Will You Stand….With Your “Redeemer?”

Posted by on December 21, 2013


Recent events in society as well as conversations inside Christianity have brought about a great deal of contemplation lately.  I have arrived at this conclusion. Christianity is not for the faint of heart.

Why was Lucifer cast out of heaven?  Why was Cain’s offering unacceptable to God?  Why are people who voice their belief in God and His plan ridiculed by those who choose to do their own will outside of God’s plan? Why is it considered “hate” to disapprove of gay marriage when the institution of marriage stems from God’s Word and His plan? Why are gays doing the very thing they accuse the religious right of doing, but not being held accountable for hating or discriminating against someone’s personal belief?  If there is justice, wouldn’t someone being outspoken against someone with a Biblical conviction be held accountable for their “hate” speech? 

What do you know about God, and what is your relationship with Him?

I have found that the comments being made about gay marriage, gay rights, Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty), “God’s love,” seem directly related to our understanding of God and His Word … and quite possibly how much someone has immersed themselves in His Word and an intimate relationship with Him.

The reason that Christians were heinously persecuted is becoming increasingly apparent as current day civil rights and beliefs crowd out the presence of Jesus and His believers in this world.

The very thing civil rights activists are accusing Christians of, is being vividly demonstrated in their hateful comments and behaviors.  Now I’m not naïve enough to believe that any organization with the Word “Christian” associated with it is behaving “lovingly” towards those they disagree with. Take for instance Westboro Baptist Church.  I would be hard pressed to find a single individual who used to be gay testifying to the fact that they were brought to Christ by the “God Hates Fags” signs.  If we dive into God’s Word, we don’t find any such example that signifies that we should witness of Christ in this way.

However God’s advice is precisely revealed.  He has warned us of the self-absorbed creature who once protected His throne.  He has given us the clear story of His demise and dangerous associations who he influenced to take with him as he was cast out of heaven.  He then made it part of everything he does to deceive those who God would claim as His own.  There is no way we are able to recognize the enemy at work unless we are close by God’s side and absorbing the knowledge He provides all who seek Him. 1 Peter 4:1, 2 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.  

As a study of His Word, God clearly points out the end time issues. He warns us how important it is to abide in Him and be continually surrendered to Him.  Many evil things that have the “appearances” of good are taking place and working to deceive whoever is not buried in God’s wings of righteousness. His righteousness, not ours.  We have a choice about whether we will accept His righteousness into our lives.  In their current worldly state of mind, many are not doing anything  because they believe that if God really loves them, He’ll do everything for them.

God is not a God of force. While we each arrive with a “fallen nature,” He has fairly offered every one of us to acquaint ourselves with Him so that we might know His will. Some simply say … God is love and I love God and … well they’re good with that, but they have no sincere knowledge of God because they have not sought Him. This was such an eye opening revelation to me when I contemplated my life before God.   We are in dangerous territory without knowing what is of God and what is not. And it is this weakness that the enemy is aware of and at the ready to devour us.

At present, if were in the presence of God’s pure love it would kill us. We are drenched in the sinfulness of this world. Few have made room in their lives for as much space as Jesus Christ seeks to claim. He doesn’t want just part of us or some of our time.  He wants ALL of us.  He wants us to clearly know what He approves and disapproves of and to know exactly why.

He doesn’t covertly seek someone’s redemption and dedication to Him. He is in the business of changing lives upon a clear, definite invitation.

A far cry away from popular belief, Jesus does not endorse sin. He does not cover sin. He makes no excuse for sin. And He promises that His mind and His character can be in you. 1 Corinthians 2:16 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”But we have the mind of Christ. 

This is a conscious decision and won’t take place without our cooperation.  Satan is sly and coy and uses many angles to reach those who would not be easily persuaded. He doesn’t use angles and ways that we would detest.  Otherwise how would it be that sin would be a temptation?  But at times he is blatant and to his followers he persuades them to be bold in the declarations of their deceptions.

God never seeks to deceive us or mislead us. His Word clearly points out in every reference to homosexuality, that this is not pleasing to Him and not part of His design or His will for us.  Now He didn’t tell us that our “feelings” wouldn’t cry out for such things. But He does warn us of Satan’s tactics. Feelings do not always equal truth. What more effective way would Satan have to reach us if it were not through the impulses and impressions of our feelings?  God tells us.. “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

I experience a lifetime of deception and believed the lies of the enemy of heaven. Yet God knew my heart was still softened to His call.  He knew that if I gave Him the time and communicated with Him and sought Him, I would not only allow, but invite Him to reveal Himself to me.  In our belief, our walk and relationship with Him, He tells us this; “ Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

What are we doing to draw closer to Christ?  Many are delving into explanations and meanings of God’s Word that are not in agreement. Excuses to sin. Excuses to indulge self. Excuses to bring a different offering to God than that of which He asked for.  Seeking to do things our way instead of His way.

True honor and love of God is coming in agreement with Him. Falling in love with Him and obeying Him. Denying self and world pleasures and living for Christ, His truth and “HIS” love. There are cheap “knock offs” of God’s love today. They claim to be like the real thing. But there’s a nasty hook. While they have the appearances of “love,” they are laced with strychnine. They don’t honor and glorify God at all. Satan wants those who are skeptical to see “pure love” as hatred. He wants you to believe in his counterfeit. You have a choice.  His guide to us says… Choose ye this day who ye will serve… and let it be the Lord.

If heaven is representative of God and is alive with all the statutes and declarations found in His Word… and you disagree with them or don’t find them pleasing or pleasurable, why would you want to be in heaven?

We have been marred with sin. We are damaged. The GREAT PHYSICIAN is offering us healing and a place next to Him.  STOP… be silent… consider your destiny…be honest with yourself and your Creator. In humility before Him, surrender and give your past to Him and invite Him to make you a “New Creature” in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17  

 

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