Do We Know Who We Represent?

As we journey or sojourn in the earth wearing the label “Christ follower” and declaring that we are filled with the Holy Spirit, what testimony are we leaving behind?

Do people fear God’s wrath because they understand the wages of sin? … OR because we have led them to believe our God slays because He is petty and jealous over useless issues?

I see in the world much condemnation and judgment; very little mercy, grace, or life giving/life saving actions among those who say they believe in Christ and are filled with His Spirit. Perhaps because we know NOT what Spirit we are of!

Are our actions the actions of life givers? or do our actions condemn and bring judgment and death?

Be careful brothers/sisters in Christ. His purpose … is our purpose too! Kill the self righteousness that so consumes us … and ask God to place in us a love for the world that gives mercy and pours out grace!

I am praying that Our Father will teach us to open our eyes to truth! As we learn to rest in His righteousness, may we also learn to bring to this world a message of life. Praying that he will help us to remember the Spirit that fills us AND help us to remember that we are merely ambassadors. Praying that He will help us to remember that rejection of us is nothing that we should feel personally – this is a rejection of our Savior … a rejection of God. Praying that He will help us to remember , so that we will be prompted to show a “Christ Life” that the lost will desire!

Avoiding Reproach – Nearing Self Righteousness

His word and commandments and expectations are clear – but knowing we are out of compliance causes us to question – in the name of clarification.

  • When is a fetus a person?
  • Is there a difference between kill & murder?
  • If I accidentally pick up the pen from someone’s desk and later discover it, is it theft?
  • They live across an ocean, do they qualify as my neighbor?

I am moved to conviction in my heart as I see us asking God for “clarification” when we really want exoneration! We are called and commanded to love – yet, I see so much hate in the church (the Body of Christ) directed toward the world. Asking God for direction is one thing, but seeking our own spiritual loopholes is another matter altogether.

Purge our hearts, O Lord! Make us to see ourselves in the light of Your holiness, though we dodge the truth. Give us Your own conviction and help us to stand firm in obedience to all that you have said, avoiding the need to justify our sin. Cleanse us and make us whole and complete so that we can move toward experiencing the abundant life that is only found in You!!!