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Jesus and the Sabbath!

Originally posted at Daily Manna!

“Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel. Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man. If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day? Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” – John‬ ‭7:21-24‬ ‭

It was the Sabbath, Jesus taught God’s truth, healed the sick, delivered the captive, and did the will of God. The sinful selfish jealous Pharisees who claimed to be men of God but were far from it, for they did what was right in their own eyes and pleasing to their own bellies rather then seeking God for His will and what was right in His eyes. These wolves in sheep’s clothing, burning with a demonic jealousy, sought to kill Jesus. Yet they knew they needed a reason to justify themselves in order to maintain the illusion that they were right. So they tried to discredit His teachings by trying to cause the people to question His works.

To do this, they attempted to use a law given by Moses that no man would work on the sabbath day, but would rather keep it Holy. Therefore, the Pharisees complained that Jesus’s teachings, healing, delivering, and so on was “works”, therefor He was working when God said not to work. Yet Jesus’s reply served to show them how little these self proclaiming “wise men” knew.

“…they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” – Romans‬ ‭1:22‬

‭ Jesus explains that He was not preforming “works” which is to do the will and works of your own hands, but was rather being obedient to the will of God which is required to keep the day Holy. Something of which they knew little because they did not truly seek God, neither hear, nor obey Him. The Pharisees were walking in hypocritical self righteousness because they were proclaiming and doing what they thought to be right, but Jesus was walking in God’s righteousness because He was proclaiming and doing what God said was right.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew‬ ‭7:21‬

‭ “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee …” – 1 Samuel‬ ‭15:22-23‬

‭ You see, the whole point of God enacting the law that no man should work on the Sabbath but keep it Holy, was so that all would remember to stop, lay down the will and works of their own hands and do God’s. Before the death of Christ, the Holy Spirit was not given unto all men and the presence of God only resided with in the temple. Therefore, it was commanded them to come and seek out God in the temple every Sabbath. To hear His teachings and commandments, to hear His priest and prophets, to be cleansed, and to do as He instructs. However, when Christ died, He made us all priest of God and sent the Holy Spirit of God to dwell within us, making us the temple of God! Therefore, we now longer wait until the sabbath to lay down the works of our own hands, go seek God in the temple, get cleansed, and do His Holy work, then leave and have to rinse and repeat a week later keeping only that day Holy. Rather, now God resides in the temple of our bodies that we might seek Him, hear from Him, lay down the will and works of our own hands, receive His instructions, obey His will, and walk in Holiness everyday!

“But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” – Romans‬ ‭13:14‬ ‭

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” – 1 Peter‬ ‭1:13-16‬

‭ “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” – Hebrews‬ ‭12:14‬ ‭

You see, before Christ when God only dwelt in the temple, we were instructed to remember the Sabbath day and keep it Holy. Now that God dwells in us, we are instructed to remember Him everyday, seek Him everyday, obey Him everyday, and keep everyday Holy.

“And he (Jesus) said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” – Mark‬ ‭2:27-28

‬ ‭ “At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;” – Matthew‬ ‭12:1-15

‬ ‭ “Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.” – Hebrews‬ ‭4:7-14‬ ‭

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Love Them Like Jesus by Isimbi Yvette

Originally posted by Kagame Paul Mucyo.

There are days I used to meet people preaching on the bus and wonder the source of all that courage and boldness. The “Jesus is coming soon” sermon was almost a slogan,  not until I understood the First Epistle of Peter Chapter One verse twenty two.

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 1 Peter 1:22

Deep love can not help seeing each others perish. These preachers probably have reasons why they do what they do, but the real issue got to be love for one another not fear for judgment or any other.

Sometimes, or most of the times we sit back and watch things go wrong, we tend to enjoy the comfort of being Christians and enjoy the state of stagnancy and simply receiving daily blessings while ignoring our fellows out of Church who haven’t received the same grace we boast today. Nobody said die on the cross for their sins or start preaching on the bus today, but there’s got to be something, somehow, you can show love and bring them back to the Father. You may not preach but sing or  teach maybe dance why not write, help, serve? There’s got to be something about you that can show love and bring them back home.

Kind people have become very scarce, and everyone is growing dry and wild each day. I believe it’s high time each ones little light shines before darkness overtakes. No candle runs out by lightning others! It doesn’t cost anything to truly love our neighbors. If you are a Christian and do not care about reconciling more men to God, you better revise your Christianity, friend. “Them” people next to us need joy  and peace,  hope and mostly love, they need Jesus, we all do! Whatever good we can, let’s do it and do it to our best out of love.

Let us love them like Jesus.

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Are you a fool?

Are you a fool? – http://wp.me/p7CEX0-Fd

How do you begin to live a one-handful life? Start with Jesus’s parable of the rich fool in Luke 12. Don’t build bigger barns to accommodate all of the unnecessary things in your life. Instead, throw stuff away as if your life depended on it. There is no need to worry and put your trust in things that don’t matter because God promises to meet your needs.

Luke 12

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Speaking well..

Originally posted at Learning to be full of grace and truth.

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18, NIV).

God wants us to be careful of what we say. He wants us speaking well of others. Easier said than done sometimes right? Let me share some thoughts about what that means.

Speaking well of others does not mean…

1. Not holding each other accountable. Matthew 18:15-17, If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. The Bible is very clear that we are supposed to hold each other accountable. All of us should want other people hold us accountable. But often what we want to justify as holding people accountable out of love and encouragement for them, is little more than pride wanting to show how good we are.Saying things are something they are not. Colossians 3:9, Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices. Speaking well of each other is not flattery. It is not telling a person who is constantly griping and complaining that they are a model peacemaker. Speaking well of others must always be based solidly in truth.Living in denial. Jeremiah 7:9-11,Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”-safe to do all these detestable things? Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.

2. Speaking well of others is not living in denial of problems that exist. If a person is a habitual liar is not speaking well of them to say they just enjoy embellishing every once in a while. Speaking well of others will never say a real problem is a good thing.

Speaking well of others means…

Thinking before speaking. Proverbs 10:19, When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. We all give lip service to this truth but we often give ourselves a pass from following it ourselves. About three weeks ago I got an endorsement for my book from a nationally known author and speaker. As soon as I got it I sent it to my managing editor at Harvest House and asked them to let me know if I could use it. I did not hear back from her right away, as I usually do. I started to get annoyed. After a week I was beginning to feel ignored. As I was thinking about writing something to find out what was going on, I thought about how I am not the only project she has and I should be patient. I decided not to write anything and wait a while longer. A few days ago I got a response. She apologized for not getting back to me. She had not been in much in the last three weeks because her oldest sister died three weeks ago and her mother died last week. Boy, am I glad I held my tongue. She did not need to hear from a high-strung, author, she needed love and support. Think, really think before you speak.Choosing words to build others up rather than words to break them down. 1 Thessalonians 5:11,encourage one another and build each other up. Easy to say, hard to do. Yes. But God is concerned about what is best for the people we are in relationship with, not what is easiest for us. The Holy Spirit’s job is to correct and convict. When we do that, we are putting ourselves in His place. Our job is to encourage and build each other up. That saying in AA is very good Scriptural advice, “Let go and let God.”Focusing on what is good and positive. Philippians 4:8, Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Look for the good in others and praise them for it. We are masters as catching people in the wrong. We need to be twice as proficient at catching people doing right. Everyone is a sinner. No one is perfect. But everyone has good qualities that we can highlight. Everyone has talents and gifts that we should admire and thank God for. I know what you’re thinking. You’re saying to yourself, “Yeah, well you don’t know so-and-so, and the sooner God takes them out of my life or out of my church, or out of my business the better.” Bah! That’s foolishness! They are made in the image of God, that alone is praiseworthy. Every person you meet God placed in your life for a reason. And chances are, one of those reasons is to learn to love and appreciate them.

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The great divide

Originally posted at Shattered in Him.

Speak the way you would like to be spokento…

Hear the way you would like to be heard

Give the way you would like to receive..

Serve the way you would like to beserved

See the way you would like to be seen

Respect the way you would like to berespected

Pray the way you would like to be prayed for

Tend the way you would like to be tended to

Encourage the way you would like to be encouraged…

Regard the way you would like to beregarded

Care the way you would like to be cared for

Feed the way you would like to be fed

Teach the way you would like to betaught

Love the way you would like to be loved

Do unto others…