Friday, April 8, 2011

Feeble Minded?

What are we called to be as children of God, feeble minded? Didn't the Word of God himself say that because you are lukewarm he will spew you out of his mouth? There are some who try to say that God is not a god to be feared, but I tell you the truth; God is coming to take his vengence on everything that is unGodly and burn it in the lake of fire and brimstone. His enemies will be made his footstool. Who are his enemies? Anything wicked that doesn't follow his commandments.

Some say that God is not a God of Wrath and vengence. Who destryoed Sodom and Gomorrah? Who destroyed the walls of Jericho? Who destroyed a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, who both fell down dead when they lied to the Holy Spirit of God?

While God loves anything good, he detests anything wicked. Did he cal us out from among the dying to continue in our wickedness? Is a wicked heart before God pleasing to him? Has he not wiped the slate clean and offered us a new life in him? Didn't we pledge to him a new conciousness by our baptism? Brothers and sisters, how can we continue in our old ways when we have been given a new spirit? While it is true our works are like filthy wrags, didn't God promise the keys to the kingdom of heaven to the poorest among us?

Therefore, let us lay down our excuses before the Lord, and repent of our wickedness. Let us ask him to forgive us and to restore us to his throne. Let us produce fruits of the spirit which are worthy of repentance. For the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-contriol. Against such things there is no law, because we have been set free from the law by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Now that we follow the spirit we will produce the fruits of the spirit that are in opposition to our sinful nature, which are sexual immorality, impurity and bebauchery; idolotry and witchcraft; hatred, dischord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissentions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like. Anyone who lives like this will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Let us now put away the wicked ways of our past, and cling to our new life in Jesus Christ. There are some who will say, we are not to feel bad about ourselves when we commit such acts, but the spirit commands us differently. For it is a Godly sorrow that leads us to repentance from these things and reconciles us to God. Therefore don't be carried away by foolishness before God, for the same spirit has told us that a worldly sorrow, produced by giving up worldly things, leads to death.

Some will say not to fear God, but the Word of God says to work out your salvation with much fear and trembling. The early Christians lived in fear of the apostles after the spirit struck the husband and wife dead for theie wickedness. Let us therefore not oppose the will of God for us, which is turn away from our wickedness.

It is true that God loves us, so much so that he gave up heaven to walk in this flesh and shed his blood for us, so that we through him might be saved.  Be strengthened and encouraged in the Lord. Lift up your brothers and sisters. Help one another out of love. Be mindful of each other's weaknesses and instruct in a loving manner the ways of God. Do not be like the pharasees and judge someone too hasty, or have an unclean heart before God. Continue walking in the light all of your days.

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