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Christianity is Not Free.

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Christianity is Not Free.
 
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 1 John 4:15
 
There was a time not so long ago when making this statement was not offensive or at least threatening.  That period of time was an anomaly as Christians have been martyred for centuries. There are people being killed, imprisoned and tortured for believing “that Jesus is the Son of God.”  Our beliefs are being challenged in every arena of life not because they are wrong. But because they are true. The truth is not a barrier or an impenetrable wall of defense. It is a light in the darkness under assault from forces which are determined to snuff it out. If you are like me and believe that “Jesus is the Son of God” expect opposition. Currently, the opposition in the USA is in the form of ridicule and disrespect. As is happening now, we are being instructed to keep our mouths shut to speak of Christ in private quarters only. Unless there is a revival orchestrated by God. The next generation of Christians in this country will be the first to experience all-out persecution on our shores

Bears You Up

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Bears You Up

19 Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation. Psalms 68:19
Every day in ways seen and unseen the Lord our God protects provides and directs our lives. We don’t always see it, or we may not realize it until we look back but the loving hand of God is always there to help us on this journey of life.  It is God who lifts us up every day. He is with us in every situation to help us and guide us. He is our constant salvation. The key to this immeasurable blessing is for you to choose to follow His path.

His Love Endures Forever

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His Love Endures Forever

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.

His love endures forever. Psalms 136:26
 
In every verse of Psalms 136, it ends with “His love endures forever.” The writer was emphasizing regardless of the situation Gods love endures forever.  But what if God’s love were a situational, temporary, or conditional how would that change your view of God? If you had to earn Gods, love how would that affect you and the way you respond to God. We easily accept that the love of God is everlasting without considering what it would be like if it weren’t.  I can’t imagine what chaos would be caused if God’s love were anything but everlasting.  The everlasting love of God provides us with an immovable bedrock of security on which we can build our lives; without it, we exist on the constantly shifting sand of insecurity. I thank God that “His love endures forever.”

Endless Possibilities

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Endless Possibilities

12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2 12-13 

There is a space, a divide between us who believe in Christ and those who don’t. We who do, can hear and understand what God has said and is saying. those that don’t, though hearing can not comprehend what the Lord has said and is saying.  The bridge that reaches across that divide is the Spirit of God He is the one that opens our minds to understand the call, will, purpose, glory, love, and sovereignty of God.  Without the Spirit of God, the world is left lost abandon and confused because it can never understand the way the world works. They’re missing the most vital part, the Spirit of God which makes the world make sense. Without it we are, but a mass of humanity headed for our inevitable self-destruction. The Spirit of God opens our minds to the reality of a future with a God of boundless, endless beautiful possibilities.

Simplicity

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Simplicity

10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:3

At times the simplicity of the Bible is overwhelming in is naked and piercing truth.  If you love someone, you will not cause them harm. If you look at the unrest in our society, in our personal relationships. If you look at the pain and sorrow caused in all forms from every spectrum, it is due in large part because of the utter absence of love.

Sharper

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Sharper

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Have you ever wonder why the reaction to the Gospels is sometimes visceral?  Maybe because the word of God cannot be bargained with. It always brings you back to the truth. It is alive and relentless in its exposition of truth. It cuts through the layers of deception and exposes the lies we dilute ourselves with. It lays bare the inconsistencies of our thoughts and points to the one true God.  Maybe because it reveals to ourselves the shallowness of our selfish, sinful intent.

The word of God can also show you His redemptive, restorative grace. It shows you His longsuffering patience. It shows you His amazing love. It shows you the life He offers you. The word of God is the fork in the road with redemption, salvation, grace, love and joy on one side. The other road is the lost life you’ve chosen.

The Lord Bless You

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The Lord Bless You

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

This blessing God spoke over Israel through Aaron is uplifting, motivating and generous.  What we seek in this life is contained in the first words of these verses,  “The LORD bless you and keep you.” What I seek in this life is the blessings of God and His protection which is what he has given us as per the first verse. Then He goes beyond that and gives us peace.  God gives us all who call upon Him these blessings, but we have to accept them. If you don’t let go of what you have, you can never receive the blessings God has for you and His blessings are always better.

Walk With the Wise

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Walk With the Wise

20 Walk with the wise and become wise,

for a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20
 
This appears to be a pretty simple proverb. Associate with wise people, and you will acquire wisdom. That is what it means if you take it at face value. The book Proverbs speaks of wisdom, but it refers to wisdom dispensed by God to man. Yes, wisdom is shared by man but true wisdom comes from our infallible God. So if you want the wisdom of God, seek out those that have received the wisdom of God that you to may receive and declared that which is wise.

The Gospel

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The Gospel

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. Romans 1:16
 
We are put down humiliated, teased and denigrated for the gospel of Christ, yet it remains the best and only hope for mankind. No other religion, ideology, philosophy offers salvation to man. Only the gospel of Christ offers us any hope but hope with evidence. The evidence is the resurrection of Christ.

All Who Call

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All Who Call

5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You.
 
We have perpetuated this idea that God is forgiving and merciful to all people.  As I read this verse, I see a condition of Gods forgiveness ” to all that call upon you”. As I read about “gnashing of teeth” 
Matthew 8:12
Matthew 13:41–42
Matthew 22:11–13
Matthew 25:14–30)
and the judgment seat,
Revelation 20:11-15
I see a different dynamic.
We, you and I, Christian, are doing more than a disservice to the world when we continue to ignore this condition or encourage this erroneous ideology.   Gnashing of teeth and the Judgement of God when it leads to eternal punishment can not be ignored and hidden behind the mercy of God. God is merciful and kind. He is forgiving and loving. But His judgment will be just and eternal, painful and final. Let us not whitewash the severity of the final judgment. People that reject God will not find mercy, that concept is inconsistent with the word of God.