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Ministering to the Lord in Prayer

Every believer wants to pray and see God move, but we are not to come to God like the pagans do—with long lists, loud prayers, and repetition. Instead, first, we come to God and minister to Him. Our focus must be on Him and not on ourselves.   Read More

The Danger of Religion

Religion is the outward form we use to draw near to God. “Religion is dangerous!” Someone said. No. Religion is necessary. Joshua sought God twice a day, Daniel three times a day and David seven. It is the scaffolding around our faith. Our faith is the building. The danger of religion is when it surrounds nothing and no building sits in the midst of the scaffolding. The danger of religion is when it replaces the faith it is supposed to support. Read More

More Important than Eating

We say “My relationship to God is very important to me” but how does your priority show up in your daily life? Job declared that God’s Word was more important to him than eating… Read More

Doing Without

Doing without rain increases the productivity of desert soil.

“I got tired of doing without!” John said. John and I went to Bible School together, but he had to withdraw from school after he took his tuition money and spent it on clothes instead of his education. I remember thinking “How shortsighted!”

How many times though do we lose sight of the end goal and sacrifice the future for the sake of our present comfort because we grow tired of doing without? Read More

When God is Silent

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God is silent when we harden our hearts. Is God hidden from you? Has God gone silent in your life? Read More

Changing Your Focus

Changing your focus is the key to changing your life in every way. Whatever you are struggling with, just change your focus… turn your eyes upon Jesus! Read More

Satisfaction Guaranteed

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Our lusts are never satisfied! They are like fire, no matter how much wood you add to the bonfire, the fire never says “enough”

What then really satisfies? Read More

Where Obedience Leads

Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Our pursuit of obedience to the Lord may appear riddled with failure but as Edison’s failures led inevitably to success, our pursuit of obedience leads inevitably to righteousness. Read More

God’s Pruning

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“Any child can count the number of seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.” The key to understanding the role of persecution, trouble, trial and affliction in the life of the Believer is to understand that God focuses on our eternal reward, not our earthly comfort. Pruning is hard. Do we seek the Lord and draw our life and strength from Him or do we give up, wither and die? Read More

The Repentant Life

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God’s goodness, mercy and patience invites us to repentance. God calls us to live the repentant life.

Scripture:

Romans 2:4-5 NKJV

Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

Observation:

Paul is writing to those “called as saints” (Romans 1:7), so this is not a warning to those who have not received the Gospel. When he describes the “godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18), he cautions these believers against judging the sinner since they are doing the same things (Romans 2:1).

Therefore, in the church at Rome were those whom God had delivered “over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual immorality…” and many other sins (Romans 1:24).

Yet God’s mercy and grace were not given to allow us to continue under sin, but to free us from the condemnation of sin so that we would be free to repent.

Those who hear the Gospel and receive it as truth but continue in their sin, despite God’s kindness, restraint and patience, are only putting off the wrath of God until the day when they will be made to drink the cup of His wrath to the dregs (Psalm 75:8).

“Many will come to me on that day saying, ‘Lord, Lord… but I will say, “Depart from me you workers of unrighteousness…”’” (Matthew 7:21-23).

Application:

A hard and unrepentant heart leads to wrath. The tender, broken and changed heart leads to mercy and grace from God and an abundant reward (Matthew 21:44, Matthew 10:41-42, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, Revelation 22:12, Hebrews 10:35, Hebrews 11:6).

Break Up the Fallow Ground

Therefore, we must break up the fallow ground of our hearts (Hosea 10:12; Jeremiah 4:3). We must prepare our hearts to hear and receive the Word and to be changed, so that we will not be condemned with the world.

Therefore, we must begin with self-examination and confront our own sinfulness, because if we behave like the world, we will be condemned with the world (1 Co 11:31-32).

Examine Yourself

Examine yourself (Lamentations 3:40, Haggai 1:5-7, 1 Corinthians 11:28, 2 Corinthians 13:5). Are you guilty of any of these: Ingratitude; Not loving God with our whole heart; or not living what you say you believe (unbelief)? Have you been neglecting the Word of God, prayer, or the church and God’s saints? What about failing to love your spouse (who is your closest neighbor)? Are you failing to show yourself faithful, failing to love and care for the lost and broken or failing to support missions and the persecuted? Have you been pursuing the things of the world instead of God? Have you marred your testimony and brought the Gospel into reproach? Are you neglecting your family or your duty to your community or nation? Have you neglected of your personal finances? Are you negligent in caring for your brothers and sisters in Christ and watching over their souls? Are you denying yourself? Have pride, envy, bitterness, slander, wrath, lying or cheating taken hold in your life? Are you robbing God of that which is His due in time, talent and treasure? Are you bridling your tongue or is cursing and coarse language making you a hindrance to the Gospel?

Faith without Works is Dead

We are saved by faith through grace. It is a gift that we cannot earn. But to say we believe in Christ risen from the dead means we also believe that we must stand before Him and give an account (Romans 14:12). If our hearts condemn us when we imagine this, God is greater than our hearts (1 John 3:18-24) and far purer and holier. His eyes are flames of fire (Revelation 19:12-15). Nothing will be hidden from Him (He 4:11-13, Lu 8:17, Lu 12:1-3, 1 Co 4:5, Ro 2:16, Ec 12:14, Pr 28:13). What will survive that fire? (Is 66:15, Na 1:6, Zep 3:8, 1 Co 3:12-14). Let the wise be wiser still (Prov 17:10).

Act Now

If you have sinned against someone, go to them and seek forgiveness.

If you have defrauded someone, send them the money, plus interest.

Don’t put off change until tomorrow. Immediately uproot the sin and plow up the ground that you may do what God calls upon you to do.

The Repentant Life

The repentant life requires breaking up the fallow ground—the ground of common sin—the sins that the worldly and unbelieving no longer are shocked at seeing.

The repentant life requires we pull the weeds—what is keeping us from devoting the time, energy and resources to the kingdom of God? We must get rid of everything that stands between us and God (Romans 12:1-2).

Lastly, we must submit ourselves thoroughly to God’s Word and God’s Way. We must surrender our opinions and any false religion or belief and do what Jesus does and say what Jesus says.

Prayer:

Lord God, Father, thank you for your kindness, Your mercy and Your grace. Grant me the sorrow that leads to repentance and a zealous heart to change.

In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

 

 

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