Obedience: Even the Wind and Seas Obey

 

 

Obedience: Even the Wind and Seas Obey Him

  What better than a God who gives us choice?  Who better than God who sets us free? However, we are only free to choose between these two things, His will or our own, unless our will is to do His.  The Lord’s hand is sovereign, yet we see that He has given us some room to make choices. What sets us apart from plants? What sets us apart from animals, bacteria, the elements?  All creation is locked into a program, a code, that they adhere and live by. Natural laws dictate their every move, these laws are further hardened in the fallen state. They do not make conscious decisions outside the realm of survival and necessity. Sure some animals have shown choice, more freedom than plants, but they’re still free in regard to the weight of “good vs evil”.  Their freedom from the knowledge of good and evil further enslaves them to the law of nature. We are a creature with the knowledge to seek deeper meaning, look for answers and simply chase pleasure and riches. However, due to this freedom we are a slave to sin. Man, knowing the knowledge of good vs evil, is always more inclined to choose sin and pleasure over the Lord. We are slaves to worry, slaves to work, slaves to image and reputation.  We are enslaved to death, being the inevitable, with no escape. “For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” In fact, all creation is enslaved to this reality and it groans for its liberty and escape. Man, without the Lord’s unmerited grace, by his own will, will always turn away from God. A godly man, RC Sproul, once asked “If God is Sovereign, how can man be free?”

 

  Within in the Lord’s full control, by the power of His sovereign hand, even when man freely makes a choice, the Lord our God still accomplishes all His good pleasure and His council shall stand.  Even when we follow after our own will, the Lord’s will can and will be done. He lifts up a man and puts him down. The Lord of Hosts, yes, he gives and takes. Why should we be obedient as a Christian?  Is fear what does it? Yes, but fear is actually not the factor that should inspire us to be obedient. Sure, the thought of reaping what we sow is troubling and helps, even sin giving birth to death. However, our love, if we truly have it for One who sits on the throne above the earth, will always keep us hungry for obedience.  Love alone? Nay, let love be in cocurrence with eternal gratitude and thanksgiving; love for the One who paid our eternal debt by His blood, in thankfulness because we owe not a debt that could ever be paid, even on our best day. In our freedom to walk away from God we walk willfully into chains of sin. His hand is sovereign, it is heavy on those chained in sin and His judgment is nigh. Therefore, even in the freedom to walk away, we still stand fully in the grips of His control, the Consuming Fire.  We shall not escape the consequences. How thankful should we be? He has set us free. We have no need to worry, for He is in control. We have no need to seek riches or fame, for He always provides, and He sees us. Whose eyes do you want to be noticed by? Those around you? Nay, their eyes are full of unrighteous judgment; seek to be looked upon by the Creator of the universe, seek to be seen by the One who stretches out the heavens as the universe continues to expand. One glance from the Lord God is worth more than all the fame and all the eyes of the world.  Now look around, all the stars are fixed by Him, they are in His control. He ensures the heavens can not be measured, He ensures that the foundations of the earth can never be fully explored. The universe is ever expanding, and the furthest we have ever drilled into the earth is a mere 7.5 miles. He declared this statement hundreds of years ago in Jeremiah and it will not change. His Word stands forever.

The wind and the seas obey Him at a moments instant. The laws of nature are set by Him and so nature is locked into obedience as well.  The world is His, all of creation is His, and there is no way around it. He gives us the ability to understand this, and within His sovereign hand the ability to choose to sin. Now brothers and sister, understand, the Lord is faithful and His grace is ever sufficient. We, knowing His love, have no excuse. If the world being slaves to sin is held responsible, how much more will we be? Do we not know better? Do we not have access to His grace? Are we not thankful? The truth is, we will serve something, always. We will serve a master, a boss, a friend, ourselves.  Ought we to be held accountable by the choices we make? So when we are set free from the expectations and the weight of the world, we should use this liberty to serve the Living One. Out of obligation? I think not. Are we not thankful, eternally, for the freedom gained through Christ from the yoke of the world? Are we not overjoyed to walk with God, working hand-in-hand with works He predestined for His glory? You are saved, you are free, who will you serve? If you chase sin you serve yourself. If you do nothing you serve your laziness. If you live by other’s expectations you can not live in God’s works.  So whom will you serve? Do you see now brothers? Do you hear now sisters? If you truly are in the faith, should you not be overjoyed to turn from sin and serve the Living God. Examine yourself, are you truly in the faith? Are you secured? If you are saved, you still will face the earthly consequences of your sins. Not just you but those around you will be effected. How, if we truly love God can we not walk in light? How, if we truly love family and friends who are not in the faith, are we to show the light of Christ to them? We do this by being set apart from the world. We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood are we not?  Are you not thankful? Are you not a child of the Most High? The wind and seas obey Him, but they can not love Him like we can. If then, in our ability to love Him, are we unable to live according to His standard? We have the sufficient grace and provision to fulfill the law by faith. Love God first, love your neighbor as yourself. Stay strong, starve the flesh, feed the spirit. Dwell in His word, nurturing the very roots of your faith. God bless, much love.

 

                                                                                                    Godspeed,

                                                                                                    Pasquale Leone

 

  

  

 

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The Parable of The Vine:  A Look Into What It Means

The Parable of The Vine:  A Look Into What It Means

 

   Some parables are a subject of great debate.  Theological differences sometimes are brought to the surface due to  differing interpretations, thus highlighting the fallibility of men and the lack of discernment that plagues us when we go by our own understanding.  Also, we fall victim to being set in a belief, stuck in our own understanding. We see those who believe we can lose salvation, there are those who believe we can not.  Within those factions they’re split all the more. The OSAS movement claims we can live like a devil, showing no proof of regeneration. This is a clear heresy. Those who believe we can not lose salvation, but a true sheep bears the proof of salvation.  There are those who believe we can lose salvation just from falling away into sin, there also lies a heretical issue. If one is truly saved, they are chosen to bear fruit, (John 15:16). Someone who is truly born again will not fall back into habitual sin, (1 John 3:9).  The warnings in scripture that seem to imply we can lose salvation are actually made for our sanctification. A true sheep will heed the warnings and follow the commands of His Word, (John 10:27). Jesus never says ‘I once knew you but you failed.’ He says ‘I never knew you’.  False conversion, false faith, an untrue belief that is fragile, built on sand and breaks under affliction, (Mark 4:17), (Matt 7:26-27), (1 John 2:19). With that said, let us take a closer look at the beautiful words of Christ, in ‘The Parable of the VIne’.

 

  There is two main schools of thought on the parable of the vine.  One says it shows we can lose salvation, while another says it just means we lose our rewards.  I stand here, formerly a believer of salvation loss, to tell you neither are right. When we read scripture, especially parables or contested sections,  we must seek out His understanding, for it is above ours, (Isaiah 55:8-9). The Holy Spirit will guide us and remind us of all we need, (John 14:26). We must pray for wisdom and will receive it, (James 1:5).  The biggest mistake made by both sides of the argument, and myself – at first, is thinking this parable is about believers only. I will break it down so you can clearly see this is not the case. The vine is life, this life binds and holds together all creation, all people – not just believers.  Where am I getting this you ask? In Colossians, Paul tells us that all things are held together by Christ (Col 1:17). All of creation exists because of the lifeline binding them together, giving life, this is Christ. Christ holds all things together as the vine, nourishing the branches with life-giving sustenance. Those who abide in Christ and produce fruit are the true believers.  We see the proof in (John 15:16) You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”  Non-believers can not bear the fruits of the Spirit, therefore they become dried out, unfruitful and are thrown into the fire. They were given life by God, yet are and were hardened to the gospel of Christ, thus they lose the free gift of life given.  If a twig could say to the tree it lives on “I want no part of you”, if it could deny the much needed nutrients from the tree, it would not grow fruit or a single leaf. This rebellious twig, if it could do these things, would die and fall off; the last and only good use for dead wood is for kindling.  When someone is born of God they are a new creature, the old sinful dies away as Christ lives on in the new man, (2 Cor 5:17). A man born of God will not fall back into habitual sin, (1 John 3:9), he is born of the Spirit, regenerating this person with new affections and a powerful love for God. If we love God, we will keep His commandments and bear much fruit, (1 John 5:1-5), (John 14:15).  

 

    Jesus is the Vine of all life.  He binds together, holds together all creation.  Those who abide in Him are those born of God and love Him.  Those who wither and die are those who reject the gospel, rejecting the very vine that has given them life to begin with.  God bless you all. To my brothers and sister in the Lord, Godspeed! To anyone who is not a believer I pray you give The Lord a chance, feel free to contact me.  I pray that the Lord helps clear your mind. I pray He humbles you as He did me, showing me places I have misunderstood scripture. He will guide you with His Spirit, this I am sure.  He will finish the good work He has began in you, this I am sure, (Phil 1:6).

Introductory Statement

Welcome
I am happy to welcome you to my blog! Brothers and sisters in the Lord, may God bless you and Godspeed. Welcome guests, visitors and friends from all walks of life. I hope you come to find the resources, testimony and writings you will read here as helpful; I hope what you find here aids in the understanding of Christianity.  Throughout my life I have studied and even partook in most religious beliefs.  I am open to discussions and debates as well; we can hold such debates through video chat, voice call or a texting service of your choice. In this post I will introduce myself, summarize a brief life testimony and declare my beliefs. I aim for total transparency, I will hide nothing of myself; all for the glory of God. Please visit my Instagram page for inspiration @www.instragram.com/seetheSeeker . Please visit my YouTube page of the same name for video preachings, teachings and testimonies, @seetheSeeker.

Testimony and Affliction
Through my life I have faced many struggles, afflictions and obstacles. I am sure in this this, that you have also faced many as well. When people hear of the struggles I’ve been through they commend me as ‘strong’ and ‘inspirational’ but I am here to state all the credit is due to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, His Son, by the Spirit, who is Holy, Holy, Holy. God is Triune in nature, the Godhead. The three existed as One and always have existed, being co-eternal. The Lord has delivered me from many things such as: New Age practices, occult practices, Lyme disease, depression/suicidal thoughts, anxiety/panic attacks, wrathful anger, porn addiction, drug addiction, impatience and pride. By His grace I am strong, by myself I am weak. By His grace I am patient, I am humbled, I am not afraid. I would not be here with you today, for sure I would be dead, if it wasn’t for the Lord whom saved me from death and freed me from my sins. By His grace I can get by with some remaining trials and afflictions, through them my faith is truly being refined and I am learning to walk on water, so to speak.

The Mark of the Believer
All scripture is Spirit breathed, the Word of God. This world will pass away but His Word will not. Jesus Christ came to earth as man as he was and is also fully God. He died for our sins, as a lamb on Passover, one final offering for the sins of all. Christ Jesus, then after dying, conquered death by rising from the dead. When we accept Christ, our flesh is crucified with Him. We are to walk in Spirit, and live for the one who died for us. If someone claims to be saved but does not show the fruits of the Spirit, the fruits of abiding in Christ’s love, they never were saved. For when we truly believe in our hearts all things become new, a new creature in Christ. The fruits of our salvation are shown when we become free from the chains of our old sins, our passions and our goals leave our self centered hopes and are imputed into the hope of Christ and His coming, His promise. The fruits of the Spirit are an outward change first born from the inward change, a growth sprung out by the seed of the implanted Word of God. Jesus Christ is the only way to God the Father, He is the only door to eternal life.
Jesus will return physically and reign on earth; over all nations Christ Jesus will reign. Satan is real and is a being, not some force. There will be a judgement day and all scripture, and the prophecies the Word contains, will be fulfilled. I believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ as well as all of His believers into glorified bodies.

Closing Statements
I hope to cover many basic topics in more detail about Christianity for starters. However, I know in faith, I feel God calling me to do so, I will confront and delve into the most controversial and heated topics/debates of this age. For example: pre-tribulation vs post-tribulation, Calvinism vs Arminianism, Eternal Security vs OSAS, Lordship Salvation vs OSAS, etc.
Please bring your toughest and most troubling questions to me, I am more than happy to answer them or research answers with you. Love you all. Truly I mean that or else I would be a liar.