It seems there is this thing and that thing going on concerning the Christian faith. To be a Christian is to be “Christ” like. To be a Christian is pretty exciting but often filled with different tests that usually come when a moral shift has occurred.
I’m a Christian – That means I have given up by personal wants and desires to follow Jesus. (Matthew 16:24)
I’m a Christian – I can love people when I know, without any doubt, they don’t love me. (Matthew 5:44)
I’m a Christian – I can pray for people right after they have cursed me. (Matthew 5:44)
I’m a Christian – I love other people the same way I love myself. (Matthew 22:39) Read more
I didn’t write this and I don’t know who the author is. I just read it on Facebook. The scripture I thought about while reading this is:
Matthew 25:40 – “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
I hope this touches your heart the way it did mine…
A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago .. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly-missed boarding… Read more
Over the past few years I’ve been hearing the phrase; “We are a Covenant People.” And because of it we are walking in the blessings of God.” This I’ve heard mostly by people on television. Please don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a post to bash anyone. It’s a post to raise a question in the minds of the people who are serious about their serving the Lord and their Salvation.
Mostly you hear the phrase when one is talking about riches and material possessions. I believe if it’s the will of God for us to have riches, we will get them. In fact some people are enjoying the promises of God right now.
I was studying God’s word last night and ran across Jeremiah 11:1 which reads:
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:2 “Listen to the terms of this covenant and tell them to the people of Judah and to those who live in Jerusalem. 3 Tell them that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant— 4 the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’ I said, ‘Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people,and I will be your God. 5 Then I will fulfill the oath I swore to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey’—the land you possess today.” I answered, “Amen, Lord.”
The keyword, if there is such a thing in scriptures, is “OBEY”. A covenant is an agreement. In this instance, the people agree to obey the Lord and He will bless them as His people, His covenant people. So why then are there so many people living their lives in a sinful ways, claiming they are covenant people? As I said earlier, this post is intended to provoke the thoughts of people seeking the truths of God.
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
I’ve used this verse in situation where I needed to accomplish something, usually that something was a natural experience that needed a natural solution. I must testify that because of reciting the verse and claiming the victory over the natural problem, I was able to build more faith and do what needed to be done. This is a good verse to know when it seems you’re being overrun with situation after situation.
Recently, this week as a matter of fact, I had to call this verse up on something the complete opposite of a natural need. I had to recite it because I was having a problem with being able to apply this verse to a long-running situation:
Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. – Luke 6:28 (KJV)
The situation is involving a family member wherein my wife and I are taking on a responsibility that has been neglected. We’re doing it because first, we know it’s what God wants us to do. Second. To be used of the Lord to give hope in a hopeless situation. Taking on the responsibility isn’t what’s hard. It’s being lied on and lied to by the same people we’re trying to help.
We all have areas where the Lord is cutting away from us, or dealing with us in. This happens to be mine. So far so good and I am claiming victory over it. The normal reaction for people who don’t know the Lord and haven’t accepted Him as their Savior is to shut down, give someone a big chunk of their mind and walk away from the unappreciative spirit. But Jesus wants us to hang in there and do what needs to be done so one day, that person will recognize the love he/she saw and glorify God.
So Philippians 4:13 has been my verse to lean on because the only way I can bless the ones cursing me, and pray for the ones who despitefully use me, is through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
A few years ago, Nike™ had a catch phrase “Just Do It” in their advertisement campaign. The ad was planting a suggestion in the minds of consumers to go out and buy their products. It seems it was a successful campaign as Nike™ became one of the most prominent athletic product manufacturers in the world.
Jesus, His mother and disciples were at a wedding in Galilee. Weddings back then were very festive, much like today and to run out of wine during the celebration was considered disastrous. Mary, Jesus’ mother told Jesus the wine was gone. Jesus’ mother then told the servants; “Do whatever He tells you” – Matthew 2:1-12. The servants filled the water pots with water as Jesus told them to do and right after there was more wine for the festivities. In fact the host of the ceremony proclaimed the wine Jesus made from water was better than the wine everyone drank in the beginning.