While many teachers focus directly on the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in these messages, my objective is to focus more attention primarily on Biblical text and how it instructs us in behavior which will prepare us for the next life, eternally. The behavioral suggestions in our Bibles apply to each and every one of us today, even though it was written centuries ago.
I like to call my blog a “mustard seed” because just like Jesus, I aspire to plant the seeds of God’s Word across the Internet, and with God’s blessing, throughout the world. The passages I cite, for the most part, link to the King James Version of “Bible Gateway,” where you can change the version for easier reading if you wish. My final goal would be that everyone study their Bibles so that they all cross over the threshold from this life to eternity with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
With God’s unfailing Grace, we have this user manual with which to learn the experience of a righteous life earning ourselves a jeweled crown in the final judgment. It is my prayer that this blog site will inspire people from all over the world, to a life of following Jesus so that they may all step over the threshold into the light of our Lord and Savior.
I am a sinner. Mostly, I have judged people on who they are and what they are. Instead, I should have had the heart of Jesus and loved my brothers and sisters, all of them, as Jesus loves me. I have to say though, as of late, my heart has changed. I had been reading my Bible and taking snippets from the Scriptures and using them out of context to justify my cynical behavior against those who are simply DIFFERENT than I am.
After a long talk with a pastor friend of mine, he got me to realize that the people who are different than me were also God’s children and that He allowed them to be that way for a reason. I had forgotten God’s sovereignty and that everything that happens, happens at His hand.
Not very long ago, I read a story which explained the new rules of a certain church and how they were regulating who could advance in that church’s ministry and those who could not. This reading made me realize how my feelings must have been taken when I expressed them to others. My reply to that publication was this:”If Jesus was in your church during a bad storm and a small group of ‘different’ people came knocking at the doors for shelter, what do you think He would do?” For me, this is a huge turnaround in my thinking. Several months ago I would have completely agreed with the church’s policy. It has become crystal clear to me that the Holy Spirit has been working on my heart to accept people as they are, just as Jesus did. God has been working as “the potter”, molding me like clay to become more Christ-like in this part of my life.”You never know whose eyes God is watching you through” – Denver Moore.
President Ronald Reagan said “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”. The removal of the wall brought East and West Berlin together, so as to be one whole city. So must we tear down the walls which separate ourselves from each other so that we can be one whole race – the human race. You see, we are all in this world together and the world, to us, is becoming smaller and smaller. In reality, this world is like a grain of sand in the hourglass of God’s expanse, and we are all just waiting to sift through that narrow path to the other side of the glass where everything as we know it will be different and we will all be equal.
Jesus said: “Come to me, ALL you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.“. (Matt 11:28) It has become clear to me, now, just how important that little word “ALL” really is. When our worlds are changed, we will all be equal in each other’s eyes just as we are now, in the sight of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Praise the Lord for His convictions upon us!
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”(Matt 7:1-2) Jesus told us that we should not judge others in a way that we don’t want to be judged, and that if we do make judgments against someone else’s life decisions, someone else may judge us for ours. Let’s face facts, none of us are perfect and we sin every day. But Jesus paid our sin debt long before we were ever born.
So we are all sinners, which keeps us all on the same level in life. We must not look at what someone else is doing while we, ourselves are sinning. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”(Matt 7:3-5) So you see, in God’s eyes, we are all equal and equally evil as we are all sinners. Not one of us can cast judgment on another.
Once we are saved, we have our names written in the Lamb’s book of life. But, as we sin in life, the book keeps an account, as well as an account for the good deeds we do in service to others and to God. Remember, this book will opened to your pages and from it you will stand before the Lord almighty and have to give an account for your life. “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.” (Rev 20:12)
Lately, the following passage seems to be following me through nearly everything I do:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:4-7). I would like to say a few things about this word “Thanksgiving”. First, let’s break it apart. It’s a noun and means, obviously, the giving of thanks. But thanks for what and giving to whom?
In present day, this is the name of a holiday which has come to mean stuffing ourselves to the max, watching football and going out and trying to beat everyone else to the big bargains – pretty much the manifestation of gluttony, self and greed. This is the exact opposite of the meaning of the word itself. Thanksgiving is for giving, not self, greed or gluttony. What we are celebrating is our heritage as Americans. When the Pilgrims were going through very bad times, they were thankful for what they did have. When times finally became easier and food was more plentiful, they celebrated with a huge feast in honor of and to thank God for all He had given them.
We are to be giving thanks to the Lord for every single thing we have in our lives – good and bad. We need to be extra thankful for the good things in our lives and also thankful for being able to handle the bad things. (Rom 8:28)(Heb 13:20-21).
Friends, Thanksgiving is not a holiday that is celebrated ritualistically once a year. Thanksgiving is something that should be practiced and warmly felt in the heart and in the soul, fed by the spirit of God, and should be practiced every single day of the year.