THE BLAME GAME

THE BLAME GAME

I'm not saying it's your fault, I'm just blaming you.

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Well, today makes my first week in my new home. The one thing I don’t like is that I got nobody to blame for my faults and shortcomings. You see, I had a few potty accidents in the house this week, and I am sure they were not intentional (or were they ;). When I got here, there is this other small grey furry blob that lives here and my humans call it a cat. Me, I call it a play toy if I can every get a hold of that thing, but they try to keep our distances because they think she might not like me either. Anyway, they have no kids, and they obviously didn’t have the accidents, so I got stuck with the blame. Have you ever had that happen to you?

Hard to believe in just a little over two weeks, my wife and and have been married almost 9 years! Where has the time gone? There was a running joke when we first got married (and I guess now I think about it isn’t that funny anymore, strange how conviction works when you least expect it), I told her something similar to this mornings quote, except I said no no matter what, I’m blaming you. Just be sure you understand that before you say “I do!”. This is a terrible way to start off a life together, but by God’s grace, we have made it this far.

Reminds me of another couple, more famous than us, but not in a good way, so famous in fact, that God had man make record of it and put it in the Bible. You remember the couple and the story, don’t you? Well, let me refresh our memories just in case.

Genesis 3:12-13 –  The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Why did they not just come right out and blame God while they are at it? Oh wait, they did, just not directly! And so it was a very long line of blameshifting people that were born in this corrupt world, acting just like their federal father and mother, and eventually became one of the biggest traits of what we call narcissism. But it goes much further and deeper than that today, and this was just the seed of many tares to come that Satan had planted in God’s garden of people.

Look at how many characteristics these weeds have grown into over the years!

  • Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration
  • Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
  • Exaggerate achievements and talents
  • Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
  • Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people
  • Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior
  • Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations
  • Take advantage of others to get what they want
  • Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
  • Be envious of others and believe others envy them
  • Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious
  • Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office

In turn when not kept in check, it manifests even further and with serious consequences, like:

  • Become impatient or angry when they don’t receive special treatment
  • Have significant interpersonal problems and easily feel slighted
  • React with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make themselves appear superior
  • Have difficulty regulating emotions and behavior
  • Experience major problems dealing with stress and adapting to change
  • Feel depressed and moody because they fall short of perfection
  • Have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation

Doesn’t this sound a lot like the way the world is today? Sadly it is much of the way many churches have become as well, and there is only one cure for this great ailment of the flesh, and that is repentance and the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

You see, we can continue on the wide road of destruction and mayhem, but there will be a GREAT cost! Or we can do it God’s way and let Him guide us on the narrow path, and that by the power of the Holy Spirit, He will shows us the areas of narcissism in our lives.

We can be cured individually and corporately, but the question is, do we truly want to be healed? If so, we need to become humbled much like all who Jesus has healed in His day. They knew that in order to get physically healed, they would have to seek the Great Physician. However, they were only seeking a physical healing, and yet Christ gave them even more, by telling them “Your sins are forgiven” or “Go and sin no more”.

God knows when we are serious about being healed from our sins who will come while they can, and who will not, and those who do come, He NEVER turns away!

May you spend time in prayer this day, seeking the sins that you need to be cleansed from, for daily self-examination (2 Corinthians 13:5) prevails much.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Let this part of the fall humbly remind us that we are full of sin apart from God, and without His help and His healing us through the Gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ, we will have no good thing in us! Even in the garden of Eden, God was rich in mercy and the foreshadowing of His Son to come, in that He slaughtered the innocent by blood in order to cover the guilt of sin.

If you truly are born again and saved, should we not always be keeping this at the forefront of our minds and to battle against the things of this world? Be sure to thank Him and praise Him if you are blood brought, saved, and sealed by His Holy Spirit. For only HE is worthy to be praised, honored, and glorified.

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TO CHEW OR NOT TO CHEW…

TO CHEW OR NOT TO CHEW…

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.

Jeremiah 15:16

 

Being in my new home with a loving family is a lot of fun! However, I also get into A LOT of mischief! Remember how the past couple of days I shared about my experiences of obedience and things we should not do? Well, today is a do not and a do at the same time.

I LOVE TO CHEW!!! I will chew on just about anything and everything, from mom’s house shoes, to cardboard boxes, to chew toys, and sometimes even you. But I bet if you think about it enough, you too see you like to chew, and on a lot of different things as well. There are some that are good, some not so good. There are some that will kill you (and me), and some that will heal you. Today we will be talking about the latter.

You see, part of you being obedient to God is spending time with Him; in prayer, devotion, prayer, reading his word, going to church to fellowship with other believers, etc.  And here is the dangerous part, not many take as much time as they should doing these things! Why? Because you are busy eating, chewing, even devouring the things of this world! Things that can and will eventually kill you!

Today, I Calvin, am going to try and teach you a little Greek 😉

There are two words we can use when we are referring to chewing and the Word of God. the first word is trōgō (strongs 5176), which means to gnaw, chew, or eat. It is used in John 6:54-58 four times when speaking of eating the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ during physical communion. Should we not also heed in obedience and gnaw, eat, and chew on the Word of God daily, and in the same like manner?

The other Greek word is katesthió (strongs 2719) is a word that means to devour, or eat until it is finished, leaving nothing; ferociously consume all the way down (kinda like I do my rawhide chewies!) This Greek word is used in the scriptures like the one above in Jeremiah 15:16 as well as Ezekiel 3:1-3 and Revelation 10:8-10.

Like me being adopted by this loving family, you too that are saved, have been adopted by a gracious, merciful, loving, kind God. One that sent His Son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man, in the flesh, yet without sin, to save some through the shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary. Not only that, He has given us so much in the promises in this life, but even more so in a heavenly inheritance awaiting us one day in heaven. We would; know more, trust more, love more, be humbled more, be gracious more, increase our faith more, and in all of these things, be a more mature Christian in doing so. So again, why don’t we? Let us take and repent of our chasing after the things of the world and run to Him who first loved us, that we can daily eat in fellowship with Him, in the reading and devouring of His Word.

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THOU SHALL NOT…

THOU SHALL NOT…

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For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

Romans 7:15-20, 24-5

 

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. It was not like I intended to do it, it’s just that I needed to do it, and so I “doo’d” it. Yup, I did the BIG no-no, the cardinal sin, the breaking of the breakenest of rules. I am doomed and loved no more! I pooped on the floor 🙁 I had pee’d (again not intentional and I am still a puppy needing training) on the floor a couple of times, but will eventually learn with training in love, you know, like God does with you 🙂

In some ways we are a lot alike with the exception I do not have the freedom to really think and act for myself in a sense of full capacity like you humans do, but both of us need help and guidance in this crazy world if we are going to make it.

Yesterday I wrote on obedience, which ties into today’s thought, that true obedience leads to true holiness and being content in the Godhead (again, we need to always keep in the forefront of our worship we worship a triune God; God the Father, Christ the Son, God the Holy Spirit, all of whom are worthy of praise and worship!) We would do well to learn in humility that apart from God, in any way, we are like the world, and that is NOT a good thing!

Although the 10 Commandments were giving to Moses for ruling the people of Israel, they are still very relevant and applicable to us Christians today. We would do well to heed God’s Word in the greatest fear as the Apostle Paul did in Romans 7:7-10 – What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10 The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.

Here was the most zealous of all for obedience to the law (the ceremonial laws), yet it was the Holy law of God that showed Paul (and should us as well!) what God says sin is and what not to do. Which drives us to the cross, seeking forgiveness of our sins, teaches us humility, grace, mercy, true Christian Godly love, how to love ourselves in spite of (not leaving us in) our sins, and how to love others. This is in the basic sense of what it means to be Holy and God is Holy. However, if we are not daily in the Word of God, not in fervent prayer, ceaseless praying, not only seeking, but submitting in complete dependency of the Holy Spirit, we are nothing but working in our own flesh, thinking we are doing it all and greatly sinning by robbing God of His glory.

God does not say “Be perfect as I am perfect”, even though true Godly Holiness is perfect, lacking in nothing, God is telling us what to always be striving for, how high the standard is that He expects of His children, the elect of God. You see, the “Be Holy as He is Holy” is saying that we must be set apart, we are set apart, by what Christ did on the cross by redeeming us from our sinful selves. However, that Salvation although is a one time act (if you are truly saved, you do NOT lose your salvation, nor can you lose your Salvation), but this great gift of Salvation is being worked out in fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) and grows towards His holiness as the Holy Spirit grows us spiritual and progressively in sanctification, something which is impossible for us to do in and for ourselves or others. This is why knowing what the doctrines of the Bible teach are important, and anything less that God doing, in one, or any combination thereof His triune Deity, it is sinful self-righteousness, and needs to be repented of.

Well, I better get off the computer again as the Mrs. of the house is probably about to wake up and take me outside. Thankfully they love me unconditionally just as God does them. Just remember, there is a vast difference between an mistake, and accident, and willfully sinning, and when any of them happen, it is best that we own up to it immediately and act in the holiness we are called to be in Christ. If you mess up, apologize, if you cause an accident, clean it up, if you sin, go to God in prayer seeking forgiveness, and then your neighbor whom you offended if that is the case. When they see the salt and light you are and you demeanor it opens the door for…

1 Peter 3:15-17 – But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

 

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