Saturday, December 13, 2008

John the Baptist said

Does it matter if a woman believes she is pregnant or not? No, either she is or she isn’t. She cannot believe a baby into existence nor ignore its existence if inside her womb growing. That’s the way the Laws that God put into place concerning cause and consequence. Even if we are sorry for our sins, the consequence exists. If we turn to God sooner rather than later, the consequence can be lesser.

Integrity is an intricate part of walking on the Way called Holiness. We cannot be dishonest and walk with the Lord, because the Father of Lies is Satan. We cannot have fellowship with both.

Honesty starts in the messages that we tell ourselves. I could tell myself that I am pregnant, but I am not. I need to grasp the truth. If I continue to permit myself to believe in the pregnancy, I will have signs that will promote the lie, such as a larger abdomen, swelling breasts, and morning sickness. However, when I am forced to see the truth, I may have a nervous breakdown or a physical illness. The worst consequence is that I have practiced deceit to myself. How can I continue towards honesty?

Anytime we have permitted self deceit, we will either make excuses, justifying our actions and thoughts, or we will be broken hearted and change our ways. Giving reasons, justifying actions, feeling like the exception, blaming others, should be red flags. IF WE DO NOT REPENT, WE CANNOT BE FORGIVEN. If we continue in the sin, we are not repentant.

Repentance is central to the Christian walk. Seeking holiness, or a genuine walk with God through Jesus Christ, means striving for wholeness, purity, truth. If we avoid the truth, it is like walking without our feet touching the ground. We have no self control and our reality is suspect. Repentance requires a change of attitude, and a decision to do things differently. A broken heart accompanies repentance. Repentance always hurts initially, but leads to peace. True acceptance of forgiveness leads to praising the Lord.

At the end of time at the Great Throne where all shall be judged Jesus says:
It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murders, sexually immoral,, sorcerers (drug addicts and devil worshipers), idolaters, and ALL LIARS shall have their part in the lake which buns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
Revelation 21:6-8

Search my heart, O Lord
And see if there be any wicked way in my.
Cleanse me with hyssop
And I shall be whiter than snow.

John the Baptist said to repent and to make straight the highway for our Lord. This was not just for the life of Jesus on earth, but this message is for us today.

Jesus said:
Peace I leave with you, not as the world leave I unto you.
Blessings to all who have read to the end.

13 comments:

jeleasure said...

Hun,
the encouragement toward evil is being taught in public schools by virtue of relative vs. absolute values. To teach a child that engaging in homosexual behavior is natural, when that child's conscience is telling him/her that the body is not made for this is suggest that doing wrong should be tolerated.

thekingpin68 said...

'In our conversation yesterday, a dear friend was talking about the consequences of his choices that he had made when he was just twelve years old. He realized that he not only did things that made life difficult for himself now, many years later, but he also hurt his parents and siblings. If he had stopped and turned earlier, it would have been very difficult, but the consequences would have been much less in everyway.'

Even repentance, although Biblical of course, does not rid one of all the consequences of sin. At 12 and a child, a person can face less consequences than an adult. But, some of these consequences do sometimes persist and the grace of God is needed.

Cheers, Vicki.

Russ:)

Vicki said...

Hi Sweetheart,
Children do indeed need to be taught truths. But the difficult thing to hear is that we as adults permit ourselves to believe things that are not true and we make excuses for ourselves. I am trying to be honest with myself so I can walk on the path of truth.
Love You.

Vicki said...

Hi Russ,
Decisions made by a twelve year old can lead to a life of sin and wrong choices. The consequences of this are minimal if turned away from. However, when the choices persist for a period of time, it is more evasive. Consider addictions. Even cigarette smoking, which does not make a person stupid like drugs and alcohol, is habit forming and wrecks the body.
Blessings,
Vicki

thekingpin68 said...

I basically agree, Vicki.

And God's grace is always needed in assisting one to repent.

Russ:)

Gigi said...

Vicki, I think it all boils down to accountability. It seem our society promotes the "not me" version of accountability. It's what many parents reinforce in their children by tolerating certain behaviors and then these children grow up and further perpetuate that very watered down version of "morality." Gone are the days, in many households, where there are consequences for your actions. It makes me sad...Our Nation needs revival. Our homes need revival.

Vicki said...

Hi Gigi,
I am concerned for our children and the lack of direction given. However, I really am thinking of the way we adults LIE to ourselves. We make excuses, become defensive, even angry. The path we should consider is brokeness, repentant, and maybe I'm wrong attitude. This is difficult and unnatural.
Gigi, dear, I hope you don't think I'm preachin at you. I'm just extending my thought.

Vicki said...

Hi Russ,
What would we do without grace? We all need double doses. We are so blessed to have Jesus as our advocate before the Father.
Blessings to you Russ.
Vicki

Gigi said...

No, of course I don't think you're preaching at me Vicki! I understand what you're saying. Whether child or adult, the bottom line is we need to accept responsibility for our actions. If we've made bad decisions, we need to own up to them. If we hurt someone, we need to apologize and atone for that. But as you say, the tendency is to make excuses or somehow justify the sin. My concern is that this is a behavior mirrored, passed on and emulated by subsequent generations as acceptable. It's a downward spiral. You're right Vicki, we need to embrace what is uncomfortable...admit our brokenness and seek forgiveness when we sin.

Vicki said...

Thanks for your thoughts, Gigi.
I think the Lord is calling me to a higher accountability concerning excuse making. Your words are encouraging.
Blessings,
Vicki

jeleasure said...

Hi Hun,
Removing any reference to children being unruley or developing bad manners they carry adulthood does clarify the point at which you are aiming.
However, I still believe that our actions are a result of learned behavior. It is a longer recovery process once we have grown to adulthood. So, ofcourse, it takes more effort for an adult to be convinced of having done wrong and even to repent. I think this is why Pharaoh had difficulty repenting and allowing the Israelites go, even though he also had to demonstrate himself to be a god, meaning, he could not relinquish control to the demands of the one true God.
Love you.
Jim

Vicki said...

Thank you, Jim,
I guess the thought of children still lingers. It is the difficulty of facing our wrong doing that I am talking about. We adults find it too easy to make excuses, such as our background, or someone else's behaviour. As God's children we must look for the truth in ourselves. If we don't repent, we cannot be forgiven. If we make excuses, we don't repent. If we lie to ourselves, we are not inside God's Kingdom. Strong words, I know.
Thank you, again, Sweetheart, for permitting me to rattle on like this.
I think this is tough to grasp, like many of the truths that you challenge people to think about.
I love you too!

Gigi said...

Vicki ~ just stopping by to wish you and Jim a blessed Christmas. May all good things that come from the Lord above be yours in 2009.

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Great Grandfather Humes

Great Grandfather Humes
Great Grandfather, Charles Humes, started the family interest in trucks. He is in the center of the picture and Great Grandmother, Eva Humes, is to the left of him.