Black and White No Shades of Gray

 

Our sense of sin is in proportion to our nearness to God.

Here is one very strong and undeniable truth.  John 3:16 says, “For God SO LOVES ____________ (put your name here) that He GAVE (yes it is a gift) His only begotten Son that who so ever believes in Him WILL NOT PARISH but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE!

I am concerned that people do not understand how much God loves them.  We turn to God when something bad happens and we pray to Him.  We love God then, but when things are going well and nothing bad seems to be happening in our lives we forget.  We continue in our own sinful ways because it makes us happy or we say it’s no use I can not change.  If the God of the Universe can make the Heavens and the Earth and create You, He surely can help us change.  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  If God declares it you can believe it to be true.  

God is very clear about what sin looks like.  When we keep sinning and we want to change but we don’t do it it’s because we do not have the proper fear of the Lord.  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.God is Wisdom.

Why do we want to be the god of our own lives rather than to fear God?  I know for me personally I had a fear of change.  I worried about what other’s would think of me if I gave up my sinful life.  I worried that I may have to let go of unhealthy relationships that I became very comfortable in.  I worried I would be alone and no one would love me. Because being in a sinful relationship was better than being alone.  I also don’t like to admit that I am wrong because that would mean I would have to change.I also depended on those to whom I had unhealthy relationships with for my financial stability. Once the Lord came into my life I worried about being rejected by my family and friends.  I worried that the lies I told others would have to be corrected and then I had to start telling them the truth.  I don’t like to hurt others feelings even if it is the truth.  I am a self professed people pleasier. So I started to understand God’s ways and I worry that people my not like me any more.  This lead to worrying about what if I tell the truth and it turns other’s away from God?  Then I realized worry is also a sin!  There are lots of Bible verses about worry.  Psalm 56:3 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.”  I can still doubt God will do things in my life.  This is not good. When this happens I am suppose to pray.

We are made for the simple life.  God’s words are black and white there are no “shades of gray”.  Either you are doing what is right or you are doing what is wrong.  There are so many ways to do the right thing, we should not argue about that, but there is a very short list of sins, in which we can practice them in all different kinds of ways, mostly to justify them as being “okay”.

Can you see how confusing sin can be?  God has called us to a simple life.  When we base our choices on how we “feel” we will be tempted to make a poor choice.  I think the devil works through our feelings and plays upon them.  He knows feelings are important to us.  We want to feel and it is good to feel, but our feelings should never cause us to sin.

Fear of the Lord can mean reverence of the Lord the type that brings you to your knees in worship.  I also think fear of the Lord is actually feeling scared.  Scared that I am wasting this one life God has made for me, that I am not living life to the fullest in accordance to God’s ways.  I also have a fear of going to Hell and get deeply saddened that people will not entire eternity.  I am scared of going to Hell and I am scared of wasting my life.  I am afraid that when I die I will stand before Jesus and he will not say well done good and faithful servant.  I think this kind of fear is healthy, it makes me humble, and it keeps me depending on God and not myself.  The more I fear God the less scared I am of my eternity.

When we leave this earth we will leave everything behind our homes, degrees, cars, entertainment, the business and distractions, our medals and prizes.  But are we willing to leave the people we love behind?  We do not have too.  I know it is up to a person to believe and be saved but I just need to keep living out my faith and hope in the Lord so that I am a witness to others.  The change that you see in my life is a direct effect of me confessing to God that I am a sinner, asking for forgiveness, and accepting that He is Lord of my life.

 

When I die, put my ashes in the trash bag I don’t care where they go Don’t waste your money on my gravestone I’m more concerned about my soul Everybody’s going to die Don’t everybody live though Sometimes I look up to the sky And wonder do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord Listen, yeah everybody wants change Don’t nobody wanna change though Don’t nobody wanna pray Till they got something to pray for Now everybody’s gon’ die But don’t everybody live though Sometimes I look up to the sky And wonder do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord It’s easy to blame God but harder to fix things We look in the sky like, “Why ain’t you listening?” Watching the news in our living rooms on the big screens And talking ’bout “If God’s really real, then where is he?” You see the same God that you saying might not even exist Becomes real to us, but only when we dying in bed When ya healthy it’s like, we don’t really care for him then Leave me alone God, I’ll call you when I need you again Which is funny, everyone will sleep in the pews Then blame God for our problems like he sleeping on you We turn our backs on him, what do you expect him to do? It’s hard to answer prayers when nobody’s praying to you I look around at this world we walk on It’s a smack in the face, don’t ever tell me there’s no God And if there isn’t then what are we here for? And what are y’all doing down there? I don’t know Lord Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord Do you see us down here? Oh Lord Can you see us down here? Oh Lord Oh Lord, oh Lord Can you see us? Can’t you see us?

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