Saturday, March 24, 2012

No One Greater

Psalm 103:10
10he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

David recounted God's love. One thing is for sure, if God were to truly pay us for our sins when committed, there would be no one left in this world. All of us would be dead. The wages of sin is death. Death is the true payment for sin. So we have all been spared. That's love. If we had been punished for every single sin our punishments would be unending. The Lord has such a forgiving heart that all we have to do is call on Him and He hears our cries. Yes, much like a natural parent hears the cries of their child and runs to their aid, so does our God. He loves us just that much. He loves us so much that He sacrificed for us. When you truly love someone, you're willing to give your all. God loves us so much that He gave up His only son, Jesus. To give up a life, in exchange for the multitudes so you and I would not die of our sins as long as we believe and confess with our heart that Jesus is the son of God is beyond comprehension. God's love is magnificent because He gives so much of Him to each and everyone of us as if we were the only one in a room. He shows us each day how much He loves us. There really is no one greater.

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Unmarked Graves

Luke 11:44
44"Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves, which men walk over without knowing.

In Jewish tradition, one was not to touch anything that was considered unclean because it would automatically leave the one who touched it ceremonially unclean. Examples are dead bodies, women on their menstrual cycle, those with leprosy, etc. Anyone considered ceremonially unclean was not allowed to take part in the Sabbath and had to be separated. This information can also be found in the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament.  Jesus' reference to graves was because for one, a grave was considered unclean because it housed a dead body. Per the NIV Study Bible, the Jews whitewashed their tombs so no one would accidentally touch them. So why would Jesus refer to someone as an unmarked grave? The Pharisees, though they were considered the leading Jewish teachers, unfortunately led many astray from God's true teaching. So the Pharisees were like graves because their ideals were not about teaching God's ways but about being in the limelight and seeking all the attention. Their way of operation led to spiritual death. Anyone following them was unfortunately being made unclean, spiritually blind and dead, without knowledge of it.

The cost of the misinterpretation of the word of God and religious leaders who are not truly operating in the will of God certainly brings about their own spiritual deadness but also leading others in the same direction. Jesus said we would know them by their fruit. The apostle John said we are to test the spirits to see whether they are from God in 1John. When you get that stirring in your spirit that something is not right, you must pray and ask the Lord to reveal to you the true nature of what was said. Even if it does seem right, ask the Lord anyway. The Holy Spirit will discern it for you. Read the Holy Bible for yourself. All scripture is God-breathed, therefore the Holy Spirit is within it and gives revelation. There are many Pharisee-types walking around. Do not give way to your spiritual death walking amongst unmarked graves.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Proverbs 12:26
26A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

It's important to pick your inner circle wisely. As a matter of fact, it's best for God to show you who your inner circle should be.  The wrong person can mean havoc for you. How so? Most underestimate the influence their friends have over them. If your friend is one who does not seek God's council and operate with the sense God gave them would you still seek their council? Many do and wonder why they are off track. One who does not seek Godly council is subject to define their council based on the human system (the world's regular method or order). Remember that God's method is the opposite of the human system. So one you associate and seek advice from who does not walk in the Lord is likely to give advice that will lead you further away from God's purpose. Some don't intentionally do this. Others, who really aren't your friends, will do it. How do you know? It's the same as anything else Jesus described. You will know them by their fruit. God can change your inner circle. He can remove those people who have bad intentions and replace them with those who want nothing but the best GOD has for you. Look at your friends. Do they somehow reflect the direction God wants you to go in? If they don't, ask God what the purpose is and is it just for a reason or season. If God didn't intend for them to be there He'll remove them. True friendships should not be toxic to your spiritual and physical health.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Which System Do You Choose?

John 15:19
19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

Jesus gave candid facts to the disciples about them no longer being of the world. He was unwilling to sugar coat the situation. "Of the world" refers to the human system as noted in the NIV Bible. The human system does the  "what it feels, how it feels, when it feels" often without consideration of consequences. That is the world that Jesus said would oppose the disciples. The disciples bear witness to the true light which is Jesus Christ. Many hated Jesus (and still do) because He did not go along with the 'status quo' or what was considered normal to the Pharisees. As the disciples were His followers they too could expect the same treatment. We are no different from the disciples in that if we are truly willing to walk as Jesus calls us to, we then are in opposition to the human system. God's purpose works opposite in that it's not about the "what you feel, how you feel and when you feel" mindset. It's that we die to our own agendas and learn to accept God's agenda in our life even when we don't understand it. We let our TRUST in Him be our guide and operate in God's system (the minority) rather than the human system (the majority based on numbers). So what is a system? According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary a system is defined as a regular method or order. As followers of Christ we do not operate according to the world's method but we operate in accordance to God's method. God's method cannot be comprehended and has a different set of results that actually leads to life. The human system usually leads to spiritual and even physical death when you take the human system. Are you seen as crazy for not thinking like everyone else? In this life, you will either conform to the world or stand out in it as the Lord deems. Jesus stands out too and that's why He's hated. Which system do you choose?

Monday, March 19, 2012


Psalm 119:67
67Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.

Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the book of Psalms. The priest who wrote the psalm spoke not only about the word of God but about the error of his own ways. The priest was willing to admit that he had not always been on the right path. In order for him to get on the right path the Lord had to afflict him and teach him the error of his ways before he was willing to obey God's word. It's no different from any of us. None of us have always been sanctified and holy. Before any of us were willing to obey God's word, we all had gone astray. Some are still there but not willing to admit it. How many times have you gone astray? How many times will you continue to go astray? What has the Lord afflicted you with to teach you? Have you understood the lesson? Are you still in your affliction? How long do you need to be there before you know that where you are headed is the wrong direction? Are you willing to obey His word now? Or do you need to be afflicted some more?