Pride Demands Retribution

But we are to forgive, so that we may be forgiven. Knowing there is only one worthy to Judge, we are to sow forgiveness that we may reap forgiveness.

Sin came between God and man, and a man’s sin will remain between him and God unless brought to a place of repentance and redemption through Jesus Christ.

When Cain killed Abel was he not also sinning against God?

If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7

Allow God..

We remember God was faithful to Job after his trials and testing. God return to him a double portion of all that he had lost after Job prayed for Eliphaz the Temanite and his two friends.

…”and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.” Job 42:8
And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10

We are to die to self that we may live.
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matt 16:24
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Eph 4:25-27

Knowing.
So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. Roman 14:13

So..

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

Amen!

Side note – We forgive but that doesn’t mean we continue to stay in abusive relationships. Abusive people can damage your dreams, self-esteem, hope, self-worth, and steal your freedom through things like fear, guilt and shame. If there seems to be no way but their way – remember we can always choose God’s way.

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When I think of the hours I’ve wasted matching socks…

A trend had started a few years ago where wearing matching socks was out. My preteen daughter had said, “Only nerds wear matching socks.”

Trendsetters…

I recently read one of the benefits of power is being able to be yourself. The article also went on to say that people who are able to be themselves are happier. The conclusion was that power makes you happy.

And we see people in the position of power often take it upon themselves to decide what’s in and what’s out; who is acceptable who is not acceptable. What is truth and what is a lie.

We know the Pharisees decided that Jesus was “out.” Yet, we know Jesus was perfect, the Son of God, and spoke only the Truth. My guess is His socks must have matched.

Trendsetters…

I don’t believe the ability to truly be yourself has to do much with power that is more about hierarchy.

I believe the ability to be yourself comes from real freedom. Freedom found only in Christ..

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

Trendsetters …..

They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:33-34

Trendsetters…

“One day you’re in the next day you’re out.”

The fact is it really doesn’t matter whether your socks match or not.

Joy comes from freedom of no longer being a slave to sin. This freedom allows us to be who God created us to be…..To be His!

Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Matt. 15:4

“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Gen 3:5

Only God knows the condition of a person’s heart. As Christians, we are still warring against the flesh. We are all unlovely at times.

I am not God. I have been hurt many times before, so I often struggle with who can I trust?

But this is what I have found,

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,whose confidence is in him.

8They will be like a tree planted by the water

that sends out its roots by the stream.

It does not fear when heat comes;

its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought

and never fails to bear fruit.”

9The heart is deceitful above all things

and beyond cure.

Who can understand it?

10“I the Lord search the heart

and examine the mind,

to reward each person according to their conduct,

according to what their deeds deserve.”

It’s not our job to judge others for we cannot, so when we trust let us trust in the Lord and His Word.

27While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. 28He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. 29So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?” Act 10:27-30

We are called to be His witnesses pointing others to the Savior, Jesus Christ.

34Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

39“We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Act 10:39-43

I pray this becomes my focus, and no longer the distraction of fear.

The Secret to “The Secret.”

Like gravity God’s Word is law. He Gave us His Word.

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Psalms 12:6

The enemies’ lies work best when they’re mixed with truth. Things like Oprah’s attitude of gratitude, The Secret, Karma, and giving to get – all have their bases in the biblical fact.

They are using Godly principles, God’s Word, but are taking God out of it. So this New Age stuff is not so new after all. Their Secret knowledge is just the same lie that started with Adam and Eve in the garden.

Attitude of gratitude

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Eph 5:20

The secret

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” Genesis 11:6

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

KARMA-

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” Gal. 6:7

Giving to get-

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

And so on…

The enemy is all about what he can make us believe. And his lies work so much better when we believe them to be our own ideas. As believers, we were never meant to go to Satan or the world to find the truth.

We line up everything with His Word.

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

We can believe the Bible because God has given us His Word, Jesus. And we know God is well able to keep His Word.

We ask, “What would Jesus Do?” But maybe instead we should ask, “What would we do if they were Jesus?”

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

In the end, we will have to take up our actions with Him.

34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person

How can we to live in this world and still love our enemies? For me, it’s by knowing these four things.

First, when we trust, let us trust in the Lord.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Second,
If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.

To slap someone was done to shame and disrespect the person. So when I am disrespected I remember, Jesus was mocked, spit on, stripped, beaten, and crucified, but it didn’t change who He was. Jesus was and still is the Son of God. The shame and disrespect done to Him was not His own. And no amount of disrespect can change who we are in Christ. With this knowledge, we can choose to turn the other cheek.

Next,
And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.

Our clothes are an outward symbol of who we are. If somebody wants to sue (take from) you, they do so because they believe they are entitled to what you have. An evil person may do this by trying to improve their own reputation by taking from yours.

The Pharisees accused Jesus of being demon possessed.

But we remember, who we are is found in Christ and no one can take that from us.
I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10

Finally,
If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.

Evil people are good at taking us for a ride. We can end up in some really dark places. But in Christ, we know all roads are leading us home.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Evil people have fallen for the lies of this world. (Just like we all do at times.)

We are called to love our enemies, and we can do this when we…
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Col 3:2-3

Eye for Eye

38“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’h 39But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.40And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matt 5:38-42

Because He Is ….we are ….

Our focus?

What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?…

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

We are called as witnesses to testify to the one that gave all He could give to be with us, CHRIST JESUS.

Therefore:

He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matt 16:25

When our love for God and others becomes our motive and focus, our “have to” turns into “want to.”

The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” John 21:17

The food.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 6:35

It is because He Is that we are…

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” Act 17:28