There is a trend in much of the western Church these days: “All or nothing.”
Either I embrace everybody, including all religions, choices and lifestyles as true….
I reject people, based on their beliefs, identification, words and actions.
Me? I say neither of these is biblical.
Jesus definitely met people where they were; yet he didn’t accept their choices out of hand. He told the woman caught in adultery, “Go. Sin no more.” That was after he confronted her accusers and refused to condemn her. He told the rich young ruler, whom he loved, to sell everything he had and “come, follow me.”
He accepted the offering of tears and ointment from a woman known to be “a sinner.” His reply to the teachers of the law indicated that he forgave her for all she had done.
When the woman who had come to the well in Samaria encountered Jesus, her life was changed. He totally read her mail; yet did not condone her lifestyle. He addressed her as a real person – likely an experience she had not had in her whole lifetime.
I can accept anybody as a person, created and loved by God.
I can – and do well to – disagree with all that is not biblical and true.
One road leads to Heaven; not all of them.
One God is true; not whatever or whomever someone decides to glorify.
Sin is sin; idols are idols.
I have heard more than one source say that love means I accept people, behavior and all.
No. Love means I accept the person and speak truth to him or her.
Are you looking for abundant, healthy, eternal life?
Give your heart to Jesus: The Way, The Truth, The Life.
This is “Rule” from the Passion 2017 collection.
It’s by Hillsong United and Crowder.
It’s AWESOME; enjoy!
A large number of prophetic words have to do with 2017 being a year of breakthrough. many are saying that those who have waited for years to receive answers to prayers will finally get them; hopes and dreams are being awakened; upgrades are coming.
I say, now is a good time for that!
What words have you personally received, either from the Holy Spirit directly or through a person? Now is a good time to claim them
What have you asked God for? Healing? Salvation of loved ones? Now is a good time to pray, believing.
What is God’s call on your life? Now is a good time to walk in it.
Does it seem especially dark? The news certainly communicates that. Now is a good time to “Arise and shine” – Light is much easier to see in darkness.
Now is a good time to walk closely with the Living God. He is good; his love endures forever; he has wonderful plans for you. Trust, obey, believe, receive!
Jesus, teach us to ask as big as your answers and to reach as high as you reach. Thank you. Amen.
Faith so audacious,
We dare to believe
That God is greater
Than all we see;
That He is more powerful
Than any circumstance;
We are guided by His will;
We simply don’t live by chance.
Faith so audacious
We trust Him and pray,
Till we have heard Him;
Then we obey.
Living with expectancy;
Bold because we belong
To Papa God’s household;
The Lord most gracious and strong.
Faith so audacious
We happily rest
In God’s loving arms,
Where we are blessed.
We receive His provision;
Papa’s unending care;
Then we give it to others,
Rejoicing in all we share.
Faith so audacious
We know He will heal
Injury and disease
With power so real.
We still look for miracles
From Jesus, Risen King;
We live out courageous faith
For God is our Everything.
May the Light who came into the world shine in your heart;
May His love warm, cheer and strengthen you;
May His presence bring you all health and joy.
There is a refuge from chaos and strife,
Where all can receive abundant life.
A place where peace and joy prevail;
And all are embraced, even when they fail.
This refuge is built on intimate love,
Sealed by the Son of God above.
The King of kings and Lord of lords;
Who redeems and saves us, heals and restores.
But how will people ever come to know
This is a place where they can go,
Unless we live to show the way
By being God’s expression every day?
The living refuge is alive and well,
Standing against the gates of Hell.
Pointing the way so all come in,
To the Refuge where they are born again.
Chaos may increase and the storms will brew,
But peace abides in God most true.
Let us give thanks to His great Name,
Yesterday, today, forever the same.
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
I am writing to exhort you today.
We are called to be holy, even as God is holy – to be set apart for Him; different.
That means that we will be the minority.
When the general society encourages sex outside of marriage, abortion and compromise in terms of dress, speech, morality, values or socialization, we will not be able to participate.
When we are called to tolerate or accept things that God has clearly called sin, we will have to decline.
We are called to give, shine, love, encourage, serve and bless.
That means we don’t curse, “see to Number 1 first and foremost…”
What we get in return is our true identity: A holy nation, a royal priesthood, people set apart for and in the Most High God.
We get a different inheritance, filled with wholeness and prosperity.
Most of all, we live with Jesus forever.
Applying all of this can seem difficult – so much “gray!” True enough. That is why we have the Holy Spirit – Helper, counselor, TEacher, Comfort, to live in each of our hearts.
Don’t know how to think or what to do? Ask; you will receive all that you need – the answer and the grace to obey.
Do you feel discouraged, afraid or alone, cry out: The One who sticks closer than a brother is with you always.
Is shame or self doubt nagging at you? Look to Papa, who knows you fully and loves you completely.
The noise of the world
Calls me to a place
Filled with anger, fear and distress;
But a stronger voice
Of mercy and grace
Draws me close, where I am blessed.
I can make the choice
To be in that space
Where I must endure the test;
Or I can retreat
To seek the Lord’s face
And enter into His rest.
It’s tempting enough
To run in the race
That forces me to impress;
But then there’s the way
With a steady pace
Found in the One I confess.
I’ll forsake the noise
And reject each trace
Of corruption from my breast;
Surrendered to Christ,
In His warm embrace
At home in Him, life is best.
What does it mean to you;
How does it make a difference?
Knowing that God is ever present;
That He is the Almighty One
Who protects and provides?
Knowing God’s wisdom is infinite;
He sticks closer than a brother;
Who comforts and counsels?
Knowing that you are loved perfectly;
Now, in every way and forever;
He always draws you closer?
What does it mean to you?
How have you changed,
Being born of the Spirit;
A child in God’s household;
Son and daughter of the Most High?
In a word, everything;
Each heartbeat and breath;
All thoughts and feelings;
Expectancies and perceptions.
It means that in Him
We live and move;
In Him we have our being;
He is our Source and Goal.
To God be all glory;
Every song of praise;
Blessing and adoration;
To You, oh Lord;
To Your Name always!