No Time To Love

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“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” ~Luke 6:37
Sometimes we get so high up *in our SMALL minds* that we began to take pleasure in looking down on everyone else. It seems that we forget that we are only sitting so high up because Jesus loved us so much when we were down so low and He died to pay the price for our deplorable deeds. If we would only come down and see ourselves for an honest moment and the wretchedness that He has delivered us from, BUT how can we see this when we are busy looking down on others lost in the arrogance of our self-righteousness?

I fear that often we feel that we are so well saved, that we forget that it was not we who saved ourselves. We become smug looking down upon anyone who would stumble, with great disdain and derision. We become so *omni-something or other* we really begin to see ourselves as faultless and without spot or wrinkle. We become white-washed tombs as we walk on the path of the Pharisee. We have been given no power to save or condemn any person; we have only the power to Love and that we can only do perfectly by His Omnipotence through the Holy Spirit.
Mother Teresa said it best, “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

The Desire of God’s Heart is the Priority

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The Bible promises: Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Now many Christians will tell you that they have delighted in the Lord and loved Him faithfully and yet their desires have not been met. The house is in need, the children need clothes and food, the car is on the fritz on and on and on. When they look at those outside of their Faith and see them prosper in these things. Many just give up.

I challenge you to read that verse and REALLY see it Spiritually. Now if I truly delight in the Lord then whatever it is that DELIGHTS HIM becomes the desire of my heart. His heart’s desire will be the ONLY desire of my heart. Amen?

Jesus Is NOT Our Ticket for Bigotry!

Ms. Nothing - Kathy Huck:

This blogpost will be forever timely in this world… and I wish that was a lie!

Originally posted on Seated in High Places:

How do Christians justify ugly hatred and prejudices? Its sad when those who claim Christ do so jealously, holding on to Him stingily with a miserly greed. UNWILLING to share Him with the neighbor who does not live on the right side of the tracks. Or the one who does not look quite upstanding. Being ashamed to call the one who has a different ethnicity brother/sister. Deciding in their wicked hearts who is worthy of Christ!
Jesus did not die for Republicans, Democrats, conservatives or liberals alone. The Sacrifice of God has nothing to do with your hatred for gays, blacks, whites, Muslims or Mormons. If we are under the impression that Jesus is our little trophy or the mascot for our little cause… it is time to fall on our knees before God with a sincere heart and ask Him to reveal to us the purpose of Cross and…

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The Busy Unproductive Church

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Luke 19:10  ~”For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Church membership does not decline because it’s that season and it’s happening everywhere. Nor do the numbers decrease as some will swear due to the “great falling away” that is prophesied in Scripture. Many congregations are thriving and growing. Some congregations grow to the point of population over-flow and new Church congregations have to be planted. The reasons that many church congregations fail is due to where our energy is focused.

The first things you will find in a thriving congregation is corporate praise, worship and prayer. Not just in little side ministries but as a congregation. The very heart beat of the congregation is Christ.  When this excitement is found in a congregation, it has the same effect as when the Lord walked the Earth; the people just wanna get out there and tell somebody about Him, just like the Samaritan woman at the well.

John chapter 4 says she ran to share the Good News with the people in her town. Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, Jesus stayed and taught them for 2 days and they said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

A thriving church will not wait for a lost and dying world to find it… it will go out excitedly lifting Jesus to a lost and dying world and the result will be the same as when the woman shared the news… it will be Jesus Himself who draws them to Himself.

A failing church is very very busy… and very very unproductive. The congregation spends countless hours doing ministry business within the four walls of the sanctuary without ever going out to reach the community.  If we are all believers inside of the four walls… what do we accomplish for the furthering of the Kingdom by setting up endless committees, planning perpetual fundraisers, installing officers to oversee the committee’s officers and one another… not to mention endless meetings about the state of our congregation, our committees and our ministries.  How will we be fishers of men if we are too busy minding the aquarium?

Even Jesus let it be known that “the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  He was never busy heading up and establishing temple committees. We must get out and get busy while it is still daylight left, because no one can work in the dark.
I found this chart it is a good indication of where our congregations stand.
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I Have A Testimony

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John 17:20
“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their testimony”

We believe that we are blessed when we see our bank accounts in the black and we wear designer clothes and drive luxury cars. In our carnal minds these things are a testimony to the goodness of God. Many of us never seem to realize that these are the easiest of things for God to do. Maybe it is because we are not used to having much and we therefore covet little trinkets like luxury cars, designer labels, a nice shelter over our heads and fancy food. The fact is that many of us when we are called to testify will speak on these things; and it is good to thank and acknowledge God for all of His blessings towards us. After all we like nice things.

I write this in hopes that we will see something beyond a material blessing. When I talk about my new car or wonderful things that God blessed me to have, it could very well cause a brother or sister who is financially struggling to wonder if they are lacking in faith or to question some other area of spiritual growth. This is something we should think about seriously, because God may have allowed someone else to walk through a storm to benefit their growth. Maybe just maybe our testimony should be about how we have been snatched from the fire.

The Bible says this about testimony:
Revelation 12:11 -“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”

Revelation 20:3 -“Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.”

Revelation 6:9 -“When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained”

There is no case in which the Bible speaks of earthy riches and prosperity being the greatest testimony to the Goodness of our God.

Even as Solomon asked only for Wisdom which is of greater value than anything he could physically possess. God gave Him wealth almost like a pleasant side dish.

Our greatest teaching and testimony should always be the Cross. There is nothing of greater value. If I testify to the power of the Cross then I share with others how I have become a child of God and how He works through me, by the power of the Holy Spirit who is the Advocate and Comforter. I share how by the Lord’s stripes I am healed, my heart is changed, I am redeemed and I am renewed. The Cross is my testimony of how the Lord gives me a Love that I do not deserve, how He paid a price with His own life… a debt that I owed with my very life. The Cross exemplifies that He forgave the unforgivable in me with Grace and Mercy.

The Cross causes me to see everything else as that which comes along with seeking the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. Jesus said, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and you’ll receive these little things that you are so worried about as an extra added bonus that comes along with seeking Him. (Well pretty much that’s what He said). Instead many of us seek first and love to testify most about material blessings and physical possessions and if we do this we must ask ourselves where does His kingdom and His righteousness fall in… it can’t be added to us since it must be sought first. Matthew 6:33

TESTIMONY DEFINED – A testimony is an account of one’s personal spiritual experience, which is often shared either one on one with another person or in the context of a “testimony meeting” or revival. Many times testimonies explain a radical change in behavior or shift in attitude in a person’s life.

I tend to fall on the side of Paul even in my own imperfections:
1 Corinthians 2:2 ~For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
Galatians 6:14 ~But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Is He Your Friend, or a Doctrine?

Ms. Nothing - Kathy Huck:

This is a MUST Read!

Originally posted on Broken Believers ♥:

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“A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.”

  ~D.L. Moody

This can be a liberating secret. It releases us from the terrible bondage of religion, with all its negative connotations. Friendship with our Lord will carry us beyond creed or doctrine to the place of true communion.

But we value legalism, and that is precisely what we believe when we bypass the relationship. Doctrine is a good servant, but a poor master. Creeds are necessary, but incapable of bringing either salvation or a fruitful life. This can only come from a living faith in the Lord Jesus.

We evangelicals talk big about “a personal relationship.” That is indeed crucial. But few be the believers that walk in a daily friendship with their Savior…

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The Choice Pray or Hate?

19b7ff6d8d079e07efc9ec5f64f8bf71“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you”
~ Luke 6:27-28

When we see legal injustices all over the country being committed by the people who have been entrusted to protect us… the first thing we must do is pray for them.

When a government who we look to and expect to protect the commonwealth turns it’s back on the disenfranchised while lining the coffers of the rich …the first thing we must do is pray for them.

When we witness so-called religious leaders who are unable to stand on the God given Word… those who can stand only on their titles and offices given by man; those who use these offices and titles to abuse God’s children because they see the church as a power play to heap unnecessary burdens on the Body of Christ… …THE VERY FIRST THING WE MUST DO is pray for them.

As much as our flesh wants to hate them… we can’t give anger and hatred an opening or foothold, We must forego such feelings. We must find ourselves at the Throne of mercy asking our Lord to lend an ear. AND not that these we pray for be punished, but that their hearts be enlightened and that the heart of stone be replaced with a heart of flesh. God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient ,,,, HE DOES NOT MISS A THING!