Archive | May, 2013

You don’t get to heaven by being good!

18 May

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.Romans 3:23 NIV

There is so much God is putting on my heart right now; The words are many in my head. I pray I am able to express His words here and not my own. This is a powerful message and an important one for our times. I tremble a little as I begin write.

We walk this world with a selfish need to be loved,wanted,accepted; to be right,validated,gratified and to be looked at as the benchmark of correctness. We are born with this ego. It starts at birth. Our demands for our needs becomes a demand for our wants. We begin in truth, as we grow, we redefine truth to fit our ego. We learn young to find the measure of gratifying our ego; we use a collective whole of man’s definition, mind you, these would not be the words of Jesus, but those that He got angry with or those who persecuted Him.

We are all created by God, our lives mapped out long before we were conceived;our journeys carefully laid with joy and suffering,with amazing lessons and blessings along the way. Some were born to be highly educated, some were born to be simple leaders, some were born to be helpers, some were born to sing, some were born to plant. We all have incredible gifts. We all have heartache and struggle in our journey as well.

Here is the message in this. God isn’t judging, God is beckoning. God isn’t punishing, God is teaching and molding His sinners.

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

If your words include exclusion, judgment, unkindness, sneering, belittling, finger pointing, blame, hatred, unacceptance, dislike, bitterness, aggression, unforgiveness, this also means your thoughts are there, meaning your heart is there.

Each of our journeys are completely littered with sin, our pathway defiled by our thoughts. I didn’t seek to change one single thing about myself,I was transformed by a pain so huge, it broke down the wall of pride and fear that kept me from seeing. What a gift to be so loved by God that I had to lose myself to find Him; To see the amazing person He created in me.

By understanding,accepting fully and cherishing that, because Jesus died for me, I am saved; Heaven awaits my future. I didn’t do anything correctly, or become Godly, I just simply love Jesus with all of my heart and soul. I grasped at His hand and He caught me. The rest is beyond my understanding.

There are those that are so prideful, they exclude and they label. Right and wrong; in and out. They see fault and blame others. They use the bible or popular opinion to put themselves in the right category and others in the wrong catagory. They are so busy seeking to control their world and the people around them. Let me say this: Jesus loved the prostitutes, the lepers, the outcasts and the broken,without fail. He didn’t control them, he didn’t cripple them, he simply reached out a hand and gave them the words of wisdom to walk on their own journey, then he let them go. He didn’t give them excuses, or take them under his wing. He empowered them with understanding of their own strength. With love.

There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:12

In regards to Homosexuality, I believe that Homosexuals are loved, and if God didn’t want them to be saved, He wouldn’t have sent Jesus who saves us all. If he hated them, He would transform all the Gay men and women that love the Lord to not be Gay. He doesn’t. He transforms their hearts, but not their love. Now if a person, gay or straight, is promiscuous, He most likely will transform that. Love never undermines our relationship with God. I know this because He has transformed my whole being. The transformation happens slowly over time, each lesson learned teaches new wisdom. God doesn’t teach me with judgement, I don’t learn from others judgement. I learn from letting go of my own thought process and opening my eyes and seeking God’s wisdom.

Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

As my transformation continues, as I become closer and closer to God, as my wisdom grows, I see less and less sin in the world, less darkenss but rather I see amazing beauty in others. The more love I receive from God, the more pours out of my soul. There are those that hate me, those that love me, those that just don’t know what to make of me! haha. I pray for every single person that comes into my view, sometimes its after I have reacted to their reaction to me. Alas, I will never be sinless. Ever. Thank God, because as long as I am sinner, I need Him to hold my hand.

Romans 3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Righteousness Through Faith

Romans 3:21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[h] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[i] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.