Friday, July 25, 2014

Fail early at being lukewarm and half-hearted.

If you want to arrive at, or achieve excellence in what you are and do.. i.e., as in worship, in witnessing, or in your work. 

Listen up, you can get there. The Lord stands ready to help you. As of this second, this very moment, this day, you can simply choose to quit doin' less-than-what's-really-excellent. Sure, do it with right motives and attitude.. as unto the Lord. Pray in faith like you mean it.. cuz you really do. He'll be both pleased and glorified.

You have a part, and God has His part. You never need to go it or do it alone.

What's better than bein' on the Lord's team? What's more thrillin' than letting Him use you to share the Good News.. to populate His home in heaven. 

Biblical evangelism ain't really an option for real believers. We are literally commanded to go do it.

How does it begin? Well, it starts with simple prayers of faith to the Father through Jesus His sinless Son. Yes, it starts with a so called inner burden—what I call a deep supernatural heart-felt concern for people.  

Who do you pray for and just feel concerned about cuz you kinda sense that they might not be in the family of God yet? Do you love them enough to go? Are you willing to tactfully approach and meet with them for an eternal purpose?  

And he (Jesus, the Friend of sinners) must needs go.. "He had to go through Samaria" (John 4:4).

"We are the Bibles the World is Reading.
We are the Creeds the World is Needing.
We are the Sermons the World is Heeding."  ~ Billy Graham

"Our job if you will is to roll the stone away. God's job is to raise the dead." ~ Ken Ham

"We need to go wherever, to whosever, and whenever God directs us." ~ @GregLaurie

We have a part to play (to obey) and God has a part. Christ said, "There is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents" (Luke 15:7 nkjv).

True that and there is joy on earth as well.. for those who prayed, for those who planted the seeds of truth, for those who gently witnessed to and actually reaped the person right on into God's Kingdom. Ever been there when Jesus saved someone? What beats being near that, or better yet.. being used of God to win them.  

Yes, the happiest Christians on earth are the tactfully evangelistic ones who boldly share the Word in a natural, rad-joyous, non-spooky way an outgrowth of the strength that they've received from their straightforward relationship with the Lord (see 1 John 1:4).

The unhappiest Christians on earth are those gripey (Matthew 23:24), grumpy, murmuring, religious, rebellious, and "nit-picky" kind.. you know, that are half lookin' to the Lord and half lookin' to the world to meet their needs. My biker-pastor from SoCal has repeated this stuff to me for years and it always helps to be reminded. Grateful! Important, you first need to know the Lord personally before you help someone else come to know the Lord personally. Do you? 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Everyone Wants to Be Happy

What's better than happy? Joy is, but be thankful and, "Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." ~ Helen Keller

"Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord.." 1.1-2ps.amp

"When we are such as He can love without impediment, we shall in fact be happy." ~ C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Who is really stronger?

Yup, sin and Satan (a real person) are strong. The negative influences of lost, worldly, or carnally-minded friends along with the pull of your old fleshly nature ..can even feel strong at times ..but never forget that Jesus Christ is much stronger than all. And He is for you.

"You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." c4.4one.jn

You know that God has put us where we are so He can use us to plant seeds, to win, and to disciple those lost, worldly, or carnally-minded friends.. who He really cares about. Besides, you and me..we used to be among em, believers. Let’s also never forget that.

We've heard that time heals everything. It doesn’t, but we know Who does. 

Of course, who hasn't felt better after the passing of time, but listen.. if you have a broken heart, just give it to God. 

I love what my friend Melanie Reed (who has been through a whole lot) today has said. “How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand, there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep...that have taken hold.” - J. R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King | Some things, like with Frodo at the end who must travel to the Undying Lands to be healed, won't be until we are with Him.

"He heals the brokenhearted, binding up their injuries. 147.3ps

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Believers, you and I are called to be truth-believers, truth live-ers and then truth-tellers...

..and to be this way minus spiritual compromise in a world gone astray.. in a world that doesn't mind lying or living a lie. 

"Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying."  Rev. 22:15 

Remember this, before one can fully appreciate hearing the Good News, they've got to hear and understand the bad news. For all have sinned and fallen short.. for the wages of sin is death. All need the second Adam (Jesus Christ) and to be born again in Him, because they actually weren't born right the first time..inside. They...we.. were born in first Adam. 

It's not biblical to talk about God saving people, but never tell them to repent, to turn, to change as they trust Christ to save them.

"In His Name the nations will put their hope." Matt. 12:21

Puttin' your hope in yourself or others without having Jesus as Lord.. ultimately leads to disappointment.