I have been trying to find different ways to say the same thing in hopes that more people will come to understand some of the wonderful truth that I have been starting to understand. I want to pass the blessing around to other people and I want to magnify the name of Christ.
Tonight though, I have a particular "Issue" in mind which may resonate with some of you and may not be important to others, so this blog though still with the theme of the love of Jesus, may be a little 'different'
James 1:20 -For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
The Pharisees, including Saul who consented to the stoning of Stephen-did evil in the name of righteousness. They abused God's people while THINKING they were SERVING God. How often God is misunderstood and misrepresented! How much EVIL has been done under the pretense of serving God! It is beyond comprehension, the misery, violence and sorrow that has been compounded by man and his religion!!
I am NOT a religionist. I do not support anything that is 'religious' Religion brings more evil than good. Some people think that because I believe in Jesus, and I go to Church, I must be a proponent of religion. Well, I will be the first to acknowledge that religion is often extremely destructive! And even, one of the most destructive ideologies of all time, even moreso than Nazism.....Communism,,,is a religion in itself. Though communists reject the Hebrew God, they worship the ideas and leaders of communism. Even when the doctrine is RIGHT-religion can be bad. But a relationship with Jesus Christ the Lord is NEVER bad! Following vain, supersticious ceremonies and dogma may cause serious destruction to a person's life, being a Friend of God-brings blessing and eternal life.
There was a time, not too long ago, when I was feeling dissilusioned because I have found VERY few groups of Christians that seem to be level-headed, balanced, sober minded and halfway normal. People seem to be liberal and flippant, or legalist and MEAN. I dont prefer either. And it was REEEALLy bugging me. But I realized, both of these camps, suffer from the same problem- ANd I, MYSELF, in looking to them for guidance and assurance was ALSO suffering the same problem-leaving my first love. I don't have ANY need to find the perfect Church, the perfect friend, the perfect group, the perfect preacher or the perfect teacher. ALL I need is the perfect Christ! If you look around at God's people, and you see all of their problems and issues, well-1st off, u may suffer from a critical spirit which comes from our sinful hearts, but 2ndly, a Church full of troubled, hurting people is a WONDERFUL place to minister to others and love others and thats what were supposed to do as Christians. SO don't even worry anymore about finding the perfect group or the perfect Church. All we need is the perfect Christ.
Having Christ in the proper position in your life, understanding that He is really ALL you need-is indescribably LBERATING! I dont have to fret & worry about people letting me down, because I know the ONE I really depend on can't let me down! I don't have to EVER feel envious or insecure, because the one I depend on is Always there for me! And this causes me to be less needy, insecure and easily hurt, and frees me up so that I am free to bless and minister and give to others! If my Supply is endless than I can give and give and give to others! My supply is Jesus. In myself, I can run out of kindness to give, but if I got love coming from the Spirit of God, it is inexhaustible.
Honestly, If you are INFURIATED by other people's failures and sin, you are NOT experiencing righteous indignation-more than likely, more likely you are in the flesh, u are like the pharisees and like many religionsts you're doing the right thing the wrong way or at the wrong time. I've been there. We all have. We are misguided sometimes. We get our eyes OFF of Jesus and onto the "Things of Jesus" We leave our 1st love.
Are you angry, frustrated, critical and discouraged? "Setting everybody straight" is't going to make you feel better. But falling in love with Jesus will! Whether ur a liberal, or a legalist, whether ur old-fashioned or new fangled, you need what I need-you need what everyone needs-you need JESUS! Throw out the preconceived ideas-you dont need ideas, you need Christ! Some people think saying JESUS is the answer is a shallow answer. OH HOW PROFOUNDLY WRONG YOU ARE! WE ARE ! JESUS is the most profound, deep, eternal, sacred, infinite, beautiful answer you could imagine! SOme people wanna use a bunch of big seminary sounding words to express theological truth, but God revealed Himself in what ultimate expression-Jesus Christ-the Incarnate Word! JEsus is enough! Jesus is more than enough! He IS the truth.
Can you say that you are in love with Jesus Christ? If you can't, that is where the problem and the solution lies. NOWHERE else, laws, and actions, lifestyle-all of those things come FROM your relationship with Christ not the other way around...