You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect

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The eye is the lamp of the body, if your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light, If your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.
(Matthew 6:22)

    Are you seeking the Lord? Do you want to draw closer to Him? As David prayed in the Scripture :

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139

and a promise:

Draw near to God and He will Draw near to you James 4:8

 This world is pulling many Christians away,  I’d like you stop and consider your ways

 “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16 

Is our behavior holy? Are our words holy? Do we keep our eyes from evil? I think it’s time for many of us to grow up in the faith and maturity in Christ. One way is watching our path and the things we do and say.  For instance, we can’t act holy on Sundays around our Christian friends then live our own way when no one sees. God is not mocked, He sees everything. One way of guarding ourselves, our hearts,  from evil is by  keeping our eyes fixed on Christ. There’s a verse that I think of often ” be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil”  This verse makes me rethink or reconsider the shows and movies I watch as well as some of the music I hear.  God calls us out to be Holy, but are our lives a testimony of that?

 

Guard your heart above all else,
    for it determines the course of your life.

 Avoid all perverse talk;
    stay away from corrupt speech.

Look straight ahead,
    and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
 Mark out a straight path for your feet;
    stay on the safe path.
Don’t get sidetracked;
    keep your feet from following evil. Prov 4

 

What are you downloading into your heart? According to the verse above, it affects your life. Try, I challenge you, to go 1 month without listening to any songs that are profane, do not allow yourself to watch movies that are filthy -would Jesus watch that? I think not. Say the prayer of David above, ask God to show you whats in your heart,  maybe there’s something else in there you need to work on. Try it for a few weeks and see if you see a difference in yourself. I think you’ll be surprised with the difference this makes in your life.

In the book of Job, Job makes a covenant with His eyes not to look with lust at other woman.  Will you today, make an oath to cut something out of your life – like a mini lent season. Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard out heart which included guarding our eyes, our mouth and our paths. Be careful what you put in your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Psalm 16:8  I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken

Some of us have been Christians for so long, but we haven’t moved past the elementary teachings. As is says in Hebrews 6:1, Let God’s work work in you and move you on to maturity. Take a step in Christian maturity, God needs you. You are called to be Holy, He has set you apart. Consider this verse in 2 Timothy: “Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work”  Would you begin to cleanse yourself so you will be a useful instrument in God’s plan  for you life and those around you? You know that day is coming when He will return, the harvest is great but the workers are few.  Take a step in your maturity and prepare yourself for good works doing whatever the Lord needs you to do – For His Kingdom.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Phil 4 

   I doubt there’s a church that would tell you this, but Jesus said ”  you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect” Think about that………….

What do I do?

1-  Don’t fill your heart and mind with worthless and wicked ideas, movies, discussions, songs, thoughts, etc. (spend time reading His word)
2-Guard you heart- your eyes, your ears, you words, your path (turn off the TV)
3- Stop looking back -once we were enemies of God, but now through Christ, we are friends.
4- Consider what your thinking about. Fix your thoughts Phil 4
5-How many times have you looked only towards Christ today?
6- Ask God to show us any way in us that is not pleasing to Him (spend time in prayer)
7- Ask myself – Are my are focuses so deep in darkness that I can not see?
8-  Stop finding faults in others,  take the log out of our own eye first.
9-  Anything you do that you KNOW is wrong is a sin- Anything that you are looking at or thinking about that you know is wrong, it’s still a sin “romans 2:12-16
10- What you put before you to look at can change you. It can change your destiny, your eternity, your today and your tomorrow – it can change you mentally, physically and emotionally

Draw Near to Him and He will draw Near to you

Answer Him, if you can……

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Who else has held the oceans in his hand?


Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers?
Who else knows the weight of the earth
or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?
Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord?
Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?
Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice?
Does he need instruction about what is good?
Did someone teach him what is right or show him the path of justice?
Who made these things known so long ago?
What idol ever told you they would happen?
Was it not I, the Lord?

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Who marked off its dimensions? Says the Lord.
Who stretched a measuring line across it?

On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,  when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,  when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?

“Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, 
that it might  take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?
“Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
“What is the way to the abode of light?
And where does darkness reside?
Can you take them to their places?
Do you know the paths to their dwellings?
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail,
which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?


What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,  to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert,  to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?
Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops of dew?
From whose womb comes the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens  when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?
Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades?
Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?
Do you know the laws of the heavens?

Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?
Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?
Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
Who gives the rooster understanding?
Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard?

Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions?
Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?

“I am the First and the Last;  there is no other God.
Who is like me?
Let him step forward and prove to you his power.
You are my witnesses—is there any other God?
No! There is no other Rock—not one”
All the nations of the world are but a drop in the bucket.
They are nothing more than dust on the scales.
He picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand.
Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?
Do you count the months till they bear?
Do you know the time they give birth?
Who let the wild donkey go free?
Who untied its ropes?
Will the wild ox consent to serve you?
Will it stay by your manger at night?
Can you hold it to the furrow with a harness?
Will it till the valleys behind you?
Will you rely on it for its great strength?
Will you leave your heavy work to it?
Can you trust it to haul in your grain and bring it to your threshing floor?
Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting?
Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings toward the south?
Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high?
To whom can you compare God?
What image can you find to resemble him?
Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?
Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand?
Are you deaf to the words of God—the words he gave before the world began?
Are you so ignorant?

God sits above the circle of the earth.
The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
He spreads out the heavens like a curtain  and makes his tent from them.
He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing.
They hardly get started, barely taking root, when he blows on them and they wither.  The wind carries them off like chaff.
“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.

Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars?
He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name.Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.
O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?

Have you never heard?  Have you never understood?
This is what the Lord says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies:
Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
Could you build me a temple as good as that?
Could you build me such a resting place?

It was my hand that laid the foundations of the earth,
my right hand that spread out the heavens above.
When I call out the stars, they all appear in order

   The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary.They will walk and not faint.

 

 

What does God want from me? Malachi 1-4

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From the book of  Malachi:

  • He wants us to Honor His Name
  • Fear Him- Where is the respect He deserves?
  • Reverence Him, He is a Great King
  • Walk with Him In Peace and Equity
  • Turn others away from sin
  • our lips speak words of knowledge
  • Know God’s Word

Below is a list of the sins of the people that the Lord revealed through the prophet Malachi. By looking over each one, we learn what the Lord wants from us. Take time to read Malachi 1-4, the blessings, the curses and the warnings.  Live a life that pleases the Lord.

Sins of the People

  1. No One Honored or gave glory to His Name :I will send a curse upon you and I will curse your blessings , yes, I have cursed them already because you do not take this to heart
  2. They departed from the way, their walk with the Lord
  3. They caused others to stumble
  4. They corrupted the covenant
  5. Shown partiality to the law
  6. You cover the alter with tears, but the Lord does not listen…why? Because the Lord has been a witness between you and your wife with whom you have dealt treacherously. Let no one deal treacherously with their wife, the Lord hates divorce, it covers one’s garment with violence
  7. You have wearied the Lord with your words, How?…… by saying everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord and He delights in them, or when you say, Where is the God of Justice?
  8. People did not fear God, specifically : sorcerers, adulterers, perjurers, those who exploit the orphan, widow and the alien
  9. They robbed God, How? in tithes and offerings (3:8-10)
  10. Harsh words against God by saying :It is useless to serve God, there is no profit

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Verse in Malachi to think about

2:10  Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another?

1:14 For  I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, And My name is to be feared among the nations.

3:16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them ; So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name.

They shall be mine says the Lord of hosts

  • I will make them my jewels
  • I will spare them

 

then you shall again discern between righteous and wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

Jeremiah 7 The Lord warns

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As I read Jeremiah 7-8, it sounds as if the Lord is speaking to us today.  His Word is our guidebook for life, it our instruction book, the Words are here so we would have  understanding  and set our feet would be set on the right path to eternal life. His Words go out and speak to us today.

God so merciful but He is also not mocked.

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His message through Jeremiah to Judah – and to us

1-Change your ways! Consider your ways!

2- Stop oppressing the fatherless, the widow and the stranger. This takes some thought because we may think we don’t oppress others, but are we helping them? The single moms abandoned, the homeless? the orphans. When I think about this verse, I often think of the crime in the inner cities. Shows like 48 hours on TV show kids going down one wrong path and thrown in prison for the rest of their lives. What have we done for these inner city kids? I just wonder if its the plan to keep locking them up at $40K plus a year for the rest of their life. If someone would just invest in them while young, maybe we wouldn’t continually and daily see bloodshed and murder on our streets. Every day there are drive by shootings and killing of the innocent on our streets. I believe the shed of innocent blood curses the land.

3-Don’t walk after other gods to your hurt.

4-Don’t trust in lying words that cannot profit you

5- Don’t worship idols. The women in Jeremiah’s day made cakes for queen of heaven,( Jer 7 and 44 ). They did this while also worshiping in the temple. They were warned repeatedly to stop but the wives refused, saying all went well when they worshiped her. Do you know why? They were worshiping demons through their idol, see 1 Cor 10:19-11

 “We will not listen to your messages from the Lord!  We will do whatever we want. We will burn incense and pour out liquid offerings to the Queen of Heaven just as much as we like—just as we, and our ancestors, and our kings and officials have always done in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For in those days we had plenty to eat, and we were well off and had no troubles!  But ever since we quit burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and stopped worshiping her with liquid offerings, we have been in great trouble and have been dying from war and famine.”

Do you think God doesn’t notice when you walk in His house, by His name and stand before Him, when your life is full of murders, adulteries, idolatry, lying and stealing?

 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.  Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.  Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. Galations 6:7-10 

God repeatedly warns us and tells us to come back. He wants us to obey His voice. He wants to be our God , He wants us to be His people

” They have set their abominations in the house which is called by MY Name to pollute it, even the priest and the prophet is given to covetousness” – even the priests and religious leaders at that time were given to greed and covetousness. 

Our churches and our religious groups may not be up to God’s perfection, but you can begin your journey to seek God and His righteousness today. Be careful not to be deceived by the world and worldliness in our churches. God wants you to be Holy, He wants to be your God, your Father, the One who comforts you. Don’t disrespect the innocent blood of Jesus shed on the cross for you by intentionally sinning and thinking you are covered.

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:26 

Will you be counted worthy?

Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man. Luke 21:26

JESUS said :Matthew 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven iperfect.

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