Born Again

Born again is kind of an odd term.  What does that mean?  Why would one want it?  How do we accomplish it?  In my previous post, “I am Saved…Now what to do?” I listed some points in how to live a Christian life, what we should do as a church and how to overcome spiritual battles.  I think this list answers all three questions.  There may be more, but I think I got the meat of it.  Comments are welcome if I missed any.  I mentioned that I would go into more detail.  Today I will cover the first one.

  • First, you must be born again.  Believe in Jesus Christ and through that you will become a new creation.

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Love Speaks Truth

Sometimes love can be harsh.  As parents we don’t want our kids to run out in the street.  We don’t want them too close to the fire.  We don’t want them to make poor choices.  As we grow older, we still hope that our loved ones make right choices.  If we sit by and watch, and say “that’s ok” while they make bad life choices that can affect the rest of their life or even eternity, is that love?  We need to not only set the example, but tell them the truth, show them the right way.  Share our faith and share who Jesus is and what He has done for us.

Ephesians 4:15

…”but speaking the truth in love may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ”

(Feel free to read the complete paragraph or the chapter…it is always good to get the full context of any verse you may read)

Hebrews 3:13

…”but exhort one another daily, while it is still called ‘Today,’ lest any of you become hardened through deceitfulness of sin.”

Galatians 6:1-2

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

James 5:19-20

Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

I have often been accused of being judgmental. Sometimes it is that people don’t want to hear the truth, but many times they are right. I forget to speak the truth IN LOVE and it comes across as I want to show them they are wrong and I am right. My intent is to build them up and steer them in the right direction but I don’t always say it in the right way. Please pray for me that I always speak the truth IN LOVE and in a way that will be bold but gentle.

Other times, as I have said, it is that people don’t want their sin exposed or don’t want to hear the truth. Matthew 7:1 is often quoted, without the rest of the passage or ignoring those above and others. It says,

“Judge not, that you not be judged. For what judgement you judge, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “let me remove the speck in your eye”; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! FIRST remove the plank from you own eye, and THEN you will see clearly to remove the speck in your brother’s eye.”

So, when leading others and telling them the truth, be sure the truth is in you and you are following Christ in a way that honors Him. Realize your own flaws and sin. Pray, and speak in the Spirit. Above all else, LOVE. Remember, though, not only is love gentle, but sometimes love needs to be stern and up front. If you love someone, you want what is best for them, and the best for them is Jesus Christ.  More on this next time.

Be a Servant

During the holidays, many have the spirit of giving. What if we did this all the time?  We should have this spirit throughout the year. Today’s scripture is about love and giving. How do we know that we are God’s children? By loving others. Continue reading “Be a Servant”

Go…

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Do you ever wonder what God has planned for your life? What His will for you individually is? What your ministry is? Are you waiting for a call from Him? I think sometimes He just wants you to go. Try something. Get involved and then see if that is where He is leading you. God told Abraham to go but He didn’t tell Him where at first. Jesus told His disciples simply, “Follow Me.” They didn’t know where He was going, they simply followed.

 Genesis 12:1-4a

Now the Lord had said to Abram, ‘Get out of your country, from your family, and from your Father’s house, to a land I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to Him.

Abram (who was later named Abraham) obeyed the Lord and had faith to go wherever He was lead. He didn’t ask where he was going, He just went. Because of His faith, we all are blessed, for through him, Jesus Christ, God’s One and only Son, came to earth as a child, became a man, died on the cross and rose again on the third day to save us from our sins.

Mark 1:16-20

And He (Jesus) walked by the Sea of Galilee. He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him. When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. And immediately He called to them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat, with the hired servants, and went after Him.

Like Abram, God called and they followed, not knowing where they were to go. He calls each of us to serve in His kingdom, “to make us fishers of men.” We all have a ministry. It is up to us and follow until God reveals what that is. I believe that God has called me at different times to do different things.  Sometimes I was faithful, sometimes I was not.  But each time that I followed His calling, I received a blessing.  In a few days, I leave for Haiti.  The first time was a bit scary and I didn’t know what to expect.  This will be my fourth time now, and I am so excited, I cannot wait!  I thank God for this opportunity to experience God working in my life and in the lives of these children.  What a blessing!  May you follow God’s calling for you, and see what great things God can do and how you can share those blessings with others! May the Lord bless you all.

 

The Role of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is mentioned throughout the Bible.  He is described in Genesis hovering over the waters when the earth was first formed.  He filled the Kings and judges to give them strength and wisdom, and came upon Jesus at the start of His ministry.  He indwells those who follow Christ and we are baptized by the Holy Spirit and given spiritual gifts by Him.  He prays for us, guides us and gives us fruit to grow and edify others. Continue reading “The Role of the Holy Spirit”