One of the key principles of a lifestyle of holiness and worship is the ability and willingness to confess to sin being present within our lives. This is, of course, not only speaking to matters of habitual sin. This is also referring to occasions wherein we commit any random act of sin as well. Self-examination and reflection is not a segue to a life filled with paranoia, but a conscious decision we must choose to make to align ourselves with the principles for Kingdom living found within the Word of God. We cannot progress within our relationship with God if we commit an offense against Him and attempt to proceed as though we have done no wrong. God sees all and knows all and His desire is for us to come to Him, confess to Him and repent from the sin. It is only then He is able to forgive us for our sinful offenses, cleanse us from all unrighteousness and provide restoration for us (1 Jn. 1:9).
We must remember that all of our actions have consequences and repercussions for all involved, whether directly or indirectly. We can control out thoughts by meditating upon the Word of God. We can control our words by meditating upon the Word of God. We can control our actions by meditating upon the Word of God. Through studying and meditating upon the Word of God, through fasting and prayer, and by the power of the Holy Spirit living within us, we can overcome temptations and continue to conquer sin on a daily basis. However, if by chance we fall short, we have an advocate with the Father in the Person of our Lord Jesus the Christ (1 Jn. 2:1,2).
Jesus Christ made it possible for all of us to have acceptance with the Father through Him. Our Heavenly Father wants us to feel free enough to come to Him whenever we are in trouble because
“…The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou will not despise…” (Ps. 51:17).
Confession is necessary because it is the beginning of the healing process. Confession is always good for the soul…#thinkonthesethings
“The Lord is known by the judgment which He executeth: the wicked in the work of his own hands.The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God…” (Ps. 9:16,17)
Please read the message that follows in its entirety before formulating any opinions…
I normally will keep silent about current events until I have heard most of the “facts” about the situation. Why? There are two reasons: 1) My grandfather used always tell me, “Son, if you are not an eyewitness, then you are a false witness.”, and 2) My mind will never forget General Colin Powell being sent to the United Nations with a report about Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction, which later was revealed to be false and inaccurate. I remember Gen. Powell’s reaction upon learning that his intelligence was inaccurate. That will never leave my memory…but this is different…
Why did I choose to begin today’s thoughts with this? On yesterday, the United States Supreme Court rendered a landmark decision concerning same-sex marriages, which resulted in a monumental “victory” for those in the LGBTQ community. There was outrage from those who have taken an antithetical stand against the decision from both within religious communities and those outside of religious communities. Then, conversely, there was outrage from those within the LGBTQ community and their supporters based upon the fact that now they have the majority of the judiciary from the highest court in the land standing behind them.
Although yesterday’s decision dealt an enormous blow to the belief systems of the religious communities which subscribe to marriages being between a man and a woman, it did much more that. The decision rendered by the justices of the United States Supreme Court literally thumbed its nose at the Creator of the Universe and said, “It’s okay, God…or Whoever You are…we’ll take it from here…” This is seriously troubling as it sends the message that America does not need God any longer and His once needed protection, provision and guidance is being rejected openly.
America speaks openly with a forked-tongue. With one breath, its leaders are saying, “God bless America!,” but how can America expect God to bless her when she refuses to be governed by His Kingdom principles? America has “In God we trust” imprinted upon her currency, but yet she continues to take misguided steps without first consulting Him and asking for His guidance and direction. We cannot say that we seek God for His counsel when our decisions stand antithetically to His Word. GOD WILL NOT PROVIDE COUNSEL THAT IS INCONSISTENT WITH AND CONTRARY TO HIS WRITTEN WORD!
It is very understandable why the whole of Christianity is being labelled as being hateful. Although the intentions were good, some of the very vocal people HAVE spewed messages of hate. That is their decision. In my belief, they represent themselves. In my opinion, both sides have “cherry-picked” verses from the Bible to support their stance. Yes…the Bible does speak against a man lying with a man as with a woman. Yes…the Bible does say that God is love. But the Bible also says that God is holy and His holy eyes are unable to look upon evil. The Bible also says to love our neighbors as ourselves…both sides are absolutely correct in stating these. However, I believe the motives from which they quote these passages of Scripture are what are on the witness stand at present and are in question.
As followers of Christ, we would do well to take notice of his approach to situations. Christ ALWAYS accepted the person as they were without accepting their lifestyle. Does this mean that we are to be tolerant? That is not what I am saying because it would present a false representation of the Kingdom as it would appear to be straddling the fence when we know what the Bible says in no uncertain terms. But it does mean that we are to meet the person where they are and extend to them the same grace, mercy, love, and compassion that God has and still does extend to us daily. We do not have to move one step away from God’s Biblical and Kingdom principles. If the person chooses to reject the Word that has been presented in love, then they will be held accountable. If we have presented God’s message of love laced with venom, then we will be held accountable.
Having said all of that, I will now say this…I am not in support of same-sex marriages as it is inconsistent with what I believe to be God’s ordained structure for marriage: a man and a woman. I will not spread hate messages about the “alternative” lifestyle. I will continue to communicate the message of the Cross and God’s Kingdom to everyone in an equal manner. I choose to love the people who engage in the “alternative” lifestyle because that is what I believe God does. I do not believe that God is pleased with yesterday’s decision; however, God is the Ultimate Authority and Righteous Judge…not me…not you…not even the justices of the United States Supreme Court. God is well capable of speaking for Himself…when HE is ready to do so. We have to be careful about what we speak on His behalf…many times, it is not God Who has spoken…but what we have presumed to speak for Him…#thinkonthesethings
So…at the suggestion of a dear friend, I took a day away from writing to kind of recollect my thoughts. As you can see, it did not work for too long because…HERE I AM!!! I guess this is what happens when something becomes so much a part of you that you feel empty without it…as though a part of you is missing. Well…that’s how I’m feeling right now…I’m missing my audience because you all are great!
Just wanted to let you know that you all were in my thoughts and I missed you! See you later! 😉
I was reading someone’s blog today about it being their anniversary today and suddenly remembered that it was our “birthiversary” a couple of days ago on June 19th. Between preparing for this next chapter and transition of my life and becoming a little ill, I completely forgot about it. But we have been posting daily thoughts everyday for the past year and have learned so much during the process. We have gained so many new friends (hopefully lifelong)…We have endured many setbacks and, with the help of the Lord, we were able to overcome them all.
So this is our time to say, ‘Thank you!,” to everyone who has in one way or another helped to shape us into what we have become today. We have to push our way through to grow and become a more positive influence within the global community…with your help and that of the Lord…we are more than able!