Articles for August 2013

God Did Not Call Us To Be Spectators

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globe-71443_ResizedGod did not call us to watch the world and sit by helplessly.  He did not call us just to go to church and watch others preach the word.  While church is an important part of being a Christian, it is not a place that we just sit and listen.  It is where we should be encouraged, be prepared to go out into the world and be empowered to do the will of God.
James 1:22-25 (NKJV) 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. 
What will you do Monday through Saturday to show the love of Christ to those who don’t know him?  Are you being the light on your job or do you take your place amongst the grumblers?  Are you a fragrance or an odor?
God has called us to do the work not just in church but in our daily lives, in the choices we make, in the things we do.
Jesus said,   “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15)  “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29).
We can preach the gospel in our attitudes, in our conversation, in the way we walk; we can be examples to others and show the love of Christ.  Eg: We can share a smile with those who seem bitter,  show mercy to those who have wronged us, share our time with those who are lonely, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, teach our children to be obedient, invite spiritual seekers to church.  Most importantly, Love God with all your heart, soul & mind (Mark 12:30) and love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).
 Let us honor and glorify God by doing the work He has called us to do.

Is Your Word Dependable?

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mark-43723_ResizedWords are powerful, but without actions they fall flat.

A talker has the solution…a doer solves problems.
A talker makes promises…a doer follows through.
A talker makes excuses…a doer takes responsibility.
A talker says “I love you”…a doer commits.
A talker says,… “I don’t have the time”…a doer sets priorities.
A talker says “you’re my friend”…a doer spends time with you face to face.
A talker takes short cuts…a doer does the hard work.
A talker says “I’ll be there”…a doer shows up.
A talker is afraid of failure…a doer fails and tries again.
A talker, talks the talk…a doer walks the walk.

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.  Make your words count.

Are You Trusting Jesus?

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cross-66700_1920_ResizedIF YOU ARE SAVED … BORN AGAIN that means you have admitted that you are a sinner, repented from sin and asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.  We were all born into sin, so we are all born sinners.  There is no one who is good.  That’s why Jesus came, died and rose, so that we would not be condemned for our sins.
If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then all your sins have been forgiven and you have become a child of God.
If you trust him then there is a reason to hope, a reason for joy, a reason for peace.  If you trust him there is nothing that you’re going through that God won’t help you through.  God knows about your circumstances.  He loves you the way you are.
DO YOU READ YOUR BIBLE EVERY DAY?  If you don’t, how are you supposed to know that you are a conqueror … that you are loved.  How are you supposed to know that you are an over comer?  How are you supposed to know that you are forgiven?  How are you supposed to learn to forgive as you have been forgiven.  How are you supposed to know that when you forgive, you are freed from the burden that unforgiveness heaps upon your soul, body and spirit.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30)
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:13)
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30)
Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.(Romans 8:33-37)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)
For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)
The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED … BORN AGAIN, you must turn from your unbelief.  Trust on the works that Jesus did for your sake; ask Jesus to forgive you and come into your life … to be your Lord and Savior.  Only when this is done can you receive salvation and the joy of the Lord.
If you are not saved, then depression is understandable.  If you are not trusting God, depression, worry, distrust, fear, confusion is understandable.
BUT, WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO STAY IN THAT STATE?  It’s not for you.  Trust in Jesus and rid yourself of shame, doubt, a sin nature, condemnation, distrust, hateful thoughts about yourself and others.