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December 28, 2010 – Judging Others

Today’s thought …

Philippians 3:16  “Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”

It is so very easy to compare ourselves to others and their walks with the Lord.  Often times we judge others’ seeming immaturity in order to make ourselves seem more spiritual and wise.   What really occurs is we self-justify our lives based on our own standards than what Yeshua desires from us in the Scriptures.   These judgements leave us less mature than those we judge and our own spiritual journeys stall in the muck of self-righteousness.

It is difficult to watch people we love say they love the Lord, but see no fruit in their lives.  Yet, it is Yeshua who will be giving out the eternal rewards based on the fruit in our lives not what we saw or didn’t see in the lives of others.   Only Yeshua knows if we or they are living up to what we or they have already attained.

“But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.  From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48).

It is not enough to just hear the Word or know the Word, but we must do and live out the Word in this world.  How others appear to do that is not for us to judge or question.  Some may appear to be going nowhere in their walks of faith, but for them it is a great journey of the heart.  Others may seem to have attained much in spirituality,  but in reality, they live nothing but outward appearances.

What knowledge of God have you attained?  What understanding have you been given about faith, Yeshua, the Word, the commands?  How much wisdom of the Spirit have you been entrusted with through gifts?  Accordingly, live to what you have attained, been given, and entrusted with.   Each believer has been spiritually equipped  in order to live out what they have attained to the fullest of God’s plan.   Whatever that is – how little or much – we must be doing it all for the glory of God.

In the end, we will all stand before Yeshua.  Those we judge may hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (Matthew 25:21).

While we, who seemed to have much, will have everything taken away because we lived our lives looking at the lives of others and not at what was given to and expected of us. “Therefore consider carefully how you listen.    Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him” (Luke 8:18).

December 22, 2010 – Reason for the Season

Recently, I heard someone say the following regarding a believer who tells others that they don’t celebrate Christmas:

“If you tell people that you do not celebrate Christmas, they are going to automatically think you don’t believe in Jesus (Yeshua).”

Is this a logical statement?  Does this mean that if I tell people “Merry Christmas” or that I celebrate Christmas that I DO believe in Jesus?  I know far too many people who celebrate Christmas and have no connection to Jesus in any manner whatsoever.

Why is it that those who do know Him are doing the same things as those who don’t know Him?  This has always confounded me.  Aren’t those who have been saved by Jesus and called to follow Him to be different than those around them?

Then there is the proverbial –  “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” and we must put “Christ back into Christmas.”

My questions are, “What if Jesus never was the reason for the season?” and “What if Christ doesn’t really belong in Christmas?”  Then, what?

Io Saturnalia!

The traditional greeting at a Saturnalia celebration is, “Io, Saturnalia!”, with the “Io” being pronounced as “Yo.” So next time someone wishes you a happy holiday, feel free to respond with “Io, Saturnalia!” After all, if you lived in Roman times, Saturn, not Jesus was the reason for the season!

What is wrong with us?  Why are we so fanatical?  Why don’t we celebrate Christmas?  Why do we not see the whole pagan history as some crazy myth?   Years ago while researching the roots of Christmas, we stumbled across the following poem.  It deeply affected us because we wanted no part in keeping alive a pagan god’s festival.   The Spirit of YHVH convicted us of any further participation in the holiday and the season.  To those who would scoff,  the very next year we received our first Saturnalia card.

Saturnalia

by Selena Fox

It is the middle of December

The nights are long the weather is colder, winter comes.

Celebration is at hand.

Renewing bonds of friendship.

Visiting with family and friends.

Exchanging gifts with loved ones.

Candles, Dolls, Cookies, Sweets, Holly, Wreaths of Green.

Surprises.

Courts close.  Battles stop.

Time off from school and work.

Holiday break.

Singing, Dancing, Games, Merry-Making.

Food … Lots of Food and Drink.

Great Feasts and Parties.

To celebrate the Sun, the Land, the Ancient Ones, the great Circle of Nature.

To welcome in the Winter and the New Year.

To bring forth renewal, peace, and joy.

Solstice Present … Solstice Past.

This is the legacy of Saturnalia.

Weeklong Pagan Winter Solstice Festival of Ancient Rome.

Saturnalia, your spirit and these traditions live on

in the world today

in Christmas feasts and New Year’s parties,

in our Winter Solstice celebration tonight.

Bless our connection with the ancients.

Bless our connection with each other.

Bless our connection with future generations.

We rejoice.

Io, Saturnalia!

Io, Saturnalia!

Io, Saturnalia!

Selena first publicly shared this poem on Solstice night 1994 during Circle’s public Winter Solstice Celebration in Madison, Wisconsin.

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December 13, 2010 – Wants vs. Needs

This past weekend I was listening to a live feed on the internet of  Bill Cloud teaching about multiple thoughts rolled into one huge concept.  Suffice it to say that I was challenged by the idea of God giving us what we want versus what we need.  The Scriptures show multiple times that YHVH gives His people what they want (ask for) only to show them that what they WANTED is really not what they NEEDED.

In short, my new way of praying for others is now going to be for YHVH to give them what they need in their lives to become more like Him, more like Yeshua, more refined into the gold He desires them to be.  There are those I still may pray for YHVH to give them what they want so eventually they will see that what they needed all along was Him, His salvation and His ways.

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