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Why is it that people admire “BAD boys”, “gangsters” and anyone who “flouts authority”  ? …. why is it that they laugh at and often tease, “soft”, obedient, children trying to be “good” ?

Almost every “successful” person that people admire….. is PROUD, ARROGANT and a REBEL…. you need look no further than your nearest politician or favorite singer (Rihanna ?)….. even Reverends of the Church are rebels….. and so we have rebel “priests” making “public statements” contrary to the Bible, yet using the Bible to justify their actions and behavior (just to get attention and bask in the publicity of controversy)….. presently in Barbados, we witness the  IMPASSE between the teachers and the principal of Alexandra School (each side concerned with their OWN IMPORTANCE and THEIR RIGHTS)…. and neither side really CARING about the children (except to give lip-service to their plight and use them as pawns in their power struggle).

For everybody it seems to be… it’s all about ME…. and MY RIGHTS are the most important….. how dare anybody else even suggest that I should backdown and let the other side win ?

May I suggest that many people have their “own personal god”…… fashioned in their own imagination and according to their wishes, a “convenient” god that obligingly makes them the center of their own universe ?

Is it not so ?

How often do I hear people say, my god is loving and kind….. my god does not kill people.

and when I show them some of the passages in the Old Testament, they make excuses, they say that since Jesus came and God is love and peace…. Jesus was a pacifist.. love your enemies, resist not evil, etc…. God is not going to do anything bad to humans…. I am a GOOD person, God’s not going to send me to hell (in fact this whole idea of hell is not real anyway…. it’s just an “expression”).

If you say “I’m not such a bad person… he will let me get away with my faults” you deceive yourself.. BUT if you REPENT and CONFESS that you are a VILE and WORTHLESS sinner (which is the truth) and that you DESPERATELY NEED HIS HELP to save you from YOURSELF (and unless HE does something with you…. you ARE DOOMED)….. then you will find that He does have sympathy for you and you will be amazed at His love and mercy.

Read in a Bible…  Romans 12:19, Hebrews 10:31, 2 Peter 2:4 -9

Then compare Exodus 34:7   with Revelation 6:15 – 17

The BIBLE is ONE… God’s JUDGEMENT is just as important as HIS LOVE throughout the Bible…. O sinner, you have the CHOICE… please ACCEPT that GOD is RIGHTEOUS and be SAVED today…. and do not let mankind deceive you with a doctrine that puts MAN’s life, comfort and happiness as the sole purpose of God’s existence.

But we don’t like to “grovel” do we ? …. we SAY we respect GOD’s power and authority … but in reality, we magnify ourselves before MEN (other humans just like us)… we are all master “show-offs”…. and our hearts deceive us where GOD is concerned…. we really don’t “grovel” before Him either (He is our “friend”… He is on “our side”… He will “vindicate and magnify us before other humans”…. He will make US “great”… can you see the LIE ?… can you not see that this is a “SELF-CENTERED”  conception of “our God”.

People of this Earth… just like you cannot comprehend how He can DESTROY YOU and LOVE YOU at the same time….. you will not be able to comprehend how the HOLY ONE…. inhabiting ETERNITY… INFINITE, BOUNDLESS, LIMITLESS….. GOD’s sublimity…. His total TRANSCENDENCE, RESPLENDENT GLORY…. and UNAPPROACHABLE HOLINESS….. so far, far removed from “our lives here on this little planet” (where a few degress in temperature change or a little less oxygen and EVERY LIVING THING DIES)…. this same GLORIOUS and AWESOME GOD can hear the prayer of a little child and help him to find a lost puppy…..

People of this planet…. do not become WISE IN YOUR OWN CONCEITS (Romans 12:16 – 17)…. because you can NEVER “understand” GOD with your finite and LIMITED mental faculties (Romans 12:3)….. there is only ONE PLACE for all of us “GROVELLING” in awe, and wonder before HIM.

Anyone who “magnifies” himself before GOD… is repeating the original sin of  Lucifer, Satan, the Devil…. as recorded in Isaiah 14:13 -14 and Ezekiel 28:2

It is totally RIDICULOUS that people “fear” evil rather than GOD…. they mistakenly think that because He is “kind and loving” they have nothing to fear…. so instead they respect the devil or wicked men rather than GOD who is so far above all that it BOGGLES the human mind.

Satan and his demons rule over humans through their own “fear of misfortune” and their “desperate desire to get ahead of the competition (other humans)”….. but in reality before the HOLY ONE, satan is nothing more than another “creation” and totally powerless to do anything about his own fate… so he magnifies himself in front of mankind and tries to upset and ruin the lives of the “true children of GOD” (against whom He has absolutely no power unless permitted by GOD for specific purpose).

Conclusion

The ONLY TRUE GOD is the ONE presented in the BIBLE….. and HIS “agenda” is different from yours….. furthermore, you are no more important to  Him than all the other MILLIONS OF PEOPLE that pray to Him daily.

This why you should be HUMBLE and MEEK….  ALLOWING OTHERS to  HAVE THEIR WAY…. even at your expense…. in the long run, you will be the winner.

BLESSED ARE THE MEEK FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH..

if you have heard this before … that’s because it is EVERYWHERE in the Bible…. from the Psalms right through to the words of Jesus in His “sermon on the mount”

now go and look up what “meek” means in you nearest Dictionary

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Beware of an overly ascetic viewpoint…. I have written much about the dangers of the “flesh” and about denying the “flesh…. and you might conclude that I am one of those radical “ascetic” Christians that go to the other extreme of self-denial and a severe outlook devoid of love…. and this is certainly not the case.

John 6:63… Jesus says, ” It is the spirit that giveth life; the flesh profiteth nothing.” ….. the real meaning is that nothing of Eternal significance is achieved by the flesh…. we are not supposed to despise our flesh….. or treat it badly…. but only to be aware that since it does not accomplish anything eternal, we do not not need to spend all our energies caring for it or pampering it.

You need to read Luke 7:31 – 35…. the hardest thing for humans to do is have a BALANCED viewpoint…. about the flesh…. and about any other matter of spiritual significance…. like reconciling judgement and love…. for every scripture verse there is another one to “counteract” it….

Matthew 5:42 “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” …… HAS to be tempered by COMMON SENSE and the PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF IT by the circumstances surrounding “what is being asked for” and who it is doing the “asking”…. and indeed also, the motive behind the “asking”….  and depending on the circumstances, OTHER verses of scripture could easily be found that would ANNUL your obligation to “give” unconditionally in every instance as this verse “appears” to be suggesting.

We cannot just “grab verses” and apply them “across the board”….. and yet, this “simplistic approach” has been at the root of much doctrinal error…. has spawned various “sects” within religion…. and brought the entire Bible into disrepute among the heathen “observers”.

LOVE is the central them of Apostle John’s writings……. LOVE is the reason Christ came to earth and suffered and died……  the fact that God will judge the world and condemn various people to hell in NO WAY annuls His Great Love…… and humans just cannot fathom this…. because humans cannot love and condemn at the same time…. we are not God and we are not able to judge the world in our “human” condition.

BALANCE in the Christian life….  Enjoying the good things of the flesh WITHOUT allowing them to become OVERLY important…. Putting God first and loving our “fellow man” with the correct perspective at all times and in all circumstances …. is a very daunting (impossible ?) goal…

We have the Holy Spirit to enable us….. the Saviour to forgive us when we fail…. and the LOVE of GOD to encourage us onward to another day.

Abandoning the “Way” in order to enjoy the pleasures of a fleshly life….. or abandoning the flesh entirely in search of a “super spiritual” existence…… are BOTH equally wrong extremes.

Maintaining a BALANCED approach to life while interacting with the people around us…. JUST AS JESUS DID while in His body of flesh…. is what is expected of us each day… and with His help it IS possible…. even if we fail occasionally…. thousands of saints who have lived before us have done it…. and we are not any different from them.

Read 1 Corinthians 10:13  and Hebrews 11:32 – 34

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, Thank you for another day in your world…. bless us, heal us and help us today as we live ever midful that You are watching over us….  knowing our thoughts and observing our ways as we go about our daily business of living for You…. in Jesus Name …. Amen.