couldn’t wait till tomorrow…

Had to keep going… I really needed to keep this one moving along…. 🙂

Jesus is the only one who can set us free… we are born a second time when He enters our lives and deposits His life in us… that is only the beginning… He replaces us with Himself, working slowly within us,  as the Holy Spirit eliminates  my  life and exchanges it with  His  life… inch by inch… row by row… for the rest of my life …

All we need to do is agree with Him about what He shows us and ask Him to get rid of it… we cannot  “stop”  sinning ourselves… by trying harder, making new resolutions, etc. etc. ad nauseum.. and… any time we actually do  “stop” doing something ourselves we then become very self-righteous about it which is worse than what we just stopped doing….  There were actually some things where I’ve just agreed with Him and He took them away without my even asking….  🙂

I will continue to challenge the religious systems and those within them until the Lord comes to pick me up.  People can tell me not to  “judge others” .. but that’s because people pick and choose scriptures to straighten out people like Philip… who make them feel uncomfortable…. they do that without looking at what the rest of scripture says…

eg:      “For what have I to do with judging outsiders?  Do you not judge those who are within the church? “     “…. do you not know that the saints will judge the world?”    ” …. Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?”

Lets stop thinking that Sallmon’s  Head of Christ  is what Jesus looks like. Meek and mild … white and Western… no emotions…  never judgmental or critical… come on… let’s get real here…  Jesus had emotions just like we all do… He laughed, He wept… He got angry… He was very emotional… judged constantly… and criticized a whole lot-a-bunch… most of that was against the  religious systems….He was a human being… He could just do those things without sinning….

and…. I want you to know… as critical as I am…. I never told people they were a  “brood of vipers”…  I never made a whip and drove people out of a church building… or any stuff like that… hope you are getting a different picture than the one below…

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Warner Salmon painted his famous Head of Christ back in 1941. It is so popular that many consider it the true likeness of Jesus. Others say it is too meek, mild, and western. At least one biblical incident portrays Christ, not as meek, but as strong, tough, and zealous for justice. It was at a Jewish Passover celebration. In the Temple area, He saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifice; he also saw moneychangers cheating people. He made a whip from some ropes and chased all of them out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the moneychangers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then going over to those who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a market place!” In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus says they had turned the Temple into a den of thieves. Jesus used his authority and physical strength to overturn tables and chase merchants out of the Temple. Yes, Jesus is humble and compassionate, but He is equally zealous for justice. He is disturbed when people mistreat others, when the rich rip off the poor, and find devious ways of justifying their actions. God’s people must always stand with Jesus in resisting injustice wherever they see it.

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