I’ve been reading Romans in my daily Bible and its so deep and at times a little hard to comprehend.
Romans 7:6 But now we have been released from the law, for we died with Christ, and we are no longer captive to its power. Now we can really serve God, not in the old way by obeying the letter of the law, but in a new way, by the Spirit.
Its harder to walk by the Spirit than to follow a simple set of rules and be all dogmatic about those. Those who’s only goal is to live by a set of rules become hard nosed and religiously arrogant.
These kind of people do NOT represent The Lord accurately. This breaks my heart because many people give Jesus a bad name by being so gung ho on rules instead of living by The Spirit of the law, which is harder for sure!
Its harder to nail down right and wrong and people can end up twisting God’s character and His Word and having an anything goes attitude.
Yet on the other hand those who are all about rules are so harsh they don’t do a good job of representing the heart of God.
From my experience, the precious heart of God is like those of us who are parents, we want the very best for our kids and when they are living a life we don’t feel is going to turn out well for them, we hurt.
We long to turn their hearts the right way not to condemn them, but because we care about the pain they may have to endure. This is the heart of God. He has certain perimeters he wants us to live by because he knows the pain we will experience if we don’t.
My Pearl today is the safety I can feel in the arms of love, which is Jesus arms. He wants the best for me and I can trust Him
I read this A. W. Tozer quote on Facebook today and I need to ponder through it:
“If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.”
I wonder why the church today wouldn’t notice that the Holy Spirit was gone? Is it because we are going through the motions and doing most things at church and in our lives by our own strength?
I would most definitely notice if the power of the Holy Spirit was missing from my life. I would have horrible presence. I’d be irritable all the time and I’d get annoyed and I would express it.
There would be no strength within me to have self control in any area of my life. If its what I put in my mouth or what comes out of my mouth. I would blurt things out if I didn’t have The Holy Spirit to check me within my soul.
I don’t think anyone would want to hang out with me because I’d be dogmatic and controlling. I’d tell people where to go and it wouldn’t be bed if you know what I mean.
I’d probably lose all my friends, family and my job. My husband may put up with me for a short while?
I’m very grateful for The Holy Spirit, it reminds me of a song: Create in me a clean heart Oh Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation and renew a right spirit within me. Take not thy Holy Spirit from me..
I used to sing this song over and over until I had peace within my soul.
My Pearl today is the peace of His presence through the Holy Spirit.
Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
I don’t lead a blameless life, so I fail there. I do my best to speak the truth with a sincere heart. Sometimes I say too much and people may not be ready to hear the truth.
Continue with Psalm 15: Those who refuse to slander others or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. I could come close to getting this one. I don’t speak evil of my friends and I don’t like slander. That doesn’t mean I always say nice things when I see wrong behavior.
The list goes on in Psalm 15 and ends with these kind of people will stand firm forever. David wrote this before Christ came. I’m not suggesting that I want to do all manners of evil because Christ came and died for my sin, so now I just do as I please.
No, absolutely not. I’m saying that in Psalm 15 there are a lot of standards that most of us can’t consistently uphold if we are human. The last time I checked humans were the only ones reading my blogs.
David wrote this prior to Christ coming and cleansing us by His blood. Now I can be righteous and blameless because God The Father sees me through Jesus’ sacrifice. I’m not righteous because I can uphold the standards 100% of the time.
If I allow The Holy Spirit to help me and rely on Him, I will do better at living a right life.
My Pearl today is that as I am seen through Jesus eyes I can be seen as right and blameless not because of what I do or don’t do.
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. Hebrews 11:1-2
When we become convicted that what we can’t see is more real than earthly things, faith has been made complete. I have more faith in my future and what I’m hoping and longing for than I do in this world.
I’m not sure that our two little dogs have much faith in us. Since we have moved they have been even more clingy than before. When we leave for a little while they get anxious and clingy.
Reggie is acting real strange tonight and my husband said he did the same the other night. When one of us is gone, even when the other one is here, they want to go into the bedroom where we sleep.
I wonder if they feel safer in our bed. They have faith that every night we do come to bed. That is one constant. They don’t feel safe in a strange house.
We feel safe when we know that The Lord is with us. The same with our little dogs who are only 6 pounds and 12 pounds. They rely on us completely.
Without us they don’t eat or get to out or go on a walk or get any love. They are lost without us. That’s how I feel when I’m disconnected from My Lord. I hate that feeling.
I’m looking forward to the day when I get to see Him face to face. Of course I’m not in a hurry, I can wait for His time. I do look forward to seeing my faith become sight when I die.
My Pearl today is the gift of faith granted to me by My Lord.
True Godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 1 Timothy 6:7
This verse produces within me a deep sigh of relief. Contentment with whatever our circumstances may be in the moment is a true gift. If I can be happy with little or with a lot or anything in between this produces peace.
Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil. Proverbs 15:16. How many times do we become more stressed when we have more money which leads to more belongings and more stress.
I have noticed that making more money changes only one thing: we spend more. We own more stuff. So when we move, we move more stuff. Money can help a lot of people and it can hurt some if used in the wrong way.
I heard a story today of a daughter searching for enough money to bury her father. She is paying for her dad to be buried and may be evicted from her apartment while the rest of the family is taking dad’s belongings before he is even in the ground.
This scenario makes me sad. Money in the right hands is a good thing. Contentment with whatever your financial situation is in this moment is a gift from The Holy Spirit.
My Pearl today is the joy of being content with exactly what the Lord has given us.
But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight, not by obeying the law by the way promised in the scripture long ago. We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. Romans 3:21-22
I remember studying Romans back in the early 2000’s with BSF. When we came across this chapter where it talks about no one is righteous. I said out loud in the group, but Billy Graham and Mother Theresa are righteous on their own?
I wasn’t kidding. I had no clue that our righteousness was by faith and not our reputation. My reputation was not good amongst the Amish because I had not stayed Amish. I was sure I was doomed because I saw myself through the eyes of the Amish, not the eyes of my Savior.
As I realized that the only thing that mattered was what the Lord thought of me. I started to consume The Bible and spending time with Him for a minimal of 2 hours a day.
I was so hungry for God’s Truth.! Now that I have his truth I need to be careful not to get complacent. I get excited a I read these verses and remember how far God has brought me.
It gives me deep inner peace to see God’s faithfulness to show me truth. I love Him so much!
My Pearl today is the joy of remembering where I come from and knowing that God wants the best for me. He is trustworthy!
First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, so the outside also may be clean. Matthew 23:26 This verse was in the context of the Pharisees who were worried about how they looked. However, they were not so concerned about their hearts.
They had proud hearts with selfish motives and wanted to look good, but beyond that they weren’t concerned about who they were alone with The Lord.
If our hearts are right and our motives are pure we will naturally look better on the outside. The Pharisees new how to polish the turd so to speak.
Their insides were dirty and instead of cleaning their hearts they continued to polish the outside, looking good to everyone.
This is such a waste of time to focus on looking good to everyone around you while forgetting about the most important thing our hearts and the motives of our heart.
Having an Audience of One where we are more concerned about what the Lord thinks is the only way to live in freedom. This perspective helps us clean the inside of our heart and not be so worried about looking polished.
My Pearl today is that I can kneel before the Lord each day and ask Him to change my heart and my motives. I know he will answer and change me one day at a time.