Sunday, May 25, 2014

Shall He find faith

Shall He find faith?

 

[Gen 6:8 KJV] 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Noah knew how to build an altar, obey God and follow His instructions, lets see... beyond persecution, along with overcoming his own faults, doubts, opinions and preach something he had never seen (rain & judgement in mass amount), build something he had never seen (an Ark) and prepare for something by all human reasoning seemed as far from "normal" as possible (a Flood) for about 120yrs, not just 1 or 2 months, years...but until the time came... Noah had faith..

[Eph 2:8 KJV] 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Saved through faith... faith in what?? Look at Abraham, Noah, Moses, David, Hebrews 11.. Faith in obeying God & His commandments, not just a law, but beyond the OT law..

[Rom 6:15 KJV] 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

How do you know what sin is without the law??

[Rom 5:12 KJV] 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

Adam sinned? How did Adam sin if the "Law" wasn't written? He disobeyed the commandment of God... and did what he wasn't suppose to do..

[Mal 3:6 KJV] 6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
[Heb 13:8 KJV] 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
[Luk 6:46 KJV] 46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
[Jas 2:18, 26 KJV] 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. ... 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also..
[Jas 1:22 KJV] 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
[1Jo 2:4 KJV] 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Abraham believed God. How?? by obeying Him.. he like Noah, built altars too, before Moses ever wrote the "law" down.

I've been called a "law keeper". Okay think about a little bit.
[1Ti 1:8 KJV] 8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

The law states: Thou shalt not kill
Jesus took that commandment to the heart, thou shalt not hate
[Mat 5:21-22 KJV] 21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

The law is the action or outward show, Jesus took it to the heart the inward parts. Clean the inside as well as the outside of the cup.. [Mat 23:26 KJV] 26 [Thou] blind Pharisee, cleanse first that [which is] within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

I fulfill the law by cleaning the inside of hate, so the outside action is that I don't kill with my mouth or my hands.

If there isn't a "law" (sin is a transgression against the law), then there isn't a re-percussion from breaking the "law". So then what are you saving people from?

[Mat 5:17-20 KJV] 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

We are born in a sinful nature, doing our will verse God's will. God is love. He will allow you to come to an altar, acknowledge your sin and repent for it. You can come in dirty and leave clean. Eventually you will overcome those areas and stay clean in them. As a kid you played in dirt, but at an adult you don't play in dirt. When you first come to God you are filthy, but as you keeping coming and keep growing, you come in less and less dirty and more and more like Christ.

Abraham, Noah, Moses, David, Jesus, Peter, Paul, James and on and on did it, we can do it too.

Its time to put faith in action and come to an altar.

Submitted by: Tina Marie

 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Stand up

Stand Up

 We're living in a day of so much compromise
Watered down religion
No more soul searching
Happy to live with lies
Walking around in complete confusion
Full of themselves
And in a delusion.
Lord help us to look inside
Let your word judge us and purify
Let the Bible be our passion
Even though it's called old fashioned
It is what our great nation is founded upon
Now they just want it banned and gone
They cry for less crime
But it's all that's shown everyday
On Prime time, and in every song, lyric, and rhyme
How can we go on in this world gone mad ?
It's going to take listening to a preacher teach truth
Showing us the good from the bad
We can't be afraid of the crowd
We must live it, and let the God in us cry aloud!
Let our faith be a light
Shining brightly in the night
We must be willing to go against the grain
Willing to stand up, and take the pain
We must be willing to be set apart
To make a difference and do our part
Heaven help us , let the truth set us free
Don't let us die in our sin
Don't let us be on the outside looking in
Help us make it all the way to heaven
Forever to stay
Give us what it takes to keep running
And to win this race
To one day meet you face to face
Lord please hold my hand
As I do everything I can to stand !!!
Submitted by: Rachel Green

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Nations of the Mind

The worst day in a man’s life is when he sits down and begins thinking about how he can get something for nothing. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I was just thinking (I know, that's a dangerous thing) but there seems to be three nations that overtake our minds...procrasti-nation, condem-nation, and imagi-nation! Clearly these nations of our mind have entangling alliances. It all starts with our imagination. Imagination is a flaw of the heart. Imagination was one the of the chief culprits named by the Lord for the last days before the flood. He said in the book of Genesis 6:5, "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Its not that imagination is a bad thing, but when its the only thing going on in the human brain, then trouble is fixing to happen. With no God in our thoughts, then our imaginations are left unchecked and a unchecked imagination without any restraint can lead to powerful 'floods' that deluge the mind.

Come on...be honest with yourself. Your (our) imaginations are very powerful when left unchecked by God. If you will be honest and truly examine yourself, you will admit these nations are the enemies of your soul that have gotten you to this place and time...overweight, depressed, lazy, lethargy, etc. You are at a harvest of a handful of imaginative ways the mind created months, if not years ago.

There were moments 'back then' when you allowed your mind to sow thoughts (imaginations) that kept you bound. You see...and you know...how our imaginations paint pictures with a very broad brush. Like Eve, we have conversations with the serpent. Surely, if we eat this and or that, surely we won't die. And even if we do eat this, tomorrow we will exercise it off. Just ONE of those desserts are going to kill me anyway, will it? It can't be THAT bad for me. Life is short, I might as well enjoy it...a person's got to live. Jack Kornfield said, ”The trouble is that you think you have time.” We allow the moment to slip away within the capsule of 'I'll get to it later on down the road', and later does come, but once we give in to the machinations (ohhh...there's another nation, eh?) of the flesh, the alliances become stronger and stronger. Like chains of darkness, these nations begin to shroud our ability to think. They besiege our mind and surround us with a limited depth perception of a bigger and greater world outside of those engulfing strongholds.

Once our imaginations are set free, then its off to the races of creating a justification for fulfilling the appetite at hand. Those entangling alliances begin to form with the other 'nations' of the mind. First, procrastination steps up and sets up the dilemma of 'putting off today what you can get done tomorrow'. With procrastination, today comes but you never make it to your tomorrow. It has been said, "Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried." Today, is always greeted with too much to do, or too tired to attack that issue today. Imagination sweeps across your mind, and tells you how much easier it will be to get it done tomorrow because you will not be as busy. Do you see the alliance? They work hand in hand to your own destruction. The next thing you know...life has passed you by and you are where you never intended to be!!! Then the next enemy nation of your soul rises up to put the final blow on your now damaged psyche...CONDEMNATION! Oh yeah, this is the guy that tells you there's no hope now anyway. Why bother? Why try? There is no hope...I am who I am. I will never be anything different. The nation of condemnation wraps the other nations within a cocoon of hopelessness and defeat.

I started this 'game' with the hope that it would wake up the 'hope' that is within you. Deep down, there is a voice crying out of each and everyone of you. Though faint that it may be, its still there and yes, there is still hope. Yes, it will take work, and there will be some tough times as you begin to break the links that bind you down and tie your hands, but YOU CAN DO THIS! Robert Allen said this, "Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone." Use those imaginative alliances for a motivation! Look where they have gotten you! There is a proverb that says, "If and When were planted, and Nothing grew." Its time to quit letting the imagi-nation of procrasti-nation create the condem-nation to control your life any longer. Throw out the if's and the when's and do something with TODAY. If you truly want it...YOU can have it." What you want to do, you do. The rest is just talk." ~ John Cleek Don't continue to let these words be the motto of your life...“It might have been.”

 
Submitted by: Elder David Green