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#theStruggle

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Why do we look down on people who struggle with things that we don’t?  Do weaknesses have levels?  Am I better if my issues are only in certain areas vs. others?

Galatians 6:1-5 (The Living Bible): 

“Dear brothers, if a Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help him back onto the right path, remembering that next time it might be one of you who is in the wrong.  Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command.  If anyone thinks he is too great to stoop to this, he is fooling himself.  He is really a nobody.  Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to compare himself with someone else.   Each of us must bear some faults and burdens of his own. For none of us is perfect!”

 

Delaying Our Own Blessings

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Sometimes the consequence or punishment for our sin is simply delayed blessings. 

In the Bible, it took the Israelites 40 years to make what is estimated to be an 11 day trip to the Promised Land.  And only because God had cursed them to “wander in the wilderness” for 40 years because of their sin. 

Don’t let sinful habits/situations/people keep you from the blessings that God is literally holding out for you to take hold of……the promotion, new place, new car, answered prayer, financial blessing, breakthrough, healing, etc.   Sometimes its not God holding our blessings back or him trying to teach us patience. Sometimes its us holding ourselves back, because we are allowing sin to be a barrier that is keeping us from reaching our “promised land” and we end up wandering around in the wilderness.  Days, weeks, months, even years go by, when all we had to do was obey.

No Need for God?

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“Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late.”

– Mina’s Mother from the movie God’s Not Dead

A Modernized God?

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“Why do we think that God changes/adapts who He is and how he operates based on the time period, culture, society, or world in which we live?”

Indeed, our methods of conveying Christ will change/enhance especially with technology today….and praise be to God for allowing us countless ways of reaching people all over the world with the gospel message!!!  However, the actual message of salvation, the Word of God, and God Himself has not and will not change!  He does not adapt His Word to suit our “modernized” practices, traditions, ways of life or compromises of sin just because they are “acceptable” today.

jesus the same unchanging God

 

 

 

When We Fall…

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After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” – Acts 13:22 (NIV)

I love the fact that God called David of all people,  “a man after his own heart”.  In fact, God chose him and appointed him ruler over Israel, because of this.  Why is this relevant/important?  Because God, being God, knowing ALL things including what was to come – chose David and identified him as a “man after his own heart”.  If you don’t know the full story see I Samuel chapter 16 and then II Samuel chapters 11 and 12 for context.

In the story David is chosen by God to be Israel’s new king.  After many successful victories, David ‘falls’.  Long story short, he lusts after a married woman, sleeps with her and gets her pregnant, befriends her husband (one of his own soldiers) and then puts a plan in place to have him killed in battle.  David’s plan succeeds and the other man is reported dead.  Then this ‘man after God’s own heart’ lets the wife mourn briefly, then marries her to ‘cover up the affair’, she has the baby and they continue with day to day life as if nothing has happened!  See you haven’t seen a real Lifetime movie until you’ve read the Bible!

God then sends his servant Nathan to confront David regarding the situation, as well as, to pronounce the punishment that God has set forth, which is not a light one at all:

Samuel 12:7-12 (NIV)

Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.  I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.  This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”

After all this, there is no denial, no excuses, no lying, and no running away.  David simply responds as follows:

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This response, is genuine, basic, straightforward and true.  In his words of confession that “he has sinned against the Lord”, David not only acknowledges his sin, but he shows agreement with God by calling what God has deemed as sin to be sin.  It is this very reason that God seeing David’s heart, and knowing exactly what sin David would commit when he appointed him as king, that God still considered him to be ‘a man after his own heart’.  David wasn’t perfect, Read the rest of this entry »

The Deception of the so-called “Christian Life”

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Since when am I the standard

for perfection and holiness?

You may steal, lie and cheat,

but I’m also full of mess!

 

Last time I checked the Word,

the goal was for us to be more like Christ.

So please help me understand

how what we’ve become resembles the Christian life?

 

I measure your sin

by how I feel it compares to mine.

But when did that become our focus?

When did we cross that line?

 

Have we been so deceived

that we honestly can’t see,

that Satan is busy at work –

in Christians today – literally!

 

Blinded by anger, bitterness, and hate,

we gossip, slander, degrade, and lie;

forgetting the very words of Christ 

and the main reason He came to die.


Love was the concept he preached over and over again,

the one command he left us to live by and for.

Yet love continues to vanish in our midst

as if thrown out the window or trampled on the floor.

 

We walk around pointing fingers at each other

playing right into the devil’s hands.

Neglecting time with God in His Word

and instead making up our own Christian demands.

 

We rewrite His rules

and interpret them our own way,

defining right and wrong

based on what we personally believe and say.

 

Not realizing that we too

are greatly deceived:

by lies, false teaching,

and a corrupt society.

 

The world now dictates how we live for Christ.

We adapt, modify, and daily transform,

moving further away from God;

Metamorphosis, in its worse form.

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Sin Defined – by Us or God?

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“Why do we feel the need to expound upon what God has already defined as sin, to include things that  He clearly does not define as sin.”

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“Sin” – anything that I don’t do, that I disagree with, or personally just don’t like