Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Holiness is the Way

In our current Faith culture, people often want to distance themselves from the way of Holiness. There seems to be an underling fear of trying to be Holy. Christians, philosophers, Tel-evangelist,and neighbors seem to shy away from the notion of living a holy life. So often the scripture is used that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23. Therefore, no one is perfect and can attain to a holy lifestyle. However, the Bible plainly teaches that we are to be a Holy people. 1 Peter 1: 15-16 reminds us that we are to be Holy for God is Holy. Hebrews 12: 14 also lets us know that without holiness no man can see the Lord.

This is a great issue in our churches because so many church people don't understand what a holy life looks like. For me the simplest understanding of a holy life is Micah 6:8 which says, He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Therefore, living a Holy life is simply living your life by doing what you know right. When we do what we know is right, then others can see our Faith and also live this holy life.

Are you living a Holy lifestyle? Does your Faith in Christ show in the things you do? Can God be pleased with your lifestyle, for without Faith it is impossible to please God. This is the Good Shepherd's Viewpoint.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Fullfill All Righteousness

I have been challenged by visiting the passage about the baptism of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 3: 11-17, the passage shows that Jesus began His ministry focused on doing everything that God wanted Him to do. When John spoke of Jesus Christ he felt that he was un-worthy to even loosen His shoes. So when Jesus walks up John at the Jordan river and wants to be baptized, John tries to convince Jesus that he needed to be baptized by Him. The amazing reality that jumps off the page is that Jesus only wanted to fulfill God's will. He did not sheepishly say, wow you are too kind, or pretend to be humble. Jesus confidently said, Suffer it to be so now, for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness.

This statement that Jesus makes shows how important it is for us to fulfill all righteousness. Jesus did not allow John to deter Him from the work that God had for Him to do. In our Christian walk we need to take seriously the life of Jesus Christ and how focused he was on fulfilling the will of God. We often relax once we know that we have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior thinking that we have it made. We need to be committed to fulfilling all righteousness. We must keep God's will above our own will.

Are you committed to fulfilling all righteousness? Have you become satisfied by just being a Christian? Will you commit to fulfilling ALL Righteousness? This has been the Good Shepherd's Viewpoint. May God Ever Bless You.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Help from the Holy Spirit

So many people have a limited understanding of the Holy Spirit. It has been perceived and taught that the Holy Spirit will give you a emotional high and cause you to run and speak in an unknown tongue. But we also need to know what else the Scripture says about the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away, for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him to you. Jesus was sending the Holy Spirit to be our help and our guide. One great scriptural reference to the help of the Holy Spirit is found in Romans 8: 26-28. In verse 26 we find that the Spirit helps our infirmities when we pray. Because it understands "our groanings" when we face circumstances in this life that we may not understand. In verse 27 we can be in tune with the mind of God through the Holy Spirit. Then, we can conclude from verse 28 that everything we face will ultimately work for our good. The Holy Spirit is here to help in this Christian journey. Especially in the difficult times it is there to guide and to comfort us. Ultimately it will lead us into God's will for our lives.

Have you felt the Holy Spirit in your life? What about during the difficult moments in the midst of trials and tribulations, does the Holy Spirit bring words of comfort and peace. Then we can be confidant that God's Spirit will lead us into His perfect will for our lives. This has been the Good Shepherd's Viewpoint.

May God Ever Bless You

The Good Shepherd's Viewpoint