Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD
We might consider this a very obvious question with an obvious answer. But when we look at the response of the churches across the country we will see that there is a line of demarcation that clearly identifies those that periodically serve God when its convenient and those that serve God because that’s all they have. To imply who is also an indication of another choice. When God is all you have then all you’ll ever need is God!
Serving looks different on every body. Serving God does not always mean in a church, but we can serve God in our communities; by helping others, showing love to others etc. Serving God should be without agenda. Serving God should be with our whole heart. Serving God should be without apprehension. We must serve God whether we’re getting a new house, new car, or even a new title. We must serve God because God is worthy to be served!
Serving requires something of you. Serving requires faithfulness. Serving requires submission. Serving requires obedience. When you serve God, your sole dependency is upon Him and Him alone.
There’s a story about several men who went on a mission trip to Haiti where they met a 19-year-old young man who loved Christ deeply. He impressed them so profoundly that they invited him to visit the United States.
Upon arrival a whole new world opened up before this young man’s eyes. He had never slept between sheets, never have three meals on the same day, never used indoor plumbing, and never tasted McDonald’s.
While traveling in the United States this godly young man made many new friends. At the end of the six weeklong visit, his sponsors hosted a farewell dinner in his honor. After dinner several members of the group offered parting remarks. Then they asked the young man if he would like to say anything.
“Yes, he said as he rose, I would. I want to thank you so much for inviting me here. I’ve really enjoyed this time in the United States. But I’m also very glad to be going home. You have so much in America, but I’m beginning to lose my grip on my day to day dependency on Christ”.
When your sole dependence is upon Christ, you serve God anyhow, and despite your circumstances. If no one sees you serving God, serve God anyway. If no one comments that you serve God, serve God anyway. If it looks like there is no immediate reward for serving God, serve God anyway. If it feels like serving God is a waste of time, serve God anyway. No matter what, you serve God. It will be the best decision you’ve ever made. Your life depends on it.
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Where’s grace? Grace is missing! Grace is not a person in this case. Grace is missing from the lives of believers. Grace is missing from the church. Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely. Grace is the peace of God shown to the restless. Grace is love extended toward a person that doesn’t deserve it. God’s grace is His unmerited favor. We live everyday by God’s grace.
It’s amazing to me that there are those within the body of Christ who desire that grace be extended to them when they have gone astray but cannot extend an ounce of grace to someone else when they have fallen short. Romans 3:23 New International Version (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It’s even more amazing to me how we can take tally marks of the sins of others and have episodic amnesia when it comes to the things that we do. God seeks men and women after God’s own heart; but God created us, and God knows our strengths and our weaknesses. God knows our thoughts and our ways.What has begun to happen is…
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A good man out of the
good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man
out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of
the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
A Chinese proverb said, if you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words. In the news a short while ago, Megyn Kelly, a journalist, political commentator and television host, had to deal with her controversial blackface comments. The consequences resulted in, her viewership plummeting, and eventually her show being canceled. There are words that are said in private and there are words that are said in public. But at some point, the private words will be revealed in public places. This text is reminding us, that what’s in you will come out. That’s why every now and then you’ve got to do a heart check. What’s in you that does not glorify God? What’s coming out of your mouth that shows the world that which you have been pondering in your heart?
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
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One thing you must realize during your weak moments is that you are still in God’s hands. Even as you’re going through those weak moments. You’re still in His hands. No matter what it looks like, no matter how not like Him we may be sometimes. No matter how unloving we may present ourselves, we are still in God’s hands. God has chosen us for His purpose. He molds us, shapes us and reshapes us to suit Him and His plan for our lives! No matter what, you’re still a child of God. Even during your weak moments. Just like a potter, as he is molding, when what he forms becomes weak, or marred, he shapes it again, yet all the while remaining on the potter’s wheel. Even in our weak moments, God still desires to use us .
Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. 15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve;
Black Sheep, a duo rap group from Queens, New York, back in the day made the song by this very same title popular. The lyrics went, who’s the black sheep, what’s the black sheep? But the hook said, you can get with this you can get with that… You can get with this or you can get with that…I think you’ll get with this, ‘cause this is where it’s at. In essence, you have a choice, but the choice is ultimately yours.
There are many things in the world to capture our attention on a daily basis, causing us to have to make choices. The problem is, we have too many options. For the believer that is adamant about doing the will of God, those choices will not be hard at all to make. But for the believer that is straddling the fence from week to week, will find themselves in positions of chaos, unproductivity, and frustration, as they watch the consequences of their choices being played out. You can get with this, or you can get with that. The choice is yours!
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Do you find yourself worrying about everything? Is your brain on a constant spin cycle of how you’re going to pay a bill? Worrying about your kids? Worrying about your relationships? Your jobs? After you finish worrying, did it make a difference? Did anything change?
In this text, God reminds us that He’s God that sees tomorrow while He blesses you in your today. I find this text necessary for the people of God because many have faith in God, as long as it’s today. As long as it’s today, my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. As long as it’s today I can do all things through Christ. Today, that which I can see, feel, hear, understand, be in, yet recollecting what I did yesterday. Today, a glimpse of time. Today, this present moment. And so, we believe, we don’t need help with our today. We can handle today. We can envision today. We can call forth today, because we’re in it. We can stand in faith, today. The present. The unfortunate thing about God’s people is that we choose to have control in everything we do. And so, as long as we can exist in our “today” while controlling our tomorrows, we will always try to be one step ahead of God! God is in full control over everything! He’s an omniscient God. We’ve got to deal with this enemy called tomorrow.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Helen Keller , a well known American author, political activist and lecturer, was both blind and deaf. She has been quoted saying, “after a lifetime in silence and darkness that to be deaf is a greater affliction than to be blind”. Hearing is the soul of knowledge and information of a high order. To be cut off from hearing is to be isolated indeed.” Hearing is one of the most necessary senses that we could possibly have as human beings . But when one has a hearing loss, they are cut off. Keller goes on to say, “blindness separates people from things; deafness separates people from people.”
Hearing loss is an invisible condition. We cannot see hearing loss, only its effects. Because the presence of a hearing loss is not visible, these effects may be attributed to aloofness, confusion, or personality changes. So, it can only be assumed that when one doesn’t do what they heard, it was because they didn’t hear it. Could it be that we have seen the effects of “hearing loss” in the body of Christ? Confusion? Aloofness? Personality changes? Perhaps! We gather on Sundays, but immediately forget and can’t apply what we heard on Monday! Is it deafness or selective “hearing loss”? I wonder.
2 Kings 5:1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.”
He was a pastor,
leader and a husband but he had
a mistress. She was a politician, a wife and a mother to three beautiful
children, but she had an alcohol
addiction. They were a power couple, their children were in Ivy League schools but, the husband lived a double life. He had scholarships from the top universities
a job lined up before he even graduated, but,
he sold ecstasy out of his backpack during school hours. She was a wonderful
dancer, she loved the Lord, but, she had a child out of wedlock. We
all have a but in our lives. The
place of humility. The place when or if uncovered, would bring us down a few
notches and humble us. The place where God has or is working some things out in
us. The but serves as a reminder that without God, we would be nowhere