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Are You A Watchman?

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Is there something the Lord is showing to you, something that needs to be said or addressed? This is not always the easiest thing to accomplish, but with God – in the power of the Holy Spirit – all things are possible. There may be some cost, or loss. Truth is not always welcome, especially if it requires owning up to something, or repenting. Those we care about, as we speak the truth in love, may turn away from us. It is a risk that love takes.

For did not the Son of God leave all glory behind to teach, perform miracles, suffer, and die – only to be rejected by those He came to save? If we go where Jesus goes – on the Crossroad – would we expect to experience anything less than the Master we claim to follow? “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and celebrate, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12)

This is a solemn matter, especially that we discern whether the word is actually from the Lord or from ourself. Many will come in the name of Christ, but shall have taken that name in vain. As the Lord states through Jeremiah, “Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:28)

Therefore let us live life prayerfully – not just asking God for what we want, but in quiet receptivity, listening -as His holy living tabernacle – allowing His Spirit to move and speak within and through us. May our attitude be one of complete surrender to our Lord, as that of Mary to the words of Gabriel, dispatched from our Lord, “Be it unto me according to your word.”

As An Ambassador Of Reconciliation, Where Is My Allegiance?

This is my feeble attempt to address this:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/why-are-so-many-christians-worshipping-the-american-sniper/

There’s plenty in this link to keep you thinking and maybe challenged for a long time to come.

Another American hero, Gen. Hap Arnold, had this to say about war: “We must not get soft. War must be destructive and to a certain extent inhuman and ruthless.” Does this sound like the Master we claim to follow?

Saint Paul warns (Galatians 6:7) “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”

“And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Mt 26:51-53)

One point I’m driving at is the matter of sowing and reaping, per the words of Jesus. What we sow, we reap. Live by the sword (gun), die by the sword (gun). It’s universal / metaphysical law He was showing us, the immutable law of God. Violence is not His way. God is the God of life. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Unconditional love is what holds together all that is. When we step outside that, there are no guarantees.

Ouch. No, I’m not talking pro gun control, anti gun control or the Second Amendment. I’m not anti patriot either. I’m a USAF veteran. But I do think that had I the understanding I have now concerning the role of the military since at least after WW2, I would not have signed up during the Viet Nam era. Had I been born of the Spirit then, I’d have wanted to be true to everything Jesus teaches us.

So are we “taking the name of the Lord in vain” by soldiering or being patriotic? All I know is that for some reason the Holy Spirit is confronting me with some things I have been on the fence about, and to make a decision one way or another. I need to take a look at non-violence in fresh ways, not sullied by political fervor, but discerned at the feet of Jesus. I cannot speak for anyone else. One thing that draws hatred from the worldly and the churchgoer alike is when it comes to unconditional Love, especially when directed toward those who are different or our enemies. Yet that is the radical kind of Love Jesus never withheld from anyone!

Back in the day a name used to stand for something. If you had, or were given, or took someone’s name, you stood for what they stood for. It meant an allegiance to everything that name meant. You were in essence about that person’s business.

What does the Name “Jesus Christ” stand for? And at what level does peculiarly “Christian warfare” take place? Am I sanctified to the mind of Christ alone, or is my heart fickle and drawn away by the popular and very polarized politics of this planet?

Are we with Him whose kingdom is NOT of this world – meaning that our kingdom is not of this world? Are we about the Father’s business – on the Holy Spirit hotline, continually linked to Heaven’s HQ? There is always plenty of room for daily repentance, for self examination and reflection: to whom do I really belong? It’s not “what’s my line”, it’s “what’s my truth”. And then we go from there surrendering ourselves to the Holy Spirit’s grace and guidance fully.

And how do I get that grace and guidance?

I’m going to the New Living Translation to answer that, as it carries the fuller meaning of “ask, seek, and knock”.

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)

It gets even more basic. Pray for the Holy Spirit Himself to be the Light in you! “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:13).

Our heavenly Father will never give us a wrong direction if we’re truly seeking Him alone.

Originally published on my website: http://www.yvonneblasycreativeinnovations.com/412370442/2481703/posting/as-an-ambassador-of-reconciliation-where-is-my-allegiance

Cross Purposes 25 / I-Do-As-I-Please Christianity

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Dear Reader, before you embark upon these thoughts, please carefully peruse Psalm 1, and also 1 John 5:19.

Point for consideration:

”Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:19 NASB.

Where is the confusion in this simple remark by Jesus? It seems pretty straightforward, doesn’t it? Or is it just that we think we ought to be entitled to “reinterpret” His directives, informed more by what we’d rather do, or what is politically correct (and doctrinally unsound), that brings us to the conclusion that the moral and universal laws of God do not apply to our Christian life?

Substitutes? Doctrines of cheap grace in the form of “all we have to do is believe” – making the cross, redemption, salvation, and sanctification ineffective? Another favorite: substitution of rituals for realities, memberships in a church as a substitute for the Divine Life of Christ within us?

The apostle Paul reminds us most sternly and without mincing words, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 1 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.

A few synonyms for “reprobate”: unprincipled, bad, wicked, rakish, shameless, immoral, degenerate, dissipated, debauched, depraved, knavish, lawless.

And does it need to be restated that, just because we have the “legal right” to do something, is it necessarily morally right or in our best interests?

Here’s how it’s supposed to work: “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 KJV.

Miracles beyond description happened through the Cross! One of the biggest of these is that the old reprobate me died there in and through Jesus!

When a Soul experiences this “death”, and a rebirth takes place, that Soul begins to experience freedom from sin and the passions of the flesh. What Jesus Christ did for that Soul now manifests in that Soul! An old life dies. A new life begins. He or she is no longer driven by a reprobate mind or behavior. He or she has been set free, having received in real time the “get out of jail free” card.

The thing is, we must then continue to walk free. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1. KJV.

Many of us have undergone this “conversion” experience, or begun it. That is what it means to be born again. It is very, very real. There is no more desire for sinning; one is no longer motivated by it.

That is why it is so difficult to understand where all this “liberal theology” comes from, with its anything-goes positions, that tells us we can go on sinning once we have realized that we have been set free from sin through the Lord Jesus Christ, and are now free to live the blessed life by the power of His Holy Spirit.

Anyone who has experienced this freedom no longer wants to sin and live a reprobate life. It’s that simple. Management, motivation, and mission have changed hands!

Churches, which are more politically informed than Holy Spirit and Word of God informed, should simply stop referring to themselves as “Christian”, for they are not living in the holy name of Jesus Christ, but are only profaning it before the world. They are politically correct in their “inclusivity” and support those agendas, but morally and spiritually bankrupt.

None of this carries any power of salvation, and it certainly does not promote any sort of Biblical sanctification. It is in fact complete “ignore-ance” of the Holy Word of God and the Holy Spirit, teaching instead that what is corrupt and defiling within a Soul is just plain OK, acceptable, and supported.

Those sticking to the understanding of the implications of the Cross have been accused any number of times of being “judgmental”, the favorite accusation of peddlers of New Age hedonistic nonsense, relativism, and the cult of self-will. God’s Word on the matter simply states, “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge; but he that hateth reproof is brutish.” Proverbs 12:1. KJV. The NASB take on it: “… But he who hates reproof is stupid.”

If God did not love us, He would let us wallow in our reprobate state, instead of making a way for us to come home to Him through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Where are the lovers of the knowledge of God? Where are they who yearn for His instruction? It seems we live in a world where much of the church has gone reprobate and stupid in its hatred of divine Wisdom and reproof!

Where is the salt of the Earth? Or are so many among us as salt that has lost its savor, always looking back and yearning for Sodom?

The purpose of the Cross and the shedding of Jesus’ Blood is so that we may be set free from self, sin, death, the world system, and the power of the devil – not so that we can get a free ticket to heaven while still wallowing in reprobate thinking and doing.

As far as the Cross is concerned, Jesus “nailed it”! It really is that simple.

It really is true that when we become Christians in spirit and in truth, we exchange our old reprobate life for the pure Mind and Heart of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are new creations, the old has passed away, all things are become new! We live increasingly according to the power of the Holy Spirit. There is nothing unloving or judgmental about that! (However, the “Luciferian programs” inside a person – a.k.a. original sin – can prompt a defensive posture, since it is the “end of the world” for the reprobate mind and the forces that drive it! What is passing away is certainly reluctant to surrender to its inevitable fate.)

Apparently some who are under the impression that surrender to the Cross is unnecessary have not bothered to read the Bible for themselves, come to know the Christ of Whom it testifies, nor allowed the Holy Spirit to lead them into the truth or bring to mind all that Jesus taught. If they did, they would not embrace the foolery that they have, nor would they be allowing politics to inform church beliefs and practices.

How theologians and ministers continue to debate against the simple Way provided through the Wisdom that is Jesus Christ, after over two-thousand years, seems rather baffling. You’d think they’d know better by now.