I was listening to a sermon this morning and the Pastor was remarking that Jesus told us we are to be as salt, Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth,”
He made the point that salt is a preserver and that we are required to be more than an addition but the preservation of life! Jesus did not come for additional flavor but He is the essential ingredient without whom we will not live.
Keeping this in mind whenever we are confronted with decisions, always remember that it is God whom we are serving, not man! Therefore we have no hesitation when man and the world wish us to do their will. It is always Jesus we follow and remember that God is our master!
Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3: 17-21
Do we get to decide what is sin? The”New York Times” has an article that Christians should be made to change the definition of sin to exclude homosexuality. Why? Because they disagree with the definition and don’t want to be labeled as sinners.
They seem to be under the impression that we mortals are the ones who have defined sin! If that were true, perhaps changing the definition would be easy. It might be easy to change the definition of sin for any number of things. Perhaps murder would not be a sin. Or adultery!
There are religions who seem to find it acceptable to change what they believe based on whatever the acceptable morals of the day are. But they are just religions, not a way of life, nor a faith in a promise.
The evidence that or God keeps His promises and that if we believe in Him and are faithful and steadfast, holding on to the”full armor of God”, our future is much more important than or present.
People seem to believe that if they don’t like what we believe that they have the obligation to make us change.
“We are sure that we know Christ if we obey his commandments. The person who says, “I know him,” but doesn’t obey his commandments is a liar. The truth isn’t in that person. But whoever obeys what Christ says is the kind of person in whom God’s love is perfected. That’s how we know we are in Christ. Those who say that they live in him must live the same way he lived. Dear friends, it’s not as though I’m writing to give you a new commandment. Rather, I’m giving you an old commandment that you’ve had from the beginning. It’s the old commandment you’ve already heard. On the other hand, I’m writing to give you a new commandment. It’s a truth that exists in Christ and in you: The darkness is fading, and the true light is already shining. Those who say that they are in the light but hate other believers are still in the dark. Those who love other believers live in the light. Nothing will destroy the faith of those who live in the light. Those who hate other believers are in the dark and live in the dark. They don’t know where they’re going, because they can’t see in the dark. – 1 John 2:3-11 http://bit.ly/SFl890”
We don’t define sin! We accept the definition given us by our Lord Jesus Christ! He reaffirmed the Word given us in the laws of Moses. We are also instructed in the very word we are given that there is a price to be paid for changing the Word we are given. The price for leaders who lead their flocks falsely is high.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. For all that is in the world– the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life– is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1John 2:15-17
We don’t decide to define sin! We accept the definition given to us by our God! To those who want to believe that Christ would accept them as they are and not expect them to change are sadly misinformed about why He sacrificed His life to give me and you an opportunity to a future promise. His message was not so simple as love, regardless of how some may believe. His message was clear when He chastised the woman who had been stoned. All too often we simply remember the part about not casting stones but ignore His admonition to the womam to “sin no more.” John 8:11
So while writers who in their ignorance, preach to us of tolerance, and insist that we should change the definition of sin, we, in our faith, must standfast and recognize that if we succumb to the pressure and give in to the temptation to those who desire to be nullified of their sin, ours will be the greatest loss.
For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. – Hebrews 9:24-28 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews9:24-28&version=NIV
“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” – Mark 9:37 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark9:37&version=NIV
There is a battle going on,but contrary to the idea that this is a battle for the heart and mind of a country, it is instead a battle for the very souls of those who reside in it who claim the mantle of Christianity! What I am talking about is the children who are being used to divide a people. This is not just about country, nor is it even just about borders, immigration, or children!
These children are being used, some in the most vile ways. They are being raped, used to traffic drugs, used as distractions to let evil in, and being used to force a political viewpoint on those who have differing opinions. The way they are being used is evil, but that is not the most important thing. The most important thing is how we who profess to follow Christ react.
So many want to stop the madness, and that is understandable. They want to stop the influx and return the children to where they came from. But let me ask you this, if we become a wall and harden our hearts, who are we serving? If we turn the very vulnerable away, whose arms are we sending them into?
Is this love? This is not a matter of race, nor a matter of right or left political viewpoint! This is a battle on a higher plane! This is evil attempting to drive a wedge into the heart of those who profess to follow Christ. If we stand with shields in front of us repelling children, we are falling prey to the very evil we profess to abhor.
I am not saying that we should not stop those who are using this crisis and manipulating the laws of this country, but this is two very different problems. To think otherwise is to close your eyes.
“For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen”. – Ephesians 3:14-21 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians3:14-21&version=KJV
Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:22-27 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John14:22-27&version=NIV
First thing I want to do is to say thank you all for the prayers,the support,the hope and the love you all have shown for me. This is the very essence of what Christ asks of us! He also asks of us to give testimony of His work and share His word with others! I am honored to be able to share my testimony with all of you prayer warriors. Tue. I had a biopsy and the Dr.said that there was no sign of the cancer!!!
The way God has blessed us in the last six months has been amazing my friends! While there have been many bad days, the good ones and the blessings outweigh those.When I initially told you of the diagnosis and asked for prayer, I asked that you also pray that I would get out of the way and let God lead. Lead He did!!!! Every time I had a need it was answered! Sometimes before I was even aware that the need would be there!
Even from the very first visit to the Doctors, such as the receptionist telling me God bless you, the lab tech playing Christian music and talking about her church, the Doctors nurse telling me about her mission trip while she was taking my vitals,and so many other instances of faith in the people who were going to take part in my care.
My Sister in law is truly a woman who knows what love is and showed it in everything she did! She took care of me as if I were her child, even on some days that I would not wish on anyone. She made sure I ate healthy, took me to my treatments and Doctor visits, and was there for every need. Her prayers were always uplifting and filled with hope and believe me,she knows what it is like to lose a loved one to cancer, her husband died from cancer a few years ago.
There are so many things like this my friends, probably many that I am not even aware of. Please never doubt that prayer works or that God answers, it does and He does!
I don’t know what He has planned for my future but I am so thankful that He has given me so many blessings and that I am able to say thank you to Him and to all of you! God bless you my friends and I love you all!
Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. – John 16:20-24 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John16:20-24&version=KJV
What joy there will be for those who love the Lord on the day of His return!!!!