Be All You Can Be

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    What could you become if you let God guide your life?  The first step is to settle the issue of who’s in control.  With God leading we can become spirit-filled which is a reflection of God in your character and your actions.  To be a Christian and not follow God closely is as useless as attempting to guide a boat through the water without a rudder.  It’s too hard, too frustrating, and too discouraging.  To live as we please is wasting our unlimited potential and God-given talents.  When we seek self-gratification we are settling for temporal, short term fulfillment.  Each life is important and significant, effecting countless others.  That is why it is essential that we make our decisions based on eternal results.

    Did you know that every Christian has been drafted into God’s training program?  Because God’s will is good, pleasing, and perfect this plan is personalized to best instruct each individual.  A spirit-filled person is teachable and yields to the instructions of their leader, the Holy Spirit, who works to form our thoughts, words, and actions into the likeness of our commander and chief.  This program is demanding and challenging but there are satisfying results.  Hebrews 12:7, 9-11 tells us, “Let God train you, for he is doing what any loving Father does for his children.”  We should not hold back but have this attitude.  “…should we not all the more cheerfully submit to God’s training so that we can begin really to live?” vs 9  Teaching also involves correction.  “God’s correction is always right and for our best good that we may share his holiness.” vs 10   And then “…afterwards we can see the result, a quiet growth in grace and character.” vs 11  Along with these instructions in becoming a consistent believer, let us not forget that how we live shows how well we have been trained.  James 2:20 says it with backbone.  “When will you ever learn that believing is useless without doing what God wants you to?”  Also, when we are spirit-filled we will ask God for the answers and direction we need.  “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you.” James 1:5

    Dear friends, do you desire for your life to make a profound and positive difference in the world?  Let us work to become people filled with the Holy Spirit and yielding to God’s instruction in our lives.  We simply cannot live a godly life without this preparation.  If you haven’t yet enlisted sign up today for an amazing adventure in God’s training program enabling you to be all you can be.

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Be All You Can Be

    What could you become if you let God guide your life?  The first step is to settle the issue of who’s in control.  With God leading we can become spirit-filled which is a reflection of God in your character and your actions.  To be a Christian and not follow God closely is as useless as attempting to guide a boat through the water without a rudder.  It’s too hard, too frustrating, and too discouraging.  To live as we please is wasting our unlimited potential and God-given talents.  When we seek self-gratification we are settling for temporal, short term fulfillment.  Each life is important and significant, effecting countless others.  That is why it is essential that we make our decisions based on eternal results.

    Did you know that every Christian has been drafted into God’s training program?  Because God’s will is good, pleasing, and perfect this plan is personalized to best instruct each individual.  A spirit-filled person is teachable and yields to the instructions of their leader, the Holy Spirit, who works to form our thoughts, words, and actions into the likeness of our commander and chief.  This program is demanding and challenging but there are satisfying results.  Hebrews 12:7, 9-11 tells us, “Let God train you, for he is doing what any loving Father does for his children.”  We should not hold back but have this attitude.  “…should we not all the more cheerfully submit to God’s training so that we can begin really to live?” vs 9  Teaching also involves correction.  “God’s correction is always right and for our best good that we may share his holiness.” vs 10   And then “…afterwards we can see the result, a quiet growth in grace and character.” vs 11  Along with these instructions in becoming a consistent believer, let us not forget that how we live shows how well we have been trained.  James 2:20 says it with backbone.  “When will you ever learn that believing is useless without doing what God wants you to?”  Also, when we are spirit-filled we will ask God for the answers and direction we need.  “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you.” James 1:5

    Dear friends, do you desire for your life to make a profound and positive difference in the world?  Let us work to become people filled with the Holy Spirit and yielding to God’s instruction in our lives.  We simply cannot live a godly life without this preparation.  If you haven’t yet enlisted sign up today for an amazing adventure in God’s training program enabling you to be all you can be.

Challenging the contradictions

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    I believe that most people desire integrity, honor and genuineness.  So why do contradictions dog our pathway?  These are activities, beliefs and decisions inconsistent with our Christianity.  We  say one thing and do another.  Sometime we are simply at odds with ourselves and God.  Matthew 6:24 reminds us not to live with divided beliefs. “You cannot serve two masters God and mammon (this world’s system) For you will hate one and love the other, or else the other way around.”

    God is very definite about the need to make up our mind regarding our commitment to Him.  1 John 2:15-17 makes this clear.  “Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love these things you show that you do not really love God; for all these worldly things- these evil desires- the craze for sex, the ambition to buy everything that appeals to you, and the pride that comes from wealth and importance these are not from God.  They are from this evil world itself.  And these forbidden things will go with it, but whoever keeps doing the will of God will live forever.”  It is always Gods will to live in harmony with His written word.  1 Corinthians 10:21 agrees.  “We cannot drink from the cup at the Lord’s table and at Satan’s table too.”  And so I encourage you to live with unity of mind and lifestyle.

    One of the most difficult challenges is our entertainment which often corrupts and confuses.  Let’s pull out of the rut of turning to something inferior that tears us away from God.  It’s time to become a thinking, creative believer looking for the help and rewards God provides.  He declares that if we seek Him we will find him.  This is the God who has given us everything we need for life and godliness.  Whether we are out walking, experiencing nature, pursuing hobbies, enjoying sports, playing board games, watching old movies, cooking, spending time with friends, gardening, using spiritual gifts and human talents, listening to beautiful music, reading God’s word or a good book, there are countless outlets to express our life in God as well as to meet personal needs.  Christian, we are accountable if we turn to an evil world’s system for our entertainment.  God has provided a way for us to respect ourselves, becoming people of integrity who live out our beliefs in daily life.  Together dear friends lets challenge the contradictions of divided commitment until Christ comes again.

The Look of Love

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    If we could choose just one fruit of God’s spirit, let it be love!  “We are all born for love, it is the principle of existence and its only end.”  Benjamin Disraeli   “We know what real love is from Christ’s example in dying for us.”  1 John 3:16   God is the source of a magnificent love.  The only love that is strong enough to face every adversity known to mankind.

    The first concept of loving others is understanding that in order to love with God’s love we must first become a part of His family through a new birth.  Salvation introduces us to the mighty Holy Spirit who represents the very mind and character of Christ.  The Holy Spirit then sets up residence in our life providing the power to lay down our life for our neighbors, friends and family.  Now we have the amazing ability to love with God’s love.

    Dear Christian, with an empowered will and changed heart we can ask God to daily teach us his incredible love.  Our natural ability will always stop short of success while God takes us past our limitations, hurt and hardness of heart.  “Love makes all hard hearts gentle.”  George Herbert  “I will give you one heart and a new spirit; I will take from you your hearts of stone and give you tender hearts of love for God.”  Ezek 11:19

    In 1 Cor 13:4-6 the author Paul has painted a wonderful picture depicting the look of love.  Imagine this is a painting with soft brush strokes representing a patient, kind heart.  Next there are bold lines that portray someone neither jealous or self-centered.  The balance of the composition illustrates one who does not demand his own way, is not irritable.  The highlights symbolize a person who does not hold grudges.  Last of all vivid colors depict a Christian who is never glad about wrong but happy when truth wins out.  Together these are designs and colors of love.

    As believers we are artists creating a painting for all the world to see.  May our picture be one that will be remembered.  In time the Holy Spirit can produce a masterpiece from our life unveiling the love of Christ in us.  Frederick Spanheim concludes, “They are the true disciples of Christ, not who know most, but who love most.”