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Not His Birth, but His Death.

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Not Our Freedom, but our Bondage.

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Not our Greed, but Those in Need.

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When we take a closer look at our Creator’s Perfect Word, even through every imperfect translation, this contrast is clearly seen:  We celebrate our Saviors birth, although He commanded us to remember His death.  We celebrate our freedom, yet He commanded us to remember our bondage.  We celebrate our prosperity, but He commanded us to remember the foreigner, the widow and the orphan. 

It appears mans theology is juxtapose to our Creator’s Word.

 

 

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Master Sin or Be Its Slave

Mastering sin is not a new concept.  Since the beginning mankind has the same test.  Adam and Eve ate, the forbidden fruit, from the tree of knowledge of Good and Bad. Maybe the temptation to be “like gods” appealed then just as much as it does now?

Before Cain murdered his brother Abel, God reminded him to master his anger.  I used to wonder how Cain could have had such a hard-heart.  Now that I’m older, I can look back on my own hard-heart.  When I felt offended it was justified, I held grudges, blamed, felt sorry for myself, and experienced the ugly, bitterness of hate.

I was like a powerless victim, preferring my bondage over the struggling for control.

Sin Equals Death

Sin is what separates mankind, (spiritually) from the Unseen Spirit of our Creator.  This separation is called death.  Although we all die physically, those who Prevail over Sin will be granted to eat from the Tree of (lasting/spiritual) Life;

 “To the one who is victorious/prevails/overcomes/conquers, I will grant the right to eat of the Tree of Life in the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7

What is Sin?

“Sin” is an all encompassing verb meaning, “to fall short, “to have an absence,” or “to Miss.”  Like an arrow Missing its target, we Misbehave, Misstep, Misunderstand, Misjudge, Misread, and make Mistakes.  In the Biblical sense “Sin” refers to those who omit, avoid, blow off, ignore, neglect, fall short of, or Miss the Way to Life.

Sin is The Absence of Love

“The entire Torah, (Way to Life) is fulfilled in a single decree: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14; Leviticus 19:18

Our Creator summed up every Torah precept, statute and decree in 10 Commandments.  Y’shua, (Jesus) called Two Commandments The Greatest, and that the Essence of All is, “Love.

Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37; Deuteronomy 6:5

“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39; Leviticus 19:18

“In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the Essence of the Torah and the Prophets.”  Matthew 7:12

“This is My command to you: Love one another.”  John 15:12John 15:17

 A new commandment I give you: Love one another.  As I have Loved you, so also you must Love one another.” John 13:34

“But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44

  Love is Merciful, Faithful, and Compassionate

The promised Messiah, Y’shua, demonstrated this kind of “Love” by purposely laying  down His Life, not only for those who love Him but for His enemies, including those who persecute Him.

“But God proves His Love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Messiah died for us.” Romans 5:8 

Self-Control, (Mastering Sin) is a Fruit, (Action) of the Spirit

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“But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.” Galatians 5:22, 23

“Flesh is born of flesh, but Spirit is born of the Spirit.”  John 3:6

“…flesh and blood cannot Inherit the Kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.”  1 Corinthians 15:50

This physical world appeals to our flesh, and with a loud voice we hear; “Forbidden fruit tastes better, and if it feels good do it.”  But those with Understanding of what is lasting/spiritual, know the five senses can only be satisfied temporarily.

Turning From Sin Equals Life

Our temporary body of flesh and blood is opposed to Loving ones enemies.  Physically we cannot even control our own tongues, James 3:8.

  Like Adam and Eve, we also desire to put our own judgement above The Only Lawgiver and Judge.

There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?” James 4:12

Love Equals Life

Spiritual Life is evident by our faithfulness to God’s Commandments.

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”  John 14:15 

“Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.” John 14:21

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.” John 14:23

“If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love.” John 15:10

“By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments.” 1 John 2:3

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome,” 1 John 5:3

“And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love.” 2 John 1:6

 

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What Compels a Person to Publicly Air Their Opinions?

Image result for image of a soap boxWhen did we form our opinions?  Why are opinions offensive?  How can we learn to think objectively?

Who knew I would become a person who likes to share everything I learn.  But here I am, sharing another insight on my blog, even though I never considered myself an opinionated person.

Most of my beliefs began sub-consciously and didn’t surface until I was faced with criticism or disagreement.  I couldn’t deny my knee-jerk reactions; a pounding heart, raised voice, red face, like a bull with flared nostrils.  These emotional reactions are, like red flags, attached to the assumptions we believe, no matter how illogical.  Image result for image of a bull with flared nostrils

Over my lifetime I had formed many beliefs simply by agreeing with something I’d heard or been taught.  I’ve since learned to be consciously aware of these reactions, so I can pin point my opionionis and throw them out.

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinkers learn to judge opinions objectively.  Impartially evaluating and analyzing opposing assumptions and facts.  After learning about critical thinking I caught myself beginning to react to a “rude” comment but I chose to try and understand the reason behind the comment, by asking a question.

Believe it or not, some people still want to argue no matter what you say.  If you’ve ever watched a debate, or a battle between two opposing viewpoints; the opponents weaknesses are pointed out, there’s a rebuttal, a defense, a counter attack, until one side wins and the other loses.

It may be more civilized than a fight to the death, but it’s still war.

When the goal is to win, rather than to see the other side, it reveals our lack of understanding.

The Battle To Be Right is Caused by Our Limited Knowledge

Belittling, accusing and insulting someones beliefs are not signs of a true, “Truth Seeker.”  A person who believes they are right is implying the other is wrong.  People who think they are right are no longer seeking, because they think they know.

The solution is not standing on our soap box trying to articulate our opinions more eloquently.  We need to change gears and start asking questions.  Thought provoking  questions that give other opinionated people questions of their own.

Asking questions is the only way to find out if someone is seeking understanding or just wants to right.  Asking questions is how we off-set offensive remarks and try to understand the assumptions behind them.  Asking questions is the only way we gain knowledge.

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