How do we handle the traditions of men? I prefer to follow the word of God. I went to a religious Institution for college and it was a Wesleyan Methodist University. Thus we studied about John Wesley and his interpretation of the Bible. When I study the Bible I prefer to study it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As such I rejected the traditional teachings of Wesley. The Holy Spirit teaches me comparing spiritual things with spiritual. By way of an illustration, the Holy Spirit will take me to an Old Testament reference and then compare it to a new testament text. Therefore I prefer the teaching of the Holy Spirit to any man-made Institution. Do I now seek to persuade men or God? That is a question from Galatians 1:10. If I still pleased men, I would not be a servant of Christ. That’s pretty clear-cut. Often times in church today we have the Pharisee type of religion.
Those that do such a thing follow the law of Moses to the letter. The New Testament teaches us that the letter kills but the spirit gives life. Which would you prefer? I shudder to think of how you might answer that question because some people are so used to the rules and regulations of their Church superseding scripture. That should not be so. Then there are those in church who are so tolerant of sin that it makes me sick. These are the affirming churches who will affirm nearly everything but the word of God which is often out of season in those churches. Paul said that that we are to preach the word both in season and out.
Are you a Pharisee of the false love that has invaded the church? Are you part of the solution or part of the problem? Until we get back to speaking the truth in love the church will flounder and be without any power whatsoever. There’s a caution flag here though because remember the seventy whom Jesus sent out.
They returned with great joy saying, even the demons are subject to us in your name. I can almost imagine how Jesus looked at them shaking his head. Do not rejoice in this that the spirits are subject to you but Rejoice because your names are written in heaven. Absolute power corrupts. They were more joyful in the power they were given then the fact that they were serving Jesus Christ. When one is given power they can become Power Mad which destroys the gift. Simon the Sorcerer was like that as he wanted the power to make himself look great. He even asked to buy this power. Your money perish with you because you thought you could buy the power of the spirit. You can’t. The power of the spirit in my life issues understanding and to know scripture better by the day. Sanctify them by your word. That is found in John 17:17 which means set them apart by Your Word. Your word is truth. To me that is the power of the Holy Spirit. When he the spirit of Truth has come he will guide you into all truth from John 16:13. Do I follow the tradition of men? Absolutely not because then, I would not be a servant of Christ.
I really enjoy the word spiritual especially as it relates to scripture. The Holy Spirit teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual. The natural man does not receive the things of the spirit of God for they are foolishness to them, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. What a wonderful text of scripture. What does it mean comparing spiritual things with spiritual? What are spiritual things? I have often thought it meant that the Holy Spirit connects the Old Testament to the New Testament in a way that mortal man has difficulty accepting. It connects to spiritual dots to prophesy. Often times you hear the Apostle Paul admonish believers that he could not speak to them as unto spiritual. Instead he had to refer to carnal terms appealing to their infancy in Christ or as to babes in Christ. Are you a pablum Christian? My older sister often tells me that she doesn’t want to understand scripture the way her younger brother does because she does not want to be responsible to scripture. Obedience is better than sacrifice.
All believers in the body of Christ should be on the road to faith by way of obedience. The Bible says that he who is spiritual judges all things yet he himself is rightly judged by no one for he has the mind of Christ. From whom much is given much is required. I would think all believers in the body of Christ would like their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to say when they up here before him on that last day to hear Jesus say, well done my good and faithful servant. In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey him. These will be punished with Everlasting destruction. To know him is to obey him. I can tell you one thing for sure and that is no one wants to hear the words of the adversary who says simply, well done. A sad thing is that his well done will be in Hell Fire. As in all things you have two options, which will you choose?
Have you found your significant other yet? Do you know that the early Israelites had a PG 30 rating on this book called The Song of Solomon? I believe it was due to its suggestive language although flowery and poetic. A junior high teacher in Sunday School wanted to teach this to his students but the Pastor said no. He also knew of the power of the words of this book. In fact if a husband and wife read this book together once per month it would enrich their marriage greatly.
Have you found this precious love? When I found the one I love, I held him and would not let him go. What passionate love!
What can separate us from the love of God? Even so it Remains the Same with husband and wife if the commitment is there in Chr
Here is a reminder from 1st Corinthians 7 14 that an unbelieving spouse can be Sanctified by the believing spouse. Oh the depths of spiritual love! Just make sure of one thing and that is that you don’t use all the verses of the Song of Solomon in describing your spouse. For example, your waist is a Heap of wheat or your nose is like the Tower of Lebanon. Descriptions like that can send you to the couch for the night. But the wonderful versus far outweigh the others even so discernment must be exercised. What wondrous love is this oh my soul.
Article 4 section 4 of the Constitution of the United States states that the United States is a republic and not a democracy. America is governed by the Constitution supposedly. Islamic immigrants to our country demand that Shahira law accompany them to our Shores. If they desire that law so much, why did they leave their native country to come to America? Assimilation plays a key role in immigration. One’s cultural aspects may be blended into our system but not one’s cultural laws for we have our own laws governed by the Constitution of the United States. If you opt for your own legal system why would you come to America? A cultural blend adds to America’s culture but we don’t need a new legal code as our constitution stands apart quite nicely. It covers our means of governance. English should also be a requirement for citizenship. Immigrants need to acclimate to our governance and not the other way around. They need to blend into our society adding what they can to make it better. America is a nation of immigrants but only according to our governance and according to our constitution as nothing else will do.
Are you familiar with this poem? It is found on the Statue of Liberty Overlooking New York Harbor. Give me your tired your poor. What does this mean according to the laws of the land? Can any country take in the immigrants of the entire world without limitation or restraint? The Bible is quite clear on immigration. But largely under the law.
Mishpat is a Hebrew word for rule-of-law. That means that immigration must be connected to law and that the term illegal immigration must be addressed. What does the word illegal mean? Not according to law. Every Sovereign Nation has laws otherwise it becomes a lawless Nation. The United States, for example, has a process for immigration under the laws of the land. My grandparents came into the United States from Lithuania under proper immigration law. They just didn’t come here and claim they were citizens. They had to go through the process of becoming citizens. Every Sovereign Nation deals with this issue. Can you imagine a country like Romania taking in every single immigrantsii in the world? The United States has laws to deal with immigration in the proper format. Even our country has limits to what they can do. Yet when immigrants cross the border illegally they should not be imprisoned in cages but should be dealt with humanely.
The Democratic Party wants open borders so perhaps they should bear the responsibility of adopting an immigrant family until they can feed and clothe themselves and support themselves lawfully. Has this ever been addressed by our country? One difficulty is there would be a language barrier at first. Reeducation at an older age can be difficult. There are also cultural differences to be considered. I will go into more of that in part 2.
This is Jim Bakker speaking to you from Morningside. Today I understand that Jesus Christ will be making one statement but first I would like to talk about my survival food that you will be needing in the dark times ahead. If I were you I would stock up with the seven year plan. Ben Franklin said that we should be prepared. Boy Scouts say that too and I should know because I was once a den mother. Be prepared for what’s coming. Now I know my food is overpriced and doesn’t have the best taste but it will sustain you through the Great Tribulation. Now I Think Jesus would like to say something.
Wow! That blows my whole gig! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before? Just like in my first Advent I had never seen Matthew 6:24 before. I think Matthew was against me. Sufficient for the day is the troubles there in? Do not worry about tomorrow? Ben Franklin says we should plan ahead! What am I to do?
This is outrageous! How can I counter Jesus’ words? What about all those words I studied in prison? Could I be wrong and Jesus right?