Sunday, February 9, 2014

Be the Child of God You Are

You are responsible for you.

So many times we hear that we must be this way or that way. That if we want to fit in, we must conform to this way of thinking or that way of acting. More and more, we are told what we can, and what we can't, say. It may offend someone. Political Correctness and all that.

The Truth is, God just wants you to be you. His Child. You are only responsible for you. I'm a Husband and a Father. I feel responsible to my Family. And I am. To a certain point. I can share this wonderful and magical voyage called Life with my Wife. I can raise up my Boys and instruct them in the ways they should go. However, ultimately, they are responsible for them.

I come to you and tell you to climb aboard. I can take you to the other side. If you do, then I feel responsible for you and your safety, while you are on my Ship. You have the ability to say no. You do not have to come aboard. Once on, you still have the choice to jump off at any time. Ultimately, you are responsible for you.

Your Wife, Husband, Children, or anyone in your life have these same choices. I can teach my Boys, they can grow, and decide to go their own way. I need not worry about them. I must simply do what God tells me to do, and need to worry about being His Child. In,,,

Romans 8:
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
You are a Child of God. Not everyone is. We are all God's Creation. But we are not all His Children. If you " have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father," then you are no longer of this World. You no longer need worry about others and what they can do to you. You no longer need to worry about circumstances, or the evil one. God is your DADDY. God, the Creator of all that is, was, or ever will be, if your FATHER. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If death itself, no longer has any power over you whatsoever, why fear it? If death itself, Angels, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, why worry about anything. Just BE you. Just Be a Child of God.

Jesus told us there are Two Commandments that we need worry about. All the Ten can be summed up in these Two. Love God with all your heart, mind, and body, and love your Neighbor as yourself. He even told us, do this, and you will do well.

Did you know that the "Golden Rule" is not just a Christian Concept? Seriously...

"Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them." Christianity. Bible, Matthew 7:12

"Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself." Islam. Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi 13

"A man should wander about treating all creatures as he himself would be treated." Jainism. Sutrakritanga 1.11.33

"Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence." Confucianism. Mencius VII.A.4

"One should not behave towards others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself. This is the essence of morality. All other activities are due to selfish desire." Hinduism. Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva 113.8

There are many more examples, but you get the point. The Golden Rule is pretty much a universal concept that all would do well to adhere to. However, as a Child of God, Jesus tells us something that is NOT a universal concept. Although, the world would be a far better place if it was, and that all would do well to adhere to. He told us to love our Enemies... .

Matthew 5:
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Paul puts it this way...

Romans 12:
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
You see, as a Child of God, you are in possession of the two most powerful and destructive words in the Universe. "I Forgive" Once you say those two words, and once you get it out of you, then the ones you have just forgiven, leave your hands, and go straight into Gods. We will talk about other's actions and behaviors next time. God wants you to forgive for four reasons.

1- That He may forgive you.
2- So that you can find peace.
3- As a living example of the compassion of God.
4- "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."

God wiped out the Cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. God wiped out the Roman Armies. God wiped out the Entire World, save Noah and Family. Uh, let me ask you a question. What could you do to your enemy that is even worthy to compare to the power of God? Just saying.

As His Child, He wants you to conduct yourself in a way that He may work through you. In everyday life. I'm not talking about going down the Road yelling "PRAISE JESUS" every other word. I'm saying LIVE for God. Even at work..

Ephesians 6:

5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
"I flip burgers." "I drive a Garbage Truck." "I am a Cop." "I am a Janitor at the local School." So? Be the best {Insert here} that you can possibly be. Make that burger as if you were about to hand it to Jesus. Drive that truck up to the Next House as if you were hauling God's own trash away. Walk that beat as if you were protecting Jesus at one of His massive Rallies. Sweep that floor as if you were sweeping the floor in the Throne Room itself.

It's not about the task. It's about you. Ever hear someone say something to the effect, "You know Joe? He is always so happy. No matter what. He is sweeping that floor, and singing. He always has a smile on his face. He always has a kind word to say. All the kids love him. I wish I could be more like Joe." Why? Because they sense something. They feel something. Oh, they may not know what it is, but what they are sensing is the Anointing. What they are feeling is the love of God in Joe's Life. They can feel he is a Child of God. God can use that. Through Joe, simply sweeping the floor, simply being the Child of God he is, someone may even find Salvation.

I've said it many times back when I was in Politics, but it is true. YOU are what makes the World go around. It's NOT the Millionaires and Billionaires. It's not the Politicians. Oh they make rules and regulations. They create laws for others to follow. So on. But Imagine if you will, a Billionaire's house. What if the Garbage Person failed to show. What if the Maid, Cook, Driver, Housekeepers, Butlers, Pilot, simply went away. What if those working to drive the stuff to the Stores went away. What if those working in the stores went away. Before long, that house would look like an abandoned junk heap. The Rich Man would be totally lost. He would not be able to survive. YOU are what makes the world go around. He is not.

"But it's not fair. I'm struggling to pay my bills, and this one over here, has Billions of dollars in the Bank. It's not fair." Your right. It's not fair. It's not fair that YOU have the love of God in your life. It's not fair that you are a Prince or Princess of Heaven itself. It's not fair that there are a legion of Angels standing by, waiting, to come and destroy all that we have built out of greed, and evil desires. It's not fair that when they come, you will be caught up in the Clouds with The Christ, and the Rich Man tearing down his Barns to build bigger ones, will be called a fool by God Himself. All his Barns will be destroyed. He will be killed. Who's stuff is all that? What will he be able to buy with all that money?

If you are struggling with your finances, then may I recommend looking in the Mirror? May I recommend Praying about it? May I recommend trusting God to be faithful to His Word that all your needs will be met? Like I said, we will talk about the actions of others, and what is coming , next time. Until then, just be YOU. Be the Child of God you are. In all things. Always. Just be you, and you, will be fantastic.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

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