AFM Ministry's David Shelton

David's Life applications of God, his Word and his calling

Month: June, 2014

Jesus knows what YOU do.

To the Church in Ephesus Jesus says,
“I know what you do, how you work hard and never give up. I know you do not put up with the false teachings …” Revelation 2:2 NCV
To the Church in Smyrna Christ said,
“I know your troubles and that you are poor, but really you are rich! I know the bad things some people say….” Revelation 2:9 NCV
To the Church in Pergamum He said,
“I know where you live. It is where Satan has his throne. But you are true to me….” Revelation 2:13 NCV
To the Church in Thyatira the Son spoke,
“I know what you do. I know about your love, your faith, your service, and your patience. I know that you are doing more…” Revelation 2:19 NCV
To the Church in Sardis ‘The One’ said,
“… I know what you do. People say that you are alive, but really you are dead.” Revelation 3:1 NCV
To the Church in Philadelphia God said,
“I know what you do. I have put an open door before you, which no one can close. I know you have little strength…” Revelation 3:8 NCV
And to the Church in Laodicea ‘The Amen’ spoke to his people,
“I know what you do, that you are not hot or cold…” Revelation 3:15 NCV

Do you see ?  Do you get the theme here? Seven times Christ addresses his Church in various locations and tells them He knows them…He sees them… He is paying attention, and He is not sitting idly by letting it all pass. No.  Take comfort in knowing you are known by the the God of all creation. He knows his sheep, and by his Spirit given to us, we too can know him and his voice. Take joy in your struggles to fight sin and darkness within and around you. GOD is more than watching… He is involved in the welfare of his children.

Take Joy…well that is, unless you are like some of those he rebukes who are living in sin…then take head and repent. Turn from sin and start following Christ as you know you should. For they too shall not escape without due discipline to bring them to steps of life.

This is life… Knowing the Father, and knowing the Son, Jesus Christ, whom He sent. Those who know him obey his voice, not out of fear, but love.  Yet for those who are resisting God and living in sin, he reminds us in his Word, Our God is a Consuming fire, and a man reaps what he sows.

Look at these repeating verses again. What does Jesus say? He knows us? Yes. But more specifically… He knows our works. He knows our deeds.  He knows what we do. Jesus knows what you do. Nothing ….absolutely nothing is hidden from God.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 NCV says this…
God will judge everything, even what is done in secret, the good and the evil.

Faith in action is doing, or lack thereof is not.

So. Think on this.  What are you doing?

Do you have ears to hear?
I conclude with this beautiful thought for those walking in faith.

“Those who win the victory will sit with me on my throne in the same way that I won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne. Everyone who has ears should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.” – Revelation 3:21-22 NCV

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Intelligence does not preclude blindness.

Science is simply the study of the observable creation. The problem with evolutionary scientists is that they have stepped off into a quagmire of illogical delusion in trying to make assumptions about life’s origins and purpose, exempting from their possibility truth; the biblical God who they cannot see or measure, into creating for themselves a substitute evolutionary ‘creator’ that has absolutely no evidence for existence, has no mind nor intelligence, who has no cause, who has no beginning origin itself, nor has any purpose for evolving things into this dying and decaying Universe that had a finite and definite beginning a relatively short time back, and will one day grow cold and cease to exist as we know it and can readily observe.

Now this is what is most insane about it all: The very Creator God they deny, because they cannot “touch, see or measure” with their carnal minds and so refuse to acknowledge, has been replaced with a fantasy god called “Random Chance” (RC) that created all the intelligence and beauty we see, plus the laws of physics, laws of math, stability on planet earth for the very existence and sustenance of life in a very inhospitable life-destroying universe, and this non-thinking, non living RC god, somehow coded all life with intelligent blueprint we call the alphabet of DNA, and yet, THIS god also cannot be seen or measured or touched!!
Now how insane is that?

The infinite and intelligent Creator God, “I Am” was rejected for a delusion; for a lie that by all mature thinking is a ridiculous childish fantasy or wishful thinking. Truly the Idol god of modernity.. Satan is still in the deceiving and blinding business. Idolatry is alive and well… especially in academia, where some of the worlds most “intelligent” people reside. Intelligence does not preclude blindness.

How prophetic and applicable is this passage in the Bible we read in relation to the RC idol god…this passage is not only about the delusion of the homosexual agenda lie, but delusion of mankind in all ways that oppose Yahweh God.

“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen…They are… God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful…they have no understanding…Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” (Excerpts from Romans 1:24-32)

There was a time early in my life when I used to laugh and be amazed that people “once upon a time” actually carved idol gods out of wood and worshiped them. Not any more. Today my heart does not laugh, but cries. For this is all too real today. Today we do not use wood, but theory and stories and imagination to ‘carve out’ our gods. I will conclude this on this sad note that God spoke some 2900 years ago that is all too real in the modern world. People never really change.

( From Isaiah 44)

6“This is what the Lord says—

Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:

I am the first and I am the last;

apart from me there is no God.

7Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it.

Let him declare and lay out before me

what has happened since I established my ancient people,

and what is yet to come—

yes, let them foretell what will come.

8Do not tremble, do not be afraid.

Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?

You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me?

No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

9All who make idols are nothing,

and the things they treasure are worthless.

Those who would speak up for them are blind;

they are ignorant, to their own shame.

10Who shapes a god and casts an idol,

which can profit nothing?

11People who do that will be put to shame;

such craftsmen are only human beings.

Let them all come together and take their stand;

they will be brought down to terror and shame.

12The blacksmith takes a tool

and works with it in the coals;

he shapes an idol with hammers,

he forges it with the might of his arm.

He gets hungry and loses his strength;

he drinks no water and grows faint.

13The carpenter measures with a line

and makes an outline with a marker;

he roughs it out with chisels

and marks it with compasses.

He shapes it in human form,

human form in all its glory,

that it may dwell in a shrine.

14He cut down cedars,

or perhaps took a cypress or oak.

He let it grow among the trees of the forest,

or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.

15It is used as fuel for burning;

some of it he takes and warms himself,

he kindles a fire and bakes bread.

But he also fashions a god and worships it;

he makes an idol and bows down to it.

16Half of the wood he burns in the fire;

over it he prepares his meal,

he roasts his meat and eats his fill.

He also warms himself and says,

“Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”

17From the rest he makes a god, his idol;

he bows down to it and worships.

He prays to it and says,

“Save me! You are my god!”

18They know nothing, they understand nothing;

their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,

and their minds closed so they cannot understand.

19No one stops to think,

no one has the knowledge or understanding to say,

“Half of it I used for fuel;

I even baked bread over its coals,

I roasted meat and I ate.

Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left?

Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”

20Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him;

he cannot save himself, or say,

“Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”

Jesus hates some things

But there is something you do that is right: You hate what the Nicolaitans do, as much as I. – Jesus. (Rev 2:6)

Hate is not a bad word. It’s only bad when it’s used incorrectly. God hates and so too you see here the Glorified Christ also hates something. While there are places in the old testament that seem to allude that maybe God hates certain people, and could ‘out of context’,  argue that he hates people who sin so much as to send them into eternal punishment, but that argument would be false. Yes God hates, but he does not hate his creatures. David at times in his zeal for the Lord declares hatred for his enemies and those who are wicked and despise God. But those are not our commands to hate people, but rather to hate sin. Jesus clarified this by saying “Love your enemies”.
God simply hates that we sin…he hates our sin… Detests it.  Sin, or disobedience, or falling short of his character in any way is not what he created us to be….so when we diminish our own created glory his heart breaks for us.  Because he is righteous and good he by his own nature must wipe out every dark blemish from his presence.

If we who were created to be sustained by his very glory are kept away from his fountain of life, how could we possibly live? We perish. God is love and because he loves us so much and knows the death  brought on by our sins, he hates that…and did something to rescue us in amazing love and grace.

He hates that those he created in love must be destroyed. It is not God’s desire that anyone should perish (2 Peter 3:9)…. Not even Judas or Esau…even though we are told Jacob God loved, but Esau he hated.
What say we about this? Did God really create a person and then choose to hate him? No.  This is a figurative comparison showing God’s freedom to show Mercy upon whom he decides; to emphasize his ability to choose whom he desires and bless whom he desires.
Paul tells us some are created for noble and some for ignoble purposes.  Who can really know fully the mind of God? Even the ignoble ones were created in love to serve him…yet we no one deserves grace or mercy.
  Because if we read our Bibles and are honest about it.  We all deserve death. The Bible says “ALL have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory” and “The soul who sins shall die”.
   God hates. Yes. He hates sin. He hates everything that is not pure like him.  But he loves! He loves every human and likewise commands us to be like him and love…even those vial sinners …even our enemies.
Romans 5:10 says ” For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”
You see we too were God’s enemies, but he still loved us …. While all along despising our evil. But ROM 5:8 speaks such an amazing truth…” but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
This is the kind of Love Christ wants us to have for sinners. While despising sin and the wicked deeds they do, loving the person and trying to reach them with this same great life changing salvation that you and I have been given.
So let us hate; hate sin and gently steer people from sin and to Christ where we can, but love all people whom God created in his image and let Christ be the rightful judge. We are not God and cannot read a persons heart and mind, nor know if they are too called and destined to be rescued by God.

God may have you in place to be that one through whom the true Holy Spirit revelation of Jesus will come to that sinner. Be a humble vessel, hate sin; more so and especially your own, and humbly love all people, yet never failing to speak honestly the sometimes “condemning feeling” truths of Christ. Light will expose darkness. The messengers normally are blamed and battered. Expect that. But yet be humble and full of love.
God be with you as you Love God, love people,  but do not love their bad behaviors or sin..and yes hate sin.
Love the sinner and hate the sin may be somewhat a worn our cliché in modern society… It may be a phrase Ghandi made popular also… But it still is Biblical and the way God is.  We being still corrupted by sin have a hard time distinguishing between the two because of our own tendency to focus on ‘others’ sins more than our own.  Plus the war on Truth that the homosexual community has perpetrated on Christians has exposed much person hatred and difficulty in human terms of separating sin from sinners.  But this does not mean we stop trying. No we persist in seeking God and following him speaking against all evil no matter what culture says. Hate for sin is appropriate. Just don’t do it in your flesh..walk by the Spirit and be graceful.

    Now that is the way Christ taught…
To the broken and humble..like the adulterous woman who they tried to get Jesus to stone, Jesus said.. “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”
But to the prideful who refuse to admit and agree with God about their sin…God does resist and hold them accountable. Grace to the humble, but love to all in humility. Because it is unloving to allow someone to do wrong and blindly walk into disaster without telling them.

Jesus used whips also to drive out the “blind” sinners who saw no wrong selling their goods in the Temple courts. Not that we have the right to whip sinners into repentance, he is God and alone knows the hearts of men, but we too are to be zealous over the holiness of God.

Let’s be zealous over both Truth and Love.

radiant

  When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. – Revelation 1:17-18 […]