Daily Archives: November 14, 2011

A Hard Decision

 Sometimes, you have to make a decision you don’t want to make, and that’s where I’ve found myself lately.  I’ve tried everything I know to do to resolve the situation, and nothing has worked, so in the interest of fairness and respect for my readers, myself,  and another party I’ve decided to block someone from any further contact with me or my blog. 

I’m not going to mention names or any details about this decision because doing so would accomplish nothing of any value..  I will say that I believe this individual to be a good person, and the disagreement between us is as much my failure as theirs.  The reason I mention this is because I do not wish for anyone to be surprised or shocked should they see anything untoward me.

I will not discuss or answer any questions concerning this post, or any negative commentary that might result from this.  You are free to come to your own conclusions about me, and to take any action you feel led to take concerning my blog.  I would ask  that you try to be fair and to be compassionate, and tender-hearted toward not only this individual but to all people.  I would ask that you please pray for and lift this person up before the Lord that He would be compassionate and loving toward them, and provide and care for their needs as He does for everyone.

I want to thank all those who have been so supportive and encouraging of me, and look forward to reading the many wonderful blogs you write.

 

A Thought on Interpretation and the Christian Life

Sometimes, I think there are too many people who believe that they’re the only ones who have the proper interpretation of God and His word as revealed by the Holy Spirit and that nobody else can be right.

I’m not going to judge, correct, or openly rebuke others unless I know someone is clearly teaching false doctrine. To judge sin and whether someone is sinning is not something I’m comfortable with. I’m too fallible to ever think that what I know and that what I’ve experienced is a solid enough platform from which I can stand and judge others.

I’m not going to try and correct the faults of others when my own are just as bad and just as much against God as theirs. I think the Holy Spirit has enough work to do in helping me deal with my own faults and shortcomings. I believe I have a responsibility to love people, to pray for them, to encourage and support people in their walk with Christ.

When are people going to learn that santification is a process, that learning how to walk, how to live in a way that pleases, honors, and glorifies God is a life long process. I will not put stumbling blocks in the way of people who are sincerely doing the best they can to follow Christ. To me to try to correct people that I’m no better than smacks of hypocrisy, pride, and unbelievable arrogance.

If people want to do that, if they think it’s their responsibility to judge and correct people then they should follow the dictates of their own hearts and minds, and to follow the Spirit as they feel He leads.. As for me, I will continue to live my life and walk with Christ as I feel the Spirit leads me. I will continue to use the tools and resources that I believe God has provided and led me to in order to spread His love and promote His kingdom.

I reserve the right as a freeborn American and Christian to assess and analyze anything that comes into contact with my life and the lives of my family, and to determine whether or not I wish to let that content have any influence on me or my family. There are some places I won’t go, some things I won’t read, view, or listen to because I don’t feel that they honor God, and I don’t personally agree with. Those who read my blog have the same rights and privileges. If people don’t like what they read here or disagree with the content they are under no obligation to spend time here.

I think I will be surprised, as many will, when I get to heaven and realize that I’m standing along side many of the people I disagreed with on earth singing and praising God. I believe I will see a vast number of people of different ethnic, social, and educational backgrounds enjoying the wonders of Heaven given to them by their glorious God who holds each of us in the palm of His hand, and who enwraps us all in His everlasting arms.

Taken from “Zion’s Wayfarer” By Philpot

 

     There is a companion to faith that we don’t often think about, and that is our good conscience.   I submit to you that having one leads to having the other.    

“Having a good conscience.”

Pe_3:16

We cannot often see our faith, but we can sometimes see our conscience. We cannot always rejoice in the Lord, but we can see whether we fear his great name. We cannot always triumph over our enemies, but we can sometimes observe whether there is a sentinel upon the look out. Thus, if you want to know whether you have faith, look at faith’s companion, see what faith is attended by; and if you don’t find a “a good conscience,” write death upon your religion. Throw away your sword; it is useless; it is of human manufacture; it will break in pieces when you have to encounter your enemy, the king of terrors; God’s lightning will shatter it then.

 

But if the Lord has given you “a good conscience,” a tender conscience, a pure conscience, he will strengthen your arm to fight the good fight of faith. You will often think your sword is so short, and your arm so weak that you cannot fight the Lord’s battles. But if he has given you “a good conscience,” a conscience tender in his fear, he has put into your hands the sword of faith, and he will one day manifest it clearly, that he has himself equipped you with it, by giving you victory over all your foes. Oh, may the Lord raise up in our hearts some sweet testimony that we have “a good conscience,” and then we shall have this blessed consolation, that concerning faith we shall not make shipwreck.

From the Writings of F.B. Meyer

 

     Sometimes we forget that gifts of the Spirit, are just that.  Gifts.  As such, we don’t get to choose the size or shape or amount of.  Almighty God does that.  Some of us have been given more or different or less than others, and Almighty God does that, too.  Where we fail is that too often we like to judge our gifts in comparison to those of others, and when we do that, the instant we do that, we commit sin because by the very act we question the God who so graciously gave them. 

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT–FAITH

 

“Let us hold fast the profession of our Faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised.”–

Heb_10:23.

FAITH IS an attribute of the heart, rather than of the head. It is largely intuitive in its first promptings. It is impossible to argue men into faith. Do not think, discuss, or reason too much about Faith, or you will miss it. It is like Love in this, that when you turn the dissecting knife on it for the purpose of analysis, its spirit and life vanish, leaving only the faded relics of what was once a thing of beauty and a joy for ever. If, however, turning from Faith to any object which is worthy of it, you concentrate heart and mind there, almost unconsciously Faith will have arisen and thriven to maturity.

 

Faith has two kinds of objective, first a person, and secondly a statement. When we are drawn powerfully towards a person, so as to feel able to entrust our soul, our destiny, our most precious possessions to His care, with an inward feeling of tranquillity and certainty that all is safe with Him, and that He will do better for us than we could do for ourselves, that is faith.

 

We may be attracted by a statement, which appeals to our moral sense; it is consistent with the decisions of our conscience; or perhaps, as the utterance of One in whom we repose utter confidence, it commends itself to us for His sake. We accept that statement; we rest on it. We believe that what it attests as fact either did happen or will happen. We are as sure of it as though we have been able to attest it by our senses of sight, hearing, or touch. That also is faith. “Faith is a well grounded assurance of that for which we hope, and a conviction of the reality of the unseen”

(Heb_11:1. Weymouth).

We must indicate a difference between this faith and “the faith once delivered to the saints.” The former is the heart that accepts, and the hand that reaches out to obtain; the latter is the body of Truth to be accepted.

 

Out of faith comes faithfulness. Faith is your trust in another; faithfulness is your worthiness to be trusted. A faithful soul, one that can be absolutely relied upon, is of great price. Nothing so quickens our faith as to meditate on God’s absolute trustworthiness. “Blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”

 

PRAYER

 

Give us faith in Thy love that never wearies or faints. Whatever else we doubt, may we never question the perfectness of Thy lovingkindness. Fulfil in us the good pleasure of Thy will, and the work o f faith with power. AMEN.