Fan or Follower? Part 3

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Part 3
“Diversify”

“Diversify your walk in Me”

An afternoon dinner party a few months back at my sisters house. Enjoying the time off and not trying to think about anything even ministry (which is hard to block out). Having a good time that I needed, relaxing, away from work, away from it all. I try sometimes my best; not to be an absent mind from God, but to leave the “deadlines” that I set for my blogsite and messages that I constantly critique. When all of a sudden, God spoke “Diversify your walk in Me”.

I immediately Googled the word “diversify”, I knew that it had came from the word divide. Here’s what I got.
Diversifychange, expand, transform, alter, spread out, branch out

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HHMM? What God? Have I messed up somewhere? I immediately asked God to turn the spot light on in my heart to see if there were anything that did not line up with His Word. I heard nothing back, nor did I feel conviction. On the drive home, I began to think about that more, “Diversify your walk in Me.”

Point 1. Be Set Apart

Was I being serious in my walk with Christ at the time? We all say that we could improve on this but our number one problem to this is the word complaceny. If we are to be set apart, one cannot be complacent, it would defeat the term of being set apart, that would be like someone saying that they are going to workout seven days a week a couple of hours but yet eating a Snicker’s as they do so, it’s got protein, right? That’s the problem we always have the excuse of what our complaceny problem is good for. The Snicker’s, the protein, helps build muscle? No, but how much muscle? Not enough grams to make any difference, it’s got more junk than good. Instead of drinking the right protein, such as whey protein, we always go for the stuff that taste better, resulting in less performance. Spiritually speaking, yielding no fruit. But we do what we want to do. It’s human nature, right? WRONG. We must die daily, shedding our identity by dying to the flesh.

Point 2. Standing Still

There will be obstacles and situations that come our way as we question God as if we don’t think He is doing it the right way. Three years ago I had looked at what God had done in my ministry and the church’s that I had preached at and thought to myself, what happened? Was it laziness, complacency? My pastor had told me that God was going to use me in the local churches, and he was right, a month later I was getting calls, held a Revival, and so forth.

It all changed when I had gotten a promotion at my job a few years back that I had been wanting for a long time, the call’s to preach slowly declined. The promotion, I looked at it as a blessing. On the other hand, it hurt me inside, I was constantly thinking that God was done with me, he had seen that I wasn’t cut out for it. Was that a lie that I had believed? Why yes, God doesn’t make mistakes nor does He call someone to do His will without the proper gifts that He has gaven that person. Nor, does He call the qualified, He qualifies the called. I had been putting myself in the driver seat by not allowing God to use me when He was calling out to me. See how easy it is? I was looking at another option, like going to college and getting a degree in marketing and advertising. I prayed that evening that God would show me, tell me what is next, I was at my breaking point.

An hour before service started I had prayed, I knew God would answer me somehow, someway. I was at the alter for a simple alter call that the congregation came up for, I was the last one to leave that alter. Hoping, waiting, speculating an answer. A dear friend of mine who is also in the ministry, had came up behind me as I was knelt down and God began to speak to me “I am not done with you, there are doors that I will open, but at this time I am preparing you before you walk through those doors.” What a relief, I needed conformation, and God delivered.

{We constantly should be on the move, all the time, letting Him perfect our faith as we walk by faith, not standing still but running with all that is within us} “Run with endurance the race that is set before us”. – Hebrews 12:1

I was standing still. Waiting on Him when all that He was doing was waiting on me. We walk by faith not stand by it, we are scared of what’s in front of us if we don’t visibly see it. That’s where faith overcomes this “fear” We must work out faith by taking action. Or like me in this situation, we begin to stand still on the sidelines becoming a fan instead of a follower.

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Fan or Follower? Part 2

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 Part 2
“The Fan”

Galatians 5:7-9 ”  You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

– It’s definitely an easier life being a fan of Jesus than to live the life by following Him.

So, you want to become a fan instead of a follower of Christ? Here’s how.

Begin with not reading your Word, followed by being lazy and not attending church services, then have no prayer life because after all, you have no burden for the lost. When an opportunity comes to where you can testify or even speak His name in a sentence, be quiet; people don’t like for others to talk about God.

That sound’s harsh but it’s fact and a reality for most called “Christian’s.” They would rather feed their flesh than their spirit.
When Paul is writing this letter to the Galatian’s, Paul know’s what had happened, these people were told that they must follow the law, not to follow Jesus. That is why he states “This persuasion is not from him who calls you.” Paul is upset for those who are giving these people the false words of “living by the law” rather than “living by the spirit.”

The Galatians were saved by faith through grace in Jesus, but now there are others that are telling these new born-again Christians that they have got it all wrong. This sound’s like today’s society, with rapid culture movements and fads that move most people from one place to another place without them even knowing what their getting their self into. That is why the Word of God states. “Test everything; hold fast what is good.” – (1 Thess. 5:21)

What’s the Problem?

FOUNDATION IS THE PROBLEM

Every house, building, facility, etc. must be built on a sturdy, strong foundation and with it not comes a great chance of faulty cracks that soon can deteriorate over time causing a major mal function in the foundation resulting in collapse.

Foundation is the Word, and with the Word we will know the Truth, and by knowing the Truth it will set us free from every lie, notion, thought that would provoke us to daze off, being slumber to not sound the alarm of His soon coming.

This World, this nation has bowed to false god’s by believing lies; a fallen humanity has forgotten it’s God.

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This World need’s follower’s of Christ, not fan’s

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“The past keeps us from running with endurance”

Is it the past that keeps you from running with full endurance? Lies that are being told to you, “Won’t you just quit.” “Why do you even try?”

For me, every mistake is a lesson that I learn. I get up from my knee’s and keep running.

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 3:14)

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It takes faith to run a race, when the Olympian’s are about to run that race that will make history, a new record. They are putting their trust in their trainer. All those times of countless hours in training, practicing for the big event, they run with every notion to win that race. Are you giving it all to run this race? Or have you began to sit on the side lines and watch as your friend’s, family, co-workers who are passing by you, and your only thought is “I don’t feel like running”

I did not know that we lived life by the way we feel! We walk by faith.

As Paul had asked the Galatian’s, I will ask you:

“You were running well, who hindered you from obeying the Truth?”

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