What if a Man?

keys.justthinking Matthew 16:19
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

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What if a Man, … an extremely wealthy man came to you and made this offer?

“I wish to purchase your property, all of it, including you and all your offspring for all generations to come. I will pay you all that I have and I will provide all that you and your family will ever need forever. All I ask is that you and all your descendants stay on this property, live on it, have fun on it, use it anyway you please and never ever leave it. If what I am offering to supply you is ever not enough, I will provide even more land, houses, fields etc. ….. Oh and one more thing … I Myself request to stay with you, love with you, live with you and be apart of you all forever…”

What would your answer be?

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Love in Him!

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You may also enjoy this post… I sure did !

TWO CHOICES

http://morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/two-choices/

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When you have nothing Good to say.. say nothing?

Matthew 5:36-37

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36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

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I am so thankful today that our Father has put me in a position where if I have nothing good to say, I do not have to say anything. I think, much too often today, what we hear preached from the pulpits and what we see in the church are the results of fulfilling expectations, our expectations of one another, and doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with God’s purposes or plans for His Body and Bride in His world…

Congregations have expectations for their pastors and pastors have expectations for the congregations they serve. Sometimes as I served a congregation as their pastor I felt that the Lord was leading us in a very different direction than the direction we were heading. We had had all the committee meetings, business meetings and congregational votes and consensus’s and were agreed we were heading in the right direction, on the right path. Then as I prepared messages to lift up and lead the congregation in our chosen direction to our chosen goal, I sensed we had made the wrong decision and were heading in the wrong direction. Most of the time I just put off these feelings of uncertainty as an enemy attack because we were doing the Lord’s will in enemy territory as I believe many of us do today. I continued to prepare messages to lead us in our chosen directions and to uplift us along the way, after all, are we not suppose to encourage and exhort each other?

I quickly learned not to discuss any doubts or uncertainties I had with those I was supposed to be leading; because, we had prayed, and sought the Lord’s will and directions in whatever our endeavor was at the time. As their leader, I felt I was expected to ignore any signs or warnings that we may be moving contrary to, or not in time with or in line with the Lord’s leadings. We were all united in the task we had chosen to take to  make a difference in this world…

I was afraid of not meeting the expectations of the congregation…

I have found out since I am no longer leading those congregations, or any congregation now, that some folks in those congregations also were not so sure of our directions or our plans at the time. They have confided in me since, that they too were suspicious of making bad decisions or taking wrong turns, but didn’t want to seem disagreeable or not enthusiastic about the endeavors we were undertaking.

They were afraid of not meeting my expectations or the expectations of the majority rule…  

I will not go into all the details or even make judgments concerning whether or not the choices and endeavors were correct or not. ‘God makes all things work together for good, for those who love Him, those called according to His purpose.’ …So, even bad decisions and wrong directions will eventually work out for good… not because they are or were good in and of themselves, but because of God’s goodness towards us, even when we are in the wrong!

I am just thankful that for the time being, I am not in a position where I have others looking to me to meet their expectations and I don’t have any expectations of anyone which I am expecting them to meet. Life is much, much simpler this way!

Love in Him!

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Romans 8:26-29

New International Version (NIV)

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

        

      


Going to Church vs. Being the Church

Matthew 28:18-20

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18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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 In my opinion, America for the most part has been taught to go to church instead of being the Church.

We see from the text above that Jesus instructed His disciples to Go into all the nations and ‘make disciples.’ We have gone into all the nations and built church buildings and planted congregations.

We see above, that we were told to go and baptize (immerse, instructing) them in (into) the name of (character, essence) of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have baptized them in water, neglecting to instruct them in the essence, power, and character of the Triune God.

We see, we were asked to teach them to obey (do) everything He, Jesus taught His disciples to do in their/our ministry to the world. (heal the sick, cast out demons, declare the good news of the kingdom to the poor) …We have taught them to concentrate on one aspect of Jesus’s mission. Our personal salvation and relationship with God.

We see that Jesus told His disciples; He would be with them in all His Authority (power, provision) as they went on their missions out into the world. We have taught them their mission is serving in the church; to support the work of God throughout the world; to work on church projects and church programs and church councils, etc. That when things get so bad and too hot to handle to lookup and search the clouds for Jesus because He will be coming back to snatch us all away from the cruel world which is to suffer the wrath of the Almighty…  

I often wonder how much different the world would be today if we were truly doing what He did and told us to do in this world. How much different would the Church, His bride look to the lost if she were really healing the sick, casting out demons and caring for the poor and outcast of society? I suppose we will never know for sure how things would have turned out had we really followed the Great Commissioner and not just taught others the Great Commission?

I hope it is not too late for Americans to stop going to church and start being The Church and Bride of Christ in this fallen world… What do you think?

Love in Him! 

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 John 14:11-13

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11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

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Sin in the House? (2)

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” — Genesis 4:6-7

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I wanted to expound just a bit on my post yesterday “Sin in the House?”… I hope you don’t mind, because sin is a very much misunderstood subject today.. I cannot really explain it, except to say; It is a mysterious force which seeks to destroy God’s children. In fact, Sin seeks to destroy all of God’s creation..!

Sometimes I am misunderstood as being “light” on sin and that is definitely not the case.. Sin Kills as the picture above makes clear. ..No, I am not light on sin, however I believe we as Christians and society as a whole.. have a wrong definition of what sin is.. and this misconception often leads us into “Judging” others as well as ourselves too harshly. …So, I guess I would say; “Do not take sin lightly but lighten up on those who do it” … Confused yet?? … Good.!..?

Confusion is good at times, when and if we determine to eliminate it. Confusion can be “overcome” just like “sin” can be overcome… How??? ..By experience that’s how.  Don’t get me wrong… I am not endorsing “sin or confusion in this post” … I am simply saying both happen and both happen much too frequently! …When they do happen “WE” should make and take the effort to understand and to eliminate them.

Do you agree??

Let’s try this another way.. We will sin because we are all sinners… we will be confused at times because we sin, …and when we do and when we are, we need to get into the process of elimination.. trying to remove the things in our lives that are causing us our problems and confusion. We do not have to undertake these tasks alone.. we have the Holy Spirit inside us to guide us.. and He will do an excellent job of it …when we are ready to yield and submit to His leadership. He is our conscience so to speak, BUT He is also God in us to save us from things that seek to destroy us… get it ?? The Holy Spirit is MUCH more than our conscience, but He works through our “Conscience Experiences” to teach us to distinguish between good and evil… and to avoid the evil and hold on to what is good… Do you see?? 

Now that I have you and me totally confused I will close and give us ALL WEEKEND to ponder over this matter!

I will however leave you with the “Thoughts” also of Mr. Oswald Chambers, who wrote long ago on the same subject… Maybe he will be less confusing than I…?    I surely hope so.!!!

Love in Him!

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From: My Utmost for His Highest

This is your hour, and the power of darkness —Luke 22:53

Not being reconciled to the fact of sin— not recognizing it and refusing to deal with it— produces all the disasters in life. You may talk about the lofty virtues of human nature, but there is something in human nature that will mockingly laugh in the face of every principle you have. If you refuse to agree with the fact that there is wickedness and selfishness, something downright hateful and wrong, in human beings, when it attacks your life, instead of reconciling yourself to it, you will compromise with it and say that it is of no use to battle against it. Have you taken this “hour, and the power of darkness” into account, or do you have a view of yourself which includes no recognition of sin whatsoever? In your human relationships and friendships, have you reconciled yourself to the fact of sin? If not, just around the next corner you will find yourself trapped and you will compromise with it. But if you will reconcile yourself to the fact of sin, you will realize the danger immediately and say, “Yes, I see what this sin would mean.” The recognition of sin does not destroy the basis of friendship— it simply establishes a mutual respect for the fact that the basis of sinful life is disastrous. Always beware of any assessment of life which does not recognize the fact that there is sin.

Jesus Christ never trusted human nature, yet He was never cynical nor suspicious, because He had absolute trust in what He could do for human nature. The pure man or woman is the one who is shielded from harm, not the innocent person. The so-called innocent man or woman is never safe. Men and women have no business trying to be innocent; God demands that they be pure and virtuous. Innocence is the characteristic of a child. Any person is deserving of blame if he is unwilling to reconcile himself to the fact of sin.

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Romans 3:20-24

New International Version (NIV)

20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Righteousness Through Faith

21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[a] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Footnotes:

a. Romans 3:22 Or through the faithfulness of

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I will allow you to decide for yourself whether or not it is “faith in” or “faithfulness of Jesus Christ…?

It can mean and make ALL the difference in your Confusion at times… Happy Weekend !!!  


Is God an Experience!? You decided..

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. — Romans 12:2 (NIV)

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I personally believe too many of us today have just stopped thinking about God!…. Have you???

I often wonder about the reason for this, it may be because we have not been taught it is ok…? Not sure about you, but growing up in the religious community… I was not allowed to “think out of the box” too far… Oh, don’t get me wrong.. I was allowed to ask questions and come up with different ways of expressing “truth” as long as it didn’t upset anyone or go against one of the 1,000 commandments of church doctrine… and denominational creeds…

Most often, questions were responded to with “pad” answers and if the “pad” was not accepted, then I was told, “well God is way beyond our understanding and comprehension and some things, we just cannot question.” ??? …Did you ever get stuff like that thrown at you? Have you ever wondered what God is like … and just been afraid to ask? Or have you just given up, because like I, just got tired of asking the same people the same questions and getting the same answers?…. And, were they telling me and you the “truth”…? 

“”Let’s Explore””

First let me explain… I do not believe I was ever misguided purposely or intentionally by most of those I went to for answers… Yes…There are folks out there using the Bible and it’s treasures and mysteries for their own glory and agendas, but most are not. They just ‘plain and simple,’ don’t know. They have asked the same questions, gotten the same “non-answers” and are just passing them on to us… me and you. So the answer I found is, to discover, explore own my own.

We are allowed to do this you know? God gave us all a brain. (see picture) Some of us apparently have said “no thanks” …but we will not get into that… today at least. (LOL)

I titled this blog “Is God and Experience?.. You decide” because “Life” is an experience… from birth to death, life is one experience after another. One memory alongside other memories. The Bible calls this “from faith to faith” and that is an excellent description of the life of a believer… any believer!  So, to answer my own question, yes, God is an experience. Sorry if you don’t agree!

Yes, I do believe God is real, as real as you, and as real as me!  Reality would not, could not exist, without a real Creator creating a real world with real people, real animals and such… but just as we learn life through lessons (experiences) and these experiences shape us and mold us into a real person, “Life” is experience. “Life” is real flesh and blood experiences.

But…

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Sometimes it can be very challenging trying to separate what is real life… from what is not! Do you agree?

Jesus said, “I Am the way, the truth and the life“… Wow.. what a statement!! ..Wonder what that means? … I cannot answer that for you… I have enough trouble answering that for me… I will say however, I am willing to experience that “The Life” Jesus is speaking of… are you?… really? 

Really, .. Jesus was/is God in the flesh. “and the Word was made flesh and lived among us”  I believe Jesus is God experiencing “life”… in a flesh and blood body. Now… I shall not go into great philosophical debate or deductive reasoning on this idea or… on this blog, as that would defeat the purpose…

I will close by saying this: “The Bible is full of humankind’s experiences with God and also God’s experiences with humankind”… You can believe what you choose about Jesus as I have suggested Him above… I do believe Jesus is “much more” real than we think and have allowed ourselves to experience… I HOPE you will become interested in getting “The Book” and maybe exploring a little bit on your own… you never know, That Book just may open up another world… even More Real than this one…?

Happy Hunting and Love in Jesus!

And no I am not selling books, the Book is your Bible, you probably have one already 😉

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“AVOID OPEN MINDEDNESS at all cost… it may led you to the EXTREME…”