Oh. This is one of my favorite topics. Just read this one thought, and then you can move on with your busy day: the standard is holiness. And holiness doesn’t change.
I see the moral ruler of America becoming shorted and shorted each passing day. As time slips away, so does our sense of purity. Where are the righteous ones? Where can they be found?
When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall. For why should my freedom be judged by another’s conscience? I Corinthians 8:12-13; 10:29.
For all of the grey areas in life: holiness.
Now, what if it’s not really a sin? What if it’s just, say, listening to a certain song?Watching that movie? Wear that shirt? Holiness.
“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive.“Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. I Corinthians 10:23; 6:12.
“Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages. He summons the heavens above,and the earth, that he may judge his people." God cries out, ”Gather to me my consecrated ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice (Psalm 50).“
I was created to burn. The Nazirite chooses a separated and lonely path, all for the glorious reward of laying hold of that for which God has laid hold of him. You have one life to live. Live it for the extreme- extreme pleasures of knowing God and being used mightily for him. Others can, but I cannot. (Nazirite DNA by Lou Engle)
Again, this is goddamn scary - they work these kids up into a frenzy of chanting and screaming and crying and all I can think of is the climax of the film adaptation of The Wave where the teacher tells the kids they all would’ve made great Nazis.
I’m sorry I got a little random there. But surely mine wasn’t the only school that made us watch that.
Also, I’m confused as fuck here. Okay, so God’s only not doing anything about the abortion issue because he’s not hearing enough prayers? Is that how God works? Enough people have to pray for something first? Does the fact that they’re children count extra? If God can really control politics firsthand, why do any of them even bother? Can’t God just do whatever he wants? If he’s going to intervene because of prayers, does that mean God is actually controlled by the people?
If someone could explain this to me, I’d really love to hear it.
Whether an ark in Noah’s day, a tabernacle in Moses’ day, or the hearts of men in John the Baptist’s day, preparation needed to happen in order for men to survive and even thrive in seasons of divine visitation.
“A Moment to Confront: A Look at Elijah and the Prophetic Movement” - Lou Engle & Sam Cerny
transcribed from a reading of Ken Gire’s book, Windows to the Soul, as Read by Lou Engle.
“…the magician Gandalf told the reluctant and unlikely hero, Bilbo Baggins, “there is more to you than you know”. He said this knowing that within the hobbits veins coursed blood, not only from the sedentary Baggins side of the family but also from the swashbuckling Took side. We have a similar mingling of blood within us that is both human and Divine. Within us the dust of the earth and the breath of heaven are joined in mysterious union only death can separate. But that relationship is often a strained one, for while the body is fitted for terrestrial environment with lungs to breath air and teeth to chew food and feet to walk on dirt, the soul is extraterrestrial. Fitted for heaven it breathes other air, eats other food and walks other terrain. Most of the time though we are burrowed away in our hobbit holes and don’t give a thought to our heritage. Bilbo Baggins certainly did and not until Gandalf entered his life… the magician entered his life through the front door of the hobbit’s burrow, before the door shut a dozen motley dwarves followed on his heels and on the turn of its hinges the quiet world of Bilbo Baggins dramatically changed. Suddenly he found himself saddled with the unwanted responsibility of hosting a household of strangers. After entering his pantry to satisfy their ravenous appetites the exhausted Bilbo plopped on the hearth of his fireplace before a crackling fire and as he rested there the dwarves joined in singing an ancient song, and as he listened, something Tookish woke up inside of him and he wished to go and see the great mountains and hear the pine trees and the waterfalls and explore the caves and wear a sword instead a walking stick…” (I’ll post the audio for the rest.)