Thought For The Day 08/17/12

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The Wisdom of Friar Jeff!

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True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable. 

Dave Tyson Gentry

http://quotegarden.com/friendship.html

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I am going to be incapacitated for a bit because of Monday’s surgery and so I have asked someone who is not just my very dear friend but my colleague as well, Friar Jeffrie L Wallace who lives in Scotland, if I might be able to share a few of his writings with you for the next few days. And “Thank You Jesus”, he has agreed. So sit back and read and enjoy these words from a man who truly lives one of the most God centered lives of almost anyone I can think of!

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SO…you think your going to Heaven JUST BECAUSE you are a Christian????
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written  June 25, 2012
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….So, let us address this issue….shall we????

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Ok, so in public you say “HALLELUJAH!” and “AMEN” as loud as you can…pound the Bible a bit….thump the pew….preach LOUDLY about how you were saved, found, or received salvation….but then you go behind closed doors…you lie..you cheat…you create problems for others…talk down about them…

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Sound familiar to anyone???

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Yep, these are the WORST kind of Christians imaginable.  The kind that THINK because they are a Christian they are instantly promised a seat in Heaven….THINK AGAIN.

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God tells us SPECIFICALLY what it takes to get into Heaven….Matthew 7:21-23 is VERY detailed about THAT issue when it says “”Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 

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Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’

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Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ “

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The Bible also tells us what we MUST do to attain our reward…..

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“Do not judge, or you too will be judged” -Matthew 7:1

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. ” -Matthew 7:12

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“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.

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I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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Against such things there is no law.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Galatians 5:19-26

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So the next time you sit there…ready to judge another because of their faith, or life….or you think it would be funny to antagonize someone for a laugh….or want to ‘get even’ with someone for some supposed wrong…or THINK because you have the word Christian in your ‘religion’ section on a social network you are bound for Heaven… THINK CAREFULLY….

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You seem to forget GOD SEES ALL

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“For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.” Job 34:21

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“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 1Chronicles 28:9

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You THINK your inequities are going unwatched….you think you may be safe behind anonymity…you THINK you are getting away with it because you live elsewhere from that person, or your “saved”…but in reality..you are MORE doomed than you realize….

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“When I looked, I saw that you had sinned against the LORD your God;” Deuteronomy 9:16

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“What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now, for a time of awful hunger awaits you. What sorrow awaits you who laugh now, for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow.” Luke 6:25

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Remember: When you think you are alone….look around…GOD IS WATCHING EVERYTHING YOU DO….and is THIS how you want Him to see you???

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Targeting the weak? Assaulting His Children??? Pitting friend against friend? Dividing each other over faith, or color, or creed???

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WE are supposed to be setting the EXAMPLE by which ALL who look at Christianity are judging for themselves if they wish to BE one.

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How does it feel knowing that the soul that COULD have been saved BY YOU is now heading AWAY from God?? When you stand before the Throne, and God judges YOU…looks into YOUR soul…YOUR actions…YOUR deeds…what will He see?? A person who TRIED to exhibit ALL of the virtues His Son TOLD US TO…or a person who CLAIMED to be a “Good Christian” to someones face, but went against EVERY TEACHING His son showed us to follow?

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Think about it…..take a GOOD LOOK at the eyes in the picture above….one day you will stand before those same eyes, and you will NOT get to explain your actions…or your words…as HE ALREADY KNOWS WHAT YOU HAVE DONE….just as He knows you from birth to the grave….

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So, the NEXT time you think your being ‘funny’ by tormenting someone…or sending bad pictures to them…or belittling them to others (even if the person CANNOT see you or knows what you have said)…

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remember THOSE EYES…FOR THEY ARE ALWAYS WATCHING YOU…..

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Friar Jeff

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28) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8: 28 NIV

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54) Behold, the Lord knoweth all the works of men, their imaginations, their thoughts, and their hearts:  

2 Esdras 16: 54 KJVA

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Copyright © 2011-2012 “MandysPath” Ministry

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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