Monday, March 28, 2011

Are You Washed In The Blood or Just In The Water?

Are you washed in the blood or just in the water?

Was the water dirty after the baptism?

Do you worship him, to him or about him?

If you have to ask, we need to talk

Do you serve him or serve because of him?

Are you open to the Spirit or just spirited?

These are just a few humorous sayings begging the question,

Are you coming over or just straddling the fence?

Many of us have one foot in the church and one foot in the world. Where do you stand? When you go before the throne, what side will you be standing?

We need to ask these questions on a daily basis.


Wash Me Clean In the Muddy Water

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Do We Justify The Sin in Our Lives?

During a recent one on one with G-d, the subject of the sin in my life came up. And like he does so many times, he asked me point blank, with love, "Why do you attempt to justify the sin in your life?"

My first response, like so many others, was to deny the accusation or act ignorant of what he's is talking about. But, this is G-d. Who is more righteous and just and all knowing than he? Who loves me more and has my well being in mind than he does? NOBODY!!!!!!

Once I came down off my high horse, I had to admit that I do attempt to cover over or make light of the sin in my life.

What do I mean? Well, it's when I do things in my life that I know is not according to G-d's will and I do them anyway. I attempt to sugarcoat them or somehow try to raltionalize in a way that it appears, to me, that it is according to God's will. My biggest excuse is to say, "It's all about what's in the heart." or "It's ok if I mean well."

Obviously, I couldn't see G-d's face at that time but I could sense him hanging and shaking his head in major disapointment. Of course, I realized my shame, confessed my sins and asked for his forgiveness which he promptly gave.

All worked out fine, but that's not the point. During this time of denial, I lost a closeness I could have enjoyed. I missed out on the benefit of the presence of G-d in my life and I'll never get that back. Sure, I quickly got back to G-d's side, but I'll never regain the time I lost because of my disobedience and I'll feel that hole in my spirit as long as I will live.

Most don't know what I'm talking about because Satan has a great way of masking that separation. It is not until we go back to G-d's side that we realize it. This is the same feeling we will have during the 1000 years of tears after G-d comes back for us. This is documented in the book of Revelation.

This brings me to why I'm writing this today. Are you justifying the sin in your life? Are you missing out on a closeness with G-d that completes your spiritual life? Only you can answer that question. However, I can give you some examples where you may attempting to justify your disobedience, sin.

Are you still celebrating the pagan holidays in lieu of the actual festivals ordained by G-d? Good examples are the pagan holidays of Easter and Christmas. Are you still telling your children that Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Y'shua and Christmas is the birthday of the Messiah...when in reality, they are pagan holidays celebrating the fertility goddess and the sun god? The true birth of the Messiah is about the time of the Feast of Tabernacles(September/October)and the death and resurection are during the Passover, Feast of Unleaven Bread and Feast of First Fruits.

Are you trying to please G-d by doing things instead of getting closer to him?

Are you making excuses about being in the Word of G-d?

All these things and more can prevent you from experiencing a close relationship with and completeness in G-d.

Get back to G-d's Word and follow his ways. That is the only way to his heart and being one with G-d. There's no greater experience. Come back home.

Love all of you in the Messiah,