TITLE: Some are Mixed Up.
By Philip Barrington
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There is a mix-up amongst Christians through messages and writings. It is my observation, we take what is said and apply it to others. Brother or sister in Christ, God's word is for you. Before I write or speak I usually consider myself first, taking this in our thoughts, the criticising finger should not come back at me. God has already spoken to me before I write. I cannot write pointing the finger with out first getting rid of what is in my own life or at least be dealing with it before a just God.
<i>And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?</i> Matt 7:3
Taking this verse into consideration, you may say that there is things in my life which I havenít dealt with yet. While this is true, if I can be blunt, It's none of your business. Why is this? God deals with us by the grace of God to perfect us to the day when we are called home to be with Him. Therefore what I write I try <b>not</b> to refer to an individual situation but rather from a variety of observations.
<i>I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.</i> Phil 3:14.
It isn't a competition to see who is best in front of each other, but rather it is a mark which we need to aim for which is the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
<i>Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.</i> 1 Cor 9:24
This is what I am aiming for. We shouldn't be sticking sticks and stones into each other or trying to trip them as we run. We are all running the same way with our faults and failures. Don't point the finger but rather make sure we havenít got a beam or a log in our own eye which we need to deal with first. My prayerful concern from this writing and message to consider yourself and don't think of me as you ponder this writing but consider your own race toward heaven with God and don't divert to the path of mix-up.
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