Sunday, January 30, 2011

Living a life poured out for God

William McDowell wrote this song called, "Give us your heart". The lyrics talk about living a life poured out for God. So many, many, many times we say this or sing this; but we don't see the requirement. Living a life poured out for God, means a life of self-denial. Self-denial means surrendering everything for Christ. Everything. Our goals, our wishes, jobs, schools, family. Do we as Christians have that full understanding? I don't think so. The apostles and Prophets of old turned the world upside because of their lives were crucified in Christ. The world was dead to them and they lived lives of self-denial. Why do we do this? We cry out for God to do a mighty work in our life, but God asks us to give up a job or the prospect of marriage and we struggle. We are willing to live a life that we are labouring for worldly possessions; knowing that we are empty inside and we are not satisfied. When, we get to heaven and God shows us what we could have done for him while we were on earth, our hearts will be broken because we live our lives from day to day and just barely trying to stay "saved". We hear the word of God so much, but why is it that its only holding us from week to week. My God, don't let it be so. This year,  matter of fact, the rest of my life, I want to seek first the kingdom of God

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Just a thought

I was listening to a message by Pastor Darrel Turner and he says, "The avergae christian prays 8 minutes a week and the average pastor prays 2 min a day and he wonder why the Church is so powerless" So much truth behind that...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

God, you're the air I breathe...

"Counting the Cost"

Luke 14: 27-28. " And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, where he have sufficient to finish it?
When I first came to Christ, I don't think I counted the cost; I was so overjoyed with God. All I wanted to do was cry out and be close to him. As I grew in Christ, I came to understand that as Christians our foundation in life has to be Christ; but in order for us to walk in that there has to be a life of self-denial. Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20. We used this verse so much, but we never understand the full capacity of what this scripture means. To crucify means to put to death, to torment, to die.
Counting the Cost is knowing that if we work the works of the flesh we are not entering the Kingdom of God. Counting the Cost is letting Christ live through us; this can only happen if we are dead to sin. Romans 6:6-7 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Counting  the Cost is knowing that we have to run with patience and lay aside every sin and weight that so easily beset us! Things in our life may not be "sin", but if its hindering us from running in this race that is set before us, we must cut it off. ( Hebrews 12:)We have to deny ourselves and pick up our cross and follow Jesus. This is a life of self-denial, so Christ can live through us. We are ambassadors for Christ. ( 2 Corinthians 5:20) We live as authorized messengers for Christ, how can speak what God would have us to say, if we are not bearing our Cross? If we are still live according to the lust of our flesh? God help us.  God, help us to understand the requirement, the standard by which we should live, ( The Word of God) the sacrifice it will take to build this foundation. Let us bear our cross.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Proverbs 29:18, " Where there is no vision, the people perish". I've just been thinking upon this scripture for my own personal life. God's just been helping me to not pray amiss, but to pray specifically according to the word of God. I know the vision for my life is lining up with God in everything. Sometimes we say that, " I just want to line up with the word of God. Or, " I just want to live right". Well, what does that mean? Do we fully understand what we have to lay down for that vision to come to past. We don't see the sacrifice; even though it would come of a great price it will be worth it all the way. We don't see what we do every day that is hindering us from gaining that vision. We say so easily, "I just want to be like Jesus" We can become religious and dead in those sayings. What does that mean really to be like Jesus. To have the person of Jesus Christ in you living through you. Paul said, ( by the spirit of God), " I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;yet not I, but Christ liveth in me..." What will it take for Christ to live through us? I know it will take a death, a life of self-denial. I know it will take more of what we are giving God. Help us lord

Friday, January 7, 2011

Maintaing a prayer David Wilkerson

I must maintain a life of prayer in order to overcome spiritual dryness. Why is it that none of us pray as we should? We know that our burdens can all be lifted when we are shut in with him. The voice of the Holy Spirit keeps calling us to prayer, “Come!” Come to the water that satisfies that soul thirst. Come to the Father, who pities his children. Come to the Lord of life, who promises to forgive every sin committed. Come to the One who refuses to condemn you or forsake you or hide from you. We may try to hide from God because of guilt and condemnation but he never hides from us. Come boldly to his throne of grace, even when you have sinned and failed. He instantly forgives those who repent with godly sorrow. You don’t have to spend hours and days in remorse and guilt or earn your way back into his good graces. Go to the Father, bend your knees, open your heart, and cry out your agony and pain. Tell him about your loneliness, feelings of isolation, fears, and failures. We try everything except prayer. We read books, looking for formulas and guidelines. We go to friends, ministers, and counselors, looking everywhere for a word of comfort or advice. We seek mediators and forget the one Mediator who has the answer to everything. Nothing dispels dryness and emptiness more quickly than an hour or two shut in with God. Nothing can take the place of praying to the Father in that secluded secret closet. That is the solution to every dry spell. “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring” (Isaiah 44:3).

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Idols of Egypt

Ezekiel 20:7. I went to a bible study and this verse stood out to me. Its reads, " cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt. I am the Lord your God. I was wondering this is 2011, what are the "idols of Egypt" that God is calling his people not to touch in this modern society. I would have to say anything that the world glorifies and run to. People may think "oh thats to extreme", but thats the calling of God. The world runs to fb,movies,entertainment,relationships etc. I'm not saying don't do these things, but has it become a idol to you? Can you live without it? God says it; don't defile yourself with it. Cast it away out of your life. As christians, I dont think we understand the standard and requirement to be apart of the Kingdom of God. We just think we can go with the course of this world and confess Christ in our hearts; it takes more than that. I'm realizing now everything we do to try to fill our hearts and lives with is vanity. Its worth nothing in the end, where you stand with God and your obedience to his word matters.
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