It seems to be the thing to do these days, by those opposed to the spirit, to speak out against one thing (the cross as a symbol) or another (a Nativity scene or something else). It seems to me to be done, as a matter of fact, in a manner they would proclaim as ‘protection of neutrality,’ but neutrality is passive and not as aggressive an action taken to such a length as this. Would not neutrality be of an accepting spirit… like the old way and manner of Switzerland… an accepting of all who came to that land? Neutrality (impartial and uninvolved) speaks of acceptance more than an objective voice objecting to what is seen, and to accepting all who would choose to make whatever symbol they like to be that which they could support. This is the shape of objectivity taken and subjectively subjecting it to a relative understanding by whomever would stand in disagreement of ‘how you choose to define your choice’ and why. It matters little then to the why… and it comes down to the spirit of meanness, the spirit that would speak out against God and your choice to say what is right in your eyes (or the symbols you would use to represent the faith you have). Little kindness will be seen here, and it is for this reason I have taken this message to heart. I have seen no warmth of human kindness in these actions… only the actions of people that would have you be directly effected by their dislike for things affected by themselves, the disdain for that which the cross represents or the Nativity scene to remind us of ‘the birth of Christ’ Himself.
For this purpose and to this end, I give you a Bible Study to help open your eyes to what is not spiritual… and what is, as told in Philippians 3. There will be many who claim to come in the name of Jesus… and if they would deny His deity, His resurrection or His ascension… then they are not coming from a spirit of Christ to begin with. This is a message of what it is to be spiritual… and what it is NOT to be spiritual. Please decide for yourself if the word of God is true.
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.
Scripture: Phillipians 3
1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law , blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained , either were already perfect : but I follow after , if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended : but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded : and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded , God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained , let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 18 (For many walk , of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping , that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
This comes at a time in human history where we will see more: attacks on the symbols of our faith, people making false claims against our character (against the character of Christ Jesus), reasons why we should not believe as we do (after we have been convicted by the Holy Spirit) or more false teachings by false prophets. This is the reason we must stay strong in our faith of God Himself, of Jesus Christ, having showed us the example for all mankind. To what end would man lead man to but the end of man himself… if it were not for God showing us the capability of man without God is this very path the world now seeks to claim is the way to go. Let them go their way… and we will go God’s way, and that way is to see Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah… the lamb of God.
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Your Brother in Christ Jesus,