Untether Your Old Faith: 2nd Principle of Maturity

Faith toward God implies exercising the fear of the LORD, who rewards righteousness and punishes sin.  It demands more than just belief in God; it calls for faith in God based upon the revelation of Jesus, that is to say, belief in the Son sent from the Father to reveal the Father.  (Elementary Principles-Six Fundamental Principles of Ancient Jewish Christianity by D. Thomas Lancaster)

After teaching and writing about the first principle of Christian Maturity, repent from dead works, it dawned on me the vacuum created by this needs to be replaced with something or as Oswald Chambers describes the “retired sphere of the leasts.”  This is where many fall off the road to Christian maturity, because once we recognize the “sin” (dead works) and believe we have conquered it, it could be the snare which keeps us in the same spot spiritually.  As Hebrews 6:1 says, drinking baby formula.  Continue reading

The Selfie Killer-1st Principle in Maturity

A.S. Since teaching this topic at the conclusion of a conference on March 6th (link below) inspired by Holy Spirit to ask and bring the message for that day; It did not take long for my words to be placed at my feet; A true test for the veracity of my truth with the Father, as it should be.  I welcome the fact that God answered my prayer for ears to hear and eyes to see as He pointed out to me that my time had come to truly repent from dead works.  As John Sanford (Founder of Elijah House) said in one of his books:  (I paraphrase)

When your dry well is filled with the Holy Spirit, some of the debris of your past will rise to the top and try to distort the light inside you.

I understand this to mean it is my job to skim the top so the Holy Spirit will flow out of us without obstacle. I am happy to report that my discernment and acknowledgment of what Holy Spirit wanted to reveal in me prepares me for an every growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Selfie Killer Teaching presented on March 6

Have you ever felt the pain, inflicted by the Lord, at the very center of your being, deep down in the most sensitive area of your life? The devil never inflicts pain there, and neither can sin nor human emotions. Nothing can cut through to that part of our being but the Word of God.  My Utmost for My Highest March 1st-Daily Meditation Continue reading

A Short Story About Double Jeopardy

“Never ask the advice of another about anything God makes you decide before Him. If you ask advice, you will nearly always side with Satan:  Jan 30 Utmost For My Highest

I had an interesting situation happen recently within our Home Owners Association as the Co-Chair of the Architectural Control Committee (ACC). It consumed my thoughts and I was afraid to make a wrong decision.  In addition, I felt I was being pressured to enforce a rule which I disagreed with.  As I look back and reflect on the story, it is clear that God showed me how to apply a simple Torah Law against this issue using the key component in all of this; Love. It further exposed how I sway to other opinions instead of holding to my resolve in the wake of the truth.

When love is applied everything is settled and no argument exists unless you are an enemy of God. Continue reading

The Torah: Don’t Spill Your Milk On The Way To The Refrigerator

When I started this journey back in October, I believed it would be a one and done.  However, as we start this the third installment, the picture of what I thought obedience was and how Jesus fulfilled the law has expanded to a depth, hard to find words to describe it.

I used to tell my son to not spill his milk, because I was afraid he would spill the milk.  I never saw past it and constantly repeated that phrase and scared him.  I tried to prevent an experience I thought was bad and missed an opportunity to grow deeper with my son. As we discuss the Torah, understand this is not about preventing us from living, but learning how to live the life God gave each of us.

What I believe should be required reading for all Christians and what I will be referring to in this teaching are the two following books:

  • Restoration- Returning the Torah of God to the Disciples of Jesus by D. Thomas Lancaster found at First Fruits of Zion
  • Pagan Christianity-Frank Viola and George Barna

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Obedience in the Coming Age: Letting Go of Needful Things

Picking up where we left off last time, I realized while sitting in Kansas where once there was a heavy veil, torn asunder upon Jesus’ death, I replaced it with a sheer of my choosing, a barrier used to keep the full essence of Christ out of my life.  The spirit of the word propitiate act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity), became real.  I was beginning to understand the differences between the Covenant of the Law, its pitfalls without the correct heart application and the Covenant of Grace. The points we are discussing are:

  • Obeying God’s law
  • Choosing which laws to obey
  • Don’t judge me as a weapon of silence
  • Propitiate

As I write this, God brought a novel to mind.  In Stephen King’s book, Needful Things, many of the characters in the story, purchase a special item which feeds a desire from a recently established Knick Knack shop.  For one character, she wanted to be rid of her arthritis pain.  She found a necklace and while she wore the pain vanished.  Another saw themselves differently with a set of sunglasses and kept gazing endlessly in a mirror.  As the story continues, we find that the town will go to great lengths to hold on to their one item at the expense of others.  The characters in the book traded their souls  to hold on to the one item they felt would solve an issue in their life that prevented them from enjoying life to the fullest.   Continue reading

Obedience in the Present Age; Part One

Sitting  in a Kansas hotel reading my daily meditation by my buddy Oswald Chambers, it was brought to my attention, that when I speak and think of God, I speak of a deity who is in charge.  I revere Him; I obey Him on the promise of eternal covering.  There is no doubt that over the past three writings, we have discussed evil, truth haters and laying out the foundation of who really is charge; Our Father who art in Heaven.  We have discussed Free Will and Justice.  Free Will with which we purchase our ticket to our final destination, whether you choose to believe or not.  Justice in that God is just and will provide judgment, based on His never changing laws, but that does not mean, He doesn’t love you.  Just like our children, we love them regardless of their behavior.  Disappointed, maybebut we still love them.  We have also discussed iniquity, that which the world continues to spread, without regard to God’s decree’s.  Eventually God will sound the ending of all our little tantrums to get our own way.

All of this is the Truth!  We know that, He is the creator of the world; He has established a covenant with His people.  We have discussed the mindset of My Life, My Rules and His House , His Rules.  AND yet after all that, I, Roland Jutras, am content obeying the rules to please my Father in Heaven.

You might ask, what are you getting at, isn’t that the point? Continue reading

A Just or Unjust God?

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week – which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men.”

Most of us have heard this famous quote from the movie, Cool Hand Luke.  The person, the warden is talking about, is Luke, a rebellious prisoner who will not follow the rules no matter what punishment has been delivered.  He is dead set on doing it his way.  I thought it would play nicely to what  a friend shared with me the other day when he was asked this question;  How can a just God condemn a man to hell?

Well, is God condemning the man or is the man condemning himself?  Many people, while trying to trip us (Christians) up, will paint a picture of a punishing God, depicting God sitting on a throne giving the preverbal thumbs up or down.  Man is just a helpless soul, whose intentions are always good, doing the best that he can, under the circumstances God put in motion.  How can a god do this to man, when he put him in this mess to begin with. The only conclusion you can make is that God might be an unjust God.  They don’t say God doesn’t exist but they throw it out as a reason not to worship God.  The ultimate fist in God’s face.  You see the picture;  the question is asked upon a supposition.  The story is started somewhere in the middle and not the beginning.  From this depiction, God should not be revered because he will treat you the same way as the helpless schmuck out there under God’s thumb. Continue reading

Truth is Hate For Those Who Hate Truth

Crucify Him, Crucify Him!!

15 Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner to the crowd—anyone they wanted. 16 This year there was a notorious prisoner, a man named Barabbas. 17 As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 (He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.)19 Just then, as Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: “Leave that innocent man alone. I suffered through a terrible nightmare about him last night.”

20 Meanwhile, the leading priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death. 21 So the governor asked again, “Which of these two do you want me to release to you?”  The crowd shouted back, “Barabbas!”

22 Pilate responded, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” 23 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?” But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”

24 Pilate saw that he wasn’t getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. The responsibility is yours!”

25 And all the people yelled back, “We will take responsibility for his death—we and our children!”

26 So Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified. Matthew 27: 15-26 NLT

My lasting writing was about recognizing evil; While that piece was being edited, this following phrase was brought out in a discussion.  “Truth is hate for those that hate truth.”  Continue reading

What is Evil?

Numbers 13

In the past few weeks a term has risen to the top of my vocabulary; disillusioned.  I didn’t know it at first, but  that word was seared  into my mind.  For years I looked at this word negatively and utilized its context as being hoodwinked.  But God is teaching me that I have been disillusioned on who I really am.  AND I am  learning that I need to ask God to unlearn who I am.  As I have heard over the years, God wants me to be rid of self.  Now I understand  the only way that can occur is to unlearn who I think God wants me to be or better yet how I think God should be seen in me.  So, in God’s view, the word disillusioned is revelatory.    During this process of revelation,  my perception of the world was forever changing, my field of vision narrowed  and very sharp. Continue reading

Whose Temple Are You Building?

The Book of Joel, Ezra and Haggai.

One of the episodes in my book is titled, Never Promised You a Rose Garden. It outlined a time in my life where I thought once you pledged your life to God as You Understand Him, Jesus or God(Good Orderly Direction), your existence on this earth would be a grand affair. Life would be in abundance and everything that pained me would subside. It was a point where I had to decide to give up some pretty significant bad habits, or else. At the same time, my marriage fell victim to adultery. I also admitted to my Company Commander I was a drug addict and shortly thereafter I was arrested for DUI.  Not particularly a rosy scenario. I was exposed to the error of my ways which I had made of my own free will.   On top of all that, I was granted custody of a baby to care for.  I half-heartedly acknowledged God, but was more resentful to Him than anything else. Through a well intentioned group of individuals, I was figuratively being “drug” to a better life, kicking and screaming. I was given a set of rules to live by in and I was told if I did these things my life would get better.  I started believing it and it did get better, but only for a while because I was under temporary grace.

Be as it may, I am never satisfied. My nature is to always seek the next higher level. Once I get to one plateau, I admire the view, take a deep breath and climb higher. Now that has a good side and a bad side to it. Continue reading