Monthly Archives: July 2020

Bold As A Lion

The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1

 

One thing I think the Christian Church needs more of today is boldness. Especially in todays world of “political correctness” many Christians have become silent or in hiding concerning social issues. But the Bible tells us to be as “Bold as Lions” 

 

If you study the early Church, they were very bold. In fact many of them lost their lives because of the deepness of their faith. Because of their boldness, the gospel message spread throughout the world. Non believers like to call Christianity a Western Religion, however its further from the truth. The Gospel started in Israel and spread throughout the entire world due to the boldness of Jesus disciples

 

Many Christians may feel overwhelmed or defenceless in this wicked world today, however remember you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you. You have the power of the Living God strengthening you every step you go. You worship a Risen Savior who defeated sin and death and overcame the world already, be bold brother or sister

 

When Peter began street preaching after Pentecost, the Bible says “They seen the boldness of Peter and John” (Acts 4:13) Who was there audience, the high priests, the rulers, the elders, but two uneducated men stood up and declared “Salvation is only by the name of Jesus” (Acts 4:12) Many came to Christ, why? Because Peter preached with boldness of the Holy Spirit. He didnt have any degrees behind his name or a fancy title. He had the Living God inside of him and that was enough

 

So next time your talking to an unbeliever, be Bold as a Lion and declare that Jesus is the only way to Salvation, Amen!

Iron Sharpens Iron

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17

 

One of the benefits of the “Church” or having fellowship with other Christians is learning from each other. One thing we should be doing in our Christian Walk is to continually learn more about God and seek Truth. Those who remain stagnant  in their learning, such as reading the Bible or having Bible studies together, you get dull.

 

The Bible tells us “To always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks” (1 Peter 3:15) Well if your not continually studying your Bible and working out theology in your head, when someone asks a question, you might not be prepared. Has anyone asked you a question about God and you didnt know what to say? This is what “Iron sharpening Iron” is all about, its about seeking truth and staying sharp

 

Think about sports, when a team goes into a game, what do they do all week? They are practicing plays, studying the playbook, studying film on the other team. Why wouldn’t Christians approach evangelism the same way? If your a Christian, and spend no time studying the Bible, praying, fellowshipping with others, seeking truth, when an Atheist challenges your worldview or position, of course your going to get destroyed, because your not prepared

 

YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media sites have become great resources in learning. There are alot of great teachers, ministries, and groups out there that you can learn from. Most importantly study your Bible because that is the source of truth in all things. When having discussions, it becomes pretty obvious  very quickly, whether someone knows their Bible or not.

 

Of course the second part of 1 Peter 3:15 is to do this with gentleness and respect. When having discussions with other people, its not about winning arguments, its about winning souls for Christ. Listen to people’s positions , even if you don’t agree with them. Then state your position, but give good reason why you hold that view. Remember that Apostle Paul said “If you dont have love, your just a noisy gong” (1 Corinthians 13:1)  Nobody is going to listen to you if you dont treat them with some empathy or respect. 

 

Jesus said “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free” (John 8:32) Set people free by sending them to Christ , Amen!

Tomorrow

Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Proverbs 27:1 (NKJV)

 

Many of us have great plans for the future, some even plan out their entire life. When we reach a certain age we will do this, and when we reach this age we will do that. However we dont even know if we’ll be here tomorrow. Currently under the world of Sin and Death, tomorrow is not guaranteed. God has never promised you will live 100 years in your mortal body

 

So when you understand this, this brings a whole new appreciation for life and a new perspective on your daily living. Many of us are so busy planning for the future , that we never live in the present. Many are planning for a future that will never happen. What if we lived everyday with great urgency? What if we lived as if the pages of our story do matter and will be recounted for?

 

Jesus echoed these words “Dont worry about tomorrow, for today has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34) This has been my daily motto to get through life. Sometimes when we think to far ahead we can get ourselves to overwhelmed. Focus on today, get through the problems of today, enjoy the moments of today, make the most out of today!

 

Now I know many will say “Yet but what about eternal life in Jesus Christ?” Yes Gods eternal Kingdom is coming and is promised through Jesus Christ. However were stil lstuck in the “Old Earth” right now. We dont have our resurrected bodies yet, so were on limited time currently. The Early Church lived everyday as if Christ was going to return today. Perhaps we could use there insight and zeal, to be better prepared when Christ does return.

 

Dont let today pass you by without trying to embrace it, without trying to make a difference in someones life, without thanking God that you made it another day! Amen!

As A Dog Returns

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.  Proverbs 26:11

 

Sin is a continual problem, not only for those who are unsaved but those who are also saved. Why? Because until we receive our resurrected bodies or get called up to be with The Lord, we are still in our fleshly bodies. When your Born Again, there’s a battle between the Holy Spirit and your sinful flesh. Its a war that wages on, thats why its important to keep your walk with Christ daily. To deny yourself and carry your cross daily, not just one time

 

The Proverb compares Sin to vomit, and by Gods standards that what it is. Sin is what corrupts our soul and destroys our body. However as a dog, many of us cant resist the temptations. Many, even though you know its destructive, continually come back to the same sin over and over again. Why? Because you have allowed the flesh to overcome the Spirit. This is why we need to cling to Christ, not just follow Him. Thrown yourself at the Masters feet and beg to take away this burden

 

This is why Jesus said “Unless you become Born Again, you will not see the Kingdom of Heaven” (John 3:3) You cant expect to be in the presence of God and still be eating your vomit, its a disgrace! You need to be reborn, you need a transformation, you need to overcome your sin. How can we do this? How can we overcome the flesh? Jesus said “Take heart for he has already overcome the world” You need Christ to overcome your sin, he is the only cure

 

One of the best ways not to sin, is to avoid Sin! Going in a bar at night is probably not going to lead to holiness, use common sense, avoid temptive situations. But most importantly be filled with the Holy Spirit. Pray that God gives you the strength to overcome, and you will because Christ has already overcome. Fill your mind with things from above and not from below!

 

Are you continually going back to your old vomit? Jesus came to set the captives free, that includes you! Jesus will break your chains from whatever may hold you prisoner, call upon The Lord and you shall be saved Amen!

Faith in God

Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint  Proverbs 25:19

 

When life is good, we dont need God at all, right? When you got plenty of money, you got great health, you got a perfect family, but what happens when the bottom drops out? What happens when your health begins to fade? What happens when you lose your career or business? What happens when your family has issues? Who do you turn to?

 

This is the dilemma that Atheist face, they boast about not needing God! They are self sufficient, they can take care of number 1. But the reality is were all going to go through tough times and trials, the reality is our health is going to fail one day and were going to face death. So who does your soul turn to in the times of trouble?

 

When we ponder these things and issues, they seem overwhelming. Who can prepare for all these upcoming storms? Who can know what to say or how to endure this? God has made it really simple, the answer to everything is Jesus Christ! 

 

Jesus has solved all the worlds problems , if they would just receive him and listen to his voice. But the Atheist doesnt want to hear this! They cant believe in God, they cant submit to the Creator of the universe. They want to live like they want they on their terms! They dont want to give up their Sin, its much too fun!

 

But the satisfaction of Sin is temporary but the consequences are eternal. While the fun of your sin has worn off, your mortal body is decaying daily. Your soul needs Jesus! Your soul needs rebirth! Your soul needs hope for a future!

 

The faithless man will live life in hopeless agony like having a broken tooth, while the redeemed live in peace because of their Lord and Savior has already defeated Sin and Death, Amen!

Come Up Here

Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great; For it is better that he say to you, “Come up here,” Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.Proverbs 25:6-7

 

Pride is the greatest downfall to humanity. One of the reasons many people reject God, is not due to lack of evidence, its pride. We want to be exalted, our flesh longs for people to worship us! The thought of God ruling over us is appalling to the wicked person. They want to be God themself, but if they truly understood what they were asking of, they would realize how foolish they are

 

Think about todays society, what do kids want to be when they grow up? They want to be an actor, or they want to be a professional athlete, or they want to be a rock star. Why? Because they want the glory and fame, they want the power and prestige. This is all idolatry. Its in our fallen nature to want to be worshipped, to want to be powerful. We want to please the lusts of the flesh

 

Nobody in the flesh says they want to be a servant of Jesus Christ! Everyone wants to go to Heaven, but they are not willing if they have to be a worker in the Fathers House. This is why Christianity is about self denial and not self worship. As Jesu said “Unless your Born Again you wont see the Kingdom of Heaven” (John 3:3)  Until you deny the flesh you cant be in the presence of holiness. 

 

Many people in Christianity want to make a name for themselves, they want a big ministry with a big title. Its better to wait for Jesus to say “Come up here” then to make yourself get up there. This is why alot of ministries become self centered more than Christ centered. It becomes more appealing to the flesh than being led by the Holy Spirit

 

Heavenly Father, we’ll wait for you to command us to “Come up Here” until then we will serve you and worship you with all our heart, mind, and soul in Jesus name Amen