January 7. 2020

We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. – 1 John 3:12 ESV


We are called to be IN the world, but NOT OF THE WORLD. That is an interesting balancing act, one that is impossible apart from the Holy Spirit, living in us. John 18:36 tells us Jesus first said this; Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” When Pilate was cross-examining Jesus, His reply bothered Pilate, for he didn’t know what Jesus was talking about, and most of us don’t either. The term Christian literally means a follower of CHRIST. As followers of Jesus we are called to be LIKE JESUS. Jesus didn’t fit in, He didn’t have the desires of this world, He didn’t want what others in the world wanted and He didn’t act like others thought He should act.

Leader, we are NOT LIKE others OF THIS WORLD. We are members of His Kingdom, as a matter of fact we are Royalty, princes and princess’ of that KINGDOM. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9) And we went from SLAVES to SONS and DAUGHTERS of GOD! Martin Luther called the book of Galatians the ‘Magna Carta’ of the Gospel, the doctrine of Freedom; But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:4-7) No matter what you have or don’t have; your blessing is coming soon! Beware of getting ‘kaepernicked’.

Conduit, You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:26-29) We need to be different. America and the world is living in the ‘privilege’ movement. Where we are so focused on those that have more than us, or who had an easier route than us, and we cry out, LIFE AIN’T NO FAIR- instead of ABBA FATHER. All of this falls under the 10th commandment; “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife … nor anything that is your neighbor’s” (Exodus 20:17) Coveting is essentially lusting after something that’s not yours and coveting was the one law that even nailed the Apostle Paul as he wrote, “For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet” (Romans 7:7) The thought that someone has privilege was the cause of the FIRST MURDER and today it is killing us, our country, our political system and our faith. Be different, don’t be part of this worlds HATEFUL, anti- POLICE, anti-TRUMP, anti-WHITE, anti-MALE, anti-CHRISTIAN, anti-JEWISH, anti-JESUS culture and be LIKE CHRIST!

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