Saturday, November 29, 2014
No matter what good you’re called to during these holidays or in between, or even beyond em.. it's good to be on-fire for Christ!
Yeah, it's time to be all ablaze for Him more than for anything or anyone else.. not lagging in diligence, but fervent inside while serving the Lord. The Bible says, "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor."
I'm in now way talkin' about some contrived flame, or religious, or ill-power-forced, or some strange fake kinda fire. Nope!
With all that is in me I just want to challenge you to be strong, and "lit' so to speak by the Holy Spirit of God. Talk, live, teach, work, explain, (clean) joke, story-tell, back it all up, post, record, preach, write, practically serve, and witness with your genuine passion for what you do for the Lord.
He is indeed passionate about His bride the Church and about His eternal purpose for you. So allow Him to both lead use you in communicating old truth in a fresh way that impacts lives! No excuses.
Are most of the believers that you know as Christ-centered, as kind, as selfless, as cross-cherishing, as victorious and as tactfully-passionate as they really should be? Are they life Christ?
We all should be because none of us follow some defeated, halfhearted, wimpy Savior. Nope. We follow a Friend that is divinely-passionate in all that He does—Jesus Christ. He is mighty, and faithful, and zealous, and sold-out to the Father's good plan!
Sure, it's costly to follow Him minus all spiritual compromise. If you do you won't really be considered as Mr or Mrs Cool, or "in", or vogue. You will be an exile passing on through in this age. Here is not your home, but it's the best way to live and you will be free.
"Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit.." Romans 12:11
Jesus said, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work." John 4:34
"My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words." Psalm 119:139
Show your bona fide, on-fire, inner enthusiasm for Christ and how your business or ministry venture equips and helps the recipients of it.
Let your life, attitude, and words always harmonize with His. Yes, clearly minister God's word with them and their needs.. instead of your own needs.. in mind. Keep it simple—what do you want them to know and do?
"Christ did not die to make good works merely possible or to produce a half-hearted pursuit. He died to produce in us a passion for good deeds. Christian purity is not the mere avoidance of evil, but the pursuit of good." ― John Piper
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.." Colossians 3:23
Are you kind of luke-warm, broken-hearted, disillusioned, part-cynical, jaded, burned out, or chilly spiritually? We've gotta do something about that! Are you a Christian now, or simply wanting to make sure about that?
I want you to know that you are loved beyond words.. instead of forgotten or worthless. You've gotta know that you can have a new beginning today if you need one—a blazing new start!
So, what do I want you to do? I want you to pray and praise like you mean it ..cuz you really do. I want to encourage you to join up with an on-fire church and small Bible study group.. both led by a balanced but on-fire pastoral team also following the Word.
Why? Cuz I don't know how anyone can be zealous and fish well for people minus effectual praying to the Father through Christ. Wanna impact lives? Show your hearers, readers, constituents why you care about the living God so much, and why you care for them as well. Some people might mock, might scoff, or laugh, or even persecute you. No big deal. Please don't take it personal. Those of darkness typically don't like the light cuz their deeds are evil.. unless God is granting em repentance unto life. Hey, others might just care about the things you care about, and in return show this for how you help em out. If they do or don't... just praise the Lord in all things. facebook.com/shareJesus
You've really got to visit: Kurt von Schleicher at 2:23 PM