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Don’t Fall Away

“As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy; yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, [a]lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away.” (Matthew 13:20-21)

We live in an age where the Word of God is readily available at any given time or any given place. Yet, there remains a questions: Are we listening and retaining the Word that we hear? How can we know if we are retaining the Word of God? If we have received the Word within our hearts, then we have grasped, understood, and allowed the Word of God to take root in our hearts.

The only way we can be sure that have retained the Word is for us to experience the fires of tribulation, affliction, and/or persecution. The way respond to these trials indicates whether we have retained the word of God. Sometimes, when we experience hardships, we respond with doubt and unbelief. We question God: “Where are You, Lord?” “Why have you allowed this?” Sometimes we become offended with God. This response does not show that we have retain the Word. Sadly, some walk away from God concluding that He is not trustworthy or faithful to His Word. God forbid that we should think such things!

Let us study the Word of God and learn to apply it so that we do not fall away in unbelief as some have done. Remember His Word. Respond correctly: “He promised to never leave me or forsake me,” “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but He promised to deliver me from them all,” “This will work together for my good as long as I continue to love and trust Him and seek His will for my life,” and “He told me to endure hardships as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” You can make it. You can pass this test. All things are possible to him who believes and You can accomplish all things through Jesus.


The Mind of Christ

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:2-5)

As Christians, we should have the mind of Christ. Our actions and character should be a reflection of who He is. We are the light of the world, pointing all men to the path which leads to eternal life which is found in Christ alone. In verse 5, when Paul says in verse 5, “let this mind be in you,” he uses the Greek word phroneō. This word means ” to direct one’s mind toward a thing, to seek, to strive for.”

So what should we direct our mind towards? How should we seek to live in the midst of a sinful world? Paul lists a few things in Philippians 2:

  1. Be on one accord
  2. Consider others better than ourselves
  3. Look to the things of others
In summation, to have the mind of Christ means being concerned about others. If we have the mind of Christ, it is not about me. It’s about the next person. It’s not about my problems. It’s about the next person’s problems. We read of few instances in the Gospels where Jesus rested. No where does it say, “A man came to Jesus seeking help, but Jesus said, ‘Can you wait until I’m finish taking care of my business?’ or ‘Right after I take a nap.'” Instead, you will see many instances where the love of Christ compelled Him to go beyond the norm.
The mind of Christ is to love others. And love is inconvenient.

Everyday Needs

A Few Words on the Sunday School Lesson Aim:

“That You will learn how to look to Jesus for eternal salvation and answers to everyday life.”

 maslow's hierarchy of needs

This week’s lesson, “The Way, The Truth, and The Life” is based on John 14:1-14. As I sat and meditated on the lesson aim, I realized that it portrays a common error that most Christians experience in their walk. We either

  1. Look to Christ for answers to everyday problems and neglect the eternal, or
  2. Look to Christ for eternal salvation and neglect that He can help with our daily problems.

Personally, I am able to truth Christ with certain areas of my life, but other areas present a problem for me. The major areas of our lives can be broken down as such (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • basic needs (i.e. food, shelter, clothing)
  • financial needs (i.e. money, jobs)
  • social/relationship needs (i.e. marriage, friendships, associations)
  • spiritual needs (spiritual growth, discernment)
  • mental/emotional needs (peace of mind, level of happiness, love & acceptance)

Take a  look over this list and ask yourself if you are allowing God free reign in these areas. Consider whether you have exercised childlike faith and trust towards God to handle these areas. If you find that you have not, ask God to show you the obstacle(s) that hinder you from complete trust in Him.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life: all that we need is in Him. He will instruct us how to live our lives in this world as we make preparation for the next. He will help us to walk in the light and to walk in truth. He is able to help us to experience the fullness of life that is possible in Him alone. Is Jesus your way? Is He your truth? Is He your life?

I’m Alive

Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). (Ephesians 2:5)

God takes great care in reaching down to the lowest pits of sin to redeem us and make us new creatures in Christ. How often have we taken time to realize who, what, and where we were before the King of Kings rescued us from the clutches of the Prince of Darkness? Personally, I was a hot mess before Christ came into my life. Maybe you, dear reader, did not have such an intimate relationship with the world and sin as I have had, but either way, we were all incomplete, lost, and dead in sin before Christ came into our lives.

Not only does Christ rescue us, further, He invites us into a warm, welcoming fellowship with Himself and the Father. He knows what we were then, who we are now, and what we will become. Yet, He still desires to commune with us as we seek after godliness and righteousness. He raises us up from the clutches of  sin and death. Then, He gives us the power to live a victorious life against sin, death, the devil, and the world.

The thing that amazes me is not that we accepted His invitation, but that He desires our company.

Growth By Association

1 Corinthians 15:33 (Amplified Version) says “Do not be so deceived  and  misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.”

Christian fellowship is vital to our Christian walk. Our ability to grow and excel in Christ is limited only by our associations. It is important that we are not “clique-ish” – only choosing to form friendships and bonds with people who are like us. The body of Christ is versatile. It includes people of all age groups, nationalities, educational and economic backgrounds. We cannot be so narrow-minded that we neglect to form friendships and engage in fellowship with people we consider “different.”

That being said, we need to have regular fellowship with all Christians: those who are just starting their journey, those with whom we share the same leg of the journey, and those who are further ahead. They are all able to provide us with the spiritual encouragement that we need to grow.

Also, we must be careful of those “other” associations that may hinder us as we seek to become more Christlike. Everyone does not have our best interest at heart. As Jesus said, we must be wise as serpents but gentle as doves. If you find yourself stagnant in your growth, it may be time for a change in your social environment.

Proclaim Favor!

We challenge you to pray this prayer until things begin to change in your life. This is from a Proclamation of Favor for Shiloh Temple Members.

“In the name of Jesus, I am the righteousness of God, therefore I am entitled to covenant kindness Ames favor.

“The favor of God is among the righteous. The favor of God surrounds the righteous, therefore, it surrounds me. Everywhere I go, everything I do, I expect the favor of God to be in manifestation. Never again will I be without the favor of God.

“Satan, my day in Lodebar, place of barrenness, ceases today. I am leaving that place of lack and want. I am going from the pit to the palace, because the favor of God is on me. It rests richly on me. It profusely abounds in me, and I am part of the generation that will experience the favor of God, immeasurably, limitless, and surpassing.

“Therefore, God’s favor produces in my life, supernatural increase, promotion, prominence, preferential treatment, restoration, honor, increased assets, great victories, recognition, petitions granted, policies and rules changed on my behalf, and battles won that I don’t have to fight. The favor of God, is upon me, and it goes before me. My life will never be the same. Amen”

Sunday School: The Just Shall Live By Faith

A few words on the Sunday School Lesson for February 12, 2012

“Works in Progress”

We all have room to grow. We all have some area where we could stand to be a little better or do a little more. We all make mistakes. Although we are saved, we are still flawed human beings. And God knows this. For that reason, we all are “works in progress.”

Therefore, it is important to live out each day in faith, trusting in God to lead and guide us moment by moment, day by day. Each day, we will encounter various tests and temptations. Fortunately, we have the Spirit of God living within us and He is willing and able to help us stand in the midst of trying situations.

We are all being remade in the image of Christ. The journey from imperfection to perfection can be awfully long, but we shall come to our expected with the help of the Holy Spirit as we live out each day by faith.

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