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Capture Let your hope keep you joyful be patient in trouble - Romans 12-12

Although I was hoping to be able to share a poem with you today, time just did not permit me to have it completed by today. However, I would still like to share a few thoughts with you based on the poem that I was in the process of writing.

Thanksgiving — and many holidays — is a time for many of us to get together with friends and family to celebrate and to enjoy being together. Some come from afar to be with their loved ones, others are separated by choice or circumstances. The holidays can be a very depressing and deeply lonely time for many as they reflect upon joy filled memories from the past, as well as the painful, lonely times that many have only experienced in their past. Some, sadly, spend each holiday alone.

Sometimes it’s only unforgiveness or misunderstandings that puts a barrier between us and loved ones. In these cases it’s only by choosing to forgive by an act of our will, and by the grace and strength that comes from God alone can we choose to forgive. When we make the choice to forgive, whether the person is sorry or not, God is then able to begin a healing in our broken hearts and troubled and confused minds. Unforgiveness only keeps us in a prison without bars as we choose to hold on to the bitterness and anger that fills our hearts and eats away at us, robbing us of any joy that we could have in life.

Sometimes it may be the philosophies and teachings of men that may fill our minds with things that are not true and may cause us to shift the blame for our circumstances upon ourselves, or upon someone in our life who is truly not to be blamed for how things in life have turned out.

Sometimes it truly may be our fault that our circumstances are as they presently exist, and it could be because of pride and rebellion that we continue to struggle day after day, and yet we choose to blame others for our own wrong choices instead of turning to God in brokenness and repentance and asking for His forgiveness and saving grace that comes through Jesus Christ alone.

Then there are those times when physical, sexual, or emotional abuse is the reason why we distance ourselves from those who were supposed to have loved us, and chose to hurt us instead. In these cases sometimes it may be impossible to be with them, but for our sake we must still choose to forgive them before God and to let go of the anger and hatred that is tearing us apart and holding us back from truly living –and loving.

Forgiveness does not mean that we are saying what they did to us is acceptable, because what they did to us may have been truly wrong and heartbreaking, or unspeakably horrific! It just releases us from the bondage of wanting to see them pay for the pain that they inflicted upon us, and allows us to release them to God who alone will be the one to deal with them for what they have done, and allows us to rest in Him and trust that He will have His way in due time.

Maybe you have never personally received God’s forgiveness by acknowledging the fact that you are a sinner — as we all are — separated from a thrice Holy God because of your sin, and maybe you do not realize that you can come directly to Him through Jesus Christ alone, for He is our only Mediator, and the only name upon whom we can call to save us. (1 Timothy 2:5, Acts 4:12)  You cannot come to God through the Virgin Mary, or through any other saint, or by your good works, but by placing your trust only in Jesus Christ — God who came in human flesh — and what He  accomplished through His sinless life as He walked among us on this earth, and what He endured on the cross when He died in your place, and in mine, taking the full wrath that God intended for you and for all of us upon Himself.

He didn’t just die for your sins and all the guilt that holds you in bondage.  The good news is He arose from the dead and will declare you not guilty when you stand before Him on judgment day if you turn to Him with true sorrow for all of the sin in your life and accept His death as full payment for your sins. You will then be covered with His righteousness and be accepted by God and can begin to know His love and truth by reading His Word, the Bible. Christianity is not another religion; it’s being able to have a personal relationship with your Creator!

No matter where you live in this world, the message in this post is for you. May God reveal His love and truth to each and every one of you, and may you each come to the knowledge of the truth through reading His Word, and with true sorrow in your heart for what you have done in life, I pray that you will reach out and receive His love and forgiveness and free gift of grace — His unmerited favor — that is there for you to receive. He will fill the void in your life with true love and He promises that He will never leave or forsake you when so many others may have abandoned you in life.

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read some of my posts and poems.

Hoping you and your loved ones have a very wonderful Thanksgiving!

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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RELATED SCRIPTURES

“See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15-18)

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:3-6)

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”          (Acts 4:10-12)

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Welcome to another post in a new category of posts entitled, TEACHING THURSDAY.’ Lord willing, at least once a month on Thursdays, I will be posting either a video, an article, or some form of teaching  in which a *Biblically sound teacher *(Biblically sound because what they say and teach lines up with the truth of God’s Word,  Acts 17:11) will either expose an unbiblical movement, teaching, or a practice that is leading many Christians astray, or present some type of Biblical teaching to help you grow in a deeper understanding of God’s Word on different topics. Some of these teachings may be essentials of the Christian faith, and others may be things that we can debate but not divide over.

It is my hope and prayer that by presenting these teachings to you, many more Christians will not only come to realize the importance of testing the words of men (and women) against the truth of God Word so they will not be deceived, but also it is my hope and prayer that many Christians will come to know the joy of learning God’s Word.

Now on with today’s TEACHING THURSDAY:

Let me begin this post by saying that I stand with Israel and their right to defend their country and their people from any one or any country that may threaten their safety. (See the last video that I posted below). When one realizes the size of their country in comparison to the surrounding countries and all the countries of the world, and consider all of the attacks that Israel has endured over the many, many years that they have existed, it all serves as an amazing testimony to the fact that they have been preserved by the mighty hand of God alone! Before I get too carried away and drift even further from sharing the reason for this post, let me get right to the point. But first, a very brief explanation:

This post was not written with any intention to bash or to slander the Jewish people in any way. This post was written with the intention of making Christians aware of some of the dangerous teachings of the Hebrew Roots Movement (HRM), and they will be compared to the truth of God’s Word so that the truth can be revealed to all of you with the hope that no one will be deceived by the teachings in this movement. As you will soon see, the teachings of the HRM cause many Christians to slowly become ensnared once again by the law, and they no longer rest in the fact that it’s by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. I have seen that happen to a few of my friends on Facebook by observing the things that they have been posting, and realized the urgent need to be one among many other Christians who are warning about this movement. I  trust that God will use the following teaching — and especially the truth of God’s Word — to open the eyes of many Christians who have been led astray and deceived by these teachings.

You will also learn through the following presentation in the videos below that the teachings of the (HRM) lead Christians to begin to focus more on the Old Testament than on the New Testament. That is only the beginning of where these teachings can mislead a Christian, as you will soon see. 

Some, but not all of the people in this movement deny the Triune nature of God, and some even slowly come to have an unbiblical view of who Jesus Christ is! One of the teachings of the HRM also teach that the Jewish people can be saved through observing the law.

When time allows, please listen to this very important and informative teaching which will help you understand the Hebrew Roots Movement so that you will not be led astray by these teachings, and so that you can lovingly point your friends who have been caught up in this movement to the truth that is so clearly revealed in God’s word.

 

 

 

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES:

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of His blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—  He did it to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.” (Romans 3:21-31)

I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)

“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.  Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”  Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (Galatians 3:1-14)

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” (Romans 3:19,20)

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of His blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— He did it to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith. For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.” (Romans 3:22-31)

It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless,  because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.” (Romans 4:13-15)

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

 

FURTHER INFORMATION FOR YOU:

GOT QUESTIONS? – WHAT IS THE HEBREW ROOTS MOVEMENT

 

INTRODUCTION

At the end of May I started to reflect upon  my life, and the things I have done in my past before I became a Christian that fill me with regret and are a continual reminder to me that I am a sinner saved by grace,  even though I know God has forgiven and changed me.  I was so moved with gratitude at the thought of how God decided to choose me, when I see so many other people He has not yet chosen to reveal Himself to.  The title of this poem sums up the overwhelming feelings I had, as the thoughts for this poem came together.  More to come when time allows…

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT UPON

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived, and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:15,16)

“Or do you show contempt for the richness of His kindness , tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you towards repentance?  But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgement will be revealed.  God “will give to each person according to what he has done.”  To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, He will give eternal life.  But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.  There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew then to the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew then for the Gentile.  For God does not show favoritism.”  (Romans 2:4-11)

“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.  What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.  Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.  Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit, have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God.  It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.  You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.  But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.  And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.  Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation–but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.  For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry,  “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”            (Romans 7:14-8:17)

“The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit–a wife who married young, only to be rejected,” says your God.” (Isaiah 54:6)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14)

“But He said to me,  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9,10)

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.  It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-31)

“This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,”  declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:23)

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” (Philippians 2:14-16)

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified in me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)

SO UNDESERVING… SO GRATEFUL

What was it that You saw in me

That made You choose to set me free

So undeserving of the love You showed

So unable to pay the debt to sin I owed

No strength to stand against temptation

Always feeling the weight of condemnation

Attempting to do good to earn Your approval

Always failing in my attempt to find guilt’s removal

Bound by fear that caused me to lie

Creating false reasons to escape rejection, I did try

Using sinful humor to find acceptance and a friend

Sinking deeper into guilt, seeking pleasures without end

It was not because of a righteousness I had of my own

It was not because of the kindness to others I had shown

If it was because of my weakness, then for that I give You praise

My heart cries out in thankfulness, my voice in thanks I raise

If it was because I was unloved and rejected, then it was worth the pain

To now know Your love and acceptance, Your forgiveness and joy was mine to gain

If it was just because of Your grace, that You chose to save a wretch like me

Then I will boast in Christ alone, who has the power to set us free

I will never forget that glorious day

When I was reading Your Word, and in my mind You did say

Those amazing words that set me free

From sin and fear, when Your truth I did see

You gave me courage to face my fears

Hope and trust to stop many of my tears

Strength in the areas where I find myself weak

Wisdom, when Your truth to the lost I do speak

Grace to make me desire to be pleasing in your sight

Peace when I focus on Your power and Your might

Men’s words and ‘religions’ are just traps and a snare

They keep us in bondage, when Your truth is not known to share

Your mercy extended, Christ’s blood now covers me

So grateful to You I will always be

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Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible , New International Version® Copyright©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of  Zondervan.