Sin part Four

Seeing sin, is it possible to really see sin? Do we really want to see what it actually looks like? What effect would this have on our life?

When Peter rebuked Jesus, “Get thee behind me Satan”, the words used by our Savior. Matt 16:23, Mark 8:33, speaking to Peter in response to his view of the events to come. Christ explaining that he was focused on the way and thoughts of man and these were the ways and thoughts of the enemy. When the correct focus should be on the ways and thoughts of God. The perfect purity of His plan.

What can we learn about how we view sin? Do we see it from the eyes of man? Are we letting Satan veil the true picture of the destructiveness of sin? Do we accept the veil placed upon our eyes, clouding what we see? What would happen to us if we were able to see sin thru the eyes of God? Would we realize the depravity, the reason for “death”? Yes we are no longer slaves to sin, we are slaves to righteousness. But we still sin, driven by the “flesh”, allowing sin to take control of our lives.

When we clear the veil, look directly at the sin, we begin to see the sin in the light, the true ugliness, depravity and pain that results.

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Sin part 3

Sin, should we remember our sin? Is it important to know our sin? How much of a roll does sin play in our lives? Questions on sin, “He’s got you covered” so why is there such a focus on sin?

“Sin”, separates us from God, God is still there, still loving us, still caring for us, still wanting us! But sin moves us away from Him. We choose to “stiff arm Him” from our life. An intentional desire it keep God at arms length. Believing we can “go it alone”. Convinced we can hide from Him. Gen 3:8, Adam and Eve hid themselves from The Lord. Seems a little ridiculous to think hiding is possible but we do it anyway! And, it’s okay right?

Gen 3:9, The Lord beckons to Adam “Where are you?”, knowing full well where Adam is and why. But, did Adam?

Do we every consider sin from Gods point of view??

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Sin part Two

We try so hard to reconcile sin in our lives, sometimes viewing it as Paul describes it “not I but the sin in me”. So “I” don’t sin? The sin in me sins? That view not only removes personal responsibility, it minimizes the severity of sin. Yes what Paul says is true, it is the flesh that sins but we participate. We ignore the warnings. ex. Romans 3:18, “There is no fear of God before their eyes”. William Newell and AW Tozer identify “fear” as recognizing the absolute goodness of God and how our actions “sin” are an offense to Him. This recognition drives us to Him, lack of fear moves us away. The flesh is and always will be a force in our lives but, the body that the flesh resides in is not ours but His, 1Corinthians 6:19 “ know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit of God, and you are not your own”. I am not my own, not sure how I feel about that.

One thing for sure, my choices now will certainly consider that “I am not my own” and who’s I am.

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Sin Part 1

Just how do we view sin? Is it an everyday occurrence in our life so “just get used to it” becomes our motto? Is it a part of our life that we consider forgiven completely so “why worry”? Yes, we are forgiven for all our sins, past and future. Yes as a believer our eternity is secure. So why all the concern about sin? Sin leads to death! “ the wages of sin is death” Romans 6:22. Death? Wasn’t that conquered by Christ? Yes, sin was conquered by the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. So then what is this death? Is it the slow painful separation we experience when we sin, a wall we put between God and ourselves? So do we tear down the wall and cease our sinning? Good luck with that, “The heart of man is evil continuously” Gen 6:5. So we can’t control our sin! Only He who is sin free can free us. Which, He has done already. So once again, why all the interest in sin?

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Jesus Speaks

In John 15, we have our savior explaining the relationships between He and The Father, and He and us. The vine dresser, the vine, the pruning of the vine and the result. Jesus speaks of the joy in Him when we keep His commandments and then, in verse 11 “that My joy might remain in you, and your joy might be full”. His joy is IN us and our joy is full. This savior who takes joy in us and simply wants our joy to be full. Christ does outline the foundation of our joy, it is made so simple, we are His friends, not servants, friends! How humbling that the Creator desires us as friends. For me, a friend who gives His life to guarantee my living eternity is one I want to have.

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Day of Prayer?

National day of prayer, a reminder sent to me this morning. Then, in the truck, on the radio comes “ a day set aside to pray and honor God”. I’m not sure if I am the only one who is bothered by this graciously set aside time for our creator, but I feel as thou we should all be. 1 Thessalonians 17-18, “ pray without ceasing,, in everything give thanks”, so not just one set aside day, everyday is is a “day of prayer”. When are believers going to rise up? Rise up and pray, pray each day throughout the day witness thru prayer a public Love of The God we serve. So I for one, will publicly share this Almighty Creator with anyone, pray for everyone, be the follower I am called to be. Join me?

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Lord I Need

We pray for healing, we pray for wealth, at times we pray for friends and loved ones. But do you ever just pray for God? Pray for Him to freely enter into your life, pray that He fills you with Himself. Pray for an ever increasing prescience around you of those chosen by Him. Pray for communion with the Holy Master.

We so often pray for what we want and forget to pray for what we need. When we do pray for a need, is it a need from our perspective or from His. Not what WE think we need, pray for the need He knows we have.

Pray for Him!!

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Pain in The Heart

Ever experience that ache, the one that tightens your throat and brings tears to your eyes?? Not the physical ache, the emotional ache. The one that is triggered by an event, a thought or maybe a song. Could we consider that maybe this is The Lord in your heart, touching us in a way only He can? His tears in our eyes, His emotions surrounding us, Him kindling a fire, or a spark in us.

We are told that His heart can be grieved, so in turn can it also be elated. We know that when the Angel of the Lord told the shepherds of Christ’s birth, the heavenly host sang. I choose to believe this is a direct reflection of God’s heart. His pleasure thru us, the spirit of the Lord in us shining.

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Haves

“In order to fully appreciate what we have, We need to fully understand what it’s like for those who don’t have.”

Blessings, realizing what we have can be difficult when we look at life thru a lens that says “never enough” what we have been given is “never enough”. If we truly look at those who have little, so little and yet, they keep moving forward, they are grateful for their little. We can then form an appreciation for our much.

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Shadows

That shadow cast over our belief; placing an unseen barrier between us and His word, we listen to the scholar, we take that as the truth and move on forgetting that the only one whose word we do not need to question is God. He wrote a book with 66 love letters to us answering all of life’s questions, ( the life He created). We open “His Word” and He speaks endlessly of His love for us and the lengths He will go to show us that love. He is sharing the lives of His people with us. The ups and the downs, to show us that regardless of all of our faults, all of our wrong choices, there is nothing that changes that love for us. Knowing that we are the objects of His love must bring a sense clarity to our perception of Him. Forget the scholar, go directly to the author and ask Him.

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