each other during fellowship times.
11. Bless those who persecute you: The hardest thing to do is bless or love those who are mean to you. The bible is very clear that believers don't lose sight on who is the real enemy. Not the people who do bad things to us but the enemy we can't see. SATAN.
12. Comfort each other in good and bad times: Here is where prophecy and edification truly comes into affect. Believers are meant to lift each other up.
13. Live in Harmony with each other: It is important that believers strive to live in harmony with all people regardless of race, religion, and so forth. Harmony does not mean to over look sin but to keep a balanced approach to relationships.
14. Don't be arrogant or prideful: Christians should never think they are smarter or better than others. Many Christians make the mistake of forgetting where they came from before Jesus entered their lives. Always stay humble.
15. Don't return evil for evil: It is so easy to get revenge on others that have hurt you but it is not God's perfect will for our lives. God is the avenger for his people.
16. Let your thoughts be on noble things. Christians should always be honest and should never lie. They should express noble thoughts. Christians should be the staple of integrity and always do the right thing.
17. Live in peace with everyone. This is different than living in harmony. This means that believers should do everything they can to live calm and peaceful moments with all.
18. Don't get revenge. Remember God is our true and only Avenger. We never have to get even with others for the wrong things they do to us.
19. Love your enemies. It is hard to love individuals who have hurt us deeply. You have to remember that your enemies are not your enemies but your mission.
20. Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil with good. The life of a Christian is to daily become more and more like Jesus. Conquer evil by pushing it away and embracing the goodness of the Lord. Righteousness breeds holiness.

These are just 20 marks of a true believer in Christ. It is not an all exclusive list but gives us a start on how to act and live our lives as true believers.