Matthew 20:20-28

This selection really speaks to my heart. It serves as an example of how we should be willing to serve others. Too many people seek to have authority over others, this is why Jesus told them that he came the minister to the people. Ministering in the Bible was more than just sharing the Gospel it was taking care of the people. This is a concept that gets overlooked by many modern churches.

We must be willing to serve if we want to lead others. Wouldn’t it be horrible to get to heaven and find out we weren’t staying because we were more worried about authority than serving? This is a concept that I constantly work on in my daily life. I would rather plant a seed in someone’s life and allow the Holy Spirit help it grow than try and force someone to see things the way I believe. Please remember me in your prayers.

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Vanity of Man

I find myself getting amused when watching videos of people proclaiming that if God exists He should show himself. The flaw with their thinking is that they believe that their mind would be able to process seeing God. Really??? Just the mere presence of God has made men fall like dead men. Then when God sent His son to pay for the sins of the world, they killed him. What kind of vain creation man is because he demands proof and then destroyed it when it was in front of his face. The vanity of man is always going to be the biggest divided between God and man. God does’t need to prove Himself to us, we need to prove ourselves to Him. On a personal note, before I got back into church, I thought this same way: if God is real and He truly loves me why not reveal Himself to me? After I got back into church the answer was given to me, God had revealed himself to me numerous time I was too vain and stupid to see the signs,

Now, when someone asks me to prove there is a God, I respond He has already proven Himself, you just can’t see the signs. If they insist I prove God, I simply respond for them to prove there isn’t. This usually leads to a serious of questions about the evil of the world. The response to this is simple: freewill. Man desires freewill, God granted it, and man gets angry when God does not correct their mistakes. Simply pray for them, arguing with them benefits nothing. God bless!

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.

A Trick Question?

I associate with people from many different beliefs that vary from my own. While I may not always agree with their ideas, I always try to be respectful of their right to believe a certain way. One example is the question that a few of my non-believer friends are quick to ask as an attempt to disprove my religion. The first time I heard the question I thought it was a joke. The question is: If God is really God, then can He created a rock heavy enough that He can’t lift it? My initial response was to laugh because I honestly thought it was a trick question. Sadly, I offended a few people until I realized that many skeptics rely on it as a solid proof that there is no God. So, if you are ever asked this question the person is looking for a sincere response.

The first reason I consider this an invalid question is that it assumes that God is constrained within the limits of matter, time, and space. In other words, we must be able to measure God’s presence otherwise he does not exist. How can God be God when He is limited to human intelligence? We can’t measure God within any standards know to man, this is why makes Him God. God is Spirit and therefore not limited to the physical existence that mankind is. This would be the equivalent of trying to measure the volume of water in a jar with a strainer. No matter how any times the water is poured into the strainer, it will run through the holes.

Remember, faith is knowing that there is a God and believing in Him with requiring natural proof. However, the theory of evolution and the Big Bang theory are ideas that are believed in without natural proof, otherwise they would no longer be theories. Protect your faith in God.

Matthew 7:12

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Normally, I try to not focus on a single verse because it gives room for taking a verse out of context. For a few days now I have had this particular verse on my¬† mind. Imagine a world where everyone treated others the way that they want to be treated. It would be as close to an earthly paradise as man could achieve. Of course we all know that with man, this paradise would be impossible, it takes the grace of God for us to come close. This is because man is more concerned with their own wants even over the needs of other. It is dangerous business when one man’s wants take priority over another man’s need. Be careful, when we get into this habit, we make room for problems to arise.

Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. 14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: 15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

53 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

I wanted to wait until after Easter to start posting again because God showed me that this selection of Scripture was fitting for the holiday. There are many people who will avoid the Old Testament because they believe that with the fulfillment of the law, through Jesus, that the Old Testament no longer applies. However, when you read this selection I believe that it is apparent that this prophecy shows what Jesus would eventually go through over 600 years before it happened. Whether you agree about the appropriate way to celebrate the holiday or not, it is easy to understand that the reason for the holiday is because Jesus was accused, abused, wrongfully convicted, sentenced, crucified, and resurrected for a sinful world to be offered salvation. A choice that he made because of the love he had for God’ creation.