Friday, April 26, 2013

Don't Lose Sleep...It Is Normal

2Timothy 3:12-13
12In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
The apostle Paul was giving a charge to the young Timothy about life in Christ, what to expect as one who preached the gospel of Christ. But Paul's warning wasn't just for Timothy, he says 'everyone' so that means you and I as well. Have you ever noticed the strange looks you get when you bow your head to God in public in order to thank Him for your food? Have you ever had the strange looks and words of discouragement from "so called friends" and even family because you no longer distribute the outrageous drunken behavior you used to that left you sick? Do you get the taunts or those who wrongfully project their issues of being out of line with Christ onto you to make themselves feel better? Do people look down on you because you men and women in Christ now refuse to literally lay down with anyone and everyone except the mate Christ has made especially for you, to avoid getting up with fleas and being left empty and unfulfilled? Then you guessed it? You have been persecuted. King Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun and it is true. Human behavior repeats itself. Do not lose sleep over this persecution because it is normal. Do not backslide because of this persecution. You are a new creature as Paul says. In order to move forward in your life in Christ, Paul says you have to renew your mind. Renewing your mind isn't a one time thing. It's something you have to do regularly by prayer, recognizing and listening to the Holy Spirit, staying in the Word and learning to apply it in your life. What is interesting is that Paul refers to 'evil men and impostors who will go from bad to worse deceiving'. Yes, there really are deceivers in the world and sadly there are those who are being deceived because they cannot seem to put on the 'mind of Christ' long enough to discern when an impostor and deceiver is in their midst. It's time to take off the glasses of darkness and turn on the light. Stop putting yourself in a position where you are willingly opening the door to deceit in your life. Let Christ give you new vision so you can see it and call it out. Trust and believe, when you call out deceivers in your life, they make an exit.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

It's Okay to Ask for Help

1Peter 5:6
6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
The apostle Peter was addressing men both young and elder, Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians alike. Peter himself had to deal with learning humility from the hand of Jesus so he was willing to address the subject. He talked about men refraining from using their power as leaders to lord it over people. And for young men especially to be respectful and humble. God is the true chief and it is God who can help you. It takes humility to ask the Lord for help and to know He will show up at the right time. He is faithful in that once you ask for His help He will show himself as one who loves you and will deliver the help you seek.
Honestly, it takes humility to ask for help period. It means admitting that one cannot do it all on their own. There's nothing wrong with that. None of us was created to do it ALL by ourselves. That is why "the body of Christ" was created. Each person plays a role. And Peter says in verse 5 that God opposes the proud. This doesn't just apply to men but women too. However, Peter was aware that men suffer from it like no one else. Men are taught that they must be strong and carry the weight on their shoulders. If President Obama, a man who carries the weight of a country and the free world, admitted in a speech that he drops to his knees in prayer when he doesn't know what to do, then no man should be ashamed to do so. 
God should not be the last option any of us seeks for help but the first because He is the only one who already knows the outcome.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Is It Worth It?

Proverbs 10:2
2Ill-gotten treasures are of no value but righteousness delivers from death.
The word proverb translated in Hebrew means oracle or parable and is used to describe truths of human behavior as noted under the nature of proverbs in the NIV Study Bible. King Solomon provided another truth from the Lord about anything not obtained the right way. It's of no value. It means nothing as it will not last. And because it was not obtained the right way it will lead to God's judgement. If you stole to get what you have, God's word says you will not have it for long. If you lied and deceived to get what you have, you will not have it for long. The means by which you obtain what is in your possession means a great deal to the Lord. Many believe "if I want it I shall have it". But the real question is, "Did God give it to you?" Is it worth it? Is what you obtained worth the price you will pay later? If the Lord desires for you to have something, He will provide the open door for you to obtain it in His time.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Resistance is Futile

Acts 26:14

14We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads."

The apostle was sharing his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus with King Agrippa. Many of you may remember Star Trek Next Generation. There was an enemy referred to as "The Borg" they were a group of people turned into a single consciousness. There common phrase was, 'resistance is futile'. Per the NIV Study Bible, Jesus' statement to Paul about the goads is translated into the same phrase in Greek. The point is that resisting the Lord really only brings harm to the person resisting. The circle of pain continues until one stops fighting Him. If you read both the Old and New  Testament, it is filled with examples of those who attempted to fight God but no one can fight the creator of Heaven, Earth and everything in it and expect to win. Even the enemy of our souls fights a losing battle. So why resist? Stubborn pride is usually at the root but the Lord says in His word that He disdains pride and He will break a prideful spirit. How far He has to break you depends solely on how long you resist the Lord. Many don't understand but He is such that He presents an offer, you can't refuse.  Resistance of the one who created you really is futile as it's only a matter of time before you have to call on Him.

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