...Ye, me Pastor...I left the church...drifted away, cause I thought I was being held back...thought I could find a more pure form of happiness away from church structure...I was both right and wrong.
I learned I don't need a church building to experience Gods love...but I also learned outside of Gods love, there isn't much.
God has never stopped loving you...but at the same time forces his will on no one. God allowed you to wonder, for your own benefit, sometimes lessons of life don't sink in, until we sink into the lessons of life.
Nor does God wish bad will on any one...it's contrary to his loving nature.
...Pastor...I know Jesus loves me, but how come no one else does?
Because others are 'flawed' as you are. Imperfect man, is incapable of loving perfectly.
When we look to others for perfect love we will often be disappointed.
That's why it's important to keep your eyes on the Savior, and his love, rather than the imperfect love of man.
Mans love is more based on DNA, man simply loves what is useful to him.
I leave you with, Jesus, the Savior, the Son of God, is the one spirit out of many, that loves you, was willing to die for you on the cross, his love never changes, we do, but his love does not. Until next time, may Gods love and Grace keep you safe...
Sin does exist, and at least for man, there is a right and a wrong.
Social morays and trends, and personal preferences are more a matter of style, taste, and culture, not right or wrong.
Understanding what's right and wrong, sinless vs sinful will help give you much great understanding of yourself and the world around you.
Aligning yourself with 'right', is a much better way to live.
God never intended for sin to enter into this world, but it has, as such a lot of things are 'off', including mans on moral compass.
And yes, even those who attend church tend to be 'off' at times, as most tend to lead with their, our, own understanding, derived from culture, and self interest, rather than truly submitting ourselves to the divine nature and interest of God.
Mans interests, and Gods interests conflict...always have, always will, ever since the 'seperation' that occurred in the Garden of Eden.
Man is no longer in alignment of God, our interests are not Gods.
But Jesus came into this dark world to set things right for man, for those who want to find their way back to the 'light'.
Jesus is both divine, and was fully human (when on earth) and came down to perform a specific mission, to make man right with God once again.
Jesus is spirit, but unfortunately there are other 'spirits' or forces that habitate this world, that are very hostile to God.
Their mission is to keep man separated from God.
Like Jesus said 'The devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking to devour'...
1 Peter 5:8
Yes, it's a metaphor but one with meaning, in that lions (lionesses) hunt, and seek out the weak.
Dark spirits do the same.
But their tactics are different in that they go after our moral compass, they go after our minds and ability to reason straight.
Like a bad compass, or moral compass, once they have the 'mind', everything else becomes distorted.
And that's why it's so important to stay grounded in scripture. Scripture, applied with some common sense, helps keep our moral compass 'straight'...or as straight as sinful man can muster.
For remember, it is 'Jesus' that we are made right with God, and not our own perfections.
And if we learn to rely on the power of Jesus, confide and trust in him, instead of our own flesh, peace and spiritual prosperity can be had.
"This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
1st Timothy 8: 10-12
What believers need to remember, and sometimes forget in this modern world, is that Jesus, your lord, defied death, over came death, or as above scripture says 'Destroyed death'.
So that those who believe and have faith should not fear death eternal. You worship a mighty God, who works through the hearts and minds of Godly men/women...who are his children.
It's a truth many forget these days...that many Pastors forget to emphasize.
And that is that God divine, is the giver of life...Through the miracle of life, not only life but conscious life, you are aware now...and that gift can, and will be extended beyond this world, for those who have faith and believe. So rejoice and be happy that the chains of death have been removed from you by a Loving and Caring God who saw fit to save humanity from total destruction.
Last Edit: Dec 11, 2013 18:09:23 GMT -5 by X factor
God divine does exist, being online can often have an eroding effect on ones faith.
Online it's easy for people to 'scoff' God, to ponder things out loud, to introduce new or old concepts that are contrary to your faith.
But faith is all anyone has, it's the one positive thing you can leave this world with. Don't allow others to scrape away at your faith with odd doctorines that in the end leave you feeling hollow and empty and without purpose on the inside.
You've felt Gods love before, lived a purpose driven life before, you can feel Gods love again, get purpose again in your life, just open up your eyes and heart to his will, and once again life will have spark to it.