Order and Law
When disorder comes into our lives, we obviously aren't paying any attention to God's laws for us. You may think the 10 Commandments are not for today, but think again. When God gave these commandments to Moses He never intended that they would go out of style. God is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow. Once God says something, it becomes law.
When Christ came on the scene, He did away with the old way of doing things. He became the new law, we now go to Him for atonement instead of through the blood of an animal sacrifice.
As we come to Christ and confess with our mouth that He is our Lord and Savior, that relationship must continue to grow and mature. It's one thing to have Christ in your life and quite another to have a personal relationship with Him. Today, we seem to think it's ok to have a casual relationship with someone because making commitments is too difficult and final! This doesn't make it right however.
There are Christians carrying on a casual dating relationship with their Lord today. Due to lack of understanding, they prefer to know Him when it suits them. It's a relationship of convenience. When He calls, we think nothing of saying, "Not tonight, I'm washing my hair." We think we can turn Him on and off at the switch of a button. Don't be mistaken, God says He will not be mocked nor will He be tempted.
A true Christian believer who has made Him Lord over all, has stepped into a commitment or a marriage if you will with Him. It's a covenant relationship where they have submitted to Him wholey and to do His will in their lives, not the other way around. It's a lifetime of sacrifices. But one of worthwhile results. It's undefiled in every aspect. If only marriages were faithful there would be alot less divorces, separations, and abuse. When we say, "I Do" to Christ, we must remain faithful to Him. We can't step out on Him when our carnal urges peak.
This is known as compromise. Today compromise is running rampid and temptations are coming at us from every angle. Sadly, we have become numb to them and worse acceptable to them. We shrug our shoulders and calmly say, "Hey, whatever." But just know this, that no matter what you compromise, know you are not your own person, you belong to God. He gave you a free gift of salvation and does expect order in His laws in return.
A Christian's main duty is to be an example to others in everything they do, say and how they behave in circumstances. They are put under the preverbial microscope. When a Christian compromises, it doesn't show anyone who Christ is in them. What would have happened if Christ compromised in the garden and told His Father He wasn't going to hang on some ol' cross for all us sinners? But thank God, He didn't.
Sometimes we allow others to do our thinking for us, we think that gets us off the hook. It's easier to go along with the flow...or is it? In doing wrong things and compromising things, it sets us up for paying the price of the consequences. That is a fact of life, in this one and the next. How do we know if we're not suppose to do something? Christ sent a Comforter, the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us in the way we should go. We need to pay more attention to Him rather than what anyone in the world thinks, says or does.
When we listen to the world, we lose control and order and eventually the law. Let's look at an example to this. Moses came down from the mountain after receiving the 10 Commandments from the Lord only to find the Israelites out of control. They had gotten impatient and made a false idol and were commiting acts of sexual misconduct. Aaron who was left in charge, let them get out of control because he compromised his position. By doing this God allowed them to be a derision and an object of shame to their enemies. (Exod. 32:25)
Even God won't come to our rescue when we lose control of His laws. Why? Because we have turned our backs on Him and have made ourselves the gods we obey, and we no longer need Him. The biggest sin is trying to solve something on our own without asking Him for His help. His first commandment is "Thou shalt have NO other gods before or besides Me." He wants to be included in every aspect of our lives because He loves us so much.
Paul explains more about the dangers of compromise in Rom. 7:14 "We know that the Law is spiritual; but I am a creature of the flesh (carnal, unspiritual) having been sold into slavery under (the control of sin.)"
Without the Holy Spirit in our lives, we are naturally sinful. Sin is our master that we bow down to unless we choose to be set free by the blood of Christ. Otherwise we are helpless.
Rom. 7:15 "For I do not understand my own action, (I am baffled, bewildered). I do not practice or accomplish what I wish, but I do the very thing I loathe (which my moral instinct condemns.)"
What Paul means is when we compromise, we aren't practicing what we know to be otherwise right, but instead we will do the wrong thing because our hearts are naturally wicked in the flesh.
Rom. 7:18 " For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. (I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.)"
By acting out in the flesh, even though we know what we ought to do, we just aren't capable of doing it unless we are guided by the Holy Spirit. You know what they say about "good intentions".
Rom. 7:19 "For I fail to practice the good deeds I desire to do, but the evil deeds that I do not desire to do are what I am (ever) doing."
In other words, without God's law, we will just naturally continue to sin. We cannot be righteous on our own. Believing otherwise is a compromise!!!
The enemy is roaming around out there just waiting for those of us who compromise God's Word and Law. Wecannot put God in a box and bring Him out when we need Him. Either we take these vows seriously and enter into a covenant relationship with Him and break off the casual dating scene or we can expect Him to hand us over to our enemies and be put to shame. He can't bless us when we compromise. Think about that.
God doesn't care about our so called "good deeds". Unless there is faith connected to them they are all futile and will gain us nothing in the end.
Ephes. 5:11 "Take no part in and have no fellowhip with fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead (let your lives be so in contrast as to) expose and reprove and convict them."
Is God trying to reach you? Ask yourself what do you compromise? Do you have a marriage relationship with Christ or is it a casual dating experience? How can you change it? One way is to get alone and quiet with Him and ask Him to show you the order in His Law and get strong in His Word. He has an answer to every question. Know what His commandments are and how they apply to you.
Remember, a Christian's duty is not all about asking questions, it's up to you to find out the answers and then act upon them. Listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. Don't shut Him off, or you will be found in a very compromising position!!!
Vivian Gordon is called to teach God's Word and bring those who have an ear to hear and to listen and act upon what His Word is telling them for their lives. She believes that strength in the Word is having the power in this life to do God's will in preparation for the next.
Psychic Sponge Syndrome: The Easy Inner-Centrifuge Remedy
Here's a nifty trick to use to clear yourself of any psychic "stuff" you may pick up as you move through the world. I learned the basic format for it from a woman who had the booth space adjacent to mine at a tradeshow. Being someone who had not yet mastered the art of being open-hearted without sponging up the energy of others, I was walking around like a zombie on day two of the show, after having been immersed in the circus of conflicting energies the day before . My booth neighbor asked me what was going on with me, as I was obviously not as radiant as I had been on day one. When I explained that I had soaked up too much chaotic energy and didn't know how to rid myself of it, she said, "Oh. You just need to spin it off." And I said, "Cool! HOW?!"
Building Bridges, Not Walls!
Only twenty years ago, people would casually stroll the neibourhood, stop and chat with each other or walk down the street and greet you cordially. Nowadays people walk at a very fast pace and for the most part just walk past you looking at the ground lost in their own thoughts. It seems less people will say hello to a stranger.
Time for Sunshine
Having spring around makes you feel different after such a long winter journey. How well do you feel when you have a little bit of sunshine in your life? What effect does it do have on our psyche? The power of sunshine brings us a lot of comfort, optimism, self-confidence and of course a smile. Imagine how great if would be if we were so positive all year round!
Resistance to Change
All of us are resistant to change, whether it's in using a different tool, a technique a choice in partners, or lifestyle.
How I Get Joy as a Value
*In the last couple of months, I have been fortunate to be able to share the troubles of others. Why fortunate? I believe that the ability to be very close to the pain and fears of others has allowed me to realize how utterly fantastic my life is.
Get Your Guidance and Get to Know Your True Self
Many people feel they have everything they need in life, yet happiness remains elusive. What is the key, the missing element when everything seems satisfactory externally? The answer: look within.
Play It Forward --Living A Life Youve Always Wanted!
What would your life be like if you lived eachevent backwards? If you knew what was coming inyour life next how would you react?
How to Scare Fear Out of Your Life
A reader asks: "Many times in my life I have let fear rule me and stop me from doing something I wanted to do. Do you have any suggestions for how to handle fear?"
The Two Choices We Face
Each of us has two distinct choices to make about what we will do with our lives. The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. To earn less. To have less. To read less and think less. To try less and discipline ourselves less. These are the choices that lead to an empty life. These are the choices that, once made, lead to a life of constant apprehension instead of a life of wondrous anticipation.
How To Be a Champion in Your Life
Are you left with inspiration but no action after hearing, reading, and watching stories about other people who are successful? If so, you're not alone. I've got a question for you: Why watch Oprah when you can be on Oprah instead? Don't you see different guests on her show every day? They're people just like you. They didn't start out on Oprah, they ended up there and it wasn't by luck either. They changed their lives to get there.
There Must Be A Way Out!
He was pushing a cart containing crates of soft drinks and followed closely by his two little boys when their momentum was halted. Noticing the situation, I ? who was on my way to see my printer's - stopped to see what would happen next. Before them stood this mud-filled pothole spanning the entire breadth of the road, providing, apparently, "a-no-way-out" situation for this bunch. His little boys turned to him with an anxious look that read; "Now we're stuck".
5 Things That Americans Can Do To Remember Reviving, Surviving and Thriving in the Wake of Sept 11
For those people who lost friends and loved ones in the September 11th World Trade Center attacks, the anniversary will re-open the wounds and renew the pain of great loss. For the rest of us, it is a painful reminder of our vulnerability. The anniversary renews our grief for the loss of security and innocence we enjoyed in peaceful times. How do we experience the anniversary of our greatest national disaster in a positive way? Talk about it with others. How far have we come? What have we learned? How are we feeling? as a country, and as individuals? Honor those we knew and loved who lost their lives. Write about them, look at the pictures again, and talk about them. Keep their memories alive openly. Be with your supporters, at home and away. Reconnect with the positive people in your life. Sharing with others always makes the burden lighter. Take care of yourself, physically and emotionally. Do physical exercise? breath deeply and live fully. Do something you always wanted to do. Take a long walk. Turn your most negative experience to a positive, by giving to others. It is through giving that you will receive so much more in return. By helping others, anger and pain are transformed into power; the power to make our world better in the wake of crisis. Cheryl Perlitz ~ 2004 All Rights Reserved
Summertime - Take Time To Smell The Roses
I AM SO GRATEFUL for the time to smell the roses.Lying in a hammock between two shade treesOr wandering through a multicolodred rose garden,Sitting quietly and communing with natureBeholding something beautiful in each person I meet.
Energy Work Basics Part 2: What Lifts Your Spirit?
Remember, everything is made of energy. Each of us has an energy field. Our thoughts and emotions extend beyond our physical bodies and influence the people and spaces around us. The energy of thoughts and emotions hangs around in spaces after the people have left.
I believe it's important for you to develop a mission statement for your life; one that is unique and articulates your values, goals, dreams; how you want to live.
Go Ahead... Journal! (Taking Time To Record My Souls Journey With God)
Imagine sitting down in a relaxed setting -- a setting youlove -- opening a publication, and discovering that you aretotally relating to the heart and soul of the author.
Keeping Your Attitude Up When Circumstances Are Down
Everyone knows that a positive attitude is key to the successful life. But what happens when things go wrong? What happens when circumstances deal us a blow? We have a tendency to let our attitudes take the dive along with our state of affairs. Life deals us setbacks, both minor and major, on a regular basis, but if we are going to be successful, we need to know how to deal with them and keep our attitudes intact! We need practical tools to help us understand how we can go about keeping our attitude up, when the circumstances are down. Here are some thoughts to help us do so:
Winning the Thought Battle
If you have read my articles or heard me speak, you know that I always comedown to action. We need to act if we are going to be successful!
Discover The Magic Of Doing What You Love
Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it's business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don't love what you're doing and you can't give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You'll be an old man before you know it.~ Al Lopez
5 Notions That Americans Should Put Out To Pasture
Wisdom and knowledge come from the same family but are as different as apples and watermelons. What we call common wisdom is what made you expect me to say oranges instead of watermelons. Common wisdom flows off the tongue like water over the falls but doesn't always require that the brain be fully engaged. Some people call this, the common wisdom of the day. This particular kind of wisdom is rarely examined for truth or any other useful quality. It is commonly accepted because it is so commonly heard. It is much like an unpaid commercial that we set into motion not knowing where it came from and with little regard to whether it is true or not. It is like an old pal who always steps in to keep a conversation going when we run low on original ideas. It is almost never questioned and in most conversation, it is only a matter of who is going to say it first. Some of these sayings so glibly passed around among us are innocuous, while others are outright misleading and sometimes dangerous. Here are five of them that should be challenged, examined, analyzed and if reason prevails, will finally be put out to pasture.
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