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How often do you hear this coming from a group of young children: “Oooh! I’m TELLING!”
Comedians like Eddie Murphy have made millions mimicking that very behavior that seems to form the foundation of our human psyche.
And yet, this type of behavior goes contrary to the perfect will of God.
Or, to put it bluntly, it is sin.
Or, to just get plain real with it... GOD HATES THIS (see Proverbs 6:16-19) !
And you don’t want to do something that God hates, do you?
One of the reasons that God hates type of behavior is that it can kill you.
Years ago, when somebody pulled a gun on me after I had mouthed off... I realized that I needed to listen more, speak less, and pray always.
Not very long ago , I was working with a group of people, a couple of who considered themselves very devout Christians.
One of these individuals had a number of outward expressions of his religious faith. His style of clothing... his grooming... all he believed to be taken from the Bible and presumably would make him closer to God. Apparently he did not seem to want to get closer to other people... but that is another story.
The other individual expressed very conservative beliefs. No socializing. No fraternizing. Just keep your nose down and do your job.
Both of these individuals worked with a group of drunken, cursing, blaspheming, fornicating heathens... yet their judgmental wrath seemed reserved for yours truly. Granted, I believe that the true motivation for their attacks was a classic case of cronyism with a religious frosting (yum, religious frosting!).
The reality, however, is that I have seen more such attacks from people who profess a strong Christian background than from those who say they worship the devil or some other religion. One Christian brother spent so much time trying to find something about my work to criticize that he was four days behind in his own work. And the person who strove to shield me from his attacks happened to be perhaps the biggest heathen in the organization. Weird.
In another situation, a manager who allowed employees to decorate their workspaces with profane, vile and pornographic materials wanted to fire me for having my Bible on my desk. And he, I was told, was a stalwart member of his congregation.
Some of you can begin to understand why the Lord directed me to write the book, Please Don’t Feed the Atheists. Not that I am so concerned about Christians picking on me. But what does concern me is the atheists’ reaction to behavior that goes in the extreme opposite direction of Jesus’s greatest commandment:
Getting back to the topic of doing things that God is pleased with and not doing things that God hates; the scriptures make it clear that there are behaviors that please the Lord. For example:
So, faith (which, according to Galatians 5:6 [AMP], is activated and energized and expressed and works by way of love) is something that pleases God. So then, if there are things that please God, then conversely, there are things that God hates. Specifically:
Proverbs 6:16-19 delineates seven things that God hates. You can listen to a full study of these things by listening to our free audio teaching entitled, The Things That God Hates. But our specific focus is on the parts highlighted in red above:
- A proud look
- A lying tongue
- A false witness who breathes lies
- He who sows discord among his brothers in Christ
If you are threatened by how good Sally Ann looks in her new dress, you might say words to tear her down in the eyes of the other ladies in your fellowship.
The proud look overestimates our own value while underestimating the value of others.
It is what causes people to say, “How can you call yourself a Christian... the way that you (fill in the blank).”
The concept of a Christian being a forgiven sinner who is living on a constant supply of God’s mercy is often rejected (except, naturally, during those times when we need to apply that concept to our personal lives.
The lying tongue and false witness who breathes lies come from the same Hebrew word, “sheqer” which is:
an untruth; by implication a sham. It is deceitful, false, and a vain thing that has no justification or cause.
Sowing discord, strife, or contentions between people is what drama is all about. Not just real-life drama, but also fictional drama. A movie or television program that does not have conflict will not have viewers.
Think about it. You don’t watch a procedural to see police officers sitting around the station house eating doughnuts and drinking coffee, do you? No... you watch to see a bad guy do some heinous thing and then have the detectives find that guy, beat him (or her) down, and then incarcerate them.
Hey... you think that is what God will do to those who cause this level of drama in the lives of their Christian brothers and sisters? Stand them before His judgement seat and... hmm...
Thoraf Gilbrant and his team wrote the following about this sort of person:
This sort of person not only damages human relationships, but thereby reveals his hatred of God and His covenant, especially of the basic covenantal obligation to love one’s neighbor (Leviticus 19:18, 33f) that underlies more than half of the basic commandments (cf. Deuteronomy 5:16-21). Those who seek to destroy others are therefore not only condemned by those whose lives they attack, but by God himself (v.16), Who hates their way of life (vv. 17ff) and the attitudes that underlie it (v. 14).
After describing the arrogance that leads them to use any means, even violence, Solomon warns that the real problem is not behavior (damaging as that is), but the attitude of the heart. Their hatred grows out of self-centered arrogance that sees others as tools to be used or discarded, and cannot bear to see happiness or love in those whom it despises. A heart that seeks the misery of others will do anything at all to accomplish its ends, as those poems show.
Granted, all seven of those things that God hates (as indicated above) overlap to a degree... considering that they are the fruit of a person who is not walking in love but, rather, hates his brother (and also God). Still, our primary emphasis this week is on taming our tongues.
Well, I did avoid the temptation to retaliate. A little. But when the pressure persisted... I eventually caved. :-(
However, I did make the effort to remain in a position of forgiveness towards those who had hurt me.
And, of course, when I got to the point where I was ready to cuss someone out... we went to 1 John 1:9 and repented, turning around from that path and continuing to walk along the path architected for us by Christ.
But why do people judge others... even to the point of making up lies? Perhaps it could be if one doesn’t express their faith in the exact same way that they do.
I recall being attacked by a Christian who didn’t believe in handing out tracts... he felt that soul winning should be strictly personal, not printed. Well, I respected his belief... but it was difficult convincing him I did not want to argue about it. Our time would be better spent winning souls and not arguing.
Another colleague wanted to argue with me that we should use the Hebrew name Yeshua to refer to our Lord and not the English derivation of Jesus. Again, not something I want to waste time fighting over. From my perspective, if you call upon Him sincerely, regardless of what language you speak... you shall be saved.
In the situation where I received the proud look... the lying tongue... false witness about my job performance and personal ethics... and the end result was discord that resulted in my losing an awesome job. Granted, the most awesome job I have is loving the Lord with all my heart, soul, strength and mind. And NOBODY can get me fired from God’s employ. God don’t listen to your gossip. He knows all anyway... not just the conjecture but the intricate details.Still... I found it rather confusing when those who should have been brothers in Christ came across as my enemies.
Of course, God has his hand in every situation. And, when opportunities came to throw my misbehaving colleagues under the bus, I followed the instructions of the Holy Spirit to keep my mouth shut (well, maybe I didn’t keep it 100% shut) and to pray for those who persecuted me, in accordance with Matthew 5:44 and Luke 6:28. And, yes, I did repent when my lips failed to stay completely sealed.
But that incident is also a reminder for all of us to keep in mind what our religion is truly about. Is it about spending a requisite amount of time with our butts touching a church pew? Is it about dressing a certain way? Is it about pronouncing your words while dipping your diphthongs? Is it about fasting a certain number of meals, or reading a certain number of chapters of the Bible or not watching movies or not chewing gum or not dancing or...
What is religion truly about?
True religion is the practice of doing those things that Jesus did: visiting, helping and caring for those who are afflicted and in need. AND, to stay away from the filth of this world (ref. those things that God hates). AND, to bridle your tongue!
I was confronted by a young lady at the church I was attending at the time. She accused me of being a backslider... or worse. She saw me go into the, gasp, liquor store!
OH THE HUMANITY!
She also saw me exit that same store. And she admitted that I was not carrying any bottles, cans or containers... just a copy of that day’s newspaper.
When she realized that she had not caught me in some type of sin, she walked away sorrowful...
What that young lady forgot... and what most of us often seem to forget... is that what we perceive is not always what we are seeing.
AND, even more importantly, whether it is or whether it ain’t someone sinning... our obligation is to make prayers and supplications with intercession for them... not to spread gossip to tear down their character.
Quite often, what people see or hear is filtered by what some social researchers call paradigms. For example:
An employee may be deep in thought about an innovation that could make the company billions. But, all the boss sees is somebody sleeping or daydreaming at their desk. Women in the church may see a young hussy trying to steal their husbands while in reality a young woman brought herself a new outfit trying to raise her downcast or depressed spirit... not for the purpose of catching anyone's eye.
A prime example of this is the typical automobile accident. Two cars collide... and two drivers tell differing (and, often, diametrically opposed) versions of what happened. As Philadelphian TV personality Wally Kennedy used to say, you ask fifty people what happened and you will get fifty answers. However... those vehicles did not back up and crash into each other fifty times in fifty different ways. The danger, then, is taking one’s incomplete picture and making it into an absolute truth (when, in fact, it is not).
The Pharisees accused Jesus and His disciples of being unlawful for doing something (in their opinion) on the wrong day of the week. Check this out:
God does not want us being Judge Mental... 50% judge and 50% mental. And if someone is judging you, check this final scripture out from the Apostle Paul:
This Weeks Homework
- Let us watch our mouths...
- Let us exercise the process of watching our mouths...
- And, as God reveals things that you may of done that He hates... or things you failed to do that would please Him... REPENT!
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Many of us experienced situations in our youths that turn into time bombs that go off in our adult lives. Whatever your issue... Jesus can heal it. He is willing to heal it. Why not let go and let God heal your deepest emotional issues. Like the woman with the issue of blood... you are on the verge of being loosed from the emotional issues in your life.
Think on These ThingsFather, Your Word is my Handbook for renewing my mind to think and speak as You think and speak. By the grace of God I will think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. Your Word will renew my mind with Your thoughts, Lord, driving out thoughts of fear, doubt, bad feelings toward others, self-hatred, depression and unbelief in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Letting GoFather, I glory in what Christ Jesus has done for me. I let go—put aside all past sources of my confidence—counting them worthless, in order that I may experience Christ and become one with Him. I unfold my past and put into proper perspective those things that are behind. I trust in You, LORD, with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge You, and You will make my paths straight. Thank You, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
DirectionFather, thank You for instructing me and teaching me in the way I should go and for guiding me with Your eye. Thank You for Your guidance and leadership concerning Your will, Your plan and Your purpose for my life. I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, for I know You and follow You. You lead me in paths of righteousness of Your name’s sake. In Jesus Name, Amen.
ChangeFather, direct my steps by Your word and let no iniquity have dominion over me. Uphold my steps in Your paths that my footsteps may not slip. Thank You that I am ever learning, ever growing and ever achieving. Things change because I'm changing; I am wonderfully and fearfully made. You give me the freedom and courage to be my creative self, which You made unique unto me. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Emotional HealingHeavenly Father, you saw my heartache and pain when I was brokenhearted. You sent your Word and healed me, and you delivered me from all my destructions. It didn't all happen in one day, but layer-by-layer you healed the emotional wounds [curing my pains and sorrows). Thank you for the anointing of Jesus that is at work binding up and healing my broken heart. In Jesus name. Amen.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
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Sunday, September 4, 2011
I like what Keith Green said:
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to McDonalds makes you a hamburger...In other words... a person who has no spiritual fruits and is just a religious nut.
This week’s blog features wisdom from Judypie and Pastor Jake... and a song by Keith Green.
A Morning Prayer
Father, in the name of Jesus, I come boldly unto the throne of grace, that I may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in my time of need. Father, I thank You for a good night’s rest. I laid down in peace, and slept; You made me dwell in safety. Grant me the grace to walk through this day in true godliness with contentment. I bind mercy and truth around my neck, and write them on the table of my heart, and I will find favor in the sight of God and man. With Your grace I will serve my employer and everything I do today I do in singleness of heart as unto the Lord. Amen.
by Judy Ann
It is impossible for man to rationalize and understand by his own intellect the things of God. Man cannot determine for himself what Christ is like and then imitate Him. His carnal efforts to be like his Savior results in man becoming an imitator of himself. He measures himself by himself. The results are he becomes a wolf in sheep's clothing; he has the appearance of his own estimation of righteousness but inside his cloak of self righteousness and religiosity is a raving wolf working against the will of God. He becomes as a “noisy gong and a clanging symbol;” just another noisy, ritualistic, and empty religious person.
by Pastor Jake
Then you may ask; how are we to be like Jesus? Or you may ask; what is the key to Christ likeness? Of all the wonderful attributes of our Lord the most outstanding was his humbleness. The Apostle Paul sets our Lord's attitude before us as an example; he writes,
Our Lord saw the need of mankind and humbled Himself that he might fill that need. In the Garden of Gethsemane He totally submitted His will to our Heavenly Father as He prayed, saying,
“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Through the total submission of our Lord the Father brought forth a Savior for all mankind. He is the “only begotten” the unique Son of God; in this manner there is and never will no other like Him for there is no other where-by man can be saved.
Each of the original apostles were unique as individuals but yet they had these in common with their Lord----they saw the need, thus, like their Savior before them they humbled themselves before the Father; a humbleness that lead to total submission to the will of the Father. Then the Father created them to be unique vessels of His Spirit and word. If we as true believers will also see the need and become totally submitted to our Creator then He will create us in a uniqueness that serves His purpose.
It is only when man totally surrenders his own will and summits to the will of God that the soul of man is swallowed up by the Soul of God and the Spirit of God performs the word of God in his total being and brings forth a son of God whose thoughts and deeds are like those of his Lord and Savior; he does nothing unless he sees the Father do it and he says nothing unless he hears the Father say it. It is then and only then that he has become like Jesus. It is the work of the Spirit and not by the rationalizing and understanding of the human intellect.
The Apostle Paul writes,
God is the Creator, the Potter; we are the clay; the one being created in His image. We are to believe, be humble, pray, have faith, be obedient, prayerfully study His Scripture and trust Him to do His will in our lives.
The Apostle John tells us,
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men (John 1:4).”
Our Lord teaches;
Our Lord also tells his pupil,
In each true believer there is the life and the word (or light) of God that is the message or the gospel that is the “power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16);” the hope for mankind.
Submit to God and He will create you a vessel of His word; a manifestation of the invisible Father; you will be in His image; you will be like Jesus.
James C Sanford
I Want to Be More Like Jesus
by Keith Green
For more, read “Spiritual Nuts or Religious Nuts”
Sunday, August 21, 2011
If You Have Love For One Another
Walking in LoveFather, the love you define in 1 Corinthians 13 is my greatest aim, and I ask also for the special abilities the Holy Spirit gives. I believe on the name of your Son Jesus Christ, and I am able to love others just as I love myself because you first loved me. God, you are love, and when I live in love, I am living with you and you live in me. As I live with Christ, my love grows more perfect and complete. Thank you for loving me, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
by Judy Ann
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Father, by your Spirit send forth skillful and godly wisdom into the heart of our president and impart to him necessary, supernatural knowledge and discretion. Discretion will watch over him; understanding will keep him and deliver him from the way of evil and from evil men. We ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.
Father, your Word declares that blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. We declare that Jesus is Lord over these United States of America. We receive your blessing. You are our Refuge and Stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution and desperation). We pray that we shall dwell safely in this land, in the name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Father, we ask that you compass the president about with men and women who make their heats and ears attentive to godly counsel and do that which is right in your sight. We pray that the upright shall dwell in our government – men and women blameless and complete in your sight Father. We ask that the wicked be cut off and the treacherous rooted out of our government. In the name of Jesus, we thank you for answering our prayer. Amen
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Holier Than Thou?It is amazing that there are people who can actually feel such an emotion.
Is the Brightness Still in Me?There was a time in my life when I fell into the category of a holier than thou mentality. I walked around with a Bible in my hand, sneering at the sinners as they went about their lives ignoring what I perceived to be righteousness. Then, one day... I decided to accost a young man sitting in the park with a can of beer in his hand. To my surprise, he (between sips) completely deconstructed my phony religious constructs and had me feeling like a complete idiot. He simply spoke on the commandments pertaining to the love of God, not to judge a person’s quality of life by setting one’s focus on relatively trival things such as a can of alcoholic beverage.
by Brotha DC
Over the years, I came to realize that while I may not be one to routinely imbibe in a libation of hops and barley... that doesn’t make me a better person than anyone else. The late great Dr. David Durham said it this way:
If all you do regarding your salvation is to give up drinking alcohol... all that means is that you will go to hell sober.Have you ever had one of those moments when you look at yourself in the mirror and realize just how flawed and imperfect you are? I have. And when I contemplate the limnitations and weaknesses of my humanity, I wonder how could God even stand the sight of me?
Then... I remember...
It is not hinged on how good I can be... or how perfectly I can live my life. It is set by the matchless love that God has for us. Now that is not an excuse to live a selfish, wreckless, sinful life. It is, however, freedom in knowing that despite my imperfections, God’s love is perfect.
Religious people don’t seem to have those existential dilemmas. They look at the (often self-imposed) rules and regulations that they manage to meet and declare themselves perfect. Even more perfect than others.
Some of the worst problems I have faced in life stemmed from religious people. For example, I worked with one woman who had religious paraphernalia all over her desk at the office. She would sit there and sing hymns to herself... and then get up, go into the senior boss’ office... and tell the most heinous lies about me. Lies that eventually cost me that job.
I could go on and on about such people... perhaps until my fingers ached from typing it all out. The point is, there are people who truly typefy the title of Christian (a person who is a true follower of Jesus the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) -- following His example and living in accordance with His lifestyle. In other words, someone whose life is the definition of “What Would Jesus Do?”
It is impossible to feel holier than thou when staring in the mirror of God’s word. Yet, in that mirror is where I will stay planted until I can confirm, as my pal Charlie Peacock wondered, is the brightness still in me?
by Judy Ann
My desire Lord is for people to see You in me..may I reflect your love and grace and mercy..may I be more like You Lord everyday with a heart of compassion ..You are the reason I live and breathe..
Fruit of the Spirit
by Judy Ann
by Judy Ann
Renewing Our Thoughts
by Judy Ann
"Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.." Philippians 2:14-15
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Who’s Afraid of Mister Death?
by Brotha DC
A few years ago I was in an office with a bunch of people that liked to get into some deep conversations during slow periods. Often we discussed the vicissitudes of life... love... etceterra. But on one occasion, the conversation turned to the concept of death. “How would you like to go,” the question was asked.
Most wanted to go in some quick and dramatic way... like a skydiving mishap. Or maybe a quick automobile collision. The discussion also covered those who were to be executed for a capital crime. Would a firing squad be preferable to the slow burn of the electric chair?
One colleague finally chimed in. With a panicked voice, she begged us to please change the subject! She couldn’t bear the thought of her own demise. The great unknown of death was terrifying to her... as it seems to be for a lot of people. Many just try to push the idea aside. When they do discuss it, the conversation can be like two colleagues I overheard just the other day. One was concerned that they would be trapped in a paralyzed body with their brain crying out... but nobody hearing.
I am so happy that I don’t have any such worries or concerns.
Because I have a great and precious promise... and you can to. What promise? The promise in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that the moment that I am absent from this physical body, I will be in the presence of the Lord. Check it out:
For those who who by fath make the quality decision to cling to, trust in, and rely upon God’s free gift of love, death is no longer a threat. So what is this gift? How can you get it?
The great unknown is now revealed. The mystery of what happens after we die is solved. And for those worried that they might not have lived a good enough life to escape hellfire... the good news is that we don’t have to. Jesus lived the good life that we could never live. And when we cling to, trust in, and rely upon what Jesus did... then we can receive the eternal life that we could never earn. And since Jesus told us in John 3:16 that we shall not perish (will never come to destruction... will never be lost) then we can embrace the promise of eternal (everlasting) life.
But wait a minute. People who believe and receive Jesus have been put into a pine box and buried six feet under. How does that work? Again, remember the Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that when we are absent from our physical body, we will be in the presence of the Lord. So then, what is there to say about Mister Death?
Wow! When the world has reached the end of its lifespan and the celestial trumpet sounds, those who died in Christ will rise first (after all, they have six feet farther to travel). Then, those who are alive will rise up with them to meet the Lord in the air.
Okay, but what happens before the end of the world... before the trumpet blast?
Well, Saint Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:54 that death is swallowed up (utterly vanquished forever) in and unto victory. He goes on in the next verse to ask, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The answer for those in Christ is that death has no victory. For those who have eternal security through Christ, the sting of death has been rendered impotent.
Delivered From the Power of Darkness
by Judy Ann
Father, we thank You for Christ, our Passover lamb, Who has been sacrificed to clear us of sin. You have delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of Your Love. Therefore we will keep the Festival, not with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the bread of sincerity and truth. Amen.
Life in the Spirit
by Judy Ann
Father, I thank You for strengthening those whose hearts are fully committed to You. You prove Yourself mighty on their behalf. LORD, You have done great things for Your people, and we are filled with joy! We are a happy people, replacing the lower life for the higher life of the Spirit. Thank You for the great things You have done and are doing for us in the name of Jesus, amen.
Complete in Christ
by Judy Ann
My life is complete in You, Lord Jesus. Every answer, every need, every solution I have need of is available to me. You are Jehovah-Rapha, my Healer, Jehovah-Nissi, my Victory, Jehovah-Jireh, my Provider. You are Jehovah M’Kaddesh, my Sanctifier, Jehovah-Shalom, my Peace and Security. My Shepherd, you’re Jehovah-Rohi, Jehovah-Tsidkenu, my Righteousness, and Jehovah-Shammah, my ever-present Friend. Because I am complete in You, Lord Jesus I can overcome my insecurities and bring maturity and wisdom to every relationship for the good and benefit of others. Amen
Saturday, June 25, 2011
A Love Letter from God
by David River
When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. When I created man, I formed him from the dust of the ground and breathed life into his nostrils. But you, woman I did not create from the dirt. I made you from man as a symbol that you are “within” man, just as my bride is “within” me.
I fashioned you after I breathed the breath of life into man because you are too delicate. I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly form you. As a surgeon would put a patient under anesthesia, man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with my creativity. From man’s one bone, I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects his very life. I chose the rib; that which protects his heart and lungs and supports him as you are meant to do. Around this one bone I shaped you... I molded you. I created you tenderly, beautifully, and perfectly.
Your characteristics are as the rib; strong yet delicate and fragile. You provide protection for the most delicate organ within man, his heart. His heart is the center of his being; his lungs hold the breath of life. The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to the heart. I created you to support man as the rib cage supports the body. You were not taken from his feet, to be under him, nor were you taken from his head, to be above him. You were taken from his side closest to his heart, to stand beside him and be held close to his side and dear to his heart.
You woman are my perfect creation. You are my beautiful little girl. You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence, and my eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart. Your eyes are as beautiful as a golden sunset. Your lips; how lovely when they part in prayer. Your nose; so perfect in form. Your hands so gentle to touch. I’ve caressed your face in your deepest sleep. I’ve whispered tender words of love in your ear. I hold your heart here within mine. Of all that lives and breathes, you are most like me. Your pure heart is most like mine. You my precious angel are the climax of my creation. You are a representation of my pure and spotless bride. When man loves you, he loves me, and the more deeply he loves you, the more deeply he loves me.
Adam walked with me in the cool of the day, yet he was lonely. So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with me, I fashioned in you as a physical representation of myself upon the earth. You possess my holiness, my strength, my purity, my beauty, my love, my protection and my support.
So man... treat woman well. Love her extravagantly; treasure her royally, for she is fragile. In hurting her, you only hurt me. What you do to her, you do to me. In crushing her, you only damage your own heart; her heart, and also my heart.
Woman, support man. In humility, show him the power of emotion I have given you. In gentle quietness, show your strength. In love, show him that you are the rib that protects his very life; that you the bone that shelters his very heart.
The One Who Created and Loves You
Be Children of Love
by Brotha DC
I find it interesting that, in the world, people rarely argue about what Christians would refer to as their sin. What do I mean by that?
Well, for example, you dont find beer drinkers battling over whether to get drunk off of stout, a pilsner, or ale. Regardless of what type of beer they prefer... they will raise their glasses together and, as the song says, “Drink! Drink! Drink!”
For that matter... you don’t see winos fighting over whether it is better to get drunk off of red wine versus white wine. Neither will sneer over those who prefer to drink a wine cooler. And you will never hear drinkers of clear liquor battling with those who use brown liquor.
Do heroin addicts protest in front of crack houses?
The point that I am making is... people in the world just enjoy their lives. Those who go to disco nightclubs dont fight those who go to rave clubs. They just want to party... and if someone wants to party differently... then no biggie, right?
So then, why is it Christians will cut each others’ throats over doctrinal differences while ignoring the weightier matters?
We have fights over doctrine and dogma... over musical styles and “acceptable” instruments... whether the church supper should include potatoes or Stove Top stuffing...
Look at those who fight against a woman being in ministry, rather asking themselves if she is being used by God? Is she bringing souls into the kingdom?
I hope we can take the above scripture to heart and truly love one another... rather than to be so quick to tear one another down. If a brother or sister is caught in a sin, a fault, or an error... pray for them... and then make sure you aren’t walking around with a beam in your eye while criticising the splinter in their eye.
Jesus died so that we might have and enjoy life (John 10:10).
Don’t be a curmudgeonly sourpuss, only interested in finding fault. But seek and even believe for good in the lives of your fellow believers.
A Lifetime Filled With the Father’s Love
by Judy Ann
Father, I thank You for the great love You have bestowed upon me, that I should be called a child of God! I submit to Your Word that is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of my heart. In the name of Jesus I repent and renounce anger, bitterness and depression. In the name of Jesus, I look inside that I might experience Your love that is imparted to me. Amen.
Father, I pray that I may be filled with the love of God. You are able to do immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to Your power that is at work within me. To you goes all the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world..” Philippians 2:14-15
Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit who helps me pray when I don’t know how or what to pray for. I affectionately and gratefully praise your name, thanking you for answered prayer. The Holy Spirit helps me love without hypocrisy. I abhor what is evil, and cling to what is good. I will be kindly affectionate to others with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to others, not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. I rejoice in hope, patient in tribulation, and will continue steadfast in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit Who takes hold together with me against my weaknesses. In Jesus name. Amen.