Being Succinct!

Succinct. It is an adjective. It has the following meaning.

“(especially of something written or spoken) briefly and clearly expressed.)”

People need to be succinct when speaking. Say what they mean and not be wishy washy. Now you might be asking where this is going. Well lately it seems that people want to be wishy washy. Beat around the bush. Not be succinct. Part of being Succinct is being able to back up what you are saying. If you are talking the Bible then you better have chapter and verse when you talk to me.

So where I am going with this. It seems that lately people have been whisy washy about what Jesus said. They add things that are not there or take what as he said as a suggestion. They try to make it mean something that it is not or try to reword it so it says what they want it to say. People want to take parts of what Jesus said or what the Bible says and make it wishy washy.

Let me set something straight right now. GOD is not wishy washy. He does not mince words. He is very succinct and as Jesus is God, He is very Succinct as well. He never says what he doesn’t mean. When it comes to commands he is direct. Case in point.

Matthew 23:8-9

8“But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9“Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”

You will notice that there is no “Maybe or I suggest or Well you could if you want or not!” He is very succinct with what he says. It is not a suggestion it is a command.

Some denominations will have you believe that such words are not commands but hyperbole. Not to be taken literally. If they were not to be taken literally, then Jesus would not have put them the way he did.

Oh by the way, Jesus does not mean your earthly father. He means your Heavenly Father.

Well am I done, nope. My pen is still full of ink, metaphorically speaking. Cause well I have a lot to say.

I read somewhere that being baptized could save you. Ummmm…NO! Being baptized does not save you in any way! If that were true then Jesus would not have had to die. But you see, you have to take Christ as your Saviour before baptism. It doesn’t work any other way, no matter what anyone says.

There is a wave of people lately that have said they are Christians because they were baptized but did they take Christ as their own. I don’t know but I suspect that they forgot that little detail.

John 14:6

“I Am The Way The Truth and The Life, NO Man comes unto the Father but through me.”

I know I seem to drone on about this but it is important to remember, “Without Jesus, we can do nothing.” John 15:5c. Without taking Christ, our Christianity is empty and hollow, even if you do get baptized. Jesus is the glue that binds us together as Christians. We all bear the same name. We might have our birth name, Mine is William James, but I also have His name of William James Christian. I took Jesus as my own and I was adopted as a child of God and given a new name. Christian.

When I was baptized, I received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Some get the gift when they come to Christ. Some get it some days later and sometimes it comes when you are Baptized. It is not up to us but it is up to God. He gives you the gift when you are ready for it and not beforehand.

But I digress, the fact of the matter is, is that you can not be saved through baptism. You take Christ then baptized.

Acts 8:26-40

26 But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” ([a]This is a desert road.) 27 So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning and sitting in his [b]chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this [c]chariot.” 30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:

He was led as a sheep to slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He does not open His mouth.
33 In humiliation His judgment was taken away;
Who will [d]relate His [e]generation?
For His life is removed from the earth.”

34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 37 [[f]And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 And he ordered the [g]chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, [h]but went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip [i]found himself at [j]Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.

You see the way it went. Christ first then the Eunuch was baptized. Acceptance of Christ is always first.

Nope Not Done Yet!

I got into a discussion today about the existence of Jesus. He said that he didn’t believe in him and that it was fiction. Now I get it. There are people that don’t believe in God or Jesus or any of the gods of this world. They come out against them and they spout out a few lines of this and that but when pressed to back up what they are saying, they all of a sudden, get tired or need to go for some reason. They will go at you with what they want you to hear, and yet when they are pressed to prove it of give evidence of their stance, they run.

Here’s the thing, most people will tell you that if you argue, then you get your point across. That is not true! Sometimes the easiest way to get your point across is to be calm and succinct! Being succinct doesn’t mean using foul language. If you have to swear to get your point across then you should stay away from conversations that might get heated.

Jesus never once argued, He gave facts. He had scripture to back him up. He had the word of God not the words of man. God is God. He is perfect. Jesus is God made flesh. Man is flawed..period. They say that science is perfect but truth be told it is not perfect. It is a product of man and man is not perfect. We make mistakes so who is to say that their science is not flawed.

The science of the Bible is not flawed. Yes I said it. Here is the thing, there is a lot of difference sciences in the Bible. Biology and a lot of other ologies. All you have to do is read it. When we read the Bible we find that God is succinct. He never minces words. “If You , I Will.” He always says what he means. God never cuts corners.

So be succinct. Be direct. Don’t beat around the bush. Let the Lord speak through you not the other way around. Let him fight your battle and you will never loose.

 

“Keep Looking Up! His Coming is Nigh!!

 

 

 

 

Hi, I am Who I am!

First off let me say this. I am a Christian. I am washed in the blood of the Lamb. I am saved in Christ and I am, contrary to popular belief, NOT PERFECT…But I am forgiven. I have the same problems that everyone else has. I am human after all. I get depressed and I get so down at times that I just want to check out of reality for a little while. Now there are those that are gonna say things like:

“Wait if you are saved, then you’re perfect. So how can you be depressed?”

Nope not perfect. I won’t be perfect till I get to be with the Father and receive my reward, whatever that might be.

Or

“If God loves you the way that you say he does, He must not be a very loving God to let you go through the depression.”

God does love me. He sent his son to die for me and for you, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t have tribulation. We are going to have tribulation. (Romans 12:12, Acts 14:22, Romans 5:3, Romans 8:35-37, 1Thessalonians 3:4)

Or

“You must not be as saved as you say you are or Jesus would take away all your problems.”

It doesn’t work that way. I am saved in Christ, but I still live in the world and still have to deal with all the problems that come with it.

So

Yup I have heard them all. We tend to lay blame for our problems at the feet of the one who created us. We shake our fists in the air and yell “Why are you doing this to me?” It’s God’s fault or the “loves you so why” nonsense. We did this, not God. We did this, we had it made in the garden. We lacked for nothing and yet we threw it all away. We blame God and yet it is not His fault. We need a scapegoat and He is the goat to be scaped.

Even Christians do it. I have, jokingly of course. “Someone up there doesn’t love me!” We call out to God and cry that it is his fault and it’s not. Now why are I so on this “His fault” line. Cause well it’s true.

I am who I am. I am a flawed human being! I am saved by grace and living in the love of the Lord. I love being a Christian. They say that being a Christian is a ball chain thing. I am a slave to the King and nothing could be further than the truth. Since I took Jesus as my own, I have had all the freedom that I so love. Jesus is a not a ball and chain but rather He is a chain breaker, a prison shaker and a pretty awesome Saviour!

There is no such thing as a perfect Christian today. We are flawed. All we can do is do the best that we can and serve the Lord and spread His gospel. If we all do that then our Lord will be known around the world and be worshiped! We are to be Christ like and as hard as we try, we won’t be able to . Christ is Perfect! We are not!

You are loved. Loved by a loving God. Loved by a Saviour that gave his life for you. So when someone says “aren’t you perfect?” You can say!

not perfect

“Keep Looking UP! His Coming Is Nigh!”