Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Whose Mind do You Have?

Phil 2:5
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
I know the passage of scripture is talking about the humbling of the Son of God, but I want to go at in from a standpoint of what Jesus thinks about certain things. I hope it challenges us to have a mind that God is please with. I understand this morning that the battle is for our minds. Most saved people have a distorted view of what God thinks about certain things. I want to have a mind that is centered on Christ, and on his Will. The only thing that will matter when we leave this earth is what we done with the Son of God, and what we done for the Son of God. Lets look at a couple of thoughts this morning.

What Christ thinks about Sin.
First understand he loves the sinner. However he hates sin. Christ hates when his bride sins against him. To many saved people have become friends with sin. They walk in sin and become numb to its effects. The word says that the wages of sin is death. We will die in this body because of the effects of sin on our life. We need to get a passion about us of hating sin.

What Christ thinks about Souls.
He died for souls. The reason he came to earth is to bridge the gap between God and man. He is our mediator. He gave his life as a sacrifice for souls. We need to be willing to sacrifice money, time, and talents to reach the lost. Remember what II Peter 3:9 says THe Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance.

What Christ thinks about Servantitude.
Look at John 13 he showed a great picture of what we should be doing as Christians. He washed the disciples feet. Now that is a humbling experience, but this is the king of Glory doing this. God has called all us to love one another as he loved us. He expects us to serve one another on this earth. Being a preacher of the Gospel I realize I am to be a servant to the church. I am to try to help the pastor but I am to help the church. God puts each of his children in the church to be a help to one another. If we neglect this responsiblity we can not be right with God. I hope and pray you that you have servants heart if not you need to pray for God to give you one.

Whose Mind do you Have? Christ or Yours. Till next time God bless

Friday, September 15, 2006

He is Worthy

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song saying, though art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof.

I know this passage of scripture takes place in heaven. And I know it precedes the opening of the tribulation. What a glorious time it it will be when we get to heaven. When we get to worship the one who died for us and gave his life for us. Before I get to the thought we are worthy of death, and hell, and the grave. We are not worthy for what the Lord has done for us. Even after we have been saved we have made a mess of things in our own life that God could have given up on me a long time ago. But thank God as Mrs Julie put for His unending mercy. I was thinking this morning about how worthy he is. I want to give a couple of thoughts and then let you muse upon them and hopefully they will be a challenge and a blessing to those that read this.

I. He is Worthy to be Persude.
He is worthy for me to go after him. He is worthy for me to make him my all in all as Paul said in Colosians. He is worthy for us to follow him with all our heart, soul, and mind. I know I could persue in more in my life this morning. I know I can love him more this morning, I know I can follow him more this morning. I know I could be led by him more this morning.

II. He is Worthy to be Pre-eminent. Col 1:18
He is worthy to have first place in my life. He is worthy to have in over the following areas of my life.
A. My family. I love my wife and two foster daughters. I love my parents and in-laws,but if he don't have first place over them then he is not where he is suppose to be.
B. My Friends. I love those that I call friend. I thank God for the friends I have now. How they lift me up and help me to stay in the narrow way, but he must have first place over my friends.
C. My Focus. I know in my life I have a tendency to focus on the circumstances in stead of the Christ. The reason we don't have peace sometimes is because our focus in wrong. Is 26:3
D. My Fun. I love to have fun and love to have good etertainment, but if he is not first place in the area of fun then I have missed it. It is so much better when you can have fun with Christ the center of the fun. Too many Christians keep Christ out of the fun part of their life.

III. He Is Worthy to be Praised.
The thing that lacks in many Christians lives is this area of Praise. We praise when everything is alright, but when we get sick, or have no money, or someone dies our praise sometimes lacks. It would do some Christians good to let loose and let God be God in their life.
A. From where he brought from.
B. From where I am at. By his grace he has brought me along way.
C. From where I am going. We get to spend eternity with the Savior.

To CLose how is worthy this morning. Has he been worthy enough this morning for you to spend time with him? Is he worthy enough to to you that you would give your life completely to him? Till next time God Bless you.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Why do people make multiple professions?

This will be a different post today. I hope to get plenty of feedback on this post. I was thinking about this morning after finding out two more people that I used to go to church with have made another profession. I am not saying whether that is good or bad. What i am saying is our bible tells us that we may know we have eternal life. I John 5:13. I wonder how many in our churches today truly know they have eternal life. Now to get back to the post I am not talking about one that makes a profession and has no fruit behind their profession. I am talking about one that gets saved lives for God and then two or three years they make another profession. Why do people have so much trouble believing what God said? He said Whosoever calls upon his name shall be saved. I remember is my own life where I made a private profession of faith after I got saved. I remember struggling with doubt. Doubt is real in many Christians lives. What causes people to doubt their salvation. Well sinful living should cause people to examine theirselves. If a person lives in sin and gets away with they should check up. However I am not talking about that kind of person. Let me put something else in before I go on. You have those that seem like they are living for God get saved, but then you got those that take God's name in vain, never go to church, never read the bible, never pray and you asked them and they say they know they are saved. That is what boggles my mind this morning. I am talking about the ones that I have seen get faithful, get into Gods Word, and have a prayer life and they make another profession. I believe in churches sometimes our emotions can get the better of us. A preacher preaches and people start getting saved and sometimes someones emotions can start bothering them into another profession. Sometimes people make another profession because their salvation testimony don't line up with other testimonies in the church. God saves the same way, but he sometimes goes deeper down to get some. Some he saved from an early age before they get messed up, but some he has to saved after they have scarred their lives, but thank God he still saves the same way. By his blood. I know I made two public professions of faith one when I was 12 years old which was without conviction, and one when I was 17 years old that I remember the conviction. So I asked you this morning why do you believe people make multiple professions of faith. I look forward to hopefully seeing your answers. May God bless you till next time.