“Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another:… Read more “Hiding: Playing Dangerous Games In The Kingdom”
Everyday, we engage in behavior that not only have physical and natural ramifications, but spiritual and eternal ones as well. If we have to ask a question about whether an act is permissible, then, chances are, it may either be something that needs further clarification or it may be something from which we should walk away. The Apostle Paul teaches us,
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient…” (1 Cor. 6:12).
Too often, we focus solely upon the momentary enjoyment we receive without considering how much these acts can be detrimental to ourselves and others. Paul later mentions that we should “…pray without ceasing…” (1 Thess. 5:17). It is in these moments that we should be praying for God’s wisdom and direction in order to discern between what is permissible and what is beneficial to us. Always think before you act…#thinkonthesethings
Being the kingdom of priests that God has called out of the world unto Himself is an absolute honor rendered unto humanity that provides a distinction unparalleled within this world. God provides instruction for our daily lives in which He expects us to respond in obedience to His commands. After all, that which is expected of us is not unreasonable in consideration of the life’s blessing we receive in return for our obedience.
However, sometimes, our zeal to perform our best and give our utmost for the Most High can be our undoing. Our human inclination is to try to make improvements to a system of Divine order that is functioning in its intended capacity. In pride, we presume to think that we are capable of taking the sacred things of God and handle them in a manner unprescribed by God, and expect the glory of the Lord to descend upon our tabernacle. What we receive in return, however, is a consuming fire from God in swift and immediate judgment because we have misused that which has been consecrated to the Lord and His service (Lev. 10:1-3).
What is your strange fire? How have you mishandled the anointing given to you by God for His service? We cannot render unto God a “Nadab/Abihu-like” offering with a “Cain-like” attitude and expect to receive an “Abel-like” acceptance and response from God (Lev. 10:1-3; Gen. 4:3-7). Our attitudes and approach to worship and service to God requires us to continuously search our hearts and examine our motives with the light of the Word of God through the illuminating power and revelation knowledge of the Holy Spirit. We want to render unto God the things that belong unto Him, but it must be done with the right heart, the right motive, and in decency and in order…#thinkonthesethings
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On yesterday, I had a thought: People love to receive inspirational messages, but do not like to receive the truth! This is true in every sphere of living. Both young and old. Rich and poor. The love of having our ears tickled knows no color boundaries. It is commonplace with many of us. Why? Because if we hear the truth, we become accountable for the truth that we have heard. No one likes to be held accountable for anything that is not of our own choosing.
Accepting responsibility for our actions means that we are conscious of the fact that the will also be consequences for our actions meted out fairly and justly by the Sovereign Justice of the universe: God Himself. Although the love and mercy of God keeps Him from completely destroying us, the holiness and righteousness of God requires Him to exact some form of justice in order to appease His incurring wrath. It is not God’s desire that any of us perish in the midst of our sin, but He has provided a way of escape to prevent us from experiencing something that is far beyond our ability to comprehend.
As demonstrated in the quote mentioned above, inspiration is good, but it is not enough. The truth must be preached by the ambassadors of the Kingdom in every setting and situation. Once we remove the element of truth from what we are communicating, we have communicated a lie in the name of the Lord. The Bible teaches us that God is not a man that He should, neither the son of man that He should repent. This is not to say that the Word of God does not inspire words of encouragement or encourage words of inspiration. We know that it does. What it does mean is that our faith is founded upon the veracity of the Word of God, and what we profess to believe would become null and void with the element of truth.
Truth is what will take us from being the victim to victor, conquered to conqueror, test to testimony, and mess to message. Remember…all truth is truth, but all inspiration is not truth…#thinkonthesethings
In today’s society, it is easy to become caught up in the midst of everything that is taking place around us. We attribute it to being a… Read more “Secret Sin”
The popular saying, “Rules were made to be broken…” speaks to the state of mind wherein the rebellious nature of sin springs forth. We witness this behavior literally within almost every sector of society, from the least to the greatest. It breeds selfish acts without taking the subsequent consequences into consideration. It is an attitude which gives no regard to how others within our inner social circles or the macro-community at large will be affected by those decisions to ‘bend the rules.’ This blatant disregard for order will often lead to a path of destruction if not corrected immediately upon being exposed.
Although we are no longer bound under the Law of the Old Testament, its purposes are eternal. Jesus said the first and greatest of all commandments was/is to “…love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…” (Matt. 22:37,38). Then He follows this with, “And the second is like unto it, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets…” (vv. 39,40). If we were to follow these two ‘rules’ of thumb for approaching and relating to others, then order can be maintained. However, if we continue to live selfishly, we will continue to see chaos increase within the world around us…#thinkonthesethings
In the beginning, God created a world that was filled with Divine order (Gen. 1 & 2). Then came sin (Gen. 3). With the entrance of sin into God’s creation (which had been pronounced ‘very good’ previously), God’s Divinely ordered creation had become filled with chaos. As we continue reading and studying throughout the Bible, we begin to notice that there is a continuous recurrence of a common theme…order is interrupted by chaos.
One of God’s attributes is justice. He is often called “the Righteous Judge” throughout the Bible, and one of His roles in being a Just God is exacting justice and maintaining the order within a world gone awry. Therefore, God has provided us with various scenarios within the Bible which details the experiences of His people as they grow from being a nomadic people into a nation of millions (Ex. 1). With this transformation from being an oppressed people to newly liberated people comes the need for moral and ethical boundaries being established wherein order can be implemented and maintained within a community…thus, the implementation of the Law.
There was a two-fold purpose of the Law: 1) to teach us how to relate to both God and our community, and 2) to show us our need for a Savior.
Because of the sin element, we have the propensity to be selfishly motivated and predisposed to doing that which benefits our own interests without regard for the needs of those within our community. Without proper instruction in relating to others, we would exercise our freedom in ways which have the possibility of leading us back into a state of chaos…#thinkonthesethings