Friday, July 25, 2008

A Pure Heart

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart;for the shall see God.

I was reading the beatitudes and some of them jump out at me. I may teach these in Sunday School I don't know yet. But I will at least teach a couple of them. As read this passage of scripture there are some things I realize about God. God is Holy, He is Pure, and he wants us to be these things. Don't get me wrong the heart is decietful we know this but the Bible say we should be pure in heart.As we look at this the word blessed means happy. That means if heart is not pure we are not happy. The word pure means clean, clear. We can live with a clean heart. David asked the Lord to create a clean heart. The bible says that we are to guard are heart with all diligence. It takes work keeping a clean heart.
We must keep a pure heartHow?
I. By Spending Time with the Lord.We must have fellowship with to Lord. How do we fellowship with the Lord.
A. By Studying. We must do more than just read the Bible we must Study the scriptures. If we stay in the Word the Holy Ghost can show through the mirror of the Word of God what we need to get out of our lives.
B. By Supplication. PrayerWe must pray, we have to keep the lines of communication opened with God. If we don't we will not keep a clean heart.
C. By Seeking.I believe we need to seek the Lord fervently to keep a clean heart with him. We need to beg God to help to keep a clean heart.

II. By Attending Church Regulary.A person out of church will not keep a pure heart. The Man of God preaches through the leadership of the Holy Ghost what we need to hear to stay clean.
We must be Faithful.
We must be Fervent.
We must be Fruitful.

III. By Looking For Christ.We must live are lives daily expecting the return of Our Lord. People that don't keep a pure heart will not be looking for his return. The Bible tells us that every man that has this hope purifies himself. Most Christian live there lives the way they want and do not have the fear of God in their lives.As close this post this should be something we strive for in our lives.

To have a pure heart. The rest of the verse tells us we shall see God. Another post. But we shall see his Power, Presence, Protection, peace, Provision. After this week I do plan on posting more at least every other day.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

When we are Tried

Job 23:10

But he knoweth the way I take, when he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.

In this life we go through many storms that we sometimes don't understand. I believe we have storms from Satan that has to go through the throne room of God, I believe we have storms from reaping what we have sown, and lastly I believe God sends storms to conform us into the image of his Son. We all know the story of Job where he lost about everything in Chapters 1.2 and then has his friends accuse him of sinning against God. Isn't like us sometimes to do this. When someone is going through something sometimes our mind wanders and starts wondering what sin did that person commit to deserve that. I am not saying that we are not chastize for what we do but sometimes things happen to us to see how faithful we will be to God. As I look at this verse I see a couple of things that I hope will be a blessing and help to those that read.

I. God KnowsUs
I think sometimes we forget that God knows everything. I believe our minds can not comprehend this sometimes there are multiple verse in the Bible that says His eyes see every thing. I am reminded of Galatians where it says God is not mocked sometimes I think in our heart that we are hiding from God those things that are not pleasing but he knew them before I did them. But I want to take a different direction on this. God has set a path for me to walk in, and though sometimes I don't like what I have to go through God has my best interest at heart.

II. God Tries Us
I Peter 4:12 tells us we will be tried. God I believe tests several things in our life when he tries us.
I believe first he tests our love for him. We love the Lord when everything is going alright, but it seems like when the fires come sometimes we blame God for what we are going through. We are to love God through the blessings of life, and we are to love him through the valleys of life.
I believe second he tests are faithfulness for him. It seems like when I am going through it or when I disagee with God in what he is doing that are start lacking in my prayer life, and in my bible reading.
I believe we can tie these things together with one word. That word is obedience are we going to obey God in whatever we go through or are we just going to obey him when everything is going great.

Sometimes I wonder when God tries me why am I going through this but then this verse tells m that I may come forth as gold. There are impurities in all of are life, and just as goldsman has to put heat on the God to bring the impurities to the top so they can be taken out of the gold for it to be pure. This is ultimately what God is doing in our lives he is trying to get the impurities out of our life so we are conform into the image of his Son. I don't know about you but there are still impurities that he must get out so I know testing times are coming. As a matter of fact until Jesus comes back we must realize that we have times of testing. Will we get bitter or will we get better? God bless you till next time.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I AM GLAD I AM A CHRISTIAN

Acts 11:26

And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch



This message I preached this last Sunday. So I wanted to share with on this blog.



Where would we be without Christ? I sometimes look back and see if Jesus would not have saved me when he did I can see where my life would of headed. God is been so good to this preacher. I deserve to be in Hell today and so do you, but God in his infinite mercy loved us and saved us. I am glad he saved me how about you? I believe sometimes as Christians we forget the miracle that God performed the day we got saved.



When he saved me....

I got forgiveness. I am so glad that when he saved me he forgave me of all my sins. Past Present and Future. I am glad that every sin that I ever commit was put under the blood the day I bowed my knee and repented of my sins and trusted Christ. The Devil tries to bring those sins up all the time in my life and in other Christians lives but he is a defeated foe.



I got a family. I thank God for the family of God this morning. I am glad that I was put into a family that loves me. In many Christians lives our family at church is closer than our earthly family. I don't have much in common with my earthly family. They don't understand where I am at with the Lord, but I have much in common with my church family. We have something in common and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.



I got a future.

My future is God is preparing a place for me to spend eternity. I will get to spend forever with my Lord and Savior. Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Now that I gave a couple of benefits we got when we got saved. Let me tell a couple of things we get to do now that we are Christians.



1. I Get to Go.

Church. I live in America where we have the freedom to worship God. I think we sometimes forget this. I don't have to go to church. I get the priviledge to be around God's people. I get the priviledge to stand and teach and preach his Word. I told our church when we get to the point we have to go to church. We need to get alone with our Lord and get back to our first love.



Crowd. God chose me to be able to go and give the gospel to a lost and dying world. What a priviledge that God gives us as Christians.



I Get to Give.

Myself- I am glad that God gave us a free will. He gives us the choice.

Money- GOd gives me the priviledge to give to his church. We get to give our money to the Lord. I use to hear a saying God loves a cheerful giver but he will take it from an old grump also. I pray that you are faithful in giving to the Lord in his church. For everything God has done for me the least I can to do is give him what he asks me to give.

To close I am glad that I am a Christian. Are you ?