It starts with me

September 11, 2014

Many of us are believing God for great things for our life, wanting to see explosive growth in our church, our city changed by the gospel, and our nation too. God puts it right back on us. He simply says, it starts with you.

Me. It starts with me. The individual. What is the status of my heart?

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” –2Chronicles 7:14

If I don’t humble myself, pray and seek God, turning from my wicked ways, my Christianity will be powerless in seeing my church, my city, or my nation changed for Him.

What are wicked ways? Tolerating jealousy, pride, envy, covetousness, selfishness, wrong suspicions, compromise, doubt, lovelessness, gossip, lustfulness, disobedience, to name a few.

These things remain in our internal world of our thinking and emotions, our heart. It is our heart that we must humble before God. When we humble our heart, get honest with Him, confessing our sin, all our wrong attitudes–none of them are small, or benign–we allow God to transform and purify and cleanse us, from all unrighteousness, 1John 1:9.

If we don’t humble our hearts before God, that junk remains in us. It becomes something the enemy can, and will, at the opportune time, use against us.

If we don’t humble our hearts before God, that junk remains in us, and becomes the leverage the enemy uses to divide God’s people. Disunity creeps in quickly, dislodging people from relationships, from churches, and sometimes from faith–because of the disillusioning that occurs. People cannot understand or separate the behavior of some Christians from that God. So they blame God and walk away from faith. The enemy celebrates…

When we are divided we hamper God’s work. Jesus said, every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or house divided against itself cannot stand, Matthew 12:25. This is true of a family, a church, and a nation.

The status of every Christians heart before God is very important. We have a responsibility before God, to humble ourselves, pray and seek His face, no longer tolerating sin, no more compromise. And allowing God’s hand upon our lives, to touch and transform our hearts. Our prayers for our churches, cities, and nations depend on this.

Related post, with information on Spiritual Sickness; which occurs when we tolerate sin and compromise. 

Is it your job? Or your spouse? Or your kids? Or your house? Or how about your position? Or titles? Or your car? Or your money? Some people are afraid of losing their youth, and beauty. Are you afraid of losing your health, or worse, your life?

What you fear losing shows what you value most. People work double overtime securing a life for themselves–striving–to gather and hold on to all manner of things. But, if we value Jesus most, we will not fear a single other thing. Not even loss of our own life.

Pursue Him!!

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my (Jesus’) sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it, Mark 8:35.

No reason to boast

July 26, 2014

I wonder if people realize, there are no big people, and no small people in God?

There are no big jobs, and no small jobs; no big gifts, and no small gifts; no big functions, and no small functions; that is, in regards to making one person very special and others, less special…

We are brothers and sisters, we have one Father, Matthew 23:9. We are equal in His sight. We have different functions–or offices–in church. And this, not by our own choice, or doing, or even deserving, but by God’s. God places us where He wants, 1Corinthians 12:18.

If we have a high position and believe this makes us somehow better than a person in what we perceive to be a low position, we are no longer deserving of our God-given high position. We dishonor God because we fail to realize this: Do… not be puffed up… For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? 1Corinithians 4:6b,7.

None of us have any right to boast. It is an incredibly great privilege to serve God, but serving God means serving people. If we think in our heart, I am better, more special, more important, more deserving because of my position, or gift… we will never serve people the way God wants us to, because our motive is not pure. Our motive is self-serving.

Neither should we weirdly honor some people, yet act completely blind to, or worse, dishonor and belittle others. We do this to our own detriment because God knows what is in every heart, Acts 1:2.

With tears, in humility, we should have equal concern for each other, 1Corinthians 12:25; loving, appreciating, and honoring all people; looking to lift up and encourage everyone.

Everyone is to serve and do their part so that the church may be built up, Ephesians 4:16.

When every person is seen as vital, every gift valued, and every person functioning in their God-given place, there will be no boasting, there will be no lopsided honoring of some people, and ignoring others. But, working together, the church will be built up!