No One Is Less Than Any Other #IAmAMan –

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  • If “whoever” is good enough for God than it has 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.
  • Why would God bring the nations together in heaven but keep them separate on Earth?
  • Being “unequally yoked” isn’t about race, it was about religion.
  • Jesus has two interracial marriages in his lineage. Are you better than Jesus?
  • 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.
  • Arrogance always leads to us treating people how Jesus would never treat people.
  • Unforgiveness is always rooted in arrogance.
  • While you’re under your parents’ roof, try your best to obey their rules.
We are all PEOPLE and when we put race in front of it, we categorize them as less than people. When we stop seeing ourselves and each other as the Black man, or the White man or the Asian or Hispanic man and just see the MAN… then our race problems will get better! I am a MAN!!

#Tolerance, Indifference & Acceptance are Lukewarm; Heat Things Up & Stand For Something! –

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“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. (Rev 3:15)~~

In today’s world people have become “tolerant” rather than standing up for right vs. wrong! We find ways to accept and make appropriate the worst of shortcomings and claim it in the name of “loving” our fellow man. In turning a deaf ear and a blind eye to the intentional disregard for the statute of God’s Word, we turn the truth of God into a lie and manipulate it with man-made laws to fit our own agendas. We decide that rather than following the Way of the Lord as good, that as we indeed make a “law” of it, we define and determine our own good! We don’t deny God, in fact, we do love Him but that love has become lukewarm! We have lost the fervent and passionate degree of love that at first appeared. As time progresses, we continue to grow remiss and cold toward Him. The world is becoming overrun with people, even Christians forsaking their first love – the Lord, while overly accommodating lawlessness and carelessness, and excusing indifference and sloth in themselves and others.  Our Savior considers this indifference as sinful.

Indifference as to truth and error, good and evil, may be called charity and meekness by many, but it is not so; and it is displeasing to Christ. The Christian life is a warfare against sin, Satan, the world, and the flesh. Though we must show all meekness to all men, we must also show just zeal against their sins. While we must deal with everyone in Godly love, it it just as important that we stand on His Word in regard to true and divine righteousness. We must repent: we must be grieved and ashamed for our sinful declining, and humbly confess it in the sight of God. We must endeavor to recover our first zeal, passion, tenderness, and seriousness, and must pray as earnestly, and watch as diligently, as when we first set out in the ways of God. If the presence of Christ’s grace and Spirit is slighted, we may expect the presence of His displeasure.

We must never yield to our spiritual enemies: tolerance, acceptance and indifference. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Cor 15:58). We must remain true to Him and while respecting each other in Love we must not let this cloud our faith, interpretation and sound execution of Godly Wisdom. We must not grow numb to the love and truth of God while endearing worldly philosophies. All who persevere, shall derive from Christ, as the Tree of life, perfection and confirmation in holiness and happiness, not in the earthly paradise, but in the heavenly. The Lord has given us victory through HIS battle. We have been set free by the finished work of Christ and are no longer bound by the imprisonment of sin and the enemy. Our reasonable stance then should be the relentless endeavor toward His glory!

What Makes YOU Better Than Me? God Sure Didn’t!

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For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith (Rom 12:3); For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23)~ They don’t look like ‘us’ or act like ‘us’ or have the same stuff as ‘us’; they are from here or there; grew up on that side of the tracks; they make choices that are ‘bad’…they are different than ‘we’ are, so they’re … “Broken”! There’s an interesting translation that comes to mind with this thought: “It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own.” (Matthew 7:3, The Message). We all can agree that times are more ‘crazy’ than ever. With that, the responsibility we have as the family of God only gets more important! We need to change the way we think about and approach the “different” factor… that brokenness in people; we must recalibrate our approach to it with an absence of judging. If we don’t, we are creating second-class citizens in the society of Jesus’ followers. The shaming of ‘broken’ people is so prevalent in society that those of us who are guilty of having struggles with our own brokenness feel we don’t really belong. Is this really what Jesus wants? It’s the rest of us who feel we are not ‘broken’ who are in the biggest spiritual trouble though. We see ourselves as better, more “moral” and above the others… and that’s dangerous, because wherever human beings have a personal sense of being moral, pride takes over! It’s said that the ground at the foot of the cross is level. That means all of us are on the same footing; all of us are in need of grace, in need of pity. All of us need to be loved. We try to find those things in various ways, but shame and “moral” [self-righteous] living are two ways that don’t work. We can’t be so angry – so self-righteous that we cannot change or make others to be as we wish them to be, especially since we cannot even make ourselves as WE wish to be. What makes YOU better than me? God sure didn’t!!! “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.” (John 8:7)

God Made You For This – Go On Through It! #HisGraceIsSufficient –

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For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for the: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Cor 12:8-9) ~

Ever been in the middle of something tough, prayed for rescue, and heard…nothing?

Ever questioned God in frustration “Why won’t you answer?”

Could it be that God doesn’t always answer because sometimes He wants us to stay right where we are and learn… there… how to fight, persevere, mature, have patience, TRUST HIM and survive?

Maybe just maybe, God is ALLOWING our troubles and pain to train us and make us more reliable conduits of His love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and strength!

We tend to consider pain and trouble as unnecessary, to be avoided, hindrances to ease and happiness. Might it make more sense to consider pain and trouble as opposition, as a mountaineer views the pitch and the altitude, or as a linebacker views the block and fake?

We aren’t meant to be men who avoid tribulation or numb from it or deny it! We aren’t meant to run from battles, hiding and letting others fight. God MADE us for the oppositions we face. In fact, we are more likely to be weaker without it. God knows this and reminds us that Man born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble (Job 14:1). That sounds very different from the promise of an easy, care-free, trouble-free life.

WHY would God allow that you ask? It’s made very clear right here in 1 Peter 5:8-10: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you (NKJV).

Knowing this, we should understand that we are MADE to go through things in life. We can’t hide from it or protect ourselves (or each other or our children) from it – but we should see it as a healthy dose of strengthening from our Lord! So when He says His grace is sufficient – God is saying – “You’re going to go through this, but I’ve Got You”…. and I’m good with that!!!

We must see our tribulation through for what it is – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Eph 6:12). Our struggle is against being lured into selfishness, indifference, impatience, rage, resignation or sin in the face of problems at work, in our finances or relationships or families! These are epic struggles – battles worthy of anyone God has His hand on. God doesn’t take our challenges away – because He’s built us to go through them and conquer them and in Him we are MORE than conquerors!!!

So friend, don’t cower from your life’s challenges; go through them and overcome them. Jesus overcame the world and in Him you overcome! His grace is enough to get us through it – hang in there – trust in Him and go on through it all!

 

God’s #Wisdom Speaks The Words of Eternal Life! #Listen

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Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth (Prov 4:1,4-5)~ It’s sad to see our young men and women who have failed to heed the instructions of wisdom.  Looking around… turning on every channel, it’s not hard to find someone who has turned from wisdom and understanding and rather took the easy path of foolishness and ignorance. For a time, they appear to have their reward: fast money, relaxation, friends, folly, and the pleasures of sin for a season.. sadly things people these days call.. blessed! But in time…that passes all too quickly, the rewards disappear and “payday” arrives. Not the kind of payday where you earn, but the one where you have to ‘pay the piper’ for all of your time you’ve spent living! Young years were fun but now you look up and you’re in your 40’s and saying ‘what now’? There’s a time in life where..as they say… “It” gets real! Those who have spent their lives ‘kickin it’ and not preparing for “payday” now find themselves in the middle of a desert without a map or guide!

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying life, but you’ve got to spend it wisely. You can spend all your youth playing and hope some wisdom gets to you and carries you for a long life…or you can balance the spending of your young life on with some wisdom for that fun and prepare for a better life! Wisdom and understanding are expensive commodities that pay handsome dividends. They do not come cheap! To master a subject means untold hours of grappling with hypotheses, digging into truths, and wrestling with realities. It’s the same whether it’s doctrines of the faith or principles of physics or anything in between, but that investment in your life is worth the cost! Wise and godly people, in every age of the world, and rank in society, agree that true wisdom consists of obedience to sound discipline, and is united to happiness. Get wisdom, sacrifice, take pains for it. Get rule over corruptions; take more pains to get this than the wealth of this world! For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mark 8:35-36). This wisdom is the one thing needful. A soul without true wisdom and grace is a dead soul. How poor, contemptible, and wretched are those, who, with all their wealth and power, die without getting understanding, without Christ, without hope, and without God! An interest in Christ’s salvation is necessary. Thus our path will be plain before us: by taking, and keeping fast hold of instruction, we shall avoid stumbling our way through the older years! Yes, you will get old… Hopefully! Take the steps to make sure you will have a rewarding old age! Invest in Wisdom in your youth and don’t depart from it!

Let us give heed to the sayings of Him who has the words of eternal life.

#GodIS – And You Won’t Convince Me Otherwise! –

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The fool has said in his heart “There is no God” (Ps 14:1); The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the Hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His holy place? (Ps 24:1-3)~~ In the beginning, God began the beginning. He did not begin WITH the beginning, He IS the beginning; He BEGAN the beginning; God existed before the beginning began and when the end is over, He will still be God! He is Alpha and Omega – He exists on both ends of eternity – everything starts with Him and nothing ends without Him; and everything in between, He did. He never had to consult with you or I in His creation or when He put the sun, moon and stars in the sky. He didn’t need our permission to determine where to put grass or water or mountains; yet they are all perfect! He didn’t need our advice on how to create our bodies and make us unique; yet we all function and contain more intelligence, greatness and un-duplicable specialty than the greatest human mind could possibly imagine or understand.

Yet in all these things we as His ‘creation’ have the audacity to question His authenticity as our creator! We look to things that man has ‘crafted’…from the creations of God (by the way)… and with our “God-given” talents we dishonor Him. We take a negative situation to use as ammunition to question the very presence of God and we seek answers to our curiosity as if looking to disprove His existence and we play around with intelligence and then credit ourselves with the creation of life itself. Our own efforts become our source and salvation. Ultimately, We as the ‘creation’ put more emphasis on serving the ‘created’ rather than the ‘creator’! We have elevated ourselves to be the gods of our own lives. Some of these ‘unbelievers’  even constantly ponder and challenge ‘us’ with the question: “Who is this God? What if you’re all wrong and after this life on Earth, that’s IT? What if all of this focus and attention on God is part of the longest running scam in history and that all of our focus and guiding our lives with this ‘faith’ and ‘integrity’ and ‘nature of goodness’ does nothing more than rob of us what could be while we have time? Why should I believe in Him?” Okay, so looking at that point, if God doesn’t exist; if living your life under guidelines of decent Godly principles means you’ve wasted your life because when it’s over, it’s over.. then the loss is yours. If that were the case, then your life is what you make it. But here is my question: what if the unbeliever is wrong? What if God’s promises “are” real, what if there “is” a beautiful eternity prepared for us but we decided not to believe? For the unbeliever, nothing changes…when life ends on Earth, it’s over and for eternity there will be nothing for them but separation from God…but for the believer, there is God and all He has promised…forever. Whether it’s true or not, we have not seen and could say we really don’t know, but my faith says yes and that’s what I believe! An unbeliever may think I’m “insane” but I’d rather risk being insane in faith and having my eternity than righteous as a self made god to myself that is counting down to my end. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve… as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Now more than ever, it’s time – Blow the dust off that #Bible and start reading! –

But evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But abide thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them. And that from a babe thou hast known the sacred writings which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction, which is in righteousness (2 Tim 3:13-16)~~

It’s interesting how open profession of the truth as it is in Jesus, and resolute attention to the duties of godliness, stir up the scorn and enmity of the world; but let someone speak against the Word of God and they get a worldwide platform and embraced. While good people, by the grace of God, grow better over time, so bad people over that same time, through the craft of Satan, and the power of their own corruptions, grow worse. Yes, the way of sin is down-hill; such as the “world’ proceeds to go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. Those who deceive others, deceive themselves, thank God, as they will find at last, to their cost.

The unfortunate thing is that we will spend hours, even days promoting and reading gossip and rhetoric and things to be amused, entertained or enlightened by worldly views and passions; turning away from and even disputing the Word of God as it is written! But when it comes to the uplifting of the name of The Lord, and living under His will, that Word lays on our coffee table under a layer of dust!

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We forget it and it’s truths; it’s power to change our lives for the ultimate best…and we turn to believe the social press that finds it’s way to our focus! We will even deny any connection or allegiance to the Lord or His will, just to fit in socially and we’ll claim that His Word doesn’t trump the law of the land nor His way supersede the way of the world! We will read a social, political or rhetorical passages from cover to cover but we struggle on one verse of God’s Word! The Bible is a sure guide to eternal life. The prophets and apostles did not speak from themselves, but delivered what they received of God. 

It is profitable for all purposes of the Christian life. It is of use to all, for all need to be taught, corrected, and reproved. There is something in the Scriptures suitable for every case. They must not lie by us neglected, seldom or never looked into. My friend, here in these verses is a prophetic word fulfilled… And here also is our remedy!  As this world continues in its tailspin, we must hold fast and intensify our dwelling in God’s Word. It is truly the guide to our survival and salvation. It is the daily immersion of this that deepens our roots in Him that we might hold fast to His foundation and stand in a bowing world! Friend, now more than ever, it’s time – put down the tabloids, logout of the social gossip and turn off the cable for a while – Blow the dust off that Bible and start reading!