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What Does God Respect?

Test Your Respect

You are standing outside a fancy restaurant and a young man (total stranger) in his late twenties,  who is very good-looking, pulls up in a red Maserati. His leggy, female passengers step out in pumps and lip gloss laughing loudly. The attendant grabs his keys for the valet and the three of them, one girl under each arm, walk past you into the restaurant. The smell of expensive cologne and alcohol hit you like a tidal wave.

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What can you conclude about this young man? In this day of hasty impressions and false pretenses, that we can draw a quick conclusion and under 30 seconds, make a judgment. We take in the information based on our five senses, what we heard, saw, smelled, touched or tasted of their life.

Now, wait a second Terri.

God gives us these senses as tools so we can make snap judgments. Its’ one of the ways we human beings can protect ourselves. Even in the early days of humanity we had nothing to rely on outside these instinctual protocol tools. For the safety of our clan, our family, our herds or our crops we had to be quick. Do we need to still use them? Yes, definitely! But we must also know how God applies favor or respect, shouldn’t we?

How does God Decide Who Deserves Respect?

What does God look at when making a move to bless or protect? Does he look at how many times we “said” we loved Him, or how many times we promised to read our Bible? Does He look at what He can deduce based on seeing us?

“For there is no respect of persons (status, looks, condition, color, race, prestige, position, promises, power, or pedigree) with God.” Romans 2:11

“But God, I’m a really great believer. I go to church all the time, I know you are merciful and love me. I am a good person.”

When you think about our five senses we are actually outrageously handicap in our ability to see the motivation, intent and thought life of a man or woman. There is no way for us to know that the young man in his twenties with the leggy ladies, was battling cancer and received, as a prize, an extravagant one night on the town with anyone he wanted. He chose his girlfriend and his little sister and he plans to live it up because he’s been diagnosed as a terminal patient.

That’s why God never places any deference, extra blessing, protection or respect upon a person because of who they are. You just can’t be a super star and get God’s attention.  Darn it, I guess that counts me out. Lol…

You see it’s actually brilliant the way He does give deference. He knows how limited five-senses judgements are. So how does He, God, the maker of all humanity judge a person? How does He decide who to give out His benevolence? He

Conditions

We have to meet the conditions. First one is, Romans 10:9-10.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

There are two steps or conditions here for the human to meet before the incredible gift of salvation can come to pass. They must confess, believe in their heart. That is the condition each of us has to meet. Whoa… So that means anyone of a sound mind who hears these verses and believes on them can be saved, no matter their position in life. The condition in question becomes one of the heart and mind. It’s an inside job folks.

 

What about God’s money, blessing or protection? There’s a process or condition to meet there as well.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10

Do you see the condition? Tithing. What a simple one! Ha! Anyone can do this! Even a small child! We make things so complicated in this world but do you see how brilliant and yet how simple and easy this is? When someone does not meet these simple conditions, they simply do not receive the promised blessing. It’s like any procedure we have in this world. We go to the store, we give them our money, we walk away with the items in our cart. It’s simple procedure!

What is does God respect?

Conditions. God is a respecter of conditions because they reveal by “action” what is inside a person’s heart and mind. It’s like being around someone who is all talk and no action. Don’t you know immediately what that person is like? So does God. We can’t just say, God hand over the blessings, I’m your kid and I want it now. We must fulfill the condition.

Think about it from His standpoint.

God has billions of people to work with. How could we comprehend the difficulty of that process? God has a very efficient and effective way of getting blessings and protection to His people. He just watches for whoever fulfills His commands. That tells Him everything. What would He know if you followed this next one?

 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Proverbs 3:5-7

This truth should relieve you. It should bring you great comfort and joy! How easy is it to just trust in Him, just ask Him? The process itself is really very simple.

God bless you today!

Hold Fast and Never Waver on…

…what you are in Christ Jesus.

Freedom is not determined by where you are, but by Who and What you are in Christ Jesus.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

While we were traveling this last week, Bill and I met and experienced all kinds of people. Mostly from the hospitality industry because we stayed at a hotel, but occasionally we snuck out for a taste of life in Canada from the people living there. I think I was the most surprised to see that it was very similar to our life in the US. I had never been to Canada before. I wondered if I’d feel a culture shock, but as we stood in line at the airport the latest Maroon 5 songs could be heard over the airways and hundreds of people wearing similar clothes as I had on brushed past me, I saw a similarity. When we rode through town we saw all the same stores, Wal-Mart, Target, and McDonald’s, that you would see here. We spoke with a bilingual taxi driver from Pakistan and asked the first questions we could on Canadian soil. What brought you to this country? All of these fascinating people answered with similar things, work, or family.

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So What makes Me Different from all of Them to God?

It was 5:35 pm Toronto time as I stood looking out the hotel window at a city that would be my new home for the next week. Traffic sped off the interstate into our industrial section of town at break neck speeds. The sky is a ruddy mixture of grey/blue and the trees are in their last flush of vivid green. Toronto’s CN Tower, a 1,815.4 ft high cement spindle, stands above the city surveying all the 2.5 million people in what many travel magazines called the most “livable city” in America. I waver in awe. How could God know every heart? And how could each heart be different from the billions of other similar people out there? There is the moment when I, a small town girl, stagger in the mouth of the vacuum of the world’s gargantuan immensity. How could God keep track of little ol’ me in the sea of sameness?

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7

I am humbled. He didn’t just keep track of me and you. He knows us. He raised us up together to sit in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. We are His.

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His… ” 2 Timothy 2:19a

What makes me different from all the others? What makes me unique among the waves of similarities from around the world?

I am different because of my spiritual stand with God. I am different because I never waver. I hold on tight to the unique access I have to my Father in this day and time.

God broke down the middle wall of partition because He wanted us reconciled, He called us out from among the tides of humanity.

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” 2 Timothy 1:9

Why??

Why would God do that? Because God designed a special purpose for each and everyone of His children. He gave us access to Him so He could tell us what that purpose is.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

What you are in Christ is unique because it’s a mix of your personality, your experiences, your skills and unique insights mixed with the power and force greater than nature itself, called the Will of God. What could your potential for greatness be with God as you walk on this earth?

As High, as Great and as unique as your Walk with Him Could be!

Be the difference you want to see in the world around you today! Let your eyes focus on the Hope of His Calling in Christ, because in it lies all the differences that the world has never seen.

 

God Bless you today!

Why Don’t We Have to Pay?

Why don’t we have to pay for our salvation? Why did God make it a gift of Grace?

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Because it would cost way too much and no one, not one person could ever afford it.

When Isaac was little we received a huge box of used but expensive toys as a gift. Before we let him play with them, we washed them. When that dishwasher opened and he saw it didn’t hold its usual items, he was thrilled. That’s how salvation is too. We couldn’t have afforded it by ourselves, but once we open it up and look inside we start seeing how much of a big deal it is.

I’m back in Ephesians today with this spectacular section in Chapter 2. Please read with me. (Note: I’m going to put my additions in parenthesis and in bold so you see where I added a thought.)

“And you [hath he quickened], (made you alive) who were dead in trespasses and sins;

2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (the Devil and the unbelievers)

3 Among whom also we all had our conversation (behavior, and habit patterns of thinking) in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:

7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; (Our believing Romans 10:9-10) and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Or have to pay)

10 For we are his workmanship, (The Gift of Holy Spirit God puts in us when we believe is God’s Masterpiece and He creates it in that moment in us each time someone gets born again, that’s why He also says we are a new creation a new man, old things are passsed away.) created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

11 Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision (unbelievers) by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; (this references the Laws of Moses and all the old Jewish requirements for righteousness)

12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: (the Gentiles had no way to become Jews by natural birth, which were God’s chosen people, before the day of Pentecost and Christ Jesus bought our salvation.)

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];

15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;

16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone];

21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 2

The legalities and logistics of our salvation are MIND BOGGLING! It is also something we rarely hear talked about or discussed because it is so big and so vast our human minds don’t grasp it. I love this section of the Word for that reason. It lovingly covers all of it in 22 short verses. Only God could simplify something so complex. Don’t you just love that?

I told you in one my recent blogs that I’d go over how to tell if you were born again. I think tomorrow is a perfect time to do that. We don’t “feel” spirit with our physical bodies, so God must have made a way for us to know we are born again. He must have given us a simple way of testing it. And He did. I can’t wait to show it to you.

God bless you today child of the Most High God!

Add Something Wonderful To Your Life Today

To put it mildly….

 

Life is BUSY!

So why do I feel like a new adventure is about to begin? Because, in just a few short weeks, Supporting Godly Women meetings begin. They will be at our EXIT Realty Yellowstone office in Billings and hopefully we’ll be able to Skype with any woman who would like to join us (long-distance) on those evenings. Here are the logistics.

When: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 6-8 PM MST

Where: EXIT Realty Yellowstone (across the parking lot from ChuckE Cheese’s at 71 25th Street West, #1

What should you bring? Your King James Version Bible (if you don’t have one let me know and I’ll bring extras, A notebook and no children. (Yes, I said no kids.) No childcare is provided. So find a sitter or talk to your sweetie in your sweet voice and get them to give you a night off. 

What is the purpose of this meeting? We are going to start with the  basic keys to studying the Bible and launch from there into all kinds of subjects such as: effectual prayer, relationship tangles, and how to really know what God’s will is for our lives. At the end of each meeting we are going to take a half hour of discussion/prayer time. This will be a power-filled prayer and ministry time so get ready to start seeing signs, miracles and wonders occur in your life. This Bible study is going to be packed with positive, Word driven fun and fellowship. If you’ve been longing for a meeting for just “the girls” that feeds your spirit and inspires you to overcome, then this is the right place. Join me every Wednesday night starting June 4th at 6 pm MST. 

Now, let’s start our day with a huge dose of God’s love!

First, a prayer.

Father God, this is Your group, Your blog, Your family and Your time. We give it to You and thank You for making it all a reality. I am so excited to see what You have in store for us in this next 24 hours and this coming week. As we start this Monday, thank You for guiding our hands, wisdom and hearts into knowing what the right word at the right time is for all our situations. Thank You for your son Jesus Christ who died and You raised from the dead so we could have this fellowship with You. God, You are the maker of the human heart. You know where it’s broken, where it aches and how it grows strong. Thank You for making us strong, prayer warriors with a heart to do Your will. I love You Father. Thank You also for forgiving me of my broken fellowship with You and giving me unity again. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

John 3:16, God so loved the world that He gave….

Wow, that’s a huge dose of God’s love right there. God is love. But why did He GIVE so BIG? What was His plan? Well, thank God we don’t have to guess, He goes right on to tell us.

….”His only begotten son that whosoever believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Our everlasting life is different from an eternal life. Did you know that? Everlasting means it has a start date. Eternal means that life goes back eternally and goes forward eternally without beginning or end.

The moment we believe Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” We receive salvation, everlasting life, and sonship rights from God our Father. We are forever changed! Physically you may not feel different because spirit is spirit and physical flesh is physical flesh. We cannot feel spirit. There are some ways you can know if you are saved, we will go over that at another time, but for now, you have received Everlasting life. And this is just the beginning. YUP. Just the beginning of the rest of eternity with you and God. HOW COOL IS THAT?

Let’s look at a few other cross referenced verses.

“He that believeth on the son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36

Anything outside of God’s hand of protection is wrath, because the Devil is the god of this world and he designed it that way. Do you ever wonder why things are so hard? Well, that’s the Devil’s agenda. He made them that way. Not God. But do you see how God gave us everlasting life? Cool huh.

Let’s look at another one.This is Jesus talking about what God is going to do after he dies.

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14

Check out this next one.

“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Galatians 6:18

“Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:16-17

 GOD is eternal going back eternally and forward in time eternally, but we are given everlasting life that starts the moment we believe. Are you feeling that love of God now? I sure am. God wants us with Him. He wanted a family and He paid the highest price to give us this incredible gift.

God bless you today.

What Are You Worth?

With all the amazing things you do in a day, or maybe not so amazing, how do you find out your own worth?

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I  spent time last weekend at what I’d call an art business person’s, business camp. It was amazing! I learned tons of great new information about branding, marketing, and evaluating my art’s worth. There are many facets to this process because each piece of art is unique.  What degree of skill I use while painting the piece is brought into the evaluation, the cost of the materials, the profit, the overhead, I must have a log of my studio hours too, etc. all of this is important. When I added it all up, I was still baffled. It took me a couple of tries before I could say, okay, that sounds right. All businesses do this sort of evaluation. Why? Because otherwise they wouldn’t know where to begin when asking people to pay for their product or service. The end consumer must feel they received something valuable and for a price that was acceptable to them. If the product is rare and valuable and in high demand, the price goes up. The more a product is in demand, when the supply remains the same, the more the price of that product goes up.

Imagine how God did this evaluation on us.

God was not only the Creator of a product, He also had to buy His own product back.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully (awesomely) and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalms 139:14

When God lovingly and tenderly breathed soul-life into Adam, He knew He’d done something very special. No other creation on earth were made to have spirit reside within it, besides Adam. No other creation on earth could fellowship with God . But what would that rare creation cost? Because as soon as the devil tricked Adam out of his rights God lost the connection and the “rarity” of the creation. It was stolen from Him.

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.” Luke 14:28-30

God knew He would have to eventually pay the price for mankind to get this fellowship back. God wanted to create something greater, something more permanent. Something that couldn’t be randomly and carelessly stolen from Him or mankind. The price for that would be higher, the highest anyone would pay. God had to pay with His own son’s life.

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The devil originally cheated God and stole His priceless creation away. (fellowship) So God made something new, something that could not be stolen. He made our gift of holy spirit permanent. If the devil would have known God was paying for this new creation with Jesus Christ’s life, the devil would have never crucified Jesus. Because now we are sealed forever. And forever safe.

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14

How much are you worth?

In business, a product is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. To God, you were worth it because He paid for you with the life of His only begotten son.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

God Bless You Today!

How God Reinforces Us With Re-Runs

Have you ever felt as though the Word is distant, or had times when you’re just coasting along, then someone says a verse you know by heart and it jolts you? Why does it do that? How come you feel stronger afterwards? You can see here on my blog the same verses re-running over and over again. You could be tempted to say, “I’ve seen this before, quit already!”

Here’s our verse;

“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed [is] not grievous, but for you [it is] safe.”

This verse is loaded with Old English terminology. I’d like to break it down to the literal translation according to usage.

“Now therefore, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. Writing you the same things you have heard before is not irksome to me because it reinforces you.” vs. 1

IF the Word of God does not change, and God does not change, then it goes without saying that we’ll hear some teachings a few times. Paul says here that he knows they know this stuff, but hearing it again reinforces them. It strengthens them. Why?

I remember an old minister say, after so many years in the Word, you’re bound to hear the same teaching over and over. But he always listens with fresh ears. There may be some analogy or better understanding from the person teaching it. There may be some way to make the topic more clear to others. Wow! What a humble attitude! It’s quite a temptation for some of us, who’ve been around a long time, to complain about the same old teachings. We could be tempted to say, I know this stuff, I don’t have to hear it again. That sounds like pride sneaking in.God handles that in another part of the Word.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” 2 Timothy 4:3

Or this problem in the Athenians.

“(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)”

I know of several groups, and someone who recently approached me, who when they talk about the Word of God they don’t sound like they are talking about the same book I know and love. Oh, they know scripture references… sure. But the sound doctrine is missing. In fact, they are so tied into some new prophecy and some new hidden gem in the Word of God that they don’t look at the wholeness and accuracy of the Word. They even search for the end times signs more than they spend time in the Word studying today’s times. They destroy the integrity of the Word by pulling verses out of context for their own agendas. They slice and dice it to make them sound smart or well spoken. They say, “I’ve heard that before, so why should I continue to listen?”

They also end up being the most confused of all.

Hey, I have a thick noggin’ and I don’t absorb it unless God repeats Himself many, many times. Besides, the more I look into the good ol’ doctrine of walking in love, the abundant life, etc., the more fascinated I am by it. Can you believe all that God did just so we could talk to Him? Not just with the salvation plan, but in our own circumstances. I always want to stay dumb enough just to listen. Isn’t it after you think you know it all, that you really begin to learn. If I were in the Philippians’ shoes and had read Paul’s sincere words, I’d be excited to hear more. God tell me again, and again, and again, that you loved me enough to send your son. Tell me again that I’m worth that sacrifice because it’s going to take a long time before I really believe it. Tell me again Lord that you seated me in the heavenlies. Tell me again that I’m your masterpiece. Tell me again how to walk in the fullness of love. Tell me again that I can have the abundant life and peace and joy and prosperity! Tell me Lord as many times as it takes, and then a million more.

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God bless you today!

Are You Sliding off the Straight and Narrow Path?

If so, don’t worry. That’s just something the devil made up to keep you feeling bad. Many unbelievers and believers feel that if they take one wrong step they are off the straight and narrow. The belief of what happens after they make the blunder varies from person to person. Some believe God will punish them with terrible or unlucky circumstances. (They get a flat tire on the way to work, they get mugged, or lose something valuable.) Some believe they have to make up for it so they try to be extra good the next day or week. Folks this sounds more like karma then God and His love to me.

This may shock some of you, but the straight and narrow path is a misrepresentation of the one verse in the Bible and totally pulled out of context. Okay…I’ll prove it to you. 🙂

First, let’s look at the verse in context.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

By sheer logic you can only enter something and your done, you’ve entered it. Enter is a word that is a process of something with a definite conclusion. I cannot say, my son is entering his third year of life now, because he’s three and a half already. He’s already past the entering stage. In fact the minute he passed his birth minute, the minute he took his first breath, he entered into his third year. It was quick. If he enter’s into my house, once he’s past the door, he’s done entering and he begins playing. I wouldn’t keep saying, come inside, come inside once he has entered.

Second of all what is the “way that leads unto life”?

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

Okay, so how can we “enter into life” through Jesus Christ?

“For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is]eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

The gift of God is eternal life, but how do we “enter” into that life? Did you know there is only one verse in the whole scriptures that tells unbelievers, how to enter into this eternal life? One verse. Just one.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9

This verse is a very clear concise procedure. The unbeliever confesses with his mouth the Lord Jesus, then believes in his heart that what? He’s a sinner? He’s a worm? He’s a vile creature who doesn’t deserve God should bless him? NO! He must believe one thing, and that is that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Does it say to believe that Jesus Christ raised himself from the dead? Does it say to say a “sinner’s prayer”? Does it say to confess it to a priest, Chaplin, clergy, or pastor? No! God knows your heart. Immediately upon fulfilling the conditions of this procedure, a man or woman is saved. Saved from what? Saved from the way that leads to destruction. Saved from death and given eternal life. Isn’t this so exciting!

Is that one verse a pretty narrow way? I’d say so. There are thousands of verses that apply to a believer. But only one that addresses the universal problem of  a natural man living with only body and soul. This one verse gives him back that which was created in us to begin with, and it’s a gift from God called the gift of holy spirit. One verse that takes approximately seven seconds to read, understand and operate or believe.

Now, what has happened? An unbeliever has received this “gift” from God called salvation. He “entered” in. We cannot keep saying he’s still an unbeliever. We can’t say he’s still entering. He has done it. He has traversed the narrow path and he has entered through that very narrow gate. Now what?

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty (freedom).” 2 Corinthians 3:17

What?! Terri are you telling me that I don’t have to live the straight and narrow path? Are you saying I could go out and sin like the devil and get away with it? Sure…but…wait…

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

Yes, you could go out and sin like that  but, isn’t sin what causes destruction? Isn’t that what caused the bondage? Why go back? Why not find out just how free God made you? Why not explore what’s on the other side of that narrow gate? The Old Testament laws and commandments were all narrowed down to two.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

Wow. Two rules. Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. I could add, be yourself. Does this sound hard? Does that sound narrow? Not hardly!

I just love the way God has made us free. He loved us into it. He healed our brokenness and forever made us His kids. It wasn’t a half way job. He saved our whole selves from everything that keeps us captive. Wow!

So, to summarize, enter the gate, then go past it. Live life, enjoy the abundance God provides and be free of all the fear, bondage and pain of your past.

There…I just gave you permission. 🙂

God bless you today!Crossroads-001