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Once A Sinner, Always A Sinner

You have heard it said that once a sinner always a sinner but I tell you “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)”

This phrase “once a *blank* always a *blank*” has been used by members of all classes in society to keep the downtrodden down, to keep those who would renew themselves lose hope, to keep those who would repent and return under the leadership of the One True Savior, our One True God, Jesus Christ, stay in their sin and die.

I tell you this day that this statement, and all others like it are nothing but lies. Lies, that began with Satan since the beginning and are being perpetuated by his followers till this day. I call them lies because only one of these two ideas may be true: Either man is imperfect and that’s all he will ever be in this life, or Jesus came to die so that imperfect man may repent and be transformed into righteousness and become perfect. Either we remain sinners perpetually and thereby render Jesus’s sacrifice void, or Jesus’s sacrifice, for the forgiveness of our sins unto righteousness, is upheld and thereby renders void our old sinful ways. Both cannot stand.

I call all statements like “once a sinner always a sinner” and “we all know we’re not perfect” lies because, like in the beginning, they contradict the Word of God. In the beginning God said “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat of it YOU SHALL SURELY DIE. (Gen 2:16, 17)” What did Satan say to Eve in contrast? “YOU WILL NOT SURELY DIE. (Gen 3:4)” Only ONE of those two statements and ideas can be true.

When Eve lived according to the Word of God, she had life abundantly. But what was the result of her believing a lie (an idea opposing what God decrees) and living her life according to that lie? Death, Pain, Suffering and all that currently ails mankind.

This same phenomenon is happening today. Jesus, God Almighty, and any true follower of His, come to offer mankind the same choice God presented in the garden – Believe my Words and Live according to them. Likewise, Satan, The Deceiver, and his minions, come to offer another opposing idea – You do not need to believe God’s Words and live according to them to have life – one that if believed will keep mankind in a state of death.

Jesus, the King Himself, tells us to “Be ye therefore perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Matthew 5:48

Therefore, any word, any interpretation that contradicts this, is a lie, no matter their subtlety or ‘good’ intentions.

If you would believe it, any statement contradicting this Word of God, any Word of God, is said only to keep us in our current state of disobedience and death. Even if the speaker is none other than ourselves.

What most people do not realize is that each time they utter the phrase “We’re only human” or others like it, they are in fact “conforming to this world” and thereby rejecting the very salvation Jesus suffered and died to bring them. They are accepting their current situation, knowledge, understanding over the one Jesus taught, lived, and died upholding.

Consider for a moment when people say “once a *blank*, always a *blank*.” What they are communicating is that it is impossible to be or to do anything except what you currently are.

Let us run a quick test. Fill in the blank with a word of your choosing:

ONCE A ___________, ALWAYS A ____________.

I bet that pretty much all of you fill in the blanks with something negative. You can also be certain that whenever this type of language is used it is referring to a negative state of being.

Perhaps the most debilitating lie man ever utters is “We all know we’re not perfect” or “We’re only human” because it perpetuates living a sinful life continually, and it provides its believers with a sense of unity, a sense of community, a sense of belonging, all while bestowing upon them a death sentence. It essentially says “at least we’ll die together!” This all too common phrase is a subtle killer. It paralyzes those who are able to save themselves by lulling them into a false sense of peace under a banner of togetherness. A concept often utilized by cult leaders.

It is not the togetherness, nor the dedication to an idea greater than oneself that is evil or deadly, but the devotion of oneself to a lie.

Here is the lie: That is it better to accept defeat – to accept the status quo; to accept what the eye can see – and do little to nothing differently, rather than hope – to strive for the better that we all know and are able to perceive beyond our current situation- and live differently by accepting the gift of God which is righteousness unto eternal life.

On the one hand, if you believe that “once a sinner always a sinner” or “man can only be imperfect” then all that awaits you is eternal death. On the other hand, if you believe there is an opportunity, another way, to not only live a better life here, but to have life eternal – a way made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus – it is only logical, reasonable, to pursue that hope with all of your faculties; that is if your true intent is to have life.

Imagine being in a house on fire and you are told by people you trust and love that there is no fire, or that there is no way out, that inhaling smoke and/or burning until you die is the way of things. That is the way of those who say “Once a *blank* always a *blank*” or “We’re not perfect”.

Imagine on the other hand while you are in that burning house, a seeming stranger enters the burning house to let you know that not only is the house indeed on fire but there is also a way out – a challenging path for sure- and all you have to do is give up your imminently-fading life in the burning house and follow Him. That is the way of those who believe that Jesus “who knew no sin [became] sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor 5:21)” “That we might be “therefore perfect as [our] heavenly Father is perfect.”

If your priority is to remain with those you trust and love, then you will surely stay in the burning house either believing that it is not ablaze, or believing that it is indeed on fire, but choosing to cherish and spend the short and precious time you have left together with them.

If your priority is to have life and have it abundantly however, you will do your best to persuade those you love of the truth of their situation and to follow you on this newly-learned path to life. If you are unable to convince them, you will surely continue to follow this seeming stranger towards life, safety, and freedom.  

The sad reality about this analogy I use is that too many people do not perceive that this world is much like a house set on fire, and because of this lack of realization, they have no sense of the impending danger they face: eternal death.

So, Is Once A Sinner Always A Sinner? Is Imperfection ALL that man can hope for in this life?

Ultimately, like all things in this life, God offers you a choice: it is up to YOU to DECIDE. You can believe in what your eyes have always seen and what others have told you or you can believe in what God has told you and came to our existence to show you:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16
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God’s Love Letter To Us

Everything God communicates to us serves as a bridge taking us from a temporal, “flesh” state, to an eternal, spirit state thereby leading us to Eternal Life. It is in my search for the spirit-filled understanding of the 4th Commandment that God revealed to me that His 10 Commandments, understood literally, from a rebelling heart, are as stringent laws seemingly to oppress us and make our lives more difficult. But, when our heart is no longer in a state of rebellion- meaning we have submitted onto him- our eyes become opened to the spiritual understanding present all along within His words to us; words written to us by His own fingers.

One night, God revealed to me the true nature of his 10 Commandments to us: A love letter from a husband to us, his rebellious wife. A letter to remind us of our union with Him; a reminder of who He is and HOW we go about reconciling with Him and preserving our union.

Be Mine

The first 4 Commandments are the revealing of His character and the Holiness of the covenant in which we are partaking in.

  1. He begins the letter with a declaration of who HE is, His accomplishments, what He has done for us and how He has prepared to accept us as His bride. He is proclaiming his Love for us in a manner that we may understand.

2. Next, He reminds us to not to put anything, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, between Him and us.

3. He then reminds us to not tempt or “test” him with falsehood. In other words, do not “cry wolf” to test his love for us.

4. He then asks that us “Remember your wedding day, Remember your vows, Remember that you are no longer an I but one with Me.” We are now in His rest. Remember our vow to remain in submission to Him.

Wise Woman

The next Commandments are ways of maintaining or keeping the union holy (whole). In other words, these are principles to being a good wife.

5. Honor me. Treat me with the highest respect. Accept as valid and conform to my requests and commands.

6. Do not Intentionally plan to cause me harm.

7. Do not give what is mine to another. My honor, my affection; Anything that is mine. Be exclusive to me.

8. Do not take anything strange or foreign, from elsewhere, into our union.

9. Do not misrepresent me or our union to others.

10. Be happy and content with our union and all therein.

“If you keep these things in your heart and in your mind and DO them, you will ‘be Holy as I AM Holy’ for we shall be One.”

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Thought about Power and Riches

I woke up from sleep recently with a thought:

Amassing power in this world is a lot like being a great gladiator in Roman times. You are renown worldwide. You are given riches, women, and a great many perks. You possess great skill in your craft and yet…

You are still a slave.

You are still not a true member of the kingdom.

You are still not free to walk about as you wish.

You still have someone’s branding on your body.

In fact, ALL that you have accumulated as a gladiator ends up being the very things that distracts you from the Truth:

YOU ARE NOT AND WILL NEVER BE FREE.

You are a slave, forever and always, so long as you accept your current state and continue to do your master’s bidding.

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What if?

Today, God has put on my heart to post an entry from my journal. This is one that I wrote back in May 2016.

What if THIS LIFE isn’t really about what we THINK it is?

What if TRUE REALITY is the opposite of everything this world has taught us?

What if “your” life really isn’t about you? What if it’s about providing a service to everyone else?

What if it’s about community rather than singularity? What if every individual was willing to live not for themselves but ONLY for everyone else? What if each one of us was willing to die for any one of us?

What if eternal life wasn’t just an idea?

What if we weren’t trapped in a system designed to enslave us and turn us against one another? What if were free? What if we are free?

What if we finally DECIDED to open our eyes and see the truth? What if the truth was WITHIN rather than without?

What if heaven was the result of an understanding rather than a destination?

What if we are here only to bring others to that understanding? What if we were to GROW UP and embrace that understanding?

What if that understanding was the key to our freedom and independence rather than science, technology or politics?

What if this was the ONLY way?

What if…

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Understanding Humility

Everyone of us, at some point in our lives, have heard someone advise “be humble”. In fact, we ourselves might have passed on that same wisdom to others. Many times however, this advice is offered simply as a survival tip, but is there more to it than that? Is being humble merely the act of lowering ourselves in the eyes of others so as to avoid the social consequences of this world, or is it a transformation, a metamorphosis of the self? If we’re being honest, we already know that it’s the latter. Humility pertains to a true self-transformation rather than a deception of oneself and an appeal to others. Two questions then remain, how does one be-come humble and who is the true judge of our humility?

“[True] Humility is the acceptance that we are created beings, made by God, The Creator of all things.”

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What Is Our Authentic Identity?

It is my opinion that existence as we know it is all about choice. More importantly ONE choice; one from which all subsequent others are made. That choice is one of identity. It presents itself as the question that plagues us, demanding that we seek out an answer; Who Am I? What is my identity? Many have consciously forgotten about this question and have consequently on a subconscious level sought out its potential answers in the accumulation of things; wealth, pleasure, power etc.  Others, either through wisdom or experience, understand that “the truth [isn’t] out there” but rather it is within. With regards to identity, is there such a thing as an “Authentic Identity” and if so, how are we authenticated? Let us examine these questions.

“Authentic Identity is the remaining in sameness of a genuine, and real self in the exact likeness of (…) in our nature and quality.”

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