A Sin of Omission, The Sin of Diversity

The Church has an obligation to cause division between itself and the world; the Bible says that the Christian and the Church is to be separate from the world (2Corinthians 6:17) – but the theory of diversity has created a gray area that is not of God or the Bible. The theory of diversity is causing division within the Church and Christians: Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Matthew 10:34, NKJV.

The Church is causing itself to become as the world. God is not pleased with His Creation being caused to fall at the hand of the Church. The bigger problem is Christians and Catholics allowing the Gay Agenda to lie their way into their lives and churches. Nearly every one of us knows someone or is related to someone that has succumbed to the sin of homosexuality and the lie that they were born that way…my family included. It is their plan to get the ones closest to them to yield to their new chosen lifestyle and accept homosexuality as ‘normal’. Is it diversity they are looking for or is it division? Espousing to an agenda that is against God to appease your gay son/daughter/mom/dad/grandpa/grandma/cousin/aunt or uncle is a sin of omission, or a sin of convenience. A Christian has to love them enough to tell them the truth.

‘But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.’ Isaiah 59:2, NKJV

Preachers and Pastors that teach against the sin of homosexuality are called judgmental and haters, even from other Christians. However, the Bible tells us that Christians, Pastors and Preachers that do not or will not tell the homosexual they are in sin and destined to an eternity in hell will have to bear the sin of omission:

‘Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.’ Ezekiel 3:20, NKJV

It’s real easy for the gay community to call Christians ‘haters’ because we tell them they are wrong – the truth is they are the haters; haters of the Creation as God intended it to be – one man and one woman. Homosexuals weren’t born wrong, they were lied to. And I am not going let them tell me where to shop, worship or work to placate their agenda of hate and diversity.

Time is so short – we are supposed to be ready for the day when He comes back for His Church. I cannot stand to think for one moment that someone I loved or knew, gay or not, did not have the opportunity to hear the Gospel before that day comes. God loves the homosexual enough to tell them they are wrong and need a Savior.

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Matthew 24:36, NKJV

The Ugly Christmas Sweater

Everyone has one…the sweater that hides in the back of the closet and lies in wait for another season to openly laugh at us for having saved it and even worn it. Why do we keep the darned thing? Is it to lovingly remind us of that person OR do we keep it to prove to the sweater giver that we would never part with it?

However, my ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ is an analogy of sorts. We keep something that is not of us or for us. Every Christian has someone that is just plain ugly with their spitefulness and ridicule. Even worse is the ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ who is a backslidden Christian that can’t get out of their own valley that they created themselves.

Ah, the valley….the deep part of the valley. 

All families, especially Christian ones, have someone that almost seems to enjoy making everyone else miserable, mostly because they are miserable. I am no exception, we have them, too…..and they LOVE to flex during the Christmas season with guilt, shame, ridicule, mockery, contempt.

It’s time to take off the ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’.

I have chosen NOT to battle them. I think the battle gives them more strength to be antagonistic. Does not battling make it better or ‘digestible’? Not really, but I have my own relationship with the LORD that I protect with everything I’ve got.

The ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ is much like the past rearing it’s head to remind us of our weaknesses as Christians and what we will allow into our lives that can keep us in bondage to the ‘old man‘:

“v6…our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. v7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6:6-7

And:

“v21…if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: v22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” Ephesians 4:21-22

Our ‘old man’, our sinful past, was covered with the blood of Christ when we were born again, “There is therefore NOW NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit,” [Romans 8:1, emphasis MINE]. It should NEVER matter what our backslidden loved ones remember of our past sin:

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25

The valley is a lonely place. We don’t want our loved ones in the valley but God is God, I am not…He doesn’t like being ignored by puffed up backslidden Christians. He’ll take you where you do not want to go to get your attention.

Until the time comes when our backslidden loved ones gets their mind back, all we can do is take off the ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ and do what Jesus said at the Sermon on the Mount:

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

Free Things

NEVER pay retail: So, how many self-help books have you bought? How about Christian self-help books? What about sermon series that seem to go on and on and on and on without actually fixing anything?

AND even worse, before I became a Christian, I looked to EVERYTHING but God to guide me and fix me….how many of us have trusted horoscopes and television psychics? Yep, I even bought the books. SO SAD, but I’m so GLAD I found Jesus! Not that He was hiding, I just wasn’t looking.

Christians can be their own worst enemy. In my previous post ‘Questionable Things‘ I focused on the worldly things Christians wonder if they can still do, such as smoking, drinking, etc. If you are a Christian that understands STEWARDSHIP, this should be a no-brainer. If you understand stewardship then you understand what you should and should not do.

BTW: Worldly things, the ‘questionable things’, usually cost money we should not spend; it also costs us some of our sanctification.

Are you saved, BORN-AGAIN and still struggling? What if I told you that you can ditch the ‘questionable things’ and not pay one penny to keep your mind and spirit busy that will give you what you desire: PEACE?

FREE THINGS. Yes, FREE, given to us by our Holy God through Jesus Christ:

Salvation. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” [Rom 5:8] Salvation has always been FREE, given to us by way of scourging, beating and humiliation of the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ our LORD.

Bible. “Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes,” [2Kings 22:11]. Life went on in the time of Josiah, and it was word of mouth that kept Scripture alive…but imagine finding the true word of God hidden in plain sight? There are countries today that have outlawed Christianity AND the Bible! Here in the United States we take this free thing and let it gather dust on nightstands and coffee tables.

Prayer. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God,” [Phil 4:6]. We can pray anywhere, anytime. There is no cap on how much we can pray. All it costs is TIME and SUBMISSION, and this is one thing that God really wants us to do all the time.

Praise/Worship. “And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: ‘Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever’,” [2Chronicles 20:21]. The free thing that many Christians neglect is PRAISE & WORSHIP. We can praise Him anywhere, we can worship Him anywhere. And in this scripture reference, it’s noted that the singers and musicians were placed in front of the army to disable the enemy with His Praise, not empty riot. When we praise and worship, we see MIRACLES!

Fellowship. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers,” [Acts 2:42]. Even the Early Church knew that fellowship with other like-minded believers made them stronger and kept them from backsliding back to the ‘old man’. This free thing keeps Christians in precious communion with other Christians to edify, encourage and educate.

Regardless of what sin is besetting us, we know we have a God in Heaven that gives us exactly what we need. There is nothing else but Him and the free things He lovingly gives us.

Unlike one book (and the writer shall remain nameless) DON’T eat the cookie or BUY the shoes; instead take the free things God has provided…yes PROVIDED.

 

Wednesday Night Bible Study: QUESTIONABLE THINGS.

What is the ‘questionable thing’? I’ve always said if you have to ask, you ought NOT to do ‘it’, whatever ‘it’ is. Somehow, it’s not that easy for some of my Christian brothers and sisters. Much like parents telling you to be a good example to your little brothers and sisters, we have to be a better example…a better Christian to those that are weak or struggling:

“But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.” 1Corinthians 8:9

At church last night, my husband touched on the first 3 points in this series. Truly, this is a great teaching for those that need and should reference their Bible and notes often in order to continue in their walk with the Lord. As Christians, we are not equal in our personal walk with anyone else. We are all individuals and set with a separate path and will from God, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations”, [Jeremiah 1:5].

What ARE the questionable things? Everyone has wondered if a particular thing is sin such as drinking alcohol or types of television shows or movies. We are bombarded by the outside world constantly with messages that tell us that EVERYTHING is good and okay. What is okay? What isn’t? What does God say?

1. Are you willing to do what is right when you KNOW the will of God? Simply, most Christians know the will of God regarding sin…DON’T SIN! Seems easy enough, but I think that we look for permission from other Christians rather than asking God. “Is she wearing a short skirt in church? COOL….then I can too!” or “He watches R rated movies so I can too!” As simplistic as that sounds, or even childlike, still every Christian struggles because they see OTHER Christians sinning or living in a worldly way. Consider these scripture references:

  • Romans 12:2; “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Retrain your mind to not want the questionable thing that is besetting you. Don’t be your own worst enemy, be the Christian you want others to see you as.
  • John 7:17; “If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority.” Do we know His will? Have you asked Him?
  • James 4:17; “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” Most often we KNOW the answer, we want confirmation. Go to the Word, God will let you know, I promise.

2. Does this questionable thing agree with what the scripture says? While I see things very black and white and somewhat analytical, many Christians do not and they seek real answers in real time. The Word of God is for today, tomorrow and all time! Consider these scripture references:

  • 2Peter 1:19-20; “v19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; v20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation.” In other words, God speaks to us and gives us revelation such as understanding certain verses in the way He meant them. ‘There is nothing new under the sun’ [Ecc 1:9], there is no NEW revelation, rather what God gives you may be new to you, it cannot go against scripture EVER or it is in direct violation of His Word. He is the God that changes NOT [Mal 3:6].
  • Deuteronomy 29:29; “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” What God wants us to know HE will reveal. While we will know everything as we step foot into Heaven, but while we are still here we have to trust God and have Faith in HIM, not ourselves or others.
  • Romans 10:17; “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” FAITH. Simple childlike FAITH. God will never tell you to smoke. God will never tell you to wear revealing clothing. God will never steer you into false doctrine. Ever.
  • 2Timothy 3:16; “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” ALL scripture is given; not some of it or part of it…ALL OF IT. Scripture is for our DAILY walk, not just on Sundays.

3. Have you PRAYED about the questionable thing? Isn’t that a novel idea. We wonder why our lives are surrounded by grief, fear and sin? If you think your heels are too high, then they probably are. If you think a movie with sex and violence might be wrong to watch, then it probably is. Consider these scripture references:

  • Mark 11:24; “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”  When you asked Jesus into your life, you prayed…then you believed AND received! Pray about everything and you’ll have no questions about the questionable things.
  • Philippians 4:6; “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” EVERYTHING. If we pray for and about everything, our lives will change! When I pray I HAVE PEACE. When I forget to pray, I am not in the will of God. God gave us Jesus and the Holy Spirit and real tools to use for our everyday walk: Prayer and the Bible….all free to use all the time. No excuses!
  • James 4:23; “v2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. v3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” Ahhhhh there it is! WHAT are you asking for? Permission to DO the questionable thing? Or are you asking for discernment?
  • 1Thessalonians 5:17; “Pray without ceasing.” Don’t. Stop. Praying. Ever.
  • Matthew 7:7-8; “v7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. v8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Ask, seek and knock…God will reveal to you what you pray about.

A new creature in Christ has MANY questions and needs answers about the BIG things and the little things. But one thing I ask you to keep in mind is understanding the difference in ‘belief’ and ‘truth’. I can believe all day long that the sky is green but the truth is that it is blue. The questionable things are what we believe, not necessarily what is truth. God has never made a way for anyone to sin, not even a little bit. Contrary to what the world ‘believes’, the Christian is expected to know the truth of His Holy Word, not half-truths or outright lies. He has created us to be in fellowship with Him, not the world or He would have never given His Son Jesus as our propitiation for what we deserved.

Temptation is an evil thing; the questionable thing may just be what Satan uses to tempt you to do something to come back into his will and stray from God. Satan uses the little things to distract us while he works to keep us from a loving relationship with Jesus Christ.

In other words, Trust God. His is that small, still voice.

The Pauline Christian

A bunch of years ago, I worked at an upscale beauty salon and heard a curious question: The hairdresser asked her client, “When I highlight your hair, what do you want people to see?” This hairdresser was asking her client what she wanted other people to think when they saw her as their ‘first impression’ of her. This is a great lesson on what people think of us at first glance or impression and that we can change what we look like to garner an opinion, good or bad. In other words, if someone saw you on the street or the mall today, would they see a Christian? Are you sure?

Paul said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

While researching this subject, I came across many ‘secularized christian’ denominations regarding the teachings of Paul and found that they follow [if you want to call it that] the teachings of Jesus, but not of Paul the Apostle:

Universalists are rooted in Judeo-Christian tradition and are Christian in that we follow the teachings of Jesus, but not the teachings of Paul, which frankly does not make us Christian by most Christian’s definitions.”

…not Christian? If that ain’t the truth.

And it’s not just universalists that don’t follow the teachings of Paul, most of the emergent movement does not; they feel that Paul was not called or that his Damascus Road experience and ministry was not enough to make his teachings and epistles part of the Word of God or even viable. That being said, they also believe that the Bible CONTAINS the word of God, as if it’s a piece of Tupperware.

Regarding Pauline Christianity: “Reference is made to the large number of non-canonical texts, some of which have been discovered during the last 100 years, which show the many movements and strands of thought emanating from Jesus’ life and teaching or which may be contemporary with them, some of which can be contrasted with Paul’s thought.” Interesting.

Contrasted with Paul’s thought’ is a great example of what pains most pseudo ‘christians’ that endorse the gay agenda and lifestyle, abortion rights, ecumenicalism, and the Liberal agenda…to name a few. They believe that since Christ did not mention these ‘maladies’ that they would not be the abominations that Paul cited and therefore either excused, overlooked or even encouraged: fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners [1Cor 6:9-10, Rom 1:29-32].

Paul said, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” 1Timothy 1:12-15

Paul KNEW he was a sinner! He acknowledged that he was NOT perfect but taught a perfect message that Jesus gave him on the Damascus Road. The relevant ‘easy believism’ that befalls the emergent is not taught by Jesus, it is a demon spirit that seeks to consume and forsake the righteous.

Yes I am getting to a POINT: Even some of the most godly Azusa Street offshoots have been bewitched by not pleading the Blood of Christ or preaching the Holy Spirit inspired teachings of Paul, who was once Saul of Tarsus [Acts 7:58-60, 8:1-3], an evil murderer that was a large part of the ‘church’ of the day. How ironic that someone gets saved from his own church [Acts 9:1-19].

All this being said, the outward appearance of a Christian as a Christian is nearly invisible. We are seen as part of the world with short shorts, miniskirts, men that don’t wear shirts in public, heels that defy gravity or description, foul language, drinking alcohol, gambling [yes, the lottery is gambling], smoking, drugs, adultery, defiling our bodies and fornication…and that’s just the highlights.

“Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God.” 1Thessalonians 4:1-5

Is this a maturity problem of the Christian? Are holiness, modesty and chastity not taught in church anymore? Or is the Emergent Movement making the rest of conservative Christianity look and act like the world to attract moths to the bug zapper? Are we selling ourselves to the highest bidder: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” [1Cor 3:16-17]

Considering that Pauline Christianity is too conservative for the ‘modern christian’, wouldn’t it be apparent that the Holy Spirit has been told He is not welcome anymore?

I saw an employment ad for a ‘Growth Pastor’ once. Look and act like the world, but just show up? Is this the future of the Church? Is this the Church that Christ is looking for when He comes back? Of course not…He did not die for the mega church, He died for me and you. And until He comes back, we need to sanctify ourselves because we are His and His ways are correct. And until then:

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

 

A year in the Christian Life

As this year comes to a close, most people will look back with disappointment for many reasons. I think that when we do that we have judged God to be wrong and imperfect. Our perception of what our life has been thus far is just that: Perception. God does not lie [Heb 6:18] and His way is always perfect…but He is dealing with an imperfect bunch of people that don’t want to obey the things of God but to things of the world. We misplace our faith from God toward our family and friends thinking they will make us happy and fruitful. People lie, God does not; people will fail you, God WILL NOT:

“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:5)

Sometimes I think we go to our family and friends because we think there is safety in numbers, that they will protect us. Again, even they are an imperfect people that God is personally dealing with and your faith has been in them instead of God. It’s like depending on the weather when it can change anytime.

There is good news! We have refuge in His covering, in His love for us. We are a work that He has molded into what He wants us to be. Accept His covering, accept His assignment because He is perfect and His plan for us is perfect. Do not be afraid or suspicious – just be His willing vessel:

“He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:4

AND “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) BECAUSE “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” (Psalm 46:7)

Consider this New Year to be a year of transformation, a year of faith; a year of letting God be GOD in your life. We are a woefully inadequate people that need direction; El Shaddai, GOD Almighty – you are my shield and my strength [Psalm 28:7]…I pray that all will come to know YOU as GOD, El Shaddai.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

Happy New Year.

 

Today, the Word of God says I Am:

My husband writes: I woke up this morning not feeling so “Holy & Righteous” and realizing I need to rediscover what God says about me and who I am as his child even though often my actions don’t always match up to the description below. I thank you lord this morning for fresh and New Mercy and an opportunity to make this day an awesome day!

Today the word of God says I Am:

  1.  I am faithful (Ephesians 1:1)
  2. I am God’s child (John 1:12)
  3. I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
  4. I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)
  5. I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)
  6. I am a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
  7. I am assured all things work together for good (Romans 8:28)
  8. God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
  9. me (Philippians 1:6)
  10. I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
  11. I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)
  12. and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7)
  13. me (1 John 5:18)
  14. blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
  15. I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11)
  16. I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4)
  17. I am adopted as his child (Ephesians 1:5)
  18. restriction (Ephesians 1:5,8)
  19. I am in Him (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30)
  20. I have redemption (Ephesians 1:8)
  21. I am forgiven (Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 1:14)
  22. I have purpose (Ephesians 1:9 & 3:11)
  23. I have hope (Ephesians 1:12)
  24. I am included (Ephesians 1:13)
  25. I am sealed with the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13)
  26. I am a saint (Ephesians 1:18)
  27. I am salt and light of the earth (Matfthew 5:13-14)
  28. fruit (John 15:1,5)
  29. I am a personal witness of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8)
  30. I am God’s coworker (2Corinthians 6:1)
  31. I am a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)
  32. I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
  33. I am raised up with Christ (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12)
  34. realms (Ephesians 2:6)
  35. grace (Ephesians 2:7)
  36. God has expressed His kindness to me (Ephesians 2:7)
  37. I am God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
  38. blood (Ephesians 2:13)
  39. I have peace (Ephesians 2:14)
  40. I have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18)
  41. I am a member of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19)
  42. I am secure (Ephesians 2:20)
  43. I am a holy temple (Ephesians 2:21; 1 Corinthians 6:19)
  44. I am a dwelling for the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:22)
  45. I share in the promise of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6)
  46. God’s power works through me (Ephesians 3:7)
  47. confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
  48. I know there is a purpose for my sufferings (Ephesians 3:13)
  49. is (Ephesians 3:18)
  50. I am completed by God (Ephesians 3:19)
  51. I can bring glory to God (Ephesians 3:21)
  52. I have been called (Ephesians 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:9)
  53. others (Ephesians 4:2)
  54. I can mature spiritually (Ephesians 4:15)
  55. has called me to (Ephesians 4:17)
  56. I can have a new attitude and a new lifestyle (Ephesians 4:21-32)
  57. I can be kind and compassionate to others (Ephesians 4:32)
  58. I can forgive others (Ephesians 4:32)
  59. righteousness and truth (Ephesians 5:8-9)
  60. I can understand what God’s will is (Ephesians 5:17)
  61. I can give thanks for everything (Ephesians 5:20)
  62. I don’t have to always have my own agenda (Ephesians 5:21)
  63. I can honor God through marriage (Ephesians 5:22-33)
  64. I can parent my children with composure (Ephesians 6:4)
  65. I can be strong (Ephesians 6:10)
  66. I have God’s power (Ephesians 6:10)
  67. I can stand firm in the day of evil (Ephesians 6:13)
  68. I am dead to sin (Romans 1:12)
  69. I am not alone (Hebrews 13:5)
  70. I am growing (Colossians 2:7)
  71. I am His disciple (John 13:15)
  72. I am prayed for by Jesus Christ (John 17:20-23)
  73. I am united with other believers (John 17:20-23)
  74. I am not in want (Philippians 4:19)
  75. I possess the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16)
  76. I am promised eternal life (John 6:47)
  77. I am promised a full life (John 10:10)
  78. I am victorious (I John 5:4)
  79. peace (Philippians 4:7)
  80. I am chosen and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12)
  81. I am blameless (I Corinthians 1:8)
  82. I am set free (Romans 8:2; John 8:32)
  83. I am crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)
  84. I am a light in the world (Matthew 5:14)
  85. I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
  86. I am the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  87. I am safe (I John 5:18)
  88. I am part of God’s kingdom (Revelation 1:6)
  89. I am healed from sin (I Peter 2:24)
  90. I am no longer condemned (Romans 8:1, 2)
  91. I am not helpless (Philippians 4:13)
  92. I am overcoming (I John 4:4)
  93. I am persevering (Philippians 3:14)
  94. I am protected (John 10:28)
  95. I am born again (I Peter 1:23)
  96. I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  97. I am delivered (Colossians 1:13)
  98. I am redeemed from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13)
  99. I am qualified to share in His inheritance (Colossians 1:12)
  100. I am victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Grace under Fire

Being a born-again Christian is a life I recommend, a life I love. Knowing where my eternal home is gives me joy and security. As a Christian, I want to do better in all things; prayer, study, being a good example, setting the bar higher and higher to exalt my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

Understanding Grace through Faith, I know that NOT ONE WORK will keep me saved or make me saved. I know there is no such thing as a moral evolution of salvation, like most unsaved people do….I used to think that way when I was Catholic. Anyway, some Christians think that we are now exempt from doing a work or works either because now the ‘pressure’ is off to do anything (laziness) OR works is considered to be legalism, or law (pharisaical) OR live like the world because you’re under Grace. So, now no one is doing anything for the Kingdom and it’s an ‘anything goes’ kind of attitude.

What happened?

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

I see all too often people shouting the victory on Sunday morning but goes back home to a live a life of fornication, adultery, alcohol, gambling, homosexuality, or pornography….the list is endless.

Sometimes it is the Church’s fault for not teaching about sin and its consequences, but not always. I believe that the responsibility falls on the believer to do the right thing every day; God sees us no matter where we go.

What Bible are they reading?

That’s exactly it…they are not reading the Bible. The Bible does not mince words about what is acceptable and what is not. Holiness is paramount to living for God, there is no other way. But somehow living in Grace has believers confused or maybe bemused. I have to wonder if these errant Christians are actually backslidden not just lazy:

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.”