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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Lion and the Lamb

lion of Judah

We live in a world today where Jesus has been watered down to some sort of hippie, love-child, where all he does is walk around giving the peace sign, talking about love.

Yes, Jesus was loving and kind, but there was another side to Jesus that everyone seems to forget. We want to forget this side of Him because it makes our lives easier. Christians are constantly told to “act like Christ,” and when we do, we’re told by the secularists that we’ve got Him all wrong. But do we?

REMINDER FROM GOD:  Trivialize even the smallest item in My Law and you will only trivialize yourself. Take it seriously, show the way for others. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. What I’m saying is GROW UP! You’re kingdom subjects.

[In my ministry on earth] I was often curt and even refused requests. [I had to] reprimand my disciples, even called them cowards and faint hearted [in the storms]. [When I knew what the Pharisees] were thinking, [I boldly] asked, “Why this gossipy whispering?” [There were times I was abrupt,] “Clear out!” I confronted slander [and even accused non-believers] to be my enemy and making things worse.

If you deliberately persist in your slanders against My Spirit, you are repudiating Me, Who forgives. When you reject Me and the Holy Spirit, you’re sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with Me.

Why do you use your rules to play fast and loose with My commands? You cancel them by your rules. Frauds! 

{Matthew 5:19-20, 36-37, 48; 8: 20-22, 26; 9:4, 24; 12:25, 30, 32; 15:2-3}

NOTE TO SELF: This theme has been ringing in my ears for a couple of months now, because I can’t help but hear everywhere I go these days that Jesus would be tolerant of specific sins. We keep hearing this same old song that Jesus was loving and accepting. I don’t disagree with that, but I also think that Christians are beginning to bow down to the watered down Jesus that the WORLD created, as if they know Him at all!

How can we be so na├»ve and ignorant as to believe what the world says about Christ? Why are we even listening to them as an authority on the subject? They don’t know Him, and they don’t care to know Him. If they did, they would understand that He didn’t tolerate our sins and let us do whatever we pleased. Jesus came with rules, too, despite the world’s best efforts to overlook them!

I’m currently reading, The Truth About Forgiveness, by John MacArthur, for a review. I’ve had it sitting on my bookstand for several weeks and finally picked it up last night. I was utterly mesmerized, because MacArthur was speaking about the very things that have been on my heart for so long.
“Jesus, of course, embodied all the attributes of God—kindness, longsuffering, and mercy on the one hand; wrath, righteousness and judgment on the other…His tenderness never overshadowed His severity in any of His dealings with [the Pharisees]” (pg. 46).
The Pharisees made up their own rules and laws and projected them as God’s truth to the people, thus misleading them. Jesus didn’t let them get away with thinking they were right in what they were doing. No! He rebuked them, criticized them, and continually called them out on their false religion. Sound familiar? Do you think Jesus would nonchalantly let us get away with the teachings of today’s misguidance of who God is and isn't? Or do you think He’d be overthrowing the majority of the churches in our society? I see a righteously angered Jesus. I envision Jesus to be incredibly grieved and disgusted with what we’ve (Christians) allowed in our so-called faith and congregations.
“What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this?” (Luke 9:41).
Yes, Lord. How much longer do you have to put up with us? Does that sound like tender love? No. That is harsh, bold, fierce frustration. He’s calling us out and we’re not even listening! This scripture is about us!

Too many churches these days are teaching watered down doctrine. They’ve made Jesus some flower power child, sitting in a field of pot plants, getting stoned and waving peace signs to the people strolling by in their obvious sin. Wake up, Christians! Jesus was bold and fierce like a LION, all the while being gentle and tender like a LAMB. That is why He is referred to as BOTH! Not just one. Not just the lamb. He is the Lion, too. And if we are to be like Christ, then we also need to be like both.

Consider Paul’s letters. Was he only tender hearted? Or was he also precise and straight forward? Did he call out the churches sins? Or did he overlook them and let them go?

If you’ve also read The Book of Revelation, you should know that this revelation is intended for the church. Who can open the scrolls? The Lion of Judah. Do you not recognize the symbolism here? Christ is the One who shall pour judgment upon this earth. The Book of Revelation is our warning to take heed to both the Lion and the Lamb.

Come on. We need to get real here. We need to refocus our lives and get a sense of God. We need to stop listening to the world around us and believing in their ideas of who Christ was and is. Our souls depend upon it. 

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