Love

Short and simple truth. We are to be creatures of love because we come from a Creator of love. This Creator, God, sent His son in love to save the world. Any person who preaches or teaches it any other way is not of God, nor His love. These false teachers are trying to deceive us because of their lack of love.

I always tell people that they can either be of God or of the world, not both. Jesus told the people it was possible to serve two masters. Another piece of wisdom that can be overlooked is that a house divided against itself cannot stand. When you have true Godly love for others then this things are simple to follow.

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Luke 7:1-10 Faith of a Gentile

Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

Jesus appears to be impressed in the faith of the centurion which I think makes a few interesting points.

  1. The centurion expressed his belief in the authority of Jesus by comment. When he expressed that the he was able to order people to do things and then they did them. He was showing that he believed that Jesus had the authority to order the illness to leave his servant. This faith and recognition coming from a Roman leader was not the normal practice of the people at the time.
  2. Jesus expresses the fact that he has not found such faith in all of Israel. The people that God has chosen to be His people didn’t have the level of faith that a Roman leader had.
  3. Many of the Jewish people believed that had to see and/or touch Jesus before he could heal them. A centurion had faith that all Jesus had to do was will the healing. In fact, the centurion felt that he was unworthy of Jesus coming to his home, but he knew that Jesus’ presence was not a requirement of the healing.

The lesson that I take away from this story is that faith is key to increasing our personal relationship with God. We must believe in God’s will, grace, mercy, and love that He has for His creation.

1 John 4

I am sitting in my favorite chair and thinking about what to write for a post today. I have been trying to combine God’s word with personal experience because I believe that it make exposure to the Scripture more presentable in a manner others can relate to. I believe this is one of the reason that Jesus taught to the people in parables, because he knew they needed it presented in a way they could relate to. So I came across 1 John 4 and I thought it had lots of good words for people to know.

The chapter begins with John explaining that all things do not come from God and we must be able to discern this for ourselves. God is love is a very powerful statement for us to know. Our human ideas of love can not come close to the type of love that God is and haves for us His creation. We must be willing to submit ourselves to God and He will send the Holy Spirit to give us this feeling of love we need. Though, the full power of God’s love would probably destroy our human bodies from His glory. So the loving God gives it to is in doses that we can handle.

Our next step is to take this love and share it with other humans. It can be in the form of something as simple as being good to our enemy. Just because someone doesn’t treat us good doesn’t give us the right to treat them bad. I am always telling others to turn it over to God and He will deal with things in His time not ours. We just need to turn it over to Him.

Getting into the Swing of Things

My last two college classes are beginning on Tuesday. Just after the first of the year I will have my Associate’s degree. By the grace of God, I will have accomplished this by the age of 40. When you compare this to thing that God did in the Bible, it’s really small by comparison. However, it serves as an example of how important each and every one of us all are to God. While I may never slay a giant, part a sea, or walk on water (though I believe I could if it served to further the glory of God) hopefully my decisions will inspire someone else. Just maybe my faith can be an example to what faith can do for others.

This is where I pray to get into the swing of things, not because I want God to help me handle my schedule, but because I want God to hep me handle it in a Godly manner. Sometimes, it’s not what do, but how we do it. We must be willing to let God take control of things. His understanding is far beyond our scope of understanding (probably the reason we screw things up so badly). We have to be set apart from so many different things of the world. Otherwise, we run the risk of allowing worldly things to take too much of our attention.

Paul wrote about this in Romans Chapter 12, we should not let ourselves conform to the world. We have to live in this world, but we don’t have to accept immoral things that others do. It all falls back to Jesus telling the people to be a light and a city on the hill. We need to be a Godly example and not just go with the flow. That’s why I believe that we need to get into the swing of things first by asking God to guide our choices daily. He won’t force us to seek Him out, but He won’t leave us hanging when we do.

TimeĀ 

Time is one thing we can never get back. Even though we all will spend eternity in paradise or punishment, we still need to be aware of the time we have now. We have no promise of tomorrow and today is happening through the grace of God. This means that we must use this gift for the glory of God.

Sharing the Gospel is the best way we can spend this time. However, we will encounter those that will not be open to a discussion.  For these people, love them, pray for them, and be good to them. The dynamic of a relationship can go a long way in opening the door for witnessing about Jesus and his gift to mankind.

The important thing to know is not trying to force others to believe. Instead, we can plant seeds that can grow into them becoming seekers of God. No one responds to force or abuse in a positive manner.

God’s Grace

My wife finally got the phone call she was hoping for and she starts her orientation on Monday. We are both so grateful to this deliverance from God which comes through His grace. Things had gotten type around here, but we kept our faith that it was all a part of God’s plan. I think that at times we create more stress on ourselves because we refuse to turn things over to God and let Him carry us through. This was something my wife and I discussed on several occasions and continue to agree on.

There was an opportunity that came open at the BOE that I decided to apply to and turned in my application today. Now we are praying that if it is God’s will I will get the call. If not then I still have my current position, blessed either way. Because of God’s grace and love for us we are provided ways out of the problems that we get ourselves into. Pray for me and my home when it comes upon your heart. God’s grace is all we need.

Jesus and Paul

I guess I am behind the times in regards to there being the idea of Jesus and Paul representing 2 different kinds of Christianity. While I don’t think this is the case, apparently there are many people that do. I was raised that the Bible was the inspired word of God. This means that the Gospels as well as the epistles are from the inspiration of God. Forgive me for not knowing there exists a debate about Paul and Jesus, I always assumed Christians knew they must accept the entire word of God, not just select sections.

Since several people have approached me about where I stand on this topic I figured I would share my thoughts on it. I would ask you to consider the book of Acts. Acts is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke. Since Luke is the author of both books, then it is safe to assume that Acts is just a valid as the book of Luke. Luke is the longest and most detailed of all the Gospels. It covers many events that are not included in the other Gospels. Now this same author writes another book, the continuation, and it covers Jesus ascending to heaven and the reception of the Holy Ghost. It also covers Jesus personally calling Paul and giving him his commission.

So now we know that Jesus is the Christ and he came to open the opportunity for anyone who chooses to come to God. He personally returns to call another man to bring God’s offer to Gentiles. No, the teaching of Paul and Jesus don’t contradict each other. Their teachings compliment each other.