Don't Shoot The Messenger First of all , I want to impress upon every one that I am not targeting or singling any one out . This is an overview of what the Lord has laid on my heart. As you all know , I have been here for over three years and have seen people come and go . What is pressing on my mind is the fact : we need to stand up and be accountable . If we say we are a Christian , is it only a name or are we truly born again and accepting our responsibility to share the gospel where ever and with whoever? A born again believer ? What does that mean ? We can say we believe in God and Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirt but that is only head knowledge and it has not gotten into their hearts. Just believing won't cut it . That will not get us to heaven . In order for us to accept Jesus we must confess our sins ( because we are all born in sin ) and ask Jesus to be Lord of our life. I would suggest that you read Romans 8 : 1-29 . No church , no pastor or priest can save us . We have the awesome priviledge of asking and recieving .It's so simple that people complicate it with this theory or that instead of mere acceptance. Just think , we can unload all the past garbage , all our past hurts , all our sins , and move forward with Christ in the center of our life. Why would people want to cling to all their past when Jesus does not condemn us ( No condemnation in Christ ) Romans 8 .... 1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man 4in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. But alas , I also see some who want to say but Jesus gives us grace so I can sin and He will forgive me . Hello .... Yes He does forgive but not for you to continue in the same sin - your sin died with Christ on the cross . Why do you want to pick it up again? The past is just that - THE PAST .... our hurts , our expectations , yes even being called names or hurtful things tha thave happened in church ... God does not want us holding on to all these past hurts and disappointments.Jesus heals all this brokeness but if you want to remain in the past - He cannot help you . Stop talking about what he or she did to you . Forgive them and ask God to help you move forward out of this relm of thinking . You are not helping yourself or are you a person that people will want to be around. If you have accepted Christ , you are a NEW creation .... all things have passed away - all things are new . The old man or woman is gone - the new has come . Walk in it and be free in Jesus. Jesus Christ gives us the power to live for Him So I say - Why do you want to live anything less than a victorious life ? If we are walking with God and are led by the Spirit we will want to keep our minds and actions focused on what the Spirit desires instead of what the sinful nature desires.