Sunday, August 6, 2017

Think Up, Strangers

We are Strangers in a Strange Land.


Last time we talked about the fact there is a God. That we must Think Up, in other words, realize that He, God, is in charge. He created all things and in all things, He is in charge. The World will tell you that there is no God. Why the Movement in the Religion Realm of No Devil? Why no Hell? Same reason for all. No Hell, No Devil, No God, No Sin. No reason for a Saviour. Live as you will. As a Society we still attempt, at least as of this second, to tell people not to Harm anyone, but we tell people to live as you will. Anything Goes. If it makes you happy, do it.

However, we know there is a God. We know that it does not matter what the World says or thinks, all that matters is what God says or thinks. Once you stop Thinking Up, thinking about God, you WILL fill your head with the things of the World and the things of the World are Enmity to God. The more and more you stop thinking of God, I'm talking to Children of God here as well, the more you stop thinking about God, the more the World WILL come in and separate you further and further from God till you get to a place where you start to call Good Sin and Sin Good.

As we are no longer of the World, we must continue to Think Up, just to keep our Minds pure and Holy.
"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:" {Philippians 3:20}
Oh, the World will say many things. The World WILL tell you that Sin is Good and Good is Sin. They will have all kinds of nice conversations with you, attempting to convince you that compassion means accepting the Sin with the Sinner and that we must never offend anyone. Think Up. They will tell you all kinds of things. Think Up.

Simply put, if what the World is telling you, no matter who it is that is telling you, is not in the Bible or is contrary to the nature of God, then what they, no matter who they are, are saying, they are LYING to you. We are Strangers in a Strange Land. The World does not represent us. We are no longer members of the World. We are no longer owned, if you will, by the World. Think Up.

Peter warns us in 1 Peter 2:11-12
"Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation."
You were once one of them. You were once just like them. You once thought the way they did. But now you must not. Now you are a new Creature and you are now a Child of God.
" 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." {Romans 8:17}
An Ambassador of Heaven. Set your Minds on the things from above.
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." {Colossians 3:2}
Why?
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." {Romans 12:2}
Remeber Romans 8:5-8
"Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God."
God says;

1 Have no other god before God.
2 Do not commit Idolatry.
3 Do not take the Name of God in Vain.
4 Remember the Sabbath.
5 Honor your Father and Mother.
6 Do not commit Murder.
7 Do not commit Adultery.
8 Do not Steal.
9 Do Not Bear False Witness.
10 Do not Covet.

The World says;

1 Any god will do. All are equal.
2 Statues of Saints, Mary, and Jesus, can and have worked Miracles.
3 It is only belief and Language. No big deal.
4 Who cares? We live in a 24-7 Society we want everything NOW or yesterday.
5 Nursing homes and Retirement Centers
6 Abortion.
7 No big deal.
8 Depends on reason. Maybe justified.
9 Gossip. Even entire entertainment venues about Gossip.
10 Greed is good. Keeping up with the Jones is normal, healthy, and good.

See, the World will tell you all kinds of things. They will give compassionate arguments and even twist subtle truths to convince you that this is simply the Wisdom of all in the World and if you disagree with it, then you are simply foolish. However, we know what the Word of God says about the Wisdom of the World. 1 Corinthians 3:19
"For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,"
We are Strangers in a Strange Land. Whenever what the Strange Land tries to tell you, Think Up. Ask your Father. Read the Word. Think on things from above. If they come together in unity, great. If you have to choose between what you know God says, and what the World says, God is ALWAYS right. His Word is ALWAYS Truth. Good is ALWAYS Good. Sin is ALWAYS Sin. He is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forevermore. Remember to always Think Up Stranger. 1 John 2:15
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
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}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord!

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