Help, Not Dictate.

This serves as an example of how we should deal with others. If they need our help, then help them and if they are not asking for help, let them be. Jesus was letting Peter know that each man has his own path to follow Jesus. Jesus is letting Peter know that he must be concerned with his own salvation. God desires a personal relationship with each of us, there is no template of what works Jesus will require from us all. Some people will be called for different purposes in God’s plan. Our goal should not be to attempt to dictate another person’s journey, instead we should simply encourage one another. God bless!!!!

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This selection serves to remind us the importance of dealing with our own calling instead of worrying about others. When Peter asked Jesus what about John, Jesus asked Peter what it had to do with him. I believe this is the way that we a

Judging Others

I think it is high time that people need to evaluate their own lives and stop worrying about others. Jesus tells us clearly that unless we deal with our own problems first we have not right pointing out the problems of others. Instead of trying to keeps others down we need to focus on exalting their names to God. He is the just judge that will make the final decision for all of mankind.

Each of us has a calling from God to do His will and not our own. Instead of acting like we know everything, we should be praying for wisdom to be just. When Peter asked Jesus about what John was supposed to do, Jesus asked Peter what was it to him. This serves as an example that we need to focusing on our own journey through life and stop trying to direct the path of others.

My prayer is this: that we all make it to heaven when our time comes. Until then, we need to be examples of Godly people who obeys the commandments from Jesus with a passion. This will help us to focus more on planting seeds of the good news for others to experience their personal relationship with God. We are not perfect, but we must strive to be like Jesus.

Personal Beliefs

Recently, I have be doing some research for a book I am going to start working on. On my old blog I posted chapters from the last book I wrote with intentions of doing another draft after it was completed. This was before I started using WordPress, and have yet to finish the next draft. So while procrastinating, I on the old book and the new one I find myself watching videos, usually of debates between atheist and creationist. The one common theme I find in nearly all of theme is that people are trying to force their personal beliefs on each other. True, we need to share the good news of God’s love, but we can’t force others to hear or believe. When Jesus sent people out to minister he told them to simply leave when their message was not wanted.

I believe that if we want to minister to people, we need to go about it in a respectful manner. We can make comments that plants seeds, but then we need to step back and let the Spirit work with the person. Any type of forced belief system will not stand. Eventually, the people will simply go through the motions without having any dedication behind it. We must be willing to have the faith to have welcomed discussions with people who don’t agree with our beliefs, it is when we allow emotions to take hold that we get in the wrong. Just pray and listen to the Spirit guide you.

 

Weirder With Each Passing Day

Lately there has been several incidents that have happened in my life that makes me questioned the intentions of people. I previously wrote a post about how people claiming to be Christian thinking they are above others (this is impossible, God wants us to love everyone). In the recent weeks, I have noticed there are some people who now what to act improperly at the most inconvenient times. Don’t get me wrong, there needs to be laughter in the world. People who take life too serious all the time can suck the joy out of life for others. I don’t think Jesus intended for us to act this way either. As children of God, there is a balance that can allow us to enjoy certain aspects of life while maintaining a level of decency and order.

Paul summed it up best when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” There is a time and place for different behaviors. We need to be examples of servants of God.

Are You Persecuted?

I have recently noticed that there are several people writing about how so many Christians are persecuted. While I agree that Christians in other countries do face persecution on a level that I may never experience, personally I don’t experience this persecution. I work in two main environments: one as a janitor where there are several other Christians and the other is an office setting where there are not many Christians. In neither environment am I ever questioned about the validity of my beliefs. So, I don’t feel that I am personally being persecuted. All non-believers that I work with are respectful to the point that I am entitled to my beliefs and they are entitled to their beliefs. Do we always agree? No, but still there is no animosity on either side because we understand that we are in a country where we the right to agree to disagree.

Now we come to the point where people feel the need to make fun of Christians because of their beliefs. Names such as bigot, homophobic, and other terms of ‘endearment’ accomplish nothing in the process of creating a mutual respect in differing beliefs. Over the years, I have worked and even friend several homosexual people. They knew my beliefs on the lifestyle choice and they also knew that I didn’t think they were less than human because of it. Why? Sin is sin in my view. A gay man is no better or worse off than liar or thief. All three are doing things that go against the will of God. Now, just as I wouldn’t support someone robbing a bank, then I shouldn’t support someone in sexual immorality. Does this mean I feel that I am above someone else? Of course not, my actions can be better than theirs, but I am human just the same as they are.

So, no, I don’t feel that I am persecuted. I do believe there are people who want to attack my religion and would want me to subscribe to their beliefs, but that is their right. The problem is that instead of accepting they have the right to disagree with my beliefs and letting it go there, too many people feel the need to change my way of thinking. Why? I guess misery loves company. The fact of the matter is this: believe whatever you want to believe, just don’t get mad when someone disagrees with your beliefs.

Matthew 13:24-30

24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

There are a few different theories on the rapture of the church, a fact that got me to studying on this topic. Many churches today teach that the church will be rapture before any type of tribulation befalls believers. I have always had an issue with this theory because that Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 24 that the days of tribulation would be shortened for the elect’s sake. Now this got me thinking that if the days have to be shortened to allow flesh to be saved there must be believers present at the tribulation. So, I started searching out other scriptures that addressed the end of the world. I know that Jesus said that no one, but God knows the day or the hour so I don’t try to date events. Instead I am more interested in the order that these events will occur.

I find the parable and later explanation that Jesus shares in Matthew 13 to present an interesting order of events. Since Jesus explains the meaning of the tares, wheat, and harvest to the disciples we can assume that the order of the parable could be the actual order of the events. In the parable Jesus says the tares are gathered first and then the wheat. Does this mean that everything could happen all at once? The answer is that each person must study the scripture and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to them how literal to take the order of events. Speculation can lead to unintended confusion and therefore I leave it to everyone to form their own opinion.

The important thing to remember is that Jesus is coming for His people and we need to ready to go at any time. People must be always watching and then they will not be taken off guard. God Bless!!!