Monday, June 10, 2013

Choices

In the grand scheme of things, how you choose to look in God's eyes is all that matters. Will you choose to stand before Him clothed in your own flesh, or will you choose to stand before Him clothed in the righteousness of Christ?  Your choice determines your destination

In other words (and I'm going to use my mom since I only had her most of my childhood and not my father) if I was standing in front of my mom and she was holding up a beautiful new dress for me and I knew that if I chose to put on that dress I could go to the most wonderful place in the world & be with her forever, but I also had the choice of keeping my own dirty, ragged dress on and ultimately go to a dark, lonely, isolated cave where I would never see or be with my mom again, which would I choose?  Either way, it is my choice

I know my analogy probably isn't the best, but it is a picture that came to my mind just now and I wanted to share it. 

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)





MY TESTIMONY 


I've already made my choice.  When was I was about ten years old I remember hearing for the first time that I was a sinner and that Christ died for me.  At first I wasn't sure that I was a sinner; I thought I was a pretty good girl!  My mom and grandparents (almost) always made me feel like I was! So I went to a trusted adult (I was at a church camp at this time), a lady who was my cabin counselor, and I asked her how I would know if I had sinned.  She shared with me a passage out of 1 John 1:8-10 "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us."  She then asked me if I knew what a liar was and if I had ever lied.  Boy, did she pick the right question!  Lying was something that I frequently did! I would look my mom right in the eye and lie like nobody's business, knowing the whole time that she knew I was lying!  Well, the Holy Spirit poured out conviction upon me at that moment and I knew that I needed to ask Jesus to forgive me and become my Lord and Savior.  So that's what I did!  I have never once regretted that choice! 

Unfortunately off and on throughout the years following I would make choices that went against my Savior, but He never left me (which is a promise He makes to everyone who trusts in Him - see Hebrews 13:5b)!  Never once have I ever doubted that I am His and He is mine (Song of Solomon 2:16), even during those rebellious years.

So, back to you and your choice.  Picture yourself standing before your heavenly Father.  You are wearing your own filthy rags.  He has a beautiful new garment for you - all you have to do is choose to take it and put it on and you will be made new & clean - fit for the King

What will you choose today? 




Friday, June 7, 2013

STOP Compromising!

People are so fickle.  We tend to love, admire and follow the things that feed our selfish fleshly desires.  We also give in to whatever is easier or whatever won't "rock the boat". By the way, when I say "we", I mean the Church. We have compromised the Gospel of Christ and we are reaping what we've sown.  Christianity is being attacked more and more on a daily basis.  The most recent compromise that I am aware of is the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) caving in to the homosexual agenda.  Some might not consider the BSA as the "Church", but they have long used as their motto (or oath)  a dedication to God and Godly principles, which makes their current stance so similar to the marrying of people with "detestable practices" of which Ezra is lamenting (see below).

Our compromising has fueled those pushing the homosexual agenda. Now Christian business owners who will NOT compromise, are being sued for refusing to provide services for homosexual weddings, overnight sleeping accommodations, etc.  These businesses are also now being forced by our government to provide pharmaceuticals that contradict the Biblical principles and understanding of life.  Forgive me for not including links to specific news articles on these events, but I'm sure most of you are aware of them, and if not, you can easily search for the information on the Internet. 

Ezra is an excellent example for us in knowing how to respond to those who compromise.  In the book of Ezra, chapters 9-10, we read:

 Then, at the evening sacrifice, I rose from my self-abasement, with my tunic and cloak torn, and fell on my knees with my hands spread out to the Lord my God  and prayed:
“I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.  From the days of our ancestors until now, our guilt has been great. Because of our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been subjected to the sword and captivity, to pillage and humiliation at the hand of foreign kings, as it is today.
 “But now, for a brief moment, the Lord our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage.  Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.
 “But now, our God, what can we say after this? For we have forsaken the commands  you gave through your servants the prophets when you said: ‘The land you are entering to possess is a land polluted by the corruption of its peoples. By their detestable practices they have filled it with their impurity from one end to the other.  Therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them at any time, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it to your children as an everlasting inheritance.’
 “What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins deserved and have given us a remnant like this.  Shall we then break your commands again and intermarry with the peoples who commit such detestable practices? Would you not be angry enough with us to destroy us, leaving us no remnant or survivor?  Lord, the God of Israel, you are righteous! We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand in your presence.” (emphasis mine)

I made a point to bold the words "we", "our", "us" because this is yet another example of a person crying out to God on behalf of others as well as himself.  Yes, we are to confess our own personal sins, but we are also to acknowledge the corporate sins of God's people.  I know some might be tired of my pointing this out, but I feel that I must because God keeps pointing it out to me!  Some might think that this is because God is working in ME.  I agree.  But my spirit is compelled by the Holy Spirit to speak this truth to God's people.  We obviously need to hear something more than once or else we would have obeyed in this area already.  

I will continue to exhort God's people to seek His face, humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways so that God will THEN hear from heaven and heal our land!  The World is bleeding and I truly believe it is because the Church has compromised and opened us up to attack - spiritual and physical.  

Church - repent! Seek the LORD while He may yet still be found!  Stop compromising!  Do not be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the POWER OF GOD TO SALVATION for everyone who believes!