Failure is Not an Option

Why do we fail when God leads us to success? Our nature is tainted with so many emotions and sometimes when we perceive things going wrong, the negative overpowers the positive. When this happens we call it failure but what is it really, a learning experience.

We are given to these experiences and are guided by the Spirit to help us hopefully do the right thing. God gave us free will to make certain choices so that we would discover right from wrong from an early age. As His children, we are not failures at life but are given the chance to prove ourselves through the decisions we make.  Decisions that lead to negative results often lead to feelings of failure. Some will even say that they are not good enough. This feeling of failure can make a person drop everything and not try again. That is the Devil speaking. God gives us the strength to work through our issues, figure out where we went wrong and try a different way.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me Phil 4:13

            We are not built to everything right the first time, that is one of the things that make us human. We are weak in some areas intentionally. This gives us room to grow and gain strength from the Lord. It is by God’s grace that we are given power in weakness.        

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong 2 Cor. 12:9-10

God speaks loud and clear saying do not fear failure, learn from it, embrace it but do not live in it.  When we embrace it, understand it, and know not to do it again, we can learn how to succeed.  Once embraced, release yourself from it and reach for success through adjusted actions.  Look at all options.  In other words, do not give up.  Seek guidance through prayer and put your mind at ease through Christ. 

Besides Did God not tell Joshua: Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go Joshua 1:7-9

Unfortunately, people give up, give in, and have trouble moving forward.  With careful reflection and prayer we can figure out what went wrong, learn from it, and try not to do it again. What does this all boil down to?  When we have success and failures, we create experiences that build our character and help make better decisions ensuring a more successful outcome in the future.  The problem is that some people cannot get over their past failures and continue to make mistakes that lead to poor self-esteem and depression. People forget that the reason they fail is what they were doing was probably not part of God’s plan.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope Jer. 29:11

Some fear failure so much that it becomes their only way of living. No matter what they do, even when they succeed they believe they failed. This kind of thinking allows for the feelings of guilt, bitterness, loneliness, anger, and depression. When we feel this way and do not accept encouraging words we become lost and the choices we make can lead to devastating results.

God encourages us to try again doing it His way. Sometimes we do not agree with His way but it is the way He needs us to go. When we listen and follow, we succeed. Brothers and Sisters, never let failure get you down. I have and it is a dark place I never want to be in again. So I give everything to God and He guides me the right way. Remember too that sometimes we need others who give assistance and they are probably sent by God. If you trust God then trust His Word and His helpers because they will be there for the success of the plan and glorify God. 

Blessings,  Rob, Servant of God

Advertisements

When You Listen to God

There is something special about receiving a message from the Father but it is even more special when you actually listen, hear the instruction, and comply with His Words. Today we broke ground on the first build site for the ministry. Before we broke ground we had a threat of rain storms but God held back the storm and it was a light drizzle before it stopped completely.

While it was drizzling we measured land while clearing the larger branches and felled trees to get a clear path and I asked if we could have just a little reprieve so we could measure correctly. We had a clear signal from the Father that this was a good day to clear and break ground so after measuring, we put the first official pick hoe and shovel into what will be the slab for the wood shop and storage area. And amazingly, the rain stopped.

Our prayer for sun was answered but only because we listened to God. All the weather stations said that it was going to storm but I listened to my prayer and had the feeling that He was saying do it anyway. While there we explored the land some more and started marking other areas. A new thought had come and we will be adding classroom buildings so that we can have multiple Bible study areas. All because we listened and felt as if He told us to open our eyes. The visual that the three of us were given had different parts but all interconnected.

When you listen to God, it is not always in the mind but in the eyes of the heart that open up what He needs you to see. The Spirit working within provides the visual to our minds so our physical eyes and ears see and hear His plans. God knows the plans He has for us and if you listen deep enough, even the small details will be revealed. Blessings and love to all,

Rob, Servant of God

What is Happening Here

There are so many prophesies saying that what is happening right now was written in Scripture. We have fallen away from the orders given by God to about the festivals, the jubilee years, and other things that have caused many issues throughout the world ever since money and materialism took over and distracted our lives away from God.

We were doing great until the Bible was removed from the classroom many years ago. Kids understood respect for elders, they understood the difference between good manners and those unacceptable by all. Ethics and morals were not questionable in nature and people did not think they were entitled to anything. We have become indebted to the dollar which has control of our lives and is of absolute necessity to even the most basic of needs for survival.

Selfish ambitions have never been worse than the last 50 years. This has destroyed not just the person with those ambitions but the second and third order of effects go even deeper breaking down families and other relationships vital to our survival. The super rich try to buy their way into things where they do not belong because of their agendas which are not of God and break down society to the point where families are fighting each others, parents are disowning their children and the moral compass of many has gone completely opposite of where it should be.

Thankfully God is stepping in and there have been individuals who have begun reversing the false teachings and ideas of the devil which have destroyed many at the core of their being.

When will people return to the truth and be heard without being ridiculed? Soon I hope but right now we need to remember that the devil must rule for a time before the return of our Lord and Savior. Until then remain vigilant and be the light in this dark and ugly world.

Blessings

Rob, Servant of God

Material Wealth is not Blessedness, it is Poverty

When someone talks about their riches and is seen with many material things that person does not truly understand wealth. Yes we need money to survive in the world today but so many have decided that the only thing that makes them happy is more stuff. Part of comedian George Carlin’s routines dealt with materialism. He talked about how much stuff we have and when we accumulate more we need a bigger place. When we go somewhere we have to have a certain amount of stuff that goes with us which nowadays equivalent is electronic distractors and things we believe we might need but then most of it ends up just sitting there taking up space just to look at.

People with more money than they know what to do with have the most expensive houses, cars, large bank accounts that only a portion has gone into trust funds for their kids to either squander or go to college with. But what happens to all of that. Material wealth means nothing after you die but how you lived your life does. You can have all the money you want but that really gets you nowhere if it is not put to use for the good of all mankind.    

Jesus had a lot to say about the dangers of wealth and the difference between material and spiritual wealth.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. . . . No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matt. 6:19–24

According to the Gospel of Luke, a person asked Jesus,  “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus of course refuses this request which should surprise not only preachers of the prosperity gospel but also advocates of the social gospel. To the person He leaves this warning: “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” Luke 12:13–15

And Jesus tells a parable to help the person learn:

The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, “What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?” And he said, “I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. Luke 12:16–21

Material wealth leads to the poverty of the soul

How many lottery winners out there have you heard of that have been found destitute not too long after winning. Unfortunately it is a bigger problem than most people think. Yes there are good souls out there that give away more than they need but for those who keep and squander, they lose what life they had and lose sight of what really matters.

There is something to be said about being blessed with material goods. God provides so that the person may provide others in need or for the greater glory of God. When God gave Moses the plans for the Tabernacle, He instructed the people to give of the materials needed. The problem that came forth was that there was so much given that the storehouses had overflowed and Moses had to tell the people that there was enough. God had provided with these materials when He put it on the Egyptians hearts to bless the Israelites with many goods. So much so that their carts were overflowing and burdened.

We see the burden as Aaron had been forced to create a golden calf for them to worship because they were impatient and lost sight of God. They got their visual but God trampled it and gave them the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments. This first group kept denying His power so often that they all died out except a chosen few before seeing the land of Promise.

Pay Caesar What is Caesar’s, Pay God What is God’s

After the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus with the payment of taxes He said the above quote to teach a lesson. Money really does not mean anything but the gifts and blessings that God grants are to be returned with our providing for our fellow man through doing God’s work which means using the spiritual and material gifts for His glory.

The pastors who preach the prosperity gospel are not teaching spiritual prosperity but worldly. This is not what God intends for us. When they speak of the “best life now” what they mean and what the truth of that statement means are two different things. We are to live a good life but it means we are to experience the good and the bad. We are to suffer and from that suffering find the joy that God brings when we find the peace in our hearts that says, “God’s got this because you believe and trust that He will take care of you”. We live a good life when we have friends and family that we share a common bond of caring for one another. These are the people we would give up things no matter the personal cost. That is the “best life”.  

Those who are more concerned with material wealth, living in the best houses, having the best cars and many other things do not understand what they are doing to themselves. They are literally killing themselves daily. Material wealth causes nothing but grief. Do not get caught in the devil’s snares.

What is to be said about all this? Use your material wealth for the glory of God and you will not suffer poverty in your heart.

Blessings,

 Rob, Servant of God

ARE YOU BEING DECIEVED

I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. 2 Corinthians 11:1-4

Paul knew about the deceivers of his time and those that would come. They were a thorn in his side. In this day and age we are fighting the devilish insertion of demonic and worldly behaviors taking the place of the truth in places of Christian worship. These places would preach another Jesus, an unholy spirit is poured out and a gospel that is perverted to fit the worldly society.

 How does the Jesus in the bible measure to the one presented in your local church?

Scriptural Jesus

Jesus is the Word who was made flesh so that He could return the world back to the teachings of God without the perversions of man. Therefore, Jesus kept the Commandments but made them easier to understand. He kept the feasts, performed miracles, and threw the money changers out of the Temple. Jesus required repentance of sins and not living in them anymore. He also taught the difference between living for the world and living for God. Most of all, Jesus was the final atoning sacrifice for the remission of sins available to those who believe, have faith, and follow Him. We are required to try to live a Christ like life not our own.

The New Alternate Jesus

The Jesus taught in some churches today is one of “pure love”, does not ask followers to take up their cross, die to their sins daily, nor are they to follow the commandments. This Jesus is a feel good savior who is okay with your lifestyle and sinful behaviors. This Jesus wants you to live in your flesh and do not concern yourself with spiritual matters. This one says that He died on the Cross so that all can live and get to heaven without the law and regulations meaning the Old Testament no longer applies. These are the ones who say they believe but cannot “Be” in the True Christ because they are following a false messiah.

The Holy Spirit versus the False Spirit

 New Age spirituality gives people exciting feelings but does not give them power to be holy. The Holy Spirit is not an energy force as described by New Age philosophy but a part of God which guides us to do the right thing and conveys messages to God when we just cannot say the words in prayer. The Holy Spirit is the helper that Jesus promised. The false spirit is an energy force that is controlled by the person to perform such things as astral projection and uses crystals or other items as conduits. The Holy Spirit does not need material things to speak to us and for us as it dwells in the hearts of all true believers. The Holy Spirit only dwells in those who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and follow His teachings. The energy force is all encompassing without division (even to include God) and all are part of it.  Christians are dependent on the Holy Spirit while the false spirit allows for channeling other spirits and talking with the deceased (demons in disguise).  

A Different Gospel

The final deception in this discussion is the false gospels that have found their way into the mainstream and have corrupted many pastors. In the middle of the 20th century Christians dealt with liberal, feminist, and other theologies that slowly evolved into false gospel teachings. The main culprit of these false ideas come from misinterpretation and changes in society. This is not the first time Christians had to deal with the injection of society. The Holy Roman Empire blended pagan and other non-biblical ceremonies and holidays to convert people into Christianity. The latest fad of the last 50 or so years is to pick and choose what you choose to believe and if it does not fit your lifestyle, change it.  

Examples are:

  1. The prosperity gospel which makes the pastors rich in materialism but poor in spirit
  2. The idea that the Ten Commandments no longer apply
  3. The genderless Bible.
  4. The Jesus paid it all so I can still live my sinful life because I need not repent gospel
  5. The idea of living best life now independent from God
  6. The idea that we are all gods

The above teachings are not found in Scripture but perversions of Scripture to fit their needs and desires. The one common denominator is these false teachings is greed. The greed of materialism and riches is the driving force for many while the other is the greed of numbers and popularity. There is also a fear of ridicule. Did Jesus not say that we will suffer for the faith? We sacrifice many things for God to include family. Society has driven many pastors to turn away from the lessons they learned in their youth.

Brothers and Sisters, do not let yourselves be deceived nor forced into thinking and believing things that are not of God. Practice discernment when looking into churches and if the teachings in your current church turn away from what you know as truth, time to seek out the truth. Love one another with a God fearing love. Treat others as you would have them treat you. Do not judge or condemn but correct with the kindness and sternness that Jesus showed the Pharisees. Do not follow another into their sin. Be strong in the Word and in your Faith. I say these things out of love for all.

Blessings,Rob, Servant of God

Be Careful What You See

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! Matthew 6:22-23

We were given the gift of sight that is better than most animals who only see in the grey scale. Our eyes see a great many things, some close up, some far away. What we see has an effect on our entire body. If we see something that makes us laugh, our body forgets pain. If we see something sad, our body reacts in a way that competes against the sadness.

When we look upon something that we shouldn’t, our spirit works overtime to get the sight out of our minds. Our eyes are a window to our souls. People can tell a lot just by looking at another’s eyes. If we are in the spirit, our eyes tell of joy and peace even in the midst of sorrow. If we are being tempted, our eyes tell of shying away from seeing the good things and hide from those who we know the temptation would hurt if it were to become a sin.

If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. Matthew 5:29

That seems a little drastic but Jesus said that to make a valid point. Flesh is nothing but mud and clay but the spirit inside lives forever. If we let ourselves be overtaken by the lusts of the flesh (worldly sin), then we are throwing away our chances of living eternally with God. The devil has used the media and politics to distract, misguide, and tempt all of us from the cradle to the grave. Right now so many are dependent on the media for ways of living that they forgot to open their eyes and ears to the people around them that could instruct without the distractions that come along with videos and television shows.  

I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil. Psalm 101:2-4

I am reminded of the children’s song that Goes:

O be careful little eyes what you see
O be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little eyes what you see
O be careful little ears what you hear
O be careful little ears what you hear
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little ears what you hear
O be careful little tongue what you say
O be careful little tongue what you say
For the Father up above
is looking down in love
So, be careful little tongue what you say


The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both Proverbs 20:12


God is watching, can you see what He is seeing. He is paying attention, do you know what is going on around you. He hears you, do you know what you are saying. We need to be careful and follow Christ’s example on how to live a right life. Blessings to you all

In Christ,

 Rob, Servant of God

Are You an Ambassador?

We have Ambassadors and emissaries that travel to represent and sometimes speak for the country of origin throughout the world. There are huge meetings where these people get together to obtain peaceful resolutions to the world’s problems. At least that is what they are supposed to do in theory. Some of those folks are doing it with negative idealisms that cause damage to the world in some way shape or form. As believers in God we are required to be Ambassadors of the Messiah. But are we?

So from now on, we do not look at anyone from a worldly viewpoint. Even if we once regarded the Messiah from a worldly viewpoint, we do so no longer.Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah, he is a new creation — the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new!And it is all from God, who through the Messiah has reconciled us to himself and has given us the work of that reconciliation, which is that God in the Messiah was reconciling mankind to himself, not counting their sins against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors of the Messiah; in effect, God is making his appeal through us. What we do is appeal on behalf of the Messiah, “Be reconciled to God! 2 Corinthians 5:16-20

From what Paul was telling the Corinthians, we are Ambassadors. We witness to others about God without speaking for Him. A person who tries to speak for Him in this day and age can get him/her self in a lot of hot water if words are spoken carelessly and add, “God told me to tell you”. We are not the mouth of God but proclaimers of His Word.

We are Ambassadors for Christ when we witness to others about what He has done in our life but we must be careful and say that our story is one of many and not all are the same. God works in so many different ways in so many environments that no two witnessing stories are the same. The main similarity is the final outcome which is accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior and accepting that God is the One and Only God, Creator, Redeemer.

God will assign emissaries and give us the discernment to see and hear who is speaking truth and who is fooled by the Adversary. Though some will be very tricky to figure out at first, the liar will be found out. It is better to be an Ambassador of Christ than to be fooled into speaking half-truths, lies, and heresy.     

Are you an Ambassador of the Messiah? Have you spoken to someone this week about God and how He has helped you overcome your worldliness? Yes. Great. Or are you ready but are hesitant about it due to the people in your life that are still in the world? Do not wait any longer. The more you hesitate the deeper the person will go into the world and it will be very hard to pull him/her out.

Are you hindered by something in your own life and need lifting, redemption and forgiveness? Why wait, go to God right now in prayer and get right so you can be the Ambassador God needs you to be. He has been waiting for you right in your heart.

Brothers and Sisters, it is time to refresh, revive, and renew yourselves with God. Do not wait or you may too end up so deep it will take a serious life event to wake you up. Get up and move to the beat of God’s heart that is beating within you. The devil will NOT prevail. God Wins.  

Rob, Servant of God

Worship: Where and How

Jesus travelled many places with His Disciples to teach them how man has been led away from God and how the Word of God will bring all people back to Him. In Samaria, Jesus was thirsty and met a woman at the well in the center of town. During that period of time, Jews and Samaritans did not talk with one another openly nor did they worship together as the Samaritans were outcasts. They did not go to Jerusalem but worshiped God on a high mountain.   

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.”Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” John 4:23-26

Truth Revealed to a Samaritan Woman

The place was Sychar in Samaria in the land of Joseph son of Jacob. They knew God and worshiped Him and were awaiting the promised Messiah who would reveal the Word and save them from this life. He gave her the truth of Worship being from the heart and mind without the need for blood sacrifice. Jesus showed her the way of salvation is through the heart and love of God and that an alter in a building means nothing but the truth is revealed in the heart, soul, and mind of the believer. Let’s look at what happened during the Babylonian captivity prior to this situation.

Worship During Captivity

More and more worship was done in the homes and animal sacrifices had ceased because of the edicts of the Babylonian Kings. They spent 70 years submitting to their captors with the oral remembrances and some scrolls. The Word of God was in the hearts and it kept many strong. Many Jews had to worship in secret to spare their lives. A lot of them became closer to God through prayer, the feasts, and the traditions they could practice. Upon return to Jerusalem, the people went back to their old ways. Those who learned and kept the heart open were outcast.

Worship From the Heart      

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” This portion of the Gospel Truth lets us know that worship, though important to do as a community does not come from watching others worship but begins in the heart. Hearing the Word of God in song and reading the Scriptures opens the heart to guides personal worship which is made louder than any heavy metal or punk band can turn up the speakers. The worship of God is heard throughout all of creation to the deepest regions of unknown (to us) space. But once again, it begins in the heart.   

You Can’t Pick Just One

The Triune God consists of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You cannot worship just one part of God without the other two. We thank Jesus for being the sacrifice but we cannot do that without praising God who made the sacrifice happen. We ask for the Holy Spirit to come down on us but without knowledge and faith in the Word (Jesus) and the Father, we cannot truly invite it in. The early Christians understood this and Jesus even said not to worship Him. Worship the Lord our God with every part of our being and we worship all of Him.

Worship Is Required

God demands our worship not in a strict demanding as we know discipline but out of Love. He is our creator so worship of God comes naturally whether you know it or not. Calling something God created pretty, beautiful, wonderful, even majestic, is worshiping Him because it is a way of thanking God for creating so that we can live. Do not worship the thing or the person, that is idol worship. Worship the Maker. Healer, Redeemer. 

Brothers and Sisters, Worship is required of us but be careful what and how we conduct ourselves during worship, especially when singing. Ensure the worship is from the heart and not just lip service and try not to get caught up in the song. If you do not know the song being sung, it is okay not to try and follow along trying to sing it. Listen and open your heart to the words.

Blessings to All,

 Rob, Servant of God

The Mystery of John the Beloved

The writings attributed to John the Apostle have a lot to do with love and spiritual matters. There is one particular matter that has many wondering what Jesus meant. It comes from John 21:22 which states, “Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”. This verse has been taken out of context throughout history as some believe Jesus was saying that John would live and never die until He returns. But why was this statement even made by Jesus? Peter had just been forgiven for his denial and was told how he would die. My guess is that John was present and basically asked Jesus to tell of the others. When Jesus told Peter the above verse, it was not to tell of John’s future but to tell Peter to basically mind his own because at that point he had just been renewed into the family and that he was to follow Jesus.

John was the only Apostle to die of old age

The Apostles went into the world only to be killed by the world while speaking of Jesus. This was showing us how much devotion is necessary to share the Word even unto death. Why was John’s situation different?

One theory is that because John stayed by Mary while the others ran, he would be granted a long life never tasting the blade, noose, or nail. It works because the others left out of fear but John’s Love for the Savior was stronger than any fear the devil could put in his path. John was the first to see the joy in the suffering and while Paul talked about counting all sufferings as joy, John lived in Love and suffering to the fullest.  

John might still be alive

This theory has very few if any legs to stand on. Jesus did not say that John would not die but alluded to His power over creation saying that He could decide to keep John alive if He wanted. The believers of this theory often quote passages from Revelation only to realize that John’s long life was attributed to his faith and the great care of those who supported him. John will share the Word again just not as some people believe that it will be an earthly, physical form. John is alive in our memories through reading the Scriptures but so are other Apostles.

John’s body is not in stasis  

He is not frozen and hidden somewhere awaiting the return. He died of old age and was buried. He was not physically transformed into a younger version of himself. Why would people even think that God would do that. John is a witness to the end of the age through his writing. He saw Christ’s return and was allowed to write about it. John gave us insight to recognizing the end times but did not specifically give the five W’s. We know only what God needs us to know, the rest will be revealed on His time.

In Conclusion

 John was the only Apostle to live a full life giving him the ability to share God’s Love with at least four generations of people. He fulfilled the words of Jesus to Peter by living a long and joyfully suffering life and is now part of the Great Counsel of the Twelve with his brethren seated with Jesus. John, the Beloved lived to show and share God’s Love. He is alive in us through the Bible. Thanks be to God that we have discernment to be able to seek the truth of the Word.

Blessings,

Rob, Servant of God

What Does God Require?

To be honest, the requirements that God has of us are so simple they are almost too good to be true. There are those who believe that you must meet as a large gathering in a mega church (5000 or more seated at once) because the more people raising their voices to Him in one place in one accord will get their personal prayers wants and needs answered. Some believe that God requires total seclusion as to avoid the temptations of the world. Some firmly believe that placing ten percent of earnings covers all things and they do not have to lift a finger to help another because the money will take care of them. But, God does not need our worldly possessions. These are extreme measures for a God who desires only a completely personal relationship requiring our devotion and obedience.

God desires our worship as a community of two or more, however, too many in one place means someone may be forgotten or ignored. Yes Jesus preached to large crowds but that does not mean we should try and do that today. He wants quiet individual moments but there is no need to totally ignore the suffering world. Relying on money to take care of everything, that replaces God with an idol and does not even qualify the person as a lukewarm Christian.

God’s Grace

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Titus 2:11-15

Knowing that God freely gives His grace for those who accept Him and that through His Grace, gave His Son for our sinfulness is still not what God requires. Rather, He requires our admission of guilt and seeks our desire for redemption through repenting of our shame and submission of our lives to His Son. All while understanding that the Free gift of Grace was presented to us in the form of a humble baby who would live a right life and die for us.

The Physical Requirements

All physical requirements are by products of the Spiritual requirements that are desired of us.

“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:6-8

Do justice, love kindness (showing mercy), and walk humbly. Those cannot be done without the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit builds us up in order to love others as He loves us. It is the Love of God that gives us the strength to stand firm against temptation. It is the Love of God that keeps us humble. It is the Love of God that through Him, the examples of people from Scripture, and His Son that enable us to show mercy and kindness to others.

What is required of us?

To Love the Lord our God with all our Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength. This is done in our obedience to His laws and statutes requiring us to do our best to live a right life. He knows we cannot follow without stumbling so He gave us Jesus. It is through God’s Gift of Jesus that we are saved so our requirement is obedience and friendship with Jesus. Loving Him with all the love we give God because He is of God.

God also desires our worship through song, prayer, and the humble use of Spiritual Gifts. Giving of our earthly pay is good to a point but should not be considered the only form of offering. We are the offering God desires.

Brothers and Sisters, what we need to do is get back to the heart of worship and leave man’s made traditions behind. Jesus did say to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and God what is God’s. Caesar can have the worldly things, God has everything else.

Blessings  Rob, Servant of God