29 February 2016

why is God angry at sinful people?

following r 2 versions of the same scripture. each says the same thing in a different way. the concept does not change, onlyy the way the concept is stated.

Romans 1:18 NIV
[18] The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,

Romans 1:18 LASB
18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 

~1:18 Because they have substituted the truth about him with a lie (1:25). They have stifled the truth God naturally reveals to all people in order to believe anything that supports their own self-centered lifestyles. God cannot tolerate sin because his nature is morally perfect. He cannot ignore or condone willful rebellion. God wants to remove the sin and restore the sinner—and he is able to, as long as the sinner does not stubbornly distort or reject the truth. But he is justly angry with those who persist in sinning. Make sure you are not pursuing a lie rather than the true God. Don’t suppress the truth about him merely to protect your own lifestyle. LASB

this scripture speaks of those that choose to ignore truth and then suppress others in learning the truth. they speak just enough truth to keep others blind deterring them to finding the for themselves. this causes God, who hates evil, to delve out justice on those who ignore, suppress the truth, and do evil.
even God, Himself, turned His face by making the day as dark as night when Jesus became our sin. God forsook His own son. but the story doesn't end there. Jesus was made sin so we wouldn't have to die for our sin. after Jesus died, the sun shone again. and when Jesus rose from the dead, our penalty for sin was paid. Jesus is the only One who can redeem u and me from sin's death grip. when one rejects that and does not embrace the cross, God is forced to do what He said He would do.
God let's the one live their life the way they want. their life may be prosperous, they help others, but there is nothing to what they do or how they live. their life is empty. and becuz they have chosen to ignore what they have heard about Jesus, how God loves them and wants them to live a more fulfilled life, they seek things and religion to feel a God-space that nothing and no one but God can fill. these people seem happy, fulfilled. but r empty, searching, always trying stuff that will never fill the longing they have.
people who ignore God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit have absolutely nothing.
u can tell when someone has God in their life, even when things r tough. the eyes tell a story without a word spoken. the eyes reveal what is inside. when Jesus resides in ones life, there is a brightness to the eye. when one does not have Jesus, one does not have that brightness. the emptiness can be seen. the eyes can generally tell u what is there. the other way u can tell, is the spirit. when one has Jesus, God's spirit resides and can be felt by another believer. God's word tells us to test whether one has God's spirit or not. we must be siligent in doing this or we can be deceived and led down a path God never intended we follow.
God's anger at those who do wickedness is just. we need to search out God and accept His Word, Jesus, so we do not receive. God's judgement on those who do wickedness.
so y do so many choose to ignore God's gift to us? i do not have that answer. i do know that life is much more chaotic without God's gift. God is a just God. He is not wishy-washy. i, myself, do not want to be on receiving end of God's anger. from what i have read in His written word, His anger is a terrible thing.
in my personal experience, i have learned that accepting God's gift, Jesus, i have a much fuller life. easy? not on your life! worth it? u bet!

so what will u choose? God's gift or God's anger. once u make that choice, ur life will be changed no matter the choice u make.

25 February 2016

is our/my Christian service done in a spirit of eagerness?

Romans 1:15
15 So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News.

attitude is part of being eager.

let me share with u...
i am a 53yr old woman. i have many daily tasks that require me to focus on what's ptiority. most of the time i argue with myself. really, i do. awhile back, i decided to make a schedule i could live with and still keep most priorities in line. however, i still argue about them to myself.

since i am staying at home, my priotity should be the cleaning of the house, laundry, kitchen. however, these tasks r not on the top of my favorite list. i have never really enjoyed these tasks in any part of my life. but, i have come to realize, at quite a young age, that certain consequences happen if these tasks r put off for too long. so in the beginning of doing the task, i am not very happy. after working at for a time, i begin to see good results. i then am encouraged and complete the task. on to the next with a better attitude and even eagerness to complete it. by the time i have completed all of the tasks assigned for that day, my attitude is much improved.

now, i also have a very nice bicycle. it is housed in the dining room with 2 other bikes. i walk passed these bike several times a day. i most definitely enjoy pedalling! but i still find myself arguing with myself on when and if to ride. on days the weather is very cool, winds r low, either cloudy or sunny, i find myself longing or eager to go ride. but the weather is too cool. on days the sun is out, temperature is just right, wind is minimal, i argue with myself. i'm eager to go ride but my attitude is not. so i sit. not long after i sit, my legs begin to "itch" to pedal. after a short time, my "itching" legs win out and off i go.

so attitude has something to do with eagerness. eagerness to do something should have the right attitude. 

being eager to learn, grow, and live out a commitment to Christ Jesus is not easy. sometimes our eagerness dulls due to trials or obstacles. but if we keep that eagerness within us, we will continue in our commitment to Christ. to keep the eagerness, we must devour God's Word. make it part of our very being. eagerness also involves trusting God knows what He is doing and can handle all that comes up.

Paul in Romans 1:15 was eager to fulfill what Christ had shown. Paul knew he would have a certain thorn in his side. Paul knew that certain people would hesitate to receive him. but Paul was eager to see his mission accomplished no matter what it took.

we should be that eager to see Christ Jesus' message shared right where we r.

there r many ways to share the message of Jesus Christ, many without saying a word.

be eager to share Christ where u r. God opens the doors we walk thru and closes those we shouldn't or r completed. be eager to be one that God can shine thru. remember the song, SHINE! from the Newsboys? i do! my favorite part of the song is where the devil can't put out the light. 

so be eager to SHINE in the darkness. be eager to be a light to those who r around u.

be eager to share the message of Jesus.

what is your attitude toward Christ, your Master?

Romans 1:16-17 NIV
[16] For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. [17] For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed---a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

is this how u answer the question?

or do u have to think about it?

i can honestly say, I am not ashamed. i have personal proof of God. i am a blood bought, Bible believin', redeemed child of God.

Jesus told us in Matthew 10:33 "But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven." so your attitude towards Christ is to be seen in your life.

the way we live each day shows what attitude u have towards Christ. take for example a woman who is in her home every day. this woman does the daily chores and other tasks required. she spends time with God each day. however, her contact with other people is rare during the week. on the weekends, she gets out with her husband and interacts with those around her. the way she carries herself tells others something about her. her communication tells them something about her. the facial expressions also communicate to others. all this is attitude. is this woman showing an attitude of loving Christ? let's continue.

another time out and about, this woman has a smile on her face. she has spring in her step and seems happy. after entering the store, waiting in line, she speaks with cashier. cashier retrieves what is needed and explains one thing is missing due to running out of it. the cashier asks if a substitution can be made. the woman replies, "sure. will it be the same?" finding out it wiil be the same, but will need physician approval, the woman attitude changes slightly. frustration has begun to set in. the woman sees reaction of pharmacist and stops. the woman then pays for the other stuff. as she walks off, she says, "Thank u!" the woman's attitude was not as springy as when she entered. she was still a bit frustrated. but after getting home, the husband calmed her and offered to share.

what kind of attitude did this woman show to those around her? i'll tell u! a selfish one. instead of just getting what was ready to go, the woman let frustration show. the attitude as she walked out was more pleasant but the opportunity to make a small difference with showing understanding and a smile was lost.

i'm not saying frustration is wrong. how u handle the frustration shows what your attitude is towards Christ. frustrating circumstances r gonna happen, that's a given. handling a frustrating situation is what shows your attitude toward Christ.

my attitude towards everday activities also show my attitude towards Christ. if i clean my house half-way, which i often do, it shows i don't yet have Christ's attitude in that area of my life. i am working on this. if others come in, they see a house lived in. my attitude can be seen in my house. i have many items scattered where they should not be. like i said, i am working on this. the scattered items r an example of my attitude about my house. in cleaning up these items, one by one, a new attitude begins to show itself. if i make a choice to have my attitude Christ-like, then my life will begin to organize itself. 

u c, Christ takes us as we r. He begins in one area, then moves to the next. He's never pushy, but always patient. Christ is the one who changes our attitude from selfish to Christ-like. one step at a time. having an attitude towards Christ does not erase us but enhances us. our lives r more enjoyable. joy is found in everyday things, activities, fellowship, and time with God. if we make a mistake, God shows us and waits for us to ackowledge it. after we acknowledge the mistake, ask for forgiveness, God teaches us thru it. God' forgiveness helps us stay on track of a Christ-like attitude. a Christ-like attitude is a choice we must make every day.

so again, what is your attitude toward Christ, your Master?


09 February 2016

knowing God is there

“But the LORD is in his holy Temple; the LORD still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth.”
Psalms 11:4 NLT

When the foundations are shaking and you wish you could hide, remember that God is still in control. His power is not diminished by any turn of events. Nothing happens without his knowledge and permission. When you feel like running away-run to God. He will restore justice and goodness on the earth in his good time.

i know where i stand. i know where to run to. i know i am loved.

i live a life of an open book. what u see is what u get. i have learned that hiding is harder to do than being open. i am still learning how to communicate but God is helping. i want my life to reflect the one i love, Jesus.

07 February 2016

today's devotional...

MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST is one of my devotionals. today's was particularly interesting as i have been wondering the same.

the questions here r relevant to all who want to walk as close to God as they can get. i want to be one who thirsts so much for my Lord that that is who others see when i am out and about.

i am to be child-like when i come to Jesus and God my Father.

so as u read this ask the questions and answer them honestly. God already knows.

Recall What God Remembers 

Am I as spontaneously kind to God as I used to be, or am I only expecting God to be kind to me?

Does everything in my life fill His heart with gladness, or do I constantly complain because things don’t seem to be going my way? A person who has forgotten what God treasures will not be filled with joy. It is wonderful to remember that Jesus Christ has needs which we can meet—“Give Me a drink” (John 4:7). How much kindness have I shown Him in the past week? Has my life been a good reflection on His reputation?

God is saying to His people, “You are not in love with Me now, but I remember a time when you were.” He says, “I remember . . . the love of your betrothal . . .” (Jeremiah 2:2). Am I as filled to overflowing with love for Jesus Christ as I was in the beginning, when I went out of my way to prove my devotion to Him? Does He ever find me pondering the time when I cared only for Him? Is that where I am now, or have I chosen man’s wisdom over true love for Him? Am I so in love with Him that I take no thought for where He might lead me? Or am I watching to see how much respect I get as I measure how much service I should give Him?

As I recall what God remembers about me, I may also begin to realize that He is not what He used to be to me. When this happens, I should allow the shame and humiliation it creates in my life, because it will bring godly sorrow, and “godly sorrow produces repentance . . .” (2 Corinthians 7:10).

Lord, how I long for You to bring me face to face with Yourself! My soul thirsts for You, for the touch of Your grace, the breathing of Your Spirit.