Monday, July 17, 2017

Blessed to Be a Blessing – Part 1

This week, Michael writes that the call to worship for Israel in Deuteronomy says, "the Lord your God is one Lord. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy might." As we move ahead upon our “Christian Journey”, we encourage each other to look ahead. We cannot “rest upon our laurels” (meaning to be satisfied with one's past success and to consider further effort unnecessary). When we record our failures, we need to remember that these are the stepping stones to success. When we miss the mark, we can triangulate toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Our mission is to create an environment where men and women can be encouraged in their faith, where our prayer is "Lord come help yourself to our lives." Not looking back to that which is behind, but pressing forward on the life path that God has prepared for us to walk. In this life, mortality is 100%. Between now and then we are encouraged to make our lives count for Christ. The beauty of walking with the Lord is that morning by morning new mercies I see. God's gracious goodness is new each day. Each new day is a clean slate to walk in fellowship with Him. Our sins are not held against us, for He who knew no sin was made the perfect sin sacrifice on our behalf that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him.

Our adversary, the devil, is up to his old tricks. We are still in the midst of the spiritual battle that has raged since “the fall of man”. Secular leaders influenced by the "god of this world” – Satan, continue to lead in the wrong direction. The right direction can only be viewed through the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ, for He said, I am the way the truth and the life. It's not what we stand against that matters, rather, it's what we stand for that matters. Therefore, stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free and be not entangled again in the yoke of bondage.  

Jesus, himself, was "narrow minded" when He said the truth, "I am the only way." Today, Christians are attacked for being narrow minded for following the Lord and Savior of the world. They are ridiculed and ostracized by political correctness because Christians follow the truth of “the Word of God” and not “the word of man”. Holiness or sanctification means to be set apart for the purpose intended by the Creator. We are called to be discriminating and to set ourselves apart for the false word of man for God's purpose. God's still in charge whether or not the "priests of secular humanism" and the prevailing religion of our land acknowledge His sovereignty. This is no different than when the prophet Ezekiel reproved Israel in Ezekiel 25: 26, "Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean..."  Sanctification starts with discrimination: understanding the difference between the righteous standard of the Word of God and the God-rejecting world's standard, where "everyone did right in his own eyes." In this world, we will be tested every day.  Life is a series of choices. As Joshua said, "Choose ye this day whom ye shall serve.  As for me and my house we will serve the Lord"  

Let’s continue Michael’s message on being a blessing to others: in the next post.

In Christ, Brian

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