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Stop Making it Difficult

  • For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay no greater burden on you than these necessary things: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality, from which if you keep yourselves, it will be well with you. Farewell. Acts 15:28'29 WEB.

    After Jesus ascended to heaven and the gospel began to spread, gentiles (non-Jewish people) heard the message, and some of them came to Jesus. They started out joyful and free, so glad to be saved, but soon men came and taught them: "Unless you are circumcised and keep the law of Moses like us, you cannot be saved." This became such a sharp dispute that the Apostles had to meet in Jerusalem to resolve the matter. The letter above was their verdict. The Apostles said: "We should not make it difficult for those turning to God" (Acts 15:19).

    What an interesting statement for the first church to have penned: "We should not make it difficult for those turning to God," because some people were. There seems to be an invisible force, like a gravitational pull, that draws the church back toward legalism. In Acts 15, it was legalistic Christians telling the new converts that they were not saved unless they became like them. Yet, we cannot earn our salvation with good works. Salvation is a free gift that we only have to accept, and good works should follow it.

    I once went on a road trip for forty days with a preacher who was a mentor of mine. I carried his bible and books and luggage for him and ran errands as needed while we visited town after town and church after church. Sometimes he preached that morning in one city and that evening in another. We covered about fifteen states together.

    I never spoke. I just observed, and made sure no one stole the tires off our truck. As an outsider, I began noticing that some of the churches we visited seemed too exclusive for non-members to visit at all. There was a lot outside, but not many came in. Many churches were filled with an aging population and had not had a new convert, who was not a family member, in years. Actually, they were not filled at all. They were mostly empty.

    Now, it could be because I was traveling with a preacher that carried a heavy prophetic anointing, and the people were on their best behavior when he visited. Yet, I could not help but get the impression that they felt they were "Super Christians." People who had to pay their dues over the years and a newcomer could only be one of them if they had done likewise. They seemed to feel they had God locked in a box and only shared Him with whom they deemed worthy. I thought it was so strange because the last church we visited thought God was locked in their box.

    Yet, God always appears outside of the little boxes we build Him, for He is not a pet. So many times, I have watched God start using a sinner who just got saved while the "holier-than-thou" bunch sat on the bench and watched. Some will tell you that you need to get your life in order first, then you can join the church. When in reality, if you will just come to the Lord Jesus Christ right now as you are, then He will give you the grace to clean your life up and guide you through living it.

    If you are a follower of Jesus, make it easy for others to come to know Him as well. Let Him convict them and clean them up in His time. He did it for you, and He will do it for them. Drop the ruleset and focus on introducing them to a Friend. He will ultimately decide who goes to heaven, not us. If you are not yet a follower of Jesus: accept my apologies for how He has been presented. For Jesus is much more forgiving, loving, considerate, warm, and kind than His followers are sometimes.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You fill my life with abundant grace and help me see beyond the traditions of men. Please send Your rain on my life, make me moldable and teachable. I want to be a part of what You are doing today and to know You more deeply. Don't pass me by, Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen,
May 13
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen yes Lord don't pass me by!! I am hungry for more of you in my life thank you for all you do for me and for meeting me wherever I am and for dieing on the cross in my place. I ask this in Jesus'name amen.

May 13
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I want more of You in my life

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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

So True. Great Reminder ... Thank You Dion

..XO

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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. Praise You Lord Yeshua!

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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

I am a refreshing hope fan because of messages like this one! Thank You for this!!! Thank you dear Lord Jesus for cleaning me up each day and helping me to show you as friend and Love instead of judge and jury, thank you for your dear help Holy Spirit, and please Father Abba guide my heart and mind in Christ Jesus , Amen.

May 13
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  I Trust in You Jesus. Be with me to guide me through whatever comes. My Faith is with You. Amen

May 13
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Yes in jesus name forgive me  guide me  to do  your  well in jesus name amen 

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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Dear Father In Heaven, Thank you for loving me as I am and for your compassion; without you I am nothing, I get my strength from you and only you!  In your most precious Son Jesus name I pray, Amen!!

May 13
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

AMEN, Pastor Dion! I want to be a part of what You are doing today!

May 13
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus,we want our lives to be for you and your glory. Amen 

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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen!

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Please forgive any sins I have my God. Help me be a good servant. Praise God Praise Jesus Amen 

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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Excellent message! This is one of my favorite devotions.

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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen!

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, please Lord Jesus, amen 

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! This wonderful devotion reminded me of the beautiful hymn: "Just as I am without one plea . . . . . . ."  - Thank you Lord for accepting me and all of us just the way we are! Please continue to mold us according to Your will and purpose, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask and pray, Amen !!

 

May 13