-Motivational Blog Posts To Encourage You To Stay On The Mainstream Path Of Faith-
Everyone knows who a Pharisee is. I don’t even have to quote scripture; you probably already have a pretty good idea in your head.
Self Exalting, Puffed Up, Wealthy, Hypocritical, Religious, Bigots.
From the reader of the Bible's point of view, nobody likes the Pharisees. They were always the ones picking fights with Jesus. They were always trying to catch Him doing something wrong. As a Christian, it’d be first instinct to dislike them.
Sometimes we pick sides and build up fences between people or groups. We then act like angry neighbors that throw harassing remarks at one another or try to catch the other in the act of doing something wrong…. As if both sides think they are better than the other. It's like Christians group up against the world and act cool by trash talking. Who's the Pharisee now?
You see it? You see what I just pointed out above? Sometimes we think of how wrong or even evil the Pharisees were, yet Christians stoop down to that level and act the same.
Really? Christians? Acting like Pharisitical hypocrites? No, never! They wouldn’t!
I say this all humbly; I want you to really try to examine yourself, your friends, your church, even your pastor. Try to see what is in the heart of someone. Do they fake it and just look good in front of the audience of people? Do they live for themselves? Do they show love to the unsaved and share the Gospel?
I know, we can't see everyone at all times, and we can't judge someone easily by just a few occasions. Christians need to keep their Bible spectacles on (see all of life through Scripture). We need to examine ourselves most importantly.
"Why do I dress the way I do?"
"Do I pray in the wrong manner?"
"Do I show love like Christ to the world?"
"Am I willing to give everything for the sake of furthering Christ and the Gospel?"
Some of these questions can be very simple answers. Some can get you tied up in a knot. These are just a few examples of the questions the Pharisees probably could not answer honestly and still glorify God.
The next few blog posts, I would like to focus on the subject of how the Pharisees lived. According to scripture, I want to really dive deep on who they were, why they believed what they believed, and what went wrong. These are IMPORTANT questions to ask, because if we don't know the answer, how will we know if we are going through exactly the same phase the Pharisees did?
Listen, if your Christianity has become more "religious" than relational, don't give up; Nicodemus was a Pharisee, and I believe from the evidence of scripture, we can see Christ changed His life! It can be the same for any of us. I want to motivate you to really think about why you would call yourself a Christian. What does that really mean to you, and how are you living in light of what you believe? I truly hope these next few blog posts on the Pharisees are encouraging to you!
I want to recommend two books to you on this topic that have impacted me to write on the topic of Pharisees.
I would challenge you, if you have the time, to do some research on the Pharisees. Brush up on who they were, how they lived, and what they did. See what others had to say about them. I can't wait to share my first topic on the Pharisees in my next post with you guys!
Hi, I am Michael Jaymes. I am 20 years old, and decided to start writing in the winter of 2017. I have always loved writing, and I get to pour out that passion in my blog. I want to be a motivation, an encouragement, and edify my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ that come to MainstreamBlog. I have made my life motto, "I just want to be a blessing." This is where I live that out!