Good morning ladies and gents! It is wonderful to be apart of a new day of God’s Mercy, Grace and his Divine blessing’s. This morning’s memorandum comes from a place in my heart that I all too well experienced coming from the age of 14; soon to turn 32 in a few weeks and having experienced such feelings here recently even at age 30. This memo came by a few scriptures God has led me to this morning.
Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” God tells his us to go out and pursue everyone in the name of the Holy Spirit with pure love and wisdom from a pure heart; lest the hardening judgement of our hearts that we as a faith led Christians, Jews, Muslims, or any other religious sect fail at undeniably. We are all standing in the face of God’s grace and mercy day in and out. Where did we drop the ball as a “Religious family”, or should I say appropriately fitting as a “Godly Family”. Essentially it’s not about what religious sect you claim to belong to or worship around but the godly spirit God has bestowed upon you to do his will. His will of walking with him, surrendering to him, obeying him, seeking him, paying attention to him, and listening to him.
As a child I was raised in two different religions; 1)Seventh Day Adventist and 2)Baptist. Pulled to and fro between my grandmother’s views of SDA creed and my mom’s creed of being a Baptist Sunday worshiper (can you feel my discomfort yet?) Every weekend as a kid was between two churches on Saturday and Sunday. Same worship but different gospels preached. Was I confused? Yep. Was I torn between my understandings? Absolutely! I was ridiculed at a older age of 18 for stepping outside of my SDA sect and pursuing Sunday worship as a freedom of choice, and freedom of God’s spirit.
At that moment my view of God’s instruction changed. I acquired a view that “church people” are only there to judge what you aren’t doing right in God’s word. My question was where are the teachings of showing humility, love, brotherly kindness, and God’s grace to his believers. 2 Peter 1:5-9 reminds us all “For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleaned from his old sins.
Verse 20 also states “knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. Peter challenges us to add some things to our faith, things that develop godly character.
Matthew’s verse 19 instructs us to go and make disciples not just converts. We want to do more than just see people give their hearts to the Lord. We want to help them mature and grow in him. Aren’t you glad someone helped you? If people are going to be developed, they have to be discipled. What is disciple? A disciple is more than a follower of Christ. A disciple (according to the American Heritage Dictionary) is “one who assists in spreading the teachings of another.” So what’s our job? To assist in spreading the gospel, to be totally devoted to God, and to stick to him like glue. No denomination or religion is greater than he that has died and suffered for our sins and showed us how to be of holiness through love and peace in this condemned world.
Here recently a few years ago I was tested yet AGAIN in the path of trying to restore and grow my spirituality in Christ with sect views of what God had not spoken to me of becoming. It seemed good at first; but in my gut felt all wrong. I noticed myself pointing fingers, judging and condemning those who were not like myself or what I believed they should be like. Shunning those who didn’t believe in what I believe and God showed to me and said NO….. through his Son of man Jesus Christ we are to by 1 Corinthians 13:13 Abide in Faith, Hope, Love, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE! It was like a light shined in my darkest thought of what taught and forced religion has molded us to be like towards each other. Sometimes we understand later through trials that at first seemed unfair. Through our own selfish acts we realize that God sits high and looks low and still loves us ALL the same; no one person greater than the next. This brings me to end this with God’s great commission of his Apostles in John 20:19-23. Where God’s disciples were afraid to show their faith in him on the first day of the week (Sunday) for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and gave peace to them in the midst of depravity. Jesus breathed on them to receive the Holy Spirit; for them to forgive the sins of any. Also to know if you retain the sins of any you will always retain them in a negative stature. He wanted us to know that by believing you may have life in his name! Not by our condemned spirits the devil tries to place on our life where newness, growth, and redemption in our Lord and Savior is what we all are striving for. I hope and pray that this memorandum is a blessing to someone who has experienced trials in their walk with God as I have. Have gotten discouraged by others in the faith as I have. That we not allow ourselves to become so void in our sharing the “good news” that we fall prey to the devils scheme of division amongst religions. Believing that if we condemn or persecute those not as like-minded that it will scare them into God’s will. The Lord will always show favor even to his less favorable of sinners. For by the grace and mercy of God we are SAVED! ENJOY YOUR BLESSING’S; AND ENJOY THE VIDEO BELOW.
Lecrae- Broken Ft. Kari Jobe