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You Just Can’t Convince Me

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

My daily morning reading had me reading a few verses from the Bible. The message here is simple. And It applies across many fields of life. Once I started reading this, I was immediately thinking about how the things we do stand the test of others. What Paul is writing about here is not talking to people in a way that convinces them. He referred to showing people! If I say something to you, you may take it one way. You may even believe what I am saying. What I do know however, is if I demonstrated to you, you would most likely be more believing. This is the simplicity of what Paul  is writing here.

Ask yourself an honest question now, how easy is it to convince you of something you believe in? If someone came to you today and delivered a mouth-watering presentation, refuting your most cherished belief. How would you react? The sad fact is many would waver and then perhaps stop believing. The route of this article comes to what you believe in and why you believe in it. I know people who believe because others do. Do you go to work every day because others have told you this is the right thing to do. Do you worship the God you believe in, or not worship because this is what you see? Have you never questioned those people who gave you these beliefs from childhood? If you haven’t, I strongly urge you to do so swiftly.

How much stock is invested in your every decision? Do you really make the decisions in your life or is someone else driving the car?

Fasting key #5

Fasting helps us wait on God

Paul, after having his Damascus road experience went and waited by commandment of Jesus, for a man he would send (Acts 9). During this time Paul ate no food, nor consumed any drink. Paul didn’t seem to be contentious at this point, neither did he seem to worry himself with things which were not substantially important at this time. Paul was concerned about drawing closer to God and waiting for him to act. The new life he was going to lead was far more important than temporal experience. Try working during a day, not being concerned with food and drink and see what God does for you (Matthew 6). There are points in life, I feel weary or somewhat similar and feeling and I just remind myself “God knows.” anything we think God has seen it already. God knows we need food and drink because he created us this way. To think otherwise would be perhaps immature and unbelieving on our part. An individual does not even need to indicate to God he is hungry as God prepares for us at times before we even suggest things.

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Fasting is for God alone

Many times in life I’ve been told to fast and not felt to in my heart and just gone through the motion, this isn’t  something we should dabble in. If your heart is not in a fast don’t waste your time, more importantly God is not pleased with it. You do not fast for people but fasting is for God, fasting is not more people’s smiles or for people to know that you’ve been fasting (its not a contest). In Matthew 6, as well as other things like prayer and alms, God shows us that fasting is an act for God and not for people. God even says that he would bless openly for our secret act. The early chapters in Matthew 6 highlight a personal relationship with I AM. Don’t let people tell you you can fast without fasting to God as such fasting is earthly. In Acts of the Apostles 23 we see how man bound themselves under a curse in order to kill Paul, it was accepted by those forty or so men that they placed a curse on themselves. These men must have subsequently died as they did not kill Paul. I close by saying Fast to God and no other.

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Have I not Commanded Thee?

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”


I remember maybe a year or so ago, listening to an audio book, the writer was going through several quotes of people and came to a man who portrayed in my opinion serious courage. The man faced a terrible expedition to sea, with fierce winds and scared shipmen. The captain said rest assured we may not come back, but we definitely must go. This showed to me a man who was willing to act, even though many around him were afraid and lacked belief. Just as Joshua began to lead the children of Israel, God had encouraged him and stated some assuring words to him. If I say to you it will be safe in the beginning it can help you on your journey, if I said it during it may not be as effective as from the start. If I  then wait until you complete the action and then tell you it is as good as useless. God set out in the beginning to encourage Joshua and us also in our lives that he has our safety at hand. He also assures us that we are in good hands (the best actually). Similar to this point, when Paul was shipwrecked (Acts 27 – from the start) he had a foreword of safety, being informed by God he would not die at sea.

Jesus told his disciples to go over to the other side before him and they went a certain distance and were stuck in boisterous winds. Jesus didn’t command them to go and get shipwrecked but they still had problems. Jesus could see them and came to them, Jesus never forgets his command nor what we feel inside. When Thomas doubted the resurrection Jesus appeared to him. There are so many times we find ourselves fearing a promise we have received.

I have showed you ample example of those in the scriptures who could act on a word from God and I am here to ask you the reader…What has God asked of you? what things are outstanding on God’s agenda for you?

How many times must he seek you before you listen and decide to act?

We are all commanded by God to act but what do we do with it?

God has commanded, we need to follow!

 God bless

NINE ways to draw closer

This month’s blog chain topic for Christian writers is the number nine, I am choosing this opportunity and will discuss several different ways to draw closer to the king. There are many ways which I could discuss but I will choose a selected few and discuss briefly.

The first way I want to look into is prayer, to be prayerful is a clear way to move closer to God. The Bible says in Psalms that if we call on God in the troublesome times, then we will glorify him after he has delivered us. When captured by the town authorities in Philippi (Acts 16), at midnight Paul and Silas prayed to the king of heavens and rejoiced. This was a time when God’s followers needed help and may have been weary. I have learned that in times of need are somewhat the best times to worship God.

Secondly, fellowship is vital for growth in God. Hebrews 10:25 says we shouldn’t forsake the assembling of the brethren, this means we should be joyful and not shun meeting with likeminded believers. In the times of Acts, disciples loved to be with each other. In the book of Acts there was a specific time when they met together on the first day of the week and broke break. Now you don’t have to meet up on Sunday and you don’t even need to break bread but this is a clear example of a group who were willing and joyous to celebrate together.

The third example I want to discuss is worship, with no real specific example in mind, I highlight how many people offered up sacrifices in the Old Testament as an offering to the Lord. This was a sign of worship and humbleness. Abel was accepted because he was willing to worship the way God desired, Cain was only willing to show his worship through his own ways. What we do is vital to whether or not God accepts our worship, in Isaiah 1:11-15 shows us that we may be in motion of worship but God is not willing to accept it. One thing I have recently learned is that God does not need to accept our worship. The two examples above show us this truth and we must be mindful.

Studying is the next useful technique, Paul told Timothy to study to show himself approved (2 Timothy 2:15). The importance of study is vital in our salvation, I have seen so many people experience God’s goodness for them to walk away due to a lack of study. When people who oppose Christ question you, they invoke doubt if you have no knowledge. When someone imposes their belief in a calculated way you are vulnerable to being deceived. This is why Jesus told us to be watchful and beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15).

Waiting is also essential, whether this be for rebuke or praise. The example I love so much in regards to waiting, is the prophet Habakkuk (Habakkuk 2:1-3). The way in which Habakkuk was diligent to wait for his maker can show us how important waiting on God really is. . He knew that he was being reproved but still decided to show the right mentality. Many people can’t wait for God and choose to make rash decisions in life. To wait on God is essential. Psalms 37:7 teaches us to be patient and wait on the Lord. We should rest in him the Word says, to be a waiter is good at times.

To testify to others is more than we think it is. We give others wisdom which we have experienced so they do not need to make similar mistakes we did, we also make them better, earlier. One reason I feel Paul was chosen to be an apostle was the impact he could have through testimony. Being able to say you have killed a man, or woman or child, and then to say I’ve been reformed shows real ample example. To know someone can come back from that lifestyle shows the power of God and that we can change too.

The Bible says in Hebrews 11 (6) that Faith is what God looks for in us and that we should believe he is who he said he is and that he is rewarder of the diligent kingdom seekers. Believing in what you do towards God draws us closer to him, if we just go through the motions as you would have it, eventually we will realise that we are stagnant and have no real relationship. I was talking to someone recently and telling them how I believe in God unconditionally, no reason can startle me, money or success or not enough to sway me from my walk. Be a believer in what you’re doing not a faker.

To act is one of the most important components of growing closer. In James it says draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you. Action is how we draw closer, by doing things which move us closer to him and then God reacts and responds to this.

 

 

To be a guide is something we see throughout the Bible. God always wants us to have guides who can lead us and this is why God raises up people to lead his people. Paul said follow after him as he followed after Christ. Jesus wanted us to follow the Father by believing in his name, we must be guides for children, siblings and others in the world.

I want you to add one more, I want to allow you, the reader to choose something significant to you and post a comment with what you feel is important.