Thursday, November 18, 2021

True Lives...or True lives that are Lies?

True Lives...or True lives that are Lies?

But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” Luke 10:40 

Martha loved Jesus dearly and would have done anything for Him. Her struggle came in being still! Martha spent so much time serving Jesus that she had no time to enjoy His company or to get to know Him better. The harder Martha worked, the more frustrated she became with her sister Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet while Martha scurried around the house to make sure everything was in perfect order for Jesus. Martha's service, though it started out with gladness, deteriorated into resentment and envy. It is good to want to serve Christ as an expression of love for what He has done for you. Yet when your activity consumes your time and energies so that you have no time for Him, you have become too busy! You may think, as Martha did, that if you don’t do the work, it won’t get done. That may be true, but Jesus taught that your highest priority must be your relationship with Him. If anything detracts you from that relationship, that activity is not from God. God will not ask you to do something that hinders your relationship with Christ. At times, serving God and carrying out His mission is the best way to know and experience God. At other times, it is more important to sit quietly at His feet and listen to what He is saying. We are not called to continually sit at the feet of Jesus; otherwise our service for Him would cease. Neither are we called to serve Him incessantly, without taking time to find restoration in His presence. Have you been serving God so diligently that you have not had time to spend with Him? - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day 

We read this and know look at the side of life in people that the Lord Jesus Christ sees...

Ezekiel 8:5-18 NASB "Then He said to me, “Son of man, raise your eyes now toward the north.” So I raised my eyes toward the north, and behold, to the north of the altar gate was this idol of jealousy at the entrance. And He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations which the house of Israel are committing here, so that I would be far from My sanctuary? But yet you will see still greater abominations!”

Then He brought me to the entrance of the courtyard, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall.  And He said to me, “Son of man, now dig through the wall.” So I dug through the wall, and behold, an entrance. Then He said to me, “Go in and see the wicked abominations that they are committing here.” So I entered and looked, and behold, every form of crawling things and animals and detestable things, with all the idols of the house of Israel, were carved on the wall all around. And standing in front of them were seventy elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan standing among them, each man with his censer in his hand; and the fragrance of the cloud of incense was rising. Then He said to me, “Do you see, son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each man in the rooms of his carved images? For they say, ‘The Lord does not see us; the Lord has abandoned the land.’” And He said to me, “Yet you will see still greater abominations which they are committing!”

Then He brought me to the entrance of the gate of the Lords house which was toward the north; and behold, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz. And He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? Yet you will see still greater abominations than these!”

Then He brought me into the inner courtyard of the Lords house. And behold, at the entrance to the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the temple of the Lord while their faces were toward the east; and they were prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun. And He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? Is it a trivial thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they have committed here, that they have filled the land with violence and provoked Me to anger repeatedly? Yet behold, they are putting the twig to their nose! Therefore, I indeed will deal in wrath. My eye will have no pity nor will I spare; and though they cry out in My ears with a loud voice, yet I will not listen to them.”

Read now this my Dear Reader:

Galatians 6:7-8 NASB "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a person sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit."

2 Corinthians 5:10 NASB "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive compensation for his deeds done through the body, in accordance with what he has done, whether good or bad."

In what you say, do, behave like, act like, speak like, are you at all living for Jesus if you are claiming that you are saved by Him?

God connects the dots and its on me to write what I am shown. Much as the people God's chosen that we read about in the Bible. I am not laying claim to being a prophet of any kind, but I will lay claim to being obedient to what I am told to write. 

You can fool just about anyone in your life with a vision of what your life looks like, that you present to mankind to see.  You cannot fool Jesus. The same Jesus we read of in the books of Genesis through the end of the Old Testament is the same Jesus we read in the New Testament.  He hasn't changed nor ever will. Mankind will give an account of their lives. It is so written in 2 Corinthians 5:10, so it will be. 

The facts of life weren't just a television show, the facts of life contain a right relationship with Jesus Christ. In walking with Him, learning from Him. Being obedient to Him in spite of what the world entices us to go and do. 

You must choose and you must be real before yourself and God. 

You must not lie to yourself either. 

We do that all the time.  We convince ourselves that this isn't a sin, that's not a sin. Read what Jesus revealed to Ezekiel again. We can deceive ourselves in what we say and do but Jesus sees and knows the truth. 

2 Thessalonians 4:3 says that our sanctification is God's Will. Found another place where Jesus Himself reveals that He prays that for you and I. John 17:17 NASB "Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth.".

Is your life about being sanctified in truth in Christ Jesus or is it about entertaining yourself, about living for yourself, about what you can get out of life apart from God, with disregard toward what you are called to be doing in Christ?

That vision in Ezekiel isn't exclusive to those people we read about. 

Jesus looks into your life and mine. He sees both the true life and the true life of lies.

He sees what you do behind closed doors. Sees what you think and why you thought it. 

Sees if you are indeed thinking of songs, hymns and spiritual songs. Sees if you are walking in the light of Christ or if you are self-deceived.  Sees if selfishness taints your blessing others when Christ has so richly blessed you. Sees your judgmental thoughts. Sees your obsession with anything and everything in your life that isn't going to grow your life in Christ Jesus. 

In America sports ranks the highest in temptation to take God's worship and misplace it into the things of this world. Movies, music and all other forms of entertainment are right behind it. Living lies of working for self satisfaction are in that mix too. All avenues to sins. 

To deny ourselves, take up our own cross and follow Jesus...think about it. How can you do that and pull a U-Haul too if the baggage from this world?  A cross took everything the bearer could muster in order to carry it. Took all their focus and energy. Distractions caused them to be dropped. 

Lying to ourselves about what we can do or can't do is in there as well.  Excuses of not being strong enough, not having the ability etc we all use them.

From this day forward you can get back on the straight and narrow path that Jesus taught us to be on. We cannot afford to be on the highways and byways of life. 

Is shame and regret going to be the theme of your deeds done in the body?

I know that my life will bring that for me. My prayer is that in each day that I do what God brings me to do to the best of my ability.  I have unplugged from sports, from movies. Can't even tell you what the last new movie was that I have seen in a theater. I only buy music that points my thoughts to Jesus and my life with Christ. 

You must choose to look at whether or not lies about what motivates you defines you or if the truth of God defines you. 

Anything in this world can entice our hearts away from a right relationship with Jesus. 

A prevailing theme in the Old Testament was the hearts of the children of Israel being far from God.  Judgment begins with the household of God the Bible says. 

Quit living a life of denial about the truth of your life and start casting away those things you think and do that God's telling you are in the way of a right relationship with Jesus. 

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