A loving heart leaves
off undue concerns regarding judging whether another may be right or wrong,
as it is concerned with showing love:.Romans
Here they were catering to
go out for dinner and have a good time):.Luke
14:12-14) and avoiding works of love.(mercy).toward
the poorer brethren, verse 13; and again, James
The works James is talking
about in chapter 2 are the works of belief:.James
2:23,24,25. Some were acting as though the rich in the congregation
were their only brethren.
is saying that if you believe that all are God's people, you should be
acting not as you are, with respect of persons.
Many give gifts to those
they love and receive them in return. That's great! But remember to love
the poor and love your enemies.
When into law, we too have
much to judge and accuse others and ourselves of. Satan was the accuser:.Revelation
12:9,10. Religious and self imposed laws.(necessary
for hearts without love).are
the opening for Satan to bring into minds that
which we can accuse others of.
We leave God out of our
giving by imposing prerequisites
upon it. "What is he going to do with the money? I'm not giving it if...";
and the classic "We have to tithe if we want to be blessed by God." We
have no trust that God goes with the gift in faith and instead require
proof of performance. We give
because we are of God and not because we require qualification of need
or expect reward for our actions of giving. There's a difference between
giving from the heart and giving from the wallet.
Being into law.(Old
wanting God to notice what is felt to be required obedience and allows
the seeing of when one is out of sync. Others can now judge you. You can
now judge you, and all according to this set of standards. Where is love
in all this? It's just all rules and regulations for control. With love,
rules and regulations are not necessary:.Romans
13:10. With rules and regulations, when we break them we no doubt feel
as Adam did, 'let's get away from God', we did something wrong:.Genesis
in Christ is knowing that Christ's obedience is accepted by God on
your behalf. Figuring that you need to keep anything inferior to Christ.(such
as the commandments, tithing, etc.).to
be pleasing God, discounts the obedience that Emmanuel achieved and gave
to us as a gift:.Romans
5:17. He now appears in the presence of God for us:.Hebrews
9:24; 1Timothy 2:5.
Why then do some few still
feel that they have to present to God their own obedience? Are they self-righteous?
It takes higher consciousness
to gain lasting rewards: Matthew 6:33.
But some prefer excuses which obviate
Even our own obedience,
our own righteousness, as is attempted to be achieved by commandment
keeping we think needed to be right with God, can itself be an idol.
All this obedience for profit
comes from the ego level and
is not at all a part of
higher consciousness. And such is the
way of the world.
are things you bond with or the things already bonded to you from childhood
and from later, perhaps traumatic
experiences that may not in some ways be motivating toward your best interests.
We need to clear
the dark side of our presence here, much of it causing us confusion.
Idols in our lives are due
circumstances and concepts
that have made us what it is that we are and think today),
the things primarily
to do with the self, the aberrant
working of a mind 'off the mark'.(original
meaning for word translated 'sin').of
the high calling to brilliance
of light in God.
Our lives, our getting of
this or that, our future, our problems, etc.; the all consuming, to the
exclusion of concern for others, exercise of self, builds up to a big waste
of time and eventually, a letdown:.Matthew
7:22,23. You just must learn.how.to
get what you want without any downside. It's there. You just have to learn
it. It's more that worth it to you, so learn it.
No, we're not talking about
not improving the self, not getting good food
for yourself, wearing nice clothes or having a decent car and home, but
like in the Old
Testament where they sacrificed.(slaughtered,
living animal to ensure that they were always ok, we too, in this
New Testament age, sacrifice the welfare of others.(1Thessalonians
that the word 'defraud' here means in the original Greek 'eager to have
more than', 'to have a greater share than', 'to surpass', 'to excel', 'to
gain over', 'to possess the advantage over'}).dastardly.justifying.overt
inaction, so others are not cared for and prayed for. Many people prefer
their selfish ways, hardly the attitude of a servant that Emmanuel
talked of in Luke 22:26,27 and
Paul talked of too:.1Corinthians
10:11; Philippians 2:17;
6:6,7; Romans 12:1,2. Such
are they that lack spiritual foresight.
Such are they who put themselves
in a prison of selfishness, keeping themselves from the wonderful life
available to them, if they only knew how. What would unlock
the door and let them out of this prison is learning. Learning
Idols are also the reason
many seem to be in a syndrome,
such as one woman, married three times to the same type of guy, such as
alcoholic abusers, those fringy
types in life she was somehow
attracted to. Why
did she keep attracting these same types into her life?
experiences earlier in life make severe impressions upon the emotions.
Buried and mostly long forgotten as time for us moves onward, this personal
programming, whether good or bad, ensures new experiences are responded
to in a predetermined way. These held onto ways that have so far got us
to where we are in life can be hard to give up. We still have anger. We
still have hates, resentments, jealousies. We still may feel that to get
ahead, we must put down others. And so on. They are a part of us. Idols
can be the manipulative
things we use that we believe will allow us to progress, that enable us
to appear better than another. The ego always wants to be the greatest:.Isaiah
Breaking these confidences
is important. Keeping our mind on the principles
of God that enable us to be free.(free
of all the worldly things that
work hurts for us and others).is
the way. Asking generally for blessings for yourself, and/or others, may
just amplify what a person deeply believes he deserves, and that may be
more negative experiences in his/her life. Better to pray that God will
guide them, give them wisdom to draw close to Him, that God would encourage
and protect and financially prosper them, than just ask God to just "bless"
We are now dead in Christ.(Colossians
need to think "from the heavenlies" where He now is:.Ephesians
Notice in the following scripture,
that idols are a stumbling block to the freedom that comes with a relationship