March 16, 2010

Shouldn't "Living Under the Influence" Carry a Stiffer Penalty that DUI?

In Isaiah 26 the prophet is speaking of our minds and how we much change them from the intoxicated thoughts of the world which embed themselves in our flesh, to the level or sober thoughts of the spirit which are never changing and consistent. We are told to pray for our spirit to prosper even as our soul prospers. We are told that God's ways (which are spirit) are higher than our ways. So if we are to gain understanding of His ways to walk in them, we must judge our own thoughts...each of them, holding them captive to evaluate them. Then, if they are false we must cast them down.

"26:7-11 The path of the righteous is level, O Upright One, yo make the road of the righteous smooth. Certainly, we wait wit hope for you, O Lord, as we follow the path of your guiding principles. We want to remember you and your name, Wit my soul I long for you at night. Yes, with my spirit I eagerly look for you. When your guiding principles are on earth, those who live in the world learn to do what is right. Although the wicked are shown pity, they do not learn to do what is right. They do what is wrong in the upright land and do not see the majesty of the Lord. O Lord, your power is visible, but they do not see it. They will see how devoted your people are, and they will be put to shame."

I pray for us this day, that we walk in sobriety to the thoughts of this world so that others might see, be put to shame as they realize not us, but the Lord and turn to him. May we all see clearly, today, the ways of the Lord.

I thank Him for His example and those following Him so that we too could see and feel the shame, turn to Him and be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

With Love in Christ,

The Master Will Judge

We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ . . . —2 Corinthians 5:10

Paul says that we must all, preachers and other people alike, "appear before the judgment seat of Christ." But if you will learn here and now to live under the scrutiny of Christ’s pure light, your final judgment will bring you only delight in seeing the work God has done in you. Live constantly reminding yourself of the judgment seat of Christ, and walk in the knowledge of the holiness He has given you. Tolerating a wrong attitude toward another person causes you to follow the spirit of the devil, no matter how saintly you are. One carnal judgment of another person only serves the purposes of hell in you. Bring it immediately into the light and confess, "Oh, Lord, I have been guilty there." If you don't, your heart will become hardened through and through. One of the penalties of sin is our acceptance of it. It is not only God who punishes for sin, but sin establishes itself in the sinner and takes its toll. No struggling or praying will enable you to stop doing certain things, and the penalty of sin is that you gradually get used to it, until you finally come to the place where you no longer even realize that it is sin. No power, except the power that comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit, can change or prevent the inherent consequences of sin.

"If we walk in the light as He is in the light. . ." ( 1 John 1:7 ). For many of us, walking in the light means walking according to the standard we have set up for another person. The deadliest attitude of the Pharisees that we exhibit today is not hypocrisy but that which comes from unconsciously living a lie. by Oswald Chambers