Let’s get this straight. There is a BIG difference between a Christian guy and a Man of God. The Christian guy might say that he loves you; but a Man of God will love God more than you. A Christian guy might text you Bible verses or have a tattoo of them; but a Man of god will live out those verses and have them written on his heart. A Christian guy might go to church; but a Man of God will see that his highest calling is to give Christ glory. A Christian guy might “accidentally” compromise your virtue or purity; but a Man of God will protect it above all else. A Christian guy might be super attractive, fun, or handsome; but a Man of God will have a beautiful heart, regardless of his looks. A Christian guy might be content to take you out, but a Man of God will go beyond the superficial and hold you up before God in his prayers continually.
So don’t settle for just a Christian guy but for a Man of God. And long to be the kind of woman of God who will attract a man like that.
I am sure most of us, if not all, have some kind of struggle in our life. If not in our finances, then in sickness or broken relationships. Maybe loneliness, depression, or something personal. We have our days of strong faith, and other days we feel discouraged and down in the valley. But looking back upon the last few years of my life, trying to see the bigger picture, I must confess that many of the following were common traps I fell into from time to time: 1. We are more concerned with solving our problems than we are with finding God. Think about the 10 lepers in Luke 17. Nine of the 10 found what they were looking for: healing only. One returned to spend time in the PRESENCE of the God that healed him. Does that sound like us? 2. We are more concerned with finding ourselves than we are in finding God. We have been so hurt by this life and by people in this life, that we have been building walls around our hearts for decades. God wants those walls removed. Little by little he is chipping away those walls, to get into every hidden room of our hearts. Does it hurt? Yes!! Is it necessary? Of course. The end result? A soft heart of flesh, ready to love and be loved as if we’ve never been hurt. Jesus had been hurt like no other person on earth. Yet He loves unconditionally – as if He has never been betrayed! 3. We have a desire to fix life. Compare Enoch with Lamech. Genesis 5:24 “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” So simple! Enoch walked with God. Wow. I love that. Enoch simply walked with God. And the Lord simply took him away and he escaped death. And Lamech? Genesis 5:28: “Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son. 29 And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed.” 31 So all the days of Lamech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years; and he died.” See the difference? Walking with God versus trying to solve problems by yourself. 4. We value the healing of our pain more than the PARDON OF OUR SIN. The two criminals on the cross next to Jesus….yes, the one mocked him and the other one believed. But think deeper. The one realized that his sin needed to be pardoned first and foremost. He looked past his own pain and suffering and just knew that his sin was MORE EVIDENT than the agony he was going through. I am convinced that the words “you will be with me in paradise” were sweeter than a rescue from the cross would have been for him at that moment. He saw his sin and craved forgiveness. The other criminal though, mocked Jesus because he believed that Jesus was UNABLE TO SAVE HIM FROM SUFFERING. Sounds like the world? And aren’t we also falling in the same trap sometimes? We need to be comfortable, healed, prospered NOW, no matter what God is doing in our lives? Come on!! 5. We want answers more than we want God. We want to know WHY, LORD? Why me? Why my child? Why is this happening to me? I’m living my life for You, Lord. I need a break. I think our loving Father will some day in heaven play a video of these thoughts to us, and only then will we see how trivial our questions were in the bigger picture…. and hopefully our Father will have a sense of humor No seriously, we need to get over ourselves. If God has not healed you and me or hasn’t opened that door YET, there is a reason for it. May He have something better in mind? Or we may think we have laid down everything, but have we REALLY? In my own life I can testify how He is drawing me closer into His arms….just when I think it is just not possible! 6. We look for a PLAN to follow, rather than a PERSON TO TRUST! The most organised among us will struggle the hardest with this. We love to plan our lives. We need to see ahead! We are being taught in the Western World to have goals and to think about our future. And because of this we try to apply the same principles to our Christian lives. Think about the rich young ruler in Matthew 19. “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus was nothing but a good teacher to him – Jesus said no one is good but God – was He trying to give him a clue as to who He really was? If He is good then….He surely is God! The young man was looking for a formula to get into heaven. Little did he know that he was standing in the presence of the Life-Giver. Jesus could have answered by saying “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”. But He didn’t He showed the young man that he would never succeed by following a 10-point plan. He showed him that it is IMPOSSIBLE to inherit eternal life by your own works or by keeping the law – within yourself. But how UNNECESSARY for the man to go away sorrowful, when he actually found the Resurrection and the Life in human form! AND US? Don’t we do the same in our own lives? Strive and live for eternal life in the FUTURE, when our life with God starts NOW! In this moment! So where do we go from here? 1. Believe God is good ALL THE TIME. He sees the big picture. We DON’T. 2. SEE THE OTHER SIDE OF HEBREWS 11. Not just the famous first part, but the infamous rest: “But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. 39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.” 3. Understand that the best place to find God is in the valley, not on the mountain. 4. Realize that the path that brings you closer to God has to involve pain. Take up your cross and follow Me, remember? John 15: “He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” Ouch. 5. Future hope is more valuable than present relief. 6. Questions give way to worship. Think about Job. He had all these questions for God. But after God challenged him, those questions made way to worship! He worshiped God in word and in deed. He stopped feeling sorry for himself and started to pray for his friends – and God restored all that he had two fold. Let’s remember that we want to spend eternity in the presence of God - getting to know Him, his grace, love AND righteousness. We’re not just interested in mansions, a painless life and streets of gold. Our Savior deserves our time, love adoration and worship. He is drawing us closer into His arms – because He is after intimacy with you – not just a part of you, but ALL of you! ♥
***If your Pastor is NOT preaching the Kingdom to come and preaches the Kingdom now…. YOU ARE IN THE WRONG CHURCH!!!!*** » And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (Matthew 4:23) » And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues,preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:35) » Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)
***If you Pastor only speaks about the LOVE of GOD and not about the WRATH of GOD….. YOU ARE IN THE WRONG CHURCH!!!!!*** Romans 1:18-20 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
***If you Pastor tells you that your faith determines what car you drive and how big is your home….. YOU ARE IN THE WRONG CHURCH!!!!!*** 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
***If you Church is not EVANGELIZING (Preaching the Gospel) as it is commanded to do…… YOU ARE IN THE WRONG CHURCH!!!!!*** » [Jesus] said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” (Luke 4:43) » Now it came to pass, afterward, that [Jesus] went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings [gospel] of the kingdom of God. (Luke 8:1) » And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14) ***If you church is not caring for or feeding the poor….. YOU ARE IN THE WRONG CHURCH!!!!!**** Matthew 25:37-40 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
***If your church does not take care of the orphans and widows….. YOU ARE IN THE WRONG CHURCH!!!!*** James 1:27 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
***If all your church does is ask for MONEY and MORE MONEY to pay bills and make ends meet it is because is not doing what the church is called to do; therefore IT IS NOT ORDAINED OF GOD!!!!!*** Philippians 4:10-20 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak [a]from want, for I have learned to be [b]content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things [c]through Him who strengthens me. 14 Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction. 15 You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; 16 for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. 17 Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. 18 But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Preaching means (Public Speaking) if the COMFORT OF YOUR BUILDING is such that the GOSPEL is NOT THE PRIORITY ANYMORE and all you concern yourself with is how to pay the bills; then give up your COMFORT pick up YOUR CROSS and PREACH (PUBLIC SPEAKING) the Gospel on the streets in public places it doesn’t require money or rent or up keeping. Who says you need a building or luxuries to preach the LIVING WORD OF GOD. Maybe then GOD will start providing supernaturally for the sake of the GOSPEL. Or are you ABOVE The PRIMITIVE CHURCH that changed the whole World without the money and the luxuries of the world today.
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“Before we new Christ, we were about ourselves. We lived our lives based on selﬁsh desires and goals. Our lives were all about what we wanted and we really weren’t focused on God’s plan for us. Then came Jesus! Once we gave our lives to Him, we began to do things His way. But many obstacles came to deter us and stop our progress. These obstacles are the works of the ﬂesh. They come to lead us away from God’s plan for us and cause us to live for ourselves. Many of us are byproducts of these types of actions. We were born into families or circumstances that wreaked of selﬁshness and sin. But because God’s Spirit has come, we are new creations and those things are passed away. We really can’t experience freedom if we continue to act on the past. We give the past life when we dwell on it and we give it a pathway into the NOW when we continue to act on it. This defeats the purpose of the Holy Ghost because if we do not walk in the fruits of the Spirit then we are not following after God’s plan. And if we do not follow his plan, then we are putting ourselves in danger of ﬂeshly works. The works of the ﬂesh will change our lives and alter God’s plan for us. But the fruits of the Spirit will make us more and more like Him everyday. Gal. 2:20 ‘I am cruciﬁed with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the ﬂesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.’”—G. Craige Lewis on Flesh Works
• Treat a woman with the value that she deserves • Open her door - to buildings as well as to cars • Pull out her chair when she stands to walk away you and re-seat only after she has walked away - When she returns, stand again and pull out her seat or at least stand as she sits • Offer to remove and hang her jacket, coat or scarf and remove it gently - don’t just snatch it • Be chivalrous and accommodating • Meet her parents before taking her anywhere. Wouldn’t hurt to leave them your number in case of an emergency. • Remember that courtship DOES NOT include sex. That’s for after marriage and that’s Biblical :-)
• The man is the pursuer – Let him • Over aggressiveness is a turnoff • Forget your past – Let this one treat you like the lady you are • Always say thank you • Being LOUD is not cute • Meet his dad and see how he treats his wife • Let him: Open your doors, pull your chairs, remove your jackets, etc., etc., etc … • Remember that courtship DOES NOT include sex. That’s for after marriage and that’s Biblical. Keep it on Lock-down.
“Being in the world is a command of God. He commands us to work, occupy, and enjoy ourselves in this world. Though Satan is the god of this world, he doesn’t have to rule over us just because we are in the world. He is only god to those that accept him. But to those of us that have become kingdom citizens, we are not subject to his way of life. We are ruled by God alone. And to work and have finances, we must be in the world. But we must never let the world enter into us. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life should not be apart of who we are as becoming saints. And though we live in the world, the world should never live is us. John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”—G. Craige Lewis on ‘In But Not Of…’
“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bond-servants of God.”— - 1 Peter 2:15-16
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“We must deal radically with our issues. Jesus taught that if our eye, right hand, or feet offend us or lead us into sin, we should cut them off. What he is saying is, we must cut off the source of the sin to deal effectively with the sin. The lust of the flesh, eye, and pride must be cut off if we ever desire to please God. The quest to have something, be somebody, and accomplish something in this life to be seen of men is spiritual suicide. We must keep our eyes on his Word and not trust our human emotions for direction or we will surely fall. And if we stay down too long, we will begin to make our own way God’s way. Heb. 10:29 ‘Think how much more terrible the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God and have treated the blood of the covenant as if it were common and unholy. Such people have insulted and enraged the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to his people. it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.’”— G. Craige Lewis
Instead of letting Christ change us, many in this generation of Christians have tried to mold Christianity so that it conforms to this unholy world’s corrupt and tarnished standards
We have hid ourselves from the transforming power of God through his Holy Spirit and covered our worldliness with a cloak of nominal Christianity
We have given up little in the way of sacrifice or self-denial we have not taken the words of God seriously or literally, We say I have surrendered but what have we surrendered? We say in our worship songs that we love God but do we love the world just as much or more?
We have created music that mimics the world and its fashions we have created radio stations and entertainment, Christian foundations and universities in a vain attempt to look like Christians but we have denied the power in the very heart of the Gospel by doing so. Christianity is made known in how we live not by what we profess.
There are very few who humble themselves before God and seek the living Christ, that seek to follow his words and be empty of all self and filled with His spirit, We shun those who take God at his word and act accordingly, we call them extreme but was Jesus Christ extreme or his apostles extreme should we not live like they lived in a corrupt world?
We look like the world , speak like the world and we lived like the world!
We Sin In the name of Grace, turn our backs on those in need, drink smoke and take in all the world that we can. Besides all of the profession of faith if you take the Christians of this generation and set them alongside those of the world you will hardly see any difference whatsoever.
Jesus taught us that to possess the kingdom of God we must reject the world in all its forms and surrender our own ambitions in exchange for His will His purposes and His ambitions, we have not done so, no wonder so many of the world flocks to this very comfortable form of religion in our day.
We have filled our Christianity with so many books so many teachings so much music and pre conceived notions of what the will of God is that we don’t even need to reach out to the real God and barely notice that He is not in our midst.
When was the last time that we laid everything down at His feet and said, Lord take it all, I don’t know which direction to go or lie there helplessly before Him waiting for His spirit to to guide us?
When is the last time we laid prostrate before the Lord and asked Him to take all of our self-motivation and surrender everything we have , our entire lives to His perfect will?
How often have we listened to the Holy Spirit and his true call to lay down our lives for others and for his kingdom?
You must seek God and God must deliver the answers to you, you cannot make them up on your own you cannot be satisfied with the false fire of our modern Christianity but must seek the true fire of God that comes from an empty heart and empty life and a true seeking after God. It is altogether acceptable and advisable to be totally undone before the Almighty God and wait for Him to begin to work in your life. It is wisdom to be honest with God about your true condition and plead His blood to heal you rather than to pretend that you are healed already when He has not moved in your life.
True Christianity is laying everything down at the Lord’s feet and waiting for Him to tell you what to pick back up, unless the Lord builds the House…
True Christianity is to be willing to give up everything to possess the pearl of great price and begin to move in that direction as He leads you.
True Christianity is being totally empty and waiting for the Lord, it is learning to hear His spirit and being willing to obey Him at all costs ,Christians in other generations knew this truth as they lost houses and homes and fortunes to possess Christ and entrusted their Savior with eternity.
The smell of false Christianity is a foul-smell in the nostrils of the living God forsake it and find the Lord who saved your soul again He will not come for a bride who looks and smells like the world, He Is coming to claim his bride who has been made pure in the blood of the Lamb who has forsaken the world and become ready for her husband.
It is far better to know that you do not possess the fullness of Christ and that He does not possess you than to pretend that you do and not be saved or ever come to truly know Him in His true fullness . Christ came to save sinners and not for those who are righteous in their own eyes. Lay it all down then at His feet and seek the living God. Ask Him to show you your true spiritual condition then flee to Him and only Him to be delivered from it..
“Proving people wrong, tearing others down, and competing with people because of low self value will cause us to make a mess of our lives that God will not bless. Following God is about denying yourself, taking up YOUR cross, and following him. We cannot be faithful to God and continue to prove ourselves in the eyes of man. If we are to live in God’s abundant blessings, we must learn to avoid the things that hinder our prayers and do what is right in the sight of God. We can’t act overly spiritual and expect to cover up our issues. Why act spiritual when you can be truly spiritual? God can fix your situation if you would decide to obey his word and do things right. If we do not get this balance, we will continuously find ourselves struggling with personal issues and faking our spirituality. I would rather obey God and make things right than pretend they are right any day. Rom. 2:6 He will reward each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality, but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness.”—G. Craige Lewis
Are your prayers being hindered? The Scripture tells us what hinders our prayers.
God wants us to follow him and his plan, and he wants our prayers to work and not be hindered. This holds up our blessings. He illustrates this and tells us in his word the occasions when our prayers are hindered.
1. If we waver or compromise, our prayers will be hindered.James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
2. If we are harboring unforgiveness, our prayers will be hindered.Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
3. If a man is not treating his wife right, his prayers will be hindred.1Pet. 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
4. If a women is not reverencing her husband, her prayers will be hindered.Titus 2:4 These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to take care of their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
5. If we have idols or false gods in our lives, our prayers are hindered.Deut. 11:28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
6. If we are practicing sin, our prayers are hindered.Psa. 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
7. If we are not operating in God’s will, our prayers are hindered.1John 5:14 ¶ And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.