Friday, January 25, 2013

Avoid Being Double-Minded!

Being double-minded robs our faith and prevents us from focusing on that objective or target we need to believe for in faith! James tells us about this in James 1:6 But let him ask in faith without doubting,for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea tossed and driven by the wind.For let not that man suppose he will receive anything from the Lord;he is a double-minded man unstable in all his ways.

Here are 7 things to remember to stay single-minded:

1) Choose who you are serving! 1 Kings 18:21 -And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word.

2) Cease all reasoning; don’t think too hard; Luke 5:22-23-But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, "Why are you reasoning in your hearts?
23 "Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Rise up and walk'?
Simply obey; 1 Peter 4:17-For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

3) Watch what you say! Drop all the Poor-Little-Old-Me-talk;

4) Fix your eyes on Jesus; Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

5) Don’t throw away your confidence; Hebrews 10:35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.

6) I AM NOT A VICTIM but a VICTOR; If you want to rule, then think and act like you have dominion like the Lord says you have!

7) Watch who you hang with. 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
Proverbs 13:20- He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The American Gospel

The American Gospel
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
The Word of God is clear that days are coming (or are already here?) when men will not want to hear the Truth of the gospel but instead create an alternative gospel, even an American Gospel. Instead of having a love for and desiring the truth, believers will begin to want to hear only that which makes them feel good and does not confront their old nature. “Christian happy talk”, one leader calls it.
In thousands of American churches now it is no longer acceptable to preach about subjects like: Jesus is King and has a Kingdom, sin, hell, money or the power of the Holy Spirit. A friend of mine recently spoke at a very large church, which was part of what used to be a charismatic denomination, which banned mentioning the words, “Holy Spirit” on the platform! Why? Because it was too controversial! These areas are considered taboo as they might “scare away” people from attending this growing number of seeker-sensitive ,mile-wide, inch-deep churches springing up all over the land.
The American dream has morphed into something very different from what our founding fathers envisioned. Initially it was freedom to worship and pursue freedom from tyranny, the ability to be self-reliant and to stand on our own two feet.
But today as Americans we have been taught an American Dream that means to be free to be make money, have a home and live an excessive American life. Most of what is going on in America is not only not biblically normal, but excessive, perverse, unrestrained and allows an idolatry of that kind of lifestyle to flourish.
Many American parents now have an excessive idolatry of their children to the point of self indulgence and excess. This is revealed by the amount of debt  families get
in to service their children’s every little whim. This obsequious fawning over their children isn’t healthy and creates spoiled and demanding little “angels”. It is because these parents exposed their children to just one side of things rather than allowed to face the very real obstacles they will face in life. A consumerist mentality of parenting,where indulgence and saying "yes" means Love,is clearly unhealthy. Of course what one generation does in moderation the next does in excess. 
Overall when these believers go without hearing an authentic gospel message of self-denial and the cross, they end up with little capacity to function in"the real world" and when they face the very eventual setbacks and roadblocks of life,they may collapse. They have a great sense of God’s love for them until they are told “no” or they don’t get what they want. This is bitter pill to swallow but it is not heard in most churches.  That’s why it is crucial to preach and declare the truth ! 
Look at some of the differences between what many are being taught versus what the Word of God teaches:

American Gospel                                                                   Gospel of the Kingdom

God PLUS my options                                                             one choice-“Follow Me” 

comfortable                                                                               uncomfortable to our flesh

unoffensive                                                                                offends mind, reveals heart 

looks back                                                                                             goes forward 

convenience all-important                                                                     covenant 

ministry determined by people’s needs                               Holy Spirit directed ministry

the people(Lao) rule(dicea)                                                     apostles and elders rule

avoid conflict                                                                                   conflict of Kingdoms

people-pleasing                                                                                    God-pleasing 

seeker-friendly                                                                                 Holy Spirit friendly

get people “saved”                                                                             make disciples 

ministry done only by elite few                                                    ministry done by Body

program-oriented worship                                                        apostolic teaching,prayer

“inch deep and a mile wide”                                                    rooted &grounded inChrist

breeds spiritual babies                                                                        brings maturity

attendees easily offended                                                           unable to be offended 

go around the mountain                                                                        takes territory

fruit is proud & puffed up                                                              humble,meek people

allows foolishness                                                                                 loves wisdom 

By Marc Lawson
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