So glad you came by. I hope today finds you sitting there well adjusted in your life right now. If it isn't the greatest day, I hope what you read today will assure you it will be better and get better.
We have talked about so many things as of late, faith, prayer, Full Armor of God, and so much more. If your still unsure of who this Jesus is and why should you believe. It does take faith to understand who and why.
How much faith do you have today? Yesterday? Years ago? I don't know if I can stretch that much faith to envelope you and hope you understand today.
Some, went to church as a child because their parents went, some children were picked up on the bus, and some went just to please someone and went through confirmation to please others but never got "hooked" and have a difficult time even fathoming that God did indeed inspire HIS WORD. Some went through confirmation but are comfortable still staying in the pattern that their parents instilled in them and really need to find Him for their deepest self. Some on the other hand have personalized their relationship with Jesus and have become a follower and not just a fan sitting on the side lines.
When I was a child, I went to church on the bus. It wasn't my favorite activity. I disliked Sunday school and snuck up to big church. I got seeds planted there though. When I moved out at 17 I really wanted to attend church, but living with an atheist was not in the works. I had my first baby at 20 and still desired to go but still could not. During my 2nd pregnancy just months later, it was when I really started to wonder about God and why. It wasn't until going through so much and then getting pregnant again, I really began to see and hear Him. I had to go through something really major to stop and listen to Him. I began to get back into church, I also began to see a miracle in my life and the healing of my son. When I saw that huge miracle, I began to dig in and see the Lord in a clearer way. I really got excited to learn about all that He has done and started to see Him for myself. Since that time, I really started trading my music tastes, my reading genre, my walk changed too. My friends started moving away from who I was becoming. I was changing because of what I was learning in the Word. I had just barely started attending church with the kids again when life was getting good. I have been so on fire for the Lord for so long that I have to remember, and almost can not because it has been so long, what it is like to be on the other side of a relationship with Jesus.
So, why would we "hook" anyone into believing who Jesus is? Honey, God can use the hook, we just are the helper to pull you in.
How do we do that? So very gently but through His Word, our testimonies, and love for others. Now, some of you may say, well, you are bigoted and a hypocrite and you don't really know what Jesus says.
Let me ask you, do you know really what the Word says about ? Do you read the Word of God, really dig into it and find out what The Lord says about it?
Sometimes the church agrees with the world rather than with the Lord and His Word. But those that do not really know the Word believe the world and not the Word. They follow the denomination rather than the Word of God. They agree with the tenets of the church rather than the tenets of the Lord. I am not here to throw punches at anyone, I am writing as to what I have seen. Lost people being led blindly and believing what they are taught rather than really dig in and see the Word of God for themselves and asking the Lord to show them more.
You see, some believe that the Bible is just old, dusty, irrelevant, not inspired by God to teach us what is true, to rebuke us, etc. They believe that God loves everyone and he is okay with sin. But I say to them, prove me wrong. Find it through out the Word of God not just a tiny piece of scripture that you didn't go above or below it to see more of the story.
I came across a FB post from a few years back and when I reread how blasted I had gotten along with some very great friends of mine, it brought me back to that time. I was not angry but hurt and dismayed at how much they tried hard to throw the Word back at us, but didn't know it well enough to stand on it but accusations were thrown and it was painful.
Regardless of what your walk with or without the Lord. Do not hurl what you do not own. If you have never picked up the Word of God because of a variety of reasons than I urge you to do so. For the Lord to know you, you must know Him. Don't take it for granted, don't use it if you don't know it. So, how would you even start.
Right now Right here, you don't have to be a Christ follower to read it, warning, it may open your mind if you allow it, then it may even open your heart. Ya know, your treasure is what your heart is.
An electric lamp is the most transparent object I know, no hidden faults, but just a mere ornament. In itself it is useless for anything – like us. Jesus said that without Him we could do nothing. We can be of transparent reputation, a model of virtue, an ornament of the church, but in ourselves we are useless. The electric lamp is not a lamp at all without power. We are in the same position, useless without power. Now look at the same dead bit of glass and wire when the current passes into it. What happens? The filament glows white hot, radiant. It gives light to all that are in the house. It is the power that makes the difference. Jesus said “You shall receive power…” (Acts 1,8) Got it? REINHARD BONNKE
So how do we get into the Bible and why? Well, first step, open it. If you are just looking for who this Jesus is than let's start in John, the 4th book in the Gospels or the New Testament. Don't read it all in one sitting if you want to digest it well. Take spoon size bites and savor what you are reading.
Take a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle. On one side put what you know about Jesus, on the other side right down what you learned.
Compare what you learned. Are you any further ahead? Did it change your mind some? Did it give you any new perspective?
Now, if you are up for it, let's pick another Gospel. Luke was a Doctor and Matthew was like you or I, just trying to live. Mark and Matthew would be a great place to see how each of their relationships with Jesus were alike or different. They may or may not have remembered the same things as they are written by them like a journal book. The next book, Acts. Paul comes in at this point. If you don't believe that God can change a heart. Paul had a heart transplant! His whole life changed from being hateful to being more than a fighter for Jesus. If this doesn't change your heart, than the next book is Romans.
My hope is you begin to see a change in you. I am not saying I want you to change your ways, that is God's deal. I want you to open your mind to why I believe what I do and know that without a doubt you could fight with scripture if that is what you need to do.
I have been on the other side of the scriptures and it wasn't for me. It wasn't something that I was happy with or happy with myself. I have made so many mistakes but I have been forgiven time and time again.
I have to be rooted and grounded in the Word of God, know Jesus as a friend, trust Him and have faith that will stand storms and will not blow over. Every time I think I can't do something I know because of Him I can. So, even when someone throws a fiery dart my way, I have a shield of faith that can withstand it. Yes, my heart hurts when they come. But my heart hurts worse when someone is so blindly following the world and believes that Christians are bigots and haters. I am not a hater, I do not go after those that are living differently than me, I do pray that their eyes would be opened to what is happening in their life, the deception that I see from this point of view. I have never said to someone I do not know or that does not claim to walk with the Lord that they are wrong. I will save that for someone that claims to be a Christ follower/fan and before they fall off the cliff, warn them what the Word of God says. If you look in your Bible, you will see in Matthew 18 this...
Matthew 18Amplified Bible (AMP)
Rank in the Kingdom
Stumbling Blocks7 “Woe (judgment is coming) to the world because of stumbling blocks and temptations to sin! It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to the person on whose account or through whom the stumbling block comes!
8 “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble and sin, cut it off and throw it away from you [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into everlasting fire. 9 If your eye causes you to stumble and sin, pluck it out and throw it away from you [that is, remove yourself from the source of temptation]; it is better for you to enter life with only one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fiery hell.
10 “See that you do not despise or think less of one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven [are in the presence of and] continually look upon the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11 [c][For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.]
Ninety-nine Plus One12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost? 13 And if it turns out that he finds it, I assure you and most solemnly say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost. 14 So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones be lost.
Discipline and Prayer15 “If your brother sins[d], go and show him his fault in private; if he listens and pays attention to you, you have won back your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take along with you one or two others, so that every word may be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses. 17 If he pays no attention to them [refusing to listen and obey], tell it to the [e]church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile (unbeliever) and a tax collector.
18 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth [f]shall have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth [g]shall have [already] been loosed in heaven.
19 “Again I say to you, that if two [h]believers on earth agree [that is, are of one mind, in harmony] about anything that they ask [within the will of God], it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in My name [meeting together as My followers], I am there among them.”
Forgiveness21 Then Peter came to Him and asked, “Lord, how many times will my brother sin against me and I forgive him and let it go? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered him, “I say to you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven.
23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he began the accounting, one who owed him 10,000 [i]talents was brought to him. 25 “But because he could not repay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and his children and everything that he possessed, and payment to be made. 26 So the slave fell on his knees and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ 27 And his master’s heart was moved with compassion and he released him and forgave him [canceling] the debt. 28 But that same slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him [j]a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began choking him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow slave fell on his knees and begged him earnestly, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ 30 But he was unwilling and he went and had him thrown in prison until he paid back the debt. 31 When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and they went and reported to their master [with clarity and in detail] everything that had taken place. 32 Then his master called him and said to him, ‘You wicked and contemptible slave, I forgave all that [great] debt of yours because you begged me. 33 Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave [who owed you little by comparison], as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in wrath his master turned him over to the torturers (jailers) until he paid all that he owed. 35 My heavenly Father will also do the same to [every one of] you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”