But I say to you......
Do you know how many times Jesus
spoke that phrase to those who were following Him? Neither did I
until I did some researching. I don't have an exact count,
however it was either stated clearly or implied in more than a
dozen instances through the four gospels.
My mind can readily identify with the thought. I have over many
years listened to countless sermons, Sunday School lessons,
conference teachings, tapes and CDs. Many of them were excellent
teachings and I gleaned so much knowledge and understanding from
them. At the same time many of them were less than accurate
Today I find so much of what I learned during my informative
years was at best shallow and at worst completely false.
This is what drives me to to put into words experiences I have
gleaned through the years of searching, listening and practicing
the Word of God to the best of my ability. I learned much about
the phrase, "You have heard it said, but I say unto
I heard many sermons or lessons on many subjects, most of them
dealing with issues that happen in everyday living. I found many
of the sermons were empty when it came to employing them in my
daily life. They sounded so spiritual at the time, but come the
next morning or next week when the same issue would arise in my
spirit I found myself alone and guilty because I could not put into
practice what I just heard.
I heard it said, but Jesus was saying something different.
Whom should I believe? At first I thought I must believe the
"man of God" who was so much more spiritual than I. Then I begin
to realize the only one who could really and definitely know
what was in my spirit was the one who created me. No preacher
could begin to know what was in my heart.
Then is when I begin to search scriptures, meditate in prayer
and desperately seek the King of Glory for answers. The answers
always came but often they were of the "But I say unto you"......
kind. At first this was a bit unsettling but as time goes on I
find the Spirit of the Lord is a far greater teacher than those
who go study at a seminary or school that only teaches one or
two belief systems. God the Father and the Son Jesus is far
deeper than any one teaching institution can even begin to
explore. Institutions are limited, God is not! I will rely on
Him to solve issues I have in living out my daily life.
First of all let me tell you what we are not. We are not
some kind of evangelist, preacher or teacher from a
traditional institution with an
agenda to accomplish. We are ordinary people who know
what it is to maintain a personal relationship with the
Lord God through the Holy Spirit.
We are those who are tired of the old religious clichés.
We do want to know the scriptures and the message they
proclaim, Christ is King. However,
we are not satisfied with present day unfounded gospel
as proclaimed by most religions whether traditional or
new-founded so-called gospel churches. We will listen to anyone
whose words our spirit recognizes. However we will not
listen with any real sincerity to teachings that coerce,
bully, intimidate or any other form of guilt ridden
gobbledygook. We have lived long enough to know from
personal experience most traditional churches or
teachers/preachers have some sort of agenda they wish to
impose on others. Some of these agendas are welcome and
wholesome while others are as phony as a three-dollar
bill. Those personal motives are usually objectives that
give them either Position, Profit, Pleasure or all
With that said we put forth comments on scripture that
have come alive for us. This does not mean they are to
be used as teachings. Rather they show how the scriptures
spoke to us individually in certain situations and are
intended to cause a person to think for themselves. The
comments are based on actual life happenings. Sometimes we try to use a bit of humor to make a
point, sometimes satire. It could be offensive; oh well!
The most exciting message I learned from the Word is;
God is in control and He cares what happens to His
creation. His desire is for us to be all we were created
to be. He has gone to great lengths to show us that
The Bible is a history of that very truth. It is the
only thing in this world I know for certain which is
solid and non-changing. It protected His creation in the
beginning and it will protect His creation today. Our
obligation in this is to trust our lives to Him and make
sure we maintain a pure relationship with the Father.
Men may pervert Bible truths to promote their own agenda
or manipulate others and they often do. However the true
meaning of scripture will always give a person
confidence in themselves. It is not necessary to depend
on others for a spiritual life. If properly understood
and applied, Bible truth will bring forgiveness of the
past, confidence in the present, hope for the future as
well as excitement in our daily living.
A final word about faith living. It is so important to
maintain that personal spiritual relationship. Keep it
strong and up-to-date. The most vulnerable person is
that one who is unsure of their own relationship with
Jesus yet wants to do what is holy and righteous. This
is when an unscrupulous person will take advantage of
you. However if you have that strong relationship with
the Heavenly Father and the Son Jesus, no one is able to
use the scripture to manipulate you into something the
spirit within you strongly opposes. When your inner
being sends out caution signals check it out for
yourself before you give in or commit to someone else’s