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So many people attempt to follow the law and fall short, even though intentions may place the heart of it all in the right perspective, but is it through the actions of seeking holiness? True holiness is love and love is eternal; which is what God embodies in Himself and through all He would have us follow. The truth be known, it has been said,”The love that streams as a river from God has two banks, one called judgement and the other discernment. I, for one, would choose to stand on the bank of discernment… and it will be toward this endeavor I’ll try and explain why.

Judgement… from a human perspective has to do more with legality, legalism and leans more toward the law than not. It is said, in scripture (Matt. 7:1),“Judge not lest ye yourself be judged.” If you are to judge… use the same judgement on your own actions first- this will gain you your own insight to how you should judge someone; which is more (in point of fact) to be reserved for God Himself. Not to mention… more these days than ever, Matt. 7:1 is being thrown back in the face by those as a measure to be used against the body of Christ (those that do believe in Jesus as their Savior). The most important factor here is to understand the fulfillment of ‘the law’ came into being when Jesus, before resting His chin on His chest… while on the cross, declared,“It is finished.” When Jesus said, Teleiovw (‘It is finished’), He meant many things: the law as a standard was fulfilled, His separation from the Father was no more, the way to salvation was secured (provided), His suffering was over and man now had a direct link and reason to see God as a personal God… one that laid His own life down for all mankind. A new standard than the law came into being… a New Covenant, one that used ‘faith’ more than works. The debt of sin was “Paid in full.”

Discernment is the ability to tell if something: is of God, from God, for God or of man. To be able to tell these things is provided by wisdom the Spirit imparts to us… as a spiritual knowledge. Don’t deceive yourself thinking you can tell on your own… most, if not all of us, can be lied to, and the sad truth, as members of humanity, we might believe it. On the other hand, as members of the body of Christ… enabled by the Holy Spirit, we should not believe it unless we test it. YES… we should test it… and the Bible (the Word of God) tells us to do just that.

To tie this all together, we should come to a firm understanding, God will judge us all… and it takes the discerning viewpoint (provided by the spirit of conviction- the Holy Spirit) for us to feel the weight of this truth. There is nothing we can do to gain God’s merit here, the job was finished at the cross… by Jesus. For those who come to the belief of Jesus being the lamb (God Himself) used as the sacrifice that takes away the sins of the world… for this is “the Easter message,” and blest shall we be who actively seek Jesus as their personal Savior.

As always, I would request that you pray first… prior to reading the scripture provided, that you might be granted a deeper understanding of God’s word and find the truth of God within your heart when it is over.
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John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said , It is finished : and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Teleo
to bring to a close, to finish, to end passed, finished to perform, execute, complete, fulfil, (so that the thing done corresponds to what has been said, the order, command etc.) with special reference to the subject matter, to carry out the contents of a command with reference also to the form, to do just as commanded, and generally involving the notion of time, to perform the last act which completes a process, to accomplish, fulfil to pay of tribute “It is finished or paid” John 19:30
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Brought also to the table of this Study is the aspect of proof, to prove or proving. Here is what is shared with all of you.
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Deuteronomy 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and toprove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.

Psalms 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves . Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Galatians 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

And one of my favorites…

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

You can read the full scripture… of what Jesus did for you, and all of us, here in John 19, or you can listen to the full account here.
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I hope you have a Happy Easter, each and every one of you, friends and family alike. To realize Jesus is God Himself… and each and everyone has the chance to know this personal God- so personal is He that He died for you and for me. It is His desire to welcome you (personally) with welcome arms, open and wide. It is our desire, here at “Mustard Seeds and Lilies” that you are welcome as well, for this truth shall be held evident… His love shall be found here, the love willing to accept the sinner you might be… just like I also used to be. (D.V.)

Your Brother in Christ Jesus,

Russ

P.S. I will include with my future writings this post script (D. V.). It stands for “Deo volente,” and in Latin it translates to,“God willing.”

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