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Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone From the Christian Culture Center

Thanksgiving Horn of Plenty

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and friends! Thanksgiving is a great time to be thankful for who God is and what He does. Every day is a great time to be thankful, but I appreciate a special day set aside for that express purpose.

We have more to be thankful for than can be imagined. If you don’t believe me, read this verse:

I Corinthians 2:9  But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.

That’s quite a bit to be thankful for right there! But do you know the next verse? Maybe these things God is talking about aren’t so hidden after all!

I Corinthians 2:10  But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Why don’t they ever read the next verse! We’ve heard I Corinthians 2:9 so many times but how often have we heard I Corinthians 2:10? God has, already, revealed these things to us. Where do you think He did that? Take a guess!

God’s revealed these things He has prepared for us in His written Word! He’s already revealed these things to us! They include so much I’ll just include a partial list here. See if these resonate with you.

  • Complete salvation to be realized at Christ’s return
  • Justification — we have been declared Just in God’s eyes
  • Righteousness — imputed to us because of what Jesus did
  • Peace with God through the cross of Christ
  • The love of God shed abroad in our hearts
  • The gift of holy spirit within, called the ‘incorruptible seed’ in I Peter
  • Remission of past sins — slate wiped clean!
  • Forgiveness of current sins we confess
  • Fellowship with the Father, the Son and with each other in the body of Christ
  • The ministry of reconciling others to God through Christ
  • Power in this world in the name of Jesus Christ
  • The promise of Christ’s return and our gathering together unto him
  • Life in the age to come and forevermore
  • Saved from God’s wrath
  • A new heaven and new earth where God dwells with man

There’s 15 things right off the top of my head. I’d give you the verses but I’d rather give you a challenge. Get a concordance out or use an online concordance or even the Google search engine to find exactly where the verses that teach us these things are found. Go ahead! Do the exercise! Get used to going into God’s Word to discover His not-so-hidden gems that He has for us there!

I’m thankful for all these things plus my wife, my family, my friends and all the people God’s introduced me to,  I’m thankful for what God does for me on a daily basis — the things I know about and the things I don’t. God works all the time, He never sleeps.

The Christian Church is God’s inheritance. We’re God’s most precious possession beginning with His own, only begotten son, Jesus. We’ve been transferred from death unto life because of what Christ did, and we owe God our very lives for that supreme sacrifice.

Thank you Father God for all you’ve done for your people through Christ. You truly are the only true God; there is no other.  Thank you Father!

Happy Thanksgiving once again to everyone everywhere. If you don’t know the blessings I’ve listed above, I encourage you to find out exactly what those things mean to you in your life. When you do, I’m sure you’ll be just as thankful as the rest of us who have received them freely through the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Answering Violence with Violence Changes Nothing

No Vioence

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Michael Brown family and police officer Darren Wilson. What happened in Ferguson was tragic. Nothing can change what happened, and the issues surrounding the case should not now be ignored. Changes have to be made and I encourage people to work together to make those changes happen.

But what does pillaging and violence have to do with protesting a violent act? If you answer violence with violence, what are you gaining? What example are you setting? And how can you yourself be violent and participate in violence when you are supposedly protesting against it?

Ferguson, Missouri is smoldering because a bunch of people didn’t like the Grand Jury decision over the Michael Brown death and whether police officer Darren Wilson. Business buildings were burned down — businesses who faithfully served the community for years upon years, in flames because of something they had absolutely nothing to do with. What kind of sick minds think that doing anything like that is productive?

The Bible says to answer violence with love. We’re all aware of Jesus telling us to ‘turn the other cheek’ if someone ‘smites you.’

Matthew 5:39  But I say unto you, That you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

The word “smite’ means to slap. Jesus described someone slapping you, not someone with the intent to mame or kill you. I do believe you have a God-given right to defend yourself in the face of danger and I think that goes beyond being hit on the cheek. I’ll let you settle that in your own heart, but violence is not the answer to violence unless you are in the act of protecting yourself. Answering violence done to someone with violence against a completely unrelated entity is just as bad as the act being condemned.  Only more violence is produced. Nothing changes, more lives are hurt, more property is damaged and the cycle of evil continues.

You Don’t Root Out Evil With Evil

I don’t own a gun. I don’t like them. Many of my friends own guns and I do believe in the right to own and use them. They just aren’t for me. I have the name of Jesus Christ to defend myself, and if the Lord doesn’t defend me, I won’t blame him. I guess I”m like Daniel who was threatened with being thrown into a furnace of fire by King Nebukaddnezzar.

Daniel 3:16-18  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver usc from Your Majesty’s hand. 

But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

God did indeed save Daniel even though he was thrown into the furnace. God can do the same for each of us. But if He does not, that is His prerogative. He has a bigger agenda and he’s already saved His own for eternity. He will raise Christians from the dead and we will be given new, glorified spiritual bodies that never perish.

Most Violent Protesters Have An Agenda

From what I’ve seen over the years, most violent protesters have decided in advance to protest violently. It’s not like they showed up meaning to be peaceful and then got so irritated they couldn’t contain themselves. They went into the protest with violence in mind. These type of people are not solution-finders and problem-solvers. They exacerbate the problem, they don’t help to change things for the better. They are guilty of the very things they are protesting against. Can anyone see a contradiction in their logic?

I fear for those in our country. I fear that the current unrest will increase in the years to come and that we could find ourselves in the biggest race riots our country has ever seen. With top political figures fueling the fire, there is little alternative. For example, a Democratic senator, immediately after the Grand Jury decision was announced in Ferguson, made a statement decrying the decision while violent protests were erupting. That senator is entitled to her opinion but was totally irresponsible to publish her statement when violence was erupting. Adding fuel to the fire is not responsible. It borders on ‘inciting a riot’ which is a crime in itself.

People, we need to work together to solve problems. Burning buildings down will solve nothing.  Those buildings were owned by people who had nothing at all to do with what was being protested. They were innocent bystanders. Why should they suffer loss? What does that prove? Firing gunshots only increases tensions and endangers innocent lives. Leave your weapons at home if you are serious about peaceful protest. But those who were violent never intended to peacefully protest. Nor were they interested in hearing any reasoning behind the Grand Jury’s decision; they already made their minds up without even having all the evidence to examine.

What we should be most concerned with is setting an example for others to follow. Be the type of person you want others to emulate. Do the kind of things that exhibit good toward other people. Work within legal channels to promote positive change wherever it is needed. Answer violence with good and you’ll get better, longer-lasting results.

We are at a tipping point in the Unites States of America. Let’s all work together to promote positive change in our country instead of threatening and carrying out violence with things we don’t like. Our very freedom depends on us handling these situations that come up responsibly.

 

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What Are You Doing while Waiting for Christ to Return?

Jesus Christ is Returning!

The Bible promises that that Christ Jesus will return from heaven to the earth at some point in the future. When speaking about this, a sense of urgency is often present. As believers we are instructed that Jesus can return at any moment, therefore we should be ready and looking for him to return.

There are over 2 times as many verses in the Bible about our Lord’s second coming as there are about his first. Since his first coming obviously happened, there is no doubt he will return in due time. Nothing whatsoever can prevent it from happening. Here are a few verses to remind you about what God says bout Christ’s return.

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:37 For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay.

James 5:7-9 Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

Revelation 22:12-13 – And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  

Did you catch the sense of urgency? Well, it’s been nearly 2000 years since the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and he still has not returned. Many people, including entire major denominations have given up on our Lord’s return and don’t even teach it any more.  How sad is that? They changed the teaching of the word and teach Christ will return only when the earth has been perfected for him to return.

The fact is the earth will never ever be purified unless and until he does physically return. That’s a no-brainer. The Bible says things will continue to get worse and worse down here on planet earth until Christ comes to save us from our own destruction. Here’s the proof:

Matthew 24:22  If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

If your denomination teaches we have to perfect either the church or the world to pave the way for Christ to return, I suggest you find a different church or fellowship. What else could I say about it? Are you a Christian in name only or in substance? The Bible says Christ is the truth. Do you stand for truth or not? If you say you are Christian then it’s your obligation to stand for truth and to expose error. What a difference we would make in this world if even a third of those who claim to be Christian actually knew and stood on the Word of God against all opposition. What a difference that would make in our cultures of the world. What an impact it would make.

3 Things to Do While You Wait for Christ’s Return

Waiting for Christ’s return is not a passive event. The term ‘wait’ is interesting in itself. What do the people who serve you in a restaurant do?  They ‘wait’ on you!  That’s what we are supposed to be doing as we wait for Christ’s return!  Waite!

1) Grow in Grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ

II Peter 3:18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

There is so much room to grow — there is so much to learn about our Lord Jesus Christ and God’s Plan from the Bible that it is inexhaustible. Never think you know it all or even that you ‘know enough’ to get by. Keep learning, keep growing. Never rest on your laurels.  “Laurels?” What are those! I don’t think I have any! Nay, I stand on the Word of God not anyone’s laurels!

Notice it is in ‘grace’ we grow, not ‘law.’ Quit judging your brothers and sisters (including husbands and wives) in the body of Christ and start edifying them instead.

2) Serve Others in the Body of Christ

Waiting is serving. Before we serve the world we need to serve each other, to build each other up and help each other grow and be our best for our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m not talking about brow-beating, demanding, nagging or any of these negative motivational techniques. I’m talking about love. Love is the strongest motivator in existence. Love each other in the body of Christ and give to one another as you are able. See the example of the early church, early in the book of Acts (go ahead and read the first 4 chapters of Acts to find out!).

Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

3) Serve the World the Riches of the Bread of Life

The body of Christ, the Christian church, is not a closed society. It’s open to anyone who wants to come in by invitation of the Master, our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said he would draw “all men” to himself. He does that in this period of time through the members of his body. That’s you and me! What a privilege it is to serve the living God and our Lord Jesus Christ by serving God’s Word to others in love! God so loved the world that he gave… so should we for we are representatives of the most High God and of His Christ.

Philippians 2:14-16a  Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 
so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 
as you hold firmly to the word of life.

Both an exhortation and promise is given in these verses from Philippians! You can shine forth as stars holding forth the word of life! How awesome is that! How will they hear unless someone speaks to them? If we who know the truth shut our mouths when we have opportunity to speak, who will hold forth God’s Word? Only we who know it and believe it can tackle that responsibility. Our Lord will reward each and every person who serves the truth in love when he returns.

If you do these things then I’m sure you will not come behind in any gift as you wait for our Lord Jesus from heaven.

Don’t Get Tired of Waiting!

You have no doubt met those who think Jesus will never return. They got tired of waiting I guess! Here’s what the Bible says about that:

2 Peter 3:3-17  Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.

They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 

By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 

By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 

as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 

Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 

He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

Notice that we’ve been brought back around to my first suggestion of what to do while you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to return!  Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ! Now you see, that wasn’t my suggestion at all!  It was God’s!  Praise God!

Finally…

Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

I’ll see you soon — here, there or “in the air” when our Lord Jesus Christ returns!

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Are Americans Concerned About our Constitution “Critics?”

The main Houston newspaper, on Thursday November 20, 2014 announced that President Obama would give his speech that night on his plans to overhaul the U.S. Immigration System by Executive Order. That’s the news. But the insinuation in their headline was that anyone who objects to Obama’s seeming kingship are simply ‘critics.’  “Immigrants and Critics Await President Obama’s Announcement…”

Wait a minute!  CRITICS?

What about concerned Americans? What about our U.S. Constitution and the doctrine of separation of powers.

We the People are Concerned Americans

No matter what you think about the illegal immigrants, over 5 million of them, living in the United States, the issue to be concerned about is deeper. It’s the very structure and fabric of our United States under its governing constitution. Congress enacts laws, the executive branch just upholds them. The Executive Branch cannot make laws on its own, and by Obama changing the right to work for millions of illegal immigrants, he is writing new law and upsetting the governing order of our country.

I have no problem with immigrants coming here, living, working and even becoming citizens. I do have a problem with a president to waves a pen and creates law unlawfully. You should be too.

This action, if allowed to prevail, cuts a deep divide in our government mandated by our constitution. The president is chucking legally passed laws, overriding them with his own, and says it’s legal even though he said it would be illegal and inappropriate to do so some 25 times during his Presidency.

Concerned Americans need to speak up and they need to do it fast. Nothing is more harmful to our country than a lawless President who thinks he can do whatever he wants and get away with it.

I won’t ramble on but I do encourage you to write your representatives in Congress and demand they take action to preserve the very constitution our political leaders are sworn to upheld. Do whatever you can to preserve our Republic and God bless you as you do.

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The Missing Doctrine in Christianity will Thrill You

God Will Dwell In Us and With Us

The missing doctrine in Christendom is in the Bible but very rarely taught. I’m going to explain this doctrine to you today and I know it will absolutely thrill your heart like nothing else.

Christians are taught that when they die the go to where? Heaven or hell. Contrary to popular thought, heaven is not contrasted against hell in the Bible.  Heaven is contrasted against the earth. “Heaven and earth” is the contrast.

Ephesians 3:14,15  For this reason I kneel before the Father, 
from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

Matthew 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bindon earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:18  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

Hebrews 12:26  Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Do you get the picture? Heaven is contrasted against the earth, not hell. Now try to find a verse that contrasts heaven against hell… I’m waiting… I’m waiting… Let me know if you do find one in the comments below this article, but even if there is one, the predominant thought is heaven vs. the earth.

 

Now here’s an interesting verse from I Kings:

I Kings 8:27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?

This seems to indicate that God cannot dwell on earth because it’s too small. But let’s see…

Revelation 21:1-4   Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death
or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelation 21:9-27  One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 

It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 

It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 

There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 

The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 

The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadiac in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 

The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubitsd thick.e 

The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 

The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 

the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.f 

The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 

The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 

On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.

The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 

Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

That, my brothers and sisters in Christ, is our ultimate destiny and destination. The untold doctrine is that God wants to come down to earth to dwell in and with His people, not that God wants to take us up to heaven to be with Him there. That’s quite a different doctrine than most of us have been taught.

So what does this mean?

It means that God will be right in and with us on the new heaven and earth. The new heaven and earth will come after the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth, commonly called “the Millennium,” and after the Great White Throne Judgement.

No longer do you have to wonder about going to heaven, floating on clouds, playing harps and smoking 50 cent cigars, singing praised with nothing else to do but be in constant “bliss.” Such nonsense is the result of people not learning and teaching the accurate Word of God. How far we are from the truth in most Christian ‘circles’ today. I call them ‘circles’ because all they do is run around in circles repeating the same age-old, wrong doctrines that they’ve taught since the beginning.

My heart goes out to those who want to separate truth from error, who seek the truth who is Christ more than anything else including association with any denomination, leader or institution here on earth. All these earthly things shall pass away, but the Word of God lives and abides forever.

I Peter 1:22-25   Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 

For, “All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is the word that was preached to you.

God puts such an emphasis on ‘truth’ in the Word that it’s hard to understand why people refuse to believe it as it is written. Let us not be like those who cling to nonsensical doctrines of men but rather let us embrace the truth which endures forever.

God will dwell in and among His people on the new heaven and earth and nothing is going to stop that from happening.

Rejoice you who are His! Thank Jesus for what he has secured for us by his sacrifice and resurrection!

Maranatha, Lord Jesus!

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Christian Culture is Established by Example

All things work together for good to them who love God

Christian culture is the expression of what we Christians do and make, which provides evidence of what we believe. It has been argued that Christian culture can never live in this world simply because the rest of the world populace outnumbers us. You’ll never get all the Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Satanists and all other non-Christians to agree to live in a Christian culture. It’s a strong argument but God does tell us how the world will proceed, and it gets worse, not better. But we never give up and quit in hopelessness. No, we establish Christian culture one  person and one home at a time.

I’ve been one to always think that, collectively, we can make a huge impact in culture for Christ. To do that we need to come together with that purpose in mind, hence The Christian Culture Center was born. I have not been able to do much with it yet, but it’s an offering to the Lord to do what he wants with it if anything. But he has shown me that everything worthwhile has to come from the spirit of God within the born again believer. It all starts with the individual, the one who says they want to be and do whatever it is their Lord Jesus Christ wants.

I believe Christian culture is established by way of example. Let me clarify what I mean by that. Many people will view good examples differently. The more religious and self-righteous may view a good example as a person who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t gamble, doesn’t stay out late and doesn’t break the law in any way, not even getting a parking ticket. Christians may be like that, but they also may not be. We’re not to judge according to the flesh.

Those ‘good’ things can be done by non-Christians, wouldn’t you agree? Do you know anyone who isn’t a Christian who doesn’t drink, smoke, steal, cheat, gamble, rape and murder people? I know plenty so I’m sure you must as well. So a lifestyle that avoids all those things may be healthy, may be good, may exhibit goodness, but the person living it may still know nothing about God and Jesus and may know but want nothing to do with them. ‘Good’ people can be spiritually dead. Spiritually alive Christians can exhibit things in their lifestyle others consider ‘bad.’ God is the judge, not us. Outside the obvious sins such as rape, murder, thievery, etc. we are not to judge one another. You can read Romans 15 and 16 which explains all about that.

Now I’m not advocating that you take up smoking if you don’t smoke now, or that you start drinking or gambling or stealing or any of those things. And I’d advise you to quit smoking if you inhale and are therefore addicted. I’d advise you to quit drinking if you can’t drink and stop after one or two because you would be ‘under the power’ of it instead of being in control of it. But bear with me a moment and let’s go deeper. Let’s get into the spiritual reality of the Christian walk. The Bible says it’s not so much the things we do or don’t do in the physical realm that are important, but those things we do in the spiritual realm.

Let’s take an example. One with a sterling lifestyle, who is an unbeliever, comes upon a hopeless situation. Something has happened that impacts that person’s life in a major way, perhaps a relative has died or someone has contracted a deadly disease. Maybe it’s not so dramatic — the person lost their job because of cut-backs or something  like that. What doe this person do? I’ll tell you what he doesn’t do. He doesn’t pray. He doesn’t seek God to help him and guide his steps. He’s on his own. He’ll seek every other way to change or alleviate his situation.

What does a Christian do differently? Think about it, you know the answer! The Christian prays. The Christian seeks God’s help. The Christian doesn’t despair like those who don’t have Christ on their side; the Christian hopes and believes all things work together for good to them who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

What a marvelous promise! No matter what it looks like, all things — not some things, not one thing here or one thing there — all thing work together for good to them who love God and are called by him.

Do you love God? Then you’ve been called by him and you are responding. Your relationship with your Father God and your Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate expression of your faith. It is the ultimate example you can give in this world! Do you understand what I’m saying here?

When your lifestyle demonstrates your love for God and people spiritually, then you will be a sterling example of Christ in this world. Yes, you’ll need at least a basic knowledge of God’s Word to know and understand God’s overall will, and you’ll learn that as you continue to grow in God’s grace. To be a good witness of Jesus Christ, the main ingredient is to grow in your relationship with him and your Father God. Read the Word, pray, listen and act. Read the Word, pray, listen and act. It’s a lifestyle of being in relationship with him who saved you and saves you daily.

Being a good witness of Jesus Christ doesn’t center on the physical. You may have a drink or two if you’d like; all the Bible says is not to be a drunkard. Remember that Paul, speaking of the age of grace in which we live, said, “All things are lawful unto me but I won’t be brought under the power of any.” The book of Colossians corrects this kind off attitude that says you can’t do this or that and that your righteousness is based on those kinds of things. Your righteous only because of what Christ did — righteousness was imputed to you, it wasn’t your own doing. This is one of the most important lessons to learn for new and seasoned Christians alike. Nothing we do makes us righteous. Our own righteousness is as filthy rags.

Help to establish Christian culture by living a spiritual lifestyle. Spiritual doesn’t mean cleaned-up physical. It is way above and beyond that. Let your lifestyle radiate your relationship with your Father God and your Lord Jesus Christ. Pray and teach people how to pray. Read the Word and teach people how to read the Word. Trust God to supply all your need according to His riches in Christ Jesus and teach others how to do the same. These are the things that make a difference not whether you smoke a cigar or not.  That’s how to establish Christian culture by example: grow in your spiritual relationship with your Father God and your Lord Jesus Christ.

Let the example of your relationship with your Father God and your Lord Jesus Christ be a witness to others and you will help to establish Christian culture — by way of example.

 

 

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Trust in our Lord, not in our Leadership

Trust in the Lord
John 146:3  Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

What sound advice! Putting our trust in anyone or anything other than God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ often leads to disappointment. We have to trust some of the people some of the time but you can always trust God! Sorry, I think my mind reverted to my mom’s good advice… Trusting God never disappoints because what God has promised, He will do. What He has said, will come to pass. God does not change and His Word will do what He’s purposed it to do; it will not return void.

Trusting in people is a natural tendency. We want to believe people are honest and trustworthy. We don’t want to have to be ‘on our guard’ all the time. We naturally assume people are basically good and that they can be trusted. We want them to be trustworthy so much that we often lend trust to people who don’t deserve it.

While you grow up you learn to trust your parents and immediate relatives. You make friends and you trust your close friends. As long as someone doesn’t cross you, your natural tendency is to have at least an inclination of trust toward whoever you meet. We call people gullible who fall for something because they trusted someone with what they were saying. Being gullible is just a left-over from our wanting to trust people. The problem is not in the person trusting the thief or schemer, but in the thief or schemer.

Trust in Government is Misplaced

No matter how good a country seems to be, no matter how much integrity the leadership of a country appears to have, I must warn you not to misplace your trust by trusting in man’s government. You will be disappointed just as when you trust in people who don’t keep their words, people who don’t do what they say they will do.

In free countries we want to believe in our government and its leaders. We want to think everything is good, full of integrity, and interested in our own good. We want to believe our government leaders are honest, don’t have private agendas, and really care about their constituents. It’s our natural tendency to trust our government because who wants to live in fear of their government all the time? We want to think all is OK and is getting even better.

But how many times have we been disappointed by our government? How many times have politicians campaigned to do a certain thing but after the election they never do it? Too often. Our current president promised way more than he has delivered and it’s even come out that at times lies were told to get the American public to accept the Affordable Health Care Act. We were disappointed. Something major got shoved in our faces under false pretense. Most Americans are beginning to realize what a con job the passing of this act was.

Trusting in government figures is always disappointing. Wherever there is power and money involved, the devil is hard at work manipulating people and pulling the strings behind the scenes. He is the ‘god of this age’ and he’s having a field day in governments across the world. But our Lord Jesus Christ is watching, and soon he will return to bring in his righteous kingdom of God on earth where righteousness reigns.

Trusting in the Lord is different. Our Lord is honest, trustworthy and is always after your own good. He gave his life for you already, why would he do less now? He loves and cares for his brothers and sisters in his body. He wants each of us to win, to bear much fruit and that our fruit will remain. All he asks is for us to trust in him and live as he wants us to live. He wants us to grow in his character, love and power.

Proverbs 3:5,6  Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.

If you want your paths in life directed by the Lord Jesus Christ, it’s time you start trusting him and acknowledging him in all  your ways. That’s a very important key! Our ways have to change where they are not in line with God’s ways. Our will has to change where it’s not according to God’s will. Acknowledge the Lord by changing those things that disagree with God’s Word in your life and lean not on your own understanding. This is what trusting the Lord is all about. Trusting the Lord requires us to change our ways to His ways.

Isaiah 55:89  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God is amazing, Our Lord Jesus Christ is amazing. They only have good plans for us and they want us to be successful both in this life and in that which is to come. Trust what God says in His Word and walk out on what he directs you to do, walking with our Lord Jesus all the way.

Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself also in the LORD; and he shall give you the desires of your heart.

Trusting the Lord is like planting a seed in a good soil. The seed just needs a bit of water and it shoots up with it’s own life within itself. Trust in the Lord — plant the seed. Nourish that seed with the water of God’s Word and watch how God causes you to grow from the life He’s placed within you.

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