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Sometimes it’s hard to understand why things happen the way they happen. You work hard, you are kind to people and you’ve been trusting God, but you can’t seem to get ahead. As you look around, you see others receiving blessing that should be yours. You find yourself asking, “when will my blessing come?”

Sometimes, I look around and it seems I’m stuck in a rut and can’t get out of it. I try, and I try but I can’t pull myself out of the ditch. As I ponder and pray about these things, I have come to the realization that I cannot pull myself up, I rise when I surrender to the resurrection power of Jesus. Anytime we find ourselves working in our own might, God can do nothing. In each and everything we do, we must surrender our might to God’s will. Jesus wants to show us great and mighty things, but it is impossible for him to work when we continue to try and make things happen for ourselves. I also believe, what we consider a blessing for another, can be a curse for us. Be careful what you strive for. Jesus has a blessing that was created just for you.
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 CSB
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A few years back someone had the idea to make bracelets that had WWJD on them. (What would Jesus do) Borrowing from that idea, I wonder what would Jesus say about some of the thing happening in the world today? Setting our personal and political feelings aside, if we were to have the opportunity to sit in a coffee shop and have a one on one conversation with Jesus, what would He say about the many social issues that we struggle with?

I fully believe the bible is the true word of God and it speaks to all that read it. Likewise, I believe that the Holy Spirit speaks the hearts and minds of all those that listen. However, with the diversity among Christians, the message has been twisted and people have become even more divided. Many only believe what they’ve heard and those that read the bible stumble when confronted with an excepted social behavior. Truth is subject to change based solely on popular opinions. If we had the opportunity to sit and speak with Jesus as the disciples did, what would He say?

What would Jesus say about racism? Would he take the side of the established government? Would He condemn all those that are labeled different to a life of servitude and discrimination? Or would he take the side of those that are rising in protest? Would He say that toppling monuments, burning buildings, and meeting any opposition with violence, is the answer to solving our racial divisions? Maybe there is another aspect. Many cry for justice. Justice being restitution for the wrongs of the past. Would Jesus cry for justice? What would Jesus say about racism?

Perhaps He would say, “I have made man in my image and all men are equal in my sight. In me, all men are made perfect. When you look at your sisters and brothers, what do you see? Do you see me in them, or do you see only darkness? As you cry for justice, do you remember that it was a corrupt and sinful world that sent me to the cross. If it were not so, I would not have died. I died so that justice would not be served against any of you. Death and the grave called out for you, but I answered instead. I took the punishment for your sins, as well as, the sins of your fellow man, to the cross. I bore the pain of death and the loneliness of the grave, so that all of you do not have to experience it. In me, all men are made righteous. You focus on the darkness of men and what was, I see only light and the promises to come. The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. Forgiveness and healing will only come through Me. (Genesis 1:27, John 10:10, Romans 2:11, 6:23, 12:19, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. Isaiah 30:18 NKJV

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I love to watch preachers on YouTube. I have a variety on my watch list and I am always looking for another. The other day I stumbled along a minister to which I will not name. At first, I really loved his teaching. He had a fiery message and quoted scripture like no other. He often preached about the sins of the world and the need for repentance. He was not afraid to tackle the hard subjects and I felt he dealt with them in a respectful and reasonable manner. After watching him for a time, I began to sense something was off. All through the hours that I listened, he spoke of sin, the bible as the authority on right and wrong, and the need for salvation, yet he never introduced anyone to the Savior, Jesus.

I believe todays church is in trouble because we lack confidence in the word of God. Our churches value attendance more than personal growth and change. In the name of love, we choose to stay away from the controversial issues. We are willing to sacrifice the absolute authority of scripture, in favor of a more modern doctrine of inclusiveness. We need to hear people preach and teach the bible as the word of God and that he is unchanged and unchangeable, but in our teaching, there needs to be a balance.

Too much preaching the wages of sin, leads people to condemnation, hopelessness and a life full of joyless imprisonment. To much preaching and teaching on the benefits of God’s mercy and grace leads us to believe that God is a push over and does not command our respect and worship. Balance is the Key. Romans 6:23 says, “for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” In one sentence, Paul gives us both messages. In the first part, here’s what happens to sinners, but in the second part, look what Jesus did about it.

In our present age, we are in a great need of a spiritual awaking. Our awakening will come when we preach what the bible says about the consequences of our carnal life style, and in the same breath, we proclaim the redemptive power of the blood of Jesus. God needs to be feared and respected as a fair and just God, but also, a loving Savior that has paid the price for our sin and rebellion.
But now we have been released from the law, since we have died to what held us, so that we may serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the old letter of the law. Romans 7:6 CSB

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David was considered by God to be “a man after his own heart.” (1 Samuel 13:14) Even though he managed to get himself into trouble, he always worshiped God with his whole heart. If you read through the Psalms, you will see David was not afraid to ask difficult questions. In Psalm 15:1, he asked God, “Who may dwell in your tent? Who can live on your holly mountain?” Continuing in Psalm 15, God answers these questions with what I consider to be Godly characteristics.

 
Psalm 15:2 “The one who lives blamelessly, practices righteousness, and acknowledges the truth in his heart...” Truth is something that is not as finite as it once was. “truth” changes depending upon who you are speaking with. Even when discussing scripture, meanings change depending on each person point of view. Instead of conforming our thoughts and behavior to scripture and considering scripture to be the absolute truth and final authority, we leave out parts or change it to conform to our life style.

 
Psalm 15:3 “who does not slander with his tongue, who does not harm his friend or discredit his neighbor...” If you say something nice about somebody it will not make it past the front door, but if you have a piece of gossip, in just a few minutes, it can travel a hundred miles. Everyone loves a tale if it’s not about them.  With love, those who live in righteousness will take great pains to cover the wrong doings of others, not just for their friends, but also for their neighbors. When it comes to wrong doing, it’s easy not to judge or slander our friends, but we seem to take great pride in slandering our neighbors. Keep in mind the bible says, our neighbors are all those that we meet. (Luke 10:25-37)

 
Psalm 15:4 “who despises the one rejected by the Lord but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his word whatever the cost...” The righteous are those that honor the Lord, His work, and those that are doing His work. I have noticed that so-called “christians” are saying awful things about each other. Somehow, we feel it’s our duty to criticize and critique everyone and everything. The righteous will honor the Lord by not getting involved with things that are not of God. Following Jesus’ example, the righteous will speak against thing that are not of God. A Christian will keep his promise no matter what it cost him. He does not sway or try to fit into his surroundings. He is ever true to God ─ in his thoughts, his words, and in his deeds.

 
Psalm 15:5a “who does not lend his silver at interest or take a bribe against the innocent...” The righteous will help others and not expect monetary gain or praise for his good deeds. He is content in knowing that what God sees in secret, He will bless in the open. The righteous man will not take a bribe of money, promotion, or self-gain, to speak out against those that have done nothing wrong.

 
Psalm 15:5b “the one who does these things will never be shaken.” The one who possess these characteristics, will need not worry about his future. God will bless him here in the present and reward him in future. Amen.
 
 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly no carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law. Galatians 5:16-18 CSB


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The world is suffering from a lack of faith. People have no faith in God, thereby leaving themselves to look at science for answers. Science gives them so called, evidence of creation, and the theory of the evolution of man, leaving them to put their hope and trust in their own intellect. As man evolves, he disguises his evilness and exchanges one form of power and oppression for another. He soon discovers that his soul is black and, because he has proclaimed there is no God, he has no hope of redemption.

When confronted with Christ, he loudly decrees that believing in God is stupid and has no factual basis. He boasts that “only scientific evidence and rational thinking can explain the existence of the world.” This further satisfies the notion that man is a superior being and his intellect will get us out of chaos.  However, it only drives us deeper into the darkness.

Having faith in Christ releases us from the darkness and transform us into the light. We no longer bear the burden of our own intellect, we are free to see the world through the eyes of God.

In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. Proverbs 16:6 NKJV


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