Philter48 is on Hiatus until further notice. God has my ear on a couple things and I need to listen.
Starting tomorrow. I will be re-posting over the next few days, the first chapter of a book that started this site.
Continue to AFFECT THE NOISE in your life with the Truth of Christ.
Peace and Love of Christ to all who stop by.
So have you ever wondered what God was thinking when he sent his Son into this world? Why in his world would God send his Son into the world full of sin? From the first sin of Man to the sin of Israel that lead to it’s destruction at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, even the sin in the world today. What was God’s plan with a Baby Boy that came into this world in the most unassuming way?
Exodus 34:14 Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
You see God is a jealous God, and his jealously makes him want to rise up in anger against that which separates us from him. That is sin. Our sinful nature is what provokes this jealous anger.
If you read through the Old Testament God’s jealously rises up against the sins of Israel to the point that he wants to beat the sin out of the world. Now think about that. He was so jealous of the sin in the world he destroyed it by flood, Sodom and Gomorra destroyed, Israel conquered by Babylon, all because they refused to listen to the prophets, and heed God’s warning. God demanded sacrifices to pay for sin, but the hearts of His people were never pure. The sacrifices were futile.
What was a Jealous God to do to restore the relationship with his people he created? Destroy the world via flood again? No he promised not to do that. More futile sacrifices? No. Well he sent a little Baby, His Son to save us.
II Cor 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
To be sin… That is a powerful statement. What was God thinking? He wanted to rise up and destroy sin, to beat it out of this world. So why would he make his Son be that sin for us?
See, the baby that came into this world in an unassuming way, was beaten and crucified so that the sin that was laid upon him would be destroyed. God used the life and death of this baby to restore the relationship with His people, His church, by rising up with out stretched arms as the ultimate sacrifice on a cross. Christ was sent once and for all to purify, by His sacrifice, the people of His Church.
Titus 2:13-15 while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
15These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.
This Christmas as we celebrate the Joy that is Christ’s birth, let us not for get the ultimate sacrifice he made for us to restore our relationship with his Father.
Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about….
Luke 2: 1-20
1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Today is a revelation of Christ’s birth we often miss:
There is a tremendous Spiritual battle being waged for the heart and soul of Christ’s church. Christ came to this earth for His church, and John in Revelation writes about the visions of this spiritual battle that were revealed to him while on the Island of Pantmos. What we often miss is how the birth of Christ was revealed in the spiritual realm, and the great lengths God will go to to protect his Son and the church.
Rev 12:4-6, 13-17
4His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. 5She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
13When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. 15Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. 16But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
It would be somewhat wrong for me to leave it there without saying: That through Christ his church is protected because of his victory on the cross, and his defeat of the grave. As the church we must hold to that Truth, and battle daily in the spiritual war against Christ’s church.
The world has a problem and there is only one that can fix the issue. A savior for all His people, to be returned to His Father, the Lord God. Over the next 3 days I will be posting the Christmas story. Starting with the prophesy from Isaiah and Micah who both wrote prophesy about the coming savior.
Isaiah 8:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, [a] Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.
This one is personal.
Phil 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Over the past year or so with my job, I have been through an extreme amount of change. To be honest it really started about 2 years ago in DEC when, it was integration week, I sat crying in our companies new Lakeland FL Office. Without going into a lot of details let’s just say it had been a long week, and I had just finished with a phone call that wasn’t pleasant about some issue with the integration. I was ready to quit and not return to work on the following Monday. For the next 9 months, I let that drag me down at work. I could not focus, I could not perform my job to the best of my ability. I was more negative than I had ever been. My negativity affected others, and I didn’t even know it was happening. I prayed and prayed for another job. Well a new job never happened.
In Aug of 08 I had a meeting with my coach, about a situation that happened in the Lexington office, as well as the affects my attitude had on my performance. The crux, get focused again or more drastic measures. That is the day I met grace face to face. The meeting was painful, eye opening, and the springboard I needed to get me out of the funk. You often hear people say “By the Grace of God”…Well when Christ takes hold of you when you are down(Which he did that day) that is what you get Grace.
The past year has been a steady move forward for me. Both in Faith and at work. As Paul says in Phil 12:
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
Everyday I rely more and more on Christ to move me forward towards him, and this attitude of moving forward has filtered over to my work. The past is the past.
13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
The past no longer drags me down. I remember the past not for the negative but the lessons. The lessons that propel me forward to a strong faith and reliance on Christ. No longer the past and guilt an anchor. My future with Christ pulls me forward.
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
As for the new job I prayed for…In March of this year I was stripped of some of my managerial duties, because of my past. However, I was given a chance to rebuild my job, at the company I worked for. I had the chance to move forward unhindered by my past. So now I press on with Christ, with standing negative emotions through His grace. I know the goal before me in heaven, and work to glorify God daily at my job.
Easy? No, Perfected? No. Worth every step along the way to grow my faith, and love my God and Christ more today than yesterday? Yo Betcha!!!
This is the 15th week of the Blogged Bible Study. We are going chapter by chapter through Paul’s letter to the Church of Philippi. To read the other posts on chapter 3 of Phillipi check out the Blogged Bible Study page.