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New Year New Choices

540_293_resize_20130701_3b9dc09f8218f9325f956558fe990f4c_jpgThis is the time of year people are making New Year’s resolutions hoping that they will keep them but knowing that they probably won’t.

Sadly, this is a ritual many go through year after year and the outcome is always the same – failure.

Let’s make this year different.

Make is a new year of new choices for your life.

The word resolution means: 1. Process of resolving 2. Decision 3. Determination

Where are you in the process of the decision that will take determination to achieve?

Now, to the deeper question.

Where are you spiritually and what new choices do you need to make in this New Year?

Patient: Doctor doctor.  It hurts when I do this!

Doctor: Don’t do it!

In 25 plus years of ministry I have met countless people who want the pain or torment to go away but do not want to change the decisions that led to the pain and torment.

Many Believers in Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Savior see Him and His grace as a license to sin.  They know He will forgive them so they keep doing what they did before and getting the same outcome.  Yes, He loves you just as you are but He also loves you too much to let you stay that way.

The Holy Spirit is given to inspire, encourage and convict us of sin.  He walks with us to show us the way and to remind of The Word.  When we willfully sin we wander away from Him and His guidance.  Eventually, if it goes on long enough, we are lost in the darkness and shadows of this world where the wolves dwell.  It is then that the Shepherd seeks us out and leads us home.  Correction regarding our choices is a part of His love and done with His grace.

woman-caught-in-adulteryThe woman caught in adultery in John 8 was offered love, grace and no condemnation.  But, she was also offered a directive –  “go and sin no more”.  In other words, stop doing what you are doing or make better choices.  The Lord finalizes this directive with His closing statement in verse 12 – “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

If we are claim to follow Him our lives must show it.  If we are walking in darkness it means we are no longer in the Light.  And, that means we are no longer following Him.

It’s a New Year I pray that you will make New Choices that will keep in out of the darkness and into His Light.

Firefall Talk Radio – New Year New Choices

Richard J Grund
Director, Solomon’s Porch.
Director & Team Leader, SRT the Supernatural Response Team

Throught For The Day – Hypocrisy

 

The world is glad of an excuse not to listen to the gospel message, and the inconsistencies of Christians is the excuse. Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)

As for conforming outwardly, and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that. Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

None of us are perfect.  We are all works in progress.  We know that His Grace (unmerited favor) is always available to us.

However, that does not mean you have a license to do wrong.  Your freedom was not bought for you to fulfill your personal desires without fear of consequences.

You have been given free choice but that was not meant for your freedom to be an excuse to make the wrong decisions.

When you tell someone you are a follower of the Messiah, Yeshua/Jesus, and act like everyone else in the World you deny Him by your actions.  No words can change their perception of you because your actions speak louder then your words.  Quite simply that makes you a hypocrite and a tool of the enemy to lead others astray.

Romans 12:2 ( NKJV ) And 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 12:2 ( NLT ) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Is it any wonder the World makes fun of us?  We give them an already written script with material of our own making!

 

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.

Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.

These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear:

sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,

idolatry, sorcery, hostility,

quarreling,  jealousy, outbursts of anger,

selfish ambition, dissension, division,

envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.

Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.


But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:

love, joy, peace,

patience, kindness, goodness,

faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control.

There is no law against these things!

Galatians 5:16-23 ( NLT )

 

Shalom & Blessings,

Richard J Grund

And through the hands of the apostles
many signs and wonders were done among the people.
And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.
(Acts 5:12 NKJV)
www.onsolomonsporch.org/theporch
P.O. Box 713 Windermere, FL 34786-0713

No hiding. No fear!

Exodus 9:16 (NKJV) But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.

If He raises you up it means YOU become His standard against the enemy to show His power.

Isaiah 59:19 (NKJV) So shall they fear     The name of the Lord from the west,     And His glory from the rising of the sun;     When the enemy comes in like a flood,     The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

In the OT a standard was, when used literally, a flag or banner usually used by the military to identify groups of soldiers or a central flag to rally all the soldiers at one time (Num. 1:52; 2:2; 10:14, 18). In this scripture from Isaiah its used figuratively.  The Hebrew word used for banner in Isaiah 59:19 means to dispel, to make that enemy run.  What if as in Exodus 9:16 YOU are the thing He wants to use to make the enemy run?  What if YOU are the banner He is raising up for a purpose or a time?

In the next chapter of Isaiah He shows us this.

Isaiah 60:1-2 (NKJV) Arise, shine;     For your light has come!     And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.     For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,     And deep darkness the people;     But the Lord will arise over you,     And His glory will be seen upon you.

It means He puts His spotlight on you. “Arise shine” means you will be seen by friend and foe alike. And the darker it is the more you will stand out.  How can you change anyone if you are hiding?  Is it no wonder the Word is in the shape it’s in when we have hidden our light out of fear?  No where in His Word can we find that He wanted us to hide or play it safe.

The Lord warned us that it wouldn’t be easy.
John 15:18-20 (NKJV) “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.

Later on in John 17 the Lord gives us a clearer picture of the price for following Him.  Here in Chapter 17 verses 15 through 18 He is talking to the Father about the disciples but it’s also about us.
John 17:15-18 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.  As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

Did you see that?  He said, I do not pray that You should take them out of the world. Can you find anywhere in there that gives you the idea that He wanted you to play it safe and be a covert operative?  No.  It’s just the opposite.  He sends us out to a lost and dying World.  By praying for protection from the “evil one” we can see He expected us to be attacked for following Him and telling the World about Him.  No instructions to hide behind walls or doors.  There are no descriptions of secret agent Believers in the Bible.  There are only examples of people who lived their faith out loud in the word and deed for everyone to see.  Expect exposure and expect attacks.  It goes with the territory!

In 2 Timothy the Apostle Paul is exhorting and encouraging young Timothy who is under severe attack, in this case, from other believers.  No matter who the attack is from we should heed Paul’s words to Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NKJV) Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NLT) This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Paul is telling Timothy – it’s tough, I know it is.  But don’t quit.  Don’t get timid.  Get fired up.  Stir it up inside of you.  It’s like a football player who gets fired up for a game or a fighter who uses motivation to get prepared for a fight.  We are in a fight and when it gets really bad we need to reach deep inside and get the Fire of the Holy Spirit roaring.  It’s a choice.  Fan those flames and remember who your Abba Father is – He is the Great God above all gods.  Remember that the One you believe in died on the Cross, rose from the grave and sits at the right hand of God far above ALL principality and power.  He is King of kings and Lord of lords.  That same Holy Spirit He sent to help us walk this walk will also give us His Power, His Love and His Mind.

Press on.

No hiding.

NO FEAR!

Shalom & Blessings,

Richard J Grund

And through the hands of the apostles
many signs and wonders were done among the people.
And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.  (Acts 5:12 NKJV)
www.onsolomonsporch.org/theporch
P.O. Box 713 Windermere, FL 34786-0713