Unsurrendered Love Lives ...

Written by Dot McGinnis

Unsurrendered Love Lives ...

In I Peter 3:15, we are admonished to live a surrendered life; one that will “set apart Christ", as Lord in our hearts. This means we’re to allow Him to exercise His Lordship over every area of our life. Perhaps one ofrepparttar hardest things for an unmarried Christian to yield, torepparttar 135077 Lord, is their love life. Scripture abounds with examples of men who were unwilling to surrender themselves, completely, torepparttar 135078 Lord, in this area, and how they suffered because of it. Romans 15:4 says, “Everything that was written inrepparttar 135079 past was written to teach us …” Let’s look intorepparttar 135080 lives of Solomon, David, Samson, and Jacob (men, with unsurrendered love lives) and see what God would have us to learn from their experience. Moreover, let’s examine our own lives as well, to discover whether or not we have truly surrendered our all. First of all, consider Solomon. God gave Solomon a discerning heart that enabled him to distinguish between right and wrong. To this, He added great insight and a breath of understanding as measureless asrepparttar 135081 sand ofrepparttar 135082 shore. The Bible says there never was nor will there ever be a man withrepparttar 135083 wisdom of Solomon. (I Kings 3:9-12; 4:29-31). Though he was wisest of men, he was still very foolish. For, he allowed his involvement with heathen women to take precedence over what he knew to be right. God tried to warn him. But, he wouldn’t listen. He chose, instead, to love women who led him astray, turning his heart away from God. Solomon reaped a bitter harvest because ofrepparttar 135084 rebellion he sowed. The affect of his transgression was felt not only by Solomon, but also by his son; an innocent victim of his father’s sin. Read about it in I Kings 11:1-13. Next, we have David. David was a man with a heart toward God. He shared a relationship with Him that was unique. They had a closeness and an intimacy we should all strive to attain. God was pleased with David, calling him a “man after His own heart.” David, however, when it came torepparttar 135085 affairs ofrepparttar 135086 heart, never even considered that God may desirerepparttar 135087 right to exercise His Lordship even there. He had an adulterous affair with Bath-sheba, arranged to have her husband killed, and paid for it all withrepparttar 135088 death of his son (II Samuel 11:1-27 12:7-23). How his heart must have broke when Nathanrepparttar 135089 prophet confronted him with his sin, giving him this prophetic message from God: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you fromrepparttar 135090 hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master's house to you, and your master's wives into your arms. I gave yourepparttar 135091 house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despiserepparttar 135092 word ofrepparttar 135093 LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes?” (II Samuel 7b-9a). Then, we have Samson. Samson also teaches us about unsurrendered love. Samson had been separated untorepparttar 135094 Lord since birth. He was a man God appointed to judge His nation, Israel. The Spirit of God came upon him in power; empowering him with an unusual amount of strength. He was strong and yet weak, at least whenever Delilah was concerned. Because of his attraction to her, Samson paid a price. Her love caused him to suffer physically, emotionally, and spiritually. He suffered physically because he lostrepparttar 135095 sight of both of his eyes. He suffered emotionally because he was betrayed byrepparttar 135096 woman he cherished most. He suffered spiritually because he lost his relationship withrepparttar 135097 Lord. Samson’s unsurrendered love life cost him in every area of his life (Judges 16:4-21). Finally, there was Jacob. Jacob had a deep appreciation for spiritual things. He longed to gain possession ofrepparttar 135098 birthright,repparttar 135099 blessing, and all that went with them. They were so important to him that he schemed and connived, deceiving even those closest to him, just so he could have them as his own. (Genesis 25:29-34; 27:1-40).

Call no man Father

Written by Rev Anthony Smith

Call no man Father by Anthony Smith

Matthew 23:5-23:10

Call no man Father A look at deception and Consequences. The institution ofrepparttar Christian religion was and is still based onrepparttar 135076 words of Jesus andrepparttar 135077 Holy Spirit directing men to put forth laws and statutes that are pleasing torepparttar 135078 Father. Many have taken this law of Our Father in Heaven and made it to none effect upon this earth to millions. Some times men will say, “Its all inrepparttar 135079 interpretation.” But where inrepparttar 135080 Bible is it stated that,repparttar 135081 Scripture is only open to private interpretation? This is a deception and misleading statement. In Matthew 23:5 we see Jesus rebukingrepparttar 135082 leadership ofrepparttar 135083 Church for Vanity, lets read; Matthew 23:5-10 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlargerepparttar 135084 borders of their garments, And loverepparttar 135085 uppermost rooms at feasts, andrepparttar 135086 chief seats inrepparttar 135087 synagogues, And greetings inrepparttar 135088 markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. The stability ofrepparttar 135089 House of Israel was not uponrepparttar 135090 minds ofrepparttar 135091 religious leadership at this time. Leaders were trying, as is today, to enlarge their influence uponrepparttar 135092 congregations. Making laws and rules and changingrepparttar 135093 truth ofrepparttar 135094 word of God into a lie. Not stopping for a moment to seerepparttar 135095 damage that they have done neither repenting of it. These men as some are today, cannot see clearly neither can they see any farther than their own ambition. Wanting to make a name for themselves inrepparttar 135096 annals of history, but what they fail to understand, history will neither remember them nor will any ofrepparttar 135097 saints of God. Ask yourself a question, Why Did Jesus come to this earth? What was so important that He gave up, Glory for abuse, a mansion for a rock, Golden Garments for Rags, Honor for Dishonor? John 8:45-49 And because I tell yourepparttar 135098 truth, ye believe me not. How many have been put down because they have toldrepparttar 135099 truth? Mankind has gotten torepparttar 135100 point that they would rather believe a lie instead of believingrepparttar 135101 truth. Mans truth is short lived and it is cankerous and moth eaten. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I sayrepparttar 135102 truth, why do ye not believe me? Why wont they believerepparttar 135103 truth, message after message fromrepparttar 135104 Word of God and many still rejectrepparttar 135105 truth. Man has stated;” We have developed a Roadmap to Peace inrepparttar 135106 Middle East.” The facts state; U.S. Consulate in Saudi Arabia hit An attack onrepparttar 135107 U.S. consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, left five non-American staff, four police and three extremists dead, U.S. and Saudi officials said afterrepparttar 135108 three-hour long battle. Suit against military policy on Gays, Gunfights rage in Baghdad streets. After escaping fromrepparttar 135109 PA prison several months ago, Kamil returned torepparttar 135110 Jenin region and significantly increased his involvement in Islamic Jihad activity. Kamil is responsible for both executing and directing explosive device attacks and shooting attacks against Israeli security forces operating inrepparttar 135111 Kabatya region. Kamil recruited a vast number of operatives torepparttar 135112 Islamic Jihad infrastructure inrepparttar 135113 Jenin region. Even after this man still calls others father. What have they done, have they delivered any from sin, have they saved a single soul, have they created anything from nothing, have they caused man to be at peace with each other, NO. They can do nothing. And what about them hearingrepparttar 135114 truth, Jesus said; He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. This was a harsh statement wasn’t it, but does this statement from Christ still hold true today? The answer is yes. Everything Jesus said and did was fromrepparttar 135115 True Father in Heaven and not a man made doctrine of human fatherhood. Then answeredrepparttar 135116 Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? {This was an example of Blaspheme ofrepparttar 135117 Holy Ghost} Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. {Mat 23:12-13 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut uprepparttar 135118 kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.} [ABA’SED, pp. Reduced to a low state, humbled, degraded.] Jesus in this verse declaresrepparttar 135119 state ofrepparttar 135120 Priest and others that dared to exalt themselves aboverepparttar 135121 level of servant torepparttar 135122 people. Jesus stated that, he came to serve and not to be served. These last few verses arerepparttar 135123 most ignored verses in Scripture, Lets read;

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