Monthly Archives: September 2012

Characteristics Of My Father

Thessalonians 4:7 “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness,but unto holiness”.

“You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?”This quote has become a common catch phrase among believer.Anyone can grow up in church or hang around church people and pick up church language.”I’m too blessed to be stressed”.”I’m saved,santified,and filled with the holy ghost”. Does the public and private life of a believer reflect his or her church jargon, or are these just catchy phrases used to cover up ones short commings?

God is calling us to be holy as He is Holy.God speaks to us in various ways, and he is calling us to stand up in the holiness of his darling son he sent to die that we might live. Perhaps we’ve heard the still small voice of his spirit directing our spirit.Or maybe our conscience has screamed at us when we’ve headed toward something we know isn’t pleasing to God.Maybe some instruction in God’s word has hit us squarely between the eyes when we’ve needed it most.The timely conversations with the other Christians that brings us a needed word of encouragement,direction,or warning.God is speaking to us,calling us to holiness.But are we listening?Sometimes we’re so busy with us,we don’t stop long enough to acknowledge or absorb what He’s saying to us. At other times we may not want to hear what He’s saying because it dosn’t fit in with our agenda at the time.Or we may just not take the time when we have it, because we’re “not in the mood” to spend time with God.(let us be honest with ourselves)

Hopefully,though this isn’t the norm for us.As Christians we should long to hear from God and approach Him with a heart that is eager to listen and please him.But it can be a battle to fight against our own self as well as the pull of the world’s demands pressing in on our time and attention.That why we must learn to set aside some quiet time everyday (maybe 2 or 3 times a day) just to spend with God in prayer and meditation.Time set aside to listen to his instructions.The time of day we do this is not as important as having the readiness of heart and mind to not only receive what God is telling us,but also to obey what he tells us.

God is calling us to holiness, the word says “be ye Holy as I am Holy”, but we’ll need to be listening in order to hear His call.Jesus said that those who follow Him should live in such a way, so that others would see their good works and glorify God in Heaven.So our holiness is more than just a matter of personal spiritual growth; it’s a matter of honoring God and proclaiming Him to the world.To most of the world we are the only way they will see God. Are you an accurate reflection of our Saviors? Does your actions, attititude, and way of life ,show our Fathers characteristics? Will you answer God’s call to Holiness?

Believe And Be Saved

Acts 16:31″ And they said,Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,and thou shalt be saved,and thy house.”

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.God has done all that is needed for man to be saved.Jesus said from the cross “it is finished”.Now we must only believe.

The spirit and the bride say come.The word of God says come, make Jesus your choice.He is standing at the door knocking let Him in.In our story today the jailer after the quake had open the jail doors,found himself in darkness, thinking the prisioners had escaped he was seeking the light(vs29).He fell at the feet of the apostles and asked what must I do to be saved?There is a dying world out there,trapped in darkness seeking the light of the world, lost and scared,wondering what must they do to be saved.We the redeemed of the Lord nust tell them as Paul told the jailer,”believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.”It is not about joining church,a certain denomination,or the leadership you are under,it is simply about your belief in Christ and Him crucified.You must believe that Christ died on calvery’s and rose on the third day with all power,and in faith belief that you died with Him and rose a new creation in Christ.

Today’s church has made salvation about everything except what God intended it to be.The only way to salvation is through the belief in the death ,burial,and ressurection of Jesus Christ.The only forgiveness of sin is through His shed blood.There is no other way,so let us live a life before man that will lead lost souls to believe that Jesus Christ is the way.That a lost world might be saved through Faith……….

Don’t Stand Alone

Revelations 20:12 ” and I saw the dead,small and great stand before God;and the books were opened: and another book was opened,which is the book of life:and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books,according to their works.”

One day, rather we like it or not, believe it or not or are ready or not we will stand before God.We will stand in the truth of God’s word and the truth behind all that we ever did.Not the truth as to what we want it to be, or the truth based on what we were taught,or even the truth as we believe,but the truth that is the word of God.It is in and with these truths that all of our works will be judged as we stand.

Jesus said not all who say Lord Lord will enter into the kingdom,but only them that do the will of the Father.See there is more to salvation than simply saying you believe.The Devil believe and he trimbles, so your belief should at least bring about a lifestyle change.Faith without works is dead.The fact that you believe should bring about an action in your life.The word says he saw the dead small and great stand before God.So no matter how big you think you are or how little others make you feel,you will still stand before God and be judged by the thing written in the books.God gave us an advocate,one to stand with us as we come before Him.God in His love for man, gave us His grace and mercy in the form of Jesus to stand with us that we might be found not guilty.

We can never be good enough to stand before God in righteousness.So God sent His Son to die that in accepting Him in faith, we are made the righteousness of God,and allows us to stand before Him and be found not guilty.He is the attorney for the defense who will be standing with all that are His as we stand before God.Have you made Him your choice,or will you stand alone.

Only Believe

John 11:25 “Jesus said unto her,I am the resurrection,and the life:He that believeth in me, though he were dead,yet shall he live.”

Mary and Martha were upset that Jesus did not come immediately to help Lazarus when they sent for Him.They knew that Jesus could save their brother,if he would only come before he died.While they believed in Jesus, they could not understand His hesitation in helping them.Their pain was almost unbearable for them,and they needed Jesus as much as a dying Lazarus did.

All Mary and Martha could see was their grief; they had no joy left in their lives.However, if it had not been for this major crises they may never have seen Jesus as the Son of God and fully realized His resurrection power.Not only did Jesus physical life back to Lazarus,He gave Mary and Martha a new hope and story to tell others.This crisis became a victory because Jesus gave everyone,Mary, Martha and Lazarus new life.Sometimes we are guilty of thinking just like Mary and Martha.When we are facing a major crisis in our lives,like a death of a loved one or a loss of a job,and the very life seems to have been sucked out of us,we want Jesus to come and make everything better,and now.We wonder why He has not intervened and helped us.We can even feel abandoned by Him in the time we think we need Him most.

It is during these times we need to remember that Jesus is the resurrection power and that He will bring new life.It won’t happen when we think the time is right,but it will happen when Jesus knows the time is right.