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Know, hoping, faith in yourself, and the Atheist

Knowing – the sky is blue

Hopefully – the sky is blue

Self – if I believe hard enough, I can make the sky blue.

Atheist- there is no proof the sky is blue and anyway “ In physics and on the light spectrum, black is the absence of color. However, in art, black is the presence of all colors. In printing, black is one of the colors needed to produce other colors.”

Dying to self

We often feed our own egos by judging those who lack in the area of the things we excel in.

Good at English? You may Judge people who use the wrong form of – their, there, they’re

Physically fit? You may Judge people who are over weight.

High morel character- you may easily judge anyone you deem as living a sinful life.

Creative and artistic – you may judge those who can never think of an original idea and can only draw stick figures

It is Ignorant to feed our ego (feelings of superior based on simple difference) . Each of us have been given our own gifting’s and talents. Why not learn to appreciate all people for their inherent worth and value. Our pride will be our shame when we stand before the Lord.

We are to be rooted and grounded in love –

“For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” 1 Cor 4:7

God is drawing His people

The world draws our flesh, but God draws our spirit. A large portion of the Body of Christ is missing, but God is drawing His people to Himself.

“Your desire will be for your husband”….

A lot of people today have decided to reject the Bible because they believe it to be sexist or because some in the church practice sexism, but note in the bigger picture – in God’s economy, we are all the “women” – “the bride of Christ.”

Keeping in mind – when we read the Bible God uses thing in the natural to help us understand the spiritual.

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Now back to –

“Your desire will be for your husband”….

“But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” 1 Cor 6:17

He is drawing His people to himself, and He wants to commute with us.

To Commune – to converse or talk together, usually with profound intensity, intimacy, etc.; interchange thoughts or feelings.

As some in the prophetic like to say, “I’m feeling this strong shift of in the atmosphere.”

Who are we listening to?

What if a crazy, deluded, psychopath kept calling your phone telling you all kinds of lies. Would you continue to pick it up and listen to them or choose to block the call?

we can have to so many negative thoughts at times and believe lies about ourselves that are opposite of who God says we are. why do we go down that road? Why not believe what God says instead! Is this not the basis of our faith? He gave us His Word/Jesus, and He is well able to keep it!

Finally, brothers, 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.

Jesus endure the cross for all of our sins

This is important- What does biblical judgment really mean? We often miss it.

Ironically, We often believe we can’t discern a persons character believing we are judging them, but have not problem deciding who we think should… “go to hell.”

“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

First

The women caught in Adultery – The Pharisees brought her before Jesus to judge, but instead of condemning her He said, 

“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

The judgement here is deciding if this women is deserving of death. However, Jesus decided not only to not judge her, but to demonstrate “who are we to judge another person.”

Even more so, Jesus is teaching us who are we to judge if another person is deserving of eternal life or eternal death. Because we have all sinned an fallen short. Only God is able to Judge.

The verses below points out again how we are subject to the law and doers of it. God alone is the one who gave us the Law and only He is able to Judge who is saved or destroyed.

….”but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?”

My point
We often here people say things like “those people deserve to rot it hell” maybe someone says things like this when referring to child molesters, murders, people LGBTQ community, people who abuse animals, women who abort babies etc. This is the example of the type of judgment we are to reframe from.

Again, Because we have all sinned we can’t sit in the position of Judge.

Because we need forgiveness for our sins, then who are we to decide who is deserving of hell.

Imagine yourself and your worst enemy standing before God. God says, “you get to decided.” “Do you want your enemy to spend eternity in hell?” And you answer, “yes! I want this person to spend eternity in hell because of all the terrible things they have done to me.” “They deserve it.”

Do you realize that you just condemned yourself?

This happened to me in a dream. I was the one someone else was judging. Jesus and the lake of fire was right there. The person said, “yes! I want her to go to hell. I was so scared, but instead of me going to hell they went. And then I was terrified for them. It messed me up for about a year. I kept wondering what could I have done to make this person hate me so much. Then I realized, it really wasn’t because of anything I had done, but because of the hate and pride in their own heart.

It is God will that all would be saved and it should be ours as well. We want to see God changing peoples hearts.

“For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:3

Forgive others! Let it be between them and God so there is nothing between you and God.

Matt 18:23-33 is a good read. It is a parable of th

The prosperity Gospel?

What’s wrong with the prosperity gospel? Doesn’t God want the best for us?

”They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”

They are teaching people to focus on material blessing and what God can give us. To worship created things instead of the Creator.

If our relationship with Christ is all about what He can give us or do for us, then we’ve missed the very best part. Him and a true relationship.

They also teach people to give to get. But here’s what God has to say about it.

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:3

Christianity is a Christ based religion, not a self based religion.

What does it really mean to turn the other cheek.

“But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” Matt 5:39

To slap someone’s cheek was done to insult and disrespect a person.

The point Jesus is making, it doesn’t matter how much someone insults or disrespects us because it doesn’t change who we are in Christ. So we can simply “turn the other cheek.” Insults and disrespect say more about those who do It.

Jesus was stripped naked, beaten, scorned, mocked, and crucified,
But it didn’t change who He was and still is.

“And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.

If someone decides to take legal action against us, Jesus instructs us to not only give them our coat, but our cloak as well. The Point, Jesus has already paid our debt to sin. The law of Sin and death has lost all legal right and power over us, and no one can’t take away our salvation in Christ. We can easily give up material things because those thing are meaningless, in comparison.

Finally, “And whoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two.”

This world may take us in directions and to place we never wished to go. However, In Christ, every road eventually lead us back home, to Him.

Our lives our hidden in Christ, and nothing can change who we are in Him. No one can separate us from the Love of God or snatch us from His hand. The world at best can only distract us from the truth, but God is faithful. He will always lead us back to himself.

False prophets speak and teach what is false. Where’s the fact checking?

They are teaching people to put faith in their own faith and ability to believe. This is not the same as faith in the Jesus Christ

They are teaching people to put Faith in their own words – that’s not same as having Faith in God’s Word.

They twist and manipulating God’s word for personal gain. How is that Biblical?

They are making disciples of themselves not disciples of Jesus Christ for they are teach falsehoods.

We are not to Judge (condemn others), but we are to use discernment. When their words don’t line up with God’s Word, how then can they claim they speak for God.

Fact check them. Are they using and quoting God’s word correctly and in the right context. You will be surprised how often you will find they are miss quoting and taking things out of context to if they’re own narrative.

)“Beware of false prophets, (C)who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 (D)You will know them by their fruits. (E)Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so,(F)every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 (G)Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Who is the church Built upon?

Bible trivia- Did Jesus build His Church on Peter? the Rock?

13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

I’m stealing the term “narcissi Jesus” where our ego loves to make everything about ourselves – and this is a good example

Some people like to argue over the Greek and Aramaic meaning of the word Rock - Because Peter means rock. But it’s simple enough to simply ask yourself if Peter or Jesus Christ the foundation of our faith?

Jesus was not referring to Peter as the “rock” but to Peter’s testimony. “thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” … and it is …”upon this rock I will build my church.”

Want more proof – Scripture interprets scripture – there are several place where the Messiah is referred to as “the Rock” “the cornerstone” of our foundation.

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

A cornerstone

“Since ancient times, builders have used cornerstones in their construction projects. A cornerstone was the principal stone, usually placed at the corner of an edifice, to guide the workers in their course. The cornerstone was usually one of the largest, the most solid, and the most carefully constructed of any in the edifice. The Bible describes Jesus as the cornerstone that His church would be built upon. He is foundational.”

How we interpret scriptures is often based out of our own  confirmation bias, “the tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs.”

Yet Most importantly – Who do you say He is?