Vanities.

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Vanities.

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:2

All of our efforts everything we strive for is a pointless, meaningless exercise without Christ. All of our altruistic pursuits will end up in the empty hole of nothingness.

If this life is all there is, then legacy is meaningless, and accomplishments are temporal at best. If the momentary is all there is,  life is pointless without purpose. Without something more than our current existence life is no more than vanity. If vanity is all there is, then all we strive for is in vain. Life is then a pointless cycle of self-gratification, disappointment, self-gratification, disappointment, again and again, and again.

God is the only thing that breaks the cycle of hopelessness and pointlessness. God is the only thing that gives life meaning. God is the answer to vanity.

 

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Never Rejected

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Never Rejected

37 All that My Father gives Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out. John 6:37

Jesus promises us He will never reject us. In my interpretation, this verse means that anyone who has responded to the call of Christ now belongs to Him and he will not get rid of. You can’t cast out, get rid of something that is not yours.

The implication is He has accepted us as we are and will not reject us. There is no precondition to coming to Christ. If there is no precondition, then all that come to Christ in any condition will be accepted by Him. And He said He would not cast you out. Regardless of your state, Christ will keep you. You will always be His.

All of You

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All of You

 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37

It is very simple, God wants all of you.

Save Yourself

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Save Yourself
39 One of the criminals who was hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” Luke 23:29
Was it a desperate cry for salvation? Was it a taunt and insult or both? If I am the one on the cross next to Jesus, I might ask the same question. With a different intent, not to taunt but as the last desperate plea of dying man.  We know that this was not the intent of the criminal hung alongside Christ.  We know it was at the very least a taunt or a challenge to Jesus to prove Himself.
We behave as if the man hanging next to Jesus was singular in his demand and challenge to Jesus. He wanted Jesus to prove His divinity. We may not use the same words, but in essence, we ask the same question.  If God were alive, why does God allow? Where was God when?  If there were a God, there would not be injustice, famine wars ext.  It is all the same question, If you are Christ save us and prove to us you are who you say you are?  We are asking Him to die again and again and again and forever to prove to each of us his divinity. Asking Him to die for every sin all the time to prove His worth to us.
The criminal hanging next to Jesus is guilty of His crimes, His sins.   He is asking Jesus to save Him from the sin He is guilty of. He is asking, no he is demanding that Christ do for Him what he could not do himself.  To remove his just condemnation without atonement for his sin.  We are the asking the same thing. We want to be justified without making payment.
We all want the same thing we want to be absolved of our sin without personal cost.  That is what all our spiritual, intellectual, political correctness is all about. Let us not remind anyone of their sin. Let us not actually hold anyone responsible for their sin. Let us demand that God change His laws that we may have our way. Let’s do away with righteousness.
The criminal hanging on the cross did not even acknowledge His sin, His crimes. He only wants to be saved from them. He was not concerned about his quilt, righteousness or God. All he wanted was for his sin not to cost Him His life.
That is who we are. We sin and do not want the consequences of the sin. We want to live unrighteously and receive righteousness. We want Christ to die on the cross not for our salvation but for a license to continue to sin.
Christ died for your salvation, not to be the whipping boy for your sin.

Little Faith

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Little Faith
 
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
 
What comes first faith or the mountain? Usually, we are looking for the faith required when we arrive at the mountain. Not until the heart attack are we looking for the faith necessary to manifest a miracle. We, at least I, don’t have reservoirs of faith stored for trying or impossible situations. Yet when we find ourselves in impossible situations, we try to call on faith we have not stored or attained. The time to exercise faith is not when you don’t have any. To pray a vain hopeless prayer of faith with an empty tank at the time of crisis is precisely that an empty request. 
 
At present, I am trying to accomplish something that is far above anything I’ve ever done. If we are successful, it will be a miracle. It requires a lot of people, and not everyone regardless of my intention will be on the same page. I will gain no personal benefit in this endeavor other than to see the hand of God work. It is a huge endeavor for me, but I have perfect peace in the attempt. If I fail, the lost will not be mine as much as to the people this project would help. 
 
When I presented the idea to some of my associates, there was some resistance on several fronts. All of their objections were and are valid. But I see them all as obstacles, not real barriers. I am convinced that they can all be overcome easily. I don’t see any of the challenges as a death-blow to the project. 
 
The feeling I have is peace. I believe I am convinced. Unlike any other time in my life that God will provide everything we need to accomplish the goal. I have an unrelenting faith that we will succeed because the project will bring honor and glory to God. It is the most unusual feeling I’ve ever had. This will be done because God will bring the necessary pieces together. Do I have a reservoir of faith to accomplish this task? Well yes, I do because I have seen the hand of God work in my life. I saw it when I had my heart attack. I saw Him heal me, restore me and bring me back from the jaws of death. I have seen Him work in my life and in the lives of many other people. So yes my tank is full. I believe He will provide the miracle we need to move the mountain before us.
 
If you want to see your faith become a reality, you must reach beyond what you can grasp. If you extend your hand beyond what you can grasp without faith, you will retract an empty hand. You must believe, expect and receive the miracle of God.

Separation

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Separation
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Let’s get real for a moment. This scripture has to be the most uplifting, inspiring scripture in the entire Bible. We are assured, under no possible circumstances will we be separated from the love of God. As I thought about this scripture, I realized something. This is one-sided.
Everything that is promised here is a promise from God to us not us to God. The truth of this verse only exists when it comes from God to us. What it is saying is there is nothing in creation that can stop God from expressing His love to us. There is no existing authority of any kind that can keep God from revealing His love for us. There is nothing that can keep us from receiving His love. He has created the entire universe in such a way as to make it impossible for us not to have access to His love.
You are the only thing in creation which can make this promise void. Have you ever been in a situation where someone expresses love to you but you do reciprocate that love? After all that God has done to enable you and I to be loved by Him we can reject Him. We can close the door. We can nullify all He has done to love us. After all, He has done for us to be loved He has given us the authority to reject His love. There is nothing in life which can impede His love for us. But we can stop it at the door of our hearts.
The greatest promise in the bible and we can negate it and render it powerless. We have the power to accept or reject Gods love. He will not force us to accept His love. After creating a universe with the sole purpose of loving us we can say no. I do not want your love. We can say that to God.
Even still, God calls to you, let me love you. He knows many will reject His perfect love. Still at the door of your heart. Knocking, asking you to let Him in to heal your broken heart.
It astonishes me that insignificant man was given the authority to reject God. We can actually say no to God. We can choose not to accept His love.
God wants us to love Him as He loves us, willfully intentionally, knowingly. He wants us to pick Him as He has picked us. When we do there is nothing that can separate us from receiving His love, nothing.

Valley of the shadow of death

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Valley of the Shadow of Death
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 24:4
20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Amen. Matthew 28: 20
These two verses provide great peace comfort and reassurance. What better hope do we have than to know that God himself will be with us in our times of troubles and tribulations. I cannot imagine any situation where these two verses would not bring comfort.

It is All About The Flesh

 

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It is All About The Flesh

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:12‭-‬14 NIV”

Led by the Spirit of God” could you imagine any commercial leading with or insinuating such an idea? Everything about our society speaks with total disregard for of the Spirit of God. Everything from our newly defined gender identities to our educational system ignore God. Our newly re-imagine, redefined Christianity exists with the goal of personal self-gratification. Without regard to our God. Much less the spirit of God.

We are told to focus on our reality by everything and everyone in our lives. Get an education it will improve your life. Live whatever lifestyle you want as long as it makes you happy. Object to anything you don’t like because you have the right not to be offended. You only have this life to live so do not burden yourself with any moral restraints of the past. Because everything which satisfies your lust is moral. Life has become a whirlwind of self-indulgence. What can I acquire, possess, own that will bring me continual personal pleasure? As long as I get a momentary reward, it does not matter. A casual fling, a theft of taxes. Acquiring of assets by whatever means available. Finding, pushing that new elixir of life is the only viable goal. Achieving a high standard of living even if it is based on a facade of lies. Anything that brings momentary pleasure is to be achieved at any cost. We have defined the desire of the flesh as an inalienable right.

The sad truth is, this desire to fulfill every fantasy is morally correct in an existence without God. Where there is no God, there is no righteousness. Any pursuit is justified by the one pursuing it. No other standard is applicable.

Every sin, lust, injustice is unassailable in a society which is Godless. Where there is no standard, there is no injustice. A standard defined by man will be as shifting as the power behind it. The morality of man will be determined by those with the temporary power to enforce it. In the end, our desire for self-gratification will seal our doom. Because it will always encroach on someone else’s right to self-gratification. In a Godless society with shifting morality, the rapist has a right to rape. A murderer has the right to kill. A liar has a right to lie. A thief has the right to steal. Because it gratifies the moment. Though the victim has the right not to be the victim.

In a Godless society, there is no room for justice. No place for righteousness. There is no room for anything that can bring unity and civility to society. The society bent on securing everyone’s right to self-gratification will self-destruct. The weight of conflicting desires will create constant conflict. As is evident in our current social climate.

“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die.”

He is Alive

 
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He is Alive
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Genesis 1:26
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. John 1:1
6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:8
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Revelations 1:17-18
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Revelation 22:13 (ESV)
All of these verses have a common denominator they are all talking about A living God.  Jesus died on the cross and was risen from the dead by God the father.
Do we take it for granted? Is it a concept that does not quite touch our reality? Is it an idea the brushes against the ends of our imaginings not quite real? Is it a happening that is so uncommon to us that we put it in the category of maybe? The resurrected living Christ is an enigma we cannot discard.
Jesus tells Paul “and behold I am alive forevermore.” This statement along with the angel saying to Martha “He is not here; for He is risen” changed everything. The two statements attest to the same thing Jesus is alive. If you believe these witnesses and others, the reality of Jesus being alive will alter your life. Once this concept is moved from the furthest reaches of your mind and brought into focus, your life will not be the same.  Jesus, the son of God, is alive and He said, “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
He is alive, and He will never leave you. Regardless of what you have been taught grab hold of this truth, Jesus is alive.  He is alive today. He promised never to leave you. The Son of God, the beloved of the father, is alive and with you always. Once you take this out of the figurative and move it into the actual nothing will ever be the same. The power of the Son of God walks with you, and if you listen, He will talk with you. If you take a step back, He will guide you He will protect you. He will nourish you. All this and so much more is available to you in real-time. Jesus is as alive now as He was at the beginning as John stated. He is “the first and the last” as Paul quotes Him as saying. He is the “Alpha and the Omega.” And He is “alive forevermore.”  Jesus is alive.

No Compromise

 

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No Compromise

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Some who claim Christianity are redefining and manipulate the scriptures. These two scriptures are complete and immutable in themselves.  They leave no room for compromise or manipulation.  You can’t read these two scriptures and arrive at any other conclusion than, Jesus is the one and only way to salvation and eternal life. As long as these two uncompromising scriptures remain, everyone under the sun that misrepresents the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a liar.

What I am saying here is, God will not make a special exception for you.  He clearly stated the way to salvation and eternal life. Your intellect and superior reasoning is foolishness before God. If you live out your life with your own reasoning and interpretation of the scriptures. If you claim your own righteousness, live with your own intellectual discernment, you will be judged by it. God will not force the sacrifice of His son for your life. He will honor your decision. You will be judged by His standards and your righteousness, reasoning, and intellect.  Just so you know, just so you can not say no one told me. His standard is perfection.  The question you have to answer now before you come before the judgment seat of God is this. Will everything I believe in, justify me before a perfect God?