What Keeps You Afloat? / Source of Salvation

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“And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!”Mark 10:24

You see, where you put your trust is where you place your salvation. I know that sounds quite simple but a lot of people are constantly putting there trust, and their faith, in things besides the author of salvation.

For example, say you are in the middle of the ocean after a shipwreck and there is debris drifting all around you; so you grab hold of something to keep you afloat. It could be anything, an old piano or perhaps a door from the kitchen. Whatever you grab hold of, whatever keeps you afloat in the midst of danger, is where you place your trust. With this trust, you must stop swimming and cling to whatever it is that you found and believe that it is enough to keep you from sinking into deep waters.

There are all kinds of things that people put there trust in. Some grab ahold of money, particularly those with significant wealth, which is what Jesus is saying here. See, if everytime you have an issue or a problem, every time the water begins to become deep, you always rely on the riches that you have access to to get you out of trouble.

After a while, you will begin to rely upon and trust in the riches to get you out of situations. And why not, I mean if when a problem comes up and every time the same thing fixes that problem it’s only plausible that the first thing you would turn to in the midst of a problem is what solved it before.

Don’t get me wrong, money is not the only go to for people and their problems. For some it may be power or flattery or even lies. Whatever seems to work constantly in your life to fix a situation very soon you will put your trust in that to get you out of a situation.

It’s not until God puts us in a place in which we realize that something much greater than all these things is needed to get us through life and the struggles therein. It’s not until we surrender to our own understanding of things and submit to the One higher than ourselves, Jesus Christ, that we are able to place our trust where it belongs. You must first come to a place of need in your life. Jesus is not saying that the rich cannot enter heaven. He is saying that the poor soon learn of the need in their life, not only of finance but of fulfillment. Yet the ones who seem to be able to buy all that they “lack” may go their whole life never knowing that they are in need of more.

So where does your trust lie? Is Jesus the first thing you run to in your time of need or is He the last resort? What are you grabbing hold to in the midst of deep waters?

“Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” Mark 10:21-23

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Significance of Pentecost

“And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.” Exodus 34:29 KJV

This is an important time in History for the children of God. See, every nation needs some kind of written Law in order for the nation to walk in one accord and one set of standards. This is amazing not only because it is a law but its Gods law. Simplified instructions on how to please God and be in the favor of the King of Isreal, Gods Chosen people. This is a very important day celebrated by the jews every year known widely as The Feast of Pentecost.

Which brings me to my point and something for you to think about as I was just pondering God last night, and the realization of this fact simply amazed me. See, The Feast of Pentecost is the celebration of instructions sent to us from heaven through Moses. One day, many years later, after Jesus had ascended into Heaven, his disciples and many others were in a room celebrating The Feast of Pentecost, as was the custom. On that very feast, God himself sent down The Holy Spirit given to us for instruction, a perfect way on how to please our Lord.

“But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Galatians 5:18”

See, by having the holy spirit, we don’t have to constantly worry about how we should act to please God. God gave us The Holy Spirit to guide us and instruct us the ways to please Him. So let The Spirit Of God guide you into all truth which is Jesus Christ Himself and you will no doubt be living a life pleasing unto God.

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14

Untamed

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“For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” JAMES 3:7-8

The word Tamed means to be domesticated or made into one’s pet. According to James, all wild creatures have been tamed and turned into the pets of men; yet the tongue is a member of a man’s body in which can never be tamed.

This reminds me of a story that I once heard.

See, there at one time was a very important meeting of a church association held at a restaurant (well, because we all know how pastors love to eat). All of the pastors of the association had come together to report the progress of each congregation. There were good reports, reports of special needs, and all kinds of different things of praise and concern shared amongst them. When it comes time for the last pastor, let’s call him Pastor Jim, to give his report he stands and begins to tell them how God is moving within the congregation; with how many are getting saved and delivered in his church.

In the midst of his speech, a young waitress comes by to refill his drink. However, trying to get around with him standing was a little awkward and in the process, the cup was knocked over spilling the drink all over Pastor Jim. This upset and even embarrassed him and he began to yell at the young woman.

“What are you doing!? Do you not know how to pour a drink! Why would I even need a drink right now, can you not see that I was speaking? How does someone as stupid as you think that you could work here? This is an $800 suit and this stain may never come out! Get away from me, you foolish woman!”

Of course, the young woman went away crying; and all of the pastors in the room looked at him in awe. Jim looked at the pastors before him and says, “I’m sorry I don’t know what came over me.”

The head pastor of the association stood up and spoke to the whole assembly, “Do you see this cup of water?” He takes his cup and begins to fill it as full as possible until the water is actually surpassing the rim. Then he takes his hand and slaps the top of the cup and water goes everywhere. He looks at Jim and says, “You see when the content is under enough pressure what’s inside will come out.”

Don’t be foolish enough to believe that you can tame your tongue and keep how you feel inside a secret. Start right at the source of the problem. Identify it and give it to God completely. Because eventually the truth will be known. Stop putting yourself in bondage by speaking a lie, let your love be of truth for the truth has set us free.

“The cure of an evil tongue must be done at the heart. The weights and wheels are there, and the clock strikes according to their motion. A guileful heart makes a guileful tongue and lips. It is the work-house where is the forge of deceits and slanders; and the tongue is only the outer shop where they are vended, and the door of it. Such ware as is made within, such, and no other, can come out.”

– Robert Leighton

Hold Your Tongue or Die

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“Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.” James 3:4 KJV

Remember the power of your words. Though it seems so small it is the biggest factor in the way in which our life is steered just as the ship spoken about in James; the rudder is what steers the ship. Which, according to the word, is the exact same with us. If you want to see where a ship is going then just look at which way the rudder is pointing. If you want to know where you are headed then look at the things that are being spoken.

Unknowingly, the biggest factor and opposition in our agenda for the life that God has for us, we give up on ourselves. Speaking evil into our life unknowingly with words of doubt and dread. Speak confidence. Speak victory. Speak healing and see what happens. Don’t destroy yourself, or others, with what comes out of your mouth. Remember, that what comes out of a person defines a person. (Matthew 15:11 KJV)

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21 KJV

Still The Same God

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“He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.” Proverbs 2:8 KJV

See oftentimes us today in Christianity lose site of the sovereignty of our God. We forget that He is still the one which upholds the righteous and sends judgment down on the wicked. We have this illusion that The God of the old testament, with all His standards and rules and requirements, is not the same God in the new testament. That when you cross over into the gospel that He somehow becomes different.

“For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6 KJV

The Bible constantly reminds us that we serve an unchanging God. Look at the couple Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11 and what happens to them. This is a reminder that our God is still the same in both the old and new testament. To some, this is horrible news but to others, this is a comfort for the God we serve will preserve the ones living in righteousness.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV

The only way to escape judgment is to be righteous, and that is the word of the Most High which cannot be changed for Gods word is. The only way to achieve righteousness is through Jesus Christ.

“That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.” Proverbs 2:20-22 KJV

Rebuke Your Self

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“The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?” Obadiah 1:3

There is a veil inside each individual that is separating us from the presence of the most high. And that is sin. All sin starts with one single word. SELF. Self is what separates us from God, that’s why Jesus continually reminds us to die to ourselves.

Reminder for the day: you are nothing and God is everything. You can’t do anything of yourself, but you can do all things through Christ Jesus. Stop trying to accomplish your goals today all by yourself. Give it to Jesus and just do your best and believe that God will do the rest.

“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” Galatians 6:3

Fight or Flight: When No Man Pursueth

“The fight-or-flight response (also called hyperarousal, or the acute stress response) is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival.” – wikipedia.com

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“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 KJV

The Wicked flee when no man pursueth.

Have you ever felt as if someone were out to get you? That the car behind you was following you? A stranger was giving you a heated stare. Someone is always upset at you for some unknown reason. Others are always wanting to cause problems with you, clearly wanting to ruin your day and make you miserable. All because you have what they want perhaps? Whether its finances or materialistic. You have it they want it, and they will do whatever necessary to obtain it. Staying one step ahead of the game has become your motto to ensure no one catches you.

Yet, no one is out to get you or what you have. Well, no person anyhow. Gods word assures us of this in Ephesians 6:12. This is why the wicked always feel as if someone were out to get them. Because someone is, just read 1 Peter 5:8:

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

But the righteous are bold as a lion.

Now, as children of God, we know that the enemy isn’t just out for the wicked, but for the righteous as well. However, as children of God, we also know that we have no reason to flee or even to be afraid of our adversary.

“…Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15 KJV

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” Psalm 118:6 KJV

We also know that our enemy likes nothing more than to use those around us to get at us. Friends, family, co-workers, complete strangers at the various places we go in our day-to-day travels. It does not matter who, or how he uses someone, just so long as he can get you down and out for the count. Just so long as a child of God will stumble or a child of his own will stay in his grip, bitter and hard-hearted towards God and His word. Yet all we have to do when we feel as if all the world is against us is remember Psalm 118:10-14:

“All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord will I destroy them. They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.”

Darkness, like the wicked, will always flee from the light. It cannot stay where the light shines. God made sure of this long ago, back when He created everything.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:1-4 KJV

He divided them for a reason. There is a reason He called the light good. If darkness was good then He would have had no reason to create the light and to separate one from the other. As you read through Gods word you will see that the separation of light and darkness isn’t just referring to day and night. ( Some good examples of this are in Ephesians 5:8, John 3:20, John 12:36, Job 29:3; 1 John 2:11, Matthew 6:23, Isaiah 5:20, Proverbs 4:19.)

So, if you are always feeling, or are starting to feel again as if you have to constantly look over your shoulder it might be a good time to do a “light test.” Darkness clings to darkness, but the light will always overcome it.

“Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.” Luke 11:35 KJV