1 Timothy 1
Some of us say that we don’t care what others think or say about us. I say hog wash! We may not care about everything people think or say about us; but there are something’s that we do care how others view us. I suggest that of all the things that we may care about when it comes to how people view us; may the fact of knowing us to be true sons and daughters in the faith of CHRIST JESUS and HIS Word take precedence. Anything other than this fact is temporary. Being a true son or daughter in CHRIST JESUS is eternal. So how will anyone know for sure that we are true sons and daughters? By simply obeying the commandment to love from a pure heart and a clear conscience; this is developed from an un-hypocritical faith that comes from a relationship with the LORD GOD and CHRIST JESUS. I have to shake my head when I see people in church on Sundays they are screaming, shouting and praising. Some will even fall under the man show of the anointing. Meaning the Holy Spirit is not involved, they are falling just to be seen. Then you see them outside the building or later in the week and you can’t tell them apart from the lost souls out here in the world. Many of us are still trying to live by the Ten Commandments and the laws of Moses. We have been set free from those laws and we have a new commandment that will fulfill the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments and the laws are not for those who have accepted CHRIST JESUS and have been made righteous. The laws are for those who are disobedient. We are lawful because we live under the forgiveness, freedom, grace, love and mercy that JESUS has given to us once we accepted HIM. Those who are lost in sin are not forgiven, they are not free. What they experience is the grace of GOD through JESUS. They don’t realize just how much the Living GOD and CHRIST JESUS loves them; they have no idea what it’s like to have mercy anew every morning. Here are some questions we can ask ourselves to help us understand that the law is no longer for us. I will use the law of the land to help us understand.
- When was the last time we got a speeding ticket for obeying the speed limit?
- When was the last time we were arrested, tried and imprisoned just for being kind, gentle, loving and etc. to our family, friends and strangers?
- When was the last time we were arrested and banned from a store for paying for our purchase?
Do we understand now; the Ten Commandments are to show us that we are disobedient and lawless in other words sinners. The laws of Moses are to show us what will happen if we operate in disobedience and lawlessness. They are also filled with rituals. How many of us are willing to research in a law library if adultery, fornication and sodomy are still against the law? When we are filled with CHRIST JESUS we are enabled and HE counts us faithful to do HIS will. CHRIST JESUS has never been weak and is not weak today. HE saved mankind from their sins 2013 years ago on the cross; if we only believe. In our salvation we have been delivered from blasphemy, persecution of others, violence and arrogance just to name a few. In CHRIST JESUS we received mercy for our ignorance and our unbelief. JESUS provides us with grace which is exceedingly abundant which means this. Grace and more grace and more grace and more grace and more grace and on and on. Our faith and love are in CHRIST JESUS not in ourselves; it is because of our faith and love in JESUS that we are able to love ourselves and others. Because we realize that the Living, Most High GOD and CHRIST JESUS loves us so very much. Please get this understanding we are to be perfect just as our FATHER in heaven is perfect, Matt. 5:48. This is an everyday faith walk, here on earth we will never be completely perfect because there will be times when we will have an evil sinful thought about someone. We may lash out to someone because we have allowed our flesh to get the better of us due to stress. There could be a number of slip ups that we will have; but know that JESUS knew that this would happen when HE hung on that cross. This is why HE has forgiven us for past, present and future sins. When we fall we are not to remain in a fallen state. Be like the commercial, but we are to change the wording a wee bit. “JESUS, I’ve fallen help me up.” HE will, JESUS will never leave us or forsake us. When we take a stand to live for CHRIST JESUS daily we will find ourselves sinning less and less. According to HIS Word we could really stop sinning immediately after we accept our salvation. Stop feeling guilty for shortcomings; guilt is bondage and JESUS has set us free. Guilt is from the devil and we don’t want anything from him. In the name of JESUS we will wage a good warfare and we will walk by faith and not by sight and we will have a clear conscience. http://about.me/amfbministry