Believers: The moment you give a higher priority to your ego, emotion, or experience over Biblical faith and obedience you’ve just removed God from the throne of your life and sat down in his place. In order to experience the peace and assurance God gives we have to remain plugged into him, his authority, and his direction. It may not make sense and it might cause discomfort, but the Lord knows what he’s doing, and he’s going to work out for your good in the end
The believer’s faith should be motivated by love. A personality driven by cynicism and skepticism is motivated by doubt and fear.
Consider Psalm 1, Proverbs 3:5-6, and 1 Corinthians 13.
The local church congregation is God’s institution for discipleship and development of believers. To abandon it is to reject God‘s plan for His people. To conform it to the standards of self-will or worldly patterns is to defy the Divine intention of the Savior.
There are some who’ve been seduced by spiritual arrogance, greed, and pride; they cannot see the beauty contained within the Body of Christ.
Instead of trying to improve God’s plan for the church or trying to mold it into what pleases yourself, try following Christ, His Word, and The Holy Spirit.
Do you live under the shadow of approval or disapproval from others. Turn your focus to Christ and find relief in Him. Even when circumstances don’t change, Christ can give you a supernatural peace that surpasses human logic. Those self-appointed judges will never understand why you seem so at peace until they turn to Him as well.
Things that are dangerous and senseless: Trusting a non-believer to help you understand Spiritual things and their implications to your life; trusting an alligator that offers you a ride across a river.
Here’s a thought concerning the controversy surrounding comedian, Kevin Hart, and Kyler Murray, Heisman Trophy winner, concerning their past tweets.
I’m not justifying what was tweeted, nor am I taking a position on how long ago the tweets were made, or the age when the tweet were made.
My position is this: Stop posting inappropriate and unkind things – PERIOD. It shows disrespect to the party; it undermines your intelligence; and it could publicly injure your integrity. There will always be someone willing to dig up your past to treat you like ‘the woman caught in adultery’, but in today’s society you may not find forgiveness. YOUR INAPPROPRIATE POSTS WILL COME BACK TO BITE YOU.
Before you post, you should definitely T.H.I.N.K.:
T – is it True?
H – is it Helpful?
I – is it Inspiring?
N – is it Necessary?
K – is it Kind?
Matthew 12:37, Ephesians 4:29, and James 4:11–12 advise and caution us about the spiritual consequences of our irresponsible use of words.
As Believers, we should practice the words of Apostle Paul, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”, Phil 4:8.
Beware of the flood of would-be masters who will not be disciples.It is Oxymoronic/Paradoxical to find those who are resistant to authority yet they wish to be authoritative; to encounter those who refuse to follow leadership yet wish to lead others.
Would you only share the Gospel message with people who dressed or lived like you; only to people that lived where you lived, and/or had an upbringing similar to yours? Would you only share the message of Salvation through Christ, with others if they had hair or they had tattoos like yours? If you shared the same educational background or had similar experiences growing up would that motivate you to willingly make an appeal to others. If their politics, race, or gender were the same as yours; would that provoke you to share your faith and belief in Christ?
Would you reject sharing the gospel with a man because you’re a woman, or with someone who is Asian because you’re Caucasian? Should a Black man or woman not share the Gospel with a Korean person? Are Millennials and Gen X’ers justified for not sharing the Gospel with Boomers? Should you avoid sharing the Gospel with someone because their earring was in their nose instead of their ear?
Would you resist sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone, not because of their expressed hostility to the Gospel, but because of their cultural, economic, educational, ethnic, or visual differences?
HERE’S SOME GROUNDBREAKING NEWS – THE FIRST CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES WERE JEWS!
They traveled to places and encountered people they historically considered ‘less’ than them and held in contempt. These Jewish believers formerly thought they were superior because of their religious heritage. But Paul said:
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? Romans 10:11-15
After His resurrection, the Lord commanded His Apostles to go to ethnically foreign and religiously dissimilar people. Go to all nations, in all the world, to every creature, unto the uttermost part of the earth; to atheistic, pagan, and hostile societies and share His message of Salvation, forgiveness, and eternal life. Does this sound like they would be in cultures which reflected their cultural, religious, and social values? No.
The decline of faith is not new, Scripture declares that in the last days many will fall away, however, we still have the mandate to share the Gospel with the world, in spite of their differences. We can’t talk about God’s love and then refuse to share it. The popular illusionist, Penn Jillette, of the team Penn and Teller, and a self-proclaimed atheist said:
“How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that a truck was coming at you and you didn’t believe it -that truck was bearing down on you – there’s a certain point where I tackle you, and this is more important than that.”
If an atheist gets it, as believer, we should too. Sharing the Gospel is about doing God’s work, fulfilling His will, for His Glory. With God’s help, when Peter finally figured it out he said, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him”, Acts 10:34-35
Paul explained it like this:
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby, Ephesians 2:11-16
Heaven expects it:
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth., Revelation 5:9-10
So, friends, in 2018 consider sharing the Gospel with people because they don’t know Christ. Don’t hold back because they’re different. If they’re willing to listen, be willing to share. If they don’t want to hear, you’ve lost nothing, but if you don’t share you may have lost a potential brother or sister in Christ. Remember, God will give you the opportunity if you trust Him.
I’m grateful for all that God has done for me!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Many people are deceived and destroyed by false doctrine because they don’t know what true doctrine is; they don’t know God or His Word. The truth of the Bible reveals God’s holiness and sovereignty. Biblical truth provokes the knowledge of sin, the call for repentance and the ability to believe. The life of a person who knows true Biblical doctrine produces holiness, promotes grace, and practices love.
I’ve been told that Treasury Department Agents do not begin their training by learning how to spot forged currency. Instead, they are trained to look for the marks which verify currency is genuine. This method equips them to spot a forgery every time because they are looking for what is genuine not what is fake.
Knowing Biblical truth works the same way. To know the truth of God’s Word we must believe that God is and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). When we hunger and thirst for His kingdom righteousness He satisfy us with His truth (Matthew 5:6). When we ask Him for wisdom He gives it to us (James 1:5). He does this so we will be spiritually assured and capable of walking genuinely in the faith. He does this because it glorifies Himself and sanctifies us.
Once we learn to recognize Biblical truth we need to commit to following it. When we follow after Biblical truth we’ll always be able to spot false doctrine and false teaching.
Pursue the truth of God and His Word and you’ll never have to worry about false doctrine or false living. You’ll be able to get your Faith To Go!