Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. (Isa 55:2)~~ We are living in the last days and the Bible calls it evil days. Satan has a variety of things to offer us. There are all kinds of evil things out there. We see the people hungering after and giving in to evil addictions and lifestyles that are destroying their lives. Remember the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. Our desires for those things of evil play right into the will of the devil. Every single person has in himself a longing for God, his creator. That is why we see people searching for the truth everywhere. But the influence and confusion of evil creates the illusion whereby we are searching for the truths of life in the wrong places. This is why we need to seek through Christ, the living God for Him to fill us from the hunger and thirst for the Way, the Truth and the Life – which He Himself is (John 14:6). When you have a longing for Jesus, no one needs to tell you to do the things of God. You cannot help but be in the things of God. When you hunger and thirst for God, all you will want to be is in His presence all the time. You will be in prayer and fellowship with Him. When you have a relationship with God, your heart’s deepest craving and your soul’s greatest longing will be to know more about Jesus and His word. You will want to fellowship with Jesus more and more and spend time with His word. God fills the people who Hunger and Thirst for Him.
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good (Rom 12:9)~ ~ God’s love for us is unconditional and unmerited. He loves us in spite of our disobedience, our weakness, our sin and our selfishness. Unconditional love is sincere, free from deceit, and unmeaning and deceitful compliments. Like the love of parents to their children; which is more tender and natural than any other; unforced, unconstrained: unconditional love gives itself without regard. There are no parameters that determine the point of nor possibility of love. Consider that Christ loves us so much that WHILE we were yet sinners, He died for us! (Rom 5:8). He doesn’t wait for us to “get right” before He loves us. He doesn’t love us “as long as” we meet some criteria, standard or measure of performance. He doesn’t turn His love off and on depending on how he feels or what mood He’s in. Here is our example then… You either have love in your heart or you don’t. When you carry real love in your heart, there are no determining factors. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends…(1 Cor 13:4-8). From the cross Christ cried out on behalf of those that crucified Him: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” If our Lord loved even those who were putting Him to His death THAT much, can you imagine how unconditionally He loves you — His child through faith and who seeks to please Him?
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:6) ~~ So often we get ourselves distraught in believing that as Christians we are supposed to have this aura of perfection about us. That we are supposed to live a totally perfect and sin-free life. And because we don’t and in fact CAN’T, we feel like we are not ‘good enough’ to call ourselves Christians. Look, if you are a non-smoker and you walk through a smoke filled room, you will come out smelling like a burnt pack of Kool Milds! Yet you’re still a non-smoker, no matter what the world may say otherwise. Even though you smell like the designated smoking section on the outside, on the inside your body functions like the non-smoking section. The same can be said about our walk in Christianity… we will be affected by our surroundings…we will be impacted by what we see, hear and experience in our lives and these things will cause us to be less than perfect… on the outside…even in what we do. This does not make us” non-Christian, it just confirms our humanity. But God works on us still…He creates IN us a clean heart and righteous spirit and through our relationship with Him, in His time, it happens. Our growth in Him is a continuous progressive work… Meaning there is always something going on in us bringing us closer and closer to Him. Don’t ever think you’re supposed to just BE perfect from the beginning of your acceptance of Him. What you are doing when you accept Him as your savior is you are accepting the workmanship of His hand on you. It is God that MAKES us perfect over time and through HIS perfect works, not the result of our ‘galant efforts’ toward perfection. And there’s more reality: this is not an instantaneous transformation from sinner to saint. This process will continue all the days of our lives until Christ returns… And God will look at us and see His Son in us… And AT THAT POINT we will be perfect in His sight. Until then, be open to His work on you in you and through you. Don’t become distressed about your stumbles in life, just GET UP!! Don’t become idle in your progressive growth and love toward Him… Give no place to the devil…and know who you are in the Lord.. you are a child of God..a friend of God! An heir to eternal life and an ambassador of Heaven. One day at a time, step by step, gradually and progressively…. Walk in THAT! Be Blessed!
There are those in our society today that subscribe to the notion that we must control how the population is organized and the first determining factor of that notion is what race a person is! Many of these people call themselves Christians… “ people of God” –
So let me ask the “people of God”… who want to separate the races and culture and people.. Why would God bring the nations and races and souls together in Heaven but keep them separate on Earth? So you think mixed race societies are unequally yoked because your race is better than mine or his or hers??? Being “unequally yoked” isn’t about race, it’s about religion. Jesus has interracial marriages in his lineage. Are you better than Him? It doesn’t matter that your ancestors have been this way for generations…. we love to bring up what happened hundreds of years ago as our reason for not liking someone. Half of us don’t understand or even TRY to understand why, we just do it because it’s the way our families or our communities have been all of our lives… and our excuse for staying that way is … HERITAGE!?!?!? No wonder things are so backwards!!! When your family values are rooted in sin, it’s time to change your family values. Nobody’s born a bigot; it’s a learned behavior. This behavior always leads to us treating people how Jesus would never treat people. Hatred, Unforgiveness, Anger, Arrogance, Racism… not liking the person because their skin is a different color, their beliefs and heritages are different, their likes and dislikes don’t match ours… these things are always rooted in ignorance. We need to Stop defending the ignorance…. we really aren’t any better than the next person! Just END IT NOW!!! If “whoever” is good enough for God then they have to be good enough for the “people” of God! Jesus is not looking at the color of someone’s skin but the condition of their heart.
People, we need to go above our horrible base instincts of ignorance and lay off the acts steeped in belittling a culture other than our own. There is NOT ONE justifiable reason for racism to exist!!! There is NO EXCUSE for the ugliness that happens. Standing by and acting like we don’t see it doesn’t make it go away! Violence and vengeance don’t solve anything. We cannot separate ourselves from each other and no race, religion, heritage financial or social status makes any one of us better than the other! We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools (MLK).
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another (Rom 12:4-5).
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness (1 Cor 3:19)~~ You don’t have to look very far these days to find a social media commentary, a social or political group rally or some other ‘organization’ broadcasting it’s “teaching” of what it (the world) calls true wisdom. You’ll also find, if you’re worth your salt in your experience of the Word of God that such teachings tend to and in many cases seek to corrupt, to pollute, and destroy the building of the Body of Christ; in favor of their own promotion. Mankind is very apt to oppose the design of the mercies of God.
Fame, charisma and popularity among social and political circles are some of the attractants that lure us away from a right spirit which should be kept pure and holy for God. We sway from God’s righteousness in favor of these “things” of man; who is elevated in the span of human life; Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever (Rom 1:25); foolishly following worldly rationality over divine truths. Man continues to wander from God, till all traces of true religion have been lost, should not the revelation of the gospel prevent it. Man has dishonored God by the most absurd idolatries and superstitions; and has degraded himself by the vilest affections and most abominable deeds!
Those who spread loose principles, which render the church of God unholy, bring destruction upon themselves. Christ by His Spirit dwells in all true believers. Christians are holy by profession, and should be pure and clean, both in heart and conversation. He is deceived who deems himself more relevant, wise or pertinent than the Life present in temple of the Holy Ghost, and yet is unconcerned about personal holiness, or the peace and purity of the Body of Christ.
To have a high opinion of our own wisdom, is to flatter ourselves; and self-flattery is the next step to self-deceit. The wisdom that worldly men esteem, is foolishness with God. How justly does He despise, and how easily can He baffle and confound it! The thoughts of the wisest men in the world, have vanity, weakness, and folly in them. Our own words become the very source of our foolishness and our downfall. Meanwhile our Creator’s invisible power and Godhead are so clearly shown in the works He has made, that even idolaters and the wicked wise are left without excuse!
All this should teach us to be humble, and make us willing to be taught of God, so as not to be led away, by pretenses to human wisdom and skill, from the simple truths revealed by Christ.
Shamefully after 50+ years, we find ourselves here celebrating MLK Day once again, still talking about this great man’s dream that we just can’t seem to bring to reality! It’s almost as if there’s this fermenting and boiling up of rebellion against every form of progression toward ending racist supremacism, bias and other forms of segregation that pit races against each other! America, we are a nation divided – our country is imploding from the inside! Why? Because this race wants to claim superiority and supremacy over that race and that race hates the other race! Somehow, somewhere there came this idea that because of a race or social or economic status or heritage or some other twisted value, that ‘x’ is superior to the other! The ground at the foot of the cross is level – God doesn’t see one race or other status as greater than the other – He sees us all the same. America – contrary to the beliefs of a misguided man and those like him, WE look like the real s***hole country right now! We MUST do better than this! ~~ For I say through the grace given to me to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith (Rom 12:3). Wake Up People – Make the Dream Come True!