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Friday, April 5, 2013

Why is it so hard for Americans to wrap their mind around the Truth?

For some odd reason the Lord led me to read the book of Nahum. It is a very short book; only 3 chapters, but why? He also has been having me read through Romans. Romans is an awesome book and today I read through Chapter 3... let me just say chapter 3 is so good! But, at the end of my read Father got me thinking... Why do we as Americans have such a hard time believing the Truth? Why do some many of us have to change the Truth to something we feel comfortable with? Or why do we feel like we need to change the very words of God to something that makes mores sense to us or to make it "better"? Let me just share when it started getting good and where He began to make me ponder... (*warning: I will be jumping around in chapter 3)

"First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the whole revelation of God."
They were entrusted with God's law (the whole revelation if God, Ex. 19-20; Duet. 4:8). They were the race through whom the Messiah come to earth (Is. 11:1-10; Matt. 1:1-17). They were the beneficiaries of the covenants with God himself (Gen. 17:1-16; Ex. 19:3-6). But these privileges did not make them better than anyone else.

"Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true."
Once Jesus died and everyone had access to Him... some Jews began to think they were better than the Gentiles (you and I) but, in the end Jesus did not just die for the Jews... he died for Americans, Indians, Africans, etc. No matter how good we think we are... we are nothing in comparison to God and these days we seem to forget this.

Then Paul begins to talk about the law and how it is not about following it out of obligation, but following out of your heart.

"Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show the the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are."

"We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are."

Faith?? I wonder if a lot of people know what this is or not? Do you know what this means?

Faith- complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

To believe in the one true God no matter if you can see him or not. Putting your trust in the one who made all things and knows all things before it even happens. Knowing it is not up to you and no matter how much you will fight to be in control... in the end it is God's will. God's way. Not my way, but only his and trusting a believing in his promises in the Bible that he has got everything that will come my way in his hands... if I will simply have faith.

"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserving kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as a sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood."

Sin?? What is it?

Sin- an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.

Sin is a lie (no matter how big or small... there is no in between with God), murder, looking at women with sexual intentions (married or not), putting other gods before the one true God (your god can be the TV, your phone, computer, or maybe a figurine your worship), wanting what others have (not being content with your own things), maybe wanting some one else's wife, using the holy name of God in your everyday speech (such as "Oh my God!"), not respecting your parents (even though they maybe wrong they are still your parents... you do not have to like what they do or maybe who they are but they still are above you), you should not steal (even if it only costs 10 cents it is not yours to own if you do not pay for it). My list can go on and on, but one thing I do know is... No sin is bigger than the other! In God's eyes a sin is a sin. Murdering is equal to not obeying your parents.

"God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law."

I can be good all day long. I can follow rules, I can help people, I can do what as I see right, but all of it is nothing if we don't believe or trust in Jesus. I am going to be getting to my point very soon, but we as Americans (and other nationalities) think that this is it... being good, helping others. There is more to it... being in unity with the one who made you. I don't care what anyone says we did not form from slim! We are way to unique and confusing to have anything to do with being formed from slim. Think about it... No one is a like. We all are so very different... think about our bodies... some people have big noses, some are tall while others are short, we all have different feet, and our insides are so very different. Some of us can get sick very easily, while some are very sensitive to animals and pollen. My list can go one and on. We were created for a very specific purpose and I believe it is to learn to have faith in the one who died for us. The one who sits in heaven knowing what is going to happen next in our life, but what are we to do? Have trust and to lean on each other in unity as we become believers in Christ Jesus that our hearts would be one.

"After all, is God the God of the Jews? Isn't he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is. There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether you are Jews or Gentiles. Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law."

It all rolls in together... faith and the Law. Once you become a believer, you never want to go back to your old self. Our old self was bond by bondage (anger, guilt, grudges, or sex, pornography, etc.)... once you begin that new life you should want nothing of the before to be part of your relationship with our holy God.

When I was done reading this chapter, God made me really think about what is making us as Americans turn away from God and except things of this world over the one who created us and it hit me! We don't get the text of the Bible! What is a sacrifice? We have nothing to relate this to in our culture. Sacrifice? Why would we ever sacrifice something that is so "good" and makes us feel "good"? We have no idea what this means... the perfect spotless Lamb. Or maybe we as Americans have no idea about the the Law the Jews follow. I mean I had no clue when I was younger what this all meant. And when we as Christian Americans run at the unbelieving Americans... "Do you know your Savior?", or if we start talking to them about Jesus and why he is so great... they don't get it because we never started in the beginning.

Does this make any sense? We as Americans are lost because we as Christian Americans forget or don't know... you have to tell the story before you start asking questions.

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