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First Dimensional Faith

July 19

"HE hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy GOD?"  Micah 6:8

"The cheerleaders of circumcision are alive and well today ..."

 

The Christian life is not nearly as complex and confusing as we make out to be.  Though a believer is "born again" into the family of GOD, and thus young and impressionable; Paul said that when he became a man, he was compelled to put away childish things.  To their own chagrin, many a professing saint at age 12 and beyond spiritually, are still on the 'bink and bottle', and clueless in their Christianity. 

Micah simplifies things for us here into three dimensions: our personal integrity, our forbearance toward others, and our walk with GOD.  Hundreds of "thou shalts" and "thou shalt nots" are distilled down into these basics of practical faith.  "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think ..."  A proper perspective in the first dimension is critical to bringing the other two into focus.  To be effective in ministry to others, a humble view of self is indispensable, for: "GOD resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble."  The man who can discern the phonetics of the finger of GOD, will be slow to stone others for their shortcomings of sin.  "And again HE stooped down, and wrote on the ground.  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last..."

When the early church of Acts struggled with the nuts and bolts of every day Christianity, the elders sent this communiqué back to aid believers regarding that first dimension.  "For it seemed good to the HOLY GHOST, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well."  The cheerleaders of circumcision are alive and well today; but their team of pride and dead works is on the losing side ... eternally speaking.  Of a truth, if a man would rule his own life well, he would discover the whole of his existence ruled of the LORD, and that: "decently and in order".

"JESUS saith unto him ... follow thou ME."


For Love of Country
George Washington  (1732-1799)
(Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army)
"The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under GOD, on the courage of this army.  Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission.  We have, therefore to resolve to conquer or die."

(From his headquarters in New York, July 2, 1776)

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