What does a real Christian look like

Throughout church history there has been many changes to the perception of what a Christian should look like and should act like.

Well meaning people, myself included, have taken the word of God and tried to give a relevant interpretation to Scripture.

For those whose eyes are not open and those whose spiritual senses have not been activated. They rely upon another person’s vision. Who in turn do the very best they can to in detail describe what a Christian looks like what a Christian acts like and what are the expectations of one who bears the name of Christ Jesus.

Man is the judge of the outward appearance but God is the judge of the heart.

Much of the present church has been divided into two camps. These two camps have their headquarters in extremes.

Camp 1:
You have the very liberal – Rejection of rules, unrestrained and free living. It’s my own journey, it’s my own faith, it’s my own life. Don’t judge me.
Camp motto: God is love full of mercy and grace.
All things are viewed through the lens…we are all Gods people, he loves us, no worries.

Camp 2.
You have the ultra conservative- legalistic rule writing measuring stick watching pharisee.
Camp motto: God is Holy full of righteous Judgement
All things are viewed through this lens… cross the T. Dot the I. Make sure you don’t miss a beat God is always watching.

The motto is true in both camps. They stand firmly upon truth. They are often unmovable because they so strongly believe in their motto. They have both feet upon 1/2 of the revelation.

We see in part and understand in part.

Camp 3- God wants us to be somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. These truths are not opposed to one another. God wants both of these rocks these pillars of truth to be the foundation of every believer. Place a foot firmly upon each motto.

Love-A compelling driving desire for relationship (closeness, fellowship, intimacy- and are culture everything is presumed sexual, this is not in a sexual way but rather affection confidence and strong and strengthening attachment)

1 John 4:7-11
7   Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8   He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9   In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10   Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11   Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Mercy-suspended or stayed and or delayed judgment. You don’t get what you do deserve.

Titus 3:3-5
3   For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4   But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5   Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Grace-transforming power. You get what you don’t deserve.
Grace – unmerited favor
Grace- enabling power

Grace gives the power to be accepted by God even with your past record.

In other words it doesn’t matter who you used to be what you used to do what you used to think about God yourself others or the world around you.

It doesn’t matter because Grace is not only here to justify you. Grace is here to transform you into another image.

So what you look like before the transformation doesn’t matter. His grace is sufficient for you.

I have confidence in his grace
HIs Grace has the power to transform me
It is all sufficient.

Grace gospel that is not transforming is a perverted Gospel.

Grace is our teacher and transforming power

Titus 2:11-15
11   For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12   Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13   Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14   Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15   These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

When you recognize you have missed the mark cry out for Gods grace that you may be transformed into his image.

I do not have confidence in my own will, my own abilities, my own flesh, but I do have confidence in your grace and your all sufficient power to make me into the image of yourself.

Some may trust in horses some may trust in chariots but we will trust in the name of our Lord

Holiness-separated and set apart from the world and from the crowd for a special purpose.
Those that reject holiness have consented to a life of average living. They reject the ability to do things the average person cannot do.

1 Peter 1:13-19
13   Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14   As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15   But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16   Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
17   And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
18   Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19   But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Righteousness-right action from one in a righteous state. None righteous no not one. Our righteousness is but filthy rags

2 Corinthians 5:18-21
18   And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19   To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20   Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21   For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Righteousness is not so much about what you have done, but more about what he has done in you.

We work the works of righteousness only when it is Christ’s work working through us.

Judgement- condemnation and justification.
The applying and the removal of penalty

Temporary judgement and eternal judgement.

Matthew 25:14-30

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.
Matthew 25:28-30
28   Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29   For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30   And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We are not free from effort
Our job is
0. To have confidence or faith in Christ Jesus his sacrifice and his grace

0. To have a Clear conscience before God
Perfect before God perfect in conscience sprinkled and removed the evil conscience and replaced with a clear conscience before God

0. Receive sonship and the restoration of sonship by understanding your identity of what Jesus has done and accomplished for you on the cross This brings the best out of you.

0. Deny ourselves and worldly and fleshly lust
0. Be salt and light ambassadors for Christ

Are there areas in your life yet to be yielded.

Stewards of mysteries 

1 Corinthians 4:1-21   Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2    Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 

A steward is someone who has been placed in charge of valuable things.  These valuable assets have increase potential. These assets can also be squandered and wasted. 
When we think stewardship, in the church, we always think about money. After all what churchgoing person hasn’t heard a good message on giving. The apostle Paul speaks of being a steward of mysteries not finances. 

We have been given gifts precious assets from the Lord.  As good stewards we must treat these assets as valuable and carefully consider how we interact and use these assets. 

1. The word of God- This is a mystery to the world. Many people do not realize the power of the living word of God. This word has potential to increase your life. It is effective to your Spirit, your soul, and your body. How have you been handling your responsibility as a steward of the mystery of God’s word?

2. The Holy Spirit- The Spirit is the earnest deposit from God. The Spirit is a mystery to the world but sadly is a mystery to the church attendees as well. It seems that few people have tapped into the increase potential that is found in the Spirit. 

2 Corinthians 1:22. Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 

God has deposited his Spirit in us. He desires to increase the quality of our life and those around us by the power of the Holy Spirit. How have you been handling your responsibility as a steward of the mystery of the Holy Spirit?

3. Your life- Your life is a gift from God. The time that you have alive on this earth should be used wisely.  I heard someone say once that the place where you can find the most untapped potential in one place is the graveyard. There lies hundreds of people maybe thousands who have never reached their full potential in life. Your life is a God-given mystery and you are a steward of it. How have you been handling your responsibility?
Every steward of precious assets has three options to consider. 

1. You may release- A good steward only releases asset for a specific purpose. This precious asset has the ability to meet the specific need and accomplish an important task. As a steward of the mysteries of God you have the opportunity to release the Word, The Spirit, and the giving of your life to accomplish a specific purpose.  God’s chosen purpose. 
2.  You may invest- it is possible to invest the word the Holy Spirit and your life into others. I must admit sometimes your investment into people can come great disappointment. But some investments turn out to be tremendous blessings. Don’t be afraid to invest in the people that are around you. 

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.  
3.  You may retain increase-it is important to realize that as you are giving and investing these precious mysteries, the Lord God also give back into you in great measure.  We must pray that we have the ability to retain more of the word, more of the Holy Spirit, and more life. Yes it is possible to have more life than what you have right now. God is the giver of life, he wants you to have abundant life. There are testimonies of many people who were ready to die naturally, but by the power of God they were given more life from the Lord.  

Never underestimate the increase potential in the precious assets that you have been given by God. 

Have you handled your responsibility as a steward well?

The Weight of Honor

Honor- (kabad = weighty, heavy) honor is a heavy esteem and respect laid upon the shoulders of one who has faithfully fulfilled (honored) their commitments in the midst of great hardship and danger. But we must not overlook that Honor may also carry the burden of future responsibility. 
The person honored has shown greatness in the past. Those that labor in the word and in doctrine the Bible says are worthy of double honor. But the honor we give to God belongs to God alone. The highest honor is God’s. He alone deserves the respect that we can give to him, for what he has done no other man was able nor worthy to accomplish. But He is also laden with a responsibility greater than can be placed upon any man. For in Jesus Christ alone do we have our confidence. Just as He has proven in the past, He is also willing to handle the battles in your future.  

So when we honor God we are saying to him; “thank you for what you have done and I now realize how reliant I am on you.” I honor you Jesus and my confidence is in you. 

All honor and all glory be unto the spotless Lamb of God who has taken away the sins of the world. 

Let’s grow up America!

Ok so you may or may not agree. Women need the right of choice. I mean let’s face it children do take up a lot of time and kind of control your life for a while. So some have been convinced that the abolishing of abortion would eliminate a woman’s right to make choices. Let me clearly help you. 
The best way to prevent unwanted, body altering, time sucking, money spending children. 
1. Abstinence – this is your one true reproductive right. It gives you 100% control. Except for one immaculate conception, every person who has abstained from sexual relations has maintained their right to choose. Why even Mary said “be it unto me according to your word” after God sent an angel to discuss this matter with her. Fact: you have the choice to abstain. It is your God given right. Now I know there are sick, twisted, perverted, and demonically possessed people forcefully removing this right from women, but I missed the “Castration for rapist rally” or any other demonstration calling for stricter and more harsh punishments for those who violate the true reproductive right of women. How about we rally to find solutions to give justice to the hundreds of thousands of sexually abused young girls who have been molested. Maybe withdrawing public support with a “Not my pedophile campaign.” Come on, protest the ones really taking away “Your right of choice” and recognize abortion is not a right and it is not the answer to this childbearing epidemic. 
2. Tie the tubes. If you are so concerned about not having one of these little life wreckers, and your unable to or unwilling to abstain, surgical procedures are available. I hear it’s pretty accurate in preventing conception. Now I know this costs money and not every woman has the money to pay for surgical procedures. Why not protest the right for government paid tubal ligation. Fact: you have the choice to tie them up and be as promiscuous as you like. Hey, in America it doesn’t even matter how offensive your sexual life is. Live it up baby and tie ’em off and never worry. 
3. All the other birth control options out there are for the on the fence girls. For the maybe one day I’ll settle down and want a little snot nosed kid of my own, babies aren’t all that bad, maybe even some are cute, but just not now group of individuals. In America we are all about choices and options to fit your lifestyle. Let’s protest for free contraceptives, oh wait we do that already. Oh yeah, in America we even hand them out to the unsuspecting innocent children who have no idea what sex is and to those who have made conscious decisions to “Abstain until marriage” just in case they may possibly like to change their CHOICE on this matter. 
Well needlessly, the Pro-Abortion protesting crowd demonize those who stand for righteousness, ridicule those who strive for justice, and hate anyone who may want to interfere with their very public agenda. They do it all in the name of Women’s Choice. Let’s see it for what It is. It is a fit, a tantrum, the result of an immature society. Where people are looking for a quick fix for their wrong choices. They demand a delete option to erase lasting reminders of past mistakes. People want the ability to live recklessly without damage. I’m sorry, but there is no “right” to avoid consequence for actions. 
To these individuals the mistake is the baby that was conceived, not the real choices they made during conception. Let’s grow up America. 

Say Yes To Jesus

Say yes to Jesus
Youth pool party

I woke up this morning around 4 o’clock thinking about this time that I would have with you. I spent several hours wondering how I could make the most out of this time that I have in front of you.

I have decided to Set the record straight. You have been lied to for so long and I want to tell you the truth.

Look up to the sky. what do you see? A little higher what’s there? A little further out?

People are continually researching and discovering what is out there. Scientists have discovered Other Worlds and galaxies and solar systems.
Everything discovered and yet to be discovered every system has been so specially designed and created by a creator. It is too intricate and wonderful to have happened by coincidence. In the words of Gibbs from NCIS, “there is no such thing as coincidence.”
Here is the truth. God Jehovah, who is so much bigger and greater than you and I, created every detail of every good and perfect thing that is enjoyed.

The Bible says that not only did he create the worlds and systems in the sky but every living thing on the earth and he created it with purpose.

He created mankind in his own image and likeness and therefor gave us creative power.

Think about it. Here you are. Sitting here under the heavens that have great purpose. And just as much thought and planning and design was wrapped up in the creation of you. You are beautiful. You are so wonderfully made. With all complexity of flesh and bone and systems and emotions and thoughts and talents and personality. Look around you With all of this inner and outer beauty who could say there is no God? In fact the Bible says it is foolish and that only a fool says in his heart that there is no God. Plenty may say it with their mouth but only a fool would say that in their heart and believe it.

You have been created with great purpose and design.

In God’s perfect plan a man and a woman joined together in a binding commitment of married love. Each offer a seed full of creative power. That small seed develops and grows until strong enough with proper care to survive the elements of this great world. A baby is born. But the greatest thing about baby’s is this, every child born is born with an eternal spirit and soul. Which means this. This child will grow into a teen and then an adult. He or she will make choices in there life. Some maybe good or bad. But when they finally close there eyes for the final time and sigh this incredible body will die. But their soul (feelings emotions personality thought and spirit (that inner light that causes one to live). will survive eternally.
So what then? When this body is laid to rest 6feet underground, what’s next? Well that depends. There are 2 destinations.

1. You could be in the presence of your loving creator and Heavenly Father. In a place called heaven yes but also strategically placed in and given power over his creation. Free to go and come and rule with loving authority. Able to create and live and socialize forever in a vast and endless world and worlds that will take eternity to explore. There will be no death or pain or tears nor rejection or fears. No disease no one used or abused. No hatred or prejudice. No murder or rape or deceit.
2. You could be separated forever from the presence of a loving God. Dragged kicking and screaming into a place called hell. A place that was not made for you but was made for the devil and his fallen angels. A place if continual pain and anguish both physically mentally and spiritually. Where men naw their toungs for pain and wish that they could die to find relief but cannot and will not. A place of solitude and outer darkness. Alienated from all others tormented by your own selfish decisions and thoughtless actions. In eternal judgement for the wickedness of your sinful deeds.

So this day it is set before you life and death. Blessing and cursing.
Your eternal destination depends solely on your decisions right now.

God is real heaven is real
The devil is real hell is real
You are real I am real and this moment is real and the decisions you are about to make is real. What decision is that?

Decision 1. What will you do with the life that you have been given?

Will you choose to live that life selfishly? fulfilling your own selfish desires, while defrauding and insulting and cursing and cheating and hurting and hating those around you. And at the same time taking your own self and the body that God has so wonderfully created and smudge and cut and abuse and deface and disgrace it.
Or will you choose to live unselfishly putting others before yourself. Using your words and your talents to build up and encourage and show Gods love to those around you while you glorify God in your body and with your thoughts and actions. How will you choose to live out the days of your life?

Decision 2. And how do you expect to pay for the sinful choices you have already made?
All have sinned
The wages of sin is death
Sin has to be paid for. I have told you the truth hell was not created for you. It was created for the devil. But if you go there it is because you chose to go there. For death, separation from God, and hell is the payment for sin.
But you don’t have to go there.
God so loved you that he gave his only son Jesus to die for you. He went to hell he paid for your sin in full. He resurrected with the keys of authority over death hell and the grave in his hand.
You can choose Jesus. You can believe on him and receive eternal life.
Today is the day of salvation. Will you choose him today? Will you choose life and heaven?
Say yes to Jesus. Time is running out.