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A HEADBANGER!

November 23, 2007

The cheetah lies low watching the herd of antelope as they cautiously graze the grass. Knowing that there is a possibility of danger, they eat fast and then move. Some of the weaker, and younger ones aren’t able to keep up, and become separated from the pack. This is the opportunity the cheetah has been waiting for – the chance to pick off one of the antelopes who can’t defend himself.

As in the above illustration, Satan attempts to get us in isolation so that he can strike us more effectively! God wants to be our Protector, and wants us to be His people.

“…This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing. For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,” says the LORD, “that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear Jer. 13:1-11.

Isa. 59:2 reads,but your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that he will not hear. Prv. 1:25-26 states, because you disdained all My counsel, and would have none of my rebuke, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes…”

The Law gave Man a basis for understanding why the sacrificial death of Christ grants us salvation! “…For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law (Gal. 3:21).” After failing to prevent God’s pronouncement in Gen. 3:15 with the death of Abel; The Flood; The Tower; The Enslavement; The Captivity; and the Massacre of the 144,00, Satan wants to confuse us of the need of God’s salvation through Jesus alone (Jhn. 14:6) by undermining the 1st Coming (IJhn. 4:1-6).

By doctrinally dividing those who seek righteousness, The Enemy is able to pick us off (Mat. 12:24-30), and in order to accomplish this, one of his main goals is to keep us froward (Prv. 2:12-15). Now instead of us moving FORWARD in the Lord, the devil tries to keep us stuck in “the good ol’ days.” He wants to convince us that our life was better BEFORE we converted to Christ! God gives us new mercies everyday; Satan tries to trick us into pursuing “old snares” (old habits, philosophies, etc.) in hope of a better result (fulfillment, salvation, etc.). Insanity is when you try to escape a predicament by banging your head on the wall expecting to get through even though all you have to show for your efforts is a bloody head!

You may get through (Heaven) – if Someone (Jesus) opens the door (salvation) and lets you back inside (reconciled) where you can get washed (baptized), bandaged (delivered), and fed (Fruit of the Spirit). “…For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin death (Rom. 8:1-11)…” Are you still banging your head?

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LET IT GO

November 16, 2007

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Christian studies, activities

KJV: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things (I Cor. 13:11).

Have you ever had the experience of telling a favorite story, and while you were in the middle of it, you realize that your heart REALLY wasn’t in it. Why? Perhaps because you realize a new elevation in your outlook, and so now you’ve undoubtedly outgrown that particular type of material. At some point we all must move from one point of our lives to the next, and this movement is necessary for our personal growth. Even when our bodies start to deteriorate we can still maintain this growth. In fact the Apostle Paul said, “though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day (II Cor. 4:16).”

Unfortunately, some of us have been bamboozled into the “I ain’t changing” attitude, and when there’s no change there’s no growth; when there’s no growth, “death” is on the horizon. This death may not render a cessation of our physical life, but it misguides us into favoring stubbornness over maturity. This attitude is an impediment which may cause our spiritual demise by becoming a blockage that retards any growth in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

If you recall these nine traits are referred to as the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22), and we need to understand that it is the Spirit that gives life (Jhn. 6:63). Our God is not willing that any should perish (II Pet. 3:9) but that we “bring forth more Fruit ” (Jhn. 15:2), and that requires all of us to sometime make painful changes. But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye … not sons (Heb. 12:8).”

To be a child of God we must “…be holy for I (God) am holy… (Lev.11:44).” We must endeavor to be straightforward, discerning, moralistic, progressive, law-abiding, cultured, and universal as derived studying the Days of Creation. “…a just man falleth seven times and riseth up again (that amounts to one deficiency of each representation of the Days) ; but the wicked shall fall into mischief (Prv. 24:16).” How does a “just man” rise after falling? He must let go of the heartache, curiosity, and/or pleasure of our deficiency! 

In Gen. 19 Abraham’s nephew Lot was granted the opportunity to flee the impending doom of Sodom and Gomorrah, cities known for their sexual immorality. God sent angels to warn Lot of the destruction to come, however he didn’t take his family to the mountains as he was first ordered. This, of course, demonstrated the different level of faith between Lot and Abraham who, upon God’s command, went to a completely foreign land. However, Lot’s wife showed the lowest level of maturity by being disobedient, and thus paid a heavy price! “But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt (Gen. 19:26).

The Lord always sends angels (messengers) to instruct us on reaching “higher ground” (spiritual maturity) to help all of us produce more Fruit of the Spirit. However, we must be willing to let go of whatever it is that distracts us from God’s Word which is life-giving, and life-changing! It behooves us to study the Bible, sanctify ourselves, and to let go of worldiness because “the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Rev. 21:8).”