Monthly Archives: August 2015

Don’t Get Stuck

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Don’t Get Stuck

BIBLE THOUGHTSHebrews 12:1 NKJV

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”

Believers should lay aside every weight that hinders the race that God has set before them. They should not get stuck (bogged down) with what other people want them to do or with other people’s problems.

Stuck means jammed, caught, or held in an immovable position. It also means not able to find a solution or way out of a situation.

1. Do what God wants you to do, not what man wants you to do. God has a plan and a purpose for everyone. He will reveal to you what He has called you to do. Many times He doesn’t show you the entire plan or purpose – just one step at a time. There are times that God will use other people to confirm to you what He is calling you to do, but it is only after He has already spoken to you about it.

2. Don’t allow the problems of others to hinder you. If you get bogged down with problems it hinders your useful to the kingdom of God. You are to bear their burden -go to God in earnest prayer on their behalf and listen to see what God will have you do. You must not allow their burdens to cause you to fall or to hinder your walk with God.

Remember that in many cases you can’t change anything, but you know the One who can. There are even times when we try to fix things for others but we only make them worse because God may be trying to speak to the other person through their problem.

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Do You Love Me?

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Do You Love Me?

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Revelation 2:1-7 NKJV

“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write ,

‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands” ‘I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nethertheless I have this against you, that you have left you first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place – unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I hate.

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.’ ”

The church in Ephesus had it’s good points (strong areas) and it’s bad points (weak areas). They were instructed what to do to correct the bad points (weak areas).

I. Strong Areas

The church in Ephesus was praised for rejecting evil, their perseverance, and their patience. The people had faithfully labored for the Lord’s name. The people also hated immorality and idolatry.

II. Weak Areas

The church in Ephesus was lacking in their love for God. Their love for Christ was no longer fervent. The church had experienced a considerable drop-off of love to the Lord.

III. Instruction

The church in Ephesus was instructed to admit, repent and do the first works again. Their lifestyle was to reflect their love for God. They should once again do the things that they had done before their love for God had dimmed.

Revelation 2:4-5 NKJV

“Nethertheless I have this against you, that you have left you first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place – unless you repent.”

A. Admit

They had to admit that they had grown cold in their love for God, that they had left their first love (They had left the love feast-intimate communion with God). No matter what the situation is, you will never get anywhere in finding a solution until you first admit that there is a problem. Problems will not go away by sticking our heads in the ground and pretending that nothing is wrong. Like the church in Ephesus, we must remember where we have been and look at where we are now. Is our love for God stronger now than it’s ever been? Or have we too grown cold and turned away from our love of the Lord? Do we love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind?

Matthew 22:37-38 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.”

B. Repent

The church at Ephesus was told to repent. They church at Ephesus knew that they were to have vibrant (throbbing with vitality and enthusiasm), intimate communion with God, however they no longer did. They had become lukewarm and complacent in their worship and communication with God. They had become pleased with themselves and what they had. They were self-satisfied.

James 4:17 NKJV

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

True repentance is turning from your sin and going the opposite way, to make a conscience decision to turn away from sin. True repentance is to ‘Go and sin no more.’ The people were to ask God to forgive them of their lukewarmness and compliancy.

C. Do

After they repented for leaving their first love (the love feast – intimate communion with God), they were instructed to do the first works again. They were to once again enter into a time of intimate communion and worship with God.

Zechariah 1:3 NKJV

“Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Return to Me,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord of hosts.’ ”

Conclusion

If the church as Ephesus would listen to and obey the instructions given to them then they would be allowed to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. The same is true for us today.

Step Out In Faith

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Step Out In Faith

BIBLE THOUGHTS  When God lights a fire about someone or something in you the enemy will do everything that he can to discourage you. A few things the enemy might say to you are: “You’re a nobody.”, “You’re not perfect.”, or “You’re ordinary.” God is not looking for extra ordinary or perfect people.

Exodus 4:10-11 NKJV

“Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? 12Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

Don’t wait until conditions are perfect to obey God. He can do more with someone who stutters under the anointing than He can with the most eloquent speaker in the flesh.

Exodus 4:1-5 NKJV

“Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’” So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.” And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand),
“that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”

When you step out in faith to obey God there will be those that do not believe God has called you or they question what you have been called to do.

Exodus 3:10-12 NKJV

“Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

The enemy may also tell you that you are not capable. If God has called you to do something, He will enable you to do it. If you do the natural, God will do the supernatural. The very one that created you will equip you to do the job that He has called you to do.

Dear Father,

Thank-you that You have chosen me for a part in Your plan. By the power of the Holy Spirit let me hear only Your voice and not the voice of the enemy. Help me to remember that I am somebody and perfect through the blood of Jesus Christ. May I be quick to obey You and not question what You have called me to do. Thank-you that You enable me to do what You have called me to do.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.