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