Devotional 1/15/2017

So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way. Romans 14:12-13

We have free will, but do we know how to use it? Can we distinguish our will from God’s perfect will?

In the same way that there is a thin line between love and hate, courage and recklessness, protection and smothering there is a thin line between God’s will and our free will. God does not keep things in secret, except when he wants us to walk in faith which brings him honor and glory.

Christian freedom is not the same as living an illicit lifestyle, because God’s grace forgives us and lifts us up again and again. NO. Christian freedom is founded on Jesus as the Rock, and nothing should move or influence us away, from our dependency on Him.

Christian freedom is based out of love for God, and loving others as we love ourselves. The bible says that the man should love his wife as he loves his own body. Just as Christ loved the church and gave his life for her. Meaning we should be ready to think of our partners and relationships as priority, before our own satisfaction.

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
C.S. Lewis

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I’m going to use two examples of things which are stated in the bible, which many people may take offense in. The bible says that women should not cut their hair, and that men should not have long hair. That is God’s perfect will. Now God does not mention anything about dying your hair or styling it. In another scripture the bible says that we shouldn’t braid our hair but the context denotes the fact that Paul wrote the letter to the wealthy church members who braided their hair with extravagant hairstyles that called attention. Another scripture which people love to quote is the one about tattoos and piercings. If we really take into context what God has actually forbidden, is the pagan practice of  tattooing and piercing ourselves for a deity or ritual, superstitious purpose. (PLEASE READ FOR YOURSELVES: Leviticus 19:28).

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Now the bible does say that we have to take care of others, and not become a bump in the road or a reason for sin or stumble to another believer.

The bible says in Romans 14, that if your brother thinks its bad to eat meat- then for their sake, do not eat meat around them. The bible says that God created all vegetation, and all animals- and He sanctifies the food as well. So God’s will is that we eat, and are healthy not gluttonous. But some people are vegans, or vegetarians because they have been convicted to that lifestyle. (1 Corinthians 10) And we are not to judge them, and they are not to impose their will on us.

Some Christians have purple hair, and tattoo bible verses on their arms- is this against biblical principles? No it isn’t, this is freedom. We are not to become slaves to anything, and neither are we to compromise our faith with worldly desires, and mind states- but we are all responsible for our own choices.

I may get a tattoo, and people will question my love for God, or think that I am in rebellion, or better yet that I got a tattoo to get attention or because I am possessed. But God knows my heart, and I am very aware that He is the one who will judge me when we meet.

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, I know that us humans have a bad and very serious tendency to overdo things and to be rebellious. You give us an inch, and we take the mile. I simply come before you to assist us in these decisions that we need to make on a daily basis. May we give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give YOU what is YOURS; may we be earthly good, and may we know what is our duty while here on earth. May your presence guide, and direct us to do your will and may we be filled with wisdom to do our part. In Jesus name, Amen. 

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