Remembering who you are sometimes takes more than a reflection –
But a deeper examination.
A sifting of ideals and society perceptions.
Opinions don’t make you.
Circumstances don’t define you.
Physical beauty is temporary.
But what does your heart display?
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”
“And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.”
Do we believe that we are doing enough for God as Christians? Is that a impractical question?
Have we given our all?
Are we continuing on with our life and squeezing God in where WE see fit?
Is he TOP priority?
Are we comfortable JUST going to church? Or JUST believing only?
Do we suppose going beyond BELIEVING is doing too much?
Are Sunday mornings plenty?
Would an outsider know that we are followers of Jesus Christ by reading our Facebook, Instagram posts? Tweets? Snapchat videos? Or should we have a small disclaimer to advise or warn viewers of our content, and that it is not directly consistent or congruent with Christ – but since we are all sinners saved by grace- it’s permissible?
When will stop giving Satan all the credit for our mess up’s; downfalls; mistakes – and acknowledge our part? Repent. Allow the will power that the Lord has given us – and the Power of the Holy Ghost to help guide us, keep us, and make right decisions.
No man is perfect –yes. But the Holy Ghost (The spirit of God) which Jesus said would be sent in his name would comfort us – fill us, lead us – IS. That’s why it’s important to walk in the spirit and NOT in the flesh…why? So we do NOT FULFILL THE LUST OF THE FLESH!
Why aren’t WE screaming in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord? Or was that just John the Baptists assignment?
Why is baptism in the name of Jesus grievous?
How has the promise of being filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking tongues as the SPIRIT OF GOD gives utterance – become old-fashion and obsolete?
Who are those who shall do greater works than these (according to John 14:12)?
Is it not the followers of Christ? Those who believe and have received his gospel, been baptized and filled with His Spirit? Those who are keeping his commandments and living by his word? Or is it only reserved for the pastors, and evangelist, deacons, ministers, prophets and apostles?
Who is qualified to tell someone about the goodness, the unfailing love of Christ that moved him so, that He manifested himself in the flesh. Subjected Himself to His creation – to restore them back to Himself!
You don’t have all the answers?
When will your testimony of what God has done for you be enough? Do you remember when he healed you? Remember when he kept your mind when you were 2 seconds from going insane – COMPLETELY NUTS? Or what about when He RESTORED YOUR MIND!? When He called your name right before you were about to overdose? Remember when you miraculously overcame that sickness and no one understood how or why? Remember when you were left for dead, but that scar is a testament of his unmerited favor and grace!
What about the inexplainable comfort you felt in your time of mourning or pain? And you just knew it was the arms of God?
I could go on and on – but those or the testimonies that someone needs to hear FROM YOU! Someone is waiting to overcome from the words of YOUR testimony. You don’t have to be a bible scholar tell someone about Christ.
It’s Ok to direct someone to a church home – or a pastor – in regards to a question or situation that you are unsure about. However, the whole point is the invitation. Was there an open invitation to Jesus Christ – the Savior, Healer, Deliverer, Forgiver, Comforter, Peace Maker, Bread of Life….?
Saints, let us not become complacent and/or comfortable in where we are or where we are not in Christ. If you are comfortable – change your position. Get uncomfortable. Ask God for direction, for an assignment. Inquire about what you should be doing in THIS season!
What could we be doing for the widows, and the fatherless – the homeless? Ourselves?
We can do more/better brethren! God can do more IN us and THROUGH us! Are we willing vessels!?
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**IF: provided/providing imply a condition on which something depends.
**ABIDE: remain, continue, stay, dwell reside, continue in a particular condition, attitude or relationship.
** SHALL: may,plan to, expect to, intend to, will have to, is determined to,
**UNTO: To or definitely will
Providing that, you remain in relationship with me, and my words dwell in you, you may ask me for what you will, and it is determined to be done to you.
Such a powerful and awesome scripture! However we must remember to abide in Christ and that His word must live in us! That way, whatever we ask doesn’t contradict with who He is and what his word says!
2 Timothy 3:12King James Version (KJV)
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Persecution: a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate people based on their membership in a religious, ethnic, social, or racial group.
Today I ask that you pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being falsely accused of crimes, arrested and imprisoned, beaten, and killed because of their faith in Jesus Christ!
For those who are in America, we often take for granted the liberty we have in being able to worship freely, to pray in public, to get together and talk about our faith and to even post about it openly on several different type of social media platforms.
Matthew 5:10King James Version (KJV)
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Yes, we can say that we are persecuted when we speak of the name of Jesus because we may get side eyes or horrible looks from people when you pray over your food at a local restaurant or if you are the person that randomly shouts a, “God is good” or “Glory to God” in public. But who can actually say that they have been BEATEN, RAPED, TORTURED, DENIED MEDICAL ATTENTION, THREATENED TO BE KILLED, OR KILLED for their belief in Jesus Christ?
These are the ones I would love for us to stand in the gap for today. Say a prayer or prayers for those who cannot openly or loudly proclaim the name of Jesus. Who can’t wear a Jesus saves bro t-shirt freely without being stoned. The ones who can’t go to a worship service on Sunday/Saturday morning. The ones who have to hold a bible study in secret. The ones who have to whisper sermons, or scriptures, or even songs because if heard someone might find out what they are doing.
Can you imagine being told that you can not return home and are forced to stay in a camp all because you are a follower of Jesus Christ? What if you were beaten for worshiping? Would you still worship? Or what if you were fined every time you held a church service? What if you didn’t have freedom of religion unless you registered with the state?
INTERCEDE in worship today for someone who would LOVE to worship God in song or dance, but CAN’T!
Matthew 5:44King James Version (KJV)
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
***Also Pray for those who are persecuting Christians. I pray that they have a SAUL EXPERIENCE!
A Christian is martyred every 5 MINUTES
January 2, 2017 in China, a woman was sentenced to 3 years for holding a bible study at her home. She is accused of not having government permission.
January 4, 2017 in China activist is refused life saving operation because of faith
The most persecuted religious group are: Christians
Roughly 180 Christians are killed for their faith every month
Christians are persecuted in atleast 105 Countries
Human Trafficking Rings target Christians
Christian Persecution is NOT uncommon in the United States
North Korea remains the worst countries for persecution and has been for the last 12 years