Reminder of God’s Grace Revealed through His Compassion and Love

 

“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Son of man, make known to Jerusalem her abominations and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God to Jerusalem, “Your origin and your birth are from the land of the Canaanite, your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.  As for your birth, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water for cleansing; you were not rubbed with salt or even wrapped in cloths.  No eye looked with pity on you to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you.  Rather you were thrown out into the open field, for you were abhorred on the day you were born.

“When I passed by you and saw you squirming in your blood, I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’  Yes, I said to you while you were in your blood, ‘Live!’  

I made you numerous like plants of the field.  Then you grew up, became tall and reached the age for fine ornaments; your breasts were formed and your hair had grown. Yet you were naked and bare.

“Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold, you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness.  I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine,” declares the Lord God.  

“Then I bathed you with water, washed off your blood from you and anointed you with oil.  I also clothed you with embroidered cloth and put sandals of porpoise skin on your feet; and I wrapped you with fine linen and covered you with silk.  

I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your hands and a necklace around your neck.  I also put a ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head.  Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth.

You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty.  Then your fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you,” declares the Lord God.”

Ezekiel 16: 1-14

 

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The truth is still truth even if you don’t agree…

 

If you run a red light or a stop sign, you know that you broke the law.  

It doesn’t matter if you didn’t cause an accident, the truth is that you broke the law and you know you broke the law because the law says…don’t run a red light and don’t run a stop sign.  

But the world today wants to tell you that running a red light or a stop sign is okay because the law was meant to be broken if it feels okay to you.  

The world will tell you that as long as you feel okay with running the red light or the stop sign, you’re not doing anything wrong because you didn’t hurt anyone.  They will tell you that breaking the law is up to you because it just depends on how you feel.  

So what if everyone feels okay with running red lights or the stop signs?  Wouldn’t that create a mass amount of chaos?  

You see, the law, not to run a red light or a stop sign, isn’t there to protect you from other people.  Whether you agree or disagree, the fact remains…the law was written to protect you from the one person that would bring you the most harm…

The law was created to protect you from yourself.

YOU …don’t lie.

YOU …don’t commit murder

YOU …don’t covet

YOU …don’t steal… and so on and so forth.

Yet the world wants to proclaim that the law wasn’t created to protect you from yourself.  The world wants to proclaim that the law wasn’t created for any other reason than a simplistic guide for others to not harm you…but, of course, that’s only based on how they feel at that given moment.

yet!!… God himself is looking you in the eye and stating quite clearly…

YOU!!    YOU!!!    YOU!!!!!!!  

Obey the law!!!  

And when you don’t obey the law, there are repercussions.  

Also, there are repercussions for being repeatedly disobedient to God’s law, which brings us to  Romans 1: 18-32

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.  For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

You may disagree with God’s commandments.  You may not agree with God’s plan.  You may not agree with the word of God. Heck, you may not agree with the law of God, but the truth still remains…No matter how much you disagree with God’s commandments, plans, words or laws…that does not nullify any of them, and living a life of disobedience to God will only lead you to one place…

Separation from God for all eternity.  

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There’s a common lie being spread through the churches today that God accepts you just the way you are, but based on Romans 1:18-32 that message just is not true.  

God will not accept blatantly disobedient people.  

God will not accept those who blatantly disregard His laws and commandments or live a life that is contrary to His truth.  

God will not accept any person who’s lives are filled with wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; gossip, slander, hate of God, insolence, arrogance, boasting, inventions of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving or unmerciful.

The truth is, God will only accept those who’s heart is humble and who express true feelings of remorse affected by the guilt of wrongdoing..in one word:  contrite.

God will tolerate disobedience for only so long…

Word to the wise….Don’t test the patience of God.      

 

 

Excuses are Lame

excuses

Everything is a choice.  

You have a choice to get up in the morning or stay in bed. 

You have a choice to shower and get cleaned up for the day or not shower and smell funny. 

You have a choice to get your kids ready for the day and send them to school or leave them in bed to fend for themselves.

You have a choice to drive, bike, bus or walk to work. 

You have a choice to do the work/tasks assigned to you throughout the day or not do them. 

You have a choice to go to lunch with co-workers or use that time for self-healing or running errands. 

You have a choice to share stories and gossip or to stay silent. 

You have a choice to go back to work and finish the day or go home and take the afternoon off. 

You have a choice to drive, bike, bus or walk home from work.

You have a choice to get an education and learn more or not. 

You have a choice of what and where you want to eat dinner. 

You have a choice to pick up your kids from school or not. 

You have a choice to feed your kids. 

You have a choice of having kids or even keeping them after you’ve had them.

You have a choice of picking up that alcoholic beverage or leaving it on the table. 

You have a choice of opening a pack of cigarettes, lighting up and puffing away or just walking away.

You have a choice of running that red light or stopping. 

You have a choice of stopping at the green light or driving through it.

You have a choice of exercising or sitting on your couch binge watching movies and television shows.

You have a choice of reading a book or a magazine. 

You have a choice of picking up a weapon and committing a violent crime or not.

You have a choice of reading your bible and learning about God or avoiding it altogether. 

You have a choice of what church you want to attend or not attend at all. 

You have a choice of whether or not to look at porn.

You have a choice of music you want to listen to. 

You have a choice of whether or not you will accept another person’s advance or shun them. 

You have a choice of who you will have sex with. 

You have a choice of who you want to spend time with.  

You have a choice of whether or not you will tell a lie.

You have a choice of doing drugs or not.

You have a choice of what you want to worship and where you want to work or play.

You have a choice of what car you want to buy.

You have a choice of what color you want the car to be.

You have a choice of furniture and home decor. 

You have a choice because everything is a choice.

However…

Every choice has an outcome that may result in a reward or a consequence.  That which is good leads to a reward, that which is evil leads to a consequence.  

No one on this planet forced you to make the decisions you made, nor did anyone on this planet force you to be who you are.  

Unless you were born with a deformity, YOU made choices over the years which resulted in you being who you are today, so deal with it and live with the consequences of your pathetic stupidity. . . unless you made good choices. . . in that case . . . bask in the rewards.  

    

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Hrmmm….

Hrrmmm….

There’s this ongoing dialogue between two bloggers that has me intrigued.

One of the bloggers is a devout Christian, and the other … isn’t.

They have both been debating about the life they decided to follow, and each has expressed their own view point with the hope that the other will see their viewpoint more clearly, and maybe that will happen someday…but based on my 43 years of experience in dealing with people…I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Recently, a comment was made by the non-Christian that struck a cord in my heart and resonated to the depths of my soul.

That comment was this…

“…but I am comfortable with my level of sinning plus I do not think I want eternal life.”

First off, and let me be VERY clear about this…

NOT ONE PERSON on this Earth should ever be “comfortable” with any level of sinning.

Sin is anti-good, anti-righteous, anti-holy, anti-loving, anti-positive, anti-truth and it’s what keeps humans from living a life of pure contentment and pure joy.

Most of all…sin is temporary and its desire is for every human being on this planet to turn away from the true love of God who created us to be in HIS image.

Sin destroys, sin lies, sin hates, sin corrupts, sin confines, sin is UNcontrollable and for those reasons it’s extremely disappointing to hear someone admit they are “comfortable with their level of sinning”, but I understand why some people would say that.  It’s because of their ignorance of the subject.  They don’t realize they are in bondage and slavery to the thing that is master over their mind, body and soul.

The second part of that comment, “plus I do not think I want eternal life,” was very disheartening as well, but I understand why they said it.  They don’t know the God I know and therefore think that God is a hard, difficult, authoritative, unkind, judgmental God and because they have that belief, they don’t want to spend any time with Him in this life or the life thereafter.

Sadly, they have believed the lies that the evil one has told them and have failed to recognize the God of Heaven, the creator of all things as the loving, merciful and compassionate God that He is.

That He’s a God of forgiveness and that He doesn’t hold our sins and trespasses against us when we come to Him by faith.  They refuse to believe in Him as the Father of all things and fail to understand that because we have sinned, He has every right (as any truly loving father would) to judge humans and discipline humans according to His righteousness and holiness.  That means there are consequences to your sinful actions, thoughts and words.

However, in God’s great mercy, He made the decision long ago to save the world through Himself.

This is a concept that many humans don’t want to accept or believe in…that Jesus was conceived of by the Holy Spirit and born a man but remained in the Father while He preached the lovingkindness of God while living among His own creation…then He sacrificed His life…the life of God Himself, so that the Father would be able to reconcile the world back unto Himself through His Son.

because no one has greater love than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

And because nothing can ever defeat God, Jesus was raised from the dead by His own hand and all who look upon Jesus with the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen, would be saved from death into an eternal life with, by and through God and Jesus.

But humans don’t want to be “controlled”.  They don’t want to live by “rules”, so they think living in sin (disobedience and rebellion) is freedom, but it’s far from that.  It’s slavery and bondage to the very thing that will destroy them.

God is Life, Love, Kindness, Mercy, Compassion, Hope, Truth, Righteousness, Holiness…

Sin is hate, idolatry, lies, murder, filth, selfishness, corruption, destruction, death…

You have a choice…continue to live in bondage/slavery to sin and know that the outcome is a horrible one … OR … turn away from it and look at Jesus and He’ll show you God the Father and you can live in Bondage to Righteousness and Holiness with the outcome being life and abundant joy with an inheritance to an eternal kingdom.

It’s pretty pathetic to choose sin and death over Righteousness and Life, but sadly many are they who choose the path of destruction because they just can’t get past their own stupidity and foolishness.  

How pathetic is that?  — I’ll leave you to debate that question with yourself.