The Lords Light Shines Through Us

Just as the light is breaking through the clouds, let your light break through conversations of darkness; environments of doubt, and external chaotic stress.‬‬

Yesterday’s Post focused on the Holy Spirit and Truth and developing our Christ-like personality and behavior. Since we are a social people we often find ourselves in the midst of conversations with others. We have all been in conversations that have become toxic, from quiet banter to harsh gossip. It is during these times that others are watching to see if we will partake or let the light shine through us. God is our light and should break through conversational storms, internal dialogue, and private thoughts. If we cover our light, listen to the gossip without attempting to change the atmosphere, or walk away if we cannot change it, we are nothing more than sinners.

“If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God Word shines through Christians. Sometimes we forget everyone watches our every move. This is why we must stay alert and aware of the wiles of the evil one who always looks for the moments when we let our guard down. I know it’s hard to be on point every moment, but we must be vigilant and do our best. It’s always better to look forward than backward in remorse.

The Lords Light Shines Through You.

God’s Promise, if we walk in His light, and it shines through us, we will have fellowship with Him and one another.

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SPIRIT – TRUTH

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
‭‭John‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God Promise – Truth, I Will Always Love You

Our Heavenly Father loves us, why can’t we accept this Truth? Why do we doubt? He knows we are sinners. He sent His Son to redeem our souls. We are not perfect, we are a work in progress. He knows that after all, He created us. He knows our every thought. We can’t hide what we do or what we think, yet He loves us anyway. All we have to do is open our hearts and receive Him. While some promises are unconditional and some conditional, means some require something from us, His LOVE is unconditional and is pure TRUTH.

“One of the greatest privileges as a child of God is that we can have the heart of our heavenly Father. We don’t have to wonder how he feels about us. We don’t have to wonder if he will guide us. We don’t have to question whether he loves us or cares about us. Through the Holy Spirit, we have continual, free access to the heart of God. May your relationship with God go deeper and become freer as we learn how to have God’s heart.” (First 15)

He did not create us to worry or fear, raise your hand and surrender. We were created to worship Him because he is our Lord. No more complaining. His Word is True. Trust in the Lord.

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Thoughts as I work on Part 3, God’s Will – God’s Promises

What does get rid of filth and evil mean? Filth and evil are those thoughts and practices that are not of God, and in most cases, the things that internally send an alert, a sense of uneasiness or a pang of guilt.

Don’t ignore them. From my experience, we live to regret them and often are placed in similar situations to revisit them in the form of a repeat challenge. This is the story of free-will.

It is the Holy Spirit in us that is convicting us of sin. John 16:8.

The Holy Spirit enters our lives when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The Spirit of God produces the Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23, a topic of many of my Posts.

The Fruit of the Spirit should characterize the life of Christ in us.

Questions to ask yourself before taking action:

  • Do I follow my will or God’s will for my life?
  • Do I want to experience peace in my life?
  • Am I willing to give up the ’old man,’ controlled by my ego?
  • Will I yield to the flesh and carnal life, or to the Spirit of God?
  • Will I surrender my life, receive Christ in my life, pick up the Cross, and enter the Kingdom of God?

It’s more than a matter of perspective. It is a matter of choice (free-will). It is a matter of life or death.

God’s way will save your soul, and you will experience peace in your heart. Your way leads to a life of misery and eventual (eternal) death.

“By an act of faith, you must receive Christ. You must give him the total life, your intellect, your emotional life. Your will must be bent to His will…But as many as received Him, to them who gave the right to be children of God, those who believed in his name.” John 1:12. ~Billy Graham

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Quote – The Fruit of the Spirit, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, October 28, 2011

Scriptures – Holy Bible

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Jesus Christ Saves Sinners

 

Jesus Christ came to save the souls of sinners. So many feel His purpose was to save Jews from sinning, but the truth is, He and his disciples scoured the known world to save souls, all souls. No one was excluded, there were and are many ethnicities and religions in the world. There are churched and unchurched souls, believers, backsliders, nonbelievers and the totally lost. Never feel you cannot share the Good Word, even for comparative purposes. You never know what your sharing will spark.

God sent himself in the form of His Son to save us, sinners. We will sin until we die. It is our nature, but thank God, because Jesus was crucified, we received the gift of redemption. Share the fact that our God is a loving God, the only God that does not punish and gives salvation.

In many cases, casual conversation and demonstrating who Christ is through our actions works better than banging a Bible over the heads of those we are trying to reach. Be open, kind, thoughtworthy, meek/gentle and in control when sharing the Word or testifying about your relationship with our Lord. Those we are trying to reach are watching us. Remember we are sinners saved by grace. We had to accept Christ as Our savior too.

Have a blessed day. Don’t forget to put on your armor, the whole Armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-18.

God’s Will, God’s Promises, Part 2

My intention this past week was to move deeper into God’s Promises, categories for classification purposes, and how we apply them by yielding free-will to God’s Will for our lives. But after discussions about Free-will and Satan’s deceptions in our lives, it became clear that most of us do not clearly understand the magnitude of Satan’s scheme and deceptions, including me. I do not profess to know everything about them, but want to share what I do know because if we cannot establish that his schemes exist, the magnitude of his deception, then we will never understand how free-will can adversely affect our lives or lead us to believe and accept God’s Will for our lives.

We live in layers of Deception

Deception is diabolical and innocent people fall prey to it daily, that includes you and me. When we fall prey, we fall into sin and thus temporarily out of God’s Will. I say temporarily because as we become more aware of Satan’s (schemes) deceptions we are better able to stay in God’s Will and trust His Promises.

‘Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. ‘ Eph. 6:10-12 

Satan controls the airways and the things of this world. Eph 6:10, stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 2 Corinthians 4:4, ‘Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News.) I believe we can extend this to those who don’t believe and those that do not stand by the Word of God, those of us who acquiesce to the draw of this world.

Satan controls the way people think when we are not alert and focuses especially on Christians. How often have you become angered by a leader’s’ path that seems to have gone astray? Any leader, political, corporate, spiritual, or for that matter, anyone you know. When we are at odds with them, philosophically, ethically, or spiritually, we often become disgruntled by their intentions and perhaps, begin to hate their very existence. It is at this very point that we unknowingly are drawn into Satan’s camp.

Let’s unpack what happens when we hate

Many of us are or have become unsettled when our leaders, or those that impact our lives, seem to inspire behavior that we deem unacceptable. We dislike what we see, dislike what we hear, and we develop a hateful attitude and behavior that is inauthentic, misguided and perhaps even evil. When we allowed hate to dwell in us, we immediately separated ourselves from God’s Will. When we hate, we focus on the person and not what is guiding them. The adage, ‘hate the behavior and not the person’, speaks to our failings as we find ourselves in the midst of the deception. Now, I’m not saying that we have to agree with the person or persons, I am simply saying that we have to discern who the real actor is manipulating the person, and most often it is Satan. Acting our of free-will is often Satan inspired. Yes, sometimes we humans act independent of the principality war, choosing to exercise our free-will rather than God’s Will, but regardless, we must stay awake and alert, our enemy walks the earth looking to devour us. He sets the stage to create chaos, battles, and war. He does not want us to examine ourselves. He wants us to exercise our free-will which leads to eventual destruction. We must be aware of the rise of destruction in our lives.

When lies, manipulations, bigotry, and hate become our acceptable norm, we fall from grace. We are no longer abiding by God’s Will. If we do not abide by His Will, we will not consider His Promises as Truth.

If we look into the heavenlies, we would see the principalities warring and would know that the above is counter to His Word which includes the Ten Commandments, the Fruit of the Spirit, God’s Will for our lives, and His Promises to us.

If we begin to naively believe the deceiver by accepting the deception, Satan has separated us from the Will of God. How does this happen? We feed the deception through our anger, our words, and our actions. Greed, access, control, and power cloud our thinking. We walk around with blinders on. We listen to the ‘nay-sayers’ and join the choir.  Our mind is home to spiritual warfare. When we relax, we open ourselves to the onslaught of the evil one.

The Trap

Do you know who gets caught in this trap?Believers get caught in the trap. It was designed for us. Believers often feel that as God’s children, we are immune to the wiles of the evil one. We are subtly persuaded to let down our guard, accept a little white lie, accept something we have not rightfully earned, spew harmful gossip, become intoxicated by flattery, manipulate people to do our bidding, go along with what is expedient and lucrative, and slip and slide trying to avoid getting caught. We wear our disguise as believers pretending to hold fast to the Word, but in reality, we are so intoxicated by deceptive values we begin to believe our own rhetoric, the rhetoric of the evil one.

Crossing The Line

We unwittingly cross the line. For example – when I was a child, my friend said, let’s steal some candy from the candy store. (One kid in your neighborhood always tried to get everyone else to join him in stealing candy.) I refused for a long time, but then the other kids said it’s easy, you can’t get caught, we do it all of the time. You’re just a scarry-cat. I finally gave in, or I should say, caved in. I knew it was wrong but was tired of being on the outside. I stole some candy, but during and after stealing the candy,I felt so guilty that I could not enjoy it. But I knew that it was morally wrong to steal. I knew God’s Commandment, ‘do not steal’, and I was convicted. I couldn’t rest, so I told my parents. They reprimanded me. My father took me to the store to tell the merchant what I did. (My Dad had spoken with the merchant earlier and they decided to ‘scare me straight’.) I thought I was going to jail. But the merchant accepted my apology and my $.25. My Dad and I went home. I thought it was over, but to my surprise,  I was punished for a week. (Just like our parents, God often chastises us for wrongdoing to help us learn the lesson.) Now, suppose I continued at this pace, the guilt would have subsided and this would have become my new norm. I would have unwittingly fallen prey to the deception – no harm, no foul. Fortunately, Sunday School and my parents prepared me for battle, and while I slipped (ah, free-will), the Holy Spirit helped me self-correct. You see, the soft, quiet voice was alive and active, and most importantly, I was in tune and could hear His voice. What experiences have you had that when you look back, you’ve been suckered into immoral, unethical situations? Think about them and identify where you faltered.

The Soft, Quiet Voice Speaks

People who ignore the quiet, soft voice of the Holy Spirit eventually become deaf and stop hearing His voice. When we stop hearing his voice, They fall into layers of deception: the loss of self-control, gentleness, kindness, honesty, peace, joy, love, and faithfulness(the Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23) leaves the void that is filled with the desires of this earth. The void is filled with new norms – greed, access, control, self-righteousness, power and camaraderie with those sharing the same belief.

Responsibility

It is our responsibility, as Christians, to pay attention to everything going on around us, to stay in the Word, and by being alert, ‘stand firm’. Oh, if it was only that easy. As humans, we relax and let our guard down. When discomfort overwhelms us, we completely cave in or we come to attention, get back up and realign ourselves with the Word. Some are able to take immediate action, others awaken much later, and still, others remain in the catatonic state of deception, all the while believing the lie that they are faith-filled Christians. Do you know how to get your footing back?

We do not have the luxury of being naive. The world is filled with unbelievers, misdirected believers, and wicked people; to think otherwise is to fall into deception. Our world is in great chaos and we must make a decision as to where we stand.  I for one will stand and share the Good Word. Now that I know that free-will is not free but can lead me into the lake of destruction I relinquish my will in favor of God’s Will for my life. I fear being enticed by the world, forgo praying, and letting Satan escalate his plans for my eventual destruction. What do you fear? On whose side will you stand?

We cannot allow ourselves to be deceived by what we see or hear, remember the things of this earth below to Satan and it is his intention to give this world and HD TV effect. If we are going to discern the Truth, we must read and study the Scriptures in the Bible, pray and meditate on the Word on a daily basis. We must wear our spiritual (x-ray) goggles and view the deception for what it is, Satan’s failing attempt to kill, steal, and destroy.

In times such as this and especially in times of crisis, it is important to put on our battle gear, stay in prayer, and bombard the atmosphere with the Word, in the belief that we are the victors through Christ Jesus who died on the cross for us.

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Liberation Through Action

While growing up we always wanted to make our parents proud of us. Do you think Christ is pleased when listening to us speak, holding conversations (with others or internally), or observing our actions? Accomplishing Colossians 3:17 is more difficult than it sounds.

How many times have you caught yourself getting ready to say something that flies in the face of God, or actually said it? Far too often if you’re like me.

Sometimes age engenders degrees of wisdom in various parts of our life. When we are younger, this tends to be an on again, off again process. We get busy running from one thing to the next, trying to meet deadlines, spending time with friends, and raising children. We lose sight of our relationship with God and say and things we later regret.

To this end, I’m practicing eliminating this type of talk with some success and find it liberating.

I’m also practicing weighing my actions before taking action. Not easy, but when accomplished, it is definitely satisfying.

Care to join me? It’s more than an exercise. It’s establishing your life in Christ.

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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