Boosting About The Sabbath

When I studied the Sabbath from Exodus 31: 12- 18 it clearly told the children Israel to observe the Sabbath. Now I am a Gentile, the son of Gentile, the son of Gentile, etc., etc., etc.; and whenever I try to live up to the letter to the Law I only give power to my dormant Sin Nature. The Law being any rule I try to follow to gain the Righteousness that was bought by the Blood of Jesus, Romans 6 & 7.

Galatians was a rebuking letter written to Gentile Christians, in what we call Northern Turkey, about starting off in the simply child- like Faith of Christ crucified then trying to incorporate Law. Beloved, it’s not about pitting the LORD God, the Lord Jesus & the Apostle Paul at one another. The LORD God gave the entirety of the Law- ceremonial, moral, & sacrificial so that Israel as well as the world (if they were paying attention) a laser pointer to the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 5: 20, “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”(NASB) Meaning unless we have the imputed righteousness of the Lord we will never the Promise of Genesis 3: 15. Paul the apostle said in Galatians 2: 21, “I do not frustrate the Grace of God: for if righteousness came by the Law, then Christ is dead vain.”(KJV)

Has it ever dawn on anyone that the LORD gave one law, ‘Don’t eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil.’ & we couldn’t do that? Here’s the thing; do you want to be seen in Christ Adherence to the Law or your adherence? I love the Law of the God and delight myself in His Will but I have, as much of the Church, found out what Paul found, ‘the good that I would do I do not but the evil I hate that’s what I do…’ And this is because when I try to live the Letter of the Law it only ignites my dormant Sin Nature and I find myself crying w/ hot tears, ‘O wretched man that I am!!!!! Who can save me from this Death????’ This is why God gave us the Law, to bring us to the point where we see our wretchedness. If you can’t see this little item, you will.

Angels bow before Him; Heaven and Earth adore Him; what a mighty GOD we serve. The Law of God was our schoolmaster to bring to the foot of the Cross where you see how sinful we are, to the point where the Lord GOD had to wrap Himself in Flesh and die a horrible death on the Cross to justify all those that place their Faith in Christ so we can come boldly to the Throne of God. So then this allows the Holy Spirit the latitude in our lives to teach us how to live soberly which is in relation toward ourselves, righteously as it relates towards others, and godly in our relationship w/ the LORD: Prayer Life, Study of the Word & mediation of the Word, and Church Life- our attends and servant hood. Denying ungodliness has to do with our heart and worldly lust is our ability to live in the world and not of the world, per Titus 2: 11- 13. Before you say you are living in the realm of Law, the Law demands perfection from your first breathe to the other side of eternity. Christ Jesus is doing it, are you?

Now with all this said I have no problem with anyone as it regards their personal relationship w/ God through Christ Jesus, whether you observe the Sabbath, Feast of the Tabernacle, or the like but my beef as it were is the open face condemning judgment of those that do it as if your observance makes you holier than those of us who don’t. The Holy Spirit through Paul said in Colossians 2: 16- 18, ‘Christ did the work on His Cross and that meat, drink, all holy days, new moon feast and Sabbath days are just shadows of the Body of Christ. And allow no man, woman, or child to steal our reward bought w/ the Blood of the Lamb in the performance of vain prideful flesh.’(Expository paraphrase) And if I missed something, the Lord Jesus told all of us not to judge each other unless we get the pole out of our eye and then worry about the speck in our brother or sisters’ eye.

He Humbled Himself

Many raising His Hands To Worship

Sometime in meditation a phrase will run through my mind until I can’t think pass it. Well in the case of this phrase, ‘He humbled Himself’, has been jogging across my thoughts for a about a week or so. First let’s replace the pronoun so we know who He is, the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus humbled Himself. This brings us to what should be the bases for all of Christendom, the Christian humbled them self.

The Christian’s life style should be one of humility, in essence taking the low road to thought, attitude and action. Our thoughts should be on what are good, just, right, and holy meaning; we should have the constant understanding of how we got to where we are through the Blood of the Lord Jesus shed on Calvary’s cross. Our attitude is how we perceive ourselves and our relationship towards others; whether they are saved or not. When we come in contact with somebody do we feel like they are wasting our precious time with little world’s problems? Christ shed His Precious Blood because of our little sin problem. Sidebar: Beings though we are bought with HIS Son’s Blood our time is not our own. A slave’s time is the Master’s Time. So who’s to say that the LORD God Himself didn’t put us in that place to minister a kind word to that person or to lend a hand to that problem?

Our actions are so important because we are the light and salt of the world. Light in an ever darkening world, Salt to a world full of corruption; we are being watched. The Old Saints use to sing a song called ‘Order My Steps in Your Word’. This needs to be the anthem of the saints in this present age. We have come to the point where we just check- in with God from time to time to tell Him what we want. To live a life of true humility in Christ Jesus we have to not feel the Cross Experience when we get saved and at Easter but as Paul said, ‘I die daily’. There needs to a dying of self, daily. John the Baptist told his disciples that he need to decrease so that Jesus come increase. John saw that Jesus humbled Himself and in correct actions he humbled himself.

There is such self- exhalation in the Church today that it sickens me. How dare we vaunt ourselves to a place superiority when God had wrap Himself in corrupting flesh, live a peasant’s life for 33 and half years just to end up dying a torturous death on Calvary. For what? So we can live a life in His Presence. In closing the expounding of this phrase from Philippians 2: 8 is, “…. Christ the Lord voluntarily laid down His Express of Deity to save a wretch like me…”

 

2011: The Year Unity

My wife asked me what last year was in a rhetorical way, “Wasn’t this year the ‘Year of Restoration?” I agreed and after a small conversation of the events of lives, we knew that the Lord had has His Way in our lives and our love ones as well.

Because of my Calling, Evangelist, I have found my heart being turned more and more towards the final destination of the Saved and the Unsaved. And as of late my concern is for the Church. I have had several conversations with God-fearing Christians that have shown the proof of scriptures namely Jude 4, “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to the condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” King James Version. There are many blossoming reasons for this, but the budded reason is the same as it has always been; to take the Cross of Christ and make it of no effect towards the Salvation and Edification of mankind. Continue reading “2011: The Year Unity”

Mankind Going Away From God

Luke 10: 30- 34

We know this as being the Parable of the Good Samaritan but there is something inside of this story that the Lord dropped into my heart and it won’t let me go. As I often do when driving I listen to many different radio ministries, there one in particular; “Love Worth Finding” with the late Dr. Adrian Rodgers. Dr. Rodgers was delivering the Word when he made mention of this parable. He said something about Jerusalem being the place of God and Jericho being the place of the things of this world, and the Holy Spirit started dealing with me about how mankind is constantly going away from HIM. Continue reading “Mankind Going Away From God”

Put On The Lord

Romans 13: 11- 14 & Ephesians 6: 10- 20

Throughout the Pauline epistles we find the phrase, put on Christ or some variation. When we here this we think of ‘The Amour of God‘ from Ephesians. But it has a deeper meaning then what we have been taught. What I have found in my studies will bless you as it has been blessing me. Some of us can recite Ephesians 6: 10- 20 with no problem and many yet can draw us a picture and show us what it looks like from the amour of a Roman guard, formed from where Paul got his inspiration from. But as the Holy Spirit was dealing with me about an issue in my life He dropped this into my spirit with such a force as only He can do. And it just wouldn’t let me go. As always, I will give it to you as the Holy Spirit gave it to me.

I was in my normal study time, I started with 1 Peter 5: 8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour:” then the Lord echoed this my spirit, “Be vigilant.”. We already know that soldiers are vigilant, because when you stand vigilant you stand on the guard and every watchful. Now that the Lord had my attention, I was taken to Ephesians 6, the Amour of God passage where He had me to look at what we are to put on; truth and righteousness in verse 14, peace in verse 15, faith in verse 16, and salvation and the Spirit in verse 17. The Lord brought these out to me for a reason that at the time I couldn’t see until He caused me to run the scriptural reference. Look at what I found.

Having your loins girt about you with TRUTH, go to John 14: 6 where the Lord Jesus tells us that He is the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by Him. Connect the dots, Jesus is the truth we are to put on. Girt is past tense of gird which means to encircle or fasten. I thought I knew where the loins were but after looking them up in the dictionary I now know that it is our pubic region and our reproductive area. So it would seem that, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, when the Apostle Paul is giving us the command to get dress out in the Lord Jesus the first garment is for us to place our manhood and lady parts in Christ for their proper use.

Having on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, takes us to 1 Corinthians 1: 30. But of Him are we in Christ Jesus, Who God made for to our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption. Which means that when we are in Christ we have a right standing with God. Now this right standing that we have with God is placed on our heart because that’s what the breastplate guards. The breast is where the seat of emotion and where thoughts are birthed. In Christianity we call this the heart of man. The next piece of clothing in our Christian wear is our right standing with God through the Cross of Christ.

Feet shod with preparation of the gospel of PEACE, because of our justification through faith in Christ Jesus we have peace God. Romans 5: 1 show where our peace comes from. Before our justification, we were at enmity with God not the other way around as some would tell us. That’s why Word of God tells us that God so loved us that He gave. This verse goes to prove that God wants us to seek His Face. To shod in an old fashion way of saying put your shoes on, that’s it. The Holy Spirit is telling us to walk in the good news of the peace that we have with God through Christ and Him Crucified.

Let see where the LORD has us. Go over to Romans 13: 11- 14 and understand that this is a call to action. Twice this passage told us to put on: Put on the amour of light and put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Now I’m going to put this to where the babes can get to it. We have our pants on so now we are not doing ‘that’ anymore. Our mind, thoughts, emotions, and feelings are in right standing with God. We have on our shoes of faith so that we can walk in the peace that was purchased for us at the Cross. So now we have three more pieces of amour so we can go to battle for the Cause of Christ.

Taking the shield of FAITH, makes more sense if we have something to hang our faith on. We make our faith so complicated and spooky. When somebody asks you, “Okay, being a Christian, what do you believe in?” If say more than I believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross of Calvary to save me from eternity in hell and He did the same for you if you believe, than you probably don’t have the faith that God will honor. And you need to check yourself. Hebrews 11: 1, is a notable quotable but do you really know what it means? This is what I got: Faith is to take the reality of what Christ Jesus did at the Cross and make it real in my heart. The shield is what is used to hide with when the battle gets a little hot and heavy. How else do you expect to live, Habakkuk 2: 4.

Take the helmet of SALVATION, which is our Lord Jesus. The ministry of Jesus was to save us from our Sin Nature. While watching my father clean and repack his ruck sack, I asked him a crazy question, “What is your helmet for?” He told me to put on, so I did. Then he made sure it was on securely; it was sort of uncomfortable and cumbersome. After a few minutes he told me to pass him something that was behind me, I turned and he hit me in the head; hard. With a little bit of ringing in my ears I retreated to place far away from him. Then I saw what he had used, it was his little shovel. “Son, this shovel can crack your skull wide open with just that one blow but the helmet gave you enough protect to get out of the line of fire and think about what’s your next plan of action.” The enemy is coming for our heads and we need to have Christ on the brain so we can have enough sense to get out and plan the attack.

The sword of the SPIRIT, which is the word of God. The Word was made into flesh and dwelt among us, John 1: 14. A sword is used for both defense and offense. But when to use it? Well there the rub, use Him all the time. I have personally found that we worship an all weather God. What do you need, He’s got it. Paul found out that there’s enough in Christ for all our needs, 2 Corinthians 12: 9. The help that comes from God in the name of Jesus is sufficient, good enough. And just so you know, it takes a humble vessel to wheeled this sword. There is no room for arrogance in the combat because battle is not ours.

Look at verse Ephesians 6: 12, “For we wrestle not with flesh and blood … but against spiritual wickedness in high places.” When it’s time for battle; you have to have your shoes laced up tight, your belt on right, put something in you hands and put your helmet on right and tight cause it’s going to be a long night. The Word of God is very clear about the fact that we need to put on the Lord Jesus, but I know where we fall short, Jesus isn’t gonna feel right if we still have on our old man or woman. I would like wearing a new suit with same funky, nasty drawers on, but think they are our lucky drawers. After awhile the stench of the old clothes will come through, and now you look good but nobody wants to be around you.

Colossians 3: 5- 10, tell us to mortify and put away our old ways, put off the old self with his deeds and then put on the new man which know is Christ Jesus. I know it sounds hard, well that’s because we like to do the old deeds. I know, I am still pulling off the old man but I am replacing him with the New Man. Be vigilant because the enemy is waiting for a shot to take us out but I thank God for allowing me the chance to to put on the Lord.