November 21, 2018

Some things just don’t mix well like oil and water, ibuprofen and alcohol, electric hair dryer and water, fruit salad and tomatoes, retinol crème and sunshine, glass houses and stones, and someone said, “Me and my ex.”:)

Luke 5:33–39 (NLT) — 33 One day some people said to Jesus, “John the Baptist’s disciples fast and pray regularly, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees. Why are your disciples always eating and drinking?” 34 Jesus responded, “Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. 35 But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.” 36 Then Jesus gave them this illustration: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and uses it to patch an old garment. For then the new garment would be ruined, and the new patch wouldn’t even match the old garment. 37 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. 38 New wine must be stored in new wineskins. 39 But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. ‘The old is just fine,’ they say.”

In these scriptures Jesus is talking about things that don’t mix well like feasting and fasting, a new patch and an old garment, new wine and old wineskins. Jesus was saying that His way and the way of the Pharisees were not to be mixed. The Pharisees had a works based righteousness which led to pride and haughtiness. They were careful to obey the laws of Moses and their own man made traditions. Because of their lack of compassion for people they hated it when Jesus healed on the Sabbath. But like Jesus said >

Matthew 23:23 (NLT) — 23 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith.

Jesus had a faith based righteousness. The only way to be right with God was believing in Jesus and the Pharisees refused to believe. The new of way Jesus tore a hole in their traditions and burst their way of thinking. They would have none of it. They were satisfied with the old ways.

Our works are a result of our believing in Jesus. I pray that you are not trying to mix works and faith. You know, by believing you have less standing in Gods eyes because you blew it. Or finishing your bible reading plan because some how you feel it makes you a little more acceptable to the Father. Or comparing your life with someone else’s and feeling pretty good about yourself because you have it more together. Or feeling bad because they seem to have it more together. Mixing sucks doesn’t it! Believe in Jesus, thank Him for forgiving you and humbly move on living for Him.

Ephesians 2:8–10 (NLT) — 8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Be Inspired Hilltop!