The Wrong Kind of Hate

One night I was watching a story on CNN about a group of individuals. The leader of this particular group makes mention of what qualifies you to be in the group. The leader proceeds to say you have to be a particular color, a good Christian and a non Jewish person because Jews are a dirty race of people. 😮 (the sound when the record abruptly stops) Now, I’m floored because in order to be a “Christian” a person is supposed to be “Christ-like” in manner and character.

Many who profess to be Christians are demonstrating hatred towards the wrong people and things. The scripture says in Genesis 1:26-27, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

When we display hatred towards God’s creation, we are letting him know that we do not approve of what He has done. When we begin to show hatred towards a group of people whom God loves dearly, we are showing extreme displeasure towards His creation because He reminds us constantly that everything He made is good. When begin to call God’s creation bad, we are saying He is bad, and we know that is a lie.

Our warfare is not against flesh and blood like so many have made it to be, but our warfare is against spiritual wickedness in high places, and those imaginations which exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. (2 Corinth. 10:3-4; Eph. 6:10)

1 John 3:15 (KJV) Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

1 John 4:20 (KJV) If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

This let’s us know we can’t harbour hatred in our hearts and expect to remain in heaven. The things that we should hate are: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among his brethren. Proverbs 6:16-19

Now Christ came to the Jews first, He was also called the King of the Jews, the woman at the well knew Him to be a Jew, and I can go on and on, but how can we say we’re Christ like and dismiss Christ and the fact the scripture says we are Jews through the circumcision of the heart. I am only focusing on the blindness of the mind of the people who need Christ. There is no Greek or Jew, but we’re all one in Christ. In the end, LOVE with a pure heart (which means without dissimulation) is the true mark and character of a Christian.

We cannot attack people because all souls belong to the Lord, however, we have to deal with the Spirit of error people speak, so they can find salvation in Christ

The Fragrance of Christ

The Fragrance of Christ

By: Marion Stroud

2 Corinthians 2:14-17

We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:15

Which of the five senses brings back your memories most sharply? For me it is definitely the sense of smell. A certain kind of sun oil takes me instantly to a French beach. The smell of chicken mash brings back childhood visits to my grandmother. A hint of pine says “Christmas,” and a certain kind of aftershave reminds me of my son’s teenage years.

Paul reminded the Corinthians that they were the aroma of Christ: “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ” (2 Cor. 2:15). He may have been referring to Roman victory parades. The Romans made sure everyone knew they had been victorious by burning incense on altars throughout the city. For the victors, the aroma was pleasing; for the prisoners it meant certain slavery or death. So as believers, we are victorious soldiers. And when the gospel of Christ is preached, it is a pleasing fragrance to God.

As the aroma of Christ, what perfumes do Christians bring with them as they walk into a room? It’s not something that can be bought in a bottle or a jar. When we spend a lot of time with someone, we begin to think and act like that person. Spending time with Jesus will help us spread a pleasing fragrance to those around us.

Lord, please shape my thoughts and actions so people may sense that I have been with You.

When we walk with God, people will notice.

The imagery of a pleasing aroma coming up before the Lord appears in several different ways in Scripture. In the Old Testament, one of the pieces of furniture in the tabernacle was the altar for burning incense (Ex. 30:1). Along with the lampstand and the table for the bread of the Presence, the incense altar was in the holy place—just outside the Holy of Holies. In Revelation 8:3–4 incense is offered on the altar in heaven. This incense is connected to the prayers of the people of God. We see that not only can our lives be a pleasing aroma to God, but our prayers can be as well. Bill Crowder

Gates of Paradise

Gates of Paradise

Dennis Fisher

John 10:1-9

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.
John 10:9

Italian artist Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378–1455) spent years skillfully crafting images of Jesus’ life into the bronze doors of Italy’s Florence Baptistery. These bronze reliefs were so moving that Michelangelo called them the Gates of Paradise. As an artistic treasure, the doors greet visitors with echoes of the gospel story. It was Jesus who said, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved” (John 10:9). On the night before His crucifixion, He told His disciples, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (14:6). Within a few hours Jesus would say to one of the criminals being crucified at His side, “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). The apostle Peter a few weeks later boldly proclaimed to those who had called for Jesus’ death that “there is no other name under heaven . . . by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Years later, the apostle Paul wrote that there is only one mediator between God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5). The gates of paradise are found in the Savior who offers everlasting life to all who believe and come to Him. Enter into the joy of His salvation.

I needed a mediator because of my sin. Thank You, Jesus, for being the way to the Father by Your death and resurrection. I will be forever grateful.

Jesus died in our place to give us His peace.

Jewish shepherds kept their sheep in two kinds of sheepfolds.
In the villages, the shepherds led their flocks into stone-walled communal enclosures guarded by gatekeepers (John 10:1–5). In the morning, the shepherd would arrive at the gate, be recognized by the gatekeeper, and be allowed to enter the sheepfold. As the shepherd walked and called among the mixed flocks, only his own sheep would respond to him. Hearing and recognizing the shepherd’s voice, his sheep would follow him out of the sheepfold to the pasture. Out in the wilderness, sheepfolds were often makeshift low-walled enclosures made of stones. The shepherd slept across a narrow opening in front to protect them and keep them from wandering (vv. 7–9). Jesus said, “I am the gate for the sheep” (v. 7).

Don’t Cherish Exaggerated Ideas of Yourself

NegativeSelfTalkHere are two more examples of mind management. A thought knocks on the door of your mind and says, “You’re so wonderful the world is lucky to have you.” Typically it’s the kind of thought you’d welcome, but you don’t do things the typical way. You submit it to the authority of Christ, and as you unsheathe the Sword of the Spirit , His Word, you learn that pride doesn’t please God.

“Don’t cherish exaggerated ideas of yourself.” you-look-tired-carrying-the-weight-of-the-exaggerated-sense-of-your-own-self-importance-must-really-be-exhausting-26690

 1581012-bigthumbnailAs much as you’d like to embrace an exalted image of yourself, you can’t. You only allow what Christ allows. Here’s another example. This time it’s temptation. If you ‘re a male, the thought comes in a low-cut red dress. If you’re a female, it comes in the form of the hunk you’ve always admired. Temptation whispers, “It’s all right, you’re both consenting adults.”webmd_rf_photo_of_bird_dog_exercise

If you aren’t under Christ’s authority you throw open the door, but if you are you say, “Not so fast!” Then you take this steamy thought to Jesus and ask, “Yes or no?” And nowhere does He answer more clearly than 1 Corinthians chapters 6&7: “We must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever…Is it a good thing to have sexual relations? Certainly-but only within the commitment of marriage. It’s good for a man to have a wife, and for a woman to have a husband. Sexual drives are strong , but marriage (God’s way) is strong enough to contain them” (1 Corinthians 6:15-16; 7:1-3). 41TbvK7Bu9L  Now, armed with the opinion of Christ and the Sword of the Spirit, what do you do? Unless the male or female that you are desiring to please intimately is your spouse- you slam the door    shut. End of Story!11949852161414278845donna_casinista_svg_medarticle taken from “The Word For You Today” October 19, 2014

Credit Score

An interesting topic came up one night while I was attending bible study, and it really caused me to ponder. When the Lord tells us to go out and make a major purchase, are we concerned about our credit report, and how much money we have or do not have in the bank? Usually when the Lord speaks to my spirit about something, I will begin to mention to the Lord about how I can’t afford it, and how the banks / loan company will check my credit score, or that I do not have the money saved for that, and blah, blah, blah. All of these things the Lord is aware of, but HE is testing our trust and faith in HIM. We can quote “a cattle on a thousand hills belong to our God.” “Whatever we ask in HIS name, we shall receive.” “He has given us power to get wealth,” and all of these good scripture, but how firm do we hold fast to the word when we are put to the test?

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying to do anything that the Lord has not instructed you to do because HIS blessings make you rich, and does not add any sorrow. The blessings are only in what the Lord has spoken over your life, and what we have submitted ourselves to concerning HIS will for our lives. We are not in the business of tempting the Lord, so make sure that as you are walking by faith, that the lord is ordering your steps. What I am saying is that if the Lord said it, and you know it is HIS voice, then why do we allow the confinements of the world’s system, and our lack of belief to stop us!?

I know that we shouldn’t just jump out on a whim and do something, but if God said it, then honey get out there and do what the Lord has said because he has already touched the kings heart to give you everything that you need like he touched King Artaxerxes heart to give Nehemiah everything that he needed to do the work of the Lord.

So the question lies….Who’s report will you believe?
Experian, Equifax, TranUnion, or Christ?