1 John 1:8 – “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
The above passage is so true about so many things. Of course all of those things qualify as sin, take pride for example.
Pride is such a henious sin. It takes so many forms. Few people realy try to search it out and eliminate it from their life. Pride says, "I am the best or the worst at ...........". Pride doesnt care about others and their feelings, pride is always right. Pride is the worst sin in the humman condition and cauaes more war both in a personal and in an international sense, as well as any other sense in between.
There is a healthy kind of pride. Its that good feeling one gets when another praises you for a job well done. Or the awesome feelings you experience when your group is awarded for their exceptional work. I realy think we need another word for this kind of pride since it is so easily confused with the sin of pride
CS Lewis reminds us that the real difference is when a person finds it in himself to compete not because he can but because he must, he must be the richest on the block and if anyone else becomes even one cent richer he will die to become a thousand times richer, not because he needs the wealth but because he needs the title.
While that kind of pride is easy to spot, false humility is not as easy. Pride as expesed in false humility says I am the worst, most dispicable, humman on the planet. It may even be a true statement, but it is not humble.
I have heard humility as being "right sized". A truly humble person knows his or her talents and limitations and is not concerned with being right, or the best, or the worst, but just being "the best me I can be, and thats all right".
As CS Lewis says you would not neccisairly recognize a truly humble person until after the encounter. They are the people who are truly enjoying life, they do not judge you for not thinking like them, they are peacful, not much riels them. You will enjoy their company and not even know why.
I hope someday I may be like this, it is what I desire but never seem to be able to reach.
I apoligize to anyone who may be waiting for the release of my next book. I have not made it available yet as I am still editing it. I am shooting for the end of this month.
Thank you and may the God of Abraham, Jacob, Isreal and me bless and keep you in and through His Christ, Jesus of Nazareth. Amen
Hi All, finally after nearly two years in the writing, "Saint Thomas's Guide To Faith" , has gone to press! The book manuscript has been reviewed and meets my printers technical requirements. Next stage is to review the proof and if it's all alright I will approve it and it will be available for sale. Looks like that Date has been pushed out to the first week of March.
In celebration of this major step being achieved here is another snippit from the book.
"Abraham is called the father of faith, why do you think that is?Could it be that when God told him, “Pack your bags – your moving and I'll tell you where, when we get there”, Abram packed and moved 1?
Abram was 75 years old and even though Jehovah was know, he was not the God of Abrams family or town, the moon god was.2
God had given a promise to Abram 3 when He gave the command and to his credit Abram believed God, even though at 75 years old the fulfillment of that promise was unlikely.
Abram leaned on that promise even though God had not made it clear how Abram, at his age would have a child to inherit the land God was taking him to. Abrams human impatience led him into acting on that belief before it's time had been fulfilled and resulted in two instances some would say was a lapse of faith, but I do not see it that way because he was acting on what he believed.4
Abrams faith at 99 years old earned him a name change to Abraham which means “the father of many nations”. Now just how could this old man and his wife be the parents of many nations? None-the-less, Abraham believed and after his circumcision (a requirement of his Covenant with God) he and Sarah conceived the child Issac5 Abraham acted on what he believed, that is faith!
During the next week I want you to read and meditate on Hebrews 10, verse 19 through the end of the Book. This will be your assignment through the rest of this class, Not only do I want you to meditate on it but I want you pray the following prayer or something like it:
Dear Heavenly Father, I come before you in your royal court knowing that as a believer in your precious son and the finished work of the cross I can come before you not just as a plaintiff in a court case but as your child. And, as your child I know that you will grant in love any request of mine that will not hurt myself or others. My request is that I see and repent of any unbelief that I may have that is blocking me from receiving your grace and your wisdom in all I do and say. Grant me the wisdom required to understand and apply your words concerning the faith you have granted me."
1Genesis 12: 1-4
2T”he moon god was the tutelary deity of the city of Ur”
3 Genesis 12:2
4Genesis 15:2 -6 and 16:1 through 4
5Genesis 17:1 through 18:21
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The photograph in today's blog was taken just this past weekend by a family member in San Francisco, Ca. Also, I had a very unfortunate conversation with several friends regarding homosexuality. I say unfortunate because one of those friends was a fellow believer who was in fact sinning as much as those who practice homosexuality. These experiences have gotten me thinking about the ministry of Jesus and how we should in fact strive to follow Him and His example. It also brought me back to a very basic question; just what is Sin?
"In the begging...", we find sin was nothing more than mans disobeying his creator, his Father. As time progressed that one sin led to more "types" of disobedience, murder, sexual sins, stealing, contempt for parents, lying, and desiring with passion the possessions of others. This "sin" hurt the Father so much it was decided to bring an end to all of creation here on earth with the exception of one family. That family was the family of Noah
After the flood God realized that the family he had saved still possessed the root of sin in their hearts. Soon the Father and His Love was once again forgotten and disobedience was the rule of the day. Then came Moses.
Moses was God's hope for restoring all of mankind to the kind of paradise He had originally designed us for. Some call that paradise Nirvana, some call it heaven, others call it the Kingdom of God. The price of admission; obedience to His Laws.
God in His great Love saw that man of his own free will could never meet the price of admission to his Kingdom. He then decided to change the price of admission. No longer would God hold the leaders of the people responsible for the people's disobedience, individual responsibility would become the rule. No longer would He create a single political nation as a shinning example for all of mankind to follow. He HIMSELF would bear the punishment for His creations failures, their sin.
So He made Himself go through the process of becoming a man, living as a man, and dying as a criminal even though He never had a single thought or desire to commit a crime against God or man. He, God paid our price of admission into His Kingdom.
Sin is simply disobedience to the rules of God's Kingdom.
All kingdoms must have rules; laws. God's Kingdom is no exception. Those rules were spelled out in the form of the Ten Commandments.
Laws spell out what is acceptable behavior for the individual so that the Kingdom as a whole can function and provide safety and security for those individuals. God's laws with the 10th commandment went a step further and described an attitude; "you shall not covet". In other words, I don't want you to act this way nor do I want you to think or feel this way.
Paul, in his letter to the Roman church, said he as a Jew had no problem with the first 9 Commandments of the Law but the tenth, that was a whole different ball game. What he meant was under the old covenant, even as pious as Paul was, He could not qualify to enter God's Kingdom.
Jesus's life, death and resurrection changed all of that.
Now we have new laws; believe in Jesus as God's Messiah, repent from your former rebelion, be baptized in Jesus and recive the Holly Spirit. Then Love God with all your heart and soul, and your neighbor as yourself, wich is the essence of the Ten commandments. If you follow these rules then you will enter into God's Kingdom not just in death but in the here and now.
God's new covenant with man was promised in Jeremiah 31, fulfiled through Jesus and restated twice in the letter to the Hebrews.
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Hi all, here is the second installment of my New Book, " Saint Thomas's Guide to Faith", this excerpt comes from the chapter that talks about Disbelief. This book should be available for purchase very soon, second week of February is my goal.
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So, here it is:
“Disbelief /ˌdɪsbəˈliːf/ noun
a feeling that you do not or cannot believe or accept that something is true or real”
Webster 1828 American English Dictionary
Good evening class. Today we are going to talk about impediments to faith.
On the board, you can see the name and definition of the single most common form of faith blocker you will ever come across. It ranks right up there with an unforgiving attitude.
The definition begins with the word “feeling”. Feelings are one of the areas that must be brought into submission of the Holy Ghost. Our feelings are highly unreliable and easily influenced by demonic forces.
Our feelings are unreliable because they are influenced primarily by our perception of what an experience means and any memory of an experience that is similar though not necessarily the same.
Feelings do not like to be challenged or investigated and while you may conclude I have no use for feelings by what I have just said, you would be wrong.
Feelings are a gift from our Heavenly Father and they are the medium He will use to bless us with Joy and Peace. True worship and gratitude are also feelings.
Think for a moment. Before you became a believer in Jesus, did you not have a 'feeling' that none of the precepts of Christianity were true and you had this 'feeling' no matter what the facts may or may not have been. In other word your feeling kept you from making an honest appraisal
When the Holy Ghost finally did get a hold of you it was probably through your feelings.
Feelings are benign, neither good or bad. It all depends on the motive or the force behind those feelings. Lust, Greed and Hate are all feelings, so are Love, Joy and Peace.
What I am saying here is simply how you feel about anything is purely a choice and a result of your experiences and they can be overcome if they need to be changed.
So why is faith impeded by feelings?
Anyone care to answer that?
Yes, back there in the back. Tony, right!
Yes teacher my name is Tony and, no offence intended, but wasn't it your feelings that kept you from believing Jesus was alive when the other Disciples told you they had seen Him?1
Yes, that is right Tony. No offence taken.
My feelings of grief, loss, and the fact I had not yet fully understood or comprehended that Jesus was God and man, caused me to feel anger that such a preposterous joke was being played on me. I saw Him crucified, I saw His bloody and pale body, I believed my senses more than the witness of my friends or His words. But it wasn't a joke, He really is alive and I would have saved myself from a great humiliation had I been objective and remembered Lazarus2 and the widows boy3 and many others who had been raised from the dead by our Masters touch or command.
Doubt itself is a feeling, a feeling of fear that lives in your gut or chest. It will make you feel sick or cause your chest to get tight and make it hard to breath. Doubt tells your mind that what you want or believe is a fools tale. Doubt is founded in what you think others may think of you or what you think of you. Doubt is the ultimate in the lack of self-esteem. And more importantly it is the ultimate in a lack of God-esteem.
God-esteem is, what I truly want and is the main way of overcoming unbelief.
What I mean by God–esteem, is having a true Love affair with our God. Knowing and feeling His love for you and knowing and feeling your love for Him. When you know and experience His love for you, you will seek with all your heart to return that love through the actions that He has made clear through His written word that pleases Him. And you want to please Him because of your Love for Him.4
41 John 2:1- 6
Jer_3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
I have not been writing since I got my computer fixed because I have been dealing with feelings of unworthiness, you see on Oct 13 2017, I became single. It was not my choice but hers. I have gone through all the expected emotions, I have experienced hurt, anger, feelings of betrayal especially concerning some of my adult children. I have especially felt unworthy of my Lord and the calling he has placed on my life.
With the passage cited above, He reminded me that He too has been divorced and it was his choice. I saw a Meme today that simply said “ Some people can remain in your heart but they cannot remain in your life”, so true.
In my mind it would serve no good purpose to get into the particulars that led to this awful result in my life suffice it to say that I am not guiltless to the process, but, it does take two, both to destroy or build a relationship and no matter how hard one tries, the effort will fail if it is only one person trying, ask God, it was so with Him. God tried, he loved His bride Israel with all He is, He promised to richly bless her and He did, but she (Israel) refused to accept His gifts and took credit for them or even worse credited others for those gifts (worshiping other Gods). With all that said I have spent many hours in discussion with the Lord and have received His forgiveness and His strength to continue on.
I have come to believe that divorce, even in the case of adultery, which is a permissible reason for divorce with God, is completely unnecessary. In my mind the only reason for divorce is when one partner repeatedly is physically or emotionally abusive and will not admit it nor seek help, in these cases, the person may, “ remain in your heart but not in your life”.
There are some prerequisites to healing and restoring a marriage, the first is the two MUST quite blaming each other and focus on what each individual did wrong in other words each person must own their own stuff. When two people fight it is most often because one believes the other person wronged them so they become defensive and blame the other. If you do not own your own stuff, you can not be forgiven by God or your partner, this principal can be found at Proverbs 28:13 and First John 1:9.
The second prerequisite is they must Love each other, perhaps not at the moment in the heat of battle but do they love each other the rest of the time? Here is how you can tell:
With the exception of Item 2, this is what Love looks like in practical everyday life. If item 2 is regularly experienced by either partner, the other had better score 100 % in the other categories or your relationship will fail. All categories are interchangeable between genders and since we are human and will sometimes fail we need to learn forgiveness. You will find this description of Love in First Corinthians chapter 13.
Here is the take away of this discussion, if Love is present in the relationship, or had been, and both partners are willing to work at restoring it, it can be done. But if only one is a believer and the other isn't and the unbeliever leaves then;
1Co_7:15 If your husband or wife isn't a follower of the Lord and decides to divorce you, then you should agree to it. You are no longer bound to that person. After all, God chose you and wants you to live at peace.
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Got a million things to write about----God is so Good, so good all the time-----.
but none of that is what I am putting in this post today, why cause I am tired so I will just put a snippet of the book I am writing and hope to have available before Christmas. It's called St Thomas's' Guide to Faith.
Picture this; Thomas the 'Doubting Disciple', has survived all these years and he has decided to go public and teach classes on faith. The setting is fictional, the teacher is a fictional depiction of what I think Thomas may have been like, but the teachings are solid, this is from the first chapter:
"Good evening students, My name is Thomas. I will be your teacher for this brief few moments in eternity in a subject that is near and dear to myself and my teacher our Lord and Master, Jesus of Nazareth. I was lucky to have been called out of the Masters many followers to be one of the chosen disciples, an Apostle. I am not sure to this day what Jesus saw in me, perhaps I was choose for the sole purpose of becoming known as ”Doubting Thomas”, but I don't think so. You see there is much more to the story than you know.
I was born in Capurnium, a town on the Sea of Galilee, Sea of Tiberius if your Roman, (such pompous people these Romans, naming everything after themselves). Anyway, my father was what you would call these days a general contractor. He built buildings for people for a price. As such we were not poor as some imagined, we weren't really wealthy either, Jews during the time of the Roman Empire could not build a lot of wealth as it would be confiscated through taxation.
As any good dutiful Jewish boy would, I began to learn my fathers trade right after I had completed my training at Synagogue.
I had heard of Jesus before I had entered training at my fathers side. He was the son of a carpenter my father had hired many times named Joseph. As Joseph was a business associate and a friend he and his family would often travel to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration with us.
On one of these trips to Jerusalem, I think I was 7 or maybe 8, I had heard that Josephs boy Jesus was missing from our travelling group. I had been asked if I had seen Him which of course I had not. Even if I had I would have not known where he was as he was not a part of my group of friends and acquaintances at that time.
My next remembrance of Jesus was some time later when a carpenter that my Father had hired was unable to fulfill his contract since he had gotten hurt on the job. We needed a carpenter, and fast, so Father contacted Joseph who sent his son Jesus." .....
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Psa 128:1 How blessed are all who fear the LORD as they follow in his ways.
Psa 128:2 You will eat from the work of your hands; you will be happy, and it will go well for you.
Psa 128:3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children like olive shoots surrounding your table.
Psa 128:4 See how the man will be blessed who fears the LORD.
Psa 128:5 May the LORD bless you from Zion, and may you observe the prosperity of Jerusalem every day that you live!
Psa 128:6 And may you see your children's children! Peace be on Israel!
I Love this short little Psalm, it is such a happy ditty. It speaks of happiness, satisfaction with life, rich material blessings and all for the cost of fearing (morally reverent) the Lord and following his ways.
I think it was very much God who led me to this short little Psalm soon after a friend of mine and I had a brief (twitter brief) discussion regarding sinners reluctance to come to Jesus. I had stated to my friend that I think it isn't so much the cost as what the sinner “THINKS” is the cost.
I know in my own mind when I had stepped away from the cross in rebellion, the Cost of being “morally reverent” seemed far to high. I wanted to have sex with any one who would have me, (not many did), I wanted to do drugs and drink and be popular, (truth be told I was a legend in my own mind and no one else s). I wanted what I wanted, when I wanted it, and it didn't matter who got hurt in the process. The price for living this way was high. My wife was very unhappy and eventually she left taking the children and all our possessions. I was devastated, This is an outward price of sin. But what about the inward price?
What about that feeling of inadequacy? Don't tell me you feel whole and complete, I will not believe you and your actions tell a different story. Don't tell me you are satisfied with life and you have all you want, your actions say otherwise. Is your home a happy one, are all members pleased with you and themselves? Are you sure.
Many people are deceived into believing they have all they want without Christ, that's because they have only seen the “price” to pay for the admission into the Kingdom of God, they have not seen the VALUE in that price.
Whats the difference between price and value?
Simply stated, the price is what you pay up front, the value is it's worth.
Today I read an article about a woman who 30 years ago paid fifteen dollars for an old unfashionable ring she thought was costume jewelry, but she loved it and wore it everyday. She recently had it appraised for the fun of it and found it to be worth (value) nearly a half a million dollars. That fifteen dollars she spent may have put a crimp in her budget at the time she bought it but the value was more than worth it.
Coming to Christ is much like that. Make no mistake the price is High! Jesus wants everything, He wants your belief, He wants your heart, your mind, He wants your hurts, your fears, He wants your house, your car, your TV, your children, your spouse, HE WANTS IT ALL! The price is HIGH! But what's it's value? What is such a surrender worth.
Is peace of mind worth it? Because you will get it
Is having a happy heart, even in the most challenging situations worth it? Because you will get it.
Is losing most of your fear, worth it? Because you will get it.
Is having a personal, up close relationship with the King of the Universe, worth it? You will get that too!
I have heard it said that surrender is joining the winning side. Surrendering to Christ is just that, joining up with the team that knows how to really live both now and in the hereafter.
Come Join us. Enter the Kingdom of God, He Loves and wants you. He values you so much that he gave His only Son as ransom for your life because He values you that much.
Here is some really great news, while God does want it all, you can begin with a small down payment, just believe that Jesus is the promised son, that Jesus died for your sins as a stand in for you, and that God the Father raised Him from the dead. Confess your sins to Jesus and believe he has forgiven you and renewed your spirit, do this on your knees to Him and you will be on your way!
Read the Bible daily, Pray as often as you can, seek other believers and come under the authority of a good Bible believing and teaching church and the Love of God will fill you and bless you beyond your wildest dreams, there will be pain as all growth comes with pain but the end result will be more than worth it
It is true! Take it from a guy who once threw it away, but many years later, broke and broken returned to live under the umbrella of His Amazing Grace and UN-believable Love.
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Pro 11:24 There is one who scatters and yet increases; but one who withholds just due comes only to poverty.
Pro 11:25 The soul who gives freely shall be made fat; and he who waters shall also be watered himself.(MKJV)
I find it somewhat amazing that it is so hard for us humans to get some of the most simple concepts that God teaches. We blame something we call human nature, yet our human nature God created and since God makes no mistakes, human nature fails to be a viable excuses. No friends it is not “human nature”, its our sin nature that we inherited from Adam.
No place is this more apparent than in the ream of finances.
The proverb above is teaching us a human nature and a law of Gods.
“What are you saying, NO way”is this Human Nature!, you say
I say, “Yes',Human Nature”. Why is that so hard to believe? If someone is generous with you don't you want to repay that generosity with generosity of your own, at least at first but then comes that moment when the “sin nature” steps up and says, “well I am grateful he was generous with me but....”, you finish the sentence with one of your excuses. Okay, do you see my point now. It is human Nature to be generous.
What God has been trying to teach us since the fall is that what God has available to us if we follow His simple rules is what every single human being on this planet wants but can not seem to archive and that is simply peace with both himself and others. If all people were generous who would go without the basics? If monetary lust (greed) where to suddenly disappear who would you blame for your lack of success. And if we respected our parents who would there be left to blame for our lack of character. And, oh my, what would this world be like if sexual lust came to an end, divorce rate would plummet and married people would learn to love each other.
God has given us a very practical method to bring utopia to this world today. That method is called the Ten Commandments.
The book that this website features was written by me at Gods command and interestingly enough I have to read it every so often to put those practices to work as I do get a bit spiritually lazy now and again. That's my sin nature poking its head up just to say hi, as I am sure yours does from time to time. Our sin nature was crucified on the cross but we must cooperate with the Holy Spirit if we are to live in the Christ nature which does take practice as well as the Holy Spirits help.
Jesus summed up the Ten Commandments this way:
Mat 22:37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39 And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
And later he added a new commandment :
Joh 13:34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you should also love one another.
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