Sunday, April 6, 2014
We Must All Examine Ourselves
2 Cor. 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Examining yourself is the mind set all Christians should hold. I've had enough sins during my life which I've asked God to forgive me for. This applies to all of us.
A dangerous place for a Christian to get to is where they think they know everything perfectly and have all the answers [outside of God's Word]. We still have human foibles and other things to overcome and should realize this can be true of others. Our attitude should be one of learning and progressing in the Holy Spirit. We all can sin or be wrong or make mistakes. I've had to rethink many of my beliefs, it took me time to see through the Pre-Trib Rapture and to even some of the things I've warned about on this board like Christian Zionism. I've been led down some rabbit trails, where God has had to tell me, "Hey wait a minute!" There are times I've misjudged people and situations even with good intentions and this happens from the other direction too. The person that writes this blog is definitely not perfect nor a "white picket fence" Christian.
This doesn't mean joining the apostate or others who have watered down truth or wolves but having some mercy on other human beings for what they know and what truth they have been told or where they are presently at and having some GRACE for other human beings. The "god" that some Christians develop who fall into the pit of self righteousness can morph into a "god" of no mercy or grace. If your religion becomes one that makes you afraid, or feeling like you are walking on glass like you would with an abuser, then that means some of the grace has been lost. This is how spiritual abuse is advanced where people use religion to hurt others or to seek to control them. Some of them may be well-meaning people but falling into traps of their own.
2 Thess 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
One thing with Christians who have been given a lot of truth, such as becoming new world order aware, and finding out how this world really operates, that pit can be waiting especially if you confront so much evil in the world, and how it almost forms a pool for the entire world to swim in it. Even if one seeks holiness, here one must avoid that trap, especially viewing how very unholy the world is, one should have the attitude that God has given you many truths and this is His doing not your own.
One also must realize while snakes abound there are also many souls to be reached out to, for you to share a seat in heaven with. We don't want to let self righteousness take us to a place where more deception of a more insidious versions lies. If one becomes a new world order aware Christian, and finds out how this world really works, that is good, as your mind is free from the globalist controllers, but it can have other pits waiting for you if you are not careful. Perhaps self righteousness as the "person in the know" is one of those things. Perhaps seeing the world as a place to exit from instead of spreading light and salt around is another. [Matt 5: 13-26] I hope to have avoided that, but I know it is a danger.
Luke 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
I am seeking out some Christian fellowship again, and praying it works out, I still have my radar on but praying this time it works out, so far so good but making sure I am seeking out the leading of the Lord in doing so. I will either last there, or you will see an article about it one day. Hopefully it will be the former and not the latter. I have realized, that I need fellow born again Christians around me especially given the fact I flew totally solo for 7 years, and of course there are standards I'm sticking to--use of the KJV Bible, non-ecumenical with Rome, etc, so in prayer, I am proceeding carefully.