Have you ever felt or thought there was something missing in your relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ? Someone told me once they were struggling, they had experienced a breakdown in a relationship with a fellow Christian and felt things were just not right. They said I pray and read the word but nothing.
Now, are we giving God what we think He wants or are we totally surrendered to Him and the leadership of Holy Spirit? Is there any ounce of pride and self accomplishment? Are we giving God the one thing He most desires, our hearts! If He doesn’t have all we will always feel something lacking and missing. Let’s remember this question of Jesus, ”Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I tell you?
On our own we can design quite a blueprint for our lives but the bottom line is, are we surrendered and are we living the abundant life?
Have you ever read the genealogy of Jesus? Five women are mentioned, three with distorted past, two with impeccable past. Why does God show us in the life of our savior things we try to hide. I’m sure there are rascals in our family genealogy, and I was pretty much a rascal myself. Jesus was and is perfect without sin, however no one can make that claim today about themselves or anyone else.
God opens the doors for us to see and realize His plan no matter the human failure will be accomplished. And true for our lives as well, we all have pasts that at times haunt us but God’s plan will continue If we stick with God! Keep your eyes on Him, don’t allow your faith and trust to waver, keep walking with God believing He has a plan and no failure will stop it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! From my heart to yours.
During this time of the year as we prepare for Christmas, Choir programs, parties and shopping let’s remember our Missionaries. They are in their countries serving The Lord, sacrificing to carry the Gospel! Southside supports the CP, local missions, but we also support missionaries that work in Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China. We also are partnered with several other Church’s to reach the Gbeka people of Guinea Africa. Missions is very important to us and God. Every Christian should go on Mission to another country and see how the majority of the world lives.
Spoiled we are and blessed beyond measure, but God has called and commissioned us to Go into All the World and Preach the Gospel!! If you are one who cannot go, you can give to enable others to go. You can Pray, and ask God to protect Missionaries as they serve.
On October 24 I traveled to Guinea West Africa to engage the Gbeka people, with two pastors an IMB missionary and a translator. We flew into Conakry rested then drove 600 miles-23hrs. to the village. We stayed in Gbessouba for 5 nights storying and sharing the Love of God with the gracious people. God healed a 15 year old very sick young boy as we were called on in the night to come pray for him, God touched and the next morning he was fine!
We shared with 205 different individuals the Gospel, we know the darkness is there but the Light of God will break-through! The Gbeka are very receptive and hospitable, very open to the true gospel, so join us as we continue to pray and visit them as often as we can. Pray also for the Missionaries living in Guinea as they seek to share the gospel!!
In first Timothy Paul reminds us of a few thing worthy to remember. First: that Jesus came to save sinners, we all sin and regular at that. You can go to Church, Worship, believe in God, believe in Jesus, tithe and still go to hell, did you know that? Matthew 7:21-23, those He never knew!! Second: Paul said Jesus in Him would lay a pattern for others. Now look around and identify those who are patterns of Godliness that we can follow, better yet look at yourself! Let’s empty ourselves of self surrender to Jesus and set a pattern for others. Lastly, Paul gave us a doxology for our salvation. A pointed anthem of Praise, to the King eternal immortal, and wise who is to be honored gloried for ever and ever!!
Peter say, Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good lifestyle in Christ.
Your Conscience, that part of you that makes you aware of your actions as being morally right or morally wrong. There are four conditions of your conscience; Good:1Pet.3:16; Defiled:Titus 1:15; Seared: 1 Tim.4:2; or Poisoned: Heb.10:22
Conscience depends on knowledge, The truth of God’s Word. You are like a window that lets light in, but if the light is rejected the window becomes dirtier and dirtier to the point the light no longer penetrates the window. Which condition are you?
I’m teaching on Discipleship in our Life Group. The Christian fails in Discipleship when he/she fails to pursue Holiness. Holiness is an essential part of the Christians life. 1 Peter 1:13-25 gives us some direction in this area.
1. We must have a disciplined mind:13 “Gird up the lions of your mind”.
Center your thoughts, recognize the things that want control of your thinking. Look and keep looking at the life of Christ and the return of Christ, which are to motivate you to live pure.
2. Balance your thinking:13 “be sober”. Be calm, steady, controlled.
Be spiritually balanced by weighing things out!
3. Reveal the nature of your Father: 14-15
God has given the believer His Divine nature! You inherited His nature just as you inherited the nature of your earthly parents. Nature determines appetite and actions. All we do is to be done for the Glory of God, if it can’t be it’s sin!
Jesus made a big deal of Discipleship! He put very strong language to the description of one who would follow Him. “If you don’t hate father, mother, brother, sister, and your own life also you cannot be my disciple!”
Discipleship will be a big deal when we make it a big deal. We don’t like change but to follow Jesus the way He say’s we must change. Our desire should be to progress into Ministry just as His disciples did. We must change from being immature to mature followers of Jesus.
Maturity is pursued and experienced through the Word of God and obedience to the Spirit of God. Immaturity is the result of no discipline or determination on our part and by being outright disobedient. So a couple of questions:
1. What kind of effort are you making to fulfill your calling to follow Jesus?
2. Will you follow the Bibles plan? Jude 20-21
Will we use what we learn to project ourselves into the Kingdom of God and begin to make Disciples?
The path we choose to walk: Each of us choose to walk a certain path, daily we go in a direction that leads somewhere and to something. At the end of each day we can either rejoice that we experienced fulfillment or we wonder what that was all about. Life is tough but not so tough that we can’t enjoy it daily. This brings us back to the choices we make.
As a Christian I can choose to be guided, taught, even instructed by Holy Spirit, who waits for me to ask, yield and follow His lead. I can also choose to put God’s word in my mind and heart to give direction: such as Psalm 57:7, My heart is fixed, O God, My heart is fixed, I will sing and give praise. So it is possible I can sing and praise through a day! Proverbs 16:23 says, The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. We can even experience a Godly attitude in a day.
Let’s also remember, Proverbs 18:12, Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility. Consider how you start your day, make choices by the Spirit and the Word and at the end of the day you will have experienced a good day!
We are well into 2016, spring is just around the corner and God is on His throne! Our thoughts recently have been on, “Growing Strong in Christ”. We like the apostle Paul must choose obedience to experience the potential of life. When Paul met Jesus, lying blind on the ground was told to get up go into the city and you will be told what to do. At that point Paul chose obedience and the rest is history, or better yet his story. Disobedience is a robber, a thief and we can defeat both by obeying.
Just what do you need to deal with in the area of disobedience? Neutrality is sin, not choosing you have already chose, so what is it for you?
1, Salvation: think about it this way, how has Jesus changed your life, have all the layers been peeled away so God can have all of you? Do you desire and enjoy obeying?
2. Does your external presentation match your internal condition? Many times we learn to show outwardly but not have inwardly what is needed to back it up. We just keep living a lie. It’s time to be honest and obey.
3. Worship? Does God have your undivided attention during Worship? Are you in Awe of God as you approach Him in Worship? Are you giving to God or just desiring from God?
God wants those who no matter the cost, the outcome or consequences obey Him totally!