Monthly Archives: October 2014

stay with The Lord

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless  I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love

 

As the world turns it seems so does the people of God. We have allowed our selves to become so entangled with the things and the ways of this world it is really hard to tell the difference between a child of God and a man of the world. God called us from among them, to be separated, to be in this world but not of this world, but somewhere along this journey we the people of God have lost focus to the things of heaven and have begun to settle and chase after the things of this world.

 

The word of God tells us that to be friends with this world is to be an enemy to God, but we seem to strive to fit into or conform to the things and ways of this world. We have adopted the worlds social structure, what I mean is the Christian way is the head takes care of the feet, but we have some feet which is taking care of the head. In the book of Hosea Ephraim was condemned for mingling with heathen nations, learning their works, and serving their idols. Ephraim was half baked and good for nothing He had lost his strength and didn’t realize it for he was no longer connected to his power source. We must be careful not to get so mingled up with the things and ways of this world that we loose focus to the one that is our savior and our keeper. We cannot come unplugged from our power source.

 

We the people of God must be careful not to come unplugged from our power source. We must not seek the things which are earthy and began to seek those things which are heavenly and trust God to supply us with our earthly needs. Jesus said to seek ye first the kingdom of God, and the earthly things shall be added to us. Let us not be one thing with our mouth on Sunday mornings, and something totally different in our hearts the rest of the week.

In Him Place Your Trust

2Chonicles 12:14 “And he did evil,because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord”.

Here we have the sum of Rehoboam’s life, he was not so bad as some,but he did evil in various ways, not so much from design as neglect. His heart was not thorough with the Lord, and he, himself,was not willingly consecrated to the worship and service of the true God. But many are like Rehoboam the unready, many whose hearts are not prepared to seek the Lord.

 

Rehoboam did evil because his heart was not prepared to seek God, so it in turn was seeking the things of the world. When we don’t seek after the things of God, by default we chase after the things of this world. When you don’t worship the true God, your heart is by default worshiping Idols that we have elevated to the high places of our lives. Jesus said  if you are not for him you are against him, there is no in between. Let us prepare our hearts to seek the guidance and direction of the Lord Jesus through prayer and sacrifice. Let us with self denial give our hearts solely to the Lord. Let us confess our need for God in our whole life. Cry out to Him for help and wisdom. Surrender to His guidance, seeking to be right in all occasions by searching the scripture diligently and with prayer as to what we should do. Serving Him carefully and earnestly, leaving nothing to chance,being lead by His spirit, and obedient to His word.
Many fall by the way side because they are unprepared, they start off fine, but become distracted and lead astray chasing after the false riches of this world. Their hearts are not prepared to seek the Lord, so they follow godly advise from ungodly people,thus leading them to do ungodly things.Let us surround ourselves with the wisdom of the Lord by joining ourselves with the people of God. Have some prayer warriors in your life, not those that beg God for stuff, but those that worry God for change.Learn to cry out to God and He will learn the sound of your voice, and answer your prayers.

Stay The Course

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have Fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”.
We must keep moving forward, trials will come and sacrifices will be required, but we must stay the course. These test help us to build godly character. James wrote count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. It is the going through trials which helps in the perfecting us for this long journey home.

 

Jesus cautions us to count the cost of traveling this road, just as we would with any major endeavor. No man putting his hand to the plough and looking back is fit for God’s kingdom. Jesus expects us to finish what we start. Just as a small child learns to walk, we may be wobbly at first, stumbling in this new way of life. The temptations and trials we face will sometimes cause us to stagger and fall. But remember that God the Father and Jesus Christ are there to comfort and help us each step of the way. Our job is to keep striving with God’s help and to become mature Christians. Living God’s way must always remain our priority. We must continually seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. There are some things that can help us stay the course through the many challenges we will encounter along the way. We must stay in prayer and continue in the study of God’s word. Also fellowshipping with other true believers can be a tremendous encouragement in living our new lives dedicated to God. Jesus said not everybody who says Lord Lord will enter into His Kingdom, only those who do the will of the Father.

 

We are given a choice as to what we will do, but Jesus clearly expects that we do our part in remaining faithful to Him. We must produce fruit in our lives that is pleasing to God. Stay the course, we come to far to turn back now.

Told Me To Run On

Galatians 5:7 “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth”?

Here we have Paul praising the Galatians as he said “Ye did run well”. It is great pleasure to see the called of God running well. To do this they must run on the right road, run straight forward, not turning to the right or the left, at top speed, with their eye on Christ. It is a great grief when such are hindered or put off the road. The way is the truth, and the running is obedience. Men are hindered when they cease to obey the truth. It is a great thing to find out who has hindered us in our race.

 

It is a good thing to be walking in the ways of God, but it is better to be running, making real and visible progress. Day by day advancing in knowledge and understanding of God and His word. The Christian race is by no means easy. We are hindered in running the race set before us because our sinful nature still remains regardless of how righteous we think we are.Because of the entanglements of the world, our weakness and infirmities, we soon tire but the race is long and the road is tough. Some are too busy to run, they hurry about the worldly things to much to run. Some run to fast at the beginning that they run themselves out of breath. We are also guilty of replacing the reading of God’s word, with self help books about God’s word. These tend to hide the word of God from our mind  and we have no time to read the bible.

So don’t let anything and anyone cause you to be disobedient, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, and run on to see what the ends going to bring.