FINDING FREEDOM

I was doing a little studying the other day and I found this scripture.  Then I did a search on the word ‘bear’ and found a lot of interesting verses that I put into an evangelistic message.  Here it is:

Rom 15:1  We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Lev 5:17  And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wish it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.

People who are not saved are in the Old Testament and are subject to the Law and its punishments by God.  They have no Messiah, no forgiveness and no reward.  You have a Messiah if you believe in the true Messiah, Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross.  You have to bear your iniquity when it is not forgiven, what you have done.  You bear your guilt and iniquity.

Joh 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

It is like being found guilty of a crime.  Not just feeling guilty.  Jesus death though, paid the price for that crime and He and the Father forgive the crime and take away the guilt for the crime.  We are subject to the laws of the land for judgment for a crime too.

Lev 16:22  And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

The goat bore the sins in the Old Testament sometimes in the Old Testament.  Jesus is the scapegoat.  He took on Himself all the sins of the people- Jews, Gentiles outside the camp.  Something or someone had to, ‘for there is no remission of sin w/o the shedding of blood.’  The goat was sent out into the wilderness and to die by the wild beasts and never to be heard of again.   A type of Christ- because God’s forgiveness makes forgotten all sins previously confessed.

 

Isa 1:14  Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.   God was willing to bear them but weary and He did, until Jesus came and died.

Isa 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Mary bore a Son, the Messiah he was to hold the sins of man and they were many, and he was the sacrifice.  God carried us and all our sinfulness until Jesus came.  Freed God too.

Isa 46:4  And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

God made us, He bore us and He carried us everyday such a load that the hairs on His back got gnarly and irritating and harsh.  He even went so far as to deliver us, think of that love- so willing, so sacrificing.

The Jewish Israelis claim to be followers of Moses and God.  They continue to sin like everybody else, but they have no more sacrifice for sin. No prophets, no priests and no sacrifice.  No animals to bear their sin, no Messiah.  But they call themselves righteous.

We, Christians, are forgiven, we don’t have to bear our guilt.  We repent and are forgiven because of what Jesus did on the cross.  We have found that we can use our strength for better things than resisting God’s conviction and fighting our guilt because guilt is not of the Lord.  We admit we are wrong and we know that God deals with it justly and mercifully.  God is gentle and lowly in heart, He wants us to have a relationship with HIM.  He wants us to admit we are wrong when we are and come to Him for forgiveness.  He wants us to talk about our sin and find a way to stop it.  He wants us to do good instead and to Love Him this way.  This is what He wants, what Christ died for and is the source of your life in Him.

That brings us back to  Rom 15:1  We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Rom 15:2  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

Rom 15:3  For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

We have been made free.  Now we can help other people to get over their sin, their burdens and whatever is keeping them from being free and whole.  For their betterment, to get closer to God and to be able to carry their own weight when they are able.  Not pleasing ourselves because we are already complete in the Lord and ready for a reward in heaven.  Most of us have persecutions and reproaches and holiness issues that we need help with.

Gal 5:10  I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.   The guy now or in the New Testament preaching a false gospel and promoting division is still having to bear his guilt.

Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

But again we are free and can have a ministry to others Christian or not.  But the key is becoming Christian.   Heb 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.   Jesus is still there to bear our sins and will come again to receive us to salvation.  Mat 8:17  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

Jesus Christ even bears our sicknesses with us, leading us.

And lastly   Rom 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

We have help with our infirmities from the Holy Spirit of GOD.  We are not stuck in them and bearing the weight of guilt and squirming a little under the weight.  The scriptures can lead to freedom and Jesus calls it free indeed.  We have leading from God! And from other experienced people, so we can help others in the ways I have stated.

 

 

STAND FIRM for the Crown of Life

So what I do is search a word in the Bible and look at the different meanings and uses, get some scriptures and write about what the scripture says to me.  Of course it has to be helpful and useful, ministering and about a subject I know a little about and I think all people need.  The last message I did could be treated as the lighter side of doubt.  Seeing doubts role in Peter falling into the water after walking on it and being afraid of the wind and other small things about doubt.  This one is more about how to defeat doubt.

Deu 28:66  And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:

Gen 37:33  And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.

 

Mat 14:31  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Mat 21:21  Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Mat 21:22  And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

 

Deuteronomy 28:66 is a form of doubt, where the people will be unsure of their fate because of their enemies.  GOD wanted them to obey the law in totality and if they didn’t, calamity would strike.  In the Book of Judges this happened often- an enemy would oppress the people and they would be unsure of God until He rescued them with another savior-type-judge.

In the next scripture Jacob was sure of Joseph’s demise he had no doubt.  Doubt appears only three times in the Old Testament.  In the law and in Job, then it is seen 10 times in the New Testament.  Seems like it should be a lot more often concerning what a problem it is now.  The appearances of the word are more important in the NT.  Remember it is belief that is faith and carries us through our lives close to God.

Mat.14:31 is the example of Peter’s lack of faith on the water.  The next two after this one, from above, is from a fig tree.  Jesus was in Jerusalem walking to the temple in His passion week you could say.  He saw a fig tree afar off and hoped to get some fruit on it.  When He got there it had none, so He cursed it.  He was hungry so He said let no more fruit grow on you forever and it dried up.  The apostles asked about it and He used this as an opportunity to teach them about doing miracles.  He didn’t hate the tree but wanted to teach them about what it took to do miracles, about prayer and believing.

The apostles did miracles, they were the only ones other than Jesus pretty much.  They knew what it took and witnessed Jesus doing many, many of them.  We have not witnessed a miracle most of us and we are many generations of faith since Jesus did them.  That might be why every believer is not out healing and calming storms.  We think there are some still happening though.  We have heard of a few even in our own prayer group- God helping others and healing diseases, etc.

Luk 11:20  But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

 

If doubt is being taught then ‘no doubt’ should be taught too.  If doubt is the way to fail then no doubt is the way to do great things.  If God could cast out demons then and we can cast them out by having faith then we can know the kingdom of God is here, then and now.  Jesus brought it in then by being here and proving His God Head by doing miracles.  Our freedom now makes us know also what Jesus has done in our lives.

But to get to my point:  Remember when Jesus talked about Himself being the true bread and drink.  He said He was the Bread that came down from Heaven and the Bread of Life?  Many of the people did want to eat His body or drink His blood and they left.  Jesus explained to them that it was spiritual, but they still had to leave.

 

The disciples were asked by Him do you also want to go?  But they said where shall we go you have the words of eternal life!

When we have doubt from a trial we can’t handle.  When we are tested and our pain seems awesome and we want to leave the church.  We should think like the apostles did in that last story.  Jesus asked them ‘Do you want to leave also?’   and Peter answered where shall we go Lord only you have the words of eternal life.  That is a game stopper.  Think about it after following Jesus and being so blessed and impulsively we want to leave.  WHERE Shall we go? – Who can compare to Jesus?  Will flesh or sex or drinking or drugs compare to Jesus?  Will our sinful flesh ever be drowned of our sorrows.  If nothing can separate us from God’s love then how can one bad trial.  Look ahead where can we go?

 

If we are fighting doubt we should study, pray, fellowship, believe.  Many people do leave but that doesn’t mean you have to!  There are many proofs of Jesus- the archaeological, the scientific, the historical, and especially the spiritual and belief has to take over to complete faith.  So study these from a Christian viewpoint because the world can’t see it.  So why would you ask them.  But God can and will help you if you want it, salvation that is.

Trials separate the men and women from the boys and girls.  We do get tests to strengthen our faith.  They are not meant to wipe us out.  What is worth losing eternal life for?  Is it short term pleasure again?  We know where that leads already!  Will that comfort you?  The real comfort is in Jesus.  Hang On!  So that the last place of that man is not worse than the first.

 

A Visit from Jesus

Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid. Have you ever laughed with Jesus over something He said. Have you ever enjoyed the company of the King of Kings. He was really good to me on Sunday and dwelt with me, but not me but, who He is in me. He selfied me and who He is said to my cell: Not much but He just listened while I tried to be myself and it was very encouraging even though I shared some negative stuff for awhile. But the love we shared as we tarried there as the song goes ‘no other has ever known’. This might be a Bible verse but if it is another person has experienced this. Someone famous- a Bible character maybe David. But I looked it up and maybe it was just the authors words to the song. See I’m not the only one; maybe someone near has had a close encounter like this with the Savior. He is so personable and automatically close when you meet Him. It took alot of prayer and being Holy before He – then, He just started talking to me while praying, because it is said if you listen He will.
So I think the chosen , well I didn’t want to show weakness while the master was creating this as I broke down in my understanding of His ways while I waited for Him to continue. And then He left. But I had a promise that God will never leave us or forsake us. So I knew it was only temporary. But I had a very nice time and felt relieved of all my temporal trials for a while. It is in being with Jesus that our situation starts looking up. The stress leaves and we are strengthened and ready to go on on our own again.
Ah He is so good to be with and spend time with as we do and He wants us to be ourselves and get to know us. When He does get to know us He acts differently than at first. In my experience He does minister to the poor and needy. He fills us with His love and caring, is patient with our humanness and gives superabundantly with what we need. Kindness is His forte’ and love is what he shows making us strong as He is lowly of heart and boosts my confidence any way. He plays a little and almost laughs and understands. Is so gentle in getting me to go forward and not fear and to know He will do it to an extent. When I am filled to the brim with everything thing he is in His presence, He leads and guides and sets me off in a new direction and goes until I can manage.
I was praying how can I reach them I’m out of stuff and here it is some new life in Jesus and a whole congregation of new ideas. He shames me actually He is so giving and has to repeat the obvious to get me moving. I wish He would just take me out of this mess we call earth and let me start over again in a perfect world. He will one day. That world where the streets are gold but more importantly where there is no pain or suffering or hurt. You know perfect, where we can all be perfect and without bonds. A heaven where we have all knowledge at our fingertips and all light and love in and through us where everybody benefits.
Most of all where the Master is so beautiful and accessible and giving and free that we all benefit. We get a part of Him now and most later and the love just keeps happening. The Master is so great that the praise and adoration don’t stop and His being is never quenched and our longings for Him are never not satisfied yet just keep growing to ever new heights. His reign will never be contested because He is the perfect leader, the only one and has no enemies.
The mansions are no junk, better than Trumps Florida Estate. I hope there are planetary shooting ranges and Galactic travel arrangements, the best kitchens because Jesus ate after he rose and we are going to eat forever. Only the best from Jesus, who had such love for us to sacrifice His own Son, the Father did, and He will therefore freely give us all things. If we accept Him, love Him and obey Him. He is perfect we can trust Him. The Jesus we experience on earth is the same Jesus in heaven and He is worthy of our praises.

Lovingkindness

 

Psa 6:4  Return, O LORD, rescue my soul; Save me because of Your lovingkindness.

Return to me the psalmist is stating; rescue me from the world, the flesh, and the devil.  So often we need to be saved from ourselves while we are walking with Jesus.  Why does He save us?  Because of His lovingkindness He saves us.  This word is mentioned 23 times in the Bible all referring to God.  That is why He does it- because He is good; He loves us; He is kind.  Some have tested Him but He is self motivated and self existent.  He proves Himself by being Himself more than every other living being.  Proves He is God and is lovingkindness and there is no other.

Here is what a psalmist felt after being saved:   Psa 86:13  For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

Gratitude.

Psa 25:7  Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.

 

He does not remember the sins of our youth which we committed and leave such a mark on us.  We should forget, but this is what finally grows us.  We can get down at our mistakes or never make them again.  They temper us as we head in a different direction.  To learn our lesson and take correction is invaluable.  ‘Blessed is the man who can take correction.’  But He lets changes happen for His goodness sake or we would have an element of hopelessness doing the same thing over again.  God is working.  Watch the people on Netflix who die and visit heaven or hell and have changed lives afterward- Christian or not.  They have joy, they have purpose, and hope.   Even if they are unsaved God blesses them.  It is lucky they even survive.

Again when we need to get saved God is there.     Psa 79:8  O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.    Psa 79:9  Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.

The generational sins of which we can be free, drinking, whorring, beating our wives.  The things almost handed down genetically that we learned young and could have been violently inbred into us.  Through God we can get past those sins that drag us to the bottom and are only partially our fault.  God won’t leave you doing evil and not wanting to.  God’s Spirit of Holiness didn’t let Jesus sin and He can keep you from it too.

Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

If you are wonting it, God will give you His very special gift.  Just for not wanting your sin and giving your life to Jesus, He will free you.  Are you kind?  He is more, with the power of God to keep you and teach you.  He uses our willingness to help us be enabled to live a good life.  Get with Jesus, He is able and through lovingkindness help will come.

One of the bad wraps God has is that people think He is mean and cruel because of the Israelites in the desert.  It is simply not true.  He loves His people then and now.  Through it all we learned who He is.  God is Good and loving and kind.  Don’t be His enemy.

HOPE in JESUS

Needs,  we all have them you know!  We also have a need to have Jesus in our lives.

Food and clothes- these are what the Bible says are our needs.  ‘And with these we shall be content’.  Shelter is nice but everything is better when you have Jesus in your life.  Some say we have emotional needs.  We can feel and experience a wide range of things and still be ourselves and be quote, unquote ‘normal’.  Do we have needs to feel happy?  That would take a steady diet of the positive to accomplish that.  We all have tough experiences to cope with and can’t feel good all the time.

But what is our standard of feeling and is it realistic?  God’s standard, how He wants us to feel as Christians is joy in trials and pleasure in afflictions.  Whatever the situation, we can feel like we do.  But then we can come back to joy.  Whether or not we feel like it is appropriate and getting ministered to by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word- joy is our normal.  We have the joy of being saved and what Jesus did and heading toward heaven.  Jesus is there for us.  He cares and self control keeps us from burning bridges in family or friends unless they are bad companions or doing us harm.

Jesus wants us to be ourselves and He puts virtues here and there to keep us from going too far, from being destructive- He wants us to be constructive, ya know.  Am I making it sound too robotic? But it is maturity actually.  You can be yourself without Jesus and bang on the walls once in a while and go too far here or not far enough there and you can ruin relationships that way- any kind of relationship.  You can lose jobs and we all think we are going to learn that way.  But Jesus is faster learning, better learning, with a loving teacher.  But in the hard world we also have to worry about quitting and giving up before you get your goal because it is just too hard.  So I encourage you to try Jesus way.  Do it Jesus way.

You will have more understanding, clear limits and warnings about what not to try, on a job, or in a relationship, or having GOD in you life.  Some people make very pretty art out of the Lord and are writing things that are for personal, entertainment and for wisdom.  I have started translating the New Testament from the Greek.  Jesus can grow your mind, you can grow and mature more in the Lord.  Not to become more sad or hard or hurtful, but in newness of life in love and peace.

You can travel or meet people and talk about positive subjects like God.  If you are doing drugs or alcohol and are running yourself down, God can pick you up if you ever turn away from that stuff.

The Muslims are seeing Jesus in dreams and they might be the fastest growing churches on earth right now.  The Third World is getting Jesus but America is not.  They are not needy, or are they??  They are afraid to need Him.  They want better stuff like utopia or riches or a job or a free ride.  Utopia or riches probably won’t happen.  But isn’t our world troubled?  Don’t we need a Savior Jesus who can make it all right in troubled times!?

Look at the oppressed Chinese or the plagued Africans, now the hate-filled Muslims getting saved.  All because they know they need Jesus.  But most of us couldn’t care less!  We need Him because all our dreams are wrapped up in Him and whether or not He will allow us to have them.  But heaven will be the dreamiest, grooviest place and more.  But few find it.

The gospel is that Jesus made a way for us to go to the Father.  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.  Then repent of your sins and lead a holy life and you will make it to heaven.

 

A New Creature!

These Judaizers or men who thought they had Christ but were trying to make Christians obey the Jewish Law.  Paul talked about them all through the Book of Galatians.  They were trying to make a show of the Christians they had reconverted to the Law.  They were making a show and were hedging in people who were saved so they would follow the Laws of Israel.  But they wanted so bad for Christ to have included the ceremonial law as part of being saved, but He hadn’t included it.  These misguided men wanted the Law only because they did not want to suffer persecution for the Cross of Christ- to appease the Jews who were so violently against the new Christianity.

Even the Judaizers could not completely obey God’s former law, as Jesus had showed the Pharisees when He was on earth.  But they wanted new Christians to obey it so that they would be glorified by their numbers and similarities to the Jews.  Paul only wanted to glory in the cross- the very thing the Jews could not understand.  They could not understand a life without the Law and thought God would never change.

The cross was so important in the making of and completion of God’s salvation for man.  The Law was incomplete and had no heaven or reward involved with it.  That’s why the Messiah had to come.  But they expected someone different and once again their flesh blinded them to the true Messiah.  The cross did so much work for man and the work of salvation.  Like as Paul was crucified to the world and the world to him.  The world is a very evil place.  The cross has a very prominent place in Christianity.  We also crucify the flesh figuratively with Christ and die to self much more spiritually.

Gal6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor un-circumcision means anything, but a new creature.  A new creature loves as that in 1Cor13.  No one ever did that before.  All new creatures are given mercy and peace for their struggles to be like Jesus.  Mercy- room to breathe and Peace- being assured of God and salvation.

It’s About Love

The scriptures are at the end of the page this time.

Circumcision is meaningless as of now, as of Jesus.  You can’t be saved by following the law.  Remember if a law could save surely these could have done it.  The Jewish laws were as good as any.  The American laws can’t save you but they can un-save you, by ruining your life if you don’t obey them.  Ha.  The justice system- be that as it may.  So why bother with laws at all, just love GOD and love your neighbor then the law would be fulfilled like Jesus did, by all of us.  He fulfilled God’s purpose for the law.  He did it in both love and letter.

A person who is struggling to obey laws is having a hard time and always having to pay for his mistakes.  At least he should be paying for the ones in his mind, if there are none outside his mind.  But a person who loves is a new creature because, see the difference?  A person struggling to perform and yet failing, he is focused not on love but on performance.  But a person focused on love is new- who does that, except a lovesick Romeo. Ha.  People who focus on love are new and always getting better because there is no condemnation for failures.  This is the only discipline where that is true.  God wants to help us succeed so this too is a very special reason to have joy.  You are not whipped or put in jail but you are corrected and forgiven and encouraged to do better.

God is Good, and you support your families, talk about Him to others, endure persecution, learn and grow and become wise.  He, it, is all I ever wanted.  What could be easier?  But it is hard though.  God loves us and we need love.  We can’t earn that love by obeying the most laws.  Or we can’t earn it by being the ‘Most Obedient for January, 2017’.  But maybe you don’t like the new creatures that God made.  Don’t like God, new creatures, obedient people.  Just don’t like Christians…..

Well I guess you just don’t want to be liked, because what goes around comes around.  Maybe you won’t be liked when you are putting out love.  Galatians 6:16.  So if you like being a new creature Paul prays a blessing on you- peace and mercy.  And they are really going to need it, for the reason that many people don’t like us and too many people want to constrain us to the law.  So we are given mercy because not many have it as a part of their make-up.  Also peace is given, because reality sets in once in a while and we need peace to offset what people say about us and feel balanced again after hurt feelings.  But thank God for the Christians we meet every where that are usually supportive and kind.

 

Gal 6:12  As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Gal 6:13  For neither they themselves who are (c-word) keep the law; but desire to have you (c-word), that they may glory in your flesh.

Gal 6:14  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

Gal 6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither (c-word) availeth any thing, nor       (un-c-word), but a new creature.

Gal 6:16  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.