February 19, 2018

freedom.

Sin binds many in desperation, stress, and condemnation. Darkness keeps them in fear, shame, and guilt. But all who come to Jesus will experience something darkness will never know: freedom in the Light. Come out of darkness and turn to the Lord. Repent of your sins and He will cleanse you. (Ref. 1 John 1:5-10).

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February 15, 2018

Strength in Standing

In Judges 3:1-2, the Lord left nations to test Israel, but also to teach them to know war. There may be times in our lives when difficult people and situations are placed in our lives to grow and develop us. Though it might not be pleasant on our flesh, let us lean on God and count our trials and tribulations as a joy because they can mold us into strong, mature believers who trust in God…becoming perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (Ref. Judges 3:1-2; James 1:1-8)

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January 15, 2018

A Touch of Compassion

Luke 7:11-17 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.

From Luke 7:11-17, there are three specific applications for our lives today:

1. Opportunities for ministry happen every day. Opportunities to be a blessing and service others will often come outside of the church building. Every day, we have opportunities to minister to others while driving to work, shopping at the supermarket, and going to the moves.

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By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: Christian Living,January 2018,Love   -  Tags:      

November 28, 2017

Thinking of Others

We live in a time where people are selfish. Like Paul describing the last days to Timothy, his message resonates with us today:

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:1-5‬This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

When we read these scriptures in 2 Timothy, self is an underlying theme. In many ways, we see selfish acts on a daily basis, where actions and motives are based on what a person can receive or take from another person and not what they give.

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July 29, 2017

Who do you trust?

From our childhood, we have always wanted loving and trusting relationships.

We wanted the very best from our parents.

We wanted teachers who give their all to help us learn.

We wanted mechanics who do not cheat us, but tell us exactly what is needed to keep our cars running properly.

We wanted pastors who lead us with honesty and integrity.

We wanted spouses and friends who are loving, committed, and supportive through the highs and lows of life.

We grow up with these desires and expectations. But somewhere along the way, we are disappointed and let down. Our parents are not as loving or supportive as we thought. Not all teachers want to inspire children. Some mechanics do cheat people. Pastors violate our trust. Spouses and friends hurt us and leave us at our most vulnerable moments.

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May 27, 2017

I failed, but…

Proverbs 24:16For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

There are times when you fail (and fall) so bad that you want to give up. You’re embarrassed, frustrated, guilt-ridden, and mad at yourself. Unlike the world that gives up on you when you fail, God gives you another opportunity to get it right. He gives you another chance to start over. He gives you a chance to rise and stand again.

God wants you to get back in the game.

You can overcome, but you will never know unless you get up.

Repent and rise! If you fall again, repent and rise again. Don’t give up. Keep your eyes on God and allow Him to help you to remain standing.

God has not given up in you. He is giving you another opportunity to overcome because He loves you.

Rise! Get back in the game!

Photo courtesy of Lightstock/Kaitlyn Weatherly.

By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: Christian Living,May 2017,Perseverance   -  Tags:

When the world hurts you, your heart does not heal properly. It leaves a scab that negatively impacts how you see and experience everyone and everything around you.

When the Lord heals, He takes the scab off, exposing the hurt, but only so He can completely heal you.

Do not despise or turn away from His healing process. God is doing a good work in you, making you new and whole again.

Selah.

Photo courtesy of Lightstock/Daniel Davis

By: Spiritual Combatants   -  In: Christian Living,Help,May 2017   - 

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. —Matthew 13:47-50

In this parable, Jesus is describing the kingdom of heaven. The net is cast into the sea and collects sea creatures of every kind. After coming ashore, the good and bad were separated. In like manner, the kingdom of heaven is shared with many people around the world. And many people will come to Jesus, the church, etc. At the end of the world, the angels will come and separate the just from the wicked.

1. God drew you. The just and the wicked will be separated, but the beauty of this parable is that the just and the wicked are gathered together. The wicked has an opportunity to become just.

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Many people today are judged by their status through social media. Likes, shares, and views provide a sense of approval, appreciation, and acceptance. Some spend their days and nights watching their smartphones and computers, waiting for positive affirmation. But as we’re surrounded by a society which desires such attention, we cannot forget the only ‘like’ that matters.

In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus shares a parable about a man traveling into a far country. He provided different talents to his servants. One servant received five talents. Another receive two. Then another one. Each servant received enough talents according to his ability.

After the man had departed, the servants with five and two talents traded and doubled what they received. However, the servant who received one talent placed his talent in the earth.

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January 27, 2017

Endure.

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. —Matthew 24:1-13

There will come a day when the people of this world will witness and experience the very things Jesus spoke to His disciples about in this passage. But for any season, there are three important statements Jesus tells His disciples that will help us today:

1. Take heed that no man deceive you. When troubling times come, so does the fear of man and events and panic. People will rise up to deceive the hearts of the many who are fearful, unaware, or insecure. Some will come saying they are Christ or at least someone presenting themselves as one who can provide comfort or substance from the external pressures and events surrounding them. Their words will be carefully chosen and possibly be filled with a bit of truth, but their motives will be filled with deceit.

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