The other day I decided to do some yard work, picked up limbs then, I started a fire, When I started the fire, not realizing there was a family of baby birds attached to the limbs. As the fire was starting to build, I heard the blood curling screams of the baby birds as they burned to death. In desperation to see if there was a chance of a surviving baby bird, I found one remaining struggling and pushing along through the brush. His little mouth was open, screaming. While the fire was building and building, I pushed the brush away in order to try to get the bird. The bird was trying to get away to escape. The path I created, made the bird fearful and ran towards the fire. I then reached in towards the fire with the intention to save the baby bird. To no avail the bird ran from my hand as I was trying to give it a chance at life right into the fire to its death. I was feeling so guilty that I couldn’t save that one bird. Sounds kind of cheesy I know, its just baby birds. God has done in a work in me took my harden heart made it to clay again ounce more.
Then I heard the words of my heavenly father speak to me lifting my spirits some, that I did all I could and reminded me that is how we all are including myself. God showed me the fire was like the tribulations we go through. We are like the bird that runs into the fire instead of trusting Him. And then there are the ones we can not get to come to Jesus. Seeing most of the time we are just preaching to the saved, we should be reaching the lost to pull them away from hell’s fire. We have become bigoted, self seeking, carnal, lacking love and prideful. We should repent. How can we say we have life but we don’t dare share this Life that Jesus gave us through His GRACE? Shall I continue in this sin depending on grace. This is just frustrating the Grace of God. Have we become hearers only?If so, we become like a man beholding himself in a mirror and then he goes away and forgets who he is in CHRIST! Let us consider the greater life that Jesus has provided!
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15 See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil.
God set before us Life and Death-what is good and what is evil. From the beginning of the World God gave MAN Life from His own breath, then made woman from man’s rib. God gave Adam the responsibility to be the care taker of the garden. He even walked with God in cool of the evening. But there was one tree they couldn’t eat that was the tree of good and evil. If they ate of the tree they would die. Eve ate of it cause she was deceived by the snake. Then Adam ate seeing that Eve had eaten it. They saw that they were naked and made fig leave They then hid themselves from God. From Adam to Noah- from Noah to Abraham to Moses. Moses to Jesus, the shedding of blood was offered for the sacrifice for sin. The Blood that Jesus shed for us provided the Greater Life. Before the time of Grace there was the Time of innocence then the time of Promise- but man would not live by God’s promises, then came the time of law of which required sacrifice of the shedding of blood of bulls and goats to sacrifice. Then God sent his Son, Jesus to fulfill the Law The Ordnances that were against MAN. Jesus blotted them out with his blood. it’s the shedding of blood the atonement was made that took away the sins. Jesus took away the Sin of the trespass The law was given and it was never meant to save but as a schoolmaster revealing we were sinners and needed a Savior. He not only fulfilled the law of Moses, but provided that perfect law of liberty. It was fulfilled by love. Remembering again, that the law demands but Grace supplies.
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24 For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like.
25 But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience).
26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of his faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religious service is worthless (futile, barren).
We need to be reminded that we should be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Again the importance of knowing who we are-established in this truth that causes us to keep looking at the PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY
Freedom to choose - Freedom to worship him. Jesus never gave us license to sin.
13 For you, brethren, were [indeed] called to freedom; only [do not let your] freedom be an incentive to your flesh and an opportunity or excuse [for [d]selfishness], but through love you should serve one another.
In Galatia there were those who wanted Christians to conform to the Law- adding to grace. In todays society there are some who would add to God’s grace imposing ordinances that were not intended by God. The Law demands us to serve and if we don’t we are in danger of hell. The Grace of God draws us to Jesus because there is a greater life to live. This Greater Life inspires us to serve Him who has called us with the promise of reward. But those who are bound by religious ideals thinking that we earn our way into heaven, by being good enough… But Grace is a gift that cannot be earned…therefore pride and boasting is excluded. Checking out the details and making sure that baptism is in the right place, by the right pastor, the right dress length, and showing bigotry and if you are not attending the right church. No one has a corner of the truth. Grace is our measuring stick to secure eternal life. All the bigotry is nothing more that a hindrance to our true calling of reconciling the world. When one is chided because he dare share the gospel to one going to hell, because he speaks only of the Grace of GOD ! Wake up! there is a world going to hell and we will be held accountable before God. The Love of God inspires us to put aside all disputes and those who name His Name join in one accord to shine the light of the glorious Gospel. If our Gospel is hid, it’s hid to those who are perishing. Just like the baby bird running into the fire we push more people into hell than we can save. We cant continue to preach our sermons sing our songs. We become self-righteous forgetting our own righteousness is like the dirty rags. What is needed is to stir up the gift of God within you by prayer, by offering yourself a living sacrifice, listening to the Holy Spirit as he guides giving the right words to say-sharing the LOVE of God and expressing what He has done for you. The church does not need revival… We are not dead, we need to repent and be a witness of the greater life. The World needs revival, but how will they know. The church was never meant to be a social society but an “on fire army” proclaiming the Love of God with out timidity. Witnessing is not sharing the do’s and don’ts but sharing that Grace takes us just as we are. Don’t have another desire for revival, church or another meeting if your not willing to give up your self. And really to surrender who you are and walk humbly before God. Some have forgotten their fist love to the point that LOVE is gone. There is a remnant God is calling in these last days not perfect but being perfected. A generation that is not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and has counted everything as loss and taken up their cross and following Jesus. They will see revival a restoration with signs following, because they themselves see that who they are in Christ. There wont be a building big enough to hold the hungry, the hurting, the outcast, the lost causes, that will come to Jesus. If only the church becomes the church and see that she is the bride to be without spot or wrinkle. Seeing and knowing that she is the bride of Christ her identity can be restored. How much longer will it be that the silent screams of the perishing go unanswered? What will it take for us to REPENT? When will our nets be mended so we can become fishers of men. Instead we are separated into religious bigotry? How many lives lost to Satan cause our own pride? We can’t let this go on any more, we cant let another one run into the fire and be destroyed.
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