On Grace: The unwanted kind.

On Grace: The unwanted kind..

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Warning: God Can Be Ruthless

Warning: God Can Be Ruthless

Those people who have refused the way of the cross and enjoyed the easy path will one day experience the consuming fire of God which purges all that is not of him – only with great regret at having invested their lives in things that didn’t last or matter. A wailing and gnashing of teeth, as scriptures say.

The Upside Down World

Some years ago my husband was driving through our small town’s business district early in the morning and happened to observe a hawk catch a rabbit. After nabbing the cute little bunny, the hawk alighted on a nearby light post and began ripping into the little thing’s soft belly. What struck my husband was that the rabbit was still alive and struggling when the hawk ripped into its flesh. Yet the hawk was completely unperturbed by the fact that its prey was still alive and struggling. He just sat there nonchalantly looking around, enjoying his breakfast.

When my husband shared this story with me, I wondered for the umpteenth time what exactly it says about God that we live in a world of predator and prey. Because scripture says that the creation is a reflection of God. In the Book of Acts, Paul says that creation testifies so strongly to…

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The Genuis and Challenge of Christianity

The Upside Down World

The genius of Christianity is that it demands you give mental agreement to all sorts of things you don’t actually agree with. Love your enemies. Every man is your neighbor. You’ll be judged by how well you showed love to the least attractive, least moral, least appealing, most repulsive people you meet. Don’t judge. All those beatitudes about the meek and the suffering and the pure of heart.

We don’t believe any of that stuff. We say we do, but we don’t really. Yet if we want to call ourselves Christians, we must affirm that we agree with these teachings of Jesus. Which creates mental dissonance. How we handle this gap between what we actually believe and what we profess to believe determines how successful we can become as Christians.

The typical way to handle cognitive dissonance is to go into denial. You continue following your gut level support of cultural norms…

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NEED FOR CIRCUMCISION Vol 2. Part 1(Continuation..)

THE CROSS

In whom (Christ) also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: (Col 2:11)
I would like to put it this way, The Circumcision of Christ is the same thing as the Cross of Christ. The instrument for the flesh is the cross. The Cross for Abraham in his day was “circumcision”, though he was 99 years old when the Lord commanded it to be done. Moses and children of Israel had their own shares. The fundamental thing here is that, this circumcision was done when it was not convenience. It was never at their convenience time. The show that, the cross of Jesus Christ as it were is not a convenience thing. You don’t carry it because it is convenience; you carry it because of the joy that is set before you.
For the joy that was set before him, he endured the cross…” Hebrew 12:2b
I know a great deal of books has been written concerning the Cross but, I want to put in a simple way what the cross simply means.

The Cross means God’s will “crosses” my will!

Since, there is only one will and one desire in heaven, this gives no room for my will or yours to be done. We must either conform to His will willingly or be crush into His will unwillingly. Either of the two, His will must be done. We must either choose to decrease by embracing His cross or be forced to decrease by His eternal counsel. All things must of necessity decrease, and Christ must increase. That’s the counsel of God and nothing can alter that.
We see the cross as the instrument of our circumcision, because that is what God has ordained. Daily, we must carry our cross, embrace it. The cross is the center of God’s will for all creation and not just for Christians. The Judgment of God on all flesh is the Cross.

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NEED FOR CIRCUMCISION Vol 2. Part 1

What Circumcision is
We’ve seen what circumcision is not; let’s talk about what circumcision is.
In the old, it is refer to as “removal of foreskin” which most often applies to male child. Then you would probably be asking, “are we still under the old law? Why should I be circumcised?” Before arriving at a conclusion by saying we’re under the new covenant and there is no need for circumcision.
Paul made a clear reference when he was talking about circumcision in his letter to Philippians’
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. (Phil 3:3)
From the passage above circumcision is in contrast to the flesh, which means: worshiping God in the flesh shows that one is not circumcised. One’s confidence in the flesh is a clear indication that one is not circumcised. Should one also failed in rejoicing in Christ Jesus (in his spirit/heart) daily then, the problem is un-circumcision.
In whom (Christ) also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: (Col 2:11)
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.( Rom 2:29)
As I have made it clear previously that circumcision is not salvation, I will like to add that circumcision is not also the removal of the “foreskin” from a male child according to the Law of Moses. It has nothing to do with that under the new covenant.
 
What circumcision is really is the putting off of body of sins (which is also the body of death). It’s the removal of flesh in the heart of man. It involves cuttings, pains, shedding of blood and the circumstances that surround circumcision are not palatable.
Circumcision itself is not a joyous thing; none really want to go through it. God has always been the initiator of it. To Abraham, He commanded it. To Moses, his wife understood what it was and did it for her husband lest God smote him, to the children of Israel; God gave the order to Joshua to circumcise them.
And in bro Paul’s letter, he said “we are circumcised in Christ”. This means that God has ordained this circumcision for everyone that would ever come into Christ.
We can conclude then that circumcision is an inward thing according to the book of Romans 2:29 not of outward things. One can display various characters and even pretend to be what he/she is not. We can be religious, fervent so to say, we can also be diligent and full of activities but the revealer of our uncircumcised heart is our “tongues”.
 
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