Beware “The Pharisee Syndrome”

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A great debate is occurring in the religious world today that swirls around the belief in the Bible as the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
To those who choose to believe that the Bible isn’t true, there’s nothing I can do to persuade you otherwise, only God can do that and I get that, so I will continue to pray for you, as we are ALL God’s children and I know that He longs for the return of every lost sheep, even those who deny. But for those of you who believe in the Bible, whether wholeheartedly of even in the slightest, I interject this into the debate, beware the Pharisee syndrome.

So what is the Pharisee syndrome?
God first gave Moses the commandments, who then gave them to the people. The people then, with the help of God through prophets at times, added to those laws to what became the 613 laws of Moses. Over the many, many years of human-pride development and personal curiosity the leaders of the temples that God first created through the Levites began putting these laws under the microscope more and more often. This continuous scrutiny of God’s original words that were inspired by Him to be written by men, coupled with the lack of God’s purposeful non-guidance, are the main contributors to what I call the Pharisee syndrome.

This self imposed position occurs when people dissect His words over and over to the point of misinterpretation, all too often for their own personal gain without them even knowing it. Having been redeemed for only a year and a half,

(click my story/witness of the Father, then older posts for details)

I certainly haven’t had enough theological education, formal or otherwise, to fall into this category. I am only bringing to light what has become glaringly obvious to my recently Spirit-opened eyes.

Let me be clear, the actual written word is NOT what I am referring to as what has been clouded here, it is how the word is spoken to others and how we are being told to interpret it that I reference. You see, in the spiritual development of Jesus, He was led by the Father first to the elders of the temple to be taught the words of God, but at some point He saw this condition and began to expose it, but because the temple leaders of the time were a “highly educated” group of religious theologians, they automatically rejected Him and what He was attempting to enlighten them to. They were in essence leading the masses astray, with the support of course of their own personal pride, very similar to what we see today in mass except I hope this is being done more unintentionally.

This present day lack of Spirit-inspired work does nothing but fan what has become a wildfire flame of hypocrisy for the seemingly few true Christians to try and contain for the sake of Christ’s church, (as if trying to be heard over the overbearing secular media noise isn’t enough).
Since having been made an entirely new creature by God, for reasons only known to Him, this notion has been brought to my attention several times. I am in no way paralleling myself with my Savior, but I am now inspired myself by the Holy Spirit to raise this subject to light because along with it comes what I hope is mostly unintentional doubt about God’s existence, for where one doubt is raised against God’s word, others are sure to follow.

To me the bottom line is this….God speaks to us through the Bible and He has a different conversation with each of us individually, just as you and I have an individual rapport with Him. That is the incredible beauty of the word of God. Therefore ,who is to say to anyone how God is speaking to them through His word?

I am not pointing any fingers at anyone in particular, I am merely just saying to ALL, beware the human condition,”the Pharisee syndrome”.

 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”

Philippians 2:3-5

 

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How to TRULY forgive

How can I forgive the fact that a person has stolen something of great value to me, or has done me a deeply felt trespass? How can we truly forgive someone?

True forgiveness can only be had from God if we first forgive those who have sinned against us. We as Christians have been taught this by Jesus from understanding the Lord’s prayer, “and forgive us of our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us”….so how do we forgive someone?  After all, it’s apparently pretty important!  Here’s how, and it’s really quite easy once you understand it as a gift.

Having been led to the truth and been given a wholehearted and true faith I have come to know that God has a plan and that it is truly inconceivable to man. I also know that it must simply be accepted, so I do. In this acceptance I also realize that whatever part I play in it, I must also accept that as well, both in the calm and the storm. So with this in mind I know that what I may perceive as “bad” is actually for the better for God’s children, as is stated in Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God”. So, in keeping this at the forefront, I know that whatever has happened to me has been God’s will, and in knowing this, I am thankful for whatever He has gifted me with, both “good” and “bad”. With this knowledge how then can I not forgive? Here’s an example from my life.

I lost my first family through a painful divorce many years ago. At the time I, and my dream of how my life was going to be, was shattered. I barely ate or slept for two weeks. It seemed unfair and I suffered immensely. But, I am now in another even more miraculous dream that I had no idea even existed. Father God had a plan for me that was beyond my ability to comprehend at that time and His dream was to make beauty from the ashes of my sufferings. I simply could not have understood it from the vantage of my position at the time.

From that experience I know now that trying to understand and therefore predict God’s will is foolish, so I now just accept it, and in doing so, how can I not forgive those who have sinned against me? They were an integral part of the plan for me to be in this miracle that I now live in. I am actually thankful for what they have done as I now see that if it weren’t for what happened at that time, I wouldn’t be in this wonderful life that I have today.

Maybe now you can look back on your journey and see where this may be true for you as well. Also, I hope you can take heart in knowing this. If you are in a less-than-desirable place today, stay calm, because much, MUCH better is in your future as long as you take the high road, love and pray.

And if this is still a bit blurry then remember thisdownload

ONLY TWO rules to success….

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Christ Jesus was given to us as an example. He wasn’t sent to judge or condemn, He is our shining role model of how God wants us to be. He talked the talk and walked the walk showing us all, (the people of the time and everyone that the Father leads to Him), that walking blamelessly isn’t just something that we can aspire for, it is achievable! He was fully human, meaning He experienced the exact same feelings and seemingly irresistible temptations and CHOSE WITH HIS FREE WILL to do the right thing, and so can we. But it starts in your mind. Perspective is truly everything.

Live by the golden rule that we all learned in kindergarten, treat others as you want to be treated, and if you are stuck on what to do, ask yourself, what would Jesus do?  Can you imagine if everyone did this, how different this world would be………..

we are his children, plain and simple

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It has been stated many, many times that God will not love you any more or any less than he ever has, no matter what you do, and it’s true.  But do we really know what that means?  Do we really, really fully comprehend this statement?  I know I didn’t until it was made absolutely clear by God Himself, and I hope to relay this to you.  In fact it seems to be the reason for my existence lately.

I know I have tried to make this clear already but I want to make sure you got it.

I want you to close your eyes and think about your own love for your own children.  If you don’t have a child then try to think about something that you love very much and unconditionally and you will be there.

Now I want you to realize that God made us in His own image and this will help you realize that He has emotions too, the exact same ones actually.  Now internalize that we are His children and know how you can’t love your children any more or less no matter WHAT.

This is what it means…..

kings beware


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Therefore, you kings, be wise;
    be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
    and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
    and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 2:10-12