Humbleness is not something that comes easily to me. I envy those who can be so humble that it seems like a second nature to them. How can people be like that? It’s a mystery to me. Not that it is impossible to be humble. It isn’t. It’s just…hard for me.Read More »
You’re either for God or against God. Yes, I know, that’s a pretty bold statement. It may seem very harsh and cruel (though know that I’m not trying to be that way). But it is a true statement. It’s a very hard truth to realize, but it is still true. And that’s the stark reality of it.
Just think for a moment, there are trillions of people living in this world. Trillions. And all of them, each and everyone are for God or against God. There is no in between stage. It’s one way or another. It’s black and white. There are no grey areas. All those people must live their lives either for God or against God. Every one of them has a decision that has to be made at some point in their lifetime: Will they be for God, or will they go against Him? Everyone has to make that choice.
Why? Because we can’t be a part of both sides. It’s impossible.
God doesn’t want us to be for Him some of the time and then not at other times.
He doesn’t want us to love Him, but not live for Him. Or vice versa.
He doesn’t want our bodies to be for him, but not our hearts.
God wants our full devotion or none at all.
And that Bible makes it pretty clear.
Anyone who is not against us is for us.
Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.
Jesus makes it very clear that you’re either on one side or the other. There is no in between. You can’t be in both places at once.
God wants our devotion. Our total and undivided devotion. He doesn’t want us if we aren’t going to choose to totally be for Him. He doesn’t want a piece of us. He doesn’t want just a part of us.
That is one of the reasons why God had the tree of good and evil in the garden of Eden. It is one of the reasons that Jesus sacrificed so much for us. He died, knowing that some would choose God and some wouldn’t. He went through all of that, knowing that everyone wouldn’t come to him. Isn’t that incredible? That God still gave us the chance to choose. He wanted us to have the chance to choose. He didn’t want us follow Him like robots, just doing what we’re told. He wants to follow Him because we want to. Because we love Him. And for no other reason than that.
God has given us a choice. A choice. I don’t think any of the other religions really have a god that gives you a free choice like this. But God does. He always will.
And it’s life decision to live for God or not. Have you made that decision? Do you live for Him? Do you love Him? I hope so. If you choose to live for Him, it will change your life forever. You will never be the same.
I find myself at times to be a very prideful person. I may not talk like I am, or act like I am, but I am prideful.
Pride is “a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.”.
I must say I have a very hard time discouraging those prideful thoughts. Those thoughts that pretty much all same the same thing: I am better than you. But don’t we all struggle with pride in little ways?
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
God call us to be the opposite of prideful: humble. God calls us to be humble. We all struggle with it, some more than others (like me). Pride is a fundamental part of our sinful human nature. But humility is something we all must summit to, if we’re to take those first steps to being saved.
That humbleness to admit that God created and controls the word. That humbleness to submit to the one and only God. That humbleness to confess that we’re sinful and we need help, help that we can’t give ourselves. All of it takes strength. Strength that we don’t have.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
God, He freely gives His strength. It is always there for us. But we can be too prideful to take it. We trust only ourselves. We don’t want to rely on someone else. We want to earn our own salvation. We don’t want to feel like we owe something to anyone.
But we already owe God everything. The earth we’re standing on, is His. Our very lives belong to Him! Everything we have, everything we were, everything we are, and everything we will ever be is in His hands. By His grace we’re alive! It is all belongs to Him.
All we have to do is give Him our hearts. He gives us the strength, and we make the choice.
Though it is hard for us to let go of pride, we must realize that nothing we do is done by our own strength. It is all through Him. Nothing we do is done through our own strength. We just have to learn to trust and rely on Him. It will be such a relief once we do, but we must take that first step. And we might have to keep taking that step, because it is so easy for us to forget and try to bring everything under our control. We want to be in control, but we need to let it go. Because holding on to pride will get us nowhere.
God is our strength. We can rest and have peace in Him, if we only are humble to give ourselves fully to Him. He is our rock, our foundation. On no one else can we find the strength we so desperately need.
We need help, help only God can give. Let’s find our strength in Him and let go of our pride.
Change. I almost shiver at hearing that word sometimes. There are good changes and there are bad changes. But, for the most part, we don’t like any type of change. Change may bring sadness or difficulties or happiness or something new different. And we don’t always like something new.
The Jews didn’t like change. They loved their traditions and laws and sacrifices. So when Jesus, the Son of God, came down to earth and told them to change, they hated him. He offered them something new and different, and most of the people rejected him. They crucified him. Jesus gave them freedom from the law and forgiveness of sins without sacrifices. He offered them new life. Eternal life. But for this they had him beaten and hanged on a cross.
Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.
This is why Christians are persecuted more so than most. We’re different. Our “religion” isn’t a religion. It doesn’t tell you to work harder and be good so that you can earn your way to Heaven. All religions ask something of you. They give you laws to follow in hopes that you might earn your way to Heaven or Paradise or something like that. But you can never do that. None of us can. We’re too sinful and fallen. We can’t do anything on our own.
The Jews were in the same predicament as everyone else who followed a religion, except for the important fact that they followed the one and only true God. If you look throughout the Old Testament you’ll see that they couldn’t live up to God’s standards. Again and again they fell short.
Jesus changed things. We can now have a one on one relationship with God. We don’t have to be good enough for Him; we just have to believe in Him. There is no more need for sacrifices. All we have to do is ask for forgiveness and He will never fail to forgive us of all our transgressions. We were in slavery under the law, but now we are set free.
This is why someone will always be persecuting us (at least until Jesus returns). Our sinful human nature wants to work for salvation. It gives us a feeling of self, of identity (though our identity can be found in Christ). We like to believe that we did something on our own. Like God isn’t actually in control of our lives. But that’s not true. For everything we’ve done or ever will do has been because of God. All the glory belongs to Him.
Let’s rejoice over the freedoms we have today in Christ.
We are set free from the law of sin and death.
The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
This doesn’t mean to live however an ungodly lifestyle you want. Because of this precious gift God has given us we should want to live by the example Jesus set before us. We shouldn’t ever waste such freedom that way.
Jesus changed the world. Now it’s our chance to live out that change to the fullest.
Today, I’m posting something a little different than what I normally do. This is a essay I wrote last week for school and I thought I would share it with ya’ll. Enjoy!
Over a trillion people are living in the world today. Each person has his/her own unique and distinct worldview. Many worldviews maybe similar, but none are exactly alike. Today I will be sharing my worldview: my view of God and how he works and interacts in our world, the basis on which I determine right and wrong, and what has influenced my view. Also, I will present my perspective on a historical event. Some things are just my opinion and need not be accepted; others should be taken to heart by all.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. I believe that there is only one true God. He interacts with us intimately and with those who believe in Him everyday. He is with us always. He is holy, sovereign, and above all, loves us. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. The Bible, God’s written word and inspired by him, is wholly true. Since the Bible is true, I understand that mankind’s purpose is to glorify God. To do this, we must learn about God through the Bible, submit to his will and follow his commands.
The Bible is the basis for my faith. Accordingly, what God deems wrong I believe wrong, the same can be said for what is right. The Bible is full of laws and commandments, but because of what Jesus did on the cross we are set free from the law. “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” Galatians 5:1. So how am I to act? This next verse explains it well. “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23. I strive to be all these things at all times, but no one is perfect. The Bible has taught me what is right and wrong.
To have a worldview it must come from somewhere, it must have been influenced and affected by things. My worldview can be summed up in my faith, Christianity. My parents have had a great impact on my worldview, who knows where I’d be without them. Among others, R.C. Sproul’s books that I’ve read have helped deepen my faith and worldview.
Let me tell you what I think about the Civil War, so you get a chance to see my perspective in action. The Civil War was a major changing point in American history. If the North had lost the war, our country might be split in two right now. To contradict what most people think, the South was not just fighting to keep slavery; they were fighting for their way of life. The North was fighting for unity and then the freedom of slaves, that wasn’t their main priority. I know to have slaves is wrong, but the way the North dealt with slavery wasn’t right either. I think we should have followed the example of Paul in the book Philemon. In it, Paul tells a runaway slave to go back to his master. Then he pleads with the master in such a way that he would want to free his slaves. You see, instead of going about like the abolitionists did, we should’ve taught the slave owners the true Gospel and the let God convince them that slavery is wrong. The North’s fight for unity I think is right and honorable as long as they had tried every peaceable way to resolve the conflict first.
As you have read above, I believe in the God of the Bible. My view of God coincides with the Bible and is the foundation of how I determine right and wrong. God, and my parents are two major influences in my life, physically and spiritually. What I would like you to take from this is that God is the only true God. As long as we follow Him (through the Bible), I think we’ll be on the right path.