Under Pressure | #6

I’ve been on a ‘social media fast’ from my phone. So I’m choosing to wait until I’m actually at the computer to discover notifications from new friends, friends, and family. The pressure is real when trying to manage time faithfully when the enticement of social media is beckoning.

But it’s worth it. Because if we’re not diligent, we can get sucked right into the vortex of time wasted by the convenience of social attention at our finger tips. It’s a difficult psychological adjustment because, the chemical effect by each expectant ‘buzz‘ or a ‘ding‘ is addictive.

It’s okay to be honest with ourselves when calculating how much time is spent where, and why, because healthy accountability is gold in our day and age of technology and connection. Don’t lose yourself amidst the chaos. No one owes anyone time. Don’t worry, the pressure is good.

UNDER PRESSURE

Spiritual Insight | #16

All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the Lord weighs the motives.

Proverbs 16

Have you ever woke up feeling… weird? Like… spiritually weird? I did, and can’t figure out why, or what is going on. SO! Thought it appropriate to write about and see what we find out.

At first I had this nagging question in my mind, “Was it the wine?…”. And although the ‘fruit of the vine’ does play some affect, it doesn’t satisfy to answer.

I work days and nights to which my sleep schedule is a little “loopy” (crazy) at times. And that also plays a role in this weird spiritual feeling, but again, it doesn’t satisfy.

I didn’t intend to write a blog post this early morning because my MOTIVE was to sleep through the night to be ready for work today, but it appears my Lord has weighed that motive and so here I am.

When I wrote my previous insight, I told myself that I’d “continue in the proverbs”. But was it me that told myself that, or…. was it instructed to and for, me? I wonder. The above paragraph is in bold because it communicates a direction to an answer that satisfies.

Time for some music, and I’d like some coffee but don’t want to get up… because… I’m naked. ….huhhhh…. Whatever, I’m getting some coffee. (Don’t worry, I got dressed).


I’ve been meditating on the procedure of mercy, grace, and faith as elements of God given to humankind for understanding salvation communicated by the gospel, and…. let me tell you, the experience is extraordinarily awesome!

My heart feels for the people unbelieving the gospel preached to all creation. Not because I don’t share in the sins of this world, but because the unbelievers would prefer to identify themselves with the sin of their choosing over their trust in Christ.

My soul experiences the same consequence of condemnation as the person in a jail cell for life. I pray the wisdom of conviction within is heard and understood by the unbelieving, because we’re forgiven by what Jesus did on the cross.

My mind perceives the inspiration of scripture written in my flesh by the reality of its’ decaying. There is no excuse for what I’m incapable of changing, be it sin. Therefore it’s only logical to express the need for HELP, unbeliever.

My strength calls out in weakness because you, unbeliever, are Christ’s mission. If the gospel does not speak to me then T4P means nothing and sin is my cure, but because the gospel does in fact speak. I will help build with eager preaching, your tent.


I’ve questioned how, exactly, does salvation work in the conversion of some but not others? I feel like that question is important to an extreme, so let me make it special.

How does salvation work in the conversion of some but not others?

As I study about the temptations of Christ (which I’m anxious to get finished and posted), learn about spiritual consultation between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus, although not born of the seed of man, is still very much a man being tested by the sin of man. That is what and who I believe the devil is representing (sin of man) when tempting the qualifications of the Son of God. Because mankind is on a course of complete unrighteousness under the governance of spiritual evil, ergo the ‘devil of time’ is suspect.

However, because Jesus is completely righteous, mankind is left without excuse to the truth of who governs good. Jesus represents the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the sin cursed flesh of man. This is why no person is capable of conversion apart from the faith of Christ Jesus. And no I don’t mean faith of myself, or you, reader, but faith of Jesus.

Jesus is the Person of God revealed. God is a Person that qualifies as the sources of elements which convert a sin cursed devil (mankind) to a righteous holy saint (mankind). This is possible by the faith of Jesus given as a gift of good news (gospel) for all creation to hear. But this begs the question. Is the Person of God bound to convert a person that does not truly believe in Jesus? Although professing to be christian.

What choice do we have?

For me, the most effective way of answering this question is observing the person of Judas Iscariot (one of Jesus’ chosen apostles). I believe the gospel is revealing the desire of God for all to be saved, but that not all will accept it for reasons entrusted to a Holy God for judgement.> Please investigate the scriptures for yourself if you disagree with me and share your concerns.

I do not believe God’s desire is for repentant robots, meaning to control the elements of a people He created against their will because of His power to do so. Rather… I believe God’s desire is for you to choose to trust Him, because if you don’t, the reality is unrighteousness doomed by the choosing of elements sinister by nature.

In other words I believe there is a scientific explanation of convertible energy that defines information which holds a person accountable to their will (choice), and is ultimately judged by the truth manifest and revealed by our motives before a Holy God.

Do your motives reveal Jesus Christ?

Proverbs 16 (Motive)

Spiritual Insight | #17

4 The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil. Proverbs 16 Do your motives reveal Jesus Christ? To continue from my insight #16. The elements that make up our reality communicate options to possibilities. They also communicate our limitations. But what do the motives of our conclusions … Continue reading Spiritual Insight | #17

Spiritual Insight | 15

3 Commit your works to the Lord And your plans will be established. Proverbs 16 I love thunderstorms! I hear its sound and see its magnificence approaching through the window and must leave my typing to go outside and experience it… I appreciate how a thunderstorm displays the majesty of God. Not that I woke up to, … Continue reading Spiritual Insight | 15

Under Pressure | #5

If you think you’re incapable of becoming known to the world for making a difference, you’re wrong.

You are capable!

But… question is…

What will you be known for?

You didn’t click onto this post to be flattered. But to be encouraged!

LISTEN

If you think living out on the street, hotel, or luxury home by what you’ve become in this life is hidden from the radar of making a difference?> Ummm… shut up!

Check this out! Hear this little story!

You and two strangers unexpectedly meet up at the street corner of ‘under’ and ‘pressure’. You all three awkwardly look at one another like, “why are we here?”, and begin to dialogue. After you get through the same old routine of “Hi! Hi! Hi!”, the conversation turns to what?

Multiple Choice:

  1. (a) mush
  2. (b) philosophy
  3. (c) humor
  4. (d) concern

Spiritual Insight | 15

Commit your works to the Lord And your plans will be established.

Proverbs 16

I love thunderstorms! I hear its sound and see its magnificence approaching through the window and must leave my typing to go outside and experience it… I appreciate how a thunderstorm displays the majesty of God. Not that I woke up to, but it’s a pleasant feeling when waking up to a subtle thunder and flashes of lightning, grace filled rain fall. …Awww… think of the smell of rain, love that smell!

During work at (T4P) this morning I’ve come to realize my project on ‘The Temptation‘ is taking much more time than I’d like to commit to, honestly, but the spiritual journey due to the commitment is so very rewarding.

The proverbs ring true at this insight, I’ve committed my work to the Lord and plan to have published work for my readers to read this morning. Imagine coffee in hand, bible at my side and in my heart, journal before me to record this process, and finally, ear buds in my ears to hear scripture rapped by Shai Linne.

There is a divine experience when the work of the Heavenly Kingdom is in the work of my fingers to type each word signifying the gospel manifest in the saving work of the Holy Spirit in my life to hope for my readers salvation in Christ. That is the spiritual insight of this post—that the word of the Kingdom of God is evident in this work of my commitment to Jesus Christ, and the work is also available to you.

How do you use your time to commit to Jesus Christ?

I would genuinely like to know how you apply that proverb in your life. You can tell me in a comment or maybe I’ll watch and read about it sometime somewhere, Lord willing.

I’m deeply encouraged by my bothers and sisters in Christ (in my life personally) already applying this principle to their life. It’s so AWESOME!

I so strongly desire to spend time with many of my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith while struggle in that same desire by the cost of time; it’s possible I’ve failed to communicate my priorities to several of my friends that desire time, there is no excuse but to continue in my work of the cross by this (T4P) site.

But I pray that any friend reading the above paragraph does not think that all my time goes into isolating myself behind a screen to do this work. It’s doesn’t. Let me explain. I’ve committed myself to a select few in life under the stewardship of Watermark Community Church to help govern my life in the counsel of scripture by God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.

I’m on active mission with these select few in honor of the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ to cultivate the birth of salvation in those lost by our world of sin, yet hopefully found by the hearts behind this site pointing to His MERCY, GRACE, and FORGIVENESS.

The sacrifice is real!

I think the most difficult aspect of my faith is navigating time with my fellow believers appropriately. But not only them.

Biological family is also demanding when it comes to desired time spent, not a bad thing, it’s only natural because of endearment. But here come why it’s difficult.

Expectations!

I expect, you expect, they expect, we all expect! Expectations have such potential to cause unnecessary consequence, pain and hurt due to the sin of idolatry. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Lord willing… We’ll have eternity together! I love you!

God speed.


Proverbs 16 (Motive)

Spiritual Insight | #16

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the Lord weighs the motives. Proverbs 16 Have you ever woke up feeling… weird? Like… spiritually weird? I did, and can’t figure out why, or what is going on. SO! Thought it appropriate to write about and see what we find out. At first I … Continue reading Spiritual Insight | #16

Spiritual Insight | #17

4 The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil. Proverbs 16 Do your motives reveal Jesus Christ? To continue from my insight #16. The elements that make up our reality communicate options to possibilities. They also communicate our limitations. But what do the motives of our conclusions … Continue reading Spiritual Insight | #17

Can Someone Embrace Homosexuality And Still Be Saved?

I know this is a tough topic. There are a lot of emotions tied up in this subject. Some of us likely have gay friends or family. Some of us may even identify as LBGTQIAP ourselves.

Before we go any further I have to tell you something very important. God loves everyone. He loves the Lesbian the same as he loves the straight dude the same as he loves the asian little person. These labels are ours, not His. He loves you for you just as you are.

Also there are people who can do this message so much better than me. Check out this talk by Jonathan Pokluda or this one by David Marvin.

My Answer

I decided to breakdown this question in order to get a more unbiased look at it. As a result my two new questions will put the spotlight on all people not conforming to the standard of the bible, in other words… everyone.

This is tough so I’m going to start with a prayer.

Father, let the words that I’m typing be true and if they are not true would you encourage the readers to overlook them or to challenge me with scripture so that I may be sharpened in my understanding of you. Please help our defenses to go down and let your word cut its way into our life. Help me to yield Your Word with grace and mercy and please forgive me where/if I have misused it. I need you! Amen

A Breakdown

The question ‘can someone embrace homosexuality and still be saved’ can be split into two more generalized questions: 1) What does it take to be saved? 2) Can someone embracing sin still be saved?

What Does It Take To Be Saved?

There are several scriptures that lay out what is required in order to be saved. John 3:16 is world famous, but the another good verse is Romans 10:9 NIV: “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

You might ask, “don’t you need to repent and be saved?”

The interesting part about these verses is the absence of the term repentance. However, when we study the book of Acts particularly focusing on the narratives regarding people coming to salvation we start to notice a trend. Acts 2:38, 3:19, 11:18, 17:30; 20:21; 26:20. Do you see it? Where there was salvation there was repentance!

Therefore, I have come to conclusion that salvation and repentance are two side of the same coin. In order to get salvation you must have repentance. Thus, one is saved when they declare Jesus as Lord and believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead and as a result of that salvation we should see some level, even a tiny amount, of repentances as evidence of one’s new faith.

Can Someone Embracing Sin Still Be Saved?

To embrace an idea is to believe something is true or make the concept one with us. For example, if we say Bryan has really embraced vulnerability we would mean that Bryan has taken the concept of vulnerability and applied it to his life. If Bryan did this well we would be able to say, “Bryan is a vulnerable person.” The embraced concept becomes a part of who he is, so to embrace sin is to make it part of our identity.

As stated at the beginning of this post I wanted to remove the focus on homosexuality and focus on how this question affects all people. When we generalize the original question we can turn it into a fill in the blank.

Can someone embracing (___INSERT SIN___) still be saved?

We need to really think about this question. How does this apply to us? Can I really keep embracing my disrespectful attitude toward my boss and still be saved? Can I continue pursuing these lustful fantasies and still be saved? Your questions could also look like the following?

  • Can someone embrace gossiping and still be saved?
  • Can someone embrace stealing time at work and still be saved?
  • Can someone embrace sex before marriage and still be saved?
  • Can someone embrace homosexuality and still be saved?
  • Can someone embrace coveting others possessions and still be saved?

Conclusion

When we believe in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and declare Him as Lord we are instantly saved. We are made completely new in the eyes of God, but we still have many, if not all, of our flaws. We don’t just stop sinning the moment we are saved. We are continually convicted and shown our old and new sin in a process of sanctification. We are saved, but we continue to sin through moments of weakness/ignorance/disobedience. We live our lives and then when we are confronted with our sin we should confess it (sometimes over and over again) and find healing. We should not see our sin, justify its existence, then accept it as who we are. When we embrace sin we are declaring our desires as Lord, rather than Jesus.

However, if one can be ignorant to God’s teaching then maybe they can be saved while embracing their sin. However, I have deep concern for anyone’s salvation who knows they are sinning and chooses to keep sinning anyways. That reaction to Jesus seems like the response of a person who is choosing a life of what they want rather than surrendering to God’s wants for their life. In essence they believe in God, but they declare themselves as Lord.

~ Daniel F. Grey

MORE ANSWERING HARD QUESTIONS
Is My Unbelieving Loved One In Hell?
How Can A Good God Allow Suffering?
How Do You Admonish Someone Who Is Not A Believer?
How Do You Direct A Stranger Who Wants To Take The Next Step As A Believer?
Why Do Christians Obey Some OT Laws & Ignore Others?

OUTLINE

  1. What does it take to be saved?
    1. John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9 – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
    2. What about repentance?
      1. Whenever I was looking through Acts on how people got saved I saw a trend – where there was salvation there was often repentance. Acts 2:38, 3:19, 11:18, 17:30; 20:21; 26:20.
      2. We also see that bible warns against unrepentance and the result of unrepentance. It also says that we are suppose to cut sin from our lives. Romans 6:1,12,15; 8:2; 1 Corinthians 6:18, 15:32; 2 Corinthians 12:21; 1 Timothy 3:20; Hebrews 10:26, 12:4
    3. Considering a and b together I have come to the conclusion that salvation and repentance are two sides of the same coin. In order to get salvation you must have repentance.
      1. Therefore one is saved when they declare Jesus as Lord and believe in their heart that God raised him from the dead and as a result of that salvation we should see some level, even a tiny amount, of repentance as evidence of their new faith.
  2. Can someone embrace sin and still be saved?
    1. I have now generalized the question so that we can apply this to everyone. So the new question might read as such 
      1. Can someone embrace gossiping and still be saved?
      2. Can someone embrace stealing time at work and still be saved?
      3. Can someone embrace sex before marriage and still be saved?
      4. Can someone embrace coveting others possessions and still be saved?
      5. Can someone embrace homosexuality and still be saved?
      6. Can someone embrace _____sin______ and still be saved?
        1. I’m not including addictions on this list on purpose because at the point when someone is addicted I don’t know if that person is capable of choosing what is right and what is wrong.
    2. To embrace an idea is to believe something is true or to make the concept one with us (for example if we were to say Bryan has really embraced vulnerability, we would mean that Bryan has taken the concept of vulnerability and applied it to his life so that one could easily say, “Bryan is such a vulnerable person” – the embraced concept becomes a part of who he is) so to embrace sin is to make it part of our identity.
    3. When we believe in Jesus resurrection from the dead and declare Him as Lord we are instantly saved. We are made completely new in the eyes of God, but we still have many if not all of our flaws. We don’t just stop sinning the moment we are saved. We are continually convicted and shown our old and new sin in a process of sanctification. We are saved, but we continue to sin through moments of weakness/ignorance/disobedience. We live our lives and then when we are confronted with our sin we confess it (sometimes over and over again) and find healing. We should not see our sin, justify its existence, then accept it as who we are. When we embrace sin we are declaring our desires as Lord rather than Jesus. However, if one can be ignorant to God’s teaching then maybe they can be saved while embracing their sin. I would have deep concern for someone’s salvation if they know they are sinning and choose to sin anyways. That response to Jesus seems like the response of a person who is choosing a life of what they want rather than surrendering to God. In essence they believe in God but they declare themselves as Lord.

SOURCES

The Bible (NIV)
Matthew 5:48
John 3:16
Romans 10:9
Acts 2:38,3:19,11:18,17:30,20:21,26:20
2 Corinthians 5:17
Romans 3:23, 6:1-2
James 5:16
1 John 1:8-10
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Under Pressure | #4

Timer Set!

It’s frustrating when you’ve committed to a project that gets interrupted by unpredictable events. But it’s exceedingly peaceful when the intended labor is put to rest by those events to accomplish a different purpose during the time of interruption.

Although the timer be set, the pressure of this post is not in the time but in what need be communicated. While you’re vision is limited in what is typed, it’s unlimited by the right of your choice to choose what to do about the information given.

I found this exercise I’m about to share interesting because of how its potential is to alter my reader’s lifestyleas it’s altering mine.

Have you asked yourself whether you would follow the person that you are right now?

There is a lot to unpack in that question; because it pertains to much more than how you look in the mirror, but what you know about who you are.

As I think about that question for myself, I wonder whether my reader will relate.

I think about where I’ve been weak and vulnerable in my life and how that sin of lust enticed me to decisions unworthy of forgiveness upon asking the people that may still hold resentment or bitterness in their heart against me.

I think about how I claimed Christianity without understanding conviction of the Holy Spirit upon my believing to be Christian… because my heart was filled with brainwashed sickness of self-righteous pride and passive arrogance. I thought I knew truth enough to teach it.

WOULD I FOLLOW MYSELF?

When I get up from my seat of typing this post right now and turn to look at the empty seat where I sat…

Now back in my seat to type, I stop and look at where I stood…

Thinking about the man standing, would follow the hunger and thirst after the purpose of the truth of Christ in the person of Nathan.

But let me tell you what I would not follow after in the person of Nathan. I would not follow after the ‘sin type of lost‘ aspects; even though I proclaim the Kingdom of God, the gospel of my (and yours if you believe) Lord Jesus to this world, does not mean the temptation of sin that condemns me is not present with me.

I give thanks and praise to God for the salvation found in me because I’ve been found by Christ and will live to serve Him with all that I am.

Although sin is present with me, it is my belief and faith in Jesus that produces life altering changes with the capacity to resist certain temptations which test me for overcoming what seems to be impossible.

  • Acting out in lust after sex without respect of consequence which teaches us against such perversion.
    • Reacting in arrogance to success as though attained without God to bless by giving or taking away.
      • Eating in gluttony by luxury or worry because gaining the world is more important to life than dying to live with Christ.

Change starts by believing in the Spirit given by God to change your life.

UNDER PRESSURE

Spiritual insight | #14

ON THE EDGE OF ETERNITY

Is it possible to be aware of eternity set in the heart?

For me personally, I do believe it’s possible because of what is written in the link provided in the title header (ON THE EDGE OF ETERNITY).

I acknowledge an invisible God that teaches me about spiritual matters to which weigh on my conscience. To have knowledge about those matters and refrain from manifesting truth in the wake of sin must mean that I would care more about me than the mission of the cross of Christ.

What is the mission of the cross of Christ?

The mission is the eternal salvation of your soul, reader.

so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 2:7-9

Reader, we live in a time of technology where information is rapidly evolving to become a tool of deception and selfish gain. It won’t be that the “tool” is evil, but that the sinister element in the individual/s’ use’ of opportunities against a gullible people that will inspire an evil tool (the devil). That is an inevitable fact given the nature of sin.

How so?

Prophecy foretells of an event that will reveal the man of lawlessness, a false God. If you are without faith in Jesus Christ, this false god will convince you of a deception that will delude you into believing a lie.

From my experience with atheists, they demand evidence for believing in a proclaimed god because of the person making such a claim as Gods’ existence without appropriate evidence. We are all bias. It’s not that an atheist will not believe in God, but that the atheist demands evidence to support the truth of the claim. To which only God can demonstrate for Himself to that specific atheist.

It is only a matter of time before there will be a false God to demonstrate a lie so perfectly it will appear… as true. And so I fear for the atheist that will not accept the truth of the gospel and offer their life for the sake of Christ. Because if the actual God went the extent of miracles surrounding His own Son’s crucifixion to prove that eternal salvation is real and available to every soul, then how much more will the false God demonstrate miracles to convince you of a lie when you’ve always had the truth—but chose to suppress it for your own satisfaction (to which the false God provides).

You have come to the edge of eternity! We are at war, it’s a spiritual war. The war is about you and me, our salvation or damnation. The lie is that there is no war and you should carry on about your daily living without care for spiritual matters and responsibilities, but the truth is if you believe in God and are a Christian then it’s time to snap out of your false comfort zone and go to war. I’m recruiting your name into the battle field for an eternal comfort, let’s go!

THE GIFT OF GOD

What is your name, and why is it significant?

So at the small town of Iowa Park and city of Wichita Fall’s, TX, where I grew up; there is only one mall, and in my youth I would walk around Sikes Center Mall to waste time. One day there was this mall kiosk that sold paintings with the Hebrew meaning of different names; this very nice lady asked me, “What is your name?” And so after telling her, learned the Hebrew meaning of “Nathan“.

After reminiscing that time in my life, and some in-depth research. I found some freshly interesting insights about myself and the significance to that name ‘given me’ (pun intended).

Now… while the significance of my name feels like a calling, it means absolutely nothing without the significance of this name, Immanuel (Jesus of Nazareth).

In the Kingdom of King Jesus, every person is king (MATTHEW 23:8-12), and the Kingdom will be held together by the Holy Spirit the way a person’s soul holds together a person’s body. Leadership in the modern sense is a fungus that grows in loose joints.

Abarim Publications

Whatever your name is, it was given as a gift to you which identify’s your existence in my reality. You are a gift to my life and I’m honored to serve you by this insight. I love you because God loved you first. I have a responsibility to you as far as pointing you to faith in the only one who can save your soul.

12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12

So please take this insight into consideration as you process, research, and study. I need your help in this war. If you’re interested in being commissioned to the most important mission of all, I’ll be here, post after post. See you soon.

God Speed.

How Do You Admonish Someone Who Is Not A Believer?

You should not (for the most part) admonish someone who is not a believer. Let me explain.

Even upon hearing this question I had another question pop up into my mind, and in doing my research I have found others have the same objection -> Should you admonish someone who is not a believer?

Should You Admonish Someone Who Is Not A Believer?

Paul makes it clear in his first letter to the Corinthians (5:12) that it is not our business to judge those outside the Church. That is God’s job. Your non-believing friend never signed up for the Christian life you did, so you should not be surprised when they do not conform to the standards of the Bible (Matthew 5:48). The truth is they are doing what they are suppose to do.

What does this mean for you? Should you confront your adult buddhist brother about sleeping with his girlfriend? Should you preach to your atheist neighbor about how he got wasted that one time? Should you argue with your friend about his unbiblical desire for money? No. No. & No.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

What should you do then? Dive into your relationship with Jesus. Let Him change your life. Pray for your friends. Ask God for an opportunity to speak to them about Jesus, and when that time come don’t waste your time on their sin. Tell them about Jesus. If you don’t know how to do that. Here are some tools.

Tools
The Bridge Illustration
Bible In 60 Seconds
Tools To Be Even Bolder
Joining Jesus
One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven
Unashamed (For Those Living in Dallas Fort Worth)

THE EXCEPTION

However, we do have to address Proverbs 24:10-12 which basically condemns someone who knowingly watches an ignorant person head towards their demise. This means that there is some imperative on the Christian to mediate a situation where someone is heading towards death and destruction. Appropriate application of this verse include interventions for substance abuse, stopping physical abuse, or literally preventing someone from walking off of a cliff.

CONCLUSION

I think we are not to admonish nonbelievers unless we see them heading towards significant harm for themselves or others. We are free to also give biblical admonishment to a non-believer if they ask our opinion; let’s hope they do. As a result we should allow all nonbelievers to sin (for the most part) freely… This feels blasphemous, but I think that is what the scripture is saying. Perhaps if we look at their destructive habits as an opportunity for them to turn to God when they hit rock bottom we might be able to understand why God would prefer our silence.

PLEASE RESPOND

Please leave a comment. I’d be curious to hear where other people land on this so I could have a better idea if my conclusion is incomplete, well founded, or completely wrong.

~ Daniel F. Grey

MORE ANSWERING HARD QUESTIONS
Is My Unbelieving Loved One In Hell?
How Can A Good God Allow Suffering?
Can Someone Embrace Homosexuality And Still Be Saved?
How Do You Direct A Stranger Who Wants To Take The Next Step As A Believer?
Why Do Christians Obey Some OT Laws & Ignore Others?

 Sources

-http://applygodsword.com/should-a-christian-correct-a-non-christian/
-https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/should-i-confront-sin-in-my-non-christian-friends
-https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/when-should-you-confront-someone-about-their-sin
-1 Corinthians 5: 9-13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Matthew 5:48; Proverbs 24:11-12
A bit of side track but interesting and tactical.**
-https://thejourney.yesheis.com/how-do-i-handle-conflict-with-non-christians-6c4b0a9ae9bd

 Outline

I don’t think we are suppose to admonish nonbelievers (mostly)

  1. We are definitely suppose to admonish our brothers and sisters in Christ. There are tons of verses to back this up but here are a few. Matthew 7:1-5; Colossians 3:16
  2. Paul makes it clear in 1 Corinthians that is not our business to judge those outside the church. That is God’s job. 1 Corinthians 5:12
  3. However proverbs says we should warn people if we see them heading to their demise. Proverbs 24:11-12
  4. In conclusion. I think we are not to admonish nonbelievers unless we see them heading towards death (like alcoholism or physical abuse to oneself) or we are asked by them to speak into their life. And we would leave some of the “lesser” sins completely alone (watching inappropriate videos or cursing or stealing). This feels blasphemous but I think that is what the scripture is saying. Perhaps if we look at their destructive habits as an opportunity for them to turn to God when they hit rock bottom we might be able to understand why God would prefer our silence.

Under Pressure | #3

Timer set!

So why am I doing this ‘Under Pressure’ challenge?

Because I’m self-aware, and when my mind is idle it tends to venture off into vulnerable places that influence poor choices to consequential decisions. And in my line of work that won’t fly. But not only that!

There is so much temptation as it is that this world has to offer it’s difficult to practice the spiritual fruit of self-control. When certain ecstasies are experienced in life… my soul then begins to crave those experiences over and over again, inevitable to the destruction of my life and others with me by submitting to the idleness of my mind and desires of my flesh.

When the forgiveness of sins are received and experience in my soul through the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, it proves the reality of a converted person that died to sin and lives in Christ. However, if you witnessed my heart and mind continue to entertain thoughts contrary to my faith in the will of God, would you trust the truth of my convictions that point to the Word of God? No. At least.. I would hope not.

This challenge will put your convictions to the test and help prepare your heart and mind to endure the burning passion of lust and pride within this world of sin that we all experience together. I am approaching YOU, reader, in the ring of your life. Will you be ready to stand the test?

Are you prepared to beat me in a spiritual sparing match?

God Speed!

Under Pressure | #2

The timer is set!

Under an hour inspiration, at your service.

Putting myself under pressure causes me to operate on a different wave length. I like it.

With that said, I encourage you, reader, to apply the technique on yourself. Put a time restraint on yourself for a what needs completed in that time and GET TO IT, get to work. I think you’ll surprise yourself when applying this strategy to your life, because we tend to get complacent and procrastinate necessary production for completing projects.

Steps to strategy!

  1. Set Timer
  2. Stay Focused
  3. Stop and Publish

It’s really that simple. And you’ll be surprised at what you get finished, feeling accomplished because you took this strategy to heart.

Now about the “Stop and Publish”, this is an example to publishing an article you’re inspired to complete within in an hour. But take out of the example, the core value.

The core value is…

Production

Whatever it is you need to accomplish, set the timer, and get to work. It doesn’t matter what it is. And if you get that project finished, be satisfied and move on to the next task at hand.

If you do not get the project finished within that hour, then take a break from it as it may not be time for it to be completed for reasons beyond the understanding; taking your mind off of the project to accomplish a different task may aid in that previous projects’ completion.

Don’t get stressed, that is not purpose of this strategy. If you are getting stressed, then you’re putting to much obsession to something that should not have control over your attitude. Keep your heart and mind sober, respect the project and reason you’re working on it.

God Speed!

Under Pressure | #1

The time is set! The pressure is on! I have under and hour to write this blog and it will become a practice. I’m an ambitious person, but not to accomplish success by how this world interprets that meaning.

What does it mean to become successful in our world?

I think it’s a fair assessment to communicate that people with acquired academics and managing monopolies are deemed successful people. To which I would agree only in part, because there is truth in that understanding. But the real achievement to success is the work accomplished in the human soul.

I don’t have long, let me kick some music on…

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re capable of achieving a PhD and owning your own business or businesses, but in the end you’ll have communicated the order of events and determined focus to achieving what any person can achieve if they put all their heart in it! Literally bleeding what they believe to achieve.

But did you credit and share the God who gifted you with the determination to accomplish what you so determined?

If not, then you didn’t achieve success nor accomplish anything apart from your selfish endeavors that, now, the world will feed on.

What does it mean to gain the world, if what you’ll lose is the opportunity to save souls?

I hear children cussing up storms about what they don’t understand because of the human responsibility to cultivate the ground in order to produce God fearing children. I say “cultivate the ground” to mean cultivating the hearts of our children that are being abused by this world’s interpretation of success, perverting success to mean pornography, cocaine, and this or that monopoly!

When real success is understanding the Word of God available to save the abandoned and unloved soul. No! God didn’t abandon us, we abandoned God, and then expect God to be bound by our terms.

“If you loved me, then…”

“Why is there evil, why did this happen, where were you…”

“I’ll live my life a good person, and if that isn’t good enough, so be it..”

We are a people so arrogant it sickens me because I hear it in the mouth of innocent children mimicking the perverted education of this world… of sin. So… I’ll leave it here…

When will you turn from the sin of your selfish ambition to success and cultivate the ground of your own heart in the Word of God for the purpose of saving the human soul?

UNDER PRESSURE

The Temptation | #1

will you stand the test?

It was 4:18pm here in Dallas, TX—on good Friday 2020 when I started working on this post. At that same time, it was 12:18am across the world in Jerusalem, Israel. Why is that significant? As each moment past, I think about Christ and the meaning of His cross…to crucifixion; and how my sin weighed on His conscience. The spiritual significance is about the reality of eternity; reality is, I’m unworthy of such a calling to eternity as described in the body and blood of the Word of God; it’s… bearing, and the weight, it’s… heavy!

Every moment of grace and mercy in our lives is an opportunity to a choice of faith. But will you stand the test of faith?

PROVING THE SON OF GOD.

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

Matthew 4:1

No person had stood the test of proving the invisible God, visible, until you’ve met this man: Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What I find so interesting, is that the Spirit led Jesus to be tempted by the devil. Why? I have here open my Ryrie Study Bible; And in his commentary, Ryrie wrote:

4:1 Satan’s intention in the temptation was to make Christ sin so as to thwart God’s plan for man’s redemption by disqualifying the Savior.

Charles Caldwell Ryrie
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How Do You Direct A Stranger Who Wants To Take The Next Step As A Believer?

You can direct a stranger who wants to take the next step as a believer by baptizing, equipping, discipling, connecting, & following up. Let me explain.

But First, A Brief Commentary

Almost unbelievably whenever I did my initial research for this question I found zero articles to help and a quick google search now reveals that this question is still not easily answered by the first two pages of google’s search results.

I think there are two explanations for why I can’t find the answer to this question online: 1) I’m not very good at googling or 2) the question isn’t asked enough. I think both are possible and both are indictments. 1 is an indictment on me, but 2 in an indictment on the Christian. Are we sharing our faith with people? Friends or Strangers? Are you?

Back To The Question

Just because we can’t find any articles on the interwebs to satisfy our query doesn’t mean we can’t find answers. We have been given the Word of God, reason, & prayer. Through these tools I have come up with 5 steps to direct a stranger whom has accepted Jesus and wants to take the next step.

The Next 5 Steps

1 – Get Baptized
No, you do not need to be baptized in order to be saved. However, it is very clear in the New Testament that it is an important first step for new believers. We especially see this in Acts where time after time individuals accept Jesus as LORD and then are Baptized (Acts 8:13, 16, 36-40; 9:18; 10:41-48; 16:14-15, 31-34; 18:8). Does this mean you need to dump your new friend in water? Maybe… You should at least be discussing the importance of Baptism with them. In fact, it may be a good topic for step 3.

2 – Equip Your New Convert With A Bible
If you are sharing the Gospel and live in America you likely have Bibles at home just sitting there collecting dust. Just grab one of those and give it to your new friend. Remember, the best bible is one that they will read, so try to set them up for success; please don’t give any new believer your ancient Old King James Version Bible. It might discourage them with it’s archaic language. God is a personal God and he wants communicate clearly with His children. If you don’t have a free Bible your local church might have one or you can get one shipped to your house from Bibles For America. You can also get a free digital copy almost instantly on your phone from YouVersion with Apple or Droid devices.

3 – Disciple By Meeting Together Regularly
Congratulations, although you may have been strangers before you are now, at least briefly, close friends. I believe you have been put in this person’s life at this exact moment for a reason. Maybe you have an ability to speak to this person’s heart. Maybe there is a natural kinship. I don’t know, but please don’t leave your new convert all alone because you might be the only Christian he/she knows. Instead, offer to disciple (teach/instruct) your new friend on the Bible. Each situation is very different so I will not to give you detailed instructions, but I encourage you to have clear parameters. Try filling in the blanks of this statement: We are going to meet every for _____ weeks/months/years to discuss or any other pertinent topics.

4 – Find A Church
This one is easy. Invite them to your church or help them find a church close to where they live. They may even have a church in mind already or have a friend who is already part of a biblical church. Part of being an obedient Christian is belonging to a fellowship of believers (Hebrews 10:25), so help your new friend find a bible teaching church.

5 – Follow Up
I don’t just mean after the original conversation, but continually throughout the discipleship process. Send texts or emails between visits. Don’t hound them to death, but also don’t forsake them when they are not in your sight. Christianity promises tough times and they will really appreciate the love you show them by pursuing them even when life gets messy.

I hope you found this answer helpful. Below you can find my list of sources, answers to more tough questions, and my outline for this post.

~ Daniel F. Grey

Sources

The Bible (NIV)

Answering The Tough Ones

You may also be interested in my other articles
Is My Unbelieving Loved One In Hell?
How Can A Good God Allow Suffering?
Can Someone Embrace Homosexuality And Still Be Saved?
How Do You Admonish Someone Who Is Not A Believer?
Why Do Christians Obey Some OT Laws & Ignore Others?

Outline

  1. Get baptized – this is really consistent in acts. People get saved then they get baptized. Acts 8:13, 16, 36-40; 9:18; 10:41-48; 16:14,15, 31-34; 18:8
  2. Make sure they have access to God’s word. Through app or physical bible
  3. Set up regular meeting time. (This could be weekly to monthly, but something consistent and with clear parameters. For example: we are going to meet every Tuesday morning for a year to go over _____ and any questions you might have)
  4. Find a church (your church, maybe one of theirs friends is a Christian already and they have a church they could go to, or they could find a church close to home.)
  5. Check in (reaching out more than just your meeting time shows you care)

Spiritual insight | #13

DESPERATE FOR GOOD FRIDAY

I’ve skipped #4 and #12 insights for now. They may prove useful in the future, but am excited to write you on this GOOD FRIDAY morning.

“Have you ever been through a time where nothing made sense?

I’ve recently went through a difficult trial that broke me, spiritually, like a wild horse tamed at the reins of his rider. But just as a horse broken receives the blessing of purpose beyond itself, so to have I received a blessing of purpose beyond my wild nature of sin that will prove valuable to you.

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Why Do Christians Obey Some OT Laws & Ignore Others?

An Introduction

Hello TP4 readers,

I am Daniel Grey, a friend of Nathan’s. I asked Nathan if I could use his soap box to help equip the Saints and he has graciously and generously welcomed me.

A few months ago a friend challenged my group of Christian friends to each bring our most feared question about the Bible/Religion/God. The result was six deep questions loaded with emotional and/or cultural baggage. And so I got to work answering each one with gifts God gave us: faith, The Bible, reason & (hopefully) gentleness. I hope each of you will take into consideration my answers, but most of all I hope you test everything I have presented. Be like the Bareans. Without further ado here is question 1 of 6.

Why Do Christian Obey Some Old Testament Law, But Ignore Others?

Christians obey some old testament laws and ignore others because we love God and all laws were fulfilled by Jesus. Let me explain.

There are three types of laws. These three categories were developed by scholars, not presented specifically in scripture.

  1. Ceremonial/Sacrificial – meant for the temple
  2. Government/Judicial – meant for nation state
  3. Moral – meant for everyday life

Jesus’ one sacrifice on the cross satisfies the need for any laws regarding forgiveness of sins (Ceremonial/Sacrificial laws) because forgiveness is offered to all Christians who ask for it. The Government/Judicial law is meant for the (probably ancient) nation state of Israel. Since most Christian do not live in Israel now and no one lives in the ancient state of Israel we can see that the the Government/Judicial law is non applicable. On top of all that we can turn to scripture and see that according to Romans 10:4 and Galatians 2:16 all OT laws were satisfied by Jesus so we are no longer under the law.

We have covered why Christians don’t obey certain laws (Ceremonial/Sacrificial & Governmental/Judicial) of the Old Testament, but why do they obey the moral laws?

The moral law states what is pleasing to God. Since we know God doesn’t ever change we know that what is pleasing to God 2,000 years ago is pleasing to God today. In other words, God loved when a husband encouraged his wife in 50 B.C. just as much as when a Husband encourages his wife today.

Don’t we (usually) want to express our love to those we adore? If a husband finds that his wife loves purple flowers, does he not buy purple flowers every time he gets her flowers? If a wife knows her husband loves back rubs when he is stressed does she not rub his back when the weight of the world is on him?

This is true of the Christian in their relationship with God today. A Christian need not obey the moral law for salvation. Salvation is obtained through Jesus Christ alone. A Christian simply obeys the moral law as an act of love toward God. We know these behaviors please Him and we do those behaviors simply because we love Him.

But how do we determine what is a moral law? As stated before the categories of the law are not laid out in scripture so any answer we find must be taken with a grain of salt. I landed on these answers which I got from Got Questions & Bible Study Tools. You can Identify a moral law if it does one of these three things

  1. Promote the welfare of those who obey
  2. Reveal the fallen state of man
  3. Restrain evil

I hope you found this answer helpful. Below you can find my list of sources and my outline for this post.

~ Daniel F. Grey

MORE ANSWERING HARD QUESTIONS
Is My Unbelieving Loved One In Hell?
How Can A Good God Allow Suffering?
Can Someone Embrace Homosexuality And Still Be Saved?
How Do You Admonish Someone Who Is Not A Believer?
How Do You Direct A Stranger Who Wants To Take The Next Step As A Believer?

Sources

Outline

Why do some old testaments laws still hold while others are overlooked?

  • 3 types of laws (these categories are made up by scholars, not presented specifically by scripture)
      • Ceremonial/sacrificial – meant for the temple
      • Government/Judicial – meant for nation state
      • Moral – meant for everyday life
  • All OT laws were satisfied by Jesus and so we are no longer under the law. Romans 10:4; Galatians 2:16
  • However, some Christians still follow the moral law… Why?
    • The moral law states what is pleasing to God and what is pleasing to God 2,000 years ago is pleasing to God today. 
    • As an act of love for Christ – people naturally try to please their loved ones to express their love for them – Christians do the same with Jesus. 
  • How do we determine what is a moral law?
    • Moral laws
      • Promote the welfare of those who obey
      • Reveal the fallen state of man
      • Restrain evil
        • This list is a combination of got questions & bible study tools articles.

Spiritual Insight | #11

As I prepare my spirit to encounter the heavens, I’m listening to Psalm 46 (Lord of Hosts) by Shane and Shane

You will lead us through the fiercest battle”

Bobbing my head just slightly ‘up’ and ‘down’ to the beat of the sound and rhythm of the music, it’s powerful and meditative. NOW GET READY, because I’m about to lead us to the Lord of Hosts, oh yah, let’s go.

…DON’T FORGET YOUR CUP OF JOE!

I’ve opened the Word of God—my Charles Ryrie Study Bible and present to you, scripture from 2nd Peter:

“Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;”

Peter was a fisherman called by Jesus to follow him… will you?

The above featured photo is of VidAngel "The CHOSEN" series episode 4, text is mine.
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