I feel led to write this. Perhaps, because I am a seasoned Christian now. I know, when people read my writings, or they meet me, they may see my light shine.
It may take a moment or two, because I am reserved in some ways, but if they want to get to know me, or be a friend, they will soon find out I am a Christian.
But not one size fits all, if I could use that as an analogy. We are all different. We don’t all believe the same, which is sad, but even I meet Christians, who do not agree with me, or what my King James Bible says.
And I guess, that just comes with the territory. I guess, I could blame that on different Bible versions, as to why we are not all on the same page with God. Or I could blame that on religion. Rules, regulations, rituals and traditions, that are made by men, and groups.
And I think its sad, that we are not all agreeing with what God expects. Because there are scriptures, that tell it like it is, and people do not know what it says, but they heard something, from a pastor, or in passing, and they think they have the answer.
But I truly believe in the King James Bible, for that. It is still holy, and anointed, and not corrupted. I have said, that the King James Bible is like a puzzle sometimes, the answers are here there, and throughout that book.
I have met a lot of different Christians in my lifetime. Some, that are flaky, and just say they are a Christian by name. But they don’t seem to have any true substance. Then, I have met some, who are knowledgeable, yet they get puffed up, and hit people on the head with the bible. This could be a turn off to some.
Turning people off, about God, that is just wrong, in the sight of God. We have a responsibility, to speak truth, but not to distort it. We will be accountable for the souls, we bring to the Kingdom of God, or turn away.
I want you to think about that.
I have had to be really careful with that. Because I am knowledgeable, but, I remember, what Christ said.
That we would be known by the Love. That should be the first thing you should see in a true Christian. A love, thats in their eyes, a love, that is compassionate, kind, considerate, not jealous, or competitive, but just something about them, that shows that Christ is their Lord and savior. No matter what they look like, or their status is in life, there is that love….
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35. KJV.
If I see the love, then I am more apt to be patient with someone, even if they do not agree with me. But I have to make sure they see, my love, as well.
We are all on the vine, with Christ, so to speak at different levels. He is the vine, we are the branches. One may be seasoned, but the other may not be. And so, there is always that chance, that there will be a difference of opinion.
The thing is though, Christianity, has taken a bad rap in many ways. I have heard it to be called a religion of hate. Yet, Christ was very clear about loving God, and loving one another. It has to be seen.
I myself, have been turned off by those who have come in the name of the Lord, but they were wolves in sheeps clothing. And they have no mercy. Nor love. They also have a Pharisee spirit, and they rule by the law.
Then there are those, who have a Pharisee spirit, but they reject the law. And believe by grace only. Those are flaky, pharisee spirits to me. Because scripture is very clear, that Christ did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.
Being a Christian, will make you different. But its a process, and a growth, and you cannot expect to have discernment, or spiritual gifts and callings, until you grow, and know holy word, and pray. By first of all being obedient to God, and yes, His laws. And fearing Him. I am not playing with words, fear God.
Scripture says, we are different. In fact, it says, we can be peculiar, if you are reading this from a King James version. Lord, only knows what it says in other Bible versions.
BUT YE ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, AN HOLY NATION, A PECULIAR PEOPLE; THAT YE SHOULD SHOW FORTH THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO HATH CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELLOUS LIGHT: WHICH IN TIME PAST WERE NOT A PEOPLE, BUT ARE NOW THE PEOPLE OF GOD: WHICH HAD NOT OBTAINED MERCY, BUT NOW HAVE OBTAINED MERCY. I PETER 2:9-10. KJV.
To get to the point, of my writing, I implore you don’t give up on God, by some of the peculiar Christians you have met, who are flaky to you. Where it may seem what they do, is crazy. Or that they even believe. Yes, there are some nutty Christians. Sad to say. But there are also some, who desire truth, in the inner parts of their soul, and they search for God, and they find Him.
For me, it began by seeing I was a sinner. That we all sin, and come short of the glory of God. I came to a place, where I hit the bottom of the barrel, and I repented, and in fact, repent daily….. letting go of pride. I gave my life to Christ, because He truly did save me. But you don’t see the fruit of that, until you come to that place where you give in to God. We can get the mind of Christ…. by the Holy Spirit.
Even though I know God, I am careful not to get puffed up, with pride, or to make myself look better then anyone. I believe in the Love Christ told us about.
I don’t come from a place, “where its name it or claim it.” Or where, I believe God is an ATM. “To holler for a dollar.” That must be so insulting to Him. Yet many have a distorted, view of who God, and is not.
Open your heart, and let God speak to you. Again, I recommend a King James bible, for it is holy, and anointed. And yes, be careful of the Christians you meet. But be careful of all people. We are to test the spirits.
If you are truly praying, and knowledgeable, about what Gods word says, you will try, and test the spirits. The Holy Spirit, will show you.
Thats all I can say for now, till I write again. But don’t reject the relationship, you can have in Christ. Thats your responsibility, not others. You have to work at it.
Blessings, and love, in Christ,
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The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. Psalm 121:5-8
How comforting this word is, with Love. My Fathers word. To know, God preserves me. When we go in or out…..Whether we go into a church or leave it. He preserves us. He knows. Praise God.
When I write, I always, pray, to write the heart of God. I am human, I can sometimes, make mistakes, but when I write, I submit to God, with all my heart, and a prayer, for what I pray, is that Gods heart would be revealed, to whoever, is reading my writings. So I always try to base my writings on the word, of God. I don’t always know who my audience is. But God does. He knows.
I love the Lord, and more, and more, I want to be closer to Him, to share from His heart. To speak a word of truth, but always in love. It is never, ever my intention to hurt someone. Or to make them feel like I am their enemy. Or to judge them. Or to even distance myself from them. But, sometimes, when I write, I know this does happen. Because some will receive it, some will not. I don’t make this my truth, but Gods truth. Because I do not have any ulterior motive, but to speak His truth.
For an example, when I write about using the King James Bible, and only using the King James Bible, I do not use this forum, to try and judge someone, but I write it, because deep in my heart, I believe, God wants people to use the word of God, that is pure. That the integrity, has not been compromised. Because He says, in His word, do not change or add or delete any words, because they can face damnation, because of it. Revelation 22:18-19. King James Version. For I testify, unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man, shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
It just makes me think, by His Holy Spirit, it is so obvious, because, other Bible versions, have been altered. To change the meaning, to the English language or whatever, and even when scriptures have been removed, like in the NIV, why would someone not take this scripture above to heart? God’s heart?
For when this happens, the integrity, the composition, is changed, the chemistry of it, so to speak, is removed. It’s like a recipe, that has been changed. Say an ingredient, is added, like a chemical sweetener, yet it asks for sugar. Even though it may taste sweet. Its not the same. One is a chemical, and one is natural. Sugar is made from God. Chemical sweetner, is made in factories. It’s artificial. Men, have changed Gods word, so it is, now artificial. Does that make sense? Anyway, so when I bring this to anyones attention, and it is ignored, all I can do is pray.
Well, recently, if you all recall, from one of my recent posts, WHEN PASTORS DISCOURAGE PEOPLE, BECAUSE THEY ARE DISCOURAGED….I did have a situation, where we left the church. I won’t go into all the details, here, but feel free to read it. Anyway, I did share some things, from that post, that caused a red flag to go up. So we walked away.
But, it was not Gods intention, for us to leave this church. No doors would open, and no guidance, would be available, to say….Go this way. In fact, I received some opposition from people in the body of Christ. Some kind, some encouraging, and to be honest, some judgemental, and actually some rude. Wow. I did not know, that our decision to leave a church, would meet so much, opposition. To be honest, and just forthright, I was a little surprised, that I got the response that I did in some cases. Only, because, when anyone, leaves a church, they have their reasons. For whatever reason, unless, we walk in someones shoes, how can we judge? How can we say, that they should not leave? What I learned, and my husband learned this as well, is that truly, one needs the guidance of the Lord, when they leave.
We have been around the church block, in my area, for a while, and we have left many churches. Through out at least 25 years of a time span. For many different reasons. And even here, I have to interject, and say, we have met many good pastors, many who cared, many who communicated Gods love.
But, when you have had bad, or strange experiences, with the members of the body of Christ, who were wolves, in sheeps clothing, you do remember. We have seen a pastor, actually, leave the flock, and abandon it. And doing things, that were considered, not even worthy of being a good citizen, by not abiding city laws, and actually lying to a congregation. Things, that hurt, the body of Christ, but the members of that church. So, we have felt it more.
Some things, not at all, because of the pastor, but even because of schedules changing, in my family. Or it could have been doctrine, not being taught, or just frankly, because we went to a church for years, and were totally ignored, not at all, loved, and we felt excluded. And to be honest, God never stopped us. Things happen. People change, and just because someone is a Christian, you want to trust them, but we have been let down, and left out. So, we have had our reasons, for leaving a church…..
But, for some reason, my Lord, God almighty, His reasons, that I don’t even know about yet, He would not give us a release. From this little church. We quit going to this little church over two months ago, I would say, and nothing would open. We felt so disjointed, so out of the flow. So detached. So we questioned ourselves. We questioned God, we were concerned, not to give place to the devil. We prayed, we thought, about, why, we were so sensitive, to the pastors remarks. What was it? Why did we leave? Was it worth it? Aren’t we supposed to extend grace?…..
So, we went back. No, the pastor, the shepherd, did not come looking for us. But, Christ the shepherd of our hearts did. In fact, even as I write this, I cannot recall, ever, having a heart to heart, with a pastor, who said, no please stay. Or who really tried to get to know us, or understand us, by communicating. But Christ did.
What I learned, from this experience, is because of our past, our sometimes, leaving of churches, we had baggage. Things, that stayed with us, even though, maybe we even forgave, the treatment, we had received in churches. Those, memories, a sense of rejection, we would just say; “Oh well” and move on. But this did not happen, when we left now, even though, we just expected to go on.
So, even as I wrote in my last post, it was not to judge someone, but because of the baggage, we carried, we used that discretion, to see, what was going on. In other words, because of our past, we had expectations.
I know, when anyone chooses a church, there should be certain criteria met, and the main ingredient, to me, would be God’s presence, manifested, with faith. Love the flow, of the Holy spirit. And yes, again, I look at the doctrine that is presented, the word of God.
I have to be honest. Because when I hear the word of God, from any other source, then the King James, it does not stick with me. It goes in one ear, and out the other. For whatever reason, again, I believe because of the purity. Maybe because when I hear it from the King James version, it does sound archaic. It does sound, royal. It does sound like the voice of God…..Anointed, in just being the King James version. I pick up, the spirit, of Gods truth…..
Anyway, when we went back, for whatever reason, God made a change. Maybe it was the prayers, we prayed, for the pastor, and this church. Maybe because others prayed, and even prayed for us. But, there was a change in spirit. I sensed it immediately, when we walked back in.
The sermon, the pastor gave, was on forgiveness. Again he brought up some hurts, from the church, and from his family. But there was a strength, I recognized, His faith, was strong. I could so relate to His heart, me and my husband. Who knows maybe, he even read my blog. I don’t know. Maybe it hurt his feelings, to see, what I wrote, but maybe, and only God knows, but maybe the truth, I spoke, about when pastors, are discouraged, hit home, and this pastor took it to heart. I don’t know. I don’t know if God will reveal that to us. Or if this pastor, will ever communicate. I don’t know.
All I know, is after that service, we had a sense. A solemn feeling, of knowing, God did not want us to leave. Is it for a season, for a lifetime? I don’t know.
I do know, I want to go to a “promised land” and leave Colorado, and find a church, where I will be rooted, and we will serve, but only God, can open that door. I just want to be obedient to God. I just want to serve Him. I don’t know, if God will use me, or us at this church, and I don’t know, or need to know. I just trust God.
And I know…by this experience, God loves us. He said enough. You need to know, I am in this. Stay here, till I tell you…..
So, I know, that God will intervene, when He does not want you to leave a church. So here we are back again. I am praying….
Blessings, and love in Christ, Elena
Father, thank you for leading us back to this beautiful little church. Not sure, why things always happen, but Lord, my trust is in you. I pray for this church, and the pastor, and that they would grow, in your ways, and truth, as I pray, that for myself, and my family. Lord, I just have a greater sense of you. I thank you, that you did not get mad at me, you did not insult me, or tell me I was unyielding, or I was walking in the flesh, you just prompted me, with love. And your Holy Spirit, of truth. Knowing my heart, would only want to please you, in your truth. Not mine, but yours. So, thank you Lord, for showing us, and guiding us, and to know, you order the steps of your righteousness. In me, and my family. Thank you Lord, I pray,to know your will, as we continue on. In Jesus name. Amen
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