Grace vs. Law

I think it best to look up the word grace in any “good” dictionary. Once you see the definition, and don’t just play ‘pick and choose,’ then take that and look at the Scripture. We are called children of God. Do children just get a free pass because Daddy did it already? We are just children and we should act like we know who we are. Children, yes, but is there a time when we see past ourselves? Will we ever grow up? For even in times of “law” there is grace. God’s grace is forever. Yet we need to understand what stage of grace we should be living in.

There is a grace given to children. Just as you don’t expect anything from your toddler. Whatever they do, they are forgiven because they don’t yet understand. This idea changes, hopefully, when the toddler becomes a child, definitely before the child becomes a teen.

Then, there is the grace given us under “law”. Where there is someone who is willing to “cosign”, pay etc.. Of course, there are still requirements for those who receive that grace.

As well we all know Jesus said “it is finished”. So we don’t have to do anything because it is all done for us? Don’t think that will go over too well in the course of life. “Hey Judge, I don’t have to keep the speed limit ’cause Daddy never broke that law.” Just don’t ask me to post your bail, or pay your fine.

Let’s face it. Sooner or later we all have to grow up. We all have to learn to see past ourselves and care for others around us. So, if you die and go to heaven, what did you leave to make the world a better place?

The Water of Biblical Baptism

Just what is Biblical Baptism? Is it, as some say, being immersed in the water of either a baptismal pool or a river? Is sprinkling of water enough to qualify? Is the water really to be water, or are we to somehow baptize each other with the Holy Spirit or both? Perhaps we should seek what God refers to as water. Be forewarned, sometimes water means, well, water.

Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

These scriptures shows us that The Words from a man’s mouth are waters, and what Man taught God’s ways better than anyone else before or after Him?

That’s right, it was Jesus. And shortly before His crucifixion, Jesus told us to keep His words as He kept His Father’s.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

If we do this, then Jesus Himself baptizes us. What better baptism can we hope for our families?

For Those Who Believe in the Bible…

Protecting Your Family in the Days to Come

We tried to make this a quick study, as we know that time is a valuable commodity that many have in short supply. I know you’re probably tired of Scriptures being thrown at you, but bear with us, and read them thoroughly. So let’s get started.

Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

The father of the faithful kept everything God gave him and we are instructed to do the same. Keeping of God’s Commandments and law runs throughout the Bible.

Deuteronomy 4:40 Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.

Deuteronomy 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

He offers mercy to those who do, and it allows us to show Him we love Him.

Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Keeping Commandments shows Him that we want our children taken care of.

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

That would include even us.

Deuteronomy 8:11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:

See, forgetting God comes from not keeping the Commandments. We are not told by God to memorize His Commandments, but to wear them and to apply them to our homes.

Deuteronomy 6:8-9 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

That’s enough from the Law, let’s go into the Prophets.

Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs:3:1-2 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments; for length of days, and long life, and peace shall they add to thee.

So, the Lord gives us wisdom, and we should keep the commandments in our hearts. How do we do that?

Proverbs 6:20-21 My son, keep thy father’s commandments, and forsake not the law of thy mother. Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

Proverbs 5:7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

Keep them, be faithful to His Word for He is faithful

Psalm 121:7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

Must evil effect every family as thoroughly as death, before people will act. Obey God, He is head of America. When someone approaches us, we don’t know their intent, we don’t/can’t read their heart. God can and every Christian should protect themselves utilizing His help.

Psalm 121:8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Protect your family, your home, your belongings. Wrap everything in the words of His mouth. Remember, they come to still, kill and destroy.

Psalm 121:5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

And now for the New Testament.

Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

God gave us His written Word that we may teach them to our children. And establish them in our home.

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

It seems like we are back to God’s advice about keeping His Commandments, and the law of thy mother. I’ll give you one hint, we call it a ‘motherland’ for a reason.

Our Trinity.
Spoken Word = Ten Commandments
Written Word = Ten Commandments
God’s Word made flesh = Jesus, the Law that hung on the cross = Ten Commandments. Can you see Holy, Holy, Holy? That “law” that hung on the cross was Jesus. That Law God wrote on your heart is Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Proverbs 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

Our preachers tell us to give everything to God. That would be binding His Word and applying it to everything. Your family, your home and all belongings.

Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

Deuteronomy 6:24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.

Might I suggest you look up the word “commandments” or “words of my mouth” on http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org

May God go with you and yours to protect and keep all you hold dear.

Separation of Church and State?

Many of us think there should be separation between church and state. And I would agree with you in part. Let me explain. I see Jesus as King, which would put Him over the state. And I see Jesus as Priest, which would put Him over the church. It’s not that one handles religion and the other must stay away and out of their churches etc.. But each had their job to do and one should not try to do the other.

But, in either position they each have an important job to do. The Government should believe in Jesus, as does the church. It isn’t for the Government to overtake the churches, no more than any church should overtake the government.

No single church should run the government as the government should never run the church. So you see, I believe our children should be taught the Ten Commandments in school. Just as well they need instruction on the Constitution. Those writings that made America should be given to our children. The Law of their Mother, as well as the Commandments of their Heavenly Father, should be well known by every adult.

Those who serve us should know Jesus, some as King, some as Priest. And everyone should come to know Jesus personally.

Teach your children what made America great, teach them to cling to it, and teach their children, and every generation after them. May what made America great remain forever in the hearts and minds of all who dwell therein. Amen.

Returning the Love and Respect Given Us

Is God focused on perfection? And if so, is it physical, spiritual, or both? If you’ve read the laws in the first five books of the Bible, the five books of Moses, it does appear as if God was obsessed with physical perfection. Is that really true though? Can those obsessed with the ideas of a ‘master race’ be right? I think we may have missed the glaringly obvious.

How many times have you heard that The Ten Commandments deal with our relationship with God, and our relationship with our neighbor? If you live in the “Bible Belt,” it’s a lot. Now for the glaringly obvious. If the greatest laws of God’s kingdom, The Ten Commandments, deal with respect for God and respect for your fellow man, then wouldn’t the rest of God’s laws follow suit?

You see, the rest of the laws in the Books of Moses expand upon The Ten Commandments. So, we need to look at these laws within that framework.

Let’s not get into the sexual laws. These laws tend to anger people for the fact that God doesn’t like certain lifestyle choices, and I’m not getting into any fights. If you have a problem, take it up with God.

If we take God’s guidelines for the priestly line, you’ll notice a similar vein running through it. If you have pimples, you are either too young to be a temple priest, or you might be sick. Hunchbacks were either too old to be serving, or it was a bad back. Do you remember what was a t stake for a temple-priest? There was a lot of lifting, hauling, burning, cleaning, and otherwise strenuous labor. God’s guidelines had it so that only those in the prime of their lives, at the peak of their strength could be temple-priests. The others could always volunteer, but they wouldn’t risk their lives trying to haul slabs of beef and oxen around.

Even the fact that God advises women to stay in their father’s house until they are married, is a sign of respect. God is trying to tell women that there are some sneaky boys out there that will take advantage of a single woman.

Just remember that God is not a man. And, unlike men, God follows His own law. God wouldn’t tell us to not respect one person over another, and then do so Himself. He does things a certain way for our benefit, just like any loving Father would. Maybe it’s time we start viewing those laws in the proper manner. It’s like Momma and Daddy telling you to stay in the yard. Besides, Jesus brought His expansion to The Ten Commandments to an even higher standard. When you do things out of love for God and your fellow man, you do them with respect.

When you love someone, you will try to please them. God wants us to have a pleasant life. It’s time we start returning that love.

Depression

What is depression? Is it just the blues we all seem to get every now and then? Is it a problem that a few of us have to be hospitalized for? Is it just the wrong spirit talking?

What if I told you that it was a rather simple problem? You’ve heard it before. God has called each of us for a purpose. You have your purpose, and I have mine. I believe most of us know what our purposes are. But, if you don’t, you have to talk to God to find out. It seems to me that most, if not all, cases of depression come about for a few simple reasons. One: you may not be following your calling. Or two: you might be straying from your path.

Let’s start with one. There are several reasons that you aren’t following your path. There’s the ones aspect of self-doubt. This one is easier to solve in thought, than in deed. You have to remember that if God is for you, who can stand against you. Like I said, it’s easier to think or say this. Actually remembering it takes a lot of work.

Another reason that you might not be following your calling has two or more different views. An outside force is stopping you, or more likely stalling you. This can be found in family members, and is usually done with the innocent thought of protecting you. This one is usually a stall, and if you show that you have a back-up plan, they usually relent. If not, they may have their own plans for your life, and that one you’ll have to take up with God.

Another stall can come from your lack of education. This is the easiest to fix. Gain education. Simple right? Just remember to educate yourself towards your calling, and not towards the Kardashians.

That leaves our stop, or attempted stop. These are people who don’t want you to succeed. This can only be solved by finding a way to carry on while the world seems against you. It won’t make you feel any better to know that these people are usually afraid that you’ll take their place in the spotlight.

Now that we’ve faced the path to our calling, how do we keep from straying from it. Well, you don’t. Sometimes straying from your calling is more of a learning journey. The true danger is in never returning to the path.

We’ve seen people like this. They know what their callings are, and yet, they have gotten stuck on a side journey. They have lost the light that was leading them on along their paths. Jesus is there, trying to pull them back, yet they don’t move for any number of reasons.

Here’s the hard part. If you find yourself in this situation, one way or another, you have to get back on track. If you don’t, you’ll just get bitter.

I know, you’ll find all sorts of reasons why you should stay where you are. The thing is, most of those reasons will be born of fear. Your calling is from God. If He is with you, who can stop you, other than yourself.

God wants us to succeed in our callings. His is out there, trying to lead us on our paths. Sometimes we get too eager and run ahead, leaving us discouraged, so we have to run back to the Light. Other times, we get distracted by the ‘shinies,’ so we have to run to catch up. Yes, He’ll lead us down side-roads so we can learn our crafts, we just have to learn to keep following Him back to the main road. If we do all this, then depression won’t be able to retain it’s hold over us. I won’t promise that you’ll never be depressed. After all, we are children in God’s eyes. And anyone who has spent any length of time with children knows how easy it is for a child to wander off.

Your Interpretation of the Bible?

I have heard it said that we all have a different “interpretation ” of the Bible. That, honestly confuses me. I thought we “interpret” different languages. You know, from, say French to English, or Spanish to English, etc.. How does one interpret English to English?

Some declare that we should take the Bible spiritually, others, literally. Well again, I am confused because the whole Bible is a spiritual book. It is Holy. That is because it belongs to God. It contains God’s ways, instructions etc.. I thought we asked God to help us, so He gave us His spirit in our hearts as a witness to His written spirit. Jesus tells us that His words are spirit and they are life. So since Jesus is “The Word”, and our Bible is “The Word of God”, then aren’t the two one? If Jesus is in your heart, then it should witness with “The Word.” It is true that our poor little brains have a hard time, but our hearts want God’s ways. It is written that we are stupid, our brains don’t seem to work well at times.

So my conclusion is that people use both, the different interpretations and the spiritual aspect as an excuse not to do what is written. Their way of life has led us to where we are, and yet no one seems to give God’s ways a chance. So we either change our minds, or give up all that is good because of stupidity and let the world overtake us, as it has the rest of the humanity.

So go ahead and take on God’s Word, challenge yourself to do something that might just help our children and our grandchildren in a world of dog eat dog.

If you have Jesus in your heart, get your head right.