Christianity, Devotional, Encouragement, Faith, Inspirational

Taking A Look Deeper Inside

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Studying Matthew 15:1-12 (NLT) this morning caused me to reflect on several conversations I have had with people over the years concerning how they were treated by people in the church after either leaving or deciding not to become a member but wanted to fellowship occasionally.

How many people are following man-made traditions that violate the direct commandments of God? For example; some ministries and fellowships teach not to associate or fellowship with those who either have left(not Christ just the ministry) or decided not to be a member or join that particular ministry or fellowship. In turn, you see people either being shunned, talked about, falsely marked as unsaved, or not being accepted in unless they join.

Yet, Paul tells us that we are to mark those who cause division among the saints( Romans 16:17-18). It’s plain to see with eyes shut that unless we as individuals choose to study the Word and develop our relationship with Christ, we will follow in the steps of those who ignorantly followed the Pharisees. Although some traditions are good there are those set up to cancel the Word of God and to satisfy the hunger and the need to be, “that one.”

If it doesn’t point back to Jesus but to the person(s) who set it up that’s the only red flag you should need. Time is truly short and no one can afford to be led around by those whose only desire is to please themselves. Remember it’s one body made up of different parts. We should function in unity and love for one another and not as street gangs.

Christianity, Devotional, Evangelism, Faith, Forgiveness, Inspirational

God Is Applying Pressure

We live in a time where the belief that we can live any kind of unholy and un-submitted life in secret and then openly say we live for a holy God as Christians and especially leaders is okay. It’s a dangerous thing to touch holy things with blood stained hands(meaning willfully committing acts against God repeatedly).

God is applying pressure for us all to line up and get our own lives in order. Titles, followers, gifting, ministries, popularity, fame, or fortune doesn’t sanctify us or qualify us for eternal life.

You can fool people but who cares about powerless people when God has the power and authority to judge and sentence us on judgment day.