True Faith in Christ

31 12 2011
Believe in Christ

Faith Grows

What is the difference between faith and belief?  Can anyone just think or say that Jesus is the Son of God and all is done?

First of all He taught us how to behave, how to act and program our thoughts before we act in a very compact sermon located in Matthew 5 through Matthew 7.  It is simple to understand.  It is not as easy to do every moment of your life.  That is what this life is for, to master our soul and be perfect as he commanded us to be.

Jesus did say that straight is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to eternal life and broad is the way that leads to destruction.

Faith is an action word.  Grace is the Saviors act of forgiveness after we have repented or changed, not before.  If we are still in the habit of not following Christ’s instructions as listed in His gospel noted above, we have not repented yet and the grace of God cannot take hold in our life.

I have had friends in the past who have been convinced that once you say you believe in Jesus and accept Him as your Savior, it’s all good.  That’s NEVER what Jesus said.  As a matter of fact, I have taken the time to pull out the words of Jesus recorded in the New Testament regarding what Jesus said about the subject.  You can look up all the references and read the before and after context.  Anyone who cares to learn what Jesus wants for us will not have to rely on any dogma filtered through the agenda of anyone. Basically Jesus tells us that words are important but if they are not backed up by our actions, talk is cheap.

Matthew 5: 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Jesus then spends more time and effort teaching us what to say and do in chapters 6 and 7 and then says:

Matthew 7: 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Matthew 11:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Matthew 22:37 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. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Matthew 25: 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.  (Versus)  30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25: 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

Mark 3: 35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

Mark 4:24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

Mark 7:6  …this people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God…

Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth…

Luke 10:25 … Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

Luke 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But he (The Lord) shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 10: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

John 10:37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

John 13:17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

So, there you have it.  That is what Jesus said about doing what He instructed us.  The world will be a very wonderful place when we all love God and each other as we have been instructed to.  He is our Father and we are all His children.


Fear Rules

8 12 2011

Be Still, No Fear

If I paid attention to all the things others people would like me to be fearful about, I could be in a constant state of panic.

I must follow a few rules to prevent or eliminate fear.  From my experience, when making decisions based on fear, serious miscalculations are often the result.  If I conquer fear, I can conquer my surroundings.

Rule 1. Be still.  What I have found to be the most profound is to be still.  I find that meditating and prayer in the morning first thing will pave the way for a productively peaceful day.  When I am able to be still and have a personal distillation process take place within my mind, body and soul, a foundation is laid for the day.  At the end of the day before I go into the rest and repair mode of sleep, I am able to let go of the accumulated stresses and strains by being still.  Turn it off.  Sometimes we can be TOO turned on to others thoughts and ideas and have our own valuable thoughts and impressions pushed aside. There is a scripture that says: “Be still and know that I am God.”  There are several ways to read that passage.  Inflection and emphasis on the word ‘know’ implies that we cannot know God without being still.

Rule 2.  Love.  I must truly love myself so that I may have a softened heart to be able to love others.  I’m not talking about the warped emotional sickness of narcissism or selfishness that is the result of an emotional void being filled in perpetually un-fulfilling ways.  I’m talking about being able to tell myself and deeply feel care and concern for my soul now, in the past, and myself that is to be. As feeling grows, it is impossible to contain.  Radiation is a natural consequence of being filled.  Light naturally fills and expands as does love.  As I bask and contemplate, realizations and insights happen.

3. Gratitude.  There is a scripture that says we must “Thank the Lord thy God in all things.”  If something I perceive to be bad happens, it is not naturally logical to be grateful for that bad thing.  Miracles happen when that practice is instituted.  Sometimes I must be reminded to be thankful in all things.  It is then important to be surrounded by those with our best interests at heart and remind to thank God for ALL things.

Finally, when I am in a state of confident contemplation, I can then make the best decisions and take the best actions.  I have seen the contrast.  This really works.

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