Faith led maturity

One of the greatest tools a Christian has for sharpening his or her faith is the word of God. Within the scriptures we find truth if taken as a whole truth. Not merely a platter for which truth can be picked from and expect to grow if we discard that which is uncomfortable.

One of the many things I think hold us back is that we think that if we question what we are taught that we will be fooled into losing our faith or that if one of the things we were taught isn’t true that our whole faith falls apart. We look at how God has spoken to people from the past in the scriptures who were imperfect and measure ourselves to them. We pick certain spiritual leaders that we agree with and only follow them. In a social media age we tune out others and allow algorithms to feed us that which we believe and ignore everything else. Not that different though as humans have always congregated with those whom they felt comfortable around. Looking at all the different churches and denominations that we have. Certainly we are all brothers and sisters in Christs blood as he is risen. Certainly wolves have entered every single congregation looking to detract from our faith, detract from the truth of his holy word given. but if we ourselves search his word giving grace to misunderstandings and serving the doctrine given by the apostles not the doctrines laid out thereafter we can protect our faith and grow in maturity. discerning that which is important issues that must be taken on by action and prayer, or that which isn’t. Not condemning ignorance but showing truth. one of the worst things someone who is immature in faith can do is condemn those who he doesn’t agree with. For we hold a piece of truth within us knowing some but not all. Even the greatest in faith find themselves in error but the Lord in his wisdom chooses not to remove some because he knows our capacity is limited and by removing certain people with misguided understandings removes people with real faith. Faith is not a one and done experience. Faith is a living moving thing. that grows when watered and withers when not, dies altogether if dug up. Not to mention whole congregations in different denominations. There is both good harvest and bad seed sown together. We cannot know which has taken hold until all has sprung up.

We can look on our life and know our own mistakes and look on others with compassion. If you don’t understand why someone lives in error then maturity says to seek to understand. For if we are truly to even love our enemies, how can we love with out understanding?

interesting quote from Ender’s game I think we could look at.

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.”

We obviously as believer shouldn’t be looking to destroy peoples lives. That isn’t our purpose as the chosen. Which is a shame when we look at some of the laws in America that have been put in place by well meaning believers that in effect destroy peoples lives. In fact I do believe that in such laws we destroy any witness to those without faith will see in our lives because of resentment or simply being locked up. surely a country can not be without laws I do wonder how many laws do we put onto others the Lord really wanted us to impose literally and socially (Ie. not laws of the land but laws for salvation, or irrelevant things like what clothes we wear or music genres we like, or hairstyles, whatever you can think of people lay on top of salvation) on non believers and brothers and sisters alike. As mature faithful believers, we should look to destroy the spiritual chains caused by sin, which is only achieved by the blood at the cross, the resurrection and personal repentance. Not by the law which we only know condemnation. Not so much in a spirit of anger as Jonah but a spirit of humility and compassion such as Jesus showed to the lost children of Israel. I would say that bold truth can look like condemnation, which is the work of the Holy Spirit not the believer.

Jeremiah 1:11-12 ESV
And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.” [12] Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

Looking at all of the resources that we have to read the scriptures that God saw fit to protect and see through to this hour in history. Yes, there are better translations then others but if we see them for the message they convey, we can mature our faith however they have been translated or which transliteration has been used for His holy purpose and message whether that be in the simple name LORD, YHVH Jehovah, Yahweh, Yahusha, Yahushua or any new name that we will end up giving him based on guessing. Immaturity would have you worried that we are dialling the wrong creator, maturity would say that I have read of his works and see his works and faithfulness, awesomeness, righteousness, compassion, and grace; I know my creator by his works as he knows my faith by the fruit of my works.

Now I know that sometimes we must take action on certain issues whether it be to walk away from certain friendships, certain groups of people, or even give people into the hand of the law of the land. We need to study the word to know what action to take for the right times and to not be worried of failure as failure leads to better understanding. If we never fail it means we never tried. If we never change it means we never learn. If we never acknowledge our own falling short then we don’t know how to show love to the world when it desperately need it. Whether that be by speaking truth or only in prayer. And all action should be taken with much prayer and understanding of the scriptures.

Jeremiah 1:6-8 ESV
Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” [7] But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. [8] Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD.”

Thank you for reading.

Red sun

Crimson haze

The maintans and valleys ablaze

Our eyes burn with the smoke for days

We look to the sky’s for rains relief, yet with no will to change our ways.

We look to the stars for a sign, in dismay as they are hidden from us.

We look for leadership, but they have forsaken us

Our hearts look hope for within ourselves, but none is in sight without the words of Jesus

Until we put away our pride, no peace will he bring us

Red sun days

Police and racism, a American tale of sorrow and sin

A nation divided against its self cannot stand. A house at war with itself, will tear itself apart. One of the saddest things to see in your generation is those you hold dear not standing as one. Brothers should be family not enemies. Where there is much sin, much love must be abundant to cover it. I’ve been listening to Mike Macintosh, a pastor from southern California who is a good man of God, humble in spirit. A man with purpose, a love for the word and a deep respect for law enforcement as a chaplain he has been a light to the police, serving in the aftermath of 9 11 2001. I always had much respect for him growing up. His passion for the truth of the word and eagerness to serve wherever he was sent. Another man of God from a completely different point of view, who opened my eyes to racism in America and the oppression of really anyone who is different than the status quo, Glenn Kaiser. Very humble man. Greatly gifted a writhing passionate music that glorifies Jesus Christ. He has been well spoken about racism in our country and as far as I am concerned a light in the darkness whether in music, on the front lines with the less fortunate and in visiting those in prison.

I tell you neither of these two men are wrong. Both of these two men have glorified the name of Jesus. Both men being a light in the darkness. Light is a full color spectrum. If you put it through a prism it shows all the colors of the light which shines. Truth is such as light. When you shine the truth of the bible through men who follow Jesus not in name only but in faith, all those truths come forth like a rainbow. A better analogy for a prism would be the church as a whole.

1 Corinthians 12:4-10 ESV
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; [5] and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; [6] and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. [7] To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. [8] For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, [9] to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, [10] to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

If there is no light in the police to cause them to obey the laws they are hired to protect then they will become lawless. For God is a just God but also he is a merciful God. Slow to anger and quick to forgive. Also if there is no light to those in poverty, those who have become fatherless because of sin both in unfair rule of law and lawlessness of the community. Jesus came to the lost children of Israel first. As we anticipate his second coming, how much more we need to seek the lost children of America, and also the whole world. The light is fading fast. The land is dying. The people are losing hope. We are looking for a sign, and as Jesus said to the Pharisees…

Matthew 16:4 KJVS
A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas.

Jonah 3:2-10 KJVS
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. [3] So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey. [4] And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. [5] So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. [6] For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. [7] And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: [8] But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. [9] Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not? [10] And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Jonah 4:1-4,10-11 KJVS
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. [2] And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. [3] Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. [4] Then said the Lord, Doest thou well to be angry? [10] Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: [11] And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

Nineveh, like America had a choice. They chose wisely but their fate was still to be destroyed as they fell away from their fear of the Lord. There is still time but not much. The bible says it. Science says it. Social unrest says it. The weather says it. Now is the time to repent as there may not be a later.

As for our differences in today as Christians, we should put aside our differences and open our eyes to the fact that we need the police, however they are still only human. They should be held accountable for their actions according to the law. We need to show love for those who are in those positions who are holding themselves up to a higher standard when everyone is either ridiculing or living in bitterness. As for our communities, we need lift our communities up. We need to take better care of our communities. If we don’t then will not be held blameless. If there is no hope, and there is no love, there is no chance for healing. If there is no compassion left then we are just noise. All that is left is sorrow and anger.

Overwhelmed in sorrow

2 Corinthians 2:5-11 ESV
Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure-not to put it too severely-to all of you. [6] For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, [7] so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. [8] So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. [9] For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. [10] Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, [11] so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

Jesus came to forgive people for sins. As such we who are in Christ must fully be aware of our calling to forgiveness. Often we seek to do the work of the Holy Spirit which is in part to convict people of their sins. We also know that the Holy Spirit was sent to comfort. We know that if we do sin as we are still in flesh that we do have a advocacy in heaven according to John’s epistle. Always we must be feeding our spirit to be protected from those things the flesh still want to do. Daily in the word, daily praying. If we are in a spirit of unforgiving to ourselves or others we leave opening to Satan. Who do we forgive? Jesus asked the father to forgive those who were currently beating and going to murder him all the same as those who asked for forgiveness in his name. If We forgive he will forgive. If you do not look at anyones past you can be the light to the whole world and Satan has no cause to to show against you to those who are in sorrow.

Luke 23:34 ESV
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

Have you considered my servant Job?

Job 1:6-12 ESV
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. [7] The LORD said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” [8] And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” [9] Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for no reason? [10] Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. [11] But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” [12] And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

Job is one of those books that are hard to get into. I have started it many times but never fully read it fully before this weekend. There are 42 chapters, the first 2 are pretty good in historical story telling then until the last 12 chapters you have job in utter ruin and his 3 “friends” telling him what a terrible person he is while defending himself and speaking on things he had no knowledge of.

The most important thing to understand about job is who he was and the stature he held in his community. He was a man of much faith. He was a man of great love. He was a man of integrity. His faith in God was unshakeable. He did not sin by losing faith in God’s greatness nor his sovereignty. He didn’t curse God in his anger. He was never uncertain of his being. He was angery, and sad, and depressed. Most of all he wanted to know why? Mind you, he had spent all his life serving God, serving his fellow man, teaching how to be right before God. He uplifted those who were in doubt, he was a man who helped the fatherless, he defended the weak from the wicked. Now his children were dead, possessions gone, his body in pain from boils, his friends who had been there with him condemning him out of ignorance. His own wife told him to curse God and be dead. Perhaps out of pity for her husband? Where he stumbled was in his own self righteousness, not leaning on God’s righteousness.

Just from a spiritual stand point we get a minor glimpse of God’s relationship with Satan and Satan’s ability to wage warfare on those who are upright and walking in the his ways. There is nothing that Satan can do unto God’s chosen, that God does not allow. For job, he did not know why he was allowed to suffer so greatly after being blessed with so much. He did not understand God’s plan, he didn’t know if God had a plan. He spoke out of aggravation, he spoke out of ignorance. I believe God knew that would be his reaction and allowed him to be in his bitterness to allow job to know whether he could stand in his faith when it really counted. For the most part Job had not been truly tested.

From a faith standpoint we see how our friends quickly become enemies when we run into hard times. When people see you at your worst will they kick you while you’re down and tell you how bad you’ve been ( regardless of if it’s true or not ) or lift you up. Will they feed you more ignorance or bring you to your feet again? Will they show you truth and redemption or condemn you to hell before you’re pushing daisies? A true friend is like Elihu, first he rebuked jobs accusers. Then he assures him that he is not there to put more pressure on job, nor that he needs to fear him. He never accuses him of “secret” sins. He reminds him of his own words and only speaks on that which he knows for certain. Also we see that Elihu being younger than Jobs other friends, he was respectful to let them hash it out but in the end, age does not garner wisdom, nor is it a measure of knowledge. It is the willingness of the man to learn and the blessing from God to gain understanding.

Job 32:6-9 ESV
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said: “I am young in years, and you are aged; therefore I was timid and afraid to declare my opinion to you. [7] I said, ‘Let days speak, and many years teach wisdom.’ [8] But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. [9] It is not the old who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right.

In trying to defend himself to be righteous before men he forgot to declare God righteous. Too often we look to defend our ways, why we are not wrong than showing him who lives within us. Why does so many convert to Christianity in countries hostile to our faith? Because of how those who react to adversity reflect Jesus unto death by those who are yet to have faith. In contrast why is it that it is so hard for the gospel to be spread while we live in freedom? Because those who have only known peace only know how to defend themselves, forget to justify God to the unbelievers and to lean on his righteousness, not our own! We are chosen to empty ourselves in order for his righteousness to fill us. Only then can we show Christ.

1 Thessalonians 2:9-16 ESV
For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. [10] You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. [11] For you know how, like a father with his children, [12] we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. [13] And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. [14] For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, [15] who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind [16] by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved-so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last!

Job 32:1-3 ESV
So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. [2] Then Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, burned with anger. He burned with anger at Job because he justified himself rather than God. [3] He burned with anger also at Job’s three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong.

Now God comes to job with his final word as a father. As if to say you live under my roof, and job had two ways of reacting. He could have continued with his ignorance and self pity or he could repent and listen. Out of it all, God chastens those who he loves, and Job was rewarded for his faithfulness to listen and obey the Lord. As such is our reward in heaven if we listen to his word.

Renewing of the spirit

Luke 1:78-79 ESV
because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high [79] to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Why did Jesus so often go off to pray alone? Why did moses and Paul take so long to start doing God’s will? Because to be filled with what needs to be given from his servants we need to be emptied of all of all noise from the world. When we come to be filled of the Holy spirit we need to be empty vessels to be filled with God’s love and peace, his pure righteousness. Then we can pour out what we have been given, not what is inside of us the defiled us.

Laws of the heart. part 2

To understand how to be righteous in the sight of God and be effective in doing what all Christians are meant to be doing which is to spread the gospel. We must understand the laws of God being written on the hearts of men. Unfortunately many Christians who have been born into the faith as second or third generation are best described as this verse.

Hebrews 5:11-13 ESV
About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. [12] For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, [13] for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.

Thinking on the first Pentecost. At the beginning they were full of power of the Holy spirit. They had nothing but the spirit of god, no money, nothing holding them down. No government protecting their rights to worship. No programs.

Acts 3:2-9 ESV
And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. [3] Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. [4] And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” [5] And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. [6] But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” [7] And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. [8] And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. [9] And all the people saw him walking and praising God,

Now we have all this and now we are void of God’s power.

As far as adultery goes conservatives, liberals, and churches are swimming in it. The bible definition of how God intended man to be was this it is not good for a man to be alone, Genesis. Man is to become one with his own wife, not wives. Not second or third wives. Every single example of polygamy in the bible is one of broken or hard marriages that lead to hardships and consequences later on. Jesus said to divorce for anything else but adultery in the marriage is adultery.  When we partake in this we are as guilty as anyone else. Yes we have forgiveness in repentance but only if our hearts are in repentance and love towards those who still need that same forgiveness.

As far as the law of our hearts are concerned according to the bible, there is no true union but that between a man and woman in God’s eyes. Man however trying to appease the law in his heart by remarriage, aren’t guiltless of God’s Laws. By condemning anyone else for breaking his laws we condemn ourselves. As far as homosexuality is concerned, there is no binding union according to the bible. Therefore whether or not there is a ceremony or certification there is none according to the bible. I would point out that by judging those who partake in such things only condemn themselves by the biblical laws they broke. Paul was echoing the words of Jesus, Matthew 18:35 ESV
So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

It is very interesting to me that while we like to separate others from ourselves, God always talks to those who continue to live in sin like we are still in the church. Why is this interesting to me? Because of this.

Matthew 13:24-30 ESV
He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, [25] but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. [26] So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. [27] And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ [28] He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ [29] But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. [30] Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”

Until the end of the harvest the good is there. Within the church we have both good and bad seed planted. Until the end there is still hope for the good seed. Also he said this to those to in the church not the unbelievers

Revelation 3:19-22 ESV
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. [20] Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. [21] The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. [22] He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'”

If you treat people like your enemy, forever they will be your enemies. If you treat people like your brother or sister, perhaps your enemy will become your family. If not then your reward is still in heaven.

Laws of the heart. Part 1.

For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. Forwhen Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them. Romans 2:13-15 ESV

Romans 1:18-32 ESV
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. [19] For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. [20] For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. [21] For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. [22] Claiming to be wise, they became fools, [23] and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. [24] Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, [25] because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. [26] For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; [27] and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. [28] And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. [29] They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, [30] slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, [31] foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. [32] Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Romans 2:1-8,11 ESV
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. [2] We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. [3] Do you suppose, O man-you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself-that you will escape the judgment of God? [4] Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? [5] But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. [6] He will render to each one according to his works: [7] to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; [8] but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. [11] For God shows no partiality.

Post Pentecost like experience

If there is to be a revival in this country like the revival of the church of the 60s and 70s, Christians are going to have to break away from the us and them narrative. Come together and start fresh. Instead of representing American values, and start representing Christ. Every generation must have it’s own personal Pentecost experience.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_movement#:~:text=The%20Jesus%20movement%20was%20an,subsiding%20by%20the%20late%201980s.

Romans 8:35 (csb) Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36As it is written: Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
39nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 12:1(csb) ¶Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship.
2Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
3¶For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.
4Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function,
5in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another.
6According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the proportion of one’s faith;
7if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching;
8if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness.
9¶Let love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good.
10Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Out do one another in showing honor.
11Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord.
12Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.
13Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.
14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.
16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation.
17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes.
18If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
19Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.
20But If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.
21¶Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.