- 1 WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE BEING JUDGED BY THE WORLD:
- 1.1 HOW DO WE CUT OFF OUR FLESH?
- 1.2 Part 3
- 1.3 FAITH: The Real Issue
- 1.4 .
- 1.4.1 1) The mind of man is more perfect than the mind of God.
- 1.4.2 2) DNA and man are imperfect creations; therefore, God makes mistakes.
- 1.4.3 3) Man cannot control his behavior because of his DNA (chemical make-up, hormones, et al). It is not man’s fault, but God’s.
- 1.4.4 4) God needs man to perfect and finish His work.
- 1.4.5 5) God has given man the right through freewill to choose whatever he feels he wants to do and be. Therefore, if our mind is telling us to be something different, then, we have the right to choose what we feel we should be.
- 1.4.6 6) And last but not least, perhaps there is no perfect God, no divine order, therefore, man must create order.
- 1.4.7 Romans 10 (NKJV) Israel Needs the Gospel
- 1.4.8 Romans 10 (NKJV) Israel Rejects the Gospel
- 1.4.9 God told Cain, Genesis 4:6 (KJV):
- 1.4.10 Genesis 2:18-25 (NKJV)
- 1.4.11 Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV)
- 1.4.12 WHY WAS THE TRIBE OF BENJAMIN NEARLY EXTERMINATED?
- 1.4.13 Share this:
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’RE BEING JUDGED BY THE WORLD:
HOW DO WE CUT OFF OUR FLESH?
FAITH: The Real Issue
Proverbs 25:28 KJV 28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Genesis 4: 77 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
We cannot understand how to cut off our flesh, or why we need to cut off our flesh, if we don’t understand what the flesh is. Our fleshly bodies came from the earth and are attached to the world. When our mind is led by the desires of our flesh, we become of the world. When we exhibit character traits or vices that are attached to the carnal world, we are acting in the flesh. Traits such as: pride, jealousy, greed, selfishness, hatred, lusts, etc. When we are Born Again, through The Holy Spirit, we are given a new mind, the Mind of Christ. It is then that we can die to the flesh and live in the Spirit. Why are we given the Mind of Christ? -Because, Jesus, as the Son of God, did only what the Father told Him to do and always sought to please His Father. As He is the Word of God, the Father is in Him and He is in the Father, therefore, He is able to conquer sin
When Jesus was accused by the Pharisee and betrayed by Judas, His disciple, He could have been outraged, but He stood and acted with the character of God. When Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate to be judged, He could have protested in anger, demanding to be released, but He stood and acted with the character of God. That fleshly or carnal side of us is part of the world and attached to the world. If we are to Stand, Endure, and conquer the world, we must operate in the Spirit. To walk by faith and not by sight we must cut-off or die to our carnal mind that seeks to anchor itself to the ways of the world with our fleshly body, and then, follow the mind of Christ, looking to Heavenly things, and seeking to please God.
When you are being judged by the world, the world demands that you explain that which it cannot understand and refuses to accept as Truth. Believing is a matter of Faith. When someone cannot rule over their own spirit and rebuke the Adversary, we cannot convince them of Truth. If they refuse to cut off their flesh and submit to the will of God that they may walk by Faith and not by sight, we cannot convince them of the Truth. Then it stands that without Faith in God, one cannot see and understand that, if God did it before, and since we have knowledge of something God did in the past, then, it by all means is His law.
Part of being Born Again entails having God’s laws written within your heart. His Holy Spirit gives us understanding and compels us to obey. God’s Holy Spirit guides us and leads us into righteousness, keeping us within the Will of God. We know from the Word of God that God is unchanging. Jesus did not come to change God’s Laws, but to fulfill them, meaning that through our acceptance of Jesus and walking in the Truth and the Way, abiding in Jesus, He is able to help us conquer sin, no longer requiring us to live under the law.
We can apply God’s Character to any situation or issue today and know if it is pleasing to God if it aligns with His Truth, Love, Holiness and Righteousness. Having this understanding, we must abide in Jesus and God’s Holy Spirit to walk in the Light pleasing God. We don’t trust in our own understanding of what is right and wrong or base it upon our own feelings and desires.
If God’s Word was good yesterday, it is still good today. It neither needs to be written down and co-signed, nor does it need to be debated, updated, or amended with man’s input. We must learn to say no to the world, overrule our feelings, and obey God.
My Beloved Brothers and Sisters,
We have lived to see another day and we can rejoice and be glad in it. Our faith has led us to walk in the Light and live in the fullness of God’s Glory. Yet, to be in the Light one must be aware that outside of the Light is darkness. No one really likes to talk about darkness. No one really likes to talk about sin. But, as Believers we should feel differently for we are more than conquerors. We should see sin as: just another mountain to climb and conquer; another chain to break free from; another victory to claim because we have faith in God and victory in Jesus! But can you understand what it is like to not have COMPLETE FAITH IN GOD? Do you know what happens to your mind—your soul?
Each day, we should shine our light to show others the way and expose the darkness around us. We cannot ignore that darkness; nor allow it to obstruct our path. We must remain circumspect of the effect it can have on us and others. We cannot allow it to instill fear and change us. If we are to lead others out of the darkness, we must expose the lie the darkness tells them. We can neither be selective to what is called sin and what is not called sin in the world, nor can we choose which sins to expose or help free others from.
Exposing lies is difficult when others may be so blinded that they haven’t the ability to see the Truth, no matter how many times we tell them, or no matter how many ways we may explain and make it plain for them to see. Nevertheless, a lie is a lie, and one lie is built upon another. If we allow Satan to build upon one lie after another, then we will find ourselves surrounded by lies and sin. We must tell the Truth.
The Light of Jesus is Truth. It does not hide itself under a basket because the world says you must believe in lies and tolerate them, you must co-exist with them and cater to them without discrimination or preference. So, what can we do as Believers in a world that wants to give evil equal footing with good?
The Light of Jesus does not hide and believe there is nothing that can be done, because the Light of Jesus has POWER—power to cast out darkness. So, my brothers and sisters let us shine our Light and expose the lies to lead others out of sin and cast out darkness!
As Believers, we believe God is our Creator and He created DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) that makes each one of us unique. Through our differences, God shows us who He is. He is a God of many differences, but, yet the same. So, must we also think of ourselves in this way. As humans, we have many differences, yet we are the same. There are endless ways in which DNA can reconstruct itself. In a world filled with billions of people, it is remarkable that there is no one exactly like us. We are uniquely different, yet we are all human beings made in the image of God.
Many believe that DNA makes us who we are, and we cannot go against the pattern it has mapped out for us. Can it be that DNA has such power and control over our mind we cannot help what our body is telling us to be and do? Be it as it may, many are convinced that their genetic make-up can cause them to rebel against what God has created them to be. It sounds like an oxymoron and creates a paradox. God created man and woman and God created DNA to create them. The finished product is a man or woman. Yet, if a person’s mind disagrees with the outcome of the DNA, feeling there is conflict or imperfection in the DNA, do they have the right to overrule what God has created with His DNA? Does FREEWILL release us from trusting and obeying God? Does FREEWILL release us from holiness, righteousness, and doing what is pleasing and right in God’s eyes? If this is true, then, it can only mean that:
1) The mind of man is more perfect than the mind of God.
2) DNA and man are imperfect creations; therefore, God makes mistakes.
3) Man cannot control his behavior because of his DNA (chemical make-up, hormones, et al). It is not man’s fault, but God’s.
4) God needs man to perfect and finish His work.
5) God has given man the right through freewill to choose whatever he feels he wants to do and be. Therefore, if our mind is telling us to be something different, then, we have the right to choose what we feel we should be.
6) And last but not least, perhaps there is no perfect God, no divine order, therefore, man must create order.
If all of these beliefs are in play, if Satan has fed these lies to the world, then there is chaos. He has set out to do exactly what he planned to do—confuse man as to who he is and what God created man to do. He has presented man with the option of rights without righteousness. Yes, I have already made my deduction, but let us still explore…
We need only to address one of these theories. The answers to the rest are determined by this one deciding factor. The answer to the following question determines the order of man. Does a perfect God exist? If you question His existence and you believe no one can prove that He exists, then you need not go any farther. However, if you believe there is a perfect God and your proof is your faith, then, we must start all over with the overwhelming and underlying question of faith. Belief in God and His Word is based on faith. For Believers to define their sexuality, they must go back to the intent of the Creator, therefore, they must have faith in His Word. FAITH is the real issue and the lack thereof.
If there is no perfect God, then we must live with the order man creates. Then, having established that man can do as He pleases, man must create his own order or choose to live without order. However, without order, men and women live in constant fear and the needs of many go unmet. It sounds very familiar. There is more fear, confusion, poverty, disease, crime, violence and chaos in the world today, because man has decided either to reject the order of God or to believe there is no God. Certainly, people will say this is a biased analysis, because it is coming from someone whom they can only see and define as a Christian. Nonetheless, I believe we can already rule this theory out because history has proven man is incapable of creating order when he does what he pleases. Mankind is divided in countless ways because of pride and an inability to love one’s brother unconditionally.
But getting back to faith; our inability to come to a consensus on male and female sexual behavior stems from our faith. Faith leads some people to believe the Bible is the Word of God and is infallible. Others may not believe at all, while many choose to pick which doctrine, laws, principles or commandments are acceptable for them to believe. So, if people have different faith and beliefs, there is nothing we can do…or is there?
Romans 10 (NKJV) Israel Needs the Gospel
10 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Need we say more? Is there bigger proof for the need to preach Christ into the lives of God’s people, today? We look for answers in the wrong places. When faith in Christ is the answer to all. Let us teach others to abide in Christ.
But getting back to our theory; now, if there is one God, does an all-powerful, perfect and knowing God need man to create order? Yes? No? God is a God of order because He is the Alpha and Omega; the beginning and the end; man is His creation; He is a perfect God and DNA was created within His plan and wisdom. But how do we know this? Why should we believe this? Oh, it is in the Bible. Are those exact words in the Bible? Can we find DNA in the Bible? Okay. You say the Bible is the Word of God. How do you know this? By Faith?
Then, again, perhaps the underlying, overlying, all around question and answer is Faith? Where is your Faith? Do you believe in God and that He is your Creator? Do you believe the Bible is the Word of God given to man to put order in man’s life through a relationship with God? Can you Be Still, and know that He is God? Do you believe He knows what is best for you even when you feel differently?
We need God to put order in our lives. Man cannot create order or life. Life is more than sexuality, reproduction and living in the world. We can only find life in God, through Jesus Christ. Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. To have life you must live in holiness and righteousness to gain peace and understanding of who and what you were created to be and how you are to live.
No law can validate sin. No law can create holiness and righteousness where there is a lack of faith, fear and reverence for God. Just as nothing you physically change about yourself can give you identity and peace, no prodding, treatment, counseling or coercion can change someone who lacks faith and trust in their Creator. Cruelty, oppression and force are not the ways of Christian fellowship and discipleship. We must ask God to increase the faith of the non-believer and those of little faith, while we act as an example of God’s Character and as faith driven disciples walking by faith and not by sight; and not forgetting to do everything in love.
Romans 10 (NKJV) Israel Rejects the Gospel
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,Who bring glad tidings of good things!”16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”[j] 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed:“Their sound has gone out to all the earth,And their words to the ends of the world.”
But let us go back to feelings; feelings that cause us to act upon them and fall into sin. God created ‘feelings’ for us to ‘rule over’ to prevent us from falling into sin, which is the result of a lie; a lie fed to us by Satan.
When we become confused; dissatisfied; distraught; angry; when our beliefs are incongruent to the word of God, then, sin ‘lies’ waiting at our door. But thank God that He sent His Son to keep us from sin; to take away the confusion; and show us who we are–Children of God. Through Christ, we find our direction and purpose. When you come to know God, you know that you are someone special. You exist because of His love for you. He created you to be a man or woman because of His love for you. Think about that. He could have made us all the same. But there’s something about God’s love that wants to specialize and give individual attention and make everything and everyone in a unique way that give glory to God. Could this be because of God’s abundance of love? Could this be because God loves unconditionally and forever, therefore, He has an infinite number of ways to love all of us at the same time? Could it be that the enemy seeks to destroy this bond between God and man by trying to convince us that we must not be our unique selves, but instead be like everyone else and join the masses who worship and love sin? And in our attempt to be what we feel is uniquely ourselves, we destroy that which is truly unique and created by God? We become another causualty, another sinner, and another lover of the world and ourselves.
God told Cain, Genesis 4:6 (KJV):
6 So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
God does not expect us to do the impossible; in other words, He made you to be able to rule over that which causes you to sin; your feelings, emotions and body. This is what our ‘Father’ expects of His children and has given us the power to do through the embodiment of Christ. His quintessence: His perfect example in conquering self and the world is ours for the asking.
Now, I am sure that you are saying that the problem lies beyond faith in God. Perhaps you believe there is no clarifying definition of a man and a woman. What is a man and what is a woman…and is there an androgynous overlap? Modern man likes to be very scientific, specific and intellectual. If there is no constant, then there is no clear definition or proof to the hypothesis. We can’t go just by outer appearance, we must dissect.
Yes, there is a definition and only one definition that Believers must consider. We find it in Genesis where God tells us about the relationship of intimacy and interdependence that males and females were created to have together. That was the end of creation. God stopped there because that was the purpose for their creation; a relationship as husband and wife; and a relationship with Him.
If we try to change who and what we are, can we have the same relationship with others and God that was intended? -Or instead, are we producing a false reality in which we are merely made-up characters trying to write our own script? Then, in this false reality, are we living in vain? Even then, God is still in control. Nothing has truly changed, for God has the last Word. You see, even then, in our vanity and false reality, we are under God’s Grace and Mercy. Even then, God shows us how great His unconditional love spans the universe and surrounds us. For even then, in our vanity, God allows a chance to work out our soul’s salvation, seek Christ and seek His face. Each day that He allows us to live on is not for our vanity but instead for the glorification of the Kingdom in that we all have need for one another and we all even in our weaknesses and flaws can be used to help our brothers and sisters and glorify God and His Kingdom.
Genesis 2:18-25 (NKJV)
18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23 And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
Note, that God did not make Adam another man as a comparable companion. It would have been very easy for Him to just keep on going with the same pattern. But He intentionally made a woman taken from Adam. God’s intent was not to duplicate Adam, nor create something greater or less than Adam. His intent was to create a similar and compatible companion to help Adam. Yet, today, the world would have us believe that God was not finished after He rested; He forgot to give us clear instructions; God makes mistakes; nature is in charge and is indecisive; God gave us free will to decide our sexual preference; I can be both sexes; Pedophilia is normal; and promiscuity and adultery is a preferred lifestyle.
Nothing is too hard for God. He created DNA. Why do you believe He can’t control it? It is your will that chooses to succumb to that which would have you sin. Did God make a mistake? No! He gave you an opportunity to Be Still and know that He is God. God reveals himself through His character and will for His children. Yet, perphaps this is where confusion begins for many people for they like the children of Israel want to make God into their own image. The confused, chaotic, and misled mind wants to create a God for their own specific interpretations and solutions that are connected with their desire to be of the world. As they know other world and know no other way, they choose to make a God for the purposes of the world. They cannot see that it is the world which they idolize along with themselves.
Perhaps this is why God chose to tell Moses to tell all Israel, tell them I AM sent you. There can be no other definition or description contained within that statement. No other God can disguise themselves or take the place of the one and only I AM. We cannot mistake Him for anyone or anything else, for no other can be all that He can be.
In getting the attention of Moses and the tribe of Israel, in writing His laws upon stone, GOD is telling His children to Be who and what I created you to be. Put your faith and trust in me, not yourself or man. Watch! Watch what I can do!
Many continue to live in sin because they say that Jesus never said this, or Jesus never said that. They make their argument by saying that Jesus never spoke out against homosexuality, slavery, wearing short skirts, carrying guns, etc. Jesus said what His Father told Him to say. He spoke metaphorically because His Father told Him to do so. He said He did not come to do away with the law or the prophets, but to fulfill them; and by fulfilling, He allows us to abide in Him to keep from committing those acts of transgression and disobedience which His Father forbade in the Old Testament and continues to judge as sin.
Do not be deceived when someone tells you Jesus didn’t speak against something. God’s laws stand, but when we live and abide in Jesus, we are kept from sin and being under the law, for we die to self and live in holiness and righteousness. Whatever we say or do must align with the Word and Will of God.
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
Think clearly, Jesus said the Father is in me and I am in the Father. Mmmm. We should base our reasoning and understanding on who Jesus is and not try to form doctrine, laws, and opinions on what we believe He didn’t say. Again, we should base our reasoning and understanding on who Jesus is and not try to form doctrine, laws, and opinions on what we believe He didn’t say.
Jesus is God Incarnate for God placed within Him His Word and the Word is God. Next time someone says Jesus didn’t say that was wrong, tell them that Jesus is the Word, the Word is God, and God had already spoken. Look at what God did and listen to what God said before Jesus descended into the world and what God continues to say now. He has not changed. He is the same today as He was yesterday. When He made Adam and Eve it was HIS plan. At no time has He deviated from that plan. Man has chosen to become the deviant and created an abomination to the Lord. Then, man wonders why darkness presses upon him, or, why do I feel confused; when he is the one who opened the door and invited it in.
Sodom and Gomorrah were not only about bad neighbors, sodomites and male prostitutes. It was about people who made flesh their “God”; corrupt, idol worshippers; lovers of themselves who indulged in all manner of fleshly immorality.
God is a jealous God. We are to put no other God before Him. When we consider ourselves, our bodies more important than God’s Word, then, we become lovers of ourselves and worshippers of ourselves, making our temples idols.
The world is full of idol worshipping, today. We teach our children to have idols through games and toys. We teach them to become idols and imitate those they idolize. People are obsessed with how they and others look and dress. Vanity and pride are considered to be virtues. People imitate others and never truly explore who they really are or seek to fulfill their identity in Christ.
Is it no wonder that we find so many people have fallen to sexual immorality and lack true identity? Is it no wonder that there is so much mental and emotional instability? Most pills doctors are prescribing are for psychological illness and sleep disorders. How can anyone determine who and what they are, when they are exposed to so much hypocrisy from the time that they are born? What we see today is not a biological explosion of nature going awry, nor is it freedom of expression and equality for those who have long suppressed their true nature. It is man’s choosing to do as he pleases again and not realizing or understanding the outcome and consequences of his actions.
By rejecting God’s order for man and disobeying God’s first commandment, we have created a society of gender confused people. The first commandment to men; the one that Adam and Eve disobeyed because of pride and love of self. God was not being arrogant when He made the first commandment. He was saving us from destroying ourselves and falling to the very chaos, confusion and debauchery that has society disclaiming God’s word and drowning in darkness.
Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV)
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Believers feel they must walk timidly around the subject of sexual immorality for fear of being called judgmental, hypocritical or homophobic. Yet, it is the sin of the sexually immoral which judges them from the mouth of their Creator. Believers are quick to protest abortion and the destruction of an unborn life, but they support and celebrate the abortion of the soul and life of those who fall into sexual immorality. They no longer protect their children from the influence of movies, videos, and television that contain explicit and immoral sexual behavior and music that influences and corrupts their minds. Many live life ashamed and feel they must practice deception because they too are victims of Satan’s lie. Many have loved ones who have fallen prey to the lies and live blindly in sexual immorality; but they turn their heads to what they know is against the will of God and keep silent.
Why talk about this? …because one thing leads to another. Everything we do affects those around us. Children of God…please listen and know that your beliefs have value and purpose to preserve mankind and to lead us to walk in righteousness and holiness! Your faith has power to overcome darkness, heal the sick and cast out demons! We cannot live in fear of the world which gives rights to the unrighteous and takes our rights away, placing us in bondage to laws that seek to crush our very soul and make us deny our God and the Maker of All!
Yes, many Believers feel we must embrace sin and support others in sinning. They think we put Abrahamic religions on the ‘spot’ if we don’t show we love them by supporting and tolerating their sin. So, now, we glorify and idolize those who indulge in promiscuity and adultery. We validate our belief by telling others that we have “gay” friends. What is a friend if not someone who helps you to walk in righteousness? If not, you are a wolf in sheep’s clothing; a hypocrite; a liar and the love and truth of God is not in you. Are you a friend when you shake your head in pity and continue on your way; leaving your friend to bleed to death on the road; doing nothing to heal their wound; believing there is nothing you can do; or not wanting to offend your friend; or get your hands dirty? In doing so, we, Believers betray Christ and our friend; that is why we lie like beaten dogs; cowering in a corner; licking our wounds; covering our eyes; clinching our hearts; sobbing in the night; watching our children be led into sin and death by what the world has deemed ‘normal’; but we still call ourselves Believers.
The world does not understand Believers! We are offensive to the world and always will be! Accept your cross as Jesus did! We love our brothers and sisters in the world more than the world loves them and more than they love themselves. If God be in us, we can love no other way. But, to love them is to bring them closer to God; to love them is to tell them the Truth always in love; to love them is to tell them that tomorrow is not promised to them—Repent!
Yes, telling others the Truth and dispelling a lie they believe and live can be a very difficult thing to do, especially with loved ones. The problem arises when we lack faith and when we have our own expectations and self-seeking agenda. When those expectations are not met, we may feel like we’re wasting our time, or maybe we have failed, and we may even feel there is no hope. However, telling them the Truth is also for our benefit, as it assesses our faith in God. It assesses our unconditional love. It assesses our willingness to be used by God and our ability to STAND and ENDURE.
Our expectations, our personal desires and longings to please or absolve ourselves from any wrongdoing or failure is a hindrance to not only us but to others. What we are looking for is not always what God is looking for. When we stand for Truth and continue to endure this may have an everlasting effect upon those watching us who are weak, misled, and in sin. We must not only do things in love having all hope, faith, and trust in God, we must never count anyone out, condemn, or give up on them.
Before embarking upon an egotistical mission to try to fix someone else through unrealistic expectations, we must recognize that lack of identity comes in many forms. We must realize that those lacking sexual identity are not alone in their wandering astray and seeking love and identity in the world. Our love may not be unconditional, causing us to want to change others for our own personal satisfaction. We may be trying to avoid shame, guilt, responsibility, and humbling ourselves to God’s will and way. We too, may be so very lost in the world and we don’t know who and what we are, hence we are seeking love, affection, and attention the wrong way, also. We see big, strong birds flying by and we want to be like them. Other birds are joining them, so we decide to join them, too. But they’re made differently from us, and we wonder why we can’t keep up.
We may want to be like others in the world and expect our loved ones to be like them too. We try to build our nest like those of the world and it’s all wrong for us. Then, we wonder why we’re so uncomfortable and it’s falling apart; but we stay there anyway, because it gives us a false sense of love, security, pride, and accomplishment. We convince ourselves that this is love—this is growth—this is who I am. But God has made us swans, which must be transformed, kept apart from the rest. But first, we must go through something in life and in order to do this; we must humble ourselves and attach ourselves to God.
You looked in the mirror and just saw you; and you didn’t like what you saw so you decided to make yourself look like somebody else. If you would have looked in God’s Word, you would have found yourself. If you would have looked up at the cross, Jesus would have looked back at you with love and approval. If you would have accepted Him and taken him into your life to abide in Him, then the reflection in the mirror would have shown you Jesus.
My dear brothers and sisters, my FRIENDS, we cannot continue to simply move on and ignore the chaos, destruction, decay, and discomfort around us, sweeping it under the rug. Nor can we give up, accept defeat and live with the pain. We must observe the affect our behavior and decisions have on people and our environment. Have we brought Heaven to Earth? When we look in the mirror, do we see the image of God looking back at us?
Man has ignored his abuse and pollution of the planet in the name of progress and prosperity. Now, the planet and its inhabitants are suffering and dying. Can we and should we wait to try to correct the situation because the economy is suffering and governments are unstable; or do we continue our behavior and ignore the problem, because we need to build more over-sized buildings, houses, cars and luxury items?
If we have not dealt with our weaknesses, just how strong will our building be? Can we build back better? Can we make our country great? Can we build God’s Kingdom covered in darkness? Can we build relationships covered in darkness?
God didn’t allow David to build His temple because he had blood on his hands–too much darkness had passed through his hands. Yet, we believe we can do God’s work holding onto sins and weaknesses; putting them on the back burner, until we are ready to truly deal with them. Won’t these sins and weaknesses be manifested in our leadership; worship; relationships and work? Are we laying pillars that Satan will bring down upon our head and the heads of others? David’s hands could not build a temple that would be holy, completely holy to the Lord; and the Lord could not dwell within. Will God’s blessings and holiness be upon our building and relationships? Can God dwell in our temples?
Yes, it is hard for us to accept who and what God wants us to be and live daily within the realm of holiness, when we and others have expectations and desires. Good expectations and good intentions often blind us to our weaknesses and lead us down the wrong path because we want to please ourselves or please and help others. Nonetheless, we must stay true to whom God has made us to be and how he expects us to live and grow. And most of all, how He expects us to treat others. Be Still, my brothers and sisters, HAVE FAITH, and He will show you what He can do for you. Watch Him!
Father, great is Thy Faithfulness. Always, Lord. Always unto us. Help us to expose the lies, Father. Help us to free our brothers and sisters from addictions and bondage that keep them from living in holiness and righteousness and in the full abundance of your Glory.
Today, Satan builds us a stairway of lies, leading down to him and the pit of hell and damnation. Father, help your children to look up to the Light and climb out of the darkness into your Light. Father, strengthen them to resist the lies and temptation. Teach them how to lean on Your everlasting arms every day.
Father, we can do nothing without You. The world pulls at us, trying to pull us back into the lies and pit that waits to destroy us. We may not have people of faith around us to keep us strong and encourage us. We may not know how to take that first step. When we look up, we may feel ashamed and then turn back. If we let go of the lie, we don’t know what is out there for us. We don’t know if we can adjust. Will anybody love us and take care of us?
Father, let them see your hand. Let them see people who will help. Let them know that they can take hold of Your hand and let You pull them up out of the pit. Let them know that somebody is out there waiting for them; a father and a brother they can depend on; who will never leave them alone.
Open up the eyes of Christians to see their sin in leaving their brother by the side of the road. Open up their hearts to love them as they should; to care enough to lead them to Truth, holiness and righteousness; to care enough to walk with them; care for them; show them Jesus; and lead them to discipleship.
Our lack of concern and conviction shows our lack of faith, Father. We do not truly believe that all things are possible for we who love You and call upon Your name. We choose shame and passiveness instead of Victory and Glory in the name of Jesus! Father, we look to others to repent and change, when it is we who need to be transformed and repent. We want You to stand for us, but we are too weak and cowardly to stand for You. We, too, don’t know who and what we are and have allowed the world to change us.
Forgive us, Lord. Please forgive us. Wake us up! Stand us on our feet and tell us to gird our loins. Make us put on our armor and fight the battles that You set before us and have already given to us in victory! You have given us a Living Word that can transform man and destroy our enemy. Show us how to abide in your Word so that fear and darkness do not overtake us and prevent us from claiming what is ours!
We believe we have options, and we believe we have time. But, Lord, You have told us that one day there will be no options, nor will there be time. We see now that we are hated, and others seek to destroy us, along with Your given Word.
Let us fight harder, knowing that our God cannot be defeated! Let us stand our ground with our feet planted upon the Solid Rock. We shall not be moved!
Oh, Lord, we love you. We love you and magnify Your holy name! The Remnant and the Body of Christ await your return; to sit at your feet and be blessed. Amen
By the grace and mercy of God,
TRYING TO DISGUISE OUR SIN!
WHY WAS THE TRIBE OF BENJAMIN NEARLY EXTERMINATED?
Gibeah’s Crime (homosexuality, rape, and murder, obstruction of the law to restore holiness and righteousness to Israel)
Judges 19:22-2622 As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, worthless fellows, surrounded the house, beating on the door. And they said to the old man, the master of the house, “Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him.”23 And the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brothers, do not act so wickedly; since this man has come into my house, do not do this vile thing.24 Behold, here are my virgin daughter and his concubine. Let me bring them out now. Violate them and do with them what seems good to you, but against this man do not do this outrageous thing.”25 But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine and made her go out to them. And they knew her and abused her all night until the morning. And as the dawn began to break, they let her go.26 And as morning appeared, the woman came and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her master was, until it was light.Judges 20: 1818 The people of Israel arose and went up to Bethel and inquired of God, “Who shall go up first for us to fight against the people of Benjamin?” And the Lord said, “Judah shall go up first.”
Judges 20: 27-2827 And the people of Israel inquired of the Lord (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days, 28 and Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron, ministered before it in those days), saying, “Shall we go out once more to battle against our brothers, the people of Benjamin, or shall we cease?” And the Lord said, “Go up, for tomorrow I will give them into your hand.”Judges 20: 46-4846 So all who fell that day of Benjamin were 25,000 men who drew the sword, all of them men of valor.47 But 600 men turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon and remained at the rock of Rimmon four months.48 And the men of Israel turned back against the people of Benjamin and struck them with the edge of the sword, the city, men and beasts and all that they found. And all the towns that they found they set on fire.Judges 21:2525 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Genesis 4 King James Version
4 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9 And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
13 And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
15 And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
16 And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
18 And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
21 And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.
24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.
Proverbs 25 King James Version
25 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.
23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Ephesians 4:5-13 King James Version
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Matthew 4 (KJV)
4 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;
13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.
John 4:23-30 King James Version
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.