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September 1st, 2010

26 Godly One-Liners

Give God Whats Right

1. Give God what’s right — not what’s left.
2. Man’s way leads to a hopeless end — God’s way leads to an endless hope.
3. A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
4. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.
5. In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma–but never let him be the period.
6. Don’t put a question mark where God puts a period.
7. Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to GOD for a face-lift.
8. When praying, don’t give God instructions-just report for duty.
9. Don’t wait for six strong men to take you to church.
10. We don’t change God’s message–His message changes us.
11. The church is prayer-conditioned.
12. When God ordains, He sustains.
13. WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.
14. Plan ahead–It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
15. Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory position.
16. Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your book.
17. Exercise daily–walk with the Lord.
18. Never give the devil a ride–he will always want to drive.
19. Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.
20. Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.
21. He who angers you controls you.
22. Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.
23. Give Satan an inch & he’ll be a ruler.
24. Be ye fishers of men–you catch them & He’ll clean them.
25. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
26. Read the Book — It will scare the hell out of you.

August 25th, 2010

Jesus Lost

Jesus Lost

People, rather than being drawn closer to Christ at Christmas, in a very real sense are drawn away from the Lord Jesus. It seems like, in the very midst of the celebration, we lose Jesus.

After the Christmas story in Luke 2, the Bible tells of a young, twelve-year-old Jesus going with His parents to celebrate Passover in Jerusalem. As His parents were returning home at the end of the celebration, they realized Jesus wasn’t with them. They lost Jesus in the midst of Passover, which was all about Jesus. Does the same thing happen to us at Christmas? How do we lose Jesus?

In what sense may we lose Jesus?

It was not in the sense of relationship that Mary and Joseph lost Jesus; it was in the sense of fellowship – Mary was still His mother, Joseph still His earthly father. If you’re saved, you can never lose your relationship with Christ.

Some people have the idea that the devil can take you out of the hand of God. That’s ridiculous! If he could, why hasn’t he? That would be a strange doctrine, wouldn’t it: going to heaven by the goodness of the devil? No, the only reason he hasn’t is because he can’t! You cannot lose your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, but you can lose your fellowship.

If you have doubts concerning your salvation, pray through 1 John 5:13. Circle the word “know.” Ask God for the assurance you need.

Who may lose Jesus?

Many times, those we would least expect, lose fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It may surprise us to see that it was Mary and Joseph that lost Him, but if you’ll study the Bible, you’ll find out that God’s choicest of saints got out of fellowship with Him from time to time.

Read the following passages and describe how these saints lost fellowship with God.

Genesis 9:18-27 (Noah)
2 Samuel 11 (David)
Numbers 20:8-12 (Moses)
Judges 16:15-21 (Samson)
Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75 (Peter)

Have there been times when you have lost fellowship that you have not repented of? If so, pray now and ask God for forgiveness and allow Him to restore your fellowship.

Where do we lose Jesus?

Mary and Joseph didn’t lose Jesus in a dance hall, a nightclub, or in some den of iniquity. It was in the midst of a religious ceremony. You see, Passover was all about Jesus, yet it was there they lost Him. Read Revelation 3:20. It is often used as an evangelistic text, but read the context to see who it was really written to.

He’s not knocking at the sinner’s heart. He’s knocking at the door of the church. Billy Graham once said, “Most people in America have just enough religion to keep them from getting the real thing. They have just enough to inoculate them against God!” (S.B.C., 1982)

Being a part of a fellowship is a wonderful thing, and we are instructed to do this (Hebrews 10:25). Don’t misunderstand and think I am discouraging church attendance. We just need to ensure that our public worship is an out-flowing of a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

How may we lose Jesus?

They didn’t lose Him by getting drunk or by opposing Him or denying Him. They lost Jesus by presumption. They just assumed He was with them. They went a day’s journey, one step at a time, every step taking them farther from Him.

Sometimes you just have to get alone with God and let Him peel you like an onion. Say, “I’ve come to do business. I’m not going to get up off my knees, off my face, until I know that I know that I know, it’s not a supposition, that Jesus Christ is real to me.” May I suggest you take inventory, so every step doesn’t take you farther away from Him.

Ask yourself:

Is there any unconfessed, unrepented-of sin in my life?
Is there any love in my life greater than my love for the Lord Jesus Christ?
Has there ever been a time that I have loved Jesus more than I do right now?
Does my use of time indicate that my love of Jesus is my top priority?
Do my actions match my words of devotion to Jesus?

Have I lost Jesus due to:

__ busyness (doing too much to take time for God)
__ worldliness (being distracted by the things of this world)
__ disobedience (walking contrary to the direction of God)
__ apathy (just letting things happen)
__ distracted (not seeing the things of God)
__ misguided efforts (trying to please God through your own methods)
__ bitterness (unforgiveness toward someone, or anger against God)

Or might you lose Christ at Christmas simply due to neglect? Don’t take a “holiday” from your spiritual life this Christmas. Our tendency seems to be to forsake our routines (including our devotional times) during weekends, vacations, or holidays. Make a commitment not to neglect your time with Christ this Christmas. Instead, seek to make this time with Him more meaningful and worshipful. Enjoy the relaxed schedule and abide with Him, celebrating His birth.

Use the above inventory to guide you in prayer. Wait on God as you reflect on each question.

How do we find Jesus again?

Mary and Joseph found Him right where they left Him, in the temple, where they first lost Him. If Jesus Christ is not real to you, if you do not have that conscious awareness of His presence, just go back to where you first left Him.

You know where you left Him. You know where you got away from God. Just go right back there. Wherever it was, go back to that spot. Confess what has caused you to lose Him. Repent and make it right. Until you do, you cannot have that fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t lose Christ this Christmas!

Now, you can’t lose something that you have never had in the first place. If you’ve never accepted Christ as your personal Savior, why not do it now? He has the gift of eternal life for you.

August 8th, 2010

Why Is God Doing This To Me

Why is god doing this to me

Why is god doing this to me?

Often, when facing challenges, many sense their confidence oozing out. They feel like God has left them alone. They start thinking about all the wrong things they have done (for which they have already repented!). They start complaining, “Why is God doing this to me?”

But the truth is that God is a good God. He is not the source of problems. He is a gracious God. He is willing to help anyone who asks Him for help. He is ready to shower His blessings upon our lives every day.

The place where God sits is called ‘the throne of grace’. That is what we read in Hebrew 4:16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” The word ‘grace’ is found many times in the Bible. God the Father sent His only begotten Son Jesus to this world to reveal His grace. Because of His grace, everyone can attain salvation for free. And just like salvation, all of God’s blessings are free for us!

Blessings are not determined by the amount of your work. Though you need to do acts of faith, nevertheless, if you start comparing your blessings with your works, you miss the whole point. It is in His great love that God blesses our lives with good things. He loves to cheer us up!

So, the next time you sense the confidence level going down, and starts to ask the question “Why is God doing this to me?”, boldly go to the throne of grace and simply ask God! Do not lose your confidence in the Lord when trouble comes.

God knows your strengths and weaknesses. He never wants His children to live a low life. Yet He cannot agree with self-righteousness and religious mindsets!

Enjoy God’s blessings by His grace. You will have a joyful and peaceful life on this earth. Do not listen to the lies of the devil. You are chosen by God to lead a guilt-free life!

– – – written by Joe Abraham & Ancy Joe

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