Choose


The process of becoming the Christian you want to be is to stop being the Christian you presently are.

Think and choose. Remember and apply. Stop simply reacting to emotion. Stop staring at circumstances.

The Spirit of Christ does not live in the flesh. He is in heaven and from heaven.

Think Eternity. Look at Him. Listen to what you see. Don’t bother to look at your failings. Since when have they delivered you any profit?

Set your mind and your soul on Christ. You will only prosper as much as you make that your life.

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Something


If we were nothing we would deserve it. If we suffered hideous disease for 80 years what claim do we have to anything else?

But we are something, undeniably. By breathing we disrupt the air. By seeing, speaking, hearing, and the like, we aid in righteous judgment.

It is impossible for someone to be nothing. Unplausible that anyone should be worthless. So if we are something, what then are we?

We are potential. At best, waiting for Christ to do his Father’s work on us and through us. Then, on the day of his great glory, to be displayed as living trophies of his love.

Believing Christ, trusting Christ, despising the lies, happily searching for his beautiful face. This makes us eternally SOMETHING.

The Way of Christ


The way of Christ in action (A personal reflection):

All my life people have told me I can’t do anything. I can’t explain why I’ve been singled out, I am apparently no different than any other human being. But look at the effect of naysaying.

I never did believe them, but eventually I gave up. Even accomplishing anything received no raised eyebrows. “Why bother? They say I am nothing. I will therefore become nothing.”

But this, is the way of Christ:

Do not return evil for evil, judgment for judgment, slander for slander. Accept the place you have come to live, by force of humanity or by your lack of ability.

It is impossible to not retaliate. Something will be said, something will be done against them, some self justification will be made. Man cannot perform the way of Christ without Christ himself.

Even this article could be considered a public attempt to survive. Or, as it is intended, it could be a word of encouragement to others who are treated the same way.

The answer is not vengeance.

The answer is not subtle retaliation.

The answer, as is always, is Christ Jesus. As a lamb is led to the slaughter so he did not open his mouth.

Just a Quirk?


They called a change in wind direction “a quirk of nature”. How many times have the enemies of Israel said the same thing? Those who despise Israel’s birthright never seem to learn.

Your “quirk of nature” is the Living God.

The direction of the wind not only thwarted the kites, but also blew copious amounts of Israeli tear gas and smoke from the burning tires toward the protesters, chasing many away.

WISSAM NASSAR FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/world/middleeast/gaza-israel-flaming-kites-protest.amp.html

Final 24


The world is a darkened place filled with darkened souls. The sounds of their movement are only a rustling of desire. Only by the manifestation of their desires are they perceived by one another. (The world sincerely hates sneaky people. They demand accountability by virtue of noise.)

I see the people of Christ as if they are glowing among the darkness. What they do in this blackened place is evident to anyone who is close enough to perceive them. At best, the desires of Christ are manifest by them. At worst they clothe themselves with a darkened garb. “If I fit in no one will pester me.”

Let the lighted ones watch what they do, mind their tongue with a jealous guard, beware of the things they let in through their eyes and ears, and deliver the Holy charge to be witnesses of God’s desire.

If God spoke to you in your prayer tonight saying, “At 8 o’clock in the morning, I will grant you 24 hours more. At that time I will require your soul to appear before me.”

What would you do with your last 24 hours here? Why not live every day you have as if that were the case? We would not deny him then, (even a tiny bit) why should we deny him any other time?

“Let your light so shine that men will see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven.“

Zeal


Zeal…

From it comes willingness to learn. Complacent curiosity cannot produce one spark such as that raging fire of zeal.

Zeal sets the brand. It causes an indelible mark on the soul. A wisp of smoke rises up, and the man will never be the same.

Complacency can cause religion; the result of a casual stroll through truth. But zeal is a consuming fire. Mindless of himself, the man with zeal exudes true religion. Helplessly in love with the God who made him, he cares nothing for what men think.

Let us look around in our things. If we have misplaced zeal let us be frantically zealous to search for it and find it again. Isn’t the honor of Christ within us worthy of all we have?

The reward? The reward is the blazing presence of Christ.