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February 2012

Matthew 7:3-5

Matthew 7:3-5

          What does it mean to check or remove the plank in our own eye? I really believe that before we can start impacting other we have to examine our own heart and minds for sin and come to God with the motion of heart to really seek Him for change. Lip service is worthless in the kingdom of God. You need to follow through with your heart’s attitude so that through your hearts attitude your actions will speak of change. And as I keep focused on God for these changes, my own personal walk with Jesus will improve and become more and more attractive to the World. This is what the world is missing today, the attractiveness of Christ. This process is called sanctification, the process of becoming more and more Christ like. If we are claiming to be Christians, we need to be walking through this process of being transformed which means it’s very important for us to be giving up our sins rather than trying to cling to them.  And even through the process of releasing or at the end of giving up a sin, we shine the light of Jesus even more. We’re giving the World hope that they can change, and it draws them to us if we are sincerely seeking God.
You will also see the sin of others more clearly, because that is part of human nature that has come from the brokenness of this world due to sin. It started back in the garden, when Adam blamed Eve who then proceeded to blame the Snake. Our ability to perceive the sin nature of a human being is both from God, but is twisted into a blame game by sin and self-deception. Part of being a Christian is recognizing that we are still fallen because we have not been full redeemed. It is part of the already but not yet part of Christ’s redemptive work. But we also put a face on for people, and masks that defer reality. I understand that for the general population, but when you are trying to work through life as a Christian, you cannot have that same face with your ‘friends’ ‘family’ or even the body. Honesty is part of admitting the sin in our lives. However, in this culture in America honesty is considered weakness; therefore people will never admit their wrong doings. People put up fronts that they’re perfect, nothing is wrong…and when reality is directly counter to their ‘perfection’ they will try to manipulate it into being what they want. That is NOT Christian behavior, which means you’re making the plank in your eye even larger. And I honestly believe that if you’re truly going to try to help someone change, you yourself first have to. Therefore, you must be honest with yourself and others. Plus, honesty is the best policy is truth because it provides clear air. But that requires a two way belief in this application of honesty.
But honesty also moves us from this pitiful state of inability to deal with sin, to a path way to confront it in your own life. This also brings us under God’s supreme authority to deliver us from our transgressions of the sin nature, because of His divine revelation and authority. When we are honest and dealing with our natural selves, we are submitting to God. We are putting Him in the throne of our hearts, and therefore we can connect more easily to His heart. When we connect to God’s heart, we are able to have more compassion on people who are sinning and we come off less like a Pharisee when dealing with people and their sins. We show that we’re under submission to God, and we’re doing it out of love, not out of selfish nature.
There is also the feeling of needing to be perfect. That is not a requirement of Jesus, but rather one of the flesh. We are NOT perfect, but we have no license to sin. Just because we’re saved by Grace does not mean we EXPLOIT that grace. I feel like today, many Christians think that being saved is a license to sin, or not change. This is WRONG. We need to change so we can be lights that are displayed to the World that there is an END that is not the same as the World’s fallen state. We need to bring Jesus to this fallen world, and we cannot bring Him if we’re not being more like Him than the world. It’s the part where Jesus is talking about putting the Lamp under a basket to hide the light. So unchanging in your sin is like that, and you are no longer a light that is visible but one that is hidden away in the sin of the World. That is why that Jesus is so adamant with us about looking introspectively to ensure that we are not just dealing out of our own sin, but that we are rather examining ourselves for the betterment of the Christian faith and bring more of the Sinful world to His grace and salvation. That is the reason we should do it all. It’s not ABOUT just us; it’s about bringing the truth to the world we live in.
As a teacher I feel that this is even more important because I have to give an example to the students of right and wrong, and I have to be a light to them. I cannot give up self-reflection on my life, because that means I’ll stagnate and sink. Then I am no longer a light. Students learn from the actions and words of their teachers.  I want my walk and my words to align. I don’t want to be someone who gives off the attitude of “Do as I say, not as I do”. I want to be real. I want my real relationship with Jesus to guide me, and guide my students. I want it all to be a life that bleeds Jesus, not a life that bleeds Rachael. I honestly feel that life bleeding Rachael may be more damaging than anything else because Rachael is a faulty human being. Jesus IS God, and Jesus IS man, and Jesus IS alive, and Jesus IS salvation for all. This is what I was people to see, students and adults

Where is your ♥? (large scripture quantity)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rustt destroy and where thieves break in and steal but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.MATT 6:19-24

 “Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no form on the day that the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved image for yourselves, in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth. And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven. But the Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be a people of his own inheritance, as you are this day. Furthermore, the Lord was angry with me because of you, and he swore that I should not cross the Jordan, and that I should not enter the good land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance. For I must die in this land; I must not go over the Jordan. But you shall go over and take possession of that good land. Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make a carved image, the form of anything that the Lord your God has forbidden you.For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
 “When you father children and children’s children, and have grown old in the land, if you act corruptly by making a carved image in the form of anything, and by doing what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, so as to provoke him to anger,I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you will soon utterly perish from the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess. You will not live long in it, but will be utterly destroyed.And the Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord will drive you. And there you will serve gods of wood and stone, the work of human hands, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the Lord your God and obey his voice.For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them. DEUT 4:15-31

I think there is an interesting thing happening in my life, and it’s all occuring because I am watching people. Not normally just a people wathcer, but lately…I have turn on my introverted side. I’ve just been sitting back and keep my eyes open, watching and looking. The Brandon Heath song “Give me Your Eyes” has  been part of my prayer as well. My prayers have suddenly gotten longer >.> don’t ask because I don’t know. But what i have seen is that we as Christians struggle really hard with making Jesus Lord and God of our lives. More importantly, we have gotten mixed up with World and it’s making it harder to differentiate our sins and understand that God is still the same God of the Old Testment…
But part this decline is because we are also further away from the time when Christ lived. However, the Bible still says we are not to have idols before God. Have you ever thought about what is ripping you away from God? Could it be your music? Your life? Your troubles? Your delights? What would block your view and make an idol? Have you ever thought about the fact that an idol is something lesser than perfection? Idols require way more work…and in this individualistic society it is easy to get caught up in fixing it all and doing things our way which has become an idol. We are it. We’re the idol…have you ever thought of that? Self reliance is good, in balance with learning to accept help from others. All I am saying, look for the things that make it even harder to doubt Jesus’ death and resurrection! Ladies and gentlemen, for you knowledge, we SERVE a LIVING GOD, not a clump of what creation God has made….YES. JESUS LIVES. GOD IS ALIVE. AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MOVING. 


Selah.
 
 

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