HAVE YOU ever struggled in keeping your personality and individuality, as well as staying focused on your specific ‘calling’ in Christ?
As Believers, we are admonished to remain with Christ in the same type of ‘calling’ as when we were first saved, as well as to remain in the same social, cultural or economic position. Tragically, contrary to Scripture, many of our Native people are taught they must stop being an Indian in order to become a Christian.
TODAY, I INVITE YOU to pray with me that our Native people will be given freedom and encouragement to serve Christ, as our Creator intended.
1 Corinthians 7:17 says, “In every church I tell the people to stay as they were when the Lord Jesus chose them and God called them to be his own. Now I say the same thing to you.”
Ask our Creator to allow our First Nations people and those serving in Native Ministry to remain with Him, continuing in their calling, while honoring their identity and personality.
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I like to study with 5 translations. As you go through these studies, I encourage you to do the same. “The Scriptures” is a translation that includes the original Hebrew names and has the books in chronological order. The Contemporary English Version (CEV) is a translation that is written for ‘oral tradition’ peoples and it flows well while reading it aloud. The Amplified version is one where meanings of words and phrases are ‘amplified’ for better understanding. The King James Version (KJV) is the translation that works well with Strong’s Concordance. The Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) is a great companion version that I find gives great insight.
Let us remember our ancestry and heritage as we review these scriptures. For some of our families, the ‘honoring’ of ancestry and heritage has been neglected for many generations.
Exodus 20:12 – “Respect your father and your mother, so that your days are prolonged upon the soil which Yahweh your Elohim is giving you.” (The Scriptures)
Deuteronomy 5:16, 32-33 – “Respect your father and mother, as Yahweh your Elohim has commanded you. so that your days are prolonged, and so that it is well with you on the soil which Yahweh your Elohim is giving you. … And you shall guard to do as Yahweh your Elohim has commanded you – do not turn aside, to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way which Yahweh your Elohim has commended you, so that you live and it be well with you. And you shall prolong your days in the land which you possess.” (The Scriptures)
Matthew 15:4 – “For Elohim has commanded, saying, ‘Respect your father and your mother,’ and ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ (The Scriptures)
Matthew 19:19 – “‘Respect your father and your mother,’ and ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.'” (The Scriptures)
Ephesians 6:2-3 – “Respect your father and mother,” which is the first command with promise, in order that it might be well with you, and you might live long on the earth.” (The Scriptures)
1 Corinthians 7:17-40 – “Only, let each one [seek to conduct himself and regulate his affairs so as to] lead the life which the Lord has allotted and imparted to him and to which God has invited and summoned him. This is my order in all the churches. Was anyone at the time of his summons [from God] already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the evidence of circumcision. Was anyone at the time [God] called him uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised. For circumcision is nothing and counts for nothing, neither does uncircumcision, but [what counts is] keeping the commandments of God. Everyone should remain after God calls him in the station or condition of life in which the summons found him. Were you a slave when you were called? Do not let that trouble you. But if you are able to gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity. For he who as a slave was summoned in [to union with] the Lord is a freedman of the Lord, just so he who was free when he was called is a bond servant of Christ (the Messiah). You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation] slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ].
So, brethren, in whatever station or state or condition of life each one was when he was called, there let him continue with and close to God. Now concerning the virgins (the marriageable [a] maidens) I have no command of the Lord, but I give my opinion and advice as one who by the Lord’s mercy is rendered trustworthy and faithful. I think then, because of the impending distress [that is even now setting in], it is well (expedient, profitable, and wholesome) for a person to remain as he or she is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you do not sin [in doing so], and if a virgin marries, she does not sin [in doing so]. Yet those who marry will have physical and earthly troubles, and I would like to spare you that. I mean, brethren, the appointed time has been [b] winding down and it has grown very short. From now on, let even those who have wives be as if they had none, And those who weep and mourn as though they were not weeping and mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they did not possess anything, And those who deal with this world [[c] overusing the enjoyments of this life] as though they were not absorbed by it and as if they had no dealings with it. For the outward form of this world (the present world order) is passing away. My desire is to have you free from all anxiety and distressing care. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord–how he may please the Lord; But the married man is anxious about worldly matters–how he may please his wife– And he is drawn in diverging directions [his interests are divided and he is distracted from his devotion to God]. And the unmarried woman or girl is concerned and anxious about the matters of the Lord, how to be wholly separated and set apart in body and spirit; but the married woman has her cares [centered] in earthly affairs–how she may please her husband. Now I say this for your own welfare and profit, not to put [a halter of] restraint upon you, but to promote what is seemly and in good order and to secure your undistracted and undivided devotion to the Lord. But if any man thinks that he is not acting properly toward and in regard to his virgin [that he is preparing disgrace for her or incurring reproach], in case she is passing the bloom of her youth and if there is need for it, let him do what to him seems right; he does not sin; let them marry. But whoever is firmly established in his heart [strong in mind and purpose], not being forced by necessity but having control over his own will and desire, and has resolved this in his heart to keep his own virginity, he is doing well. So also then, he [the father] who gives his virgin (his daughter) in marriage does well, and he [the father] who does not give [her] in marriage does better. A wife is bound to her husband by law as long as he lives. If the husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she will, only [provided that he too is] in the Lord. But in my opinion [a widow] is happier (more blessed and [d] to be envied) if she does not remarry. And also I think I have the Spirit of God.” (Amplified)
Acts 2:11 – “Cretans and Arabs, we hear them speaking in our own tongues the great deeds of Elohim.” (The Scriptures)
Acts 26:2-7– “I think myself blessed, Sovereign Agrippa, because today I shall make my defence before you concerning all of which I am accused by the Yehudim, you being most of all an expert, knowing of all practices and questions which have to do with the Yehudim. So, please hear me patiently. Truly, then all the the Yehudim know my way of life from youth, which I led from the beginning among my own nation at Yerushalayim, since they have known me from the first, if they wish to witness, that I lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our observance. And now I stand and am judged for the expectation of the promise made by Elohim to our fathers, to which our twelve tribes, earnestly serving Elohim night and day, expect to attain. Concerning this expectation, O Sovereign Agrippa, I am accused by the Yehudim.” (The Scriptures)
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