Be Careful

Good morning everyone and welcome to the weekend! I’m not sure about all of you but this week seemed to take forever to get through. Lots of stuff going on at work, so I am truly grateful for my time off this weekend. How about all of you? Comment below!

So..what’s your secret? Have I grabbed your attention yet? Good. Because today I am writing about something that we all as Christians need to get a grip with; we ALL have secrets. Some we have shared with those closest to us, others we have shared with no one but God Himself. Point still remains that we all have done something in our lives that we have done to which very view people know about.

Why is this important today? Why is this important to Christians today?

I will tell you! It is important because I see a lot of judgment going around in my Christian circles and its disturbing on so many levels despite the fact that “yes we are called to judge each other as believers“. So let’s get a couple of points straight on that..

  1. To judge each other in this context does not mean to be harsh or nasty to others that make a mistake. It means to help hold each other accountable IN AGAPE LOVE, and guide our fellow believers out of bad decisions. Not to sit around on the internet and mock them or doubt their faith.
  2. Have all the planks really been taken out of your eyes? (This is where the secret part comes in.)

Number 2 is where we really lose many people because, well, let me put it this way. Let’s say that I had the ability to record your every thought, your every hidden action, your every emotion and desire and not only see and hear all of this but also put it on a 100 inch movie screen for all to see.. Would you still feel empowered to judge your neighbor? To doubt others claims of Salvation? Guess what friends, it’s GOING to happen. The passage from Luke above is clear; one day all of these things will be revealed. How would this make you feel if I was the one doing this? You would probably be less inclined to throw others under the bus and worry about yourself, Amen?

Look friends, I am all for helping others in their walk with Jesus. We ALL need help and can always be better by taking counsel of those that may be wiser than us in certain areas. BUT, what we need less of is the judgment and condemnation that so many in the Church are offering. Jesus told us that before we can judge others, we must judge ourselves. Have you done that today? Have you taken complete ownership of those secrets you carry around?

Yes, Jesus has set us free, but that freedom does not give you the power to judge others and condemn. You have been given 2 main missions while on this Earth and they are this:

  1. To Love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, and strength and to love others greater than you love yourself.
  2. To spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all that will hear.

Today, let us focus on those two missions and let God be the judge, Amen? May God bless each and every one of you this day and all God’s people said?

Agape Love,

David

Have We Forgotten?

Have we forgotten our purpose?

Good morning everyone and welcome to the weekend! Another full week of fun and games at that thing we call life. Things are starting to look up here at the ole Fischer corral; my Bride is recovering nicely, I am over that silly head cold, we have food in our house, and we are warm from the cold. How much more could I ask for?

My family is blessed beyond imagination; hence my topic today “Have We Forgotten”? Forgotten what? I’m glad you asked!

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:36-40

Love…We have forgotten love. Sounds too simple right? I mean, God has called us to so much; how can our mission be so simple? Well, in this crazy world in which we find ourselves today, Satan has done a great job of clouding our minds to make us forget the importance of this passage above.

See if we don’t love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and then love each other as we would love ourselves, NOTHING else matters. Are you hearing me this morning? NOTHING. Why? Well people always forget the last part of this passage…ALL the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. ALL of it!

Your ministry, your blogs, your career, your good intentions, NOTHING else matters if you first haven’t mastered these two simple acts. See people say things like, “We are called to judge”, “We are called to hold people accountable” and my personal favorite “I can love them but not hang around them”. Really?

Yes, we are called to do so much more; the New Testament is filled with teachings and commands that Jesus has for us; BUT if we haven’t taken these first two commands to heart and applied them, none of it matters. It’s like going from First Grade to Harvard without knowing how to read and write. It doesn’t work and neither does our actions when we try and live the Bible without love; that is the problem.

P.S. This includes the judgment or the "let's wait and see" attitude of people with checkered pasts professing their new found love for Christ. Be better saints!!

Love, not just any love, but the Agape Love that Christ showed us on the Cross. Can we do that? Can we stop the madness and just love God and others today? Once we master that, all the other things fall into line. Satan has also done a good job of making us forget where we came from; do you not remember what a wretch you were before Christ? Do you not understand that in fact you still would be if it were not for the saving Blood of Christ?

Step out in faith today friends and just love. God has shown you how, now just do it. Move beyond YOU and get back to what He has called us to do. Amen?

Agape Love my friends,

David

Why So Angry?

Fools give full vent to their rage but the wise bring calm in the end.

Proverbs 29:11

Good morning everyone and welcome to another installment of Radically Saved! I want to thank each of you that have prayed for my family this week as my Bride had to endure another surgery. She is home now and resting but it breaks my heart to see her continually have to go through this stuff. God is good though and is getting her through it. So, thanks again and keep those prayers coming!

Since my Twitter account has taken off in recent weeks, I have way more exposure to things that I used to never see. One of those things is an anger that is frustrating to see. Now I’m not talking about the “left” or the “liberals”, “atheists”, whichever label you want to give them; no this anger is from self professed Christian Brothers and Sisters. Friends, this is disturbing…

For example, yesterday I posed this question (which admittedly was for a dual purpose, one to get a genuine answer, but also to see the level of disdain people would have who did not agree with their position).

“Which of the following do you believe in”

  1. Pre-Trib Rapture
  2. Post-Trib Rapture
  3. No Rapture

As expected this question, at least to me, revealed a lot of hearts. Not because of their answer but because of their reaction. For many it was almost like people were questioning one’s salvation if they did not agree with their answer. (Most answered Pre-trib as expected). It also showed a level of closed mindedness that I would not expect from a Believer in Christ.

Friends, no matter what you believe about the Rapture, it is still a THEORY. A theory I might add that was not even discussed until fairly recently on the Spiritual timeline. So chances are we are ALL wrong about the events that include Jesus’ Return for His Bride.

So why the anger and hostility? Are we all so educated and smart when it comes to Scripture that there is NO chance that you could be wrong on your position? Now if we were discussing the fact that Jesus is the Son of God I would say yes! There is no discussion on that! But this is something that none of us truly understands, YET, our anger is way out of control here.

Its not just this topic either, so many think they are “experts” in the field and when they are challenged, they turn into the character above. Is this an attribute of Christ? Do you not think Jesus was challenged on the validity of His claims? Did He ever once start a fight or insult others based on their disagreement with Him? No and neither should we…

So, in closing, two things:

  1. Even if you feel strongly about a position you have, never be so closed minded that you can’t be teachable. Only One person was perfect and its not you or me.
  2. Always respond to others that disagree with you in love. Believe it or not, even in this crazy world, two people can disagree with each other and still be respectful.

Friends, today let us fall more in love with Jesus Christ than ever before. And in doing so, let us be more like Him in ways we may have thought impossible before. Let the world see that we are truly different, that we have the very Light of God Himself in us, and that we are approachable for positions that may differ from theirs. Just because someone does not live their faith exactly like you do, does not make it any less real. Amen?

Agape Love,

David

Still Here?

Hello my friends!

I know I haven’t been as active on here as I used to be, but I’m thinking about putting more time again into this blog. If you are still here following this and are interested in more content from me here, please comment below.

God Bless everyone!

Why So Angry?

Fools give full vent to their rage but the wise bring calm in the end.

Proverbs 29:11

Good morning everyone and welcome to another installment of Radically Saved! I want to thank each of you that have prayed for my family this week as my Bride had to endure another surgery. She is home now and resting but it breaks my heart to see her continually have to go through this stuff. God is good though and is getting her through it. So, thanks again and keep those prayers coming!

Since my Twitter account has taken off in recent weeks, I have way more exposure to things that I used to never see. One of those things is an anger that is frustrating to see. Now I’m not talking about the “left” or the “liberals”, “atheists”, whichever label you want to give them; no this anger is from self professed Christian Brothers and Sisters. Friends, this is disturbing…

For example, yesterday I posed this question (which admittedly was for a dual purpose, one to get a genuine answer, but also to see the level of disdain people would have who did not agree with their position).

“Which of the following do you believe in”

  1. Pre-Trib Rapture
  2. Post-Trib Rapture
  3. No Rapture

As expected this question, at least to me, revealed a lot of hearts. Not because of their answer but because of their reaction. For many it was almost like people were questioning one’s salvation if they did not agree with their answer. (Most answered Pre-trib as expected). It also showed a level of closed mindedness that I would not expect from a Believer in Christ.

Friends, no matter what you believe about the Rapture, it is still a THEORY. A theory I might add that was not even discussed until fairly recently on the Spiritual timeline. So chances are we are ALL wrong about the events that include Jesus’ Return for His Bride.

So why the anger and hostility? Are we all so educated and smart when it comes to Scripture that there is NO chance that you could be wrong on your position? Now if we were discussing the fact that Jesus is the Son of God I would say yes! There is no discussion on that! But this is something that none of us truly understands, YET, our anger is way out of control here.

Its not just this topic either, so many think they are “experts” in the field and when they are challenged, they turn into the character above. Is this an attribute of Christ? Do you not think Jesus was challenged on the validity of His claims? Did He ever once start a fight or insult others based on their disagreement with Him? No and neither should we…

So, in closing, two things:

  1. Even if you feel strongly about a position you have, never be so closed minded that you can’t be teachable. Only One person was perfect and its not you or me.
  2. Always respond to others that disagree with you in love. Believe it or not, even in this crazy world, two people can disagree with each other and still be respectful.

Friends, today let us fall more in love with Jesus Christ than ever before. And in doing so, let us be more like Him in ways we may have thought impossible before. Let the world see that we are truly different, that we have the very Light of God Himself in us, and that we are approachable for positions that may differ from theirs. Just because someone does not live their faith exactly like you do, does not make it any less real. Amen?

Agape Love,

David

Daily Transformation

 “If anyone would come after me let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me”

(Luke 9:23)

Good morning everyone and welcome to the weekend! Not gonna lie its been a hard week. Work has been crazy, my diet has been all over the board, and half the family is sick (to which I ask for your prayers because as we all know, this guy doesn’t handle sickness very well). In any case, we made it right? God is good and will always be there for us and never forsake us!

I titled this entry “Daily Transformation” because over the course of my social media growth, I have seen this disturbing trend that you only repent and ask forgiveness of your sins once. Before you all send the hate mail, please know I am not talking about Salvation. I believe with all my heart that if you have TRULY accepted Christ as Savior and asked Him to come into your life and pay the fee for your sins, then you are saved; period. Nothing can now destroy that relationship.

What I am talking about is our growth. Many feel that your initial act of repentance only happens once. That when you are saved this magic cloud comes upon you and you will never sin again. FALSE. Only ONE human ever walked or will ever walk on this planet without sin and I promise you its not you; and its surely not me, only Jesus Christ can make that claim. That is why Paul spoke the above message so clearly; once again..

If anyone would come after me let him deny himself, take up his cross DAILY, and follow me

(Luke 9:23)

Daily, Daily, Daily. Did you catch that? Daily. We must take up our Cross DAILY and follow Him. What do we think picking up that Cross means? It means that every day no matter how great you think you are, you sin. Just by breathing the air in this world, you sin. Once you have been saved, isn’t that sin paid in full? Absolutely! Again, we are not talking about Salvation but becoming more like Christ every day. To do that we must…

  1. Ask God every day to fill our souls with His Spirit
  2. Spend time in His Word every day
  3. Apply (Live) what you have read in His Word, yes, every day.

The list can go on and on, however, you get the point. We know that Paul was totally sold out to God, and we can be, as well. Sin, the flesh, and this world will continually vie for our attention and demand our participation. But when we die daily (repent), we consider ourselves unable to respond to those temptations. A dead man has no personal agendas or rights. He is not tempted to sin because he is dead to everything around him.

Do we not want this type of life with Christ? We are called to more than just avoid Hell; we are called to grow and fall more in love with Jesus every day. Amen?

Have a great Saturday everyone!

Agape Love,

David

Freedom

Good morning my friends. It’s finally the weekend and boy did it seem like it took forever to get here. My prayer is that this week you became closer to our Savior than ever before.

Before I get into the main part of my message this morning, I just want to share an experience I had yesterday at work. We were asked to help the kids in Haiti that are really struggling to get a good meal by boxing up bagged meals of Rice, Beans, and dehydrated vegetables. This really impacted me because it was the first time I had ever done anything like this and it made me realize this…

You may complain about the political climate in this country but the fact is this; the minute you were born in the United States, with all its riches and opportunities, it was like winning the lottery. Most here will never know the hardship of wondering where your next meal will come from or when you do get it, it is a bag of rice and beans. From this guy to all of you, stop complaining, you have it better than most of these kids that we helped yesterday could even imagine of having it. Now, moving on. 🙂

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under Grace”- Romans 6:14

Think about that verse for just a second…Now keep in mind this is for those that have given their life to the Savior Jesus Christ. If you have never made that decision, this will not make sense to you as sin is your master. You have no choice in the matter because the ruler of this world has you captive. For those that have made that decision, why do you still live as though you did when you were a slave to sin? Do you not understand that you are now free?

Or, is it that you indeed know you are free and are using that freedom to sin anyways knowing you are forgiven? Uh oh, maybe we stumbled upon something…

Let’s be honest fellow Christians; how many times have you said that cuss word, gave in to sexual temptation, or showed anger toward your brother or sister knowing it was wrong but thought, “God forgave me and He knows my heart anyway so I’ll just do it.” Whose with me? I’m preaching some truth no?

I include myself in this as well. Too often I have thought of my salvation as more of a “hell insurance” instead of what it should be; a New Way of life that God has called us to live. Not because we HAVE to but because we should DESIRE to. Amen? God says in His Word that when we are born again, we are a NEW CREATION; if we really believe that then why would we continue with attributes from our old, dead life? We are free my brothers and sisters! Free to live a holy, righteous life!

As always folks this boils down to choice. If you truly asked Jesus to be your Savior and asked Him to forgive your sins, I believe you are born again. Filled with His Holy Sprit and blessed in a new and special way. BUT, it doesn’t stop there. We must live in our new freedom with a sense of renewed purpose and passion. Passion to live a Holy and Righteous life knowing that we are now FREE from the chains of sin. FREE because of the price that our Savior paid on that Cross.

He is Risen!

David