Posted by: the warrioress | December 28, 2014

Keep It Simple

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I read lots of different kinds of Christian blogs when I have the time. I’ve noticed something about a few of them. Some of my brothers and sisters in Christ are filled with fear and anxiety about God, their own salvation, how they live their lives, and the general state of things. Some blogs read like serious instruction manuals full of warnings about God’s wrath if one doesn’t get “saved right.” I’m wondering about the relationship with God where one is obsessively worried about dotting every i in order to be sure they will go to Heaven. I think some of us have missed the simplicity of the word “gift.”

We cannot earn salvation. Fearfully striving to please to keep one’s salvation is a sad place to be. Love isn’t fear. Do people actually choose the Lord because they fear what will happen if they don’t? Do they try to be Christ-like because they fear going to Hell? Obedience to God is about free will, not fear. It’s a choice to love freely; it’s pleasing God because we love Him, not because we fear His punishment or wrath; that kind of salvation/relationship is self delusional.

Stop being so afraid! Preaching fear and a standard no human being can possibly attain is confusion about who God is and what and who we are to Him. It’s erroneous and tells me that the alleged relationship is hollow, and that saddens me because how can one really know God if they perceive of Him like that?

Matthew 12:1-2 One Sabbath, Jesus was strolling with his disciples through a field of ripe grain. Hungry, the disciples were pulling off the heads of grain and munching on them. Some Pharisees reported them to Jesus: “Your disciples are breaking the Sabbath rules!” 3-5 Jesus said, “Really? Didn’t you ever read what David and his companions did when they were hungry, how they entered the sanctuary and ate fresh bread off the altar, bread that no one but priests were allowed to eat? And didn’t you ever read in God’s Law that priests carrying out their Temple duties break Sabbath rules all the time and it’s not held against them? 6-8 “There is far more at stake here than religion. If you had any idea what this Scripture meant—‘I prefer a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual’—you wouldn’t be nitpicking like this. The Son of Man is no lackey to the Sabbath; he’s in charge.” (MSG)

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  1. Reblogged this on Ed Christian's World and commented:
    There is something to be said about keeping it simple. Adrienne has put it in words.

  2. Thanks, Ed!

  3. Thank you for blessings my soul and our ministry in this past year. May you be filled with much love, joy and peace during this coming season. Happy New Year My Friend.

  4. Thank you for always being here, Pastor Davis, my dear friend.

  5. Powerful post!


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