Wednesday, March 13, 2019

You Don't Have To Feel Judged

I’ve been pondering this question lately.  If God is love why do people constantly feel judged by Him? I was lead to John 3:1-21 this morning and this is what I realized about judgment. 

God sent His Son into the world because of His love for the world and desire to restore the relationship He once had with humans at the beginning of Creation. He didn’t send His Son to judge the world but sent His son because of His love for the world. (John 3:17)  So if Jesus purpose was not to bring judgment why do people still feel judged by God?  

It is because the world got used to living in darkness and Jesus brought Light.  God sent His Son, Jesus, to save us from eternal separation from Him, eternal darkness.  Jesus came to earth with the Light so He could expel the darkness in our lives.  But men like the darkness because the Light exposed their deeds.  Their pride and fear has kept them in darkness instead of choosing the love that comes from the Light. (John 3: 18-20)

But what people in darkness need to understand is that God doesn’t care what we have done, He just wants us back.  Our pride keeps us from returning to Him when we choose to remain in darkness instead of embrace the Light of His love and forgiveness.  People who choose to love evil hate the Light and accept judgment for themselves instead of love.  They choose to live for self instead of being restored into union with God and by doing so choose to feel judged.  They don’t see a need for rescue and by choosing to live in darkness choose to feel judged. 

People who choose to live in darkness are afraid of the consequences they may face by stepping into the Light of God’s love, forgiveness, and restored relationship with Him.  But what they don’t realize is once they finally walk out of darkness, and into Light, it is only then that the consequence of this decision are forgotten because they see they see the Truth and benefits the Light brings.  They see the need for the Light.  Once they decide to step into the Light they are finally able to live fully loved and fully known by God.  Once they step into the Light they are finally free!

The choice is yours.  If you want to step out of the darkness of judgment and into the Light of Love, message me and we can talk more. 
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Who Are You Listening To?

Sometimes God calls His people to do things beyond the comprehension of this world.  Are you feeling like God is calling you to do something radical?  Are you being called to abandon safety and leave comfort for uncertainty?  Is this radical call not making any sense to you, your family, or your friends?

I’ve been called to a life that doesn’t make sense to the world because the career I have been lead to comes from a place where no human living on this earth has ever been.  When I decided to live/work by faith my career began to revolve around whatever God wanted me to do for the advancement of His kingdom.  Position is no longer my priority. 

What I have begun to realize is that when I begin to seek people for advice on how to complete this kingdom task, before seeking God, or I seek validation for what I’m doing from people first, before seeking it from God, I find myself completely confused, anxious, and questioning if I am doing the right thing.  Then I feel like I have to explain myself to people because they don’t get it, but their lack of understanding should come as no surprise.

Human beings speak on and process things they can comprehend from this physical, worldly, fleshly realm only.  But God, the Creator of the call and task, understands it better than any human ever will.  We show how little we love God by preferring to listen to His servants only instead of heeding His guidance.

 I just want to encourage you, and myself, not to allow our flesh and this world, that can only comprehend earthly ideas, keep us from fulfilling this radical call of obedience on our lives. Actions speak louder than words.  Let your fruit show people you are fulfilling the call on your life, and let’s stop wasting our time by feeling like we have to explain ourselves.  Followers of Jesus don’t always know where they are going but they know who they are going with.  Live and work with confident trust in the authority of Christ and the mission He is calling and equipping you for. 

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be known to God.  And the peace of God, WHICH SURPASSES ALL COMPREHENSION, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

“But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’” ~Jeremiah 7:23