Proverbs 28:1. . .”The righteous are as bold as lions.”
I admit I love to see the looks on people’s faces when I tell them that I am the youngest of six kids and an only child; especially if it is through social media. The pitfall of being the youngest is having a hard time taking stuff seriously.
Since I have spent the last couple of decades learning how to be a man, I have become more bold. Mostly since losing my earthly father back in 2005. As good a man as he was, his one weakness was that he was more of a Mr Mom. He admitted this, albeit jokingly; though there is truth to kidding.
The verse of today comes from Proverbs 28:1 which states the righteous are as bold as lions. Cross reference it with a verse towards the end of the book of Revelations that says “the cowardly will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.
Some people think a life of faith is easy because all you do is just believe. They don’t understand what biblical belief actually is. Still others think God is a crutch for the weak. I am reminded of something a preacher said once about Jesus being meek.
Meekness is defined as a gentleness. In layman’s terms it is “power under control.” Jesus was anything but weak the way He challenged the legalistic Pharisees of His day. Every man’s favorite Jesus story is when He chased money changers out of the temple.
I wonder what Jesus would be doing in churches today if He was here physically?
The Beatitudes say that the meek will inherit the earth. Being meek means trusting in the Divine and living life from God (tree of life) verses trusting in ourselves (tree of knowledge). The former makes life easier once you put God first; boldly put God first I might add.
Life wasn’t meant to be hard. Keep in mind that even faith is a gift from God and not something we have to muster up ourselves.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and all else will be added.”- Jesus
What are the two things that man secretly longs for? I’ll give a hint, it is not the things of the world. It is peace and freedom. We slave away for our freedom (the irony of working 70+ hours a week to be free, if you don’t die first). We kill for freedom, which is sometimes true though there is more to war than just fighting for freedom.
The Bible says everything we need is in the Spirit, or Christ or whatever you call it. It is righteousness, joy, and peace, Being lead by the spirit provides all three; knowing your purpose in life is to live in harmony with the Creator, forever and have assurance of a life beyond this one.
I have heard that joy and happiness are not the same thing. Actually joy is true happiness.
It is safe to say that no one likes laws. That is unless you are getting paid to make them. In some strange way laws keep us free. Although they can feel restrictive when you realize there an estimated 20,000 laws in society. The result being nearly everything we do is illegal.
But rather than live in fear just note that despite all the laws, we have very little chance of being caught for anything. This is mostly because most of the laws are unenforceable, or most police officers aren’t even willing or interested in enforcing most of the laws.
When it’s all said and done it all boils down to the golden rule. As long as we treat others the way we want to be treated and don’t hurt anyone we will be okay. After all the only laws that are really enforced are the ones that hurt someone else; stealing or killing.
What about divine law and the legalist that counted all 613 of them? The purpose of the law is to show God’s moral attributes which are meant to humble us before Him. The message of the New Testament is that we are not under the law of God if we are led by the Spirit.
Jesus taught that those who love God (or have a reverence for the Divine) keep the whole of the law. If we keep the law God will bless us, as long as we don’t do it legalistically and judge others.
John 16:33. . . “In this world you will have trouble. Take courage for I have overcome the world.”
Wow! For some reason it stops there with many people who claim to be His followers. Sound familiar? When Satan tempted the Jesus
When in the desert he used His own Word against Him. The only difference is Satan twisted it by taking it out of context and using it to further his temporal kingdom.
Most people see the negative side of life. Thus they attract negativity and then wonder why their life is so hard.
When you know the full story you get a bigger picture and realize maybe things are not as bad as they seen. For example when you research Preterism you realize every prophecy concerning the second coming was a description of what took place when the second Jewish temple was destroyed.
When you come to this truth you realize everything you were waiting for in the physical kingdom has always existed in the spiritual.
In this world you will have trouble. Take courage in the one who has overcome the world. Life is neither hard not easy. It’s whatever we make of it.
I have been following other religions, denominations, and new age thinkers such as Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer on Twitter-which is like going to a free University in and of itself.
Some Christians would freak out if they read that but it does enhance your witnessing if you study them. For this reason you have to have an intimate rlationship with your Creator or you could become unstable by being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.
1. All paths don’t lead to the one true God. The path is by faith through the grace of God.
2. It is widely known that not every one who professes Christianity follows the Christ. It is estimated that true followers may be as low as 20% or even lower.
3. It is also possible that those who practice other telling religions may be led by the Spirit indirectly. Try reading the Sufi literature for example. Or Emmanuel Swedenborg.
Jesus Himself said the Way was very narrow and few would find it. Basic religious teaching is the same and spirituality comes from God, no matter how it manifests itself. We are the ones who pervert the message.
This may sound too open minded but it keeps us from judging. It also reminds us that salvation is of God and whoever He chooses to have mercy on.