Growing In The Word

New Growth

James 1: 22.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

I wonder if we’re familiar with those who go on about their faith, yet leave us confused by their actions? Somehow, what they say and what they do contradict each other. I wonder too, about ourselves? What about it?  Does our life cause confusion for another member of the family or within the body of Christ? Could we be a stumbling block for some, or have some caused us to stumble along the way?

To be doers of the word is to actively make changes in our lives according to the truth we hear. If we hear the truth that God is our gracious, heavenly Father who alone gives us our worth and if we truly believe it, then we must live like it, not just say it. The Psalmist in Psalm 119: 7 says,….”As I learn Your righteous regulations, I will “thank” You by living as I should.”

Alright then…How do we live it? Of course, it’s an ongoing process of growing into maturity with Christ. Daily, we have to allow our habits, thoughts, words, and actions to be changed, renewed, or transformed. We must do an about-face, turning from greed, envy, grumbling, criticism, revenge, and “lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness” as James 1:21 reveals. The way we think about ourselves, the way we treat others, what we do with our time, our money, our lifestyle and our overall outlook and attitude towards life need to be measured against God’s goodness and grace. If we hang on to sinful ways and refuse to let them fall away from us we are not believing that God is who He says He is, and that He will do what He says He will do. We live in compromise with a divided mind. We say we trust but we do not. We merely lie to ourselves and deceive others as well.

If we have asked Jesus to forgive us and if we truly repent, for sure we are Christians and covered by His blood. That’s His promise of salvation to us. He doesn’t go back on His Word, and He doesn’t fail us. But if a baby is just born into this world and isn’t fed or talked to, growth won’t happen and death will occur. It’s the same for a Christian. Just to be born into God’s family is only the first step! Growth is an ongoing process and yes, it’s a lifetime of leaning on God and actively hearing and doing as we learn from Him. We will never reach perfection because we are just so human but In God’s infinite wisdom He knows that and that’s why He covers us with His vast and lavish grace, ready to forgive and set us back on track when we fall.

#Safeinahardplace

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Sleepy Faith

I wonder if we, as believers, just sit in the church pews Sunday morning half asleep? Oh yeah, we sit and hear messages of social gospel and nice things and good people and how we can be good people, and how it’s good enough just to be good people. We hear how to “Go Green”, and save our environment, how to fundraise for the church and the community and how we can better help our world and our government by making good choices!  We hear how to shake the world but not free it from it’s plague of sin.

Or perhaps we do hear powerful, Biblical sermons but yet not really hear the words nor be impacted enough to let them change our lives. We come, we smile, we chat, we go and we walk to our cars feeling like we’ve done our duty to attend and yeah we’ve given God His Sunday time, possibly our tithe, maybe even our talent but deep inside our hearts are empty, cold ~ and far from the Father, the Sovereign One, The Absolute Truth One, who longs to have real fellowship with us. What is it we don’t get? What is it we don’t understand? Time on this earth is so short yet we find all manner of fault, and judge from critical hearts calling the shots for others to put them in their place, while all the while our own problem/s goes undetected and unnoticed by our own heart. If we’re all in the same boat and for the same cause of Christ and His salvation, then why are we not all on the same page? It doesn’t make sense! Our own selfish, spiritual blindness is our downfall and our spiral downward. We are so easily deceived by our selfish ambition and don’t even recognize it.

It’s time to wake up our pulpits and shake up our sleepy souls for such a time as this, when our world reels out of order, under every manner of evil, under the power of our enemy, the father of lies.

God IS in control but His holiness can’t look upon the wicked sin that has infiltrated even into our churches because of hidden agendas, hearts, hardened in selfish ambition and compromising lifestyles. Truth is, as believers, God’s call on our heart is to be salt and light to a world in desperate need! God has given clear warning of judgment and we hear it but do we really hear? Are we getting it? Are we understanding the reality of it? The people of Noah’s day, didn’t get it and faced God’s judgment! They woke up when the rains began but it was too late for their salvation. The people of Sodom and Gomorrah didn’t get it and stayed grounded in their sin, while their wicked city was destroyed!

People of God ~ it is time to stand on holy ground without compromise and march the victory march with the Sovereign God whose deepest desire is to bring sinners into His Kingdom. To save them, forgive them, change them and renew their lives, through the power of His cleansing blood. Oh, let it be our desire to reach out of our comfort zones, and into the lives of needy souls, desperate for hope! Now is the time, people of God, to influence our world and share the Gospel message of salvation before the fire falls from heaven.

~k

“No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known by all. So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away.”
Luke 8: 16, 17, 18

Luke 8: 22
“One day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out……

As disciples, let’s embark on a holy journey, out of our comfort zones and cross to the other side of the lake.

#SoulFire #Safeinahardplace

Hope Lies There

Yeah, He’s there even in your hard times, and in your down and outters. He’s always there, right there beside you, around you, surrounding you ready to lift you up and hold your head high. When you see the Saviour and when you look into the face of our Lord you see the Hope that He holds for you in those scarred palms and in those hands that outstretched the cross for you. Yeah, He’s the One, the sovereign One who’s right there with you now ~ very much alive and very much real and very much present in your deepest hurt. His light shines darkest in your night 

 

“You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
Psalm 32:7-8

“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 33:14

#SoulNotesToSelf

Peace For The Road

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So there might be a whole lot fear heaped up ahead on the road you travel right now and panic might be driving the motor car and it’s reeling out of chaotic control, heading right to your doorstep. And there it sits heavy on your shoulders, smack dab in the middle of that heap of fear! It’s got you pinned underneath it’s weight and yeah, the old saying that “No news is good news” is really true after all, because just maybe you got news and it wasn’t good! No news was better wasn’t it? And it’s processing in our heads and our hearts right now and it’s a difficult place with hard steps and I wonder what it is it that has caused panic and fear to emerge with such force to make you want to throw in the towel and run fast in the other direction?

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We can’t do it! We can’t run away! We can’t run anywhere and as matter of fact we can’t even walk away because our story is our story and it’s us and it’s ours to deal with. So we can’t make a get-a-way except straight into the outstretched arms of Jesus and step into His peace, even right where we are! You gotta know He’s got this. Your stuff has been Father filtered and even though it’s tough, it has His stamp of approval for this moment, and even though it’s a hard place, He has it and He has your back and He has unlimited grace enough to get you through. So beautiful soul, when the brokenness is harsh and the news is bleak and the pain is unbearable, and the mind can’t focus, rest gently in the nail pierced hands of the Savior, the Sovereign One who knows the pain. Yeah, for sure the One who spoke peace into the vicious storms and calmed the raging waters can and will whisper peace into your panic.

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Mark 4: 38 – 40
“Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”…

John 14: 27
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”