Here's a Saw: Chop Your Arm Off...

"If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell." Jesus, Matthew 5:29-30

The idiosyncrasies of life! An idiosyncrasy is a peculiarity of each person's physical and mental constitution. There is indeed power in our mental constitution. Human beings are intricately designed to be intelligent. Therefore, we tend to look for roads of escape for every hardship. Our survival instincts are more powerful than the wildest animal. In the same fashion, we do not want to be bothered with God. He is that figment of our wildest imagination. He is that supernatural atom that provides rules and regulations for us to follow. He is that invisible hand phenomenon that so rampantly puts our minds into fascination. Therefore, we need a way around Him. There must be a way to reduce Him to nothing so we can live a good life...

Today, I dare to pronounce a day of change. The Word of God is not a saw that chops your hands off each time you do something wrong. Neither is it a guillotine, as in the days of the French Revolution! It is not a bunch of regulations that causes lightning to strike a man for his disobedience. It is no longer 'an eye for an eye' or 'a tooth for a tooth.' Jesus came to bring change...a brand new way of life.

Jesus came that the LOVE of God may be manifested. When He said we should be ready to pluck our eyes out if they cause us to sin, He introduced something very spectacular. No, he didn't mean that you should keep a chain-saw in your bedroom and pluck your eyes out when they see evil. Rather, what He introduced was the fact that the kingdom of heaven is the most important destination that we should strive towards. Everything else can only amount to second best, if not less. God's love is so important to have that we must be able to give up our most precious instruments to obtain it. People are dying every day, young and old. In the first five months of this year alone I have heard about three young people who have died, with strong affiliations with my young tender age. One of them was a kingdom child, he had a destination. I didn't know the other two so well.

The bible does not say, "here's a saw: chop your arms off." That would mean painful displeasure. But rather, when your eyes are open to see the power of the love of God, all things that align you to His word will become natural. Speaking from personal experience, the love of God has thrown me into a state of perpetual bliss. I cannot completely understand His love. I cannot completely fathom how Jesus willingly went to the cross, led like a sheep, to get his skull, hands, and feet pierced with nails. He did it for you and me. Therefore, I am thrown into a natural state of love. I obey the word because, well, I feel like it. I obey the word because I want to and not because I am forced to. I do the things I do, not because I am scared of hell...but because I see reasons with God. I read the bible from the book of Genesis to Revelation (not in any particular order) because I see 'love' staring right back at me when I read it. Keep in mind that I have read all sorts of romantic flicks before in high school, from mills and boons to Silhouette romance...from Nora Roberts (whose writings I still love) to Jackie Collins (who could be really verbally pugnacious). Romance novels cannot compare with the Word of God. Neither can my love for Nancy Drew Files, or any other crime investigative flicks. There's just something about the Word of God, so genuine that sometimes it brings tears to my eyes.

That is why I can introduce the "flesh manuscripts" so freely. I do not consider them to be a bunch of rules and regulations. Rather, I find myself obeying because God and His kingdom are what really matters most. I don't own a saw, I don't cut my right hand off when the Word shows me my wrong ways. Rather, I run into the arms of my Knight in Shining armor. The One whose mercy can never run dry. The forgiver of my sins. My Rock of Ages and my Redeemer. He lifts my head back up and places a smile on my lips. I don't cut my arms off, instead I find God's grace.

The word of God keeps me alive. It shows me the right way to become everything I was meant to become. It shows me that when I walk by the highways of life I will fall into trouble, but if I find the narrow way...I and the few who listen and find it, will find life. It gives me the water of life so I can thirst no more.

Today, I release every burden that you, the reader, has been feeling about the Word of God. I rebuke every secret suffering, fear and torture telling you that you are bound by chains. Cast all your fears and burdens to God. Don't let your idiosyncratic mind tell you that you can't do it. You are not a prisoner to rules and regulations, but a prisoner to God's love. He loves you, whether you choose to believe it or not. Yes, you can find God's love. Yes, you can obey His word. And no, you don't have to cut your arms off. No, you don't have to do anything impossible or out of the norm. Just let God's LOVE flow through you...let it come naturally...let Him speak to you...let Him change you naturally, from the inside out! He's ready, but are you even willing?

38 comments:

Ollay said...

Am first yeeeeeeeeee! Lemme go read.

Ollay said...

Thanks for the words. They're such a blessing to me. I had an argument with my mum and hour ago just cos she asked me to pray about my problems and I said that God dont exist. I told her if God existed I wont be going through such pain. But I guess God saw this and sent you to me. Thanks a lot.

Free-flowing Florida said...

word!!!! though i think am more guilty of treating God will too much lax dan as 'the mighty smiter'.

Mommy said...

Your blog is such an inspiration and a blessing to me anytime. Thanks love!

Mommy said...

wow...I made top five!! :0)

Mommy said...

wow...I made top five!! :0)

Remi, United Kingdom said...

ooooh I so wanted to be first! lol.. okay made first 6... okay let me go and read like omoluabi eh?

Remi, United Kingdom said...

aiye yai yai... this is an awesome post...Amen!!!!
I'm sending this to all I know..
yes we obey God cus we want to, not because we are forced to. We do have a choice... This is what I have been telling those within my hemisphere for a looooooooooong time! God is not like way over there, and then we, waaaaaay over here. When we become his children, we rest within the realms of his bossom!
Oh my, I thank God for you, God bless you loads. x

Remi, United Kingdom said...

oh by the way, this morning I picked up your Dec gift... a reminder God's words are never dated, they are never old, they are for all seasons! Was reading it like I just got it through the post today! :-)))))

Allied said...

Excellent post Jaycee... It was just what HE brought me here to read.

How u day?

~Mimi~ said...

hey JC :) God bless you darling! Mightily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your Oil shall never run dry :)

LG said...

anoda good one !!!!
God bless U for thanks for sharing

Gunners4life

Naija Chickito said...

A BIG AMEN to that prayer...that we may be more like HIM each day, and see HIM as the only one who can love us truly and completly and not as the Almighty Smiter!!!

Oracle said...

ok, Jaycee, I don't know how to say it this time, but I guess you know what I'm about to say so there's no point saying it. lol.

Dearie, I must confess you're a messenger. Keep doing your thing.

feather said...

God is awesome

Kafo said...

hmmm i was talking to my man last week and he asked WHAT would you do if there was no commandments and rules from the Bible and i paused and realized there was only ONE thing that seemed like an encumberance just one thing i WANTED to do that i don't because i'm Christian and i realized that i had to give that up and so i guess the more we grow in Christ the more we realize that the rules are not meant to chain us but to free us they serve as a wall
hmmm this is getting mii thinking

thanks
have a blessed weekend

Kafo said...

i am still listening to your playlist
thanks

30+ said...

This post was definitely inspired by the prophetic.......

Keep it burning

AlooFar said...

Thanks for sharing this ;)

Naija Vixen said...

The title of your post sure is grabbing! But yeah, His words are not meant to have us cowering in fear but to comfort and guide us and bring us to a closer walk with Him, thanks for the word...may God continue to use you to bless others...have a great weeknd! x

Muse said...

your words are like the little star in the sky, leading those who would be wise to the saviour, hidden in a manger, yet infinitesimally too large for our world.

eFJay said...

Bless you sister!!! Preeachhhh!
May the Lord continue to use you to lighten the paths of those around you...
You truly are blessed!

Mwaahhhh! xxxxxx

'ef babe'

Chika said...

Who are you?...These words are deep..they are divine...certainly inspiring!

anonymous gal said...

i need to have a one on one wit u o. my christian life is in shambles.
nice post.

stuck in my throat o said...

Jaycee: I am overly inspired...thank you for such a beautiful post..

Smaragd said...

i have read several of your other posts, but this one especially got to me.

reading it, i was challenged, cuz i saw a person who reads the word of God out of pure need and with joy too! i envy you that JC, it's the beauty of Xtianity.

u are blessed for being a blessing.

Afrobabe said...

Once again I am humbled by your post...

Will try to be a better person all day...

uNWrItten* said...

u are such a blessing :)

Vera Ezimora said...

Amen!

Jaycee, do me a favor. Gimme a Bible verse to read. Or a chapter. Or an entire book in the Bible. I'll come back tomorrow (rather later today since it's already past 12 midnite) to check what you have recommended.

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Amin oh!


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Jaycee said...

Vera darling,

How are you? Two books sprung right out of my lips when I read ur comment. Can u read 1) 1 Kings 18 2) The book of Esther (it's pretty short).

@ Everyone, I'm so blessed to read your comments. I read them every single day. I will reply every one pretty soon as I love to give individual comments. I'm looking forward to a post on the "flesh manuscripts" this week...

Te amo...:)

aworan said...

The words you have written here are so true. I believe that sometimes, people take the word literally, and don't ask for real divine understanding. Thanks for sharing.

mystoriesmytestimonies said...

God's love is awesome....
cant believe i will be walking across the stage next week...
God is faithful....

Oracle said...

Jaycee, remember I once promised to write on your topic "In his Presence"
The poem is ready, I don't have your addy to send it to you.

Check my profile for my addy and mail me, I'll reply with the poem.
Hurry girl, I'll soon be outta town and that means NO BLOGGING.

Buttercup said...

that was very inspirin...God bless...

darkelcee said...

haa, thought i dropped a comment here.

inspring post

Howdy?

naijalines said...

This is the post I was talking about. I'm good today, no sinful thots' lol...

So I hereby declare this to be a great message for all those who read or hear it. Amen.

The poets voice ~~~ said...

some people's idea of God is this: 'do something wrong and he'll squish you like a bug'
how wrong people can get.

...and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free...

at the same time Jesus said ''i am the truth , the way and the life, no one comes to the father except through me''.
the only way of living where you can truly be free is living the christian life.

when you are God's child, you are no longer a slave to sin, not under any bondage and you are totally free to serve and worship HIM!!

God bless you, thnx for the mssg.