The General Epistle of James – Scripture Without Borders

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Greetings.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”

you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”

also said, “You shall not murder.”

If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless

? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”

and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

You adulterous people,

don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us

? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”


Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister

or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will,we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.

You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

 

 

Trust JESUS!

 

 

 

Special thank to Biblegateway.com

The Epistle of James – The Message

 

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Identifying and Confronting the Spirit of Fear and Intimidation

One of the tactics of the enemy in his war against the saints is to remain as anonymous as possible. During the Cold War double agents inflicted huge amounts of damage because the system was being undermined from inside. The enemy was hidden, unseen and was striking without warning. 

One of the purposes of C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, was to explain that Satan’s greatest plan is to convince people that he does not exist, therefore he can continue his work unhindered. Lewis wrote: ‘There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.’

In the Bible, many spirits are identified by name and by studying the Scriptures, we can learn more about how to identify and confront these spiritual realities. Jesus Christ himself confronted and cast out many spirits and in Matthew 12:43, He identifies unclean spirits and reveals what happens to them after they have been confronted and dealt with. In another example, in 1 Kings 22:23, Micaiah the prophet revealed that a lying spirit had been deceiving the people, but they refused to confront it.

One such spirit that likes to remain anonymous is the spirit of fear and intimidation. The job function of the spirit of fear and intimidation is to paralyze Christians emotionally and spiritually, so that the work of Christ in and through their lives will cease. One could ask, “Why is it that so many Christians have visions and dreams, yet never fulfill them?” One of the reasons that Christians do not embrace their call from God is because the spirit of fear and intimidation harasses them until they give up. 

The plan of this spirit is to attack our minds with fear and worry, until we are overwhelmed and intimidated into ceasing the work. One example could be overloading our minds with thoughts like these:

“What will people say if you go on a mission trip or do what God is asking me to do? I don’t have an anointing…I’m not called…I’m not victorious. What do you have to offer to God’s Kingdom?”

Experiencing the emotion of fear in small amounts is normal in life, but if you feel submerged, always having great ideas and dreams of things you might do yet never getting around to actually doing them as if the enemy is coming in like a constant flood, then this sounds like an attack from the spirit of fear and intimidation.

Just imagine that your mind is a blank canvas, and the job function of the spirit of fear and intimidation is to paint a dark and gloomy picture on that canvas (which you constantly focus on), until you become so overwhelmed and intimidated, that you give up. The warning is clear – don’t let the devil paint pictures on your imagination!

 

 

Challenging The Spirit Of Fear And Intimidation

 

In Luke 9:1, Jesus gave His disciples authority over ‘all demons.’ For every Christian who realizes they have been attacked by the spirit of fear and intimidation or any other spiritual reality, they must first recognize that Christ has given them authority over all the works of the enemy and second they must apply this victory to their life.

For Christians who feel oppressed, it is a powerful thing to speak-out the word of God verbally and into their own minds. Christians who feel like this could say:

Spirit of fear, you have no authority in my life. I now release myself from your grip and command you to go. The word of God says in Colossians 2:15 that Christ ‘disarmed principalities and powers. He made a public spectacle of them/(YOU), triumphing over’ them/(YOU) by the cross. You are defeated, I apply Christ’s victory. Go! in Jesus’ name!”

Finally, remember what Paul wrote to Timothy and feel free to declare this:

‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind.’
2 Timothy 1:7

 

 

Challenging the enemy in the battle of the mind

 

If we are going to overcome the enemy, we have to identify negative thoughts patterns, challenging and change them. In the Bible, in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, it explains this process very clearly.

‘For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience to Christ.’
2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Therefore, according to the Bible, we have to ‘cast down arguments’ in our mind, including everything that ‘exalts itself against the knowledge of God’ (as found in Scripture) and then we have to make sure that ‘every thought’ is subject to the teaching of Christ.

As an example, imagine that you are not busy and a thought comes into your mind saying, “God will never answer your prayers, you are wicked.” You can either choose to accept that message, or you can bring it into subjection to the Bible’s teaching. Your answer could be:

 

“Yes, I have sinned, but praise God the Bible tells me:

“if we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
1 John 1:9

Therefore, God does hear my prayers because of what Christ Jesus did for me, and my life is now hidden in Him!”


As another example, you could get a thought saying, “You are worthless. Why don’t you just die?” Your answer could be:

“I am not worthless – Christ died for me! I am created in the image of God – I have immense value because of that! I reflect the image of the Creator. The Bible says I will not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord!”

Pay attention to the thoughts and words you use to describe yourself.

This battle in the mind is fought and won daily. For this reason, we need to go back to the Bible every day, to read the word of God and learn what He says about us. As we do this, we will have the ‘verbal’ weapons to fight the enemy. 

Finally, when the Apostle Paul wrote about the armor of God, he called the Word of God the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). The Sword of God’s Word is used to cut down all the lies of the enemy and helps us win the battle of the mind!

Get the Word of God into you hearts and minds and walk in the victory purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary!

 

He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Revelations 21:7-8

 

Trust JESUS!

 

 

 

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Seven Paradox Truths of the Bible – by Rodelio Mallari

The Bible is a unique and strange Book. It is very different from any other “sacred book” of other religions. The Bible contains “God’s thoughts” which are strange and yet marvelous spiritual teachings. Among them are paradoxes.

A Paradox is defined as a seemingly self-contradictory declaration but is in fact true.

To some, such biblical paradoxes may seem somewhat ridiculous and yet such are the very words of God which were written for our admonition and learning. In today’s Bible study we shall look into the Seven Great Bible Paradoxes which are truly amazing, namely:

1. EXALTATION THROUGH HUMILITY (James. 4:10)


God has never been pleased with the proud, boastful and over confident. We know that, Lucifer in his madness became Satan. He wanted to be exalted like God but he fell! The Most High God sees to it that all who will desire to be exalted out of His will & timing will ultimately fall. What a contrast Satan & his children are from Christ who humbled himself but was exalted! (Phil. 2:8-9).

2. STRENGTH THROUGH WEAKNESS (II Cor. 12:10)
In this passage we see that, of all the apostles, Paul received an abundance of revelation than all the others combined. Paul wrote 14 NT books including Hebrews or about 1/3 of the entire NT! With all his God-given privileges & advantages; there was always the possibility of being proud and over confident. So God allowed a “thorn in his flesh” which kept him lowly and ever dependent in God. Thrice he prayed for removal of the thorn but God said that His grace is ever sufficient. In this Paul rejoiced! Would you like the world to see the power of Christ rest in you? Then serve God faithfully in spite of sickness, trials, troubles. Rejoice in God! We all have weaknesses which God can use to make us aware of our limitations, and keep us humble and useful!

3. RECEIVING THROUGH GIVING (Acts 20:35)
The ultimate test of love for God & man is in giving something that we hold so dear. Giving is quite foolish to selfish people. The world’s philosophy is – It’s much better to work & work, save, earn all you can, get rich, keep & withhold! Some of the most miserable people on earth are those who take & take. Some of the happiest people are givers for they manifest God in their unselfish attitude. God Himself is the greatest giver (John 3:16) God will bless you beyond what you need so you may have the chance of becoming His channel of blessing! You may cheerfully & willingly give your time, talent, treasure for God’s glory and in return receive love, joy, peace, and the manifold blessings of God!

4. FREEDOM THROUGH SERVITUDE (Rom. 6:18)
Men think they are free since they are outside prison cells. The truth is there’s another form of imprisonment & bondage which is spiritual & moral in nature. Many are enslaved by fear, doubt, hatred, vices, and sin that add to life’s hardship. Friend, if today you are enslaved by sin & doubt, you can be free in Christ! Only in personally knowing Christ as Lord & serving Him can you be truly free from the devil, sin & the bondage they bring.

5. GAINING THROUGH LOSING (Phil. 3:7-8)
Materialism and love of money have always been the greatest hindrances to a personal living relationship with the Lord. People who are materialistic never have any thoughts of sacrificing & offering anything for Him who died & gave Himself for them. After receiving Christ as Lord & Savior, we need to accept the fact that we are to live a life of service and sacrifice for Him. Only then can we be truly satisfied. You can gain the whole world but lose your own soul (Mark 8:36) or like Paul you can lose earthly opportunities but gain Christ & lay up treasure in heaven!

6. LIVING THROUGH DYING (John 12:24)
Jesus was foretelling his death. The corn of wheat that falls to the ground and dies also grows and becomes productive. This is an agricultural and a spiritual principle as well. Death to the old self is the first step to Christian growth and this principle is found in all the NT (Rom. 8:13). Death to the sinful nature means to be willfully against the works of the flesh, the mentality, philosophies and damnable superstitions of the world. God says that the flesh must be crucified with its sinful lusts (Gal. 5:24). The more you die to SELF the more CHRIST is seen in you! John the Baptist said that Christ must increase and we must decrease! (John 3:30)

7. FINDING THROUGH LOSING (Matt. 10:39)
People try to find the meaning of life in earthly pursuits, in trying to succeed & prosper, & in trying to enjoy their material possessions – only to find out too late that nothing on earth really satisfies the soul. Friend, without Jesus… life is meaningless for Jesus is the very essence of life. He is everything that your poor lost soul has ever longed for. Jesus will still be Lord and King even without you, but friend you are NOTHING without Jesus!

 

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins
1 John 4:10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beware The Absalom Spirit

Before looking outwardly at how this spirit may be manifesting within your church, business’s, homes, etc,

Please prayerfully take an honest look at yourself before God and consider whether you have allowed any area’s of your life to come into agreement with the Absalom spirit.

The Absalom Spirit
http://vimeo.com/26795938

 

Cabal
A secret political clique or faction

Faction
A small, organized, dissenting group within a larger one; party spirit especially when marked by dissension

Dissension
disagreement that causes people in a group to argue about something that is important to them;
contentious quarreling

Conspiracy
A secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful

 

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
 did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father
Philippians 2:1-11

 

Diametrically Opposed – Choose Your Side

These orders are diametrically opposed:

The one commands you to walk by faith
The other to walk by sight

 

The one to be humble
The other to be proud

 

The one to set your affections on things above
The other to set them on the things of the earth

 

The one to look at the things unseen and eternal
The other to look at the things seen and temporal

 

The one to have your conversation in Heaven
The other to cleave to the dust

 

The one to be careful for nothing
The other to be full of anxiety

 

The one to be content with such things as you have
The other to enlarge your desires

 

The one to be ready to distribute
The other to withhold

 

The one to look at the things of others
The other to look at ones own things

 

The one to seek happiness in the creator
The other to seek happiness in the creature

 

Is it not plain there is no serving two such masters?

Arthur Pink

 

 

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money
Matthew 6:24

 

 

God bless,

 

 

The Battle for Autonomy

Autonomy

1.The right or condition of self-government, especially in a particular sphere
2. The state or condition of having independence or freedom
3. The power or right of a country, group, etc, to govern itself

 

In the past months, as I study the evidence for Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection, applying the constant daily truths to my local evangelism ministry, it appears more and more to me that the problem with sin, our need for a Savior, and Jesus being that Savior, has never been a question with regard to whether or not these events really occurred.

I observed that the most constant objection seem not to derive from a place which lacks the necessary facts to conclude in light of truth, but sadly instead, from a place within that causes us to make a choice to disregard in spite of the evidence

Now this is important to understand because, to disregard that Jesus was and is who He said He was on the basis of lack of information, would entail that if there was evidence to prove otherwise, we would be A. willing to search it out to know the truth, and B. then change what we believe no matter what the cost on the basis of that truth.

But since the objection comes from a place that does not seek to search out whether the facts were correct, I sought to understand then, where was this aversion to truth coming from? Was it demonic in nature? Was it simply due to sheer neglect?

The answer of course, is made obvious from the scriptures them self, the source of all truth.

A serpent once said:

“You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day that you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Genesis 3:4-5

These words have lingered long and had a place in the heart of all mankind since the beginning of time. The excuses to neglect salvation do not stem from a misunderstanding of scripture, nor from a lack of evidence, nor of an skepticism that the information was or could be false, or somehow changed over time – excuses that we would never apply to any other historical fact that is presented to us – yet these are what the most common excuses seem to entail. Therefore upon a deeper search, the realization is that it comes from a place of moral nonacceptance. A place that makes the value of the seething lies of the serpent ring true in all generations from a simple neglect due to unbelief, but that stems from a place that lacks the true depth of humility to search out that truth because of an already clear understanding of what knowing this truth will cost us to know

You see, to claim ignorance of something has been an effect of fallen man that can be exhibited in children even as young as 5 years old, maybe younger. The sort of thinking that causes us to believe that if I don’t see it happening, or if I close my eyes to it, then I can’t be held accountable to what that truth may cause me to now be subject to.

The mistake in this logic comes from a place, that has a false belief that “I” am in control, and to give up that control, somehow would mean that I am weaker, not able to guide myself, nor able to tell the truth from a lie. It’s a place that doesn’t see the paradox truth of humility.

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted
Matthew 23:12

Now, if we read this scripture and say to ourselves, “I’m a pretty humble person, so this doesn’t apply to me”. What is the measure by which we believe ourselves to be humble? Is it in comparison to our friends? Or to our co-workers? Or to those we hear about in the news?

Most likely.

This is because we have a knowledge of good and evil, so we see within ourselves an ability to judge ourself against another’s situation and give ourself a rank of being better or worst off than the other.

e.g. You move out of your parents home and you believe that anyone who still lives at home has not achieved what you have. They are somehow lesser and you are more

But what if the measure that you have been most prone to use in your fallen state of mistaken knowledge of what “good” truly is, was wrong?

 

What if a law existed that was so holy and pure, that no man, woman, or child on the entire face of the earth could have ANY reason to boast of their goodness to another, because in some way, shape or form, we all fell short of this one perfect law?

That my friends, is that the Law of Moses represents. It is not a law that makes people holy. It is a law that points out the sinfulness of all mankind, making every sin, truly sinful.

Only under a true understanding of that knowledge, and only then, can we begin to understand and see our need for a Savior. This is when the “good news” of the Gospel of Jesus Christ begins to really look like good news.

Religions of all sorts has taught for centuries a false way of how “we” can make ourselves right with God. Either by our religious works, or our legalistic practices, or by our attendance, or by our giving, or by some other means of sacrifice and outward profession.

The true and biblical Jesus Christ however, is the story (beginning in Genesis) of God’s problem with all of His creation that cannot seem to understand their relation in distinction from His: perfect truthfulness, holiness, righteousness, justice, wisdom and love.

So much so, that out of that perfect love, He begins a plan of redemption to reveal unto His creation, the mystery of His holiness through the giving of His Holy Law at Mount Sinai, which then reaches the climax of this epic real life story which details the giving of His only begotten Son as the sacrifice for a nation that was doomed to eternal destruction to be killed by that particular nation, proving their inability to keep that law

Only at the cross of Jesus Christ do we witness that God is indeed Holy and Righteous and Just, so much so, that the punishment that abounds from sin cannot be overlooked. Punishment and death are the cost or we could not say God is truthful since His own law states that the consequence of sin is death and we all have fallen short.

But only at the cross do we ever have evidence in all of creation of the vast measure of God’s love. A love that surpasses all understanding. One that was willing to send His one and only Son to be the sacrifice for the punishment we all deserved to face for constant rebellion, even towards this truth.

Only a Savior of the world with perfect love and righteousness could look down from the cross He was hanging upon, being held up by His wrists in the face of His accusers and those who watched on glorying in their deed of crucifying the innocent, and hear Him cry out these words for mercy:

Father, forgive them. They know not what they do
Luke 23:34

Only He that is without sin could then rise from the grave having disarmed the powers and authorities, making a public spectacle of them, having triumphed over them through Him, showing himself alive and well to over 500 hundred eye witnesses. Fulfilling every prophecy, and then victoriously returning home to His rightful place right before their very eyes.

You may trust in your own wisdom, your own righteousness, your own ideas of goodness and understanding, your media driven ideas of love, and hypocritical moral ethics to secure your eternity when you shall stand before THAT God, the One true God who has proven such by His life, death, and resurrection, the One before whom ALL men will one day stand. But me….

I’ll take my chances with the Lord who lives!

 

Bless your Holy Name Lord Jesus!

 

 

The Humility of Christ

Timothy Brindle
The Humility of Christ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf6EUKPHQMU

Commentator:
How can one man in a matter of hours drain the cup of God’s wrath that would have taken an eternity to pour out on me
How can that be?

Intro:
Who’d assume that this could be?
God became Man penetrating into human history (Repeat)

Verse 1:
Forever before the creation or there was Satan
The Son was with the Spirit and Father in Glorification
Before worship of fire angels above
The Trinity was in a perfect Triangle of Love
Chilled with no one else
No need for others ’cause God is self-sufficient filled within Himself
And we can only guess the conversation
but the Son agreed to rescue those the Father gave Him
And even though this Lord should be worshipped
He volunteered to take upon the form of a Servant
The Father commanded and asked Him to come
So now let’s examine the fashion it was done
Let me ask you if you seemed confused with this
God passed through His own creature’s uterus
and I admit this is odd, but the Bible can persuade me
an Omnipotent God – crying as a baby?
No doctors around, no spot could be found
To give birth to a Child- the only option in town
was to be born in feeding trough with breeding cows
and feces piles- the scene was foul!
It wasn’t fancy but raunchy
how the Son of God was born next to camels and donkeys
What an awesome feat- He dropped so deep to cop His sheep
He didn’t step down He took a quantum leap
And I’m amazed how God, infinite in wealth
put aside His fame and limited Himself
to time and space and eyes and legs
He died to save a violent race whose sin would bring’em hell

Hook 1:
Who’d assume that this could be?
God became Man, penetrating into human history
But He did it completely opposite than people thought He would
so unbelievers (are) mocking it
(Repeat)

Verse 2:
The Promised Messiah didn’t come in the honor of sire
but humbly rockin’ some modest attire
So people missed it- to be specific
The legalistic thought there king would be the richest
and we know we like commodities
but the Possessor of all riches chose a life of poverty
Wait, it’s not the descendant of David is this?
Yes! And He’s descended the greatest distance
He chilled with sinners and tax robbers
amongst His creatures who to Him were grasshoppers
He dwelt with the lower class, lowly men
And those known as trash were His chosen kin
And the unbelieving Jews were sick of Him
They said “He runs with a team of stupid fishermen
And speaks to Samaritans and Barbarians”
Pharisees stared at Him with harsh arrogance
It’s shown when the Savior took notice of beggars,
healed the blind and sick and those with lowest of wages
He even touched those with leprosy!
which was seen as the most disgusting known infection, see
Wait, are you kidding me?
watch Jesus go low and wash Peter’s toes what great humility!!!
See the Second Person of the Trinity
came down to rescue workers of iniquity
Check His earthly ministry
He didn’t make a bed- He had no place to lay His head
But He became bound to His own Law but we found no flaw
was from a rugged town-so raw
He slumbered and slept, hungered and wept and sweated
Plunged to our depth, the sum of our debt’s pathetic
The humblest, yet, the humblest death that’s dreaded
The Son is our rest, come under Him- get His credit.

Hook 2:
No question that He’s G-O-D
but He laid aside the full expression of His Deity
and surfed the chasm, no words can fathom
how God walked this earth, which is cursed from Adam
(Repeat)

Verse 3:
He was falsely condemned by Jews and filthy pagans
Now the Cross-the peak of His humiliation
No discussion. Sure they’d best remove Him
He got the most disgusting form of execution
He who sits up on the throne and rules
was kicked and stomped and spit upon by Roman fools
Despised by Israel, tried by sinful souls
But was silent when struck by violent imbeciles
And Jesus was able to call down legions of angels
But He was too faithful
Gracious and patient was Him
yet He was hated and forsaken by men:
like Jews, they hated His soul, Judas betrayed Him for gold
When it was tough, His crew was afraid, so they rolled
Suckers�they merked Him, this Suffering Servant
was beat up and looked like He was cut by a surgeon
Slaughtered, bleeding, gushing, oozin’ blood
The Father pleased to crush Him whom He loved
so He probably didn’t even feel the crown and nails
He had to suffer more than to bring down the veil
Our eyes are haughty and our lies are naughty
the Holy Christ bore our sins inside His body
yea, His veins they burst but no one’s pain was worse
cause the One who made the earth became a curse!
He was One with the Father’s Essence
But on cross the God of heaven cut off His presence
And I can’t share any language
that can rightly describe the Christ’s despair and His anguish
So forever will I tell:
In three hours, Christ suffered more than any sinner ever will in hell! (It is finished)
He who had infinite joy and pleasure
became a Man of Sorrows so we could join forever.

Hook 3:
He took a cosmic plunge, put on some lungs
on the Cross He became to God a sponge
to soak up His wrath
so wicked wouldn’t be sifted and blown into chaff



For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Hebrews 10:26-30