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Archive for January 2016

Love someone

“…but you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.” 1 Thess. 4:9

Not only did Christ teach us what love is through the Cross but He also teaches us in specific situations how to walk in love towards each other. He also provided the love to love with. (Rom. 5:5)

Allow God to teach you how to love today. Someone needs God’s love in you! Start with your spouse, and your children. For if you can’t love those you live with how can you truly love others.

Are believers to judge?

Are Believers to Judge?

Seems like a simple answer doesn’t it?
Matthew 7:1-5 ““Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

And people usually quote this when they feel they are being criticized. Judging that condemns people is certainly wrong. But are we at all to make judgments concerning people?

A few verses later Jesus said “15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:15-19

It would be impossible to do this without making a judgment.
Yes you make judgments everyday concerning what this person says or that person says, according to what this person does or how they treat someone else. You will even make a judgment about what you think I am saying in this post.
“Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing”
“You shall know them by their fruits”

Let me give you a hint “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:33-36
A person may be able to hide it for a while but eventually you will know how a person really thinks by what they say. That is the fruit of the heart. Do they hold grudges? it will show up in what they say.
Do they get angry easy — “a fool shows his annoyance at once…”?
How do they treat other people who may disagree with them? That will tell you much right there.

You have to make judgments as believers, but it must be righteous judgment that doesn’t condemn people. It is for your protection to have discernment. It’s all over the Bible. “This I pray that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve those things that are excellent and be sincere and without offence until the day of Christ.” Philippians 1:9-10

1 Corinthians 2:15 “He that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”

Strong Meat / Solid Food

 

There comes a time in your Christian life when you are in need of solid food, and the milk of the Word won’t be sufficient for continued growth. (Milk is good for Newbies to grow [see 1 Peter 2:1-2]
To partake of solid food and then resort back to milk alone will result in a malnourished spirit.
Let us go on unto maturity.
Hebrews 5:12-14; 6:1-3

Bored with Church

“Bored with Church”

We all know that the church is made up of people; people who have character flaws, are in the middle of their sanctification and in the process of growing in grace.

This will not change till Christ catches away His church and we see Him face to face. (Yet we are counted as “the spirits of just men made perfect” Hebrews 12:23), yet we are also going on to perfection (Hebrews 6:1).

I would also think that people understand the church is not a building you go to, but the body of believers in Christ taken together. Wherever 2 or 3 are gathered in Jesus Name there the church exists.

Yet so many are “bored” with church (this is actually a syndrome of today’s culture, people bored with church, bored with their career, bored with their marriage etc. etc.). Maybe there is a solid reason, maybe the group they are with fails to demonstrate the life, love, joy and power we are called to exhibit in Christ.

Or maybe its because of a lack of involvement in the body. This is what I am seeing, a lack of involvement in the “church”. Not the building, not the day and time, but in the body.
Listen being a part of the church is the greatest thing going! Getting involved where God calls you to get involved can be the most exciting and exhilarating thing in your life.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be the mundane everyday things in life, but even in those times of just being faithful if we do it unto the Lord, it can be so rewarding.

So I counsel you to find your place and get involved. Get into the game, and get off the bench. Jesus doesn’t have any bench, all are called to start. GET INVOLVED and boredom will lose its grip!

Doing Ministry

“Doing Ministry”
A lot of us have the idea that ministry entails the pastor, evangelist or some other type of pulpit ministry. That certainly is true, but that isn’t the full scope of what “doing ministry” is all about.

This is simply what ministry is: Serving God in the capacity He’s called you to, and serving people. Serving God and serving people can happen many different ways. You can serve God and people on your “job” just as much as the pastor serves God and people at their “job”.

You can “do ministry” by helping others wherever they are, at home, at the store, in the factory, in the field, waiting in line, a phone call, a visit, a good word, prayer, or in the office. Ministry isn’t only reserved for Sunday mornings, it can and should take place every day of the week.

It can literally takes place wherever “you” are helping others in the name of Christ.

You can “do ministry” in a full time capacity by starting where you are.