Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Missing Element in Christians

The Missing Element in Christians
I John 1:4
And these things I write unto you; that YOUR joy may be full.
I have been saved for almost 14 years and the longer I have been saved the more I see Christians don't have any joy. I see people come into church and it looks like they lost their best friend. Something is missing in many peoples life. What i am about to share may be elementary but if we obey God and his word what a difference it will make in our lives. I want to be all I can be for the Lord. I hope all who read this feel the same way. I was teaching SUnday School sunday and the Lord hit me like a ton of bricks with something. The reason people have no joy is because they are lacking fellowship with the Lord. I John talks about fellowship. I know in my life when I lack fellowship I am not a very nice person to be around. Now to the meat of the thought WHy do we have no fellowship? Why do most Christians live without the fellowship of the Lord in their life. Why is it you and me sometimes don't yearn for that fellowship.
I Because of Sin. I have learned something that when I am practicing sin, or doing something I should not be I have no joy. God expects us to have are heart right with him. He wants me and you to be in fellowship but that is hindered when we sin against him.
Because of lack of studying. You know the way we find joy is in the Word of God. We must be in the Word of God. You would be amazed to find out who in your church probably don't even read their Bible. How can we have joy when we lack to most important thing in our life and that is a time of studying the Word.
Because of Self. When we want to do things ourselves God lets us but we are not happy if we do them. The reason many have no joy is because they still dictate their life. As long as we dictate our life their will be no joy.
To close do you have joy, if not please consider the thoughts that have been giving and asked the Lord to show you why there may be no joy. I believe we all go through times where our joy is lacking. Till next time God Bless You.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Hello All!!

I was just sitting here thinking how I haven't updated my site in a couple of weeks. I have really been praying about somethings concerning the blog and just waiting for the Lord to answer. For all my readers I really appreciate those that leave comments. I know I have others that read that do not leave comments and that is fine. When I started this blog I wanted to be a blessing and a help to other people. What the Lord gives me to put on here is usually something he has helped me with and therefore I want to help others. Also I wanted this blog to bring glory to our Lord. I believe it has done both. I do hope the Lord allows me to continue to blog and to give thoughts that I hope our truly treasure from God's Word. I just wanted to take a couple of minutes to again thank all that come hope the blog has been a blessing to you. May God continue to bless you, I also enjoy all the blogs I read they are a help and sometimes give me insight from another point of view.

Bro Tim

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A TOUCH FROM THE MASTER

A TOUCH FROM THE MASTER Matt 20-29-34
The story here is of two blind men seeking to be healed by the Lord. Do u remember when u were and blind and the Lord touch you for the first time. We were heading our own direction, and doing our own thing when the sweet Holy Spirit came and showed us our need for the Savior we trusted him and the Lord touched us.
We were Excited to be Saved. We were walking on cloud nine. We were clean, and we wanted to know more about the Lord.
We were Expressed our Salvaton. We had the joy of the Lord all over our face. We had had a peace in our heart that we wanted to share.
What has happened to the excitement?
What has happened to the expression?
I believe just like we needed a touch from the Lord the day we were saved that sometimes we just need a touch from the Lord in the Battle of life.
Why?
I. Because of Doubting.
We have all doubted the Lord at one time or another. Matt tells us his disciples doubted him.
We doubt his working in our life.
The finanacial hardships.
The Physical hardships
The Mental hardships.
We must understand that doubt comes from the devil. He wants us to turn our back on the Lord.
II. Because of Drifting.
We all have had times where we were as close to the Lord as we needed to be. We drift away from the Lord and start doing things on our own.
Because of Carnality
Because of Complacency
Because of Coldness
III. Because of Discouragement
Some times family lets us down
Some times friends let us down
Thank God he never lets us down. As David did in the Word of God when it seem like everyone was against him he encouraged himself in the Lord
IV. Because of A Deeper Devotion.
We need his touch when we decide not to live a mediocre life. He wants the best for us and many Christians settle for second best in their life. Paul said in Colossians Christ my all in all. Is Christ your all tonight.
Is Our devotion where it needs to be?
Are our desires where they need to be?
I know in my life that I need to get alone and get a touch from the Master really on a daily basis. So many Christians struggle in this life because they don’t asked for that special touch from the Lord.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Goodness of God

The Goodness of God
Psalm 107:1
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good; his mercy endureth for ever.
I am so glad today to say God is been so good to me. He done wonders in my life. If we were honest we don't deserve the goodness of God. As many times as we fail him, and live our own lives God is still good to us. The bible admonishes us to give thanks to the Lord for he is good. When was the last time we just got on our knees and forgot about what was around us, or what we were going through and just praise him for his goodness to us. I want to give three categories of people to you that God is good too.
He is good to the Sinner. God blesses the sinner everyday with out they know it. he gives them breath everyday. He gives them food and shelter everyday. God has been good to the Sinner. How has he been good to the sinner.
I. He loves them. John 3:16, Romans 5:8
II. He is longsuffering.
III. He longs for their Salvation. II Peter 3:9
He is good to the Slider. That is backslider. God is always waiting for someone that is saved to always come back. Now don't get me wrong if you live outside his will their will be chastisement, but it is always correction never punishment. It is always to correct our wrongs to get us back in fellowship with him
He wants them to repent.
He wants to restore them.
Lastly he is good to the saint. He is good to the Child of God. He blesses us beyond measure when we are right with him. He always seems to have handfuls of purpose for his children. How has he also been good to us.
He gives us Hope. We have hope one day to be out of this flesh. The last verse of Sweet Hour of prayers says we will drop this robe of flesh. What a happy day that will be when we can think, talk and act right all the time. He gives us hope through the rapture. This world is in a mess and sooner or later God is going to send his son to get us.
He gives us Help. The Bible tells us we can come boldly before the throne of Grace and find help in time of need. He is always there to help his children that are walking right with him. I mean that we are in fellowship with him. We are reading, and praying and as far as we know we have no unconfessed sin in our life.
He will give us a home. One day we will have a home in heaven for ever and ever. We will never have to deal with sin, suffering, sorrow, or Satan ever again. What a glorious day that will be.
TO close God has been so good to us the least we can do is serve him with all our heart, soul, and mind.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Whose in First Place

First I hope all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I sure did. I am ready to start posting again to be a blessing to people. The first message of the new year is what I preached at a watch night service. I pray it is a blessing and a help.
We find our text in Col 1:18.
It says at the end of the verse that he might have the preeminence. That word means first place. I asked the this question to each of you. Is Christ in His rightful place in your life. If he is not in first place then my friend you are not right with God.
He deserves first place. He died on the cross of Calvary gave his life for me, my reasonable service is to put him first in my life.
He demands first place. Paul says that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Lets look at three areas he wants first place in.
In Our Love. Matt 22:37-40
Sumpreme Love
Sacrifical Love
Sincere Love. Is your love sincere? God knows our hearts. He knows why we serve him and what our motivation is.
In Our Labour. II Corinthians 5:9-10
Who are we labouring for?
Self. If we are labouring for self then we are in vanity. Everything in the scope of things means nothing.
Satan. We either serve God or we serve satan. If are not serving God then that means we are serving self and we are right where Satan wants us.
The Savior. It should be are hearts desire to serve him with 110 percent.
In Our Living. Gal 2:20
Carnal Living The Bible tells us in I John 2:15-16 Love not the world neither the things in the world.
Complacent Living A careless attitude. If I serve Jesus I will and if not or well. This is where many Christians get when they get their eyes off the Lord.
Consecrated Living. God wants us to be Holy. He wants complete surrender. The only way we ever get filled with the Holy Ghost is when there is nothing of me, and all of him. That is a hard saying but it is true.
To Close we must all examine our life and see where we have the Lord. If he is not in first place then lets put him where he belongs.