Friday, September 23, 2005
Where do you get your praise?
I think the verse above with the main point in large caps describes what is going on with those who don't understand how God relates to man. In the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector, the pharisee is looking to his good works as compared with the tax collector's, to basically praise himself instead of getting his praise from God.
If the pharisee in the parable or a lost person today understood that God loved him just because God is God(God is Love) and we are His creation, then he could be honest with God about his sin and his praise would be coming from God instead of himself or other men. He is stumbling over the stumbling stone of the unconditional love in Christ.
John 3:21 "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be revealed as having been wrought(worked) in God."
The pharisee was not practicing the truth that he was a depraved man on the inside and only God can make his deeds good. Jesus said our good deeds only come thru Him; John 15:4 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me."
The bottom line is, when we don't believe God loves us unconditionally then we have to find something in ourselves to justify being loved by God or anyone else. This was Cains downfall. Cain didn't believe God loved him just as he was, mistakes and all. So Cain who was a tiller of the ground brought an offering that he himself helped create thinking that God would owe him His love because of his "work" or performance. God had no regard for this. Cain was not getting his praise from God, he was proud of his own work to God and stumbled over Gods grace and sins desire for him caused jelousy toward Abel and he killed him.
I believe all the things that we call sin are the result of not believing God loves each of us unconditionally. When we don't believe this in our heart, then the other sins are the results our flesh. This is what Paul is talking about in Romans when he says walk by the Spirit(unconditional love of God) and you won't satisfy the desires of the flesh.
Adam & Eve didn't believe God and ATE from the tree of knowledge. Today we don't believe God and refuse to DRINK from the spiritual rock of Christ.
Why doesn't everyone drink? Because this rock is a rock of offense, a stumbling stone to those like Cain who cannot lay down their pride of good works to gain Gods love unconditionally.
So where do you get your praise?
I have to say that I still want and do get my praise from men more than I do from God most of the time. Help me Lord Jesus and change this in my life, because this will truly set me free.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Thank you God for giving me life. Thank you for my parents and family. Thank you for a wonderful country to live in and be birthed in. Thank you for our forefathers who gave so much to found this country and gave their lives so others might live here. Thank you for a wonderful job and wonderful people to work with. Thank you for choosing me to be Your child by a new birth. Thank you for loving me in my sin. Thank you for not letting me go my own way and stay there. Thank you for not letting me go my own way in the future and stay there (there is no place I can go that Your not there). Thank you for loving me even when my mind is confused because of sin and I think you have had enough of me. Thank you for drawing me to Yourself. Thank you for just being my Lord and Creator. Thank you for your grace and mercy. I need You Jesus more everyday. I need You period.
Friday, September 02, 2005
What is the answer?
The answer is perfection isn't it?
If we were perfect then we would not have a problem rescuing those who need rescued and organizing the relief so desperately needed.
But we are not perfect are we? So lets at least quit being so critical of each other and work together to get the job done. I'm not sure what I have to do just yet, other than donations, but I want and intend to do something besides give money.
I do know one thing I am going to do, I am not going to be critical of my fellow Americans. That means all of them, from the looters all the way to my Fed. Gov. Its not the time or the place, its time to pray and help.