Romans 8:35 – A Simple Choice?

4 08 2017

QuestionsIn this post, we are exploring this question… Who shall separate us from the love of Messiah?

Romans 8:35 reads: Who shall separate us from the love of Messiah? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

What is Paul really asking us? He tells us that tribulations, distress, persecution all the bad things that happen to us by the hands of another, do not separate us from God’s love. He adds to this list, nakedness, danger, or sword, these things represent the absence of necessary good in our everyday lives. None of these separate us. Paul goes on to tell us in verse 38 that not even death can separate us from the love of God.rf123

Then who separates us from the Love of God? If it isn’t the events or people and clearly Paul shows us God loves us, then we have to look at ourselves.

 What separates you and I (and the world) from the love of God is our denial of God and rejecting the gift of our Messiah. It is our choice to separate. If we choose by an act of our wills not to believe in God and receive by faith the gift of our savior, we separate ourselves from the love of God.

So the choices we make can shuts down our ability to receive the fullness of God’s love which is ever around us like the air we breathe.

As we go through life even after we have believed in our Messiah, we must choose to walk toward God by engaging with HIM, not turning or walking away from HIM in our daily lives. In making this simple choice we can receive the fullness of our Messiah’s love!

Blessings & Complete Joy!

Millie

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Temptation and the Kingdom of Heaven

24 11 2016

changeToday we are talking about temptation and Kingdom of Heaven through James 1:13 – 15. Temptation is all around us, I was tempted as I look at writing this post just to let it slide another week, as I had done for months, I didn’t so here we are looking tempation.

 

 No one being tempted should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and God himself tempts no one.  Rather, each person is being tempted whenever he is being dragged off and enticed by the bait of his own desire.  Then, having conceived, the desire gives birth to sin; and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.  Don’t delude yourselves, my dear brothers.  James 1:13-15

 

Webster’s dictionary defines temptation: to entice to do wrong by promise of pleasure or gain. So temptation is an action taken to engage our will (our right to choose) to act in a self gratifying way resulting in wrong choices and short-term gain and for many long-term guilt and shame.

 

If we look at my temptation not to write this post, the temptation was to spend time with my husband watching TV or choose to come temptationinto my cold office on Thanksgiving morning and press into God believing something of value would result. As I pondered my choice I realized not to go into my office would have put off the inevitable, sitting down and writing about temptation, something everyone knows about, but seldom talks about because it brings with it personal responsibility, and who wants that on Thanksgiving!

 

Temptation is a natural part of being human as we exercise our right to choose. We are all going to make good choices and resisting temptation while on other days we will be overcome by temptation and make those dreaded bad choices we wish we hadn’t made. Praise God for Yeshua who made the choice to die, taking away the sins of the world!

 

Join me next time as we delve into James 1:13, looking at this truth, God doesn’t tempt us.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie
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Fault verses Consequences

25 02 2012

Humans naturally believe God’s unconditional love should negate consequences. When in reality unconditional love is to love without finding fault, which has nothing to do with consequences.

 

Fault in this context is an intellectual imperfection or impairment while a consequence is a conclusion resulting from reason or argument. They are two very different things.

 

Simply put, fault is the human condition while consequence is the result of human action.

 

Because of James 1:5 we know we can ask God without him finding fault, this is part of His unconditional love, he love us in spite of our human condition. When we understand this we can begin to untangle our sin driven belief that God’s love and the death of Christ, negates consequences here on earth.

 

Clearly every breath of life reveals that the Love of God and the death of Christ were never meant to negate consequences because the Love of God established choice and it is that choice which brings consequences.

 

We must not fault, distrust or doubt God because of our choices and there consequences.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

 

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Is Satan or God more relevant?

12 03 2011

With every passing day I find God more relevant than Satan. The more I see God’s relevance the more I see God, because I am more open to His presence.

 

            As I look at the world around me, many see Satan more relevant than God. Even those who know God spend more time learning how to fight the enemy, than how to walk deeper into a relationship with their God.

 

What we focus on is what we draw near to us.

 

          Since coming to Christ, at age 17, I have hungered and thirsted for the Lord, desiring to go deeper into His presences and building a strong relationship with him. I have put any relationship with the enemy (see my 10/31/2007 blog) behind me, never straying from the author and perfector of my faith.

 

Making God relevant is a choice we all have to make, especially in a culture which glorifies evil at every turn.

 

            When Paul said, we wrestle with the rulers and principalities, I don’t believe he meant that we should focus on them; rather we should be aware of them, dealing with them when necessary, always remembering the battle belongs to the Lord. When we put the battle in the Lord’s hands we firmly establish God’s relevance which is especially necessary in the arena of spiritual warfare.

 

I find the love and care of God more relevant than any scheme or work of the enemy and pray that you my readers do as well.

           

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

 

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