He Who Is Without Sin

  They said this to test Him, hoping that they would have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and began writing on the ground with His finger. However, when they persisted in questioning Him, He straightened up and said, He who is without any sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. Then He stooped down again and started writing on the ground.  (John 8:6-8 AMP)

  As a Christian it can be hard not to look at others with disdain, seeing all their flaws, and sins. We can put ourselves up on a pedestal, feeling higher, and superior than others. The Bible teaches us that we must be extremely careful not to do this. We must not speak evil of others, especially our own brothers and sisters in Christ. (If a person thinks he is religious, but does not keep his tongue from speaking bad things, he is fooling himself. His religion is worth nothing.  Religion that is pure and good before God the Father is to help children who have no parents and to care for women whose husbands have died and who have troubles. Pure religion is also to keep yourself clean from the sinful things of the world. James 1:26-27 NLV)

  Friends, let us remember that the tongue is a little member but can defile the whole person. (So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.
See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. James 3:5-6 NASB) As Christians we must not boast, or think ourselves higher than our fellow brethren. We can not pretend to have no sin.

  Young and old, we are all members of the same body. In Matthew 20 Jesus tells us about The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. (For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. Matthew 20:1-2) This parable explains that The church, those who will inherit the kingdom of heaven, are like laborer’s who start working at different times through out the coarse of the day. We each will be paid the same at the end of our labor. Christian’s who have been added to the church at 3pm will earn the same wages as the Christian’s who were added to the Church at 9pm. Even though Christ returned to give them their inheritance at 10pm, they both received the same reward for their labor. (So the last will be first, and the first will be last. Matthew 20:16 ESV)

  One Christian is not better than the other. We must love one another, and serve one another in love. (Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1John 4:7 NKJV) We must be welcoming to new Christians, and be eager to set a good example for them. We must be willing to guide them, and teach them with kindness, and patience. (Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21 ESV) We must forgive each other, just as Christ has forgiven us. (Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13 ESV) Do not rival with fellow brethren, do not start, or stir up trouble. (Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 ESV)

    If we are to be Christians, the body of Christ, we must be servants to one other just as Christ was for us. (Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins. Proverbs 10:12 NKJV) Friends, are you leading with love, or hatred? Seek love, and love at all times. Read God’s word, and let it guide you. The lord sees all of our actions, and thoughts. Hidden or visible, God knows all. Let us be of good cheer, and good to one another.

  Friends, if upon reading this post you feel you have not loved you’re neighbor as you’re self, I am here to tell you, our God is a forgiving God. Jesus came to this earth, and did not sin. He bore everyone’s guilt, sin, and shame, on the cross. Bearing everything for us, Christ freed us from the hold of sin and death. We have the most amazing gift,  the free gift of life. All we have to do is obey God’s plan of salvation, and we can be added to his Church. ( Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 NKJV) Becoming a Christian is not the only thing we must do. God command’s Christians to continue steadfastly in that which he has taught us.

  I will leave you with this,  “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

   Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

   Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.  When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known  So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13. ESV.

Wise As Serpents…

Wise As Serpents.

 

When you think of a serpent, what comes to mind? A slithery, creature who lives in the garden? A carnivore, who is extra sneaky, and fast? When I think of a serpent, I imagine, a deceiver. Not a animal out in the woods, but the kind of serpent that walks among us. The bible tells us about these types of people. We are warned about deceitful people who will come and try to lead us away from Christ. These people are cunning, and seem harmless. It is sometimes said, that you would never know the snake is afoot, until it bites you. (2 Corinthians 11:13 But I’m afraid that your minds might be seduced in the same way as the serpent deceived Eve with his devious tricks. You might be unable to focus completely on a genuine and innocent commitment to Christ. CEB)

We are also warned that there will be wolf’s in sheep’s clothing. (Matthew 7:15 Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. NAS) It can be hard to discern such people, from the rest of the pack. Quite recently I had my own experience with deceitful serpents, who came to me in lambs clothing. They took me by surprise, and I trusted them. Believed they needed me, for guidance, and support. In reality these wolfs were blood thirsty, seeking to destroy me. Trying to lead me astray from the church of Christ, and his light.  Hoping to turn me against my brothers and sisters in the Church. These people are deceivers. God’s word warns us about such men. ( Matthew 34:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man lead you astray. ASV)

As Christians we are forewarned that such tempters will be amongst us, and they will appear to be lambs. Harmless, and innocent. But they are truly wicked, and ravenous. God commands us to be wise of these things, and to be strong in him. ( Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. WEB) We must be aware, of their trickery and deceit. We must be armed with the word of God, and we must fully rely on Christ for our strength and guidance. ( Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ESV)

The Bible also tells us how to know those who are sincere, and walking with Christ, from those who are deceivers, and evildoers. ( Matthew 7:15-17 Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. ESV) By looking at the fruits, which are the products from their labors, we can recognize the true intentions of the person. The serpents I encountered were previous Christians, who were wearing their lambs clothing. They had kind words, and eagerly wanted my friendship. Once I allowed them into my life and heart, they made their move. A snake will sneak up on its prey, getting closer, and closer, until it is too late. The prey is devoured.

Friends, God’s word tells us what we as Christians must do to stand against the schemes of the Devil. (Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ESV) Christ has freed us all from every trial, and struggle. We must first be saved, and counted as one of his flock. Then we will receive his full protection, and blessings.

If you have never obeyed God’s plan for salvation, and wish to do so, please go to the “Contact” section of Daily Reflections, there you can submit you’re contact information. You will be directed to a Church of Christ in you’re area. If there is not a Church of Christ in you’re area, my brothers and sisters in Christ will meet with you, and baptize you. Welcoming you into the Lord’s Church.

May God bless you, and guide you. May God’s grace shine upon you’re face, and light you’re way, through the darkest of times. Believe and trust in him, and you will know happiness. There will be times of trial, and days of struggle, remember friends you are not alone. Please turn to Christ, by becoming a Christian today. You’re Church family will lift you up, and bear you’re burdens with you. I sincerely hope this post has been  helpful to you, and guided you to the truth. Thank you for reading Daily Reflections, may God’s word inspire you always.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Addiction

 

The persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful, is defined as “Addiction“. (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addiction) It can be hard to understand addiction unless, you have  personally experienced the hold it can have on you. In the “About” section of  Daily Reflections, I mentioned that I am a Christian. I started this blog to speak to the masses about God, and his word. I believe the things we go through can be used as tools. We can learn to use these tools to guide and reach others who may be seeking advice.

An experience, that I have a heightened perspective on is the struggle with Addiction. I am a recovering addict. I have not used any illegal drugs, or abused drugs or alcohol in over 6 years. This being said, I can relate to the controlling affects that addiction can have on a person. When I was in my deepest darkest place, my addiction fueled my desires. My addiction pushed me to obey it’s wishes. Loosing all  of my self respect, and self love, I fell deeper, and deeper into the vicious cycle.

Innocently enough marijuana was the first drug I ever used. I thought it was “harmless”, that it was  just recreational fun. When I see people defending marijuana use, I feel discouraged, for the  impact it could have on  the impressionable minds of youths. Marijuana is known as the “gateway drug”. What this means is people who use marijuana are more likely to also become addicted to other drugs as well. (https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/marijuana-gateway-drug) For me it was just that. Being open to one drug can eventually lead to being open to all drugs. Then, it’s too late. The hold of the addiction has already consumed you. From my experiences, All Drugs, are bad drugs. All drugs, allow you’re strings to be pulled by outside forces.

Addiction is a cruel puppet master who seeks to destroy you. I personally believe that the driving force behind addiction is none other than the devil. The bible supports my views on this subject. (1 Peter 5:8 Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. WEB) Friends as I have mentioned before addiction is a cruel puppet master. Becoming a Christian was when I submitted to God, and he helped me over come my addiction. He defeated the cruel puppet master, not just for me but for us all.

When we become Christians, by obeying God’s plan for salvation, Christ will fee you from the chains that bind you to sin, and death. Addiction is not something you have to keep feeding. God says we can do all things with his help. (1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ESV)( Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ESV)(Ephesians 4:22 To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires. ESV)

If you or someone you know struggle’s with addiction, and you have not  yet obeyed God’s plan for salvation. I urge you, please turn to Christ today. You are not alone in this, and do not have to stay where you are in your cycle of addiction. I have mentioned in my first post what one must do to be saved. The bible plainly explains what we must do to be added to the church, and be saved. (Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. NKJ) If you have not obeyed God’s plan for salvation, and desire to do so today, please go to the “Contact” section of Daily Reflections. My church family can help you find a local Church of Christ in your area. If there is not a local Church of Christ in Your area my brothers and sisters in Christ will come and meet with you, and baptize you. Welcoming you into the Lords Church.

May God bless you, and guide you. May God’s grace shine upon you’re face, and light you’re way, through the darkest of times. Believe and trust in him, and you will know happiness. Remember you are not alone, or stuck with you’re addiction. There are people who do care, and who will listen. Please turn to Christ, by becoming a Christian. You’re Church family will lift you up, and bear you’re burdens with you. I sincerely hope this post has been helpful to you, and guided you to the truth. Thank you for reading Daily Reflections, may God’s word inspire you always.

 

 

 

 

 

Purpose

Purpose.

  Sometimes we all can feel like a ship with out a sail. Like we have no purpose, no motivation, and no guidance. In the about section of my blog, I mentioned that I am a Christian. I have decided, to dedicate my first blog post to the topic of salvation.

  As a Christian, I am charged with spreading the gospel, which includes God’s plan for salvation. ( Mark 16:15-16 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. ESV)

  For this very reason, I have decided to write my first blog post, with the truth, and purpose given to us all, through the scriptures. The message, given to us from God, and his plan and directions for all of man is to be saved. To enter into covenant, and receive salvation in and through Jesus, Christ.

  I am here to tell you readers, about the love of God, and his desire for us all to be saved. (Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ESV) Our father sent his only begotten son to die for our sins. He calls us all to obey his plan for salvation, he calls us all to be saved. (Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ESV)

  So, you ask you’re self, How do I become a child of God? How do I become saved? I am here to tell you, friends.The word of God, plainly explains what we must do to be saved. (Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. NKJ) God’s word tells us what we must do to be saved.

  In the book of Acts, in chapter 2, we find the apostle Peter, speaking to the people, some of which were the very ones who crucified Christ. The people realize that Jesus, had risen from the grave. That he was the son of God, and they were hear broken. They wanted to change, they wanted to be saved. ( Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? NKJ) They were “Cut to the Heart“. These people were convicted by peters words, and by the proof that Christ had risen from the grave. They knew they were damned, by their previously hardened hearts, unbelief, and sin.

  Peter responds to these people by explaining to them, what they must do to be saved. First, lets look at what Peter does not say. Peter never says, recite the sinners prayer. He does not say, well you feel bad already, so you are saved. He also does not say, you are too far gone, you can’t be saved! Peter, teaches these people God’s directions for salvation. (Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. NKJ) If we desire to be saved by God, we must obey God’s directions for salvation.

  To be saved, we must “Repent” the best example of repentance is, by imagining a person who is going on a journey, traveling in a certain direction, and while on that journey they realize along the way, Hey… I am going in the wrong direction. Repentance is a change of mind, that bring about a change of life. This change is something we must continue to do. We must always keep repenting. (Acts 17:30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. NIV)

  To be “Baptized” is to be FULLY EMERSED into water. If we want to be saved, and joined to the body of Christ, and added to his church, we must be partakers of Christ’s death. Baptism is the place where the the old sinner dies, and is buried in that water. When you arise you are new, Joined to Christ in his resurrection. Thus you must continue to walk in newness of life. ( 1Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you, not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. NASV) (Romans 6:3-7 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. NKJV)

  We all have complete purpose in God. We are all loved, and wanted. (1John 4:10 This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. ISV) (Philippians 2:13 For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. HCS) Friends, I welcome you to the truth. Remember, the bible says, Christ is coming back to this earth one day. On that day we all shall be judged, according to the word of God. (Romans 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. ESV) (John 8:32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. ESV) Allow the truth and purpose of God set you free.

  After reading this, and allowing the word of God to work within you, you have the desire to become a child of God, Seek out the lord’s Church. I am a member of The Church of Christ, and can direct you to a local Church of Christ in your area. If there is not a local Church of Christ in your area, my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ can make plans to meet with you and baptize you immediately. If you would like to contact me please submit, or comment in the “Contact” section of my blog.

  May God bless you, and guide you. May God’s grace shine upon you’re face, and light you’re way, through the darkest of times. Believe and trust in him, and you will know happiness. My friends, I urge you to Obey Gods plan for you, and Be saved today. The word of God has been brought to so that you are without excuse. You can not obey God’s word with out first hearing it.(Romans 10:14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? NLT) Friends, This post is me telling you about God’s divine purpose for us all, and his desire that we all obey him. May Daily Reflections be you’re guiding light to Christ. Thank you for reading Daily Reflections, may God’s word inspire you always.