All Authority

I am currently taking a course over the book of Romans for my degree and part of the water-waveclass requirements are forum posts concerning certain topics followed by replies to the posts others have made. This week questions came up regarding baptism and whether it was essential. If firmly believe that it is and will be happy to share scripture as to why I hold that belief.

This morning, however I lay in bed and realized there is a bigger issue at hand when someone tries to debate baptism, or any other commandment of God for that matter: authority.

Can I put out a thought to consider. Do we really believe the great commission Jesus gave in Matt. 28:18-30? “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Jesus Himself said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” If Jesus has all authority how much does that leave for anyone else. He is the God and ruler of all, He gave His life for us and founded His church which He commands us to follow His way. It is all His and it is a matter of trusting His authority.

He told them upon the truth that He has all authority to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”  If He commanded that all nations were to be baptized who gives us the right or the authority to question it. Where is any human’s authority to say it isn’t necessary. How are we allowed to say that a person does not have to obey a direct command from our Lord, who we claim to believe has all authority to tell us what to do and how to live.

Then He finished it by saying, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;”  Is baptism a direct command from Jesus? Yes, verse 19 He directly commanded it. If we are to teach people to observe all things He has commanded, how can we say there is any exception? How can we claim any authority to say, well if they don’t do that one part it will be okay in the end with Jesus because they believed and confessed His name. If they don’t do all aren’t they breaking the command?

Consider that along with these words:

James 2:10 “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

and

Rev. 22:18-19 “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

If we break one part of the law we are guilty of it all? And if we take away from God’s word, God will take away our part of the blessings He promised? Why would we even want to question the authority or the command of Jesus? Why is the issue of baptism even debated, Jesus commanded it, shouldn’t that be enough?

It takes me back to a very deliberate tactic used in Gen 3 where Satan made Eve question just one part of God’s command. All he added was one word and it was enough to change everything. What are we trying to change?

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Life’s Busy Season

For a really long time now I keep planning for things I will do when things here at home slow down a bit. When we get past this, I will have more time. Well, this week has a lot going on, when things slow down I will be able to…. (fill in the blank here.)  I am beginning to think things just are not going to slow down and if there are things I want to get done, I am going to have to make time for them. I am starting to think “life’s busy season” isn’t so much a season, as its own decade!

I often remember of one of my favorite bible stories, found in Luke chapter 10, when Jesus comes to the home of Mary and Martha.  As much as I want to say I would have the heart of Mary, that I realize the importance and need for sitting at the Master’s feet, I feel that if I am honest with myself I am afraid I would be Mary.  I tend to always find some “busy-ness” to be about.

I have placed so much on my plate again that I am afraid I am pushing to the side the most nutritious parts until sometimes it feels as though they are barely hanging on the edge. I have realized if I want to find more peace and calm in my life I am going to have to slow down enough to spend the time listening to my Lord instead of busying my hands with so much work. I am going to have to focus on Him, instead of being distracted by everything else around me. Once I put things in the right perspective, the rest will get done and if it doesn’t, as my husband says, in one hundred years it won’t matter anyway!  But in one hundred years my relationship with my Lord will still be all that has ever mattered!

I realize that right now it is not a big problem. That right now, it seems managable, I may run myself ragged and feel so tired I can sleep standing up, but I can see into my future (well, I wish but for now I can imagine) that if I don’t learn to say “no” to some things, I will lose my ability to say “yes” to the best things!  So I am going to learn to say “no” to that tv show, so I can say yes to extra time reading His word.  I am going to say “no” to that extra few minutes on Facebook, so I can say “yes” to a few extra minutes of cuddle time with the kids before bed.  I am going to look for other things that I can say “no” to, so I can have more time to say “yes” to the better things in life!

So tomorrow as I prepare for another busy weekend, I promise myself to make the time to say “Yes” to time alone in prayer, to time listening to my shepherd lead me through the distractions.  Won’t you join me during “NO”vember!

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

Don’t Assume!

If you have been following my blog you may have noticed that my header has changed.  I have had this site up and running for months and until tonight never noticed that my header featured a big mistake.  I don’t know how many others caught this error and just didn’t want to hurt my feelings by telling me I was wrong. Or, if like me, they assumed I must have known what I was talking about, after all this was my site, right? lol

Never assume! I know now, never think you are right, always double-check, triple check to be sure what you are posting up for the world is accurate information.  What was this mistake you might ask?  Take a peek one more time at the old header and see if you can notice it first.

Have you figured it out yet?  Need a hint, a big one?  It has to do with the basis for the name of my site, for the theme of the site, for the theme of our whole lives.  It was something I was so sure I knew I didn’t double-check, and guess what, here I am months later going, “What was I thinking????”

If you know the Bible, better than me obviously, you realized that Judges doesn’t have 24 chapters, it only has 21 chapters!  I put the wrong book for my main verse!  And I never realized it.  How many times have I typed that in? How many times, not just here but over all, have I referenced that verse and never realized I was looking at the wrong one! Never assume you know, always be sure. Never let that little voice in your head say, “It’s ok, you know this, you don’t need to double-check the scriptures.”  Always, ALWAYS, read it again, look it up, find it in God’s word and be sure.  Don’t assume because you think its right, because you heard it somewhere else, because someone else told you, that it is right.

So thanks to this BIG Boo Boo, I am now going to be making a few updates. I guess it was time for a fresh look anyway!  Thank you for sticking around. Thank you to those who follow me. Thank you to all the family and friends who support me and keep in touch though this site.  And thank you to a God who is always willing to forgive even the littlest mistakes.

“choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  JOSHUA 24:15

~Tiffany