Don't deceive yourselves


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Life in Christ is a marathon, not a sprint. As we seek to do what is pleasing in the sight of God, we will sometimes be misunderstood and wrongfully accused, but we must remember:

2 Thessalonians 3:13
But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.

William Wilberforce, a great man of faith, misunderstood at many points during his walk, worked in government for 26 years to eventually bring about the emancipation of the blacks.

As we strive to enter via the narrow gate, let us remember to:

Psalm 34:14
Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

Hebrews 12:14
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

Also, the Lord reminds us that sometimes we can get so goal focused that people can get trampled. Let us not trample one another, but rather love one another as we seek, both individually and as a community of brethren, to work out the will and purposes of God.

Let us remember:

1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Let us serve one another and bless one another, pray for one another and encourage one another in a spirit of meekness and let us remember:

Galatians 6:10
So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

If you are hot for Jesus but you are cold to mankind, are you not lukewarm? If you are hot for mankind but you are cold to Jesus, are you not lukewarm? Remember there are two laws Jesus stated, not one:

Mark 12:29
Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD; 30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.' 31 The second is this, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

Revelation 3:16
So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

James 1:22-27
22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

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Jim Blake

All glory goes to the living God, maker of the heavens and the earth, for He alone is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. I consider the sufferings of this age not worthy to be compared to what is to come for those who place their faith in the King of kings and persevere in faith, day by day, until the end.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Psalm 103:11-18


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