Walk on Water
YES we do if we want to mature in our Christian faith. Maturing as a Christian isn't always easy .... none of us are Jesus, so we be on track & off track, then on again & off again. It's part of the deal since we are not perfect. Jesus has put others in our lives to help us get back on track. All of us need help, we are designed by God to be with others who are "like-minded."
Ephesians 4:15-16 (ESV) "Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love."
Being a part of a community can be scary. Do we really want others in our personal business? Do we want to be vulnerable? This can be SCARY for a lot of us. We need to remember that we were created to be a part of a living and vibrant community of believers who encourage, uplift, and spur one another on in our Christian life.
In Heaven, all believers will be one glorious community with the purpose of praising Jesus. Being a part of the right Community of Believers with the same purpose will be like a little bit of Heaven on Earth.
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Everyday we have two difficult but critical choices to make ... Do we choose God or do we choose the enemy? Some days it's easier than others.
Proverbs 3:6 (NIV) "In all your ways submit to Him and He will make you paths straight"
If we choose things the enemy wants us to choose as our priority over God — materialism, selfishness ... etc. then Satan wants us to believe that our lives will be more full, & then we’ll have more peace, joy, security, freedom, fulfillment, significance. The second is from God: if we choose Him, our Creator— if we listen to Him, if we surrender, if we love, if we serve -- then our lives will truly be more full, we’ll have more peace, joy, security, freedom, fulfillment & significance. Make the right choice
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But what if we are not sure if we have Godly Wisdom?
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God ...." -- James 1-5 (ESV)
Decisions are a part of life. Everything from; "What should I wear to work today?" to "How should I deal with this temptation I am confronted with?"
God has equipped us with the tools to make decisions based on Godly wisdom. His Word!!!
Probably the greatest decision maker was King Solomon .... "Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you." -- 1 Kings 3:12 (ESV)
Since God filled Solomon with so much wisdom, we should listen to Solomon's advice. "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice." -- Proverbs 12:15 (ESV)
If we surround ourselves with Godly brothers & sisters the chance of making Godly decisions increases.
"Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety." -- Proverbs 11:14 (ESV)
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Do you ever look around at people who only care about how to spend their money buying the latest electronics, new SUVs or expensive jewelry and wonder why them? They don't follow God they follow the world ... so why is God blessing them?
Asaph, who was a psalmist in the time of David and Solomon, was definitely tempted. "For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked." -- Psalm 73:3(ESV)
We may not admit it like Asaph, but many of us have similar thoughts, especially this time of the year.
Do you ever get discouraged? Do you ever just get tired of trying to follow God in a world of people who aren’t? Are you ever tempted to relent and embrace the world a bit more, too?
When we face that choice whether to embrace God or embrace the world, we must remember—we’re part of something much larger, much more important than new SUVs, big houses or vacations.
"And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever" -- 1John 2:17
Talk about your thoughts & feelings with God and your fellow Brothers & Sisters in Christ .... when we are open it undermines the power of satan.
"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving." -- Dale Carnegie
When we are not motivated by love then it becomes easy to be critical of others. When we stop looking for the good in others and focus on their faults, the unity of the believers is broken.
Are we guilty of talking behind someone’s back? Have we pointed out others faults more so than their strengths?
During those times we need to be reminded of Jesus’ command to love others as we love ourselves.
As Paul instructed the Disciples in Galatia, “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
When we begin to become critical of someone …. make a list of that person’s positive qualities, which will help us to think the best of others.
"If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” — Galatians 5:14-15 (ESV)
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." — Philippians 2:3 (ESV)