(*this one could be a bit convicting today, warning. But this where the Holy Spirit led me).
I’ve carried a piece of red construction paper in my wallet for years. Cade made it at VBS one summer, probably 8-9 years ago. When I had my office built the beginning of this year, I took it out and hung it up because I finally had a place to actually put it. Now I get to see and read it daily. :). His sweet 7-8yo hand writing…
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30. <
Bore my relationship with Jesus began last year, I knew quite a bit about who Jesus was – an emphasis on the word “was” – Son of God, died on the cross, paid for my sins. Almost 2,000 years ago, a man was nailed to a cross by 3 nails, claiming to be the messiah. Heard the stories when I was a child, and grew up learning most of the colorful stories of the Bible. The ark was my favorite – probably because I think rainbows are pretty and I love animals! Again, I was baptized at 12, again at 42…saved? Doubtful.
And this is where I can’t seem to get my words going. How does a person write about love? When does the word “love” written down, express “love” itself? Hmmm…
Did you know that every single bad thought that comes into your mind is a sin against God? Did you know that even thinking of a bad word, without even saying it, is a sin? We are doomed, right? Not exactly. A sin is a sin. Your itty bitty sins are just as evil as murder in the eyes of God. He can’t look at any of it!
I’ve been learning a lot about righteousness, and justification, and redemption, and sanctification, and “apart from the law”, this week. Heavy stuff! I’ve also learned a new word, antinomianism – living a life full of sin without the regard of the righteousness of God. Basically, in my own definition, “who cares, I’m going out and getting drunk tonight, Jesus paid for my sins!” Disturbed? Yes, Jesus did pay for our sins. Freed by grace? Yes, freed by grace! (IF you’re saved) Hallelujah! But a heart changed through salvation will be disgusted by even the thought of living with that mentality. You are a new creation through Christ. Sin should disgust you! It should repulse you! Why? Because it repulses God. And when you are changed and saved through Jesus Christ, you become more like Him. Let me repeat that – when you are changed and saved through Jesus Christ, you become more like Him! If you are not becoming more like Him – you should really question your relationship with Jesus Christ.
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26
There are absolutely no judgments being made in this blog. Trust me, I, myself, am extremely sinful. Does it bother me that I am this way, yes. I absolutely hate it. Actually, this “disease” causes more pain, heartache, heart issues and problems and struggles than any other “disease” we deal with. It’s worse than cancer! We can’t pop a pill for it. Even reading our Bibles can’t cure it. ONLY Jesus can. Jesus DID! And that’s when everything should start clicking….and why, regardless that sin is incurable, we should want to continue to try. We should slow it’s progression, just like any other disease. You don’t just throw your hands in the air when you get diagnosed with a disease…or stop loving your life, or the people in it, when you know you’re going to die. Why would you stop loving, and stop smiling, and stop caring, and stop being kind, and stop helping others, and not telling the world where you are going when your heart finally stops? Eternal life!
So LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength! Don’t have an antinomian heart. An antinomian heart is a broken heart.
Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law. Romans 3:31
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6.