Thursday, March 27, 2014

Our God of Truth

Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:1-2)

Christians are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

As Christians, we live in newness of life. We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God fills our lives and perfects them. The fruit of the Spirit cultivates and enriches our lives. We are changed by the Holy Spirit from within. We are changed from glory into glory by the Spirit of God.

All the old things have passed away. Behold all things are become new.

We renounce the shameful things we do in the dark. 

We refuse to practice cunning or underhanded methods. We don't practice deceit with one another.

We refuse to falsify God's word. We don't tamper with God's word. We recognize and respect everyone's conscience. We appeal to everyone's conscience in the sight of God.

We live and love by the Truth. The Spirit is Truth. It is the Spirit of God Who bears witness to the Truth.

We are vessels of God. We are to function properly for God's use.

May God have the glory.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Serve God, Not men

Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 
—Matthew 6:1

Whatever our deeds, whether our acts of service or our personal dealings, they are really between us and God.

Whether or not anyone else sees, it does not matter.

God is our only audience in mind.

Our deeds is for Him to see.

Our desire is to please Him.

It is important to know that we are serving God alone.

We are to do His biddings.

Our aim is to show forth God's glory.

Let us stay focused on serving God, and not men.

God who sees in secret will Himself reward us.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Be Patient

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.
—James 5:7

Impatience is a common trait.

Many people lose their patience while waiting in line or holding on the phone.

James wrote to believers who were struggling with being patient for Jesus’ return. 

They were living under exploitation and distressing times.

James encouraged them to be patient. 

He challenged them to persevere under suffering.

He stimulated them to stand firm and to live sacrificially until the Lord returned to right every wrong. 

He wrote: “Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:8).

James called them to be like the farmer who waits patiently for the rain and the harvest (James 5:7).

He called them to be like the prophets and the patriarch Job who demonstrated perseverance in difficulties (James 5:10-11). 

The finish line was just ahead and James encouraged them not to give up.

When we are being tried in a crucible of distress, God desires to help us continue living by faith and trusting in His compassion and mercy.

The way to great patience is through great trials.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

With God, All Things are Possible

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?" —Jeremiah 32:27

In Judges 7:12, God had Gideon use 300 men, horns, jars, and blazing torches against armies that were as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number.
Could Israel defeat such a formidable foe?
It was humanly impossible!
They had neither the manpower nor the military hardware.
But they had one thing that worked for them and that was all they needed.
They had God’s promise: “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.” (Judges 7:7)
The result? Victory!

Are you facing a formidable challenge?
The Lord has said, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?" (Jer. 32:27).
With God, all things are possible.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Let Your Light Shine

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5: 16) 

1. Let it be known that you are real Christian. Let your holy life, your pure conversation, and your faithful instructions, be everywhere seen and known always, in all societies, in all business, at home and abroad, in prosperity and adversity.

2. Let your good deeds be evident to all. True conversion cannot be concealed. Our conduct must reveal Christ. Our actions must display the power and purity of the Gospel.

3. Let your good deeds lead people to honor God. Our conduct must win people to Christ, causing them to give praise and glory to God, for His mercy to a lost world.