Tough times can teach us to keep pressing forward or leave us at a standstill full of distress and confusion. As Christians we must expect challenges which comes in all shapes, sizes and forms. Nevertheless, it is imperative to stay watchful or spiritually awake at all times. Often times we have to run from aggressive influences of those who are trying to steer us away from what the Bible says and get us to believe worldly teachings contrary to Biblical principles. In fact 2 Timothy 2:23 says: But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels. Foolish disputes do not promote peace. The devil uses foolish disputes to steel our joy. Often times when Christians attempt to address and issue they are accused of judging others. Matthew 7 says “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Well, If we keep reading, down to verse 6, Jesus talks about not giving what is holy to dogs and not casting your pearls before swine? Well, right there Jesus made a righteous judgment. The Holy Spirit gives us discernment and guidance so we can judge what’s right and wrong. Jesus was actually saying don’t try to judge someone’s minor issues especially when we have major issues. He was telling us to judge righteously. Jesus explained his meaning concerning judging others in John 7:24 (NLT) saying: Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 said “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” Furthermore, many of us Christians try to clean the fish before we catch the fish. This is not possible. So let us ask the Lord to help us to avoid foolish things in life and instead strive for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
If we are honest, all of us have issues and problems. In fact, we’ll continue in bad habits, bad manners, anger, depression, rebellion sexual immorality and all together ugly stuff unless we call upon and believe upon the finished work of Jesus Christ. He left us His Holy Spirit so we can be free from slavery to sin. Without God’s Holy Spirit sin overpowers us. Without a Savior we end up destroying ourselves! God wants to regenerate us, renew us and change our hearts and minds so that we will be in sync with his plans and purposes for our lives. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope says Jeremiah 29:11. You see, God is not trying to cause us misery and pain. God loves us so dearly! Once we understand the power of God’s love we will desire change. In fact we desire to draw nearer to God. God wants to change us from the inside out so we can be more like Him. Ezekiel 36:26 (ESV) states: “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” This is called being born again. Are you truly born again? Is God’s Holy Spirit dwelling inside you?
Psalm 37:4-6 (ESV) states: Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Delighting in the Lord does not mean that if we act right, stop cursing, drinking, go to church, pray and do religious stuff God will give us new cars, new houses and new stuff. Delighting in the Lord means that we delight in His ways, His Word, His character, His holiness, His truth, His wisdom, His justice and we eagerly yearn to build a stronger relationship with Him through His son Jesus Christ by the power of His Holy Spirit. Delighting in God is obeying our calling by following God’s lead. You see, when we delight ourselves in the Lord our desires actually change and come into alignment with God’s desires. We desire that His will be done. Being in the will of God is being in alignment with His Word. 1 John 5:14 says: And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. Remember, God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. If we come into alignment with God’s will in Heaven it will be done on earth! Please study Matthew 6:10 Matthew 7:21-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Romans 12:2; 1 John 2:16-17; 1 Peter 2:15; Proverbs 19:21; James 4:15.
How many of you have ever took time to meditate on answering the question “What is my purpose, what is my assignment here on earth according to God’s plans and purposes?” How many of you believe that God did not send us here to just strive to eat, drink and be merry from our wealth? Well, God’s Holy Spirit helps us answer these questions. Some of us take God’s indwelling Holy Spirit too lightly and others don’t even acknowledge that He even exist, then there are some who seem to be afraid to even speak on God’s Holy Spirit. Brothers and sisters GOD’S Holy Spirit is the fire living in each believer. God wants to express Himself in our activities and attitudes. Trying to suppress God’s Holy Spirit is a bad idea. (See 1st Thessalonians 5:19) Brothers and sisters, oftentimes the sweet voice of God’s Holy Spirit is trying to keep us on track. Once we realize that God truly loves us, we begin to see things as He sees them because we trust Him. The stronger your relationship with God, the more clearly you can hear and understand that it is He who speaks to our hearts. Let us pray that God fine tunes our spiritual ears to hear Him and focus our spiritual eyes so we can see what He sees. It is the most exciting experience to know when you actually heard God speak to your heart and when your insight is keener than you’ve ever known it to be. What is your true assignment here on this earth? Please study Isaiah 14:14 & 30:21; Jeremiah 33:3; John 10:27 and John 16:13; Proverbs 16:9; Ephesians 1:11.
Brothers and sisters, we do not have to worry about how we will come to be a person of virtue or excellence, self-control, steadfastness and godly. All we have to do is make every effort. How do we make efforts? By wanting to change and wanting to do things Gods way. A desire must be there or nothing will happen. We can pretend, by going to church and reading a couple of scriptures now and then and even saying prayers. However if our hearts is not in it, nothing is going to change. Starting today, let us get even more serious about coming into fellowship with the all-knowing, all present, all power God, the Great I AM. Those of us who are faithfully developing and growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ can testify that it is well worth the effort to just make an effort, because God meets us more than half the way! Oh what an awesome God we serve! Please meditate on Colossians 1:10 and 1 Peter 2:2-3 and Ephesians 4:15.
Lord your great grace and mercy has kept us and continues to give us that ability to move forward in doing what’s right and moving away from the madness of this world. We honor you for your strength, wisdom and power in keeping us and our families safe and for providing our physical, mental, spiritual and financial needs. In the name of Jesus we thank you and bless your Holy Name!
The message Bible has some harsh things to say about laziness. Proverbs 6:6-11 strongly states: You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next, Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest! Wow! The Message Bible version is a version that explains the Bible the way Modern Day People talk, without changing the original meaning. Brothers and sisters, laziness devastates our wellbeing. Too much rest leads to poverty!
Our future goals and aspirations begins with a solid foundation. A rock foundation is one in which no matter what, it will stand the test of time. A rock foundation last throughout generations. God is building a solid temple in which he is pleased to be right at home. Christians are the building material. Christians are part of the ROCK. Ephesians 2:20-22 (MSG Bible) explains that God is building a home. “He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together.
We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.” But you see, the building material must be approved as durable, and of fine quality. 1 Peter 2:5-8 (MSG Bible) says “Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God.” Proverbs 13:14 (MSG Bible) and Proverbs 13:14 put it this way saying “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, so, no more drinking from death-tainted wells!” Some of us are walking off the construction site seeking a different foundation. God said in Jeremiah 2:13 (MSG Bible) “My people have committed a compound sin: they’ve walked out on me, the fountain Of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns—cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves (a straining utensil).” Are your part of the Solid Rock Foundation?