Yahweh is all about relationship. Everything falls into that reality. Whatever truth is out there should be understood in that context. Unfortunately, that truth can also be formulized. If we take it out of its reality of relationship, then it loses its intended effect. Truth is a person. Jesus said, "I am the Truth, the life and the way."
Sometimes sin and rebellion comes from the fact that we just don't love ourselves as we should. Here's a very profound and simple truth. Are you ready? It is stronger and more personable than any doctrine I can think of. 'Jesus loves me, this I know.'
Do you know how much Jesus loves you? He is loving you right now. Can you feel it? If you can't that doesn't change the truth. Say this with me. "Thank you for loving me Jesus." "Thank you that you love me Jesus."
'By His love let the walls fall down.'
There are at least 2 calls in Christ-ian Servant Leadership. One call is to lift the Banners of Truth and Standards High. For truth is truth, and no one will grow without Standards being where they should be.
The second call is to love and meet people where they are. And in that process to call them to go upward into the arms of Christ. He does give the power to overcome. All who know Christ are in that process.
There is no perfect person that lived save one, Jesus Christ.
America's society is sick. Why? Because many Americans are lost and dead in their sins and transgressions. You can't just tell them to stop it to fix this problem. You can't legislate this away either. What can help? The only thing that can help is the messy birth of the spirit of salvation by the Spirit of Jesus and made possible by what Jesus did. All of these souls need a dying of their sin and death, and raising of their new life in Christ. These souls need to be born again. That and that alone will really transform society. Nothing else will truly help. Other things are like putting a bandaid on a scored artery.
Do you truly know Christ? Is Christ your everything? Do you have complete and perfect peace in your life? Do you know that you will be with Yahweh when you die? If No, then you can do something right now to start the process to change that. First, renounce all of your known activities that you know God does not like. Then ask Christ to come into your life and save and change you right now. Now, start seeking Yahweh. Start reading the gospel of John or the gospel of Luke. Ask Jesus to transform your life and rebirth you into His Kingdom. Watch Him do it! You'll never be the same again. And you will sleep very peaceful after.
Religion does not produce love, it produces man's flesh power. Power of conquering and power of indifference. Agape love may be alongside or within religious systems, for there is nowhere that love can't go, but it is in opposition to religion, never in favor of it. Religion glorifies man. True agape and spiritual truth glorifies Yahweh. We may mix the two in America, but understand they are opposites. Also this is one reason that we lack the power of God. Religion tries to snuff that out. Why? Because when Yahweh is in prominence by the Holy Spirit, then man cannot be. Therefore, truly, you ultimately can't have both. "Choose you this day whom you will serve."
May Father God's Agape Love be felt by all of you tangibly. I am also in agreement, and I agape love you as Yahweh is showing me and enabling me. I love you right where you are, through Christ. I love you right where you're going to be, by Christ's power. My prayer is that you would understand how Christ's blood reaches to you, wherever, and is available to cleanse and release you. Yahweh's love is enough to break the coldest ice and warm the hardest heart. In my own feeble way, I love you all through Christ. But more importantly, Yahweh loves you and is loving you to be able to come to Him. All Honor and Glory to God who is able to help us and save and secure us in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Why do we do what we do? Have you ever thought that doesn't matter? That it was enough to just do it? If you think of everything in terms of just ritual, you may have religious thinking. Let's look at what Jesus said.
Mat 23:25 "How horrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You clean the outside of cups and dishes. But inside they are full of greed and uncontrolled desires.
Mat 23:26 You blind Pharisees! First clean the inside of the cups and dishes so that the outside may also be clean.
Life in Christ includes the why. Life in Christ, is from the inside out. Religion is trying to go from the outside in. Yet that doesn't work. It ends up being false while inside there is a lot of dirt, grime and other things.
Christ wants to make us new and clean on the inside. Then what happens through us will be full of joy and life!
If you are an individual who has excessive fear, leadership may not be the place that you are called to be. The truth is that God is in Control. Without his sovereignty, the earth would just go hurling into the Universe. Now we can go to far with this and say that there is no fight. No, the fight and war continues. God will win eventially, but until then, there are victories, and there are casualties.
Fear opens a door to the Enemy to really be one calling the show. If we fear, according to 1John, we have not been perfected in agape love.
1Jn 4:18 No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn't have perfect love.
So, let us make sure that we are doing what God has called us to and not what we think we're supposed to be doing.
1Jn 2:5 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.
1Jn 2:6 Those who say that they live in him must live the same way he lived.
It is possible to start out with a good intention, but to be totally moving in fear and fear of man rather than obedience from God which is faith working through love.
And now I start a new series of posts, called, for lack of a better title at present, JUST SAY NO TO RELIGION. I define religion as the opposite of life in Jesus Christ.
Number 1: If you think that some man or woman other than Jesus has to be over you and that you have to be over someone else, then you are at present, religious or have religious thinking.
One kind of religious spirit appears as a big black python snake. It's purpose is to both rule and reign over society and to squash any individual expression, creativity, and life of Jesus on the earth today coming through the individual members of the Bride of Christ, the ekklessia.
This snake is soo sneaky. It's doctrine will get into people's minds unaware. The doctrine is the leaven of the Pharisees and Saducees. One big carrier of this doctrine and means are political men and women who may know God initially. Political in that they like Absalom will kiss the men and women (say nice words to them) to take over and become head of any organization so that they now will get the glory and be in the prominent position. In their mind it is totally justified. However their flesh craves power and/or money. This kind of leadership is in direct opposition to the servant leadership that Jesus described. Let's look at 3 things that Jesus said.
Mar 10:42 Jesus called the apostles and said, "You know that the acknowledged rulers of nations have absolute power over people and their officials have absolute authority over people.
Mar 10:43 But that's not the way it's going to be among you. Whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant.
Mar 10:44 Whoever wants to be most important among you will be a slave for everyone.
Mar 10:45 It's the same way with the Son of Man. He didn't come so that others could serve him. He came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many people."
Mar 8:15 Jesus warned them, "Be careful! Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod!"
Mat 16:11 Why don't you understand that I wasn't talking to you about bread? Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!"
Mat 16:12 Then they understood that he didn't say to watch out for the yeast in bread, but to watch out for the teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Now right after this last passage, Matthew the author by the Holy Spirit almost gives the antidote for the doctrine/teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Let's see what it is?
Mat 16:13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"
Mat 16:14 They answered, "Some say you are John the Baptizer, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
Mat 16:15 He asked them, "But who do you say I am?"
Mat 16:16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God!"
One antidote to religious teaching is the real teaching and revelation of WHO CHRIST IS. Yes, Jesus was Almighty God Begotten when He came into flesh. Yes, Jesus Alone is the authority and only head of the Ekklessia. And Yes, Jesus was and is a Servant. All who lead in His name will lead like Him.
Have you ever been looking for something that you've lost, but then you either found something else or started doing something else and forgot all about the thing you were originally searching for? Well, that is how it is with Christ-ianity sometimes with some. People start pursuing Jesus Christ but get waylayed with pursuing the things of God. For instance, someone loves to hear sermons about Christ and becomes a speaker to make more sermons about Christ, but spends all their time on speaking or exegesis (finding out and stating what the Bible says), instead of seeking and finding Christ himself. Another example would be people pursuing holiness or purity, and they are doing all they can in their effort to be pure, however they forget the Pure One, Yahweh himself. What about people who are gifted maybe with the gifts of the Spirit and they spend all their time prophesying and praying for people but neglect who gives the gifts, the Spirit of Christ. The best part about following Christ or Christ-ianity is Jesus Christ Himself. He is the way to the Father for He and the Father are One(John 14:5-10, John 10:30). See Jesus is so wonderful that once you really know Him, all things leading up to Him do not suffice. Let's seek and find Christ and don't get distracted by the peripheral.
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