Pray for Revival

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Christians, my brothers and sisters in Christ, I would encourage you all to add revival to your prayer list this New Year.
Revival in our own hearts,
in our families,
in our churches,
in our nation,
in the world.
May believers everywhere recommit to fervently seeking and following Christ.
May we live in the Word, walk obediently with the Spirit, fellowship with other believers, preach the Gospel, and take care of the hurting.
Let us pray for Revival.

Pray for Afghanistan

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Pray for Afghanistan.
Pray for America.
Recognize that this is not trivial stuff.
Eternity is serious – people’s lives, mortal and immortal, are at stake. Stop squabbling over civil disputes and preach the Gospel! Lead people to Christ, teach them how to be disciples, serve your community, know the Bible, KNOW the Bible, keep your eyes open to what is happening around the world and PRAY. We were called to be the hands and feet of Jesus- servants of the Most High God, doing His will and work on His behalf on earth. We were not called to “just take care of our own”, to “live our best life”, and so on. Everything we do is for the glory of God, and not to promote our selves and our ambitions. Let us look out and away from ourselves, out into our community, out into the world, praying, “Lord, use me! Show me what to do, what to pray for. Give me words to preach Your Name. Help me catch the urgency for Your truth. May You be the most important One above everything, every desire, every “right”, everything. May Your Name be glorified in my life and efforts, and may people see Jesus through me.”

May we be humbled. May we elevate Christ to His rightful place in our lives: ahead of everything. In charge of everything. The influence behind every decision.

LORD, may Your will be done in our nation, in Afghanistan, in our homes and in our hearts. Help us to obey. Help us to have faith. LORD may Your Name be glorified, and Your Word proven true over all generations. You are always right. We are always wrong. Blessed be Your Name. Forever. Amen.

But I Tell You…

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Overwhelmed right now by all the “but I tell you”’s in the Sermon on the Mount. Just seeing God sit among the people saying, “this is what you thought I meant with these laws, but this is what I actually meant.” The authority is unmistakable and awesome (in the truest sense of the word).

awesome
adj.
extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
‭‭-Matthew‬ ‭5:21-48‬ ‭ESV‬‬

One Truth

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“The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?
I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind,
Even to give to each man according to his ways,
According to the results of his deeds.”
‭‭-Jeremiah‬ ‭17:9-10‬

It is so important to follow God, to obey His Word, and to know His truth. We humans are foolish, and our hearts and desires are flawed in understanding what is good and true. We must look to the Author of Life for what is right and proper, because we simply do not have it within ourselves to know.
Know God.
Know the Bible.
Read it, memorize it. Obey it.
It is the One standard.
He is the One standard.
Everything else is like waves tossed in the wind- never consistent.
All glory to God, forever. Amen.

May the Name of the LORD be praised.

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“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”
‭‭-Jeremiah‬ ‭9:23-24‬

Let us view humility as beautiful and fitting in the sight of the LORD. Let us boast of what the LORD has done and of who He is, and not of ourselves.
And let us give all glory to God Almighty.
May the Name of the LORD be praised.

Be Humble

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I saw this image shared on Facebook yesterday by a ‘Christian Influencer’, and I could only think, Yikes! 😬 This is a dangerous “encouragement”. All we bring to the table is from God, and we should not be proud at all. We should definitely not “act like” we bring a lot to the table.

Church, my fellow believers, let us give humility high regard. It is the beautiful existence God has called us to. One where we know and accept our place in position to God and our fellow man. One where we think of others before ourselves. One where we serve God—not for any gain or recognition of our talents—but because we love Him and desire to be obedient. May we not flaunt the abilities God has endowed us with to do His work, and (heaven forbid) feel entitled to act superior because of those abilities.

All we have been given is from God, and for God. May we humbly serve Him, always pointing to Him and away from ourselves. Pursue humility, brothers and sisters, and remember that any kind of pride is loathsome to our holy God, who looks to our good, and knows that pride has brought down many a person.

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
‭‭-James‬ ‭4:6‬

“He must become greater, I must become less.” -John 3:30

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:14-16

“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”
‭‭-Jeremiah‬ ‭9:23-24‬

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”
‭‭-1 John‬ ‭2:16-17

All Praise and Glory to God

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Be careful and guard yourself against praising people too much—even if they are doing God’s work. Jesus said our good deeds should cause people to “praise our Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

He also said, “apart from Me you can do nothing.”—John 15:5. Remember we are all vessels seeking to obey our Lord, and that all good comes from the Father, not from ourselves.

There is a very real danger in elevating people. Thank them for their service. Honor and respect them for allowing God to move them into giving their lives for the sake of the gospel, but give all the glory to God. Always.

In the book of Revelation, when John was moved to worship the angel who gave him the message from the Lord, the angel quickly said, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
‭‭(Revelation‬ ‭22:9‬)

Again, in Isaiah 42:8, God clearly says, “I am the Lord; that is My name; My glory I give to no other..”

May we all love one another, serve one another, honor and respect our leaders, but give all the praise and glory to God, who lives and moves through us to accomplish His purposes.