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Stop Giving God Advice

One of these days I may get through Romans 11 and 12.  I guess for now I am stuck there until God says, “When you learn to stop giving Me advice, you may move on!”

Back into Romans chapter 11 now:

It seems that God’s mercy is for everyone.  Our Father God’s secretive plan is now revealed to Paul.  Clearly, God’s chosen people, the Hebrews, will be reinstated into spiritual fellowship with Himself via a circuitous route.  Since Jesus has been rejected by many of the Jews, God extends His mercy to include the Gentiles.  Oh my!  Such a thing must have been unthinkable back then!

30Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against Him, God was merciful to you instead. ~ Romans 11:30

But don’t think proudly that Gentiles are greater than Hebrews; for the mystery Paul talks about in verses 25-26 is that the Israelites will again turn to their Almighty God for salvation in Jesus once the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ.

31Now they (Hebrews) are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you (Gentiles) so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy. 32For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so He could have mercy on everyone.      ~ Romans 11:31-32

Why was this kept a secret by God throughout the centuries?  The answer could be as simple as God not allowing Satan in on the secret – loose lips and all that.

33Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways! 34 For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give Him advice? 35 And who has given Him so much that He needs to pay it back? ~Romans 11:33-35

Thank you, Lord, for including me in that number of fullness.  I am convinced that it is the most merciful, sacred, and secret number.  Even your prophets were never told.

May that number be so large that Heaven has to be enlarged to hold us.

Father, may it be as Your will dictates.

36For everything comes from Him and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. All glory to Him forever! Amen ~Romans 11:33-36

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God’s Sight

How do we know what is acceptable to God?  Shouldn’t we find out what His Word has to say?

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and reverence.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-2 NKJV (emphasis added)

The Apostle Paul wrote that he spoke the truth in Christ here, so I have to believe that to pray for all men is acceptable to Jesus, and will reap the reward of a blessed life.

Sometimes this generates the response of

“Easier said than done!”

Friends, I must leave it here.  Thank you for following Importantstuff.Live!

 

 

 

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Conformed vs. Transformed

This year is my 60th birthday in Christ Jesus!  I wish I could testify that my life was powerfully transformed the moment I accepted Yeshua as my personal Savior and that I lived according to His perfect will this past 60 years.

Truthfully, I have been more conformed than transformed.

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. ~ Romans 12:1-2 NKJV

Most of my life was not spent serving God, but in serving myself.  As a new believer, I was eager to learn God’s ways, but my enthusiasm waned as I progressed through childhood and on into adult life.  I became primarily focused on personal achievement, starting a family, and “the cares of this life” took over.  Focusing on the cares of life became such a priority that I slowly conformed to cultural “norms” of this world.  My body was not a living sacrifice to God.  I sporadically walked out my faith by thinking I was keeping the Ten Commandments, but for the most part I was “missing in action”.

Encouraged by the Apostle Paul, my focus now is to finish my faith race much stronger than I began.  To know the heart of God, read Romans 12.  The whole chapter spells out in plain language how to live a life that is pleasing to Our Holy Father God.  He states what our reasonable service should look like:

We should be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  How do we do that?  – By reading His Holy Word, the Bible.  We are to live, serve, and forgive fervently by the power of His love and Spirit.  So praying the sinner’s prayer puts our names in The Book of Life, but real transformation requires more from us.  We must draw close to Him and learn His ways.  That, dear friend, is accomplished through the daily reading of His “Good Book”.  There is no short cut to learning how to behave like a Christian.  Don’t waste valuable time missing the mark like I did.  Jump into Romans 12 with me and next time we will continue studying what God says about finding His perfect will in our lives.

Until then, HAPPY 60th BORN-AGAIN BIRTHDAY TO ME! and thank you for following

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