Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Not Measuring Up ??
This post is from my notes as
Pastor Allan ministered Sunday morning at Open Door church.
I said, "Measure Up"
God gives us a promise and it is
up to us to reach out and receive it.As
we stand by Faith on that promise, it becomes easier to apply it to our lives; then we continue to receive and walk in it.
There are times God has to move our theology around. You may have been raised in a
church that caused you to fear that you could not measure up.
The Law is no longer over us
but Christ is.I John gives us a new
way of thinking.Jesus said He did not
come to do away with the Law but to fulfill the Law.Jesus cared about people and loved us enough
to die for us.
Don’t embrace the doctrine of
legalism, but hold on to Grace and be the person God desires you to be.Take care not be come a wishy-washy person in
what you allow.
Understand that God
demands we walk a righteous and holy life before Him.
God will grant you the
strength to overcome as you simply come and make that quality decision and
choice to serve God with all your Heart, Soul, and Mind.
Put away self righteousness
and receive the New Wine of the Holy Spirit.I do not mean the wine that comes in a bottle, but the spiritual wine
Watch the spirit of rebellion
that rises up to do it your own way.
Be cautious to understand
that “Rules” and “Steps,” (the Law) will not save you.You are not under the “Law” to please
everyone else, only to be sensible and please Jesus.
What about showing up every
time the doors of the church are open?Allow God to lead you for the meetings that will help you build a
relationship with God and others.
I am reminded of the
Scripture that says NOT to neglect the assembling of your-selves together as
believers and even more so as the Time of Christ’s return approaches.
You have seen, the sign: WASH
YOUR HANDS posted, and in some places it is law, but actually it is common
decency and good common sense.
Love God and love people,
think of others and not always of your-self.
Begin to take the Bible to
I John 5:3 For this is the love
of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
gave us the Law of Love:To love God
with all our strength, with all our soul and all our mind , and to love others
as much as you love yourself.
I John 4:9In this the
love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son
into the world, that we might live through Him.
Old Testament Law is heavy and perhaps more than you can do to measure up.
said in Acts 15:"It
is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the
Gentiles who are turning to God.But
that we write unto them, that they abstain from defilements of Idols, and from Fornication,
and from eating things strangled, and from blood.
was versed in the Law, but the Law of liberty is to be led by the Holy Spirit
and observe what is written in the Bible.
is time to stop the nonsense of Judgment and Condemnation. We are our worst critic.Break the hold of what you may have been told
that “You are no good, and will never amount to anything.”You were worth Jesus dying for you.
you receive Jesus you also receive His righteousness and He has made you
worthy, now walk in it.Begin anew to
allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.Then
line up with the Word of God.If you say
you are a Christian, can others use you as their example?
The big question is: Are
you pleasing Jesus?
New Testament says if you sin, repent quickly and go on, - - don’t give up by
believing all the lies you are listening to.
take one scripture and make it law; but compare and see the entire setting to
catch the complete meaning.
asks the question - - in Romans 6 What shall we say
then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?2 God forbid. How
shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Romans 3:28, 31Therefore, we conclude that a man is
justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Do we then make void the law
through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Jesus came to save you from Sin, so let him do that
I John 3:9No one born of God makes a practice of
sinning, for God's seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because
he has been born of God.
Pastor said: I must be honest
with you.There are some things I can no
longer do because doing so will break my relationship with God.If I disobey, automatically condemnation sets
in and I repent and go on.
Some think they can have a
beer - - however in doing so - - are you a stumbling block to others?Are you tired of justifying some things you
do; when God is asking you gently to stop.
So if you sin - - Repent and
get up and serve Jesus.