Thursday, June 29, 2006

Dealing with Weariness

I have another site on xanga and normally I will not put the same thing on here but I feel the leading of the lord to put in on my blog I pray it is a blessing and a help to all who read.

Dealing with Weariness
Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.
We all get weary. The preacher preached on this thought last night. We get weary in well doing. As a preacher, or teacher we give and give and give and sometimes we don't get back and it causes us to get weary. There is not a preacher alive that does not get weary. I hope we all try to live for our Lord. The goal of my heart is to stay in fellowship with my Lord at all times. Do I do this no but so want to be an intimate disciple of Christ. What do we get weary of?
I. Weary of the Flesh
We all battle our flesh everyday of our lives. I get tired of my flesh. I get so tired of me in my life. We realize that Paul told us we should crucify the flesh. Crucify means to put to death. We must put our flesh to death every morning we get up. If we do not do this the flesh will have control, and the spirit will be envying for that control. I wonder how many of us live in the flesh. If I do things my way and allow my flesh to have control then that means I will get weary. The reason so many Christians faint and give up is because they have not learn the truth of abiding. If we abide in Christ we realize we can do nothing without Christ. Who has control today in your life? Flesh or the Spirit.
Weary of the World.
We are not be wordly. John 2:15-17 tells us this. I know I have people that visit my site that believe it is alright to dress like the world, listen to the world music( that is what contemporary christian music really is), go to worldly places but God tells us we need to be Holy. The world may make fun us for if you are lady for wearing dresses and skirts all the time, or if you are a man wearing pants at all times but they need to see a difference. The problem with the church today is there are too many worldly people in the church therefore the power of God does not fall on the church. I also get weary of the world by what goes on in the world. I am tired of seeing Homosexuals flaunt their lifestyle in front of us, I am tired of seeing millions of babies being aborted, I am tired of seeing a corrupt government. This sometimes will make us weary. The only way we can deal with the weariness of the world is by setting our affections on things above.
Weary of Fighting
I am tired of fighting the devil and his demons. I am tired of the devil winning in Christians lives. The last time I check we are to be different. The devils fight us on our faithfulness to the Lord. This is all areas. Our Church Attendance, Our Bible Reading, Our prayer time, Our soulwinning time. He fights us.
ANother fight I am tired of fighting is this fight of Promoting Truth. We have so much spiritual deception going on in churches today, that so many people have been decieved.
That is what I am weary of So how do I deal with weariness.
I. Lean on Him
He is in control. He knows everything about us. He wants us to trust him 100 percent with our daily lives.
II. Lay my Burdens down.
My burdens are the Lord's. We as Christians get weary so many times because we struggle with the burden instead of relinquishing it to God.
I pray this was a blessing and a help. One day we won't be weary anymore and that is when we get to heaven, but until then lets stay in the fight. Till next time God Bless.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Reality of Persecution

II Timothy 3:12 Yea, all that will live godly shall suffer persecution.

Our brother Paul here is writing this book to a young preacher by the name of Timothy. If there is one person that knew about persecution it was Paul. Before he became Paul he persecuted the church of the living God. After he became Paul Jesus told him he would suffer persecution. The post comes from a website I just read a few minutes ago. Here in Atlanta they have the gay pride parade. Well there was a preacher by the name of Billy Ball and two other preacher, and 20 people from those churches that decided to preach the Gospel on the street. They were arrested and thrown in jail with the charge of criminal tresspassing. THey say the arresting officers were lesbians. This is happening in America. I know in other countries like India, and Russia, and the Sudan people are killed for their faith on a daily basis. People can not go to church, read the bible, get caught praying or they will suffer the consequences. We have it made up to this point in America but those rights are getting taken away quickly. I wonder how we would react if we were thrown in jail in this country for the propegation of the Gospel of Christ. I wonder if people came into our home and told us to deny the Lord Jesus or die. WHich would we choose? I wonder what I would choose. God has been so good to us today in America that we ought to praise God for the freedom we have in this country. What if it was all gone tomorrow how would we react? The reality is most saved people would not suffer persecution because they are not living godly. If there is one thing missing in the church it is godly people. Sometimes Christians forget that they are to be Christ-like in every aspect of their life. Now to the thought that I want to get across. If we do the following things we will suffer persecution.
I. Our Conversation.
We are to have a Godly conversation. I work with people today that say they are a Christian but some of the most ungodly filth comes out of their mouth. I am telling that person is bringing more shame to the name of Christ. A Godly man is not going to use sarcasm(ouch), or cuss words or the words that sound like cuss words, or how about slang boy is that preach in pulpits across America.

II. Our Conduct.
We are to have a Godly conduct. How is our conduct today. Do we get angry of fly off the handle that is not Godly. We can be angry and sin not.

The Reality today is persecution is coming to our country. When we can not preach the Gospel on streets that is persecution. When I can't go to the mall and talk to people about Jesus that is persecution. The closer we get to his coming I believe we will see more persecution. The question is are we godly enough to suffer for the name of Christ. Till next time God Bless.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A Servants Heart

John 13:14
If then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one anothers feet.

This is the passage of scripture where Jesus washed the disciples feet. The deity of heaven lowered himself you be a servant to his disciples. Some people use this passage as a reason for footwashing in the church. I do not personally believe that was the message Jesus was trying to get across. You can disagree with me and that is fine. Jesus is to be are example in everything. He gave us a wonderful example of servanthood. We are to be servants to one another. This is totally opposite of what the world thinks.
The world believes you do whatever you have to, to get on top and to stay on top. Jesus taught if you humble yourselves then God will lift you up. How do I have a servants heart?
I. Humble myself to the Savior
I will never be a servant until I humble myself to the Lord. The way I humble myself to God is I give him my life. As long as I have control of my life I will not be the servant that God expects me to be. Pride has cost many men their ministry, marriage, and jobs etc.. Pride is a sin that everyone of us deal with on a daily basis. The greatest test of pride is in this area of our life. Phil Jesus humble himself even to the death of the cross. I believe we can humble ourselves before God. The Lord gave me another thought another way I humble myself before God is the crucifying the flesh. We must die daily to live humble. AMEN THANK YOU LORD!!!

II. Humble myself to the Saint.
We are to be servants one to another in the house of God. My job as a Christian is to try my best to help my brothers and sisters in Christ. There is so much that goes on in the house of God between brothers and sisters in Christ that has hurt the cause of Christ. If I humble myself to the saint there will be no gossip( boy is that in alot of churches), no backbiting, no unforgiveness and no bitterness. THose are a couple of things that can zap the power of God in any church. As a preacher of the Gospel of Christ I realize that I am a servant to all those that are in the house of God.

III. Humble myself to the sinner.
Now this is hard. THis is one I need to work on in my life. I must learn to be a servant to those that are without mostly to those that try to cause harm to the cause of Christ. How do I become a servant to these kind of people by being careful of how I act, or most importantly how I talk to those that are without. What can I do to help that one that is without Christ? Can I help them financially, or help them spiritually. Christ was humble to all those he came in contact with. He spoke hard sometimes but he came to minister to all mankind. This is one area that we should strive to do better in. You never know how many people would come to Christ if Christians had a servants heart to the lost.
In Closing the question to us today is Do we have a Servants heart? If there is one thing that I would love people to say about me when I leave this earth it that Bro Tim done his best to be a servant to those he came in contact with. May God bless you till next time.

Friday, June 16, 2006

A new Site

I have started a new site on xanga. THis site is going to be a weekly sermon that will help us in our lifes. The site is PreachersPulpit. Please visit. God bless you till next time.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

How we Can Know We Are Going To Heaven

As I begin this post I would first say I thank God I can Know I am going to Heaven. I thank God that is not depended on what I do for him, but what he has done for me. We have too many people in Religious circles that say you can not know you are going to heaven. I reminded of a verse this morning in I John 5:13 it tells that we may know we have eternal life. I thank God I don't have to think, hope, or worry about knowing I am going to heaven. This post is for all but me and a gentlemen have been going back and forth for almost a week on things about the Bible. He says the Bible has many inaccuricies. My Bible is perserved by God. So I hope the Lord will use this post to help someone get saved. Now to the post.

I. The Proof of Eternity.
People say you can not know you are going heaven. Our whole salvation experience is built on faith. A person that is looking for a physical proof of heaven will not find it. I put my faith in the Son of God.
The Scriptures declare it.
Rev 21, 22.
Until someone believes that God is the author of the book they will not be saved. The devil has blinded the eyes of them that have not the truth. That is why we have evolution, that is why we have atheist, that is why we agnostics because Satan has blinded those peoples eyes.
The Savior declare it.
He preached more on Hell than he did heaven but he still preached on heaven.

The Profession to get to Eternity.
First we must realize it is not what we do that gets us their. People say good works get us their but the Bible says in Rom 3:10 There is none good no not one. GOD EXPECTS PERFECTION TO GET TO HEAVEN. None of us are perfect. The Bible says FOr all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We all have missed the mark. If we rely on ourselves to get to heaven we will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. I don't care what some religion teaches, or some theologian teaches, or what some preacher preaches God said we have missed the mark. So how to I get there. First I realize I am a sinner until I know that I can not be saved. Then I realize their is a punishment for sin even if I think I am good I still have broken God's law and therefore I can not get into heaven so I need help. That help came in Jesus Christ who came to this earth lived a perfect live inspite of what the divinci code teaches and died in my stead on the cross of Calvary. For those that don't believe it read the Gospels. He died the death that I should have died and therefore he bridge the gap between sinful man and a Holy God. Thank God!!! I repented of my sins and trusted Jesus as the way to heaven. He says in John 14:6 He is the way the truth and the life no man cometh to the father but by him. For those that want to continue to do good to fellow man and get there I am not saying you are not doing good things i am just saying you still miss the mark. I hope all those that read this have made the decision to trust Christ.

The Promise of Eternity.
John 14:1-3 Jesus said he was preparing a place and that he would come back.
Jesus is coming soon if you not know him you need to get saved if not your goodness is going to lead straight to Hell.

To close I do not expect those that don't know Jesus to believe what I am saying as I said before their eyes are blinded. I admit our salvation is all built on faith. Believing the Bible is built on faith, living for a God we can not see is built by faith. All I know I remember what God did when I got saved and I know how he walks with me today. I can not explain the joy I have in my heart, I can not explain the peace that flooded my soul after I trusted Christ. The bible says over and over we can have eternal life. I know I have eternal life because of what is inside me. For those that don't Christ today you can know this Savior but first you must put aside your intellect, and your thinking and do things Gods way. For those that know Christ lets serve him until Jesus comes back for us and try to reach all those that don't believe in him or who don't know if he exists. For the gentleman I have been conversating with for the last week. I am praying you see the truth but I realize I can't help you understand, and as we said before we are not going to change each others minds. However I know the Lord can tough your heart and convict you of your sin's. There are things I can't answer you but if you opened you heart up to God he will show you the truth. MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS THAN JESUS BLOOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. You can put your hope in some man that says we evolve I believe I will put my hope in one that created all. Till next time may God bless you.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Depravity of Man

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

As I was looking at some other websites about Pastors, Youth Pastors that have had some indescredtions in their ministries. The sad thing about this Pastor who fell in the independent baptist movement is how many more of these big churches have swept things under the rug. Maybe not molestation, but adultery, fornication, sexual misconduct. It makes you think about the fraility of man. This is what I want to talk about this morning. Man is frail. If we remember the garden of eden man was in a perfect enviorment and he still fell. We know that before we are saved we are dead in tresspasses and sins, but after we get saved we get the Holy Spirit in our lives. We must realize we are still sinners, but we are saved by grace. We can not play with sin, and not get burnt. I looked at men of God sometimes higher than I need too, and the Lord reminded me that every Christian is capable of committing sins like those mention. WE MUST LEARN AS CHRISTIANS WE CAN NOT CONTROL THE FLESH. We will will lose everytime. The reason we fail the Lord so much is because we do things in the energy of the flesh. Paul told us to crucify the flesh daily. Crucify means to put to death. When we get up in the morning we make a conscience decision in who we are going to serve. The sad thing is many Christians don't realize they make this conscience decision by not praying in the morning. When I don't pray in the morning and crucify the flesh I spend the whole day dictated by the flesh. Please understand I am not getting on any Christian while writing this as matter of fact what I am saying this morning is hitting me right between the eyes. Our battle is in the mind when we think we are standing that is when we need to be careful and make sure we are being led by the spirit. Many great and men have fallen because they thought they were better than they actually were. WE ARE NOTHING WITHOUT CHRIST leading our lives. If I live my life for myself I am nothing. The teaching, preaching, singing, praising is all for nought if I am my own boss. If I give the Lord everything then my preaching, teaching will mean something. I do know this I thank God that he uses me inspite of how carnal my mind sometimes is. I have led people to Christ not being where I need to be at with the Lord, I know have preached and taught not being where I need to be at but God still uses me. That is amazing to me.

To close we must remember we are too hold the Man of God to high respect but not higher than Jesus. Pastor may fail you, Teachers may fail you , a godly husband/wife may fail you. SOmeone that you really look up to spiritually may fail you but thank God we know someone who will never fail us and that is our Savior. Till next time God Bless YOu.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Be Sure You Sin Will Find you Out

and be sure your sin will find you out.

It is with great sadness today that I put his post up. This morning without giving names one of my hero's of the faith has fallen. I am shocked at what has happened but I also know that God still in control. For that man that has fallen I pray for him, and for his family and for the church he was associated with for the last 50 years. But I was thinking about this thought this morning and realize sin destroys people and lives no matter how great of a man or woman you are. Sin is not a respector of persons. The devil wants all God's children to fall just like this man of God fell. I thank God that he forgives us for our sins but we still many times have to face the consequences of our actions. I am reminded of a man after God's heart David who thought he had got away with the sin of adultery and with killing a man but God used a Prophet to show David he knew. David was never the same after that day. I wonder what we have hidden under the carpet that God is trying to deal with us with privately but if we don't get it right with him, how he is going to bring it out in our lives to show he knows. I was thinking this morning that one of the greatest slaps to our Savior would be if we lose our testimony. People need to see a difference in our lives, and they need to see we back up what we preach. Christians need to stop playing with sin because eventually they will get burnt. I thank God that he is longsuffering and he will give us a chance to come clean with him. How do we deal with sin in our live.
I. We must confess it.
One thing I learned as a young Christian if we must keep short accounts of sin in our life. We have victory over sin in our life if we yield to the Holy GHost.

II. We must forsake it.
There is one thing of confessing but we must be willing to turn from the sin. If we don't forsake the sin we will never have victory. God's people are good at confessing but we have a problem with that forsaking area.

Through this happening with this brother in Christ I realize we are all capable of falling into sin as this man has if we do not keep our eyes on the Lord. May God bless you till next time.