Are You In or Out?

When we first got saved, the life we lived was no longer for ourselves but for Him. We were now his. There was an exchange that took place; God totally raptured our hearts, and we had a fire inside of us that could not be contained. But as the years go by, the trials, temptations, testings, more trials and questions can slowly begin to put out the fire we once had at one time. Because of the insecurities, the opinions of others which can easily shape us in the image of what others say about us. Instead of finding our identity in the One who created us can lead us into a downward spiral of comfortable Christianity.


Revelation 3:1-3

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”

Jesus is talking about the church of Sardis. This city of Sardis was known for its luxury, and the easy way of life. But these people were never committed, they were in and out with their faith. Just like the people, the city looked strong from the outside but it had weak points along the city walls. So weak that it got taken over twice! The people however were physically alive but in the spirit they were dead, they were sleep walking, or you could say going through the motions.

“A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,…”
~Proverbs 6:10

It takes no time for the enemy to rock the Christian asleep, I’ve been there. I have a consistent prayer life and I try to be in the Word at least once a day. But If I am not careful, I can let distractions; those fiery darts from the enemy intervene with what God is asking me to do. That’s why we must put on all the armor of God everyday.

STAY COMMITTED. STAY ALIVE. STAY AWAKE.

Our capacity of knowing who He is will never increase if we stay in our comfort zone.

Questions

1] Are we living for Him only when it’s convenient for us?
2] Are we finding out that we can’t live this life in our own strength?
3] Are we totally dependent on Him?

 

 

Calvary’s Shadow

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When I was younger, I loved playing hide-n-seek. I don’t mean to brag but I was a great hider. Whenever me and my sister would travel to my grandmothers house for the weekend, my grandmother would always make sure to sneak in a game of hide-n-seek. I was the best at it because I had a sweet spot that no one could find me in.

Years later and I’m grown up and not much has changed. I’m still great at hiding. I’m just not as great as finding my sweet spot. There isn’t one human on this earth that doesn’t know how to hide. We just often fail to hide in the right place.

Where we choose to hide will either lead us to a place of Victory (Jesus) or a place of Defeat.


The Psalmist, David, made huge mistakes. More than once he failed God. He could have hidden behind all of his mess, but he knew where to refuge. He hid himself in the Lord, he hid himself in Calvary’s Shadow.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

  • Psalm 91:1,2

 

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Are You Committed?

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History tells us of men who almost made it. “If I were to ask you what Charles Pinckney, Horatio Seymour, Alton Parker and James Cox have in common?” Most people would not know who these men were. These men ran for the United States presidency. Obviously these who did not win, but almost won.

History does not reward the man who almost succeeds, only the one who does succeed. Gods Word also tells about men who almost made it but failed.

For example, the rich young ruler, or King Agrippa, who admitted they were “almost persuaded.” These men apparently died near the door but not inside it. Our World is full of religious men who are so close yet so far.

In my high school days, how long ago those days were. I was not committed at all. My favorite day of school was the last day. I was late to school, and I never paid much attention. I just didn’t have the desire to put forth the effort.

If I was to live a Christian life like my high school days, I would never make it.

The key to living a committed lifestyle for Him is yielding/surrendering our lives to the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”

This verse tells me that plans are not made on our own THEN committed to the Lord.

//Application//

Three words that sums this up        Commitment involves work

//The Challenge//

What are some ways that you can be committed?

  • Prayer life
  • Get in the Word

 

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