I was tagged in the meme started by my sister in Christ over at Caribbean Shulamite and the name of it is Marvelous Musings.
Here are the guidlines:
1. In your post include a link back to the person who has tagged you.
2. Post one of your intriguing, or shocking, or challenging passages/verses of scripture from the Bible, showing scripture references (chapter and verse) and Bible version.
3. (Optional) You may choose to state what you currently understand it to mean; You may also encourage others to comment or share on what they understand that excerpt to mean.
4. Tag at least 5 or more new people to participate.
Here is my Marvelous Musing:
I recommend reading Matthew 5-7 -- I won't post all three chapters but I will post a couple scriptures that has stood out to me for a long time now.
Matthew 7:22-23(NKJV) Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' (23) And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
This scripture has always stood out to me because of the very fact that the people who will say this to Jesus are those who believe that they are saved/Christians. Notice how Jesus said many -- so we are not talking about just a small group of people here. It makes me very careful not to get caught up in the workings or manifestations of signs and wonders done through others or even this vessel as the Lord would see fit. It makes me very aware of how much I need to rely upon the Holy Spirit's leading and guiding and also to be ever so careful and make sure that I am growing in my relationship with the Lord and doing what His Word says to do. This passage of scripture came after Jesus gave the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5). He was encouraging the listeners to live according to those words and their intimate relationship with Him rather than relying upon external works to save them or make them saved. Notice what the many will say, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?" We must be very careful not to mistaken good works or workings of the Holy Spirit through us for our intimacy with God and walking in obedience to His Word. Others should recongnize us by our fruit (fruit of the Spirit). I believe our most important priority in our Christian walk is our relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. When we put God first in all things everything else flows and not the other way around. We must remember that God spoke through a donkey so however He choses to work is solely up to Him.
That's all for now. I tag anyone that comes across this post and would like to participate in the meme.
I welcome any comment on my musings. ;-)