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Welcomed Annoyances
July 27, 2017, 2:59 pm
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“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations:” (James 1:2). So, are you facing a difficult time in your life right now? Have your best plans failed and now you don’t know what to do? Ready to give up? The word of instruction from God through James is difficult but essential when our lives seem crowded with trials, tests, temptations-COUNT IT ALL JOY! Instead of resenting them as intruders and annoyances see them as blessings from God. Welcome them as gifts being sent from God in His process of transforming us into Christ-likeness. So now that you have read this truth, what is your choice- obey and count the bad things in your life as joy because God is using it for His plan for you, or rebel and keep stressing and trying to control your life according to your plan.

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The Life of Faith
June 27, 2017, 7:03 pm
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Hebrews 10:38- “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” Four times in the Bible, Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, and then here in Hebrews 10:38 God inspires a writer to use these words. Anything that God repeats is very important and it is evident that God wants us to live by faith! Indwelt by the Spirit, we follow Him along this journey but because of our old nature, living by faith is a difficult path. I struggle because I want to be in control of situations and circumstances. I am a planner. I try to be sensitive to the Lord, but being a person whose life interacts with so many others makes me a person whose choices are based on what is best for someone other than me. You might be reading this and at this point say, “do what’s best for you and don’t worry about others!” I can’t. I don’t think that is what God wants of me. The reason I interact with so many others is that I am following God and He is using me as His instrument. Like Jeremiah and Jonah, sometimes I don’t like the cost. But what can I do? If I stop caring, if I stop making decisions for what is best for another even if it costs me something, haven’t I stopped loving? If I stop loving others, Biblically, doesn’t that mean that I have stopped loving God. For what? An easier life with less to concern me and more stuff to entertain me. Doesn’t that somehow connect with love not the world, and the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes? Whenever we follow Christ, the path will take us on unexpected paths where our faith is challenged and the making all things new is at times uncomfortable. But isn’t the treasure I am pursuing worth it? He sure is! Jesus is the treasure and He makes life with Him more valuable than all the gold in the world!



Loving Others Unless (2 John)
June 26, 2017, 9:31 pm
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In 2nd John, we are once again reminded to love one another. But John issues a caution- Make Sure That Those You Love Aren’t Teaching The Wrong Things. True love is to be shown to those who are not deceiving others with lies. The early church faced a group of false teachers called Docetists who taught that Jesus didn’t really come as a man but only appeared as a human. 2nd John reminds us of an important truth, it is easy of Christians to get off track. Whether following a charismatic leader away from the truth or emphasizing the wrong teachings that take us away from Christ and to self-righteousness, we need to take steps to make sure that we always focus on following Christ and obeying Him as we love others. The message is clear, We, as God’s children, are to walk in the truth, obey God’s commandments, love each other, and guard the teachings about Jesus so deception doesn’t happen. As we walk with God, we follow His commands our obedience impacts those we come into contact with. Doing what God commands is an act of love in which we show how much He means to us.



Twenty-one Days of Prayer, Day 2, Obedience

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Day 2, Feb. 19
Our Obedience- Col. 3:23 and Acts 5:29. In Colossians 3, we are instructed to do whatever we do, heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. I noticed the passage surrounding verse 23 is instructions about putting our faith into action. Specifically, God is instructing “bond slaves” to obey their masters, as to the Lord and not to men. Wow!. I notice the word “eye service”. This refers to a bond slave only working hard when his master is looking. As Christians, we are bond slaves to Jesus Christ, who is always looking, so why can we get by with “eye service”? What is reflected with “eye service” is only doing something outwardly that makes us look good. I also notice the word “heartily” and see “heart” and that points me to motive. Why do I do what I do? Here is the challenge God gives me: do what I have called you to do in a way that you show your total devotion to me. The second passage in Acts 5:29, is the statement made by Peter and the apostles, “we must obey God rather than men, (even if it means we die).” My prayer, “God help me lose sight of others and help me love you so much that what You call me to do, I do it for you alone. Help me to die to my desire to gain the approval of others. It seems strange to live in a way that others may misunderstand me and even think I’m crazy, but keep me from being concerned about that. I only want Your approval. At the end, let everything inside of me be spent doing my best for You alone.