pressured to be part of something is probably a good indicator not to be

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One thing I am learning about the Christian faith in these latter days, is we ought to be very careful who we yield to. There are many men and women with good intentions, possibly with high morals, that we’ll encounter in the church. They speak eloquently, persuade many with empty philosophies and confuse people with their theologies which hinge on works of flesh.

I’m not looking for morality or goodness or even “Biblical” models to grow Christians. Quite frankly, I am looking to Christ to grow Christians and His church. We can look at all the models or steps to growing something, but if we heed His Spirit he will guide us in exactly how to do any of it.

Models are tools of information on how someone else did it, but I don’t necessarily consider them good tools. And I definitely do NOT believe they should be a die-hard way of doing anything because we are to be led by His Spirit in all things and especially when it comes to building His church.

We are always in need of hearing: crucify this flesh, daily. We must die. Every. Single. Day.

It’s only by giving up ourselves and our rights that we find Christ as true Lord of our lives. It’s only be giving up our rights to look “good” before men, that we are willing to look foolish by operating in Spirit. It’s only by giving up our rights of a “good” reputation, that we can be hated for righteousness sake while loving those who oppose us. Because we no longer live, but it is Christ living through us. But even better, we are given power to live an abundantly fruitful life because of his Holy Spirit.

We can not do it in ourselves. There aren’t fruits of the flesh, but fruits of the Spirit. For the flesh works, but if we stay connected to the Vine then {super}naturally, there will be fruit. All it takes is being plugged in daily to the Vine and allowing His Spirit full access to us that fruit will be produced as a natural process from the Source.

When it comes to spiritual matters, we should guard ourselves from anything that takes our eyes of Christ. Anything that comes and says, we need to look to man to figure this out {whatever “this” may be}, is dangerous.

But many in church and religious circles will have the appearance of being spiritual or Godly, but will lack in power because they bypass the full operation of the Gospel.

I’ve witnessed how stealth religious laws and legalism comes binding people up because something sounds very spiritual. One thing I’ve noticed is that legalism and laws stop short. It will say, do what Jesus did and you will be doing it “right”. Or follow the Biblical model of doing things. Or get permission from wise counsel for this is “submission”.

But half the Gospel is missing.

We say, yes we do what Jesus does, but not in my own power but by His Spirit. We say, the Bible isn’t just scriptures of models but a whole testimonial book of Jesus who became the Word who hasn’t stopped speaking even today. We say, submission is to Christ first and foremost, and to man we carefully yield ourselves {ones of proven trustworthiness} as a way for wise counsel to weigh our words, but ultimately we obey God over man.

We are wise to walk circumspectly according to the Spirit and not by what appears godly in men. Even after carefully submitting to someone, we do so in the fear of God.

Ultimately it is His will we must abide by and we will answer for not obeying Him. Submitting ourselves is not a hard stop at a man or men. Submitting continues on, straight to God Himself for He is the bodily Head of us.

“See then that ye walk circumspectly not as fools but as wise…. Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 15:15 and 21

Yet, we also are not to submit to people because they say they’re Christians.  By the very fact that someone would try to force submission and constantly quote scriptures to make people comply as a form of “submission” to them, is a big warning to me.

This reminds me more of what the Pharisees themselves required of the people. I should be so persuaded by your trustworthiness that you wouldn’t have to require my submission. And if I’m not persuaded, what is it to you if Christ is still preached? Time will prove me wrong, if indeed I was wrong.

But even so if we all go in Christ then we further His kingdom and that is more important than making you do what I think you should be doing.

“Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.” Galatians 2:3-5

Being right is not my goal in this life. Making you believe me is not my goal. Standing on my head so you take my side is not my goal. Honestly, I do not want you take any  side other than Christ’s!

There are always two sides and they come in two shades, Light and Dark. My only goal is  everything points back to Jesus so His Light can shine {not mine, for it is full of darkness}.

I do not want us to lose sight of our freedom in Christ that we go back into bondage or to doctrines of men. And I especially do not want to be shamed into coming under a man because I am forced to concede by pressure, force, or by intimadition.

I fear God OVER man and will continue to do so. I encourage you to do the same.

That is a good place to be. Because if I am wrong, then God is faithful to show me.

All I can do is obediently speak {for I will give an account for not speaking} but the rest is left for the Holy Spirit to work out.

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