Category Archives: Legalism
GOD works as HE wants according to the plan HE has! that is the bottom line… Can any man really honestly say… “I know the mind of God, and the direction HE is taking?”
With in each heart, HE molds, rearranges, moves to create the person that HE already sees in the finished completed person. Can your head even wrap around that?
HIS children run amuck, pointing fingers, tearing down, and condemning one another, all in the name of Jesus. WRONG! We need to learn to let God be GOD, do we not have enough to love each other as HE has commanded us to do.
The negative can not out weigh the positive…not with GOD’s children. We all cry out for unity, and Unity is here…but our pride tends to suffocate it.
Totally surrendered…God is GOD, I do not think like HIM, I do not plan like HIM, and HE is not created in my image, I am created in HIS.
My convictions will rarely be yours, and your convictions will rarely be mine…it all depends on where in the work of our hearts the Creator is at.. HE alone knows my heart, and HE alone knows yours. Let’s get back to “Love the LORD your GOD will all your heart, soul, mind, and strength…and love your neighbor as your self..”
Seriously….we need to get over ourselves…
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need. (NLT)
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. (NIV)
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want. (KJV)(NASB)(ESV)
(Strongs H2637 “i shall not want” to lack, be without, decrease, be lacking, have a need)
As a child, I was taught everything from the KJV. Being a child, I was at the mercy of my teachers to grasp application. “I shall not want” came across to me as a command, instead a statement of faith to the goodness of God our provider, our Creator.
When I was a small child, memorizing the 23rd Psalm, was applauded. In my head, I could not get past “I shall not want”. I wanted! There was no way to verbalize that at the time, and at any effort, the feeling of condemnation, guilt for wanting/needing paralyzed me. It took me on a path of “not measuring up”, “not being what I was told to be by God”. This was truly my beginning of believing that God had not chosen me…you see…I needed, and I wanted…and it said.. “I shall not want”.
While looking over this with fresh thinking and seeing it all today in the Light of what I know to be true…its meaning is the faith that God will provide all that I need and give me the desires of my heart, as it falls together with HIS plan for me. God wants us to give HIM our needs, and our wants, and HE loves us, all the while knowing how HE has planned to provide. I was not a bad unwanted child in HIS eyes for needing, I was already chosen before the foundations of the earth were spoken into existence.
Wondering how many children, recite this, and are not taught to see the relationship? My God, My Shepherd…who keeps HIS eyes on me, doesn’t let me ever fall so far that HE can not reach me…knows when i need…then provides, sooo that “I shall not want”.
Feeling jaded…struggling with what i thought to be my faith, only to find out religion has caused me much grief. Its taken me far from my Creator, and even caused much turmoil in my spirit. For the last 10 years or so…all I really wanted was to be accepted by a people who had rejected me. Oh I knew how to do it this time…I knew what to say, I knew how to look, and was brushing up on my theology. Accepted I was. Let down, and confused I became. I am accepted in Christ, and that is enough for me.
Coming back from the pit that I lived in most my life, had changed me. I developed the beginning of a relationship with my Creator, and the one place that I thought would rejoice with me, and help me to grow..did not…jaded…
It felt so good to be accepted with them…but my heart grew tired, confused, easily agitated..for the last two years, I wonder why? I’ve been called “Critical”, “unloving”. In all my questions, answers like this “you are judging the body of Christ, and bad things will happen to you”…the politics of religion…legalism…do it like this…look like this…don’t talk so much about relationship, its not teachable…
After spending what seems like an endless amount of time…asking God over and over…”why can’t i get back to where we were in this relationship? I miss you.”
There is no room for religion in this Relationship! Great! but that is scary in itself. Learning to let go of my religion, in order to grasp the relationship.
I am going to start posting my fresh new look at scripture that I have memorized, and go deeper with the Lord, in the way they apply to me… Believing God and making it a life style is not a religion, its a relationship.