The Fine Line Between a Pharisee and a God: Why I want to be like Jesus instead.

jesus-christ-and-pharisees-1138112-printThis message has been sitting in my heart for a while now.

As a Christian, I constantly ponder where my balance of Grace and Truth should be. My whole life, I grew up knowing the truth. I grew up in a Christian household. Being questioned about my faith is something that I am very much accustomed to. I grew up being questioned about everything I believe in. If you grew up with any kind of belief system, I’m sure you can relate to being questioned.

Back to growing up as a Christian. I have known so many different Christians. There is the unapologetic Christian, who is strong in faith in God, and no matter how society drifts, they still remain strong in the bible. …But sometimes… Sometimes they hurt people. Sometimes they add emotions…Sometimes they are not merciful and loving. Sometimes they let emotions get the best of them…Their hurt causes them to lash out and say something about their fellow Christians who are more enabling. Sometimes, they go based off of strong emotions so much so, that they get the scripture wrong. They become Pharisees. Then there is the un-unapologetic Christian, who is also strong in faith, and takes note of society and fellow humanitarianism. They still also remain strong in faith in God. …But sometimes…sometimes they get hurt over how harsh and heartless Christians can be. Sometimes they let emotions get the best of them…Their hurt causes them to lash out and say something about their fellow unsupportive Christians. Sometimes they side with drifting views that contradict the bible so much so.. that they start associating the sinner with the sin..  Sometimes, they go based off of strong emotions, and they get the scripture wrong. They associate the sinner with sin and compromise. They compromise the word, their faith because of hurt people. They become their own God. They make their own rules.

So where do we stand?
The older I get.. the more open minded I get. I used to be so close minded… I was the rude Christian.. Then in college, I went through an enabling stage. Today our Pastor spoke about homosexuality in the church, and although it was cringeworthy subject… he was super graceful about the subject. Homosexuality is a touchy subject, because there are so many linked emotions behind it. Our pastor did an excellent job of not adding anything else, besides word. He did not discuss his opinion, or preference. He spoke on what God says. That is how we should be. When mentioning homosexuality, we should also talk about alcoholism, gossip, sex before marriage, envy, greed, gluttony, anger, etc.  We are all guilty. We should disassociate sin and the sinner.  1 Corinthians 6 states: ” Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

I don’t want to be a Pharisee… I don’t want to make myself a God.. I want to be more like Jesus. Jesus came and was crucified by the Pharisees. I do not ever want to make devotion a God so much so that I crucify Jesus every time I make devotion a God. I also do not ever want to compromise the word of God by enabling any sin and making myself a God by disregarding his word. So how do we prevent this kind of thinking…? We prevent this by acknowledging God, his word, his mission. We acknowledge who God is by acknowledging his absolute unchangeable love and righteousness. We acknowledge God’s word by meditating in his Spirit, all while knowing God. We acknowledge God’s mission, when we realize that Jesus was among sinners, but DID NOT partake in sin. He acknowledged truth and gave grace. We have the opportunity to carry out God’s mission. We are not to partake in sin, but be among sinners, just as we are, and rally for them and care for them just as Jesus did. We have to change the way we think. We have to deny ourselves and earthly ways each day, and love on people just as Jesus did. We deny ourselves by making ourselves living sacrifices each day.

Romans 12:1-2 
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Hope your day is great, Jesus Bless You. 🙂

 

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But I Trust in Your Unfailing Love

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Psalms Chapter 13 has been on repeat this whole week. No matter what Psalm I read, I always read Chapter 13 this week. You go through days or moments when you are thinking.. “How long must I go through this, Lord? How long till you answer my prayer?? When will you change my heart and change my mind, when it comes to certain things??” Have you ever just said… “HELP ME.” or maybe “FIX ME.”..? So many times we seek answers now, and are in such desperation…where we are oh so desperate for God. Times where we feel as if we are failing, and losing. Sometimes it feels as if the enemy is winning his battle with our mind. Psalms 13 deals with all of the following feelings..

…And when it seems as if all victory is lost… Psalms 13:5 states: “But I trust in your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in your salvation”. It is okay to have feelings of uncertainty and brokenness..but it is important to remember that we have the blessedness of unfailing love. Unfailing love moves us to do anything for someone’s well being, and we have the opportunity to be loved by unfailing love. This is a call to rejoice. This is a celebration of salvation. Verse six states: “I will sing the Lords praise, for he has been good to me.”

Nothing too big to speak on today. Just a reminder if you are desperately waiting on God when it comes to anything, you wait on someone who has unfailing love towards you, and is working all things together for our good. Romans 8:28 states it (“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.“) So.. pray and praise through the pain. You are in the best hands you can be in. Although uncertainty deals with our emotions, we certainly serve an unfailing God. Rest in unfailing love.

Psalm 13
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.