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The world is working to condition us that somehow because of a virus we must alter our lives, even our spiritual lives. If people don’t comply, they work to shame us.
Fear vs faith:
We cannot now, or ever, allow the world, the government, the media to shame us to conform to this world and its fear. Fear is taught. There was a man speaking to two Amish men, and he asked, “Why aren’t you guys afraid of the virus?” Their response was, “We don’t watch TV!” Fear is taught, and the more we are told to be afraid, and we listen to it — begin to believe it — the harder it will be to serve the Lord. It’s impossible to operate in fear and faith at the same time. Faith in God and His word will dispel fear.
Ignorance vs enlightenment:
The world uses shame to get people into compliance. As believers we are not to be ignorant of the devil’s devices, his ways. The devil works through deception, and I believe a lot of believers have been, and are being deceived. We at times are way too gullible. We don’t question what’s being said; we don’t research it. The result is deception, and we were told not to be deceived. Ephesians 5:6 — Don’t let anyone deceive you with meaningless words. It is because of sins like these that God’s anger comes to those who refuse to obey Him.
The only way not to be deceived is to research and learn what the word of God teaches, and obey Him — no matter what. Obedience is better than sacrifice.
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Published on Monday, March 1, 2021 @ 5:40 PM CDT
Prayer is the key to a successful Christian life — a satisfied life in Christ.
An everyday habit:
At times, prayer is talked about more than anything else and practiced less than anything else. Too often we associate prayer with crises in our lives. It should be something we do every day, like breathing, eating, and walking and talking. It seems for many like that little glass-covered box on the wall that says, “Break in case of emergency.” You cannot really be an effective believer and not pray. Prayer is simply talking to God; it’s the act of drawing near to God and passionately petitioning Him to perform a specific act — a heartfelt request for God to answer a specific need, a continuous request.
A worthy habit:
One day Jesus told His disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up (Luke 18:1 NLT). Praying helps you physically as well as spiritually. It can help you stay healthier, studies have shown. We should never feel like we are bothering God or He has something more important to do than to help us. We need to realize when we asked Jesus to be our Lord, God made us worthy to petition Him, to ask Him, to talk to Him, because Jesus is worthy.
A satisfied life:
Too many Christians are only existing and not living a satisfied life in Christ. Jesus came to give us life. “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10 NLT). In order to really live that satisfied life, it is necessary to pray, learn to believe God.
So, let’s learn as much as we can about prayer, because I believe it is the key to walking with God.
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Published on Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 9:57 AM CDT
The whole reality of serving God comes down to one simple word — obedience. Do we love Him, respect Him, appreciate Him enough to do what He asks? Simple, right? It’s always easier said than done.
The establishment attacks our beliefs:
During the last year, and now the first months of 2021, we have seen an attack on the church that is unprecedented in our lifetime. It’s not just an attack on the church service itself, it is an attack on our very beliefs. Our belief is in what the Bible teaches is right and wrong, good and evil.
Some so-called Christians side with the unbelievers:
Probably one of the most disheartening things about this dichotomy is how many people who call themselves Christians have agreed with unbelievers, taken the side of the ungodly over the Scriptures. One is too many in my opinion. Instead of following Christ and His teaching, they have succumbed to fear instead of operating in faith, believing in things that cannot be proven (such as mask-wearing, not attending church, etc.) instead of putting the word of God first. Why can’t these people just admit they are afraid and have no faith or don’t really believe in God’s word? It would make it easier to see the truth.
God desires obedience:
The truth is, we should never allow anything to keep us from obeying the word of God. Even if we get it wrong at times, make a mistake, we should always come back and purpose to obey His word (the Bible). Obedience is what God desires.
It really is very refreshing to see so many standing on the promises of God, attending church, serving, helping others. To all of you who are keeping the faith, thank you, because it truly is an honor to serve with you.
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Published on Monday, February 15, 2021 @ 11:52 AM CDT
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