Take the Challenge … Let God Change You

“Surely God didn’t design the gospel of Jesus to be confined to our minds and mouths in the church, yet disconnected from our emotions and actions in the world.

Surely something needs to change (p. 3).

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God’s Promise to My Pastor

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Today, our pastor shared the words that God gave him when he was praying about the property that our church now occupies. He said that he repeatedly parked across from the property and prayed, wondering how the resources would come to build the church.

The Lord gave him a wonderful promise:

“Love Me, love My Word,

Love My people

And I will build My church”

This is a promise that we can possess as children of God.

Love Me

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38

Matthew Henry describes this love as loving God as ours.

To love God as ours is to love him because he is ours, our Creator, Owner, and Ruler, and to conduct ourselves to him as ours, with obedience to him, and dependence on him. We must love God as reconciled to us, and made ours by covenant; that is the foundation of this, Thy God.

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Good morning, Lord. I look forward to what You have for me today. Fill me with Your wisdom, Your Spirit, Your love throughout the day.

Thank You, Father, for this great food, the conversation with my co-worker, and the beautiful clouds on the way to work.

Father, what should I do with the money You have given me?

Lord, God Almighty, I worship You with my body, my mind, my soul, and all that is within me. Direct my path. All that I have is Yours. You are my God, and I adore You. My life is not mine but Yours.

Love My Word

I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your Word. Psalm 119:16

David wrote the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, and it focused on the Word of God. God considered the Law so important that He commanded Joshua to meditate on it day and night. God’s promise to him was that he would prosper and have success. Kings were commanded to write down the Law of God themselves and keep it in their hearts.

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Memorizing Bible verses.

Indepth Bible study.

Talking about the Bible.

Applying the principles found in the Bible.

Love My people

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

“Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” … “Tend My sheep.” ….“Feed My sheep.” John 21:15-17

Children of God are known by their love for one another. Jesus told Peter that the result of loving His followers was to take care of the followers of Jesus by feeding them and tending them. That’s what our responsibility is to other believers.

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Teach our children about Jesus.

Take care of our brothers’ and sisters’ needs. Visit them in the hospital. Provide necessities to those in need.

Pray for our brothers and sisters.

Serve each other.

The Promise

And I will build My church

And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:11-12

Building the church is God’s responsibility. God prepared this work from before the foundation of the world.

And He has prepared works for all His children to accomplish, and He will equip His followers to accomplish these works. That’s His responsibility and His promise to us, Ephesians 2:10

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In the 1990s, several men got together and decided to put the Bible on the Internet. They decided to call it Blue Letter Bible. God grew their expertise and Internet users’ awareness of the Website. Today, over 10 million people use the free tools annually. The team faithfully showed up and did what God had equipped them to do, and God grew their expertise and their ministry.

God calls you and me to step out in what He has equipped us to do. As we step out, God will grow our expertise, and He will accomplish the work He has established from before the foundation of the world.

My prayer

Father, thank You for Your message and promise to my pastor. They are words we can apply to our lives. Please cause them to sink deeply into our very being. As we meditate on these principles, guide us in Your path for us. We love You, Lord. Thank You for loving us. Bless our pastors; equip them; give them confidence and courage; give them Your vision for Your ministry. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, Bless His holy name!

Love and marriage … the work of our Divine Artist

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God is the artist working in our marriage and in our lives – to create a love that never fails. He takes the rough stones and polishes them. He carves the designs and inlays the stones.

He inscribes His words, and dyes the letters, so that all can see.
My Beloved, you are an artist working in my life. You have given me a treasure chest as you have picked up my rough stones, polished them, and inscribed your love upon me. 

Thank you for your love. I cherish you.

My prayer:

Father, thank You for my Beloved husband. Through him, You have given me a glimpse of the intimacy of heaven. What a wonderful gift You have given to Your children and Your church. Thank You for Your love, a love that is so amazing that I cannot understand it or imagine it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Real … Are you known as a Jesus follower?

Real: Becoming a 24/7 Follower of Jesus  -     By: Jamie Snyder<br /><br />

Jamie Snyder challenges the reader with this question: “If Sunday didn’t exist, would anyone know you were a follower of Jesus?”

The early church turned the world upside down. Communities knew who the Christians were, and the church grew rapidly.

Snyder describes the characteristics of a 24/7 Christian as possessing:

  • Unbridled generosity
  • Daring courage
  • Rebellious joy
  • Risky faith
  • Relentless hope
  • Scandalous grace
  • Mad love

If we were to examine our Christian walk, could we see these qualities?

“When a student sought to follow a rabbi, he was hoping to take on the rabbi’s yoke–the system of beliefs and interpretations the rabbi had either developed or carried on from previous generations.”

Snyder explains that “when a rabbi preached his own yoke, it was said that he taught with authority.”

If a student wanted to follow the rabbi, the rabbi asked him many questions, and if the student passed the test, the rabbi said, “Come, follow me.”

As a disciple, the student left family, friends, community, everything, in total surrender to the rabbi.

Jesus simply says, “Come, follow me.”

Have you left everything to follow Jesus?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.

My prayer for you:

Father, thank You for Jamie Snyder and his passion for You. Bless him as he points people to You. Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon the church, so that we will turn the world upside down like the early church did for You.  We want to be known as 24/7 Jesus followers, so that we will point people to Jesus.