God’s Astonishing Fairness

God is fair and throughout the Old Testament, many examples attest to this truth. One of the finest is in the Book of Exodus.

When God chose Moses to free the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, He shows us fairness. Here the Lord gave Pharaoh ten chances. Those ten plagues bear witness to God’s righteousness. Every time Pharaoh refused to listen the severity of God’s wrath increased. And the Lord’s final action brought the king of Egypt to utter submission!

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I have firsthand experienced with the way God shows unbiased judgment.  In the spring of 1985 and for the first time I noticed God’s voice. The will to live became lost, and I wanted to die, but God had other plans. Christ made His presence known, and an undeniable connectedness with the Father emerged. The Lord left no doubt for His Living Spirit overtook everything in my life.

God delivered me from prideful ambitions, alcoholism, sexual immorality and blasphemy. My sinful ways caused harm to others, and I reacted to life in unpredictable ways. Selfishness ruled my actions, and I always wanted something in return for my services. I became a phony, and this caused people to turn away. Every day the loneliness of living in spiritual darkness became unbearable.

Even though God showed me His Spirit, He knew I wasn’t ready to conform to His will. I fell from His grace and returned to a life anchored in sin. It took years of troubling circumstances before I became willing to surrender my life to Him. But when He called on me again, giving me a second chance it changed my life forever. I’m grateful for Christ and God’s astonishing fairness.

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Today, living for Christ is my number one priority. I don’t take God’s justice for granted. Every day I give my best to live for His glory. I’m not perfect, and sin creeps in, but with Christ as my spiritual guide, a great decrease in unrighteous behavior results from God’s Living Spirit.

Sin is no longer my nemesis. Christ awakened me to God’s light and cleansed my soul from too many transgressions. Eternal life is serious and without an active faith in Christ my afterlife is destined for damnation. I can’t afford to live apart from God.

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Regardless of humanity’s reaction to God, He never changes the way He judges a person. Every man, woman, and child know of God since He shows everyone His existence. No matter if you are a new believer or a seasoned veteran our faith allows us to understand God is righteous in His judgment.

Do you believe in God’s fairness?

Eternal Freedom

July 6, 2016

My life before salvation consisted of constant emotional turmoil and an inability to find spiritual freedom. Entangled in uneasiness and full of fear. Everything, I tried on my own only made my dilemma worse. Nothing the world offered could relieve me from my self-imposed prison. And the harder I tried to force man’s solutions to my problems the deeper I fell into the black hole of hopelessness.

God knew it would take extreme circumstances to grab my attention. When my spiritual life became bankrupt, and I wanted to die, then God rescued me. It wasn’t until God blessed me with His grace, anointed me with the Holy Spirit and introduced me to Christ that I understood spiritual freedom. I’m grateful Christ has taught me the difference between freedom and bondage.

Freedom without Boundaries

The spiritual freedom Christ brings is second to none since it’s not from the world but God. Christ’s death and resurrection freed us from sin and is a great revelation. Our eternal liberty separates us from the secular world and places us in God’s church—Christ.

God’s freedom had no boundaries and experienced under every life predicament including incarceration. Once you discover Christ’s freedom then you have the strength to live free from sin. Christ paid the price for our salvation and this makes us accountable to live by faith.

Christ spoke these words:

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)

Has Christ freed you today?

The Art of Selflessness

The art of selflessness is letting go of expectations (Luke 6:35). Expecting something in return for doing a good deed is a set up for disappointment. Nothing spiritual comes from self-searching motives. The purity of selflessness is anonymity. And it pleases God when we do something for someone without personal recognition.

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Our best teacher of selflessness is God. Our Father’s undeniable love and unselfish sacrifice of Christ proves His selflessness. God wants to save everyone and His altruistic plan defines His love for humanity. It’s sad to realize not everyone hears God’s call, and this makes helping others crucial in our Christian journey.

It isn’t hard being unselfish to those we love, but when a stranger asks this becomes a tougher challenge. A major stumbling block in reaching out to a unfamiliar person is self-centered fear. Fearfulness in uncertainty isn’t the Christian’s way because Christ has given us eternal security and the courage to do God’s will. With Christ’s armor, we are not afraid because our strength comes from God. Remember we are no longer apart from God’s kingdom and need to live in His purpose. Don’t be troubled over the reasons people ask for your help because it’s better to give than disobey.

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In the Gospel of Matthew, we find God’s commands of selflessness. Christ said when He comes in the day of judgement; He will separate the righteous nations from the selfish ones (Matthew 25:32-33).

To the righteous Christ said; Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world (Matthew 25:34). God never forgets those who love Him and rewards them with eternal grace.

Christ said this concerning selflessness. “For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me,” (Matthew 25:35-36). Here, Christ is conveying God’s approval for doing right. Those actions radiate the compassion God’s Spirit places inside the hearts of the faithful.

Those human problems are a call for action from Christ to help others. Here Christ shows the responses a Spirit-filled life takes when confronted with those needing comfort. The essence of selflessness is staying aware of one’s environment, noticing other’s struggles and providing help. And Christ has left us no doubt salvation includes putting aside personal interests and working for the welfare of others.

Jesus identified hunger, thirst, strangers, nakedness, sickness and incarceration as examples of needy things. And Christ shows us the actions necessary in providing those needs. Selflessness is the core of kindness. Every time we give of ourselves with a pure heart, it pleases God.

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Christ identified the eternal outcome of the unrighteous. “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). God’s displeasure with evil doers is harsh, and the Bible is full of scriptures addressing His disappointment with disbelievers. We can’t escape God’s rules and if we don’t repent our eternal resting place won’t be with Him.

Our Messiah’s message is telling us when we help others we are extending God’s provisions. And by following God’s will our knowledge of eternity becomes reality. Jesus didn’t leave out the penalty for disobeying this truth. He pointed this out to the selfish. “Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me” (Matthew 25:45).

Christ finishes His message with a warning. “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). God’s truth on helping others is obvious. Repentance is the key, and the good deed of selflessness is an act of repentance.

Another place to practice altruism is in adjusting our personal agenda to help aid others. Sometimes our lives become busy and when someone asks for help we say no. Yes, we have times when we can’t stop the task at hand and help. God understands, but if we do this every time we need to examine ourselves and take an honest look at our motives. Often our greatest spiritual growth comes from stopping what we are doing and help others.

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God never stops reaching out His hand to give us help. Christ doesn’t say “I’m too busy find someone else.” Our holy purpose is to glorify God, and when we make ourselves unavailable to others, we have fallen off the narrow way. Each of us and often unintentional is selfish.  Salvation doesn’t make us perfect, but it’s not an excuse to discard God’s will.

When I was a drunkard selfishness fueled my heart. I made myself the center of attention and focused on my plans. I had no room to be selfless because self-gratification ruled my motives. Sin had overtaken my spirit and enslaved to a life of darkness. I’m grateful for God because Christ has broken the chains of my evil ways.

It brings me great joy to share with you Christ’s Good News. Today He has opened my eyes and given me many opportunities to help others. And when I act on those God’s grace emerges and inspires me to become a better servant. I struggle with selflessness and experience the pains of selfishness but the more I pick up my cross those times are becoming less. I love Christ and want to learn from His wisdom and one way I can show Him my love is helping others.

One of the most gratifying Christian experience is doing something for someone without them knowing. Selfless giving is rewarding, uplifting and full of God’s love. God makes no mistakes and rejoices when one of His children acts out of the kindness of the heart and stays unnoticed. And the result selflessness brings is experiencing a stronger bond with Christ.

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The Fruits of Humility

It’s in glorifying God that we understand the fruits of holiness. This begins with placing Christ as our primary focus and living in God’s truth. Humility is the best way to approach God because we didn’t save ourselves (Titus 3:4-7). Christ’s enemy tries his best to convince us we don’t need God and places thoughts inside our minds telling us we can do everything on our own.

Our world is full of temptations wanting us to turn our backs on God and live in the lusts of Satan’s deception. Every few months a new technological advancement hits the market leading us to place the focus on ourselves and away from Christ. The devil is cunning and uses materialism to lure us into an unsatisfactory spiritual condition because he knows the lack of humility separates from God.

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Paul’s Epistle to Titus is one of the best illustration of humility. In Chapter Three verse two Paul shared This: “to speak evil of no one, to be peaceful, gentle, showing all humility to all men” (Titus 3:2). Here, Paul identifies humility as love, peace, and kindness. He reminds us to be an example of God’s Spirit. And God’s mercy holds us accountable to do the same with our neighbors.

Paul continued his message by showing us the reason for humility.

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. Whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who believe in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men,” (Titus 3:4-8).

Those scriptures provide God’s truth concerning the origins of salvation and leaves no excuses for self-righteousness. Here God places us in humility because He gives us knowledge of His plan for humanity’s eternal outcome.

Once God brings us mercy, then He uses Christ to wash us clean from sin and renews us through His Spirit. It’s God’s Spirit that makes us humble because He has opened our eyes to eternal light.

Since God showed us humility, shouldn’t we do the same?

The Lord saved us, and part of our duty is to extend God’s saving grace to those around us. Our lives must radiate to others (believers and unbelievers) God’s gift of salvation. God chose us and made us powerful examples of His mercy to humanity. And when we live in Christ, the world comes face to face with God’s love.

One way of staying humble is remembering our past and what Christ has done for us. Again God used Paul to shows us we too are sinners. Paul put it this way. “For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating each other” (Titus 3:3). Those are the facts stemming from Adam and Eve’s great fall from God’s grace and passed on to humanity. And no human being on earth is excluded from sin.

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I used to live life for myself. My life before receiving God’s grace was full of pride. Everything I did was to glorify myself, and this caused others to stay away from me. I lived in constant fear and resented rejection. Selfish motives turned me into a taker looking for ways to receive instead of giving. Everything I chased was for self-satisfaction often involving lustful actions.

I’m grateful God saved me. Christ has changed my life, and He removed my need to rely on myself. The Lord showed me eternal light and since then I’m willing to live my life for Christ. I know God wants to help you too and He will the moment you ask in faith without reservations.

We can’t afford to forget God’s unconditional compassion. God’s truth makes us humble, and abiding in Christ keeps us modest. God has called us to a spiritual way of living and the more we devote ourselves then we can live humble and receive His grace (James 4:6). And once Christ sanctifies us, then we can show others the fruits of humility.

God is awesome!

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