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As the new year begins, I want to describe true discipleship. Most people think that just saying a prayer asking Jesus to be Lord of your life is enough. They tell people that if they get saved, they won’t have any issues — that Jesus will take care of them all. He does everything and we do nothing. This is simply not true.
True discipleship is believing and confessing Jesus as Lord, with a desire to follow Him. Then and only then are you a true disciple. God called us to be disciples, not pray a prayer then live the exact same way. John 8:12: Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Follow: to do what He does, do what He says; to follow closely behind.
Do what He says:
This is what the born-again experience is. It’s believing in Jesus and doing what He says. We know what He says because we have the Bible, the word of God.
Don’t be deceived:
Don’t be deceived; God will not be mocked: whatever a man sows, that and that only he will reap. We must purpose to be doers of God’s word in order to be His disciple. A follower of Christ is not one who just talks a good game, but one who purposes to obey God’s word.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 @ 8:12 AM CDT
There are moments which occur in our lives that are significant, that shape who we are. They can change the course of our lives.
Some days in life are better than other days. There are moments in our lives which are more significant than others. I don’t know about you but as I reflect back on my life, there are moments I regret, moments I wish never would have happened. Moments that became struggles in my life. Moments that caused me to think wrong.
But then there are those moments that have affected my life in a good way. The day I married my wife. The day I got my job at UPS. Having my children. When I was in full-time ministry. All great moments.
The greatest moment:
But the greatest moment of my life was receiving Jesus as my Lord and Savior. The day He saved me, it changed my life forever. Even though I’ve made mistakes and experienced bad judgment, I have never stopped seeking Him. Repenting and seeking His forgiveness. Working on the results of the bad moments in my life and the issues they have caused. Learning to forgive myself. Learning that God is so merciful and long-suffering. Realizing that He can cause even the bad moments to turn around for my good.
As we end 2017 and enter 2018, let’s be more committed than we have ever been, more faithful than we have ever been. Then we will see what God can do.
Just a thought.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Published on Monday, December 25, 2017 @ 10:50 AM CDT
Jesus Is The Reason
Tis the season — the kids are out of school, time off at work, a time for family and friends, a time for giving and receiving gifts. Really, that is not the reason.
Honor the Lord:
This season is a time to honor the birth of our Lord and Savior, a time to be thankful to God that He loved us enough to send His only Son to die for us that we might be saved. Christmas has been turned into a materialistic time of year, instead of a time to honor God and Jesus for His sacrifice.
Prioritize: do not compromise:
It’s amazing to me how so many will say, “I’m believing my family and friends will be saved.” But when we have an opportunity to really witness to them, at times we don’t take it. For example, family comes into town for the Christmas season, and we make it all about them. We will skip church, because we don’t want to leave them alone, instead of saying, “We honor God and we are going to church, and if you would like to come with us, that would be great.”
If they don’t want to come, by your going and letting them know you will be back later, it lets them know that in your life God comes first — no matter what. They may not like it, but the witness you put before them is one that says, “We love you but we love God more.” That is a much better witness than saying to them in your actions, “God can wait — family and friends are more important to me than He is.” Be the witness God wants you to be by putting Him first and letting others know, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord — first!”
Tis the season to celebrate our Lord Jesus’ birth.
Published on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 7:52 AM CDT