Anomalies

Anomalies

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. [Exod. 19:5, 6.]” 1 Peter 2:9 AMP

If you belong to Christ you are an anomaly. You’re a peculiar, strange people. You are more interested in displaying the virtues of Almighty God than fulfilling earthly pleasures. That’s strange. You could care less about symmetry. You know you don’t fit in. Why does your being different scare people so much to the point that they want to clone you into them? Don’t they say being unique is a good thing? I guess not when it comes to imitating God. You see, you remind them that He exists. It makes them feel uncomfortable. They feel like heaven is watching them whenever they’re in your presence. Because you display God’s character and God lives in you by His Spirit, they see Him in you. It frightens them. No one who loves evil wants to be in the presence of good. (Proverbs 29:27) And God is good. So they seek to turn you into them. And if that doesn’t work well they find another way to deal with you. You’re a glitch in the system. And the system hates computer glitches. But don’t fear. They can only do what God allows for His purpose and glory. And whatever He allows was already destined before we were born.

“What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim upon the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna). Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s leave (consent) and notice. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows. Therefore, everyone who acknowledges Me before men and confesses Me [out of a state of oneness with Me], I will also acknowledge him before My Father Who is in heaven and confess [that I am abiding in] him. But whoever denies and disowns Me before men, I also will deny and disown him before My Father Who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:27‭-‬33 AMP

The world is way more afraid of you than you should ever be of them. Why? Because through you God powerfully communicates that He really does exists. You make it harder for them to keep lying to themselves. Your good behavior says, “God is real! He is not dead! Repent! He is coming to judge the world for their deeds!” No wonder God wants us to never give up doing what is good?

“And do not [for a moment] be frightened or intimidated in anything by your opponents and adversaries, for such [constancy and fearlessness] will be a clear sign (proof and seal) to them of [their impending] destruction, but [a sure token and evidence] of your deliverance and salvation, and that from God.” Philippians 1:28 AMP

I told you; you scare people, God himself said it. As you steadfastly, and fearlessly, serve God without being intimidated in any way, by anyone, God makes your behavior a clear sign to His and your adversaries of their impending destruction. You the church; the anomalies, communicate for God in various ways. And these messages make evildoers feel very uncomfortable. Hence, their plan is to change you into them, or somehow get rid of you. (Revelation 13:16-17) Then there will be no one left to remind them of God, their sins, and their need to repent. That’s what they think.

“Everyone will hate you because you follow me. But the one who remains faithful to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22 ERV

Shine on anomalies. Shine on! Keep on communicating for God!

Embrace Trials

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“My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy. You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be.”
James 1:2‭-‬4 ERV

I know it’s hard at times to wrap our minds around the fact that we must go through trials, rejoice in them, and rejoice because of them. (Matthew 5:11-12 1 Peter 4:12-13 Colossians 1:24) Believing what God says; that our trials are a road that leads to a good final outcome, gives us hope to endure. (Matthew 7:14 2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS

“We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall. We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:1‭-‬2 ERV

When Paul said, “We have all these great people around us as examples,” he was talking about servants of God he had just mentioned in his letter (in Hebrews chapter 11). People like Abraham, Sarah, Noah, Enoch, Moses, and others. All these are proof that people can live for God regardless of what they suffer in this life. Studying their lives build up our faith.

Then Paul talks about the best example of enduring trials: Jesus. Jesus endured a gruesome death on the cross. He also took the shame that came along with that kind of death as if it were nothing because of the joy he saw waiting for him. He was more focused on the end result than on his pain. And he was in excruciating pain. Jesus now sits at the right hand of the throne of God in eternal glory.

Jesus also endured many trials before his death on the cross. And he still endures persecution to this day. Read Acts 9:1-5, there you will see that when people persecute us they are really persecuting Jesus.

Learning to endure trials like Jesus and our faithful brothers and sisters did teaches us patience. (James 5:10-11) This patience must complete it’s work in our lives. Then we will be mature and all that God wants us to be. The end result will be very good. (Ecclesiastes 7:8) The person who wants more than anything else to please God will submit to God during trials. And he/she will be changed into the image of God’s son. (Romans 8:28-29) These folks will be all that God wants them to be. God is well pleased with such persons. (1 Peter 2:19)

SITTING ON THRONES

“I will let everyone who wins the victory sit with me on my throne. It was the same with me. I won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne. Everyone who hears this should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 3:21‭-‬22 ERV

Do we see what joy is waiting for us? Are our eyes fixed on the prize ahead? Or has the evil one got us so focused on our trials we can’t see or hear what the Spirit says to the churches? WE WILL SIT WITH JESUS ON HIS THRONE!!!!! WE WILL RULE WITH HIM FOREVER!!!!! And more than that, we will be with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit forever. What more joyful and safe place can a person be?

“The kingship, authority, and power of all kingdoms under heaven will be given to the people, the holy ones of the Most High. Their kingship is an everlasting one; every authority will serve them and obey.”
Daniel 7:27 CEB

“But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.” Daniel 7:18 KJV

This is why you are enduring trials. This is what God is training us for; a permanent position with Him, that will last forever, “even for ever and ever.”
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Evildoers And Hope

Please Read Proverbs 24:19-20 Psalm 37:10-20

When someone is a meddler, a bully, enjoys causing chaos, etcetera, they have no hope. I was pondering how some get a thrill from hurting others. Then the thought came to mind: “Evildoers have no hope.” Then I searched to see if the scriptures supported that thought. And sure enough I found Proverbs 24:19-20, and Psalm 37:10-20, among other passages. They all testify to just how hopeless it is for the wicked.

Hope in the Lord gives us power, energy, and strength. We have a confident future. Hope comes from God. (Proverbs 23:17-18) Evildoers don’t have that. They can’t possess confidence in what the future holds because they have rejected God. Deep darkness and depression is their inheritance. When you see the mean scowls on their faces you’re seeing just how miserable they really are.

God tells us not to fret because of evildoers, neither envy them. Fear and doubt grips them. How would you feel if you had no future? Their wicked plots turn against them. God has decreed it. (Proverbs 26:27) How does one avoid this miserable existence?

REPENT AND LIVE FOREVER

Please Read Ezekiel 18:21-23

God delights in evildoers turning from their sins, keeping His commands, and living. He does not delight in the destruction of the wicked. There’s this false teaching that on Judgment Day God will show us a movie of all the bad we’ve done versus all the good we’ve ever done. And whichever weighs the most on the scale will determine whether we go to heaven or hell. The Bible doesn’t teach that. It’s a figment of the imagination. If that were the case we’d all get a one way ticket to hell. (Ecclesiastes 7:20 Romans 6:23) What the Bible does say is there were two criminals being crucified with Jesus. One of them had a change of heart. This man admitted that his punishment was justice for his crimes. He then asked Jesus to remember him when he gets to his kingdom. And Jesus told the man, “Truly I tell you today you will be with me in Paradise.” Jesus said, “Yes,” to the man’s request. Jesus told the man he was going to be with him in heaven. What did this man do to receive such a rich reward? Nothing. All he did was ask. (Luke 23:39-43) Again, the man confessed his sins, admitted his crimes was deserving of punishment, then he simply asked Jesus can he live with him in heaven. And Jesus told him, “YES!” ANYONE who is honest enough to confess to God their sins and guilt as this man did will be pardoned for their sins too. (Proverbs 28:13) They will also be given the right to become children of God, and will be in Paradise forever. (John 1:12 ) This is proof that God would rather save and forgive evildoers instead of destroy them. This man was a criminal. By his own admission he was a sinner. But he had one last moment to reflect on his life; one last moment to get it right, and he did. He seized the moment and asked Jesus for eternal life. And the answer was, “YES!” God doesn’t want to destroy anyone. This is proof of that. God did not count this man’s sins against him. He was pardoned and given the free gift of righteousness and eternal life. (Romans 4:5-8, 5:17) All ANYONE has to do is ask as this man did. God will do the same for ANYONE who humbly asks him.

Please Read Matthew 7:7-8

Faults vs Personality 

​Please Read John 7:24

Jesus said that we should judge not by mere appearances but with correct judgment. Not understanding the difference between a person’s faults and their personality can cause us to judge them unfairly, as I have done. More about that later. 

GOTTA LOVE THE DICTIONARY

When you look up the definition for, “Fault,” you will find that it means an unattractive feature in one’s character or personality. So a fault is not the individual’s personally, it’s an unattractive feature of their character. When you look up the word, “Personality,” you will find that it means a combination of qualities that make up an individual’s distinctive character. It’s interesting that the word, “Person,” is in, “Personality,” because that’s what it means. A person’s character or personality is who they are. It is all their qualities combined that makes them them. So why do we sometimes treat a person’s individual faults as if they are his/her personality? Is it because we’re being judgmental? Sometimes. But I also believe it’s because we are blending the 2 words together like they’re synonymous. We don’t understand their meanings.

A WRONG STATEMENT 

I remember telling someone, “The rock of the church the apostle Peter was prejudice, but God still used him despite his faults. So he can use us too.” I really thought I was saying something good when I made that statement. But after further consideration and study of God’s word I renounce that statement as wrong. There’s only one incident recorded in the Bible where Peter acted in a prejudice manner. And God used Paul to correct him. (Galatians 2:11-14) So how can this one occurrence define Peter’s whole character? It clearly was a fault, and not his personality. Nowhere in the scriptures do we see Peter living like a racist. We do see God teaching him that he accepts all people from all nations and not just Jews. And we see Peter accepting God’s counsel. (Acts chapter 10) The unattractive feature of favoritism that sprung up in Peter later on did not overshadow Peter’s lifestyle. Hence it was not his personality. It was a fault. 

Please Read Romans 7:14-25

Having a better understanding of faults verses personality helps us understand ourselves. We are all born in sin, hence we have faults. But because we have been changed (born again by the Holy Spirit) we are now a new creation in Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:16-18) We have put on the new personality. (Colossians 3:9-11 Ephesians 4:22-24) This rebirth happened the moment we believed in Christ. (Titus 3:5-7) The Spirit who dwells in us is our true identity; our personality. Our faults spring up from our flesh. But that is not who we really are. That’s why Paul could say regarding his sins, “Yet it is not I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” Again, our sin nature does not make up who we are. Evidence of this fact is seen when we don’t agree with our sins. But rather we are troubled by them, and hate them just as the apostle Paul hated his sins. And thanks be to God through Jesus Christ as Paul said for freeing us from this body of sin and death! (Romans 6:23) I’m so glad for passages like Romans 7:14-25. There God explains to us our sins are not who we are. As far as East is from West, so far has He removed our sins from us the Bible says. (Psalm 103:12-14) Just as East and West will never meet, our sins will never stick to us, provided we are truly in a struggle with sin, and hate the bad we do like Paul.

LET US JUDGE CORRECTLY 

In view of all this when people say things like, “King David was a murderer and an adulterer,” are they speaking correctly? Did murder and adultery dominate David’s life? No. Murder and adultery did spring up in David from his flesh. And he paid dearly for his sins for the rest of his life. (2 Samuel 12:9-12) But those sins were not David’s lifestyle; they weren’t his personality. David repented of them and profited from his chastening by the Lord. This is the same David that the Bible says was a man after God’s own heart. (Acts 13:22) Wow! So let us judge correctly. Let us judge according to the truth that sets us free. (John 8:31-32)