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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Have a grace filled life

I used to operate under the law. I used to think if I didn't say or do the right things that GOD was going to strike me with lightning or something. I once made a list of over 100 laws for myself to live by and I failed miserably. I bring this up because I think there are many well meaning Christian's out there who are living under the law instead of under grace. I'm gonna through now some of the biggest examples of this there are many more then this but I'm just blogging the most common examples of Christian's trying to live under law and why it's wrong.

Holidays. Christians however well intentioned add many not needed rules to the holidays. Some Christians say don't celebrate any of the holidays not Christmas not Easter no holidays because its what the world does and we are not to do as the world does cause we are not of this world. There are many religions that also say not to celebrate any holidays at all for the same reason so the second you get into this thinking you've just done what the world does. There is nothing wrong or sinful about celebrating the holidays.This is also cause holiday's are also called in the Jewish faith Holy days and that's where holiday's came from and mostly those who are Jewish don't celebrate any holiday's because to them it is taking something holy and turning it into something worldly other faiths think this as well but more of the Jewish faith. But does the Bible not make clear that it is our Holy GOD who creates every single day so if that is true and it is that must make every day a Holy day because it is a day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Halloween. Most Christians are against Halloween cause it did begin as a pagan day for worshiping the devil and stuff like that. Thing is since human beings are the one's who made it up human beings can then change it anytime they feel like it. Just because Halloween started that way doesn't mean it has to stay that way. There is no law that says Halloween must always be about the devil and stuff. So just change what its about. Make it instead to be a night about kids playing dress up, having fun and getting some candy. That's not bad at all.

Christmas. Believe it or not there are Christians who are against celebrating Christmas cause that day used to be about the winter solstice. Yes it used to be that way and yes we did steal that day and put it on the map and no one but the Wiccan's care about the winter solstice anymore. And ok fine its not the exact day that Christ was born some think He may have been born around Easter time. Thing is the Bible does not say the exact day and time He was born. We have a general idea but we dunno exactly. Many Christians also are against putting up a Christmas tree because of the following verses "This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. 3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. 4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. 5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good." 6 No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. 7 Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. 8 They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols. 9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made is then dressed in blue and purple-- all made by skilled workers. 10 But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath." Jeremiah 10:1-10. These verses have nothing to with Christmas trees at all unless you are bowing down to your Christmas tree. These verses are about idols and how useless idols are so unless you are bowing down to your Christmas tree and hoping it can solve your problems then there is nothing at all wrong with having a Christmas tree.

Easter. Some Christians will not do Easter cause of the Easter Bunny and the colored eggs. Well who said you had to do the Easter Bunny thing?? Where is there a law written that if you wanna celebrate Easter you have to do the Easter Bunny thing?? You can do that if you want to but you don't have to it's a choice. Just like doing the Santa thing is a choice you don't have to and just because you choose to not do the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy or Santa Clause doesn't mean  no one else is allowed to. If they wanna do that its their choice.

Jewish holidays. Some Christians say we can't celebrate or shouldn't celebrate Jewish holidays because we are under grace not law. You will not lose your salvation simply because you celebrate Passover or any other Jewish holiday. You can celebrate a Jewish holiday if you want there is no sin in that. 

Now for other subjects not connected to holidays but still very common among Christians.

Dancing. Many Christians don't believe you should dance that its not right or something. "Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might" 2 Samuel 6:14 NIV. If dancing was wrong the Lord would have told David to stop and since the Lord didn't do that then there is nothing sinful about dancing. Some Christians say we must only dance exactly like David did they call it Davidic dancing. So your telling me you have a time machine where we can go back in time and see exactly how David danced so we can copy it?? Cause unless you can do that then you have not a clue in the world exactly how David danced you may be able to have some general idea after studying Jewish culture but unless you were there and saw  it you have no idea how David danced.

Alcohol. Some Christians think the Bible says to not drink alcohol at all and it doesn't say that. "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit" Ephesians 5:18 ESV. You can drink alcohol just don't get drunk. If alcohol was so wrong then why would Jesus who is the Son of GOD and is GOD turn water into wine at a wedding?? Why would Paul suggest to Timothy to have a little wine for some his health complaints?? Also at the last supper Jesus had a little wine with all of His disciples. Now there are those who were alcoholics and if they touch a drop they will fall back into their old ways and if your like that then there's nothing wrong with avoiding it in your case. But if you weren't an alcoholic and want a sip of wine then there is nothing wrong with that at all just don't get drunk that's all.

 Food. Something we all love. Many Christians though still go by the Old Testament laws about food avoiding bacon and things like that. "The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.” And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven" Acts 10:9-16 ESV. GOD doesn't create anything unclean in fact when He made everything in Genesis each time He called it good He never said oops. Some say "well but Peter did what was right he resisted." So what your saying there is that the Lord tempted Peter to do evil. "When tempted, no one should say, "GOD is tempting me." For GOD cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone" James 1:13 NIV. You can eat anything you want there is no food that is unclean.

Debating. There are Christians that are against debates and if they hear one they get sad and ask why can't we all just love each other and get along. First off no one gets along with everyone 24/7 it just doesn't happen. Second there is nothing wrong with debating in fact its very healthy because it gets a Christian to think more about where they stand and why. As long as it doesn't escalate to a shouting match or name calling or anything like that there is nothing wrong with debating at all. There is nothing in the Bible at all against debating. Debating is not a sin and just because people are debating it doesn't mean that they are no longer one as Jesus prayed. When Jesus prayed for us to be one He didn't mean we all should be all exactly the same and agreeing with each other on everything all the time. He created all our personalities and gave us a mind to use to think and question and there is nothing wrong with that at all. Also because Christians are debating doesn't mean they no longer love each other I'm sure you yourself have disagreed with someone and haven't stopped loving them because you disagreed.

So all this to say is stop living under law and live under grace. The law can't save you and the law wasn't given to save you that's not the law's purpose. The purpose of the law is for you to see how great a sinner you are and how much you need a Savior. No one of any faith of any upbringing of any race of any color of any creed no one not one person can keep the whole law their whole entire lives without breaking it. If you break even one law you are a law breaker and are guilty of breaking all of it and nothing you can do can make you pure again. You can't save yourself because you can't go back in time and undo it and by nature cause we all have a sinful nature we are all born with it you will sin again no matter how much you try not to. And if you are trying to be not like the world as GOD has called us to be unique being not like the world is a total heart issue and nothing to do with your actions. As the Bible says it's all been said and done before there is nothing new under the sun so every time you say you won't do something cause its worldly I can guarantee you that there's a worldly person abstaining from the same thing it doesn't make you any less worldly. GOD want's you to be unworldly from the heart. The world rejects GOD in fact the world hates Him and if the world could the world would kill Him and the world tried when Jesus was crucified but the world didn't succeed. To be unworldly means to have a total change towards GOD and to love Him from your heart that's it. It has nothing to do with any little rules or laws you make for yourself. In fact anytime you try to live by laws and rules rather then by grace your saying that the sacrifice Jesus made for you on the cross isn't good enough and that you need to do more so really your demeaning the cross. Your saying that what the almighty all seeing all knowing all powerful all holy GOD just couldn't cover it all with what He did therefore you a limited sinful by nature finite human being must do more to make it good enough. Stop trying to be good enough for GOD because you can't be nobody can. You are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone and not by any works at all. Nothing you can do can make GOD love you less or more. So stop living under law and have a grace filled life.... GOD bless you. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

What Christmas is all about

Christmas is about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ. Some of you may not believe some of you may say "well I don't believe if you do that's fine but keep it to yourself cause of freedom of religion." That's right there is the freedom of religion and freedom of speech and I have as much right to those freedoms as you do. I can not keep it to myself for Christ the only Begotten Son of Almighty GOD and is GOD commanded us to spread the Gospel "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" Matthew 28:19 NIV. That's not a suggestion that's a command to go out and spread and preach the Gospel to everyone. That doesn't say "don't say it to this or that person cause of political correctness" it says to go out and preach it. The road to Hell is paved by political correctness. You may wonder though why you even need a Savior after all you believe your a good person you've done good things and you think if GOD was really loving and good all He would expect of you is to just be as good as can be and be the best you you can be after all He knows your not perfect why would a loving GOD ask you to be perfect when you can't be perfect. Well all these thoughts show a total 100% ignorance of Scripture and ignorance of who GOD is. If you can be good why would GOD send His only Begotten Son to die on a cross?? The sacrifice Jesus made on the cross is pointless and meaningless if you can be good. "GOD looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek GOD. Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one" Psalm 53:2-3 NIV. "Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins" Ecclesiastes 7:20 NIV. "As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks GOD. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one" Romans 3:10-12 NIV. The Bible makes it pretty clear but in case your still convinced your a good person here is a test. The following are the ten commandments in the eyes of GOD if you have broken even one even if it was only once you have broken  them all and are a law breaker. Answer the following questions in your head.
1. Do not have any gods before Me. Have you ever put yourself or anyone else before GOD? Even once? Have you ever put money or work or pleasure or anything else at all before GOD even once. Ever obsessed over a celebrity or fictional character or tv show oror movie or miniseries even once yes or no? 
2. No graven images. Have you ever looked to a crystal or a charm or cards or a fortune cookie or a horoscope for guidance even once? Have you ever prayed to Mary or any saint or an angel or a cherubim even once yes or no? 
3. Don't use GOD's Name in vain. Have you ever cursed GOD's Name even once? Jesus Christ Name? Have you ever used His Name lightly with a phrase such as "OMG" even once yes or no? 
4. Keep the Sabbath day Holy. The Sabbath day was established so the people (us) would rest from their labors, only to begin again after a one day rest. Because Christ has paid the penalty for or our sins we do not have to labor (or work) for GOD's acceptance. Christ brings us peace (rest) with GOD. Christ is our Sabbath (Hebrews 4). Have you ever looked to or trusted in anything or anyone (other then Christ) including yourself to be your savior or for your peace of mind with GOD or to complete you even once yes or no?
5. Honor your father and mother. (This includes step-parents, in laws, guardians and the Father in Heaven.) Have you ever embarrassed your father or mother even once? Did you ever disobey them even once? Ever talked negatively behind their back even once? Yell at them even once? Argue with them or fight with them or ignore them even once yes or no? 
6. Do not murder. "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer..." 1 John 3:15. Have you ever hated anyone even once? Have you ever wished for someone to die or prayed for someones death (including yourself) even once yes or no?
7. Do not commit adultery. Have you ever had premarital or extramarital sexual relations with anyone even once? The Bible also says "But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart" Matthew 5:28. Have you looked at anyone including celebrities and lusted after them weather you were single or not even once yes or no
8. Do not steal. Have you withheld tithes and offerings from GOD (tithe is 10% of your income) even once? Have you ever taken anything at all from anywhere or anyone without paying even once? Cheated on your taxes even once? Worked under the table even once? Have you ever kept your life back from GOD even once? Have you ever not given your employer a full day's work for a half day's wage even once yes or no?
9. Do not lie. Have you ever exaggerated or dramatized or embellished a story even once? Ever said a half truth or a white lie or outright  outright lie even once yes or no?
10. Do not covet. Have you ever seen something in a store  or magazine or ad that you began to crave even once? Have you ever desired anything someone else owned material possessions or someone else's spouse  even once yes or no? 

If you answered yes to any of those even just one even if it was just once in the eyes of GOD you have broken them all and are a law breaker. This is the standard He holds everyone to perfection anything less then that is not good enough otherwise He would not be just. If you get to get away with sin so does everyone else including Adolf Hitler, Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden and the Isis. You can't make yourself perfect either go ahead and knuckle down and try but you won't be perfect. The law can't save you the law just shows you that you are sinner in need of a Savior. Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sin and fulfilled the law perfectly in every way which means when you accept Jesus into your heart you will be forgiven of all your past, present and future sins and the life Jesus lived will be added to you so in the eyes of GOD you will have lived the perfect life Jesus did and your sins will be remembered no more. If you say you can't be forgiven you are saying that the Almighty GOD who created everything and everyone from nothing isn't powerful enough to save you. If you wish to accept the best Christmas present there is and wanna accept Jesus into your heart then do the following  "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" Romans 10:9 NIV. So if you have vocal chords that work and say out loud or if you don't say it in sign language or morse code or smoke signals or write it down that Jesus the Christ the only Begotton Son of GOD and is GOD is the Lord the only one who can save you from sin, death and the grave and have His perfect life added to you because of His sacrifice on the cross and believe in the most inner depths of your being in your inner core beyond a shadow of a doubt that GOD the Father GOD the Son GOD the Holy Spirit raised Jesus the Christ physically literally from the dead you will be saved. This is the present GOD is giving you today. Merry Christmas!