Thursday, August 21, 2014

You might have attended a church for many years, but that doesn't make you right with God any more than if you were a police officer and went to Dunkin' Donuts weekly.

Slip slidin' away, gone steep downhill fast—the USA has. We are weaker. So many inside and outside of our Land can sadly see that there's been a quick breakdown morally and spiritually in our nation. Yes, a breakdown on so many levels. And while our nation slides south if ya will, and desperately needs another authentic biblical revival, a fifth great awakening (yeah, according to some historians the Jesus Movement of the 60s and 70s was really the last great revival and awakening in America), there are some things that we can do. 

We can earnestly pray for a revival with accompanying spiritual awakening. God delights to use on-fire believers to win people. Dare ya to say it.. upwards to God. "Please pour out Your Spirit. Do it again Lord. Do it again and let me be smack-dab-in-the-middle a part of it." And what's also rad-important is that you personally get right and walk tight with Jesus. Remember, not one of His promises has failed anyone of any era yet. Here's a good one for us Westerners...   

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

"It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you." ― Timothy Keller
The God who made you wants a relationship with you today! To know you'll for sure go to Heaven:
1.) Admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior  

2.) Recognize that Jesus is your Savior and died on the Cross for your sin

3.) Repent of your sin (admit it and quit it, turn from, change)

4.) Receive Christ into your life by simple faith

Did you pray and take that 4th step? Way cool! Now I encourage you build simple friendship with God. Sure, pray (talk to Him), read your Bible (hear from Him and learn), fellowship with growing believers, and go tell your friends about what Christ has done in your life. This stuff is so edifying! And.. go beyond being a believer and become Christ's disciple. Yes, allow Jesus to lead you step by step forwards and be your Lord daily. Sure, every disciple is a born again believer ..spiritually.. but not every believer is necessarily a true disciple ..even if they often attend church and claim to be.

"Either you will have harmony with God and friction with people, or you will have harmony with people and friction with God." ~ Greg Laurie

Too many people spend a lifetime striving as they try to fix and maintain all their relationships on the horizontal plane, but when a person simply pauses to biblically get right on the vertical plane with their most important Relationship ..then everything else on the horizontal plane just falls into place. 

You can enjoy peace, joy, and order..yes harmony with God..instead of chaos, emptiness and frusteration apart from Him. Why miss out on peace with God and the peace of God? Why strive in the strength of your flesh (with people and circumstances beyond your control..) when you can abide in and walk in His Spirit? Listen, anything short of biblical discipleship, is settling for much less than what God really desires for each of us. He has more He wants to give you and your friends. Being an obedient disciple who embraces the Lord and Christian Essentials..this involves loving the Lord more than anyone or anything else.  This is the very foundation of being a disciple. If you want to live your Christian life to its fullest ..want to have life in the Spirit more abundantly..  then love the Jesus of the Bible more than anyone or anything else. Trials will come and go, but He won't. He's here to stay. He is with you. 

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