Day 47: 50 Days of Change

“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

It is hard to fathom why one who has a relationship with God would replace him with something else. But we hear of believers, elders and even leaders walking away from him all the time. One might make the assumption that these believers never truly believed, as some have the notion that salvation cannot be discarded. What has truly happened is these folks have given up their relationship. Somewhere along the line sin got a hold inside and slowly but surely took them down a path away from God. 

God didn’t abandon them, he didn’t leave them, but at some point they left him. They pushed aside the truth and the counsel of the Holy Spirit for an idea that what te wanted was right and for them. One of the startiling things that I see is leaders who drop out of leadership not only abandoning their church but in many case leaving their spouses. This is so heartbreaking as it can be a domino effect on those who admire and have been mentored by these leaders. They should know better but we don’t know what is going on in their lives and hearts.

This is where we as believers are failing each other. If we were more involved in each other’s lives personally we would become more intune to our brothers and sisters needs and troubles. Maybe we would be able to see things in the early stages and cut them off before they decide to walk away from God completely. It would be so much easier if we knew what was going to happen with a time machine, but we pray and hope that the issues we resolve early will allievate any big mistakes down the road. Ultimatly it is between the person and God, but he can and will use us to build each other up, like iron sharpening iron. 

This could be you, you maybe testing the waters of sin and not sure where the undertow is. But if your testing one day it will pull you under. I beg of you ask for help, cry out to God to pull you out now, send brothers and sisters of the faith to help you through this time of confusion. We need to ask for help, push past our pride, se that we are failing and need assistance. What we do with our lives as believers does not only affect us. It affect all around us, don’t be fooled that it’s my life and what I do doesn’t affect others.

Father, if anyone reading this is tempting their relationship with you by flirting with sin, I pray that right now you will show them the consiquences of their actions. Holy Spirit surround them with believers who will hold them accountable in love, building them up and loving them. It is not to late for them to cry out for forgiveness and change their behaviour, let them se that their actions affect others. God we ask that we will be used by you to reach others who may not know you at all or maybe did but have replaced you with something else. Give us the words to speak and wisdom to share with them your love. They matter you you God so they matter to us, amen. 

Day 44: 50 Days of Change

“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Really when it all boils down the commandments are not something new to us. They are incorporated into our laws and sometimes feel like they are ingrained or programmed into us from childhood. One would assume that all mankind has a inherient view that killing someone is wrong. That being said, sin has become so intrenched in our lives that it stifles out any connection we may have to the Holy Spirit. Like a massive fog we lose touch and the things that are inherient wrong don’t look so bad. 

Why shouldn’t I just take what I want? It won’t hurt anyone, they won’t even notice it is gone. I deserve it. If I manipulate the story with a few choice words, sure they aren’t true but no one will ever know. We love each other, it doesn’t matter that I’m married, that relationship is over, she doesn’t fulfill my needs, I have fallen out of love. Did you see his new sports car, man I really need one of those. Excuse may make you feel like what your doing is justifiable but it isn’t right. 

Striving to follow the commandments by themselves is impossible. If there isn’t a relationship with God though the sacrifice Jesus made, then your obedience tho honorable will not get you anywhere. Without the relationship we are stuck in sin and will continually fall prey to its lure and deception. But if we have accepted Jesus as saviour and given him our lives we then are empowered by the Holy Spirit, and are in a relationship with God himself. In this relationship we can strive effectively to avoid sin, following the commands of Jesus which encases the commandments. Love the Lord your God, and love your neighbor, by doing these two commands the rest will, come naturally. For one does not steal from one he love, one does not murder one he loves, one does not hate one he love, nor jealous of what they have.

Have you accept Jesus as you lord and savoir? Are you struggling to follow the commandments with out him hoping being good will get you somewhere? I ask today that you seriously look into what Jesus himself said about this. He told us that ‘I am the way, the truth, and the light, no one comes to the Father(God) but through me’. So if you expecting to get to heaven by being ‘good’ don’t be surprise when you finally get there it isn’t what you expected. Look into who Jesus is and what he has done for you.

Father, thank you for sending your son to die and rise again so that we might have an opertunity to have a relationship with you.  I pray father that anyone reading this who doesn’t know you that even right now o stir up their hearts with a desire to know you. Reveal to them the truth in your word, send someone their way to tell them about your love and gift of life. I pray you will use me to reach people around me that need to know you, let me be a light in the darkness. The people in this world who don’t have a relationship matter to you so they matter to me, it is time to get busy sharing our faith. Amen

Day 26: 50 Days of Change

“I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.”‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:9-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There is a subject of Christianity that believes that once you have accepted Jesus Christ as your saviour it doesn’t matter what you do after that because he has forgiven your past, present and future sins. They have been told the salvation message, they quickly accepted and went on with their lives. A vast majority of Christians are missing a vitally important part of their faith, discipleship.

The church is to blame for this, as for a few generations we have neglected this aspect and we were so focused on saves we forgot about foundation. Don’t get me wrong, leading people to Jesus is the mission, but only part one of the mission, part two is to disciple them so they can go and do the same. Now we are playing catch up, using Christians who have never been disciples to disciple, others. As a follower of Christ we must keep growing in our knowledge and understanding of the faith. This will strengthen us as mentors to the babes in the faith.

There are many teachers out there these days, radio, books, tv, internet even blogs like this one. If you take everything yo read at face value and as 100% truth then you are going to run into issues. Not all teaching is truth. It is mans opinions and interputation of what it means to follow Christ. So how then do we evaluate what we are taking in? First you must get it though scripture, is what being said match up with what Jesus taught. Second find a group of believers who you can bring these opinions to, discuss them and see what they think of the teachings. Third you can pray about it and ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and discernment. The last thing you want to be doing is spreading untruth to those you are discipling.

Are you mentoring someone? Do you have a mentor of your own? Are you growing in knowledge in the faith or have you locked yourself into your beliefs? There are times where we have been taught untruths and kept them close to our hearts as truths. To rip these off is hard, but they if not corrected can damage future believers.

Father, I pray you love will overflow more and more. We want to share your love with those around us that are hurting and need to experience you. Holy Spirit give us wisdom and discernment when it comes to the media we input into our lives. Show us what is truth and what is untruth. If we have believed a lie reveal it to us and show us the truth. Thank you for your sacrifice on the cross. We want to tell others about you cause they matter to you, so they matter to us. Amen

Day 24: 50 Days of Change

“By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:3‬ ‭NLT

There are theories on how the universe was created, there are many folk lore histories,they all take faith to believe. The Big Bang theory has probably the most traction yet no one has of yet been able to tell us how nothing became something with out any help. And to complicate it further nothing became a complex ecosystem caplible of sustaining live, weather patterns, birth and death. Beings roam the earth that cannot be explained, DNA is so emense that we are still working to map it all, each person has a unique finger print. Yet this all came from nothing, no help, just randomness. 

By faith we believe that God is behind the creation. Now if he did it in six literal days, of he worked on it for millions of years, that part doesn’t really matter. If that part shakes you faith then your god is to small. God is complex and beyond our imaginations. If you ever get to spend eternity with him ask him, I am sure you won’t be the only one asking him to tell the story of creation.  

There will be many who will use this to create a wall between themselves and faith. They will use scientific reason to justify why we are randomly created. You can try to debate them, most times they are hardened in their ways, the fool says in his heart their is no God, which is crazy when the earthly evidence does nothing more then point to a creator God. 

Is you Christianity hinged on a six day creation? Will it all come undone if God did it any other way? Or does the story of creation matter because it reveals the love of a God who created this world for us to inhabit, so that he can have a relationship with us? No matter what creation theory they come up with it wil always have to come back to an intelligent designer. There is no other plausible explanation. 

Jesus, we know you were there during creation, as part of the triune God, you had a Hugh part to play. Thank you for love in God us and giving us this world. As believers it is hard for us to get past how you did it, but in the end it only matters that you did. Let us not get hung up in this. We want to reach others with the message of your salvation and the fact the God the father desires a relationship with us. Holy Spirit give us wisdom and opportunities to share this love, let us not avoid there moments as to alleviate our own discomfort. They matter to you so the matter to us. Amen