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Tropical_Man 68M
6573 posts
12/4/2011 4:16 am
Yadda Yadda... yea I know...someone... yadda.. hope of Glory

It amazes me and yet saddens me how much we all get off of the path and get caught up in what we can be doing, what we think we should be doing instead of what God did for us. Who we have in us, what we have in us. The Apostle Paul stated that there was a mystery to the Gospel. How come no one ever mentions this. In the days of always wanting something new from God; you would think that someone in the scriptures that mentioned a "mystery"...well people would be all over that right.

Maybe its because this real mystery takes the onus off of you. For some reason, us humans think that if we are good enough, that is enough and somehow better. Non-Christians believe the same thing. But believers seem to think they can somehow make themselves more acceptable to God by their actions. The Jews could not. The old covenant was imperfect, and the new was brought in. (Jer 31:31-34) This is why Jesus came, so that we could all have a personal Love relationship with God. Jesus said I no longer call you servants but friends. Hmmn Jesus calls us friends.

But what is the mystery that Paul spoke of? Do you remember reading it? It is simple really. He said, Christ in us, our hope of Glory. So, its a mystery who Christ is in us? Could that be it? The more I look at what I had been taught in churches etc for 30 years... I think I get it. We have all of these slicker statements out there such as what would Jesus do, what would Jesus do. Its just the opposite, The truth is found in what did Jesus do? What was accomplished on that cross really?

Another backwards statement that puts the onus on people is "Who are you in Christ"? I can tell you who I am. I am human. If I place the emphasis on myself I will always work from my own strength and work from my own determination and personal strength. I will ultimately face frustration and differing levels of failure. The result is that I will always feel like I can not live up to mans concepts of God's standards. The real liberation, and the real truth is found in that mystery Paul spoke of. Who exactly is Christ in me? He is my hope for Glory. Not a Glory for me, but the Glory of God in my life.

The Bible was not just written to the believers. It also addresses situations of non believers as well. It warns the non believer of an eternal damnation that awaits them. The New Testament is full of ongoing explanations and corrections. It is important to always think about the reason that a scripture is put in place. Instead it seems that way too often Christians take a fatalistic approach in what they read.

I often tell couples that disagree and fight; to fight fair. Not everything is a deal breaker. Most things are just issues that need dealt with properly. But when you take a attitude that I either win this disagreement or the relationship is over, then you have lost already.

Good parents work with their through anything. Their rebellions etc. Poor decisions etc. God is called the great parent and how much more patient is he with his ? I could give situation after situation. But you should be able to know that he doesn't follow his around just waiting for them to screw up and spank them any more than you do. Most times our punishment is not from God, but just a natural result of our transgressions to be honest. If he has to get involved he does.

Many people get caught up in the crowns. Rewards for their obedience and diligence. But what happens to those crowns in the end? They are placed of the feet of Jesus. Hmmmn. You do not even get to keep them. So what should our motivation be if we cant even keep our crowns? I mean really...what is the sense?

Then there is the ongoing being caught up in things like the judgement. The Judgement will be a scarry thing to those that have never believed upon Christ. That is an eternal judgement with damnation. But, Christianity is not a works based belief. It is faith based. Yes the Christians will be judged on their obedience and works that they did and they will have rewards. But salvation is not the issue for them. Its just what their life was. Jesus said that who the father places in his hand, no one can take away. It also says Jesus is the author and finisher of each believers faith.

But what we lose sight of is the Love relationship that God desires with everyone.We focus on a second coming which will happen and we lose focus on the blessings of this everyday life.We lose focus on a natural walk with God and make it all about towing a straight line. In doing so we encompass a sad life filled with the end of each tunnel we know our inadequacies. This is easy to over come. Jesus said what?:

To trade our burdens for his

To allow him to live through us

To embrace the Holy Spirit who resides in us to comfort us and teach us all things.

Yet we get caught up in our own strengths and our own weaknesses and somehow think we can earn God. We can't. We aren't asked to either. Jesus abode in the father. He taught abiding and Paul explained what? It is no longer he that lived, but Christ lived through him.

Be Blessed

GloryToHim1973 67F

12/4/2011 5:15 am

Wonderful Thought Provoking Blog as always---Thanks for sharing it with us!!

Tropical_Man 68M
6389 posts
12/4/2011 3:06 pm

Jody some people know a little bit about a little bit. You arent one of them

Tropical_Man 68M
6389 posts
12/4/2011 3:06 pm

Thank You Glory