Allegiance to Represent my God

Greetings and blessings to all:

Do you wrestle with the influences of our present age of disenchanted children who choose to take a world view about  everything; or are you comfortable with this intrusion of progressive mentality?  What do you base your ideas, opinions, and judgments on? Are they Biblically based or are they based upon supposition, world influences, other religions, or a combination of all the influences of your own perception?  I’m not judging, prejudging, condemning or trying to change your mind.  I’m only asking questions.  I believe God laid upon my heart twenty years ago to be a prophet with a calling of planting seeds, so if I plant a seed through asking questions there is no difference than planting seeds making statements.

In James 2:20 our brother tells us that faith without works is dead and I believe planting seeds is a work of faith.  In 2 Corinthians 5:20 our brother Paul says,

“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”

Even though Paul was speaking of himself, I believe that those of Faith fall into the same category.

In light of Paul’s statement we find in Revelations 1:5-6 that our brother John concludes the text with these words:

“and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the Kings of the earth.  Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us a Kingdom of Priests unto God and His Father; to Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever.”

When I was in the military I was informed I was an ambassador of the United States and the Constitution.  I was to represent with dignity and respect my country and all it stood for.  Without shame I was to lift up the banner of liberty and justice.  To stand proudly in the face of all the world and declare my allegiance.  This work of service and duty was not only passive but also a commitment to be active to the point of giving my life to defend the same things I declare my allegiance to.

When I declared my faith in God, in the simplest of applications, I was making a pledge of allegiance to represent my God, His Word, and His Spirit, with all my heart, to all the world, for all of my life.  My whole hearted application to Him was based upon my conviction that He is faithful to His Word, able to do what He has promised according to His attributes, promises and will and upon the premise that He loves me unconditional.  I also believe He is just, trustworthy and shares His immutable essence with the whole world, no matter what generation.  I accept my ambassadorship to the whole world, which includes the U.S, with honor.  It is in that light that I plant seeds.

“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes; ..”

…but I am somewhat ashamed of the way our country has turned it’s back on truth and taken an anti-God stance on many of our basic principles.  I can not and will not support or condone these liberal or progressive politically correct interpretation of right and wrong.  If we believe in God’s ability to chastise us, we know, when we get to this place in rejection and disobedience, the turning point is near.

To answer the questions I asked at the beginning of the paper, from my position; I do wrestle in my mind with every intrusion of ungodliness, but my soul; I am at peace.  My teachings, opinions, ideals, and judgments are Biblically based with wholehearted intentions of clinging to truth.  I interpret all scripture from a spiritual perspective but not forsaking common sense and what is strictly historical and naturally applied.  I’ve learned to be slow to judge, lest I offend and swift to hear, lest I should learn.  Condemnation lies in the hands of the the law and compassion lies in the heart of the forgiving.

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God and Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.  Amen.

Your friend in Christ,

Rodney Roberts

Originally published in the One Small Seed newsletter issue #181.

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Our Total Conviction

Greetings in the name of Jesus,

Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heat and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

I have determined, in my own mind, that this verse, written by Solomon, is the preamble to our faith in the one true God.  If we are unable to do this one thing, all other aspects of faith fade away.

I believe faith begins with a conviction: that God is the beginning of all things, the creator of all things and the sustainer of all things.  I believe man was the pinnacle, the glory, the refinement and expertise of His creative abilities.  So, in light of that statement, I believe God created, equipped, and consequently communicated with man from the beginning for His pleasure and entertainment.  (Romans 4:20-21)

We also must have a conviction that the true God, in order to serve His creation, cares about that creation, and, in order to have that sensitivity to caring, must have a nature with other attributes.  With the evidence of so much diversity there must be a balance of justice and liberty; so God is a just God.  With all of His complexity of creativity and the evidence that overwhelms us, through natural and spiritual avenues there is no shadow of doubt that He is absolute in all His attributes, which are: omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, justice, mercy and unconditional love.

At creation God proved His care for His creation by infusing into all creation: laws, instincts, DNA and genetics.  His first primary law for all living things was to “replenish the earth”; that is to continue the species from generation to generation.  This even included the human race.  I believe He conditioned the earth to be fertile and to be conducive to the continuation of natural existence.  After having prepared the earth for life and living, He put man in the middle and said, “dress it and keep it.”  Isn’t it amazing?

The best part of all that God has done is manifested in His work of grace.  Even though the work of grace began two thousand years ago, in the kingdom of humanity, a human may not experience the essence of that work until later in their natural life.  Everyone born on earth has the responsibility to make the decision to walk through that door for their life only.  This work of grace is real and tried, it works and works again.  It may not come as a great deluge but as a gentle rain.  The door is always open.

The verse that began this discourse said, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…” and this can only be done when the conviction becomes greater than our doubt; or the conviction becomes greater than our abilities, needs, patience, and trust in other things.  We only have one lifetime on earth, and be it short or long, we really don’t have the luxury of saying, “I’ll try it my way for awhile and then I’ll make a change.”  But God is good.  He has made it clear that the right time to make a decision is right “now.”  The good thing about this natural life, even though it has a beginning and end, we always live in the present tense,  The words, “Today is the day of salvation, now is the acceptable time” were written  two thousand years ago but they were written in the present tense, the same as you are reading them now.  Of course “now” is as present tense as you can get, but it only lasts for a moment, because on moment before, is still future and one moment behind, is past tense.  Every present tense moment is precious.

So, I have determined that God is worthy of my gratitude and service.  I believe the Apostle Paul (whom I feel is well qualified in the subjects he teaches) when he wrote in

Romans 4:19-21, “And being not weak in faith, he (Abraham) considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb; He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that what he (God) had promised, He was able also to perform.”

So, trusting in the Lord, is the beginning of real faith and putting heart into it proves our total conviction.

Your friend in Christ,

Rodney Roberts

Originally published in the One Small Seed newsletter issue #180.

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His Wonderful Life and Light

Friends,

I need your help.  With sincerity and honesty I write these letters for the Kingdom of Christ.  Some may say they don’t understand them, and others may say that they don’t believe them.  Some may say that they are of the writer’s opinion and others may say they aren’t interested.  In a time and a world where error and lies make up most of what we hear, I am only trying to plant tiny seeds of truth and light as an alternative.  My request fo you is that you bear with my passion for the Kingdom of Christ and be patient with the way I try to shine His light.

In John 1:4 it says, “In Him (that is, the Word of Truth) was life; and the life was the light of men.”  In the combination of the two words: light and life, life was the primogenitor and light is the ensuing action that follows.  In John, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…”, signifying that He, in the flesh of men, was expressing the truth or the Divine life that compelled and propelled every move that He made.  He told the Jews that because of the life instilling properties of the Mosaic Law, they were lights to the Gentile world.  But their light was compared to a candle because it was a mental assenting (agreement) to the moral demands of that law, which when adhered to, was a better lifestyle that that of the other nations.  But, Jesus said, “If you love me (meaning to abide in the counsel of His commandments), He and the Father would come and make their abode in us (or in the essence of our being).  I have experienced His abiding presence and desire to let His light shine from me.

When the Light shines, realities are revealed and there is no more mystery.  Natural life becomes transparent and the soul stands naked in the light of truth.  Causes and effects are respected and the principles of Christ commands gain a greater appreciation.  Truth then becomes absolute and NOT just a relative approach to every application, and life is exalted to the pinnacle of existence.  It is this life that will carry me into the arms of eternal glory when this earthly pilgrimage is over.

The key to my mission is in John 1:11 & 12.  Speaking of Jesus, the incarnate Word, “He came unto His own but His own received Him not, but to as many as received Him, He gave power (or right) to become children of God; to those who believed in His name.”  The power or right that John is writing about here is in the life of Christ.  Many times in the Bible blood is interchanged for the word “life” because in Leviticus 17:14 it says, “the life is in the blood.”  It is not God’s will that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.  He is not just concerned about our existence after this life is over.  He is just as concerned about our existence here on earth.

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have LIFE eternal.”

May God bless you in His wonderful life and light, and may you always be grateful and filled with thanksgiving for His countless blessings.

Your friend in Christ,

Rodney Roberts

Originally published in the One Small Seed newsletter issue #171.

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Can we bless God?

I (Tim) recently wrote a post as a guest on the blog Testimony and Tunes.  You are welcome to visit this fine blog and view the posts made by Brian and his many guests.

Tim

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Thoughts of Thanksgiving and the Life of David

Greetings and blessings in Jesus’ name,

With the traditional thanksgiving seaso upon us, we are reminded of the things we are thankful for and always put at the top of the list the God of all goodness and grace.  As King David said in Psalms 8:1

“O lord our Lord, how excellent is thy NAME in all the earth!  Who has set thy glory above the heavens.”

I too proclaim God to be number one on my list for things to be thankful for.  Notice David uses the term “Lor” twice in this verse.  In the Hebrew language the first “Lord” is Yahweh and the second “Lord” is Adonai, so David is announcing he has established the God of the universe to be master of his life.  David learned the truth of his statement by experience.

God’s name is an excellent name.  His name embodies every aspect of His nature, character, attributes and person.  His name incorporates His abilities, resources, promises, and accomplishments.  Since He is Holy, His name implies: truth over a lie; peace over tumult; honesty over deception; love over pride, envy, greed, personal desires or power; patience over wrath; kindness over vengeance; righteousness over lawlessness; wisdom over ignorance; faith over doubt, fear and ect.  God’s name is supreme and there is none higher.

When we read David’s writings we can understand why he was a man after God’s own heart.  Heart is the key word in that statement.  David was a mere man, who struggled with his humanity, who continued to make mistakes and who allowed his flesh to get him into trouble but his heart was always Godward.  David wrestled with his weaknesses, but he was always repentant.

Psalms 8:2 “Out of the moth of babes and sucklings you have ordained strength because of your enemies, that you might still the enemy and the avenger.”

A childlike attitude will melt the cruelst heart.  David was speaking of the spirit of man and not natural babies in this verse.  The Holy Spirit needs willing hearts in order to reveal the presences of God in this world and there is nothing that displays the presence more than a heart that says, “I’m sorry.”

God chose David while he was young and from Goliath’s point of view David was a mere child but from God’s point of view Goliath was the child.  With one small stone, the size of a marble, Goliath was lowered in stature and while Goliath was flat on his back, David carried out the truth with the sword of God’s law.

Psalms 8:3-5 “When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers… What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the offspring of man that you should visit him, for you have made him a little lower than angels but have crowned him with glory and honor.”

David spent man nights under those stars tending his sheep and I suspect he gazed at those stars for many hours contemplating and wondering.  His conclusion was that there was a creator and if He those stars, He also created him.  As our parents should be honored as the source of our being, so also should God be honored as the source of not only our being but the source of all things.

David was considering his mortality when he asked, “What is man?”.  He has made me lower than angels but given me a kingdom.  An animal that can rule over all animals and have abilities no other animal has.  You have given me the ability to think, ponder, and come to conclusions; to reason and rationalize, to create, to build and form, and to have emotion.  But most of all, you have put within me a place for you to dwell, if I choose, and I do.  Thank you for being there.  Amen.

Your friend in Christ,

Rodney

Originally published in the One Small Seed newsletter issue #151.

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Love the Lord Your God

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Greetings in Jesus’ name,

In Mark 12:30, Jesus was quoting from Deuteronomy 6:5 the first commandment God gave to Moses (that he recorded on tablets of stone),

“And thou shalt (must) love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

The question of the day is this, “What does it mean to love God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind and with all thy strength?”  Let me give a simple definition: It is obvious that the word “all” means – all-inclusive, wholly, completely and totally; and the word “thy” (or your) includes everyone without exception.  So let’s look at the other four words.  Briefly speaking the definitions are:

  • Heart – affections, emotions, passions and compassions
  • Soul – motivations, will and temperament
  • Mind – understanding, reasoning, imagination and invention
  • Strength – power to perform and control, ability to apply and arrange, capabilities and occupations.

No matter what the definition, all four cover the whole person and their whole life, leaving no area to be free to do their own thing.  When the commandment said, “You must” love God this way, it was also saying you must love God this way in order to receive His total, complete and entire supply and resources of Divine blessings.

The obverse side of law is grace.  All the law hinges on the principles of the first two commandments Jesus quoted in Mark 12:30-31.  Law is given , not to punish, but to guide; it draws a line so that so that we can know where our rights stop and other people’s rights begin.  Any law that shows privilege or respect to one party at the expense of all parties is and unjust law.  God’s laws applied to everyone equally and by these laws everyone is judged.

Jesus introduced the love of God in a different manner than which the world was familiar.  The Word says, “Don’t love as the world loves” but love with a Godly love.  God’s love is all-inclusive and unconditional.  This doesn’t mean there aren’t any boundaries or rules, or that God changes with the times, but it does mean the God loves all with the same all-inclusive package of resources the He possesses within Himself.  This is God’s Grace manifested.

I am a seed planter,  My intentions is not to ram Christianity down anyone’s throat, but my desire is to share the Word of God.  The Word of God says in John 3:16, God loved the created world so much that He sent a Messiah to redeem it, sanctify it, and restore it to a right position in His eyes.  All he asked in return was for us to love Him and prove that love by loving others.

The Word of God challenges un to measure up the demands of its principles.  In John 13:34 Jesus said, “As I have loved you, love ye one another.”  I believe He was speaking from His incarnate position.  That is, His human form.  He gave His life for service as well as for sacrifice.  He taught and lead them into truths of God’s will through word and deed.  He presented the true meaning of life both now and eternal.

One of the best examples for love is recorded in Luke 6:27:31 and I’ll let the scripture speak for itself,

“But I say unto you which hear, love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.  And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke, forbid not to take thy coat also.  Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.  And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”  Jesus said that!

From the seed planter, God bless.

Your friend in Christ,

Rodney

Originally published in the One Small Seed newsletter issue #132.

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He Loves Us So

Sunset on the Royal Canal

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The sinking sun foretells the rest
That’s soon to come with night
Prepares the world for evening guest
Then slowly slips from sight.

A sun sinks slowly taking light
The moon and stars appear
The special guests of darkest night
To tell us God is near.

In many ways God shows His love
Toward His human race
From sun and moon and stars above
To gifts of truth and grace.

He bathed the world in brightest hues
The ranbow gives the sign
He splashes the sky with grays and blues
Placed green upon the pine.

He put the babble in the brook
He made the robin’s song
The eagle’s flight and river’s crook
And frogs to hop along.

He loves us so the world’s aglow
Reflections of His heart
Make such a show to let us know
That we are just a part.

A part of life and beauty’s ways
Reflecting love divine
A flower’s bloom until the days
We’re fruit upon the vine.

Rodney Roberts

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