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Tropical_Man 67M
6573 posts
11/28/2011 4:44 am
Frosted Flakes and Rocky Road

Ahhh sweet. One to start your day and the other to comfort you because of your day sometimes. The visuals as we see Tony the Tiger saying they are Great!!! Great way to start ones day with something they like and enjoy. :] What if we really loved God? Embraced him as this fantastic Father that we not only love, but are also very proud of? I can remember as a young little boy making the proclamation on a few occasions "My Dad can do anything!!!". It is no wonder we are encouraged to be in our hearts like the faith of little . The heart certainly holds the keys to our lives. Our mouths will bring forth what is in our hearts. Whether it is joy, hope, love or pain and defeat. You can not hide it.

Many times unfortunately our earthly parents give us a totally wrong indication about what love, nurturing and trust is all about. Then when we do start a relationship with our heavenly Father through Jesus we have these strange misconceptions. We can see him as someone who only loves us when we are doing well. Our fears are found in not being accepted. We get so caught up in "trying to be perfect", that we are not allowing him to live through us. Life becomes a drag. Our dreams are turned into vapors that become cloudy and distant instead of a low flying star that we can reach up and touch if we will just jump a little.

God is for us. Not against us. He gave the Jewish world the law, just so they could see they could not live it and needed redemption. Then he gave all of us Grace through Jesus Christ. No sin is too big for the grace that he gave. What a relief to know that. God loves us no matter how good or bad our decisions in life are. Sometimes that is hard for us to really breathe in. There is so much clutter from our lives leading up to our conversion....and perhaps even more sadly the teachings out in Christiandom.

Christianity and fellowship are not a business. In the New Covenant of Christ, God is not out for your measly 10% so supposedly he would bless you and not curse you. In the new Covenant of Grace, everything we have is God's. Giving is taught which is about your time and resources to be a blessing as the Holy Spirit leads. Tithing was never about money, but usually wheat. So, under the Lordship of Christ, we are his, lock stock and barrel. Paid for by the blood of Jesus. It is that simple.Everything we have is his and given by him to us.

Man has always found ways to take the simple, beautiful things of God and make them into ways to control other people. Yes we need to be moral. Yes we need to fellowship with other believers. But most of all we need to spend time with him. Worship him in Spirit and Truth. Not because of what he can or could do for you, but rather because he first loved you. There will always be an area in our life where we will fail. God knows that. Some people see God as a God that follows them around just to see them fail and pounce on them. No, he is there to pick you up and dust you off.

Most of the chastisement we will face is found in the repercussions of the natural effects of our own bad decisions and rebellions. This is not to say he will not chastise us. We tell our small not to run. They disobey and fall and skin a knee and cry. Do we spank them because of the disobedience? Or do we hold them and make sure they are ok and explain to them that the reason we told them not to run, was because of what exactly happened? If they did it again, yes we spank them at that point.

God is not punitive. He is just and also loving. God's wrath doesn't happen at the drop of a coin, it happens for our own good after continued disobedience with the intentions and much much warning.He is the great parent. A good parent is for you to develop as a person using all of your talents to flourish in all aspects of your life. That is how God is. Instead of a great fear, we should have a reverence knowing he does all things for our betterment. Not because we fail.

Everyone fails
. But Jesus never fails. God never fails. He doesnt always give us what we want, but he never fails. One time I fasted 90 days. I lost 75 lbs. What I asked for did not happen. I said why God? He said, did you pray out of love? Or did you pray out of how the situation made you feel? It was then that God taught me to pray in asking for his will to be done.When you ask in that manner, you ask with real faith, instead of dictating what you would like.

God Bless