Monday, December 20, 2010

Love your neighbor

If you're like most of us, you have a few people in your life that are (how can I say this?) "not lovable".

But how do we do as we know we ought in the situations? We could simply bite out lip and "love" them but I don't think that is the spirit of the command.

I believe that we aren't being asked to Love like "I love my children", but not wish them evil.

When we look at it that way, "loving" is a "doable" act. And in a way it's a reflection of us walking in forgiveness.

Be well. And stay walking in the kingdom.
Gabriel G

Sunday, November 28, 2010

His Way vs the Law

This entire book is about offerings and tithes. And the point is that there are blessings linked to the giving of the people, but the people aren't living in those blessings and have been blaming God.

So in this book God points out why they aren't living at the level they should. This verse in particular stood out to me since it mentions a difference between the Law and His Way.

Malachi 2:9 “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”
 The Law is what God gave Moses to give to the people in order that they might not stray from His ways. Remember how the religious men of Jesus' day had such a fit when Jesus healed on the Sabbath, or picked wheat and ate it as they walked through a field? Jesus pointed out that they were "following the Law" but failing to understand the meaning or the heart of God who made the law.

God is lamenting the same thing in this verse. The word "Partiality" in Hebrew means "to hold in esteem, lifted up, to support". He is saying that you are obeying the words on the paper but you are not following my WAY.

Are you doing what is right just 'cause you've been told to? Are you doing it to be a "good Christian", by following the rules?

Let's be on-guard that, in our doing what is right, we are also walking in His Way.

He desires a relationship,

His Ambassador
Gabriel Grimes

Partiality is the word Nasa'- Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon - King James Version

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Facing Goliath

Have you ever felt like a grasshopper in the shadow of a giant, or a small boat being tossed by the storms of life. You aren't alone. The devil is always on the prowl looking and testing and trying to shake us. And then there is that little thing called "life". Without malice things just -happen.

But when those thing happen I am encouraged to remember that Jesus silenced the storm, and a young David cut the giant's head off. After I encourage myself the events that attempt to shake me don't seem too threatening any more.

For if God is for me who can be against me?

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Too Much for God?

I know this may sound silly but I was so taken back of how big and powerful our God is. The realization of His power helped me in my prayer life and how I saw the problems that happen to assault us in our everyday life. It happened the other day as I was watching the Discovery Channel. The show was about the universe.

The narrator was explaining how the Universe was measured by light years. One light year is equal to 10 trillion kilometers. Proxima Centauri (the closest star other than our sun) is 4.22 light years away. The galactic center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, is about 26 kilolight-years away. The nearest large Galaxy cluster, Virgo Cluster, is about 59 megalight-years away. One Megalight year is approximately 999,315.54 light years.

God made it all, and Jesus sits in heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:20)

If you were to read in Revelations chapter 21, John describes the size of the city of the holy Jerusalem as 12,000 furlongs long, wide, and tall. Five furlongs are equal to kilometer. So the holy city is 2,400 Kilometers long, wide, and tall. To give you a reference, the cruising altitude of commercial airlines is 30,000 feet, that is only 9.144 Kilometers. Percentage wise, it is only .38% the height of the city. Look at it this way. If you were to compare the height of the holy city to a 6 foot tall man the cruising attitude of the plane would be just more than a 1/4 of an inch off the ground.

Doesn't that give more meaning to Romans 8:31 "..if God is for you who can be against you."? So when the devil comes and tries to convince you that your prayer request is too big, or too small, remember that anything we ask for is insignificant. There is no natural comparison. Physically and spatially (in the universe) we practically don't exist.

What makes a ton of difference is that we are His Kids! We are His Ambassadors. And if He gave us His Son how much MORE will He give us all things... Rom 8:32. So stick it to the devil and stop listening to his lies.

Come boldly to the throne of Grace and receive mercy! Come boldly to the throne and call on the one person who loves you more than you can fathom. It doesn't matter how small or how large and complex.