Put Away Compromise

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nhiemstra:

Folks, you must read this and allow the Word of God to search your heart!

Originally posted on Sara's Musings:

Compromise-WDGSACompromise . . . how many times in a day do we find ourselves compromising on things we say we believe in? Three of the definitions for “compromise” stated in TheFreeDictionary.com are (1) a weakening or reduction of one’sprinciples or standards; (2) to reducethequality,value, or degree of something,such as one’sideals; and (3) an exposure of one’sgoodname,reputation,etc, to injury. (Quote source here.)

In answer to the question, “What does the Bible have to say about compromise?” GotQuestions?org states the following in their answer (full article available at this link):

To compromise is to make concessions or accommodations for someone who does not agree with a prevalent set of standards or rules. The Bible makes it clear that God does not condone compromising His standards . . . . Not compromising requires our unswerving submission to Him and to Him…

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Faith, Obedience, and a Light Burden

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Originally posted on Sara's Musings:

Faith and obedience in the Christian life go hand in hand. We cannot have one without the other. As Rick Warren states in his devotion titled, Show Your Faith By Obedience:

Jesus calls us to a level of intimacy that can only be sustained by his constant presence in our lives. He says, “Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace” (Matthew 11:29-30 MSG).

Jesus is real, and so our response to him must be real. In other words, we can’t just say we have faith; we must show our faith by doing what God tells us to do. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an influential theologian who was martyred under the Nazi regime, says, “For faith is only real when there is obedience, never without it, and faith only becomes faith in the act of…

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Rights Ignored

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I don’t know where the original is from, but here is a very small example of how the rights of Christians are not only abused, but flat out ignored:

Hitching Post Wedding Chapel
The Hitching Post wedding chapel in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is under fire. The city is demanding the Christian ministers at the chapel perform same-sex weddings in violation of their faith, and WND reported recently the case is headed back to court after negotiations between the parties failed. Read the rest of this entry »

Overcoming Distractions

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Originally posted on Sara's Musings:

distractionDistractions . . . they eat up our time and clutter our minds and our lives. Hardly an hour (or even a few minutes) goes by that we aren’t distracted by something or someone that has invaded our space. Just consider how much time our smartphones take away from us and keep us distracted by keep us busy doing so much “stuff” on them that is truly time wasting and most of the time absolutely not essential to our lives. In fact, at times it is very dangerous, like texting and/or being otherwise preoccupied by our smartphones while driving our vehicles.

I read a devotion this morning by A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) that centers on distractions that occur during our prayer time, but a statement made in it can also be applied to our lives in general:

Whatever excites the curiosity, scatters the thoughts, disquiets the heart, absorbs the interests or…

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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

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Originally posted on Sara's Musings:

I am the resurrection

Matthew 28 (NIV)

Jesus Has Risen

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will…

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By God’s Spirit

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Zechariah 4v6 ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. ~Zechariah 4:6

“. . . you will receive power
when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses . . .
to the ends of the earth.”
~Acts 1:8

Jesus Christ made this statement to his followers after his resurrection (on the third day after he was crucified), and right before he ascended to Heaven (see Acts 1:1-11), which ended his physical earthly ministry at that time.

Right before Jesus was crucified, he told his disciples the following in John 14:1-27 (NIV):

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare…

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