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SHALLOW SAINTS?

SHALLOW SAINTS

 

SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

And now, children, stay with Christ. Live deeply in Christ. Then we’ll be ready for HIM when HE appears, ready to receive Him with open arms, with no cause for red-faced guilt or lame excuses when He arrives. Once you’re convinced that he is right and righteous, you’ll recognize that all who practice righteousness are God’s true children. 1 JOHN 2:28-29 THE MESSAGE

 
It jus might surprise you! One of the greatest deterrents to advancing The Kingdom of God in the earth is not ‘da devil’ BUT ‘Shallow Christians’What is that, you ask. Well they’re not that hard to recognize. In fact, they’re probably your pew partners. Whhhaaaa? #ikr! While they confess their faith in The Lord Jesus, their walk does not line up with their talk, and as a result, most likely they’re confusing many who’ve yet to invite Christ into their lives as their personal Savior and Lord!

OOOHHH Yessss I did go there! I know how churrch-folk are adamant about not judgingright? But, for your own safety,  check da BOOK!  #Seriously! The Bible says a tree is known by the fruit it bears! More importantly, GOD knows those who are His(Ref. 2 Timothy 2:19)

Without a doubt, the preaching and teaching of this Gospel of Christ is still the best way to get souls saved, but sometimes His PR staff could use a refreshers course on what it means to live deeply in Christ!

Rest assured, God is not mocked! (Ref. Galatians 6:7) While we might impress some people with our 11:00 A.M. Sunday morning tongue-talking, pew hopping, propha-lyin, shout’n and danc’n, GOD KNOWS the difference between those who are faking it ’till they make it and those who freely rejoice in the mercy, compassionate, longsuffering, unconditional Love of The Heavenly Fatheryet acknowledge that sometimes they miss the mark and have yet to reach perfection!

While shallow christians hide behind shameless excuses to continue to satisfy their ungodly cravings, when a true child of God is convicted by Holy Spirit, they will be quick to repent of willful or unwillful sin!  GOD KNOWS those who are genuinely striving everyday to mortify the deeds of their wicked flesh and live a life that pleases HIM… even to their own hurt! After all, we are living epistles! It’s our holy lifestyle  that will advertise and promote the True Answer to mankinds’ most dire and desperate need–THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, JESUS CHRIST!

I am by no means suggesting that this is easy nor is it a one and done thang! But God already took care of that too. He sent your Guardian, Holy Spirit, to live inside of you to teach and empower you to say NO to sin and YES to righteousness!

Sometimes, it looks like Satan is gaining the upper hand, huh?  Beloved, don’t fall for the devil’s tricks and please don’t blame God! TRUST2KNO, God ain’t scarred! Remember what happened when Jesus went to Hell, snatched the keys from his puny hands and got up proclaiming, ALL POWER IS IN MY HANDS? (Ref. Revelations 1:17-18)

God is raising up an army of disciples that no man can number; building a new nation of trusting believers who will obey His Voice; hewing out a community of courageous Believers who’re not ashamed to live righteously in the midst of darkness as a monument to HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, POWER AND MAJESTY!

Examine yourself? REPRSENT JESUS? LIVE DEEPLY? SHALLOW SAINT? #WOW!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

THE VIEW

 

Jesus Christ Crucifixion on Good Friday Silhouette

SELAH Daily Devotions!

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up. John 3:14

Suspended between the heavens and the earth, stood an old rugged cross poised as an emblem of suffering and shame! While an arduous structure in its own rite, it was not the most prominent piece in this view of the Jerusalem countryside. Neither was it the soldiers, the sky nor the rock-laden landscape that captured the attention of the passers-by. But nailed to the center of the Altar was The Sacrificial Lamb of God—Jesus—The Son of Man!

Looking up from the earth, some saw The Messiah, sent from God to a people lost and perishing in their sin; helplessly and hopelessly destined for death. While others saw traitor, a wine-bibblier, Law-Breaking Blasphemer! And yet, some saw the only One capable of acquiring our Salvation—our Kinsman Redeemer! And the only Hope for rescue was to, by faith, look upon HIM (as God had so ordained), acknowledging your own guilt for trespassing against God’s righteous commands, with a sincere-repenting-desire to be delivered from the curse and penalty imposed by The Creator for our rebellious acts. (Ref. Romans 6:23)

Looking down from The Throne of Majestic Glory, Grace and Mercy, gazing upon the beaten-torn-bloody body of the Righteous Savior, was The Father of All Comfort, cringing yet accepting the Self-Sacrificial Atoning Death of His First-Begotten, as propitiation for our unrighteousness and as a sign of our faith that only God can forgive, heal and restore sin-ridden humanity back into right-standing with The Eternal Judge.

As the brazen serpent Moses hung in the wilderness as an innocent representative of the the same self-tempting deceiving-culprit who showed up in The Garden of Eden (Ref. Genesis 3) so was Jesus, The Sinless, hung shamefully cursed; bearing the penalty of sin for all generations of human-kind upon His own body, once and for all; that we might live free eternally in The House of our King! (Ref. Numbers 21:9)

Many of us yet marvel at such Amazing Grace displayed towards us, while others say relying on a dead Jew, crucified over two thousand years ago to determine your eternal destination, is sheer foolishness!

WHAT’S YOUR VIEW? #juswondering

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee