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What testimony do you believe you are casting about yourself to your friends? Our fight, finish and faith matters!
God has given us the victor Christ Jesus who shares his victory for all who follow him to the finish line of the race set before us. He alone offers us a victory that lasts! It is not a race that is run in competition with others or requires you finish in a certain record time – all this race requires is that you finish!
All good teachers feel connected to most of their students long after they go their separate ways.
“As iron sharpens iron”, means literally we help each other to become sharper. It symbolizes the challenge of relying on each other and keeping each other accountable. This is a clear trait of a committed Christian who is seeking to make a difference in the world today.
Many struggle to understand grace because they struggle accepting God’s grace in their own lives. They struggle in the joy of giving because they have not discovered the joy of God’s grace in their own life.
Will you take the time to tell him or her (yes, women can certainly be spiritual leaders and encouragers, just read your Bible.) how much you appreciate how they have inspired and encouraged you. Write a card, send a special gift, or just tell them face to face. We all need a special mentor from the church in our lives, do you?
Sadly, not everyone truly understands what and why they claim to believe. Therefore, they do not truly believe in the power of the gospel over their life, but they claim the salvation found in the gospel message.
We may even declare as Christians that we are only following the command of Christ, but if behind those words a sense of personal satisfaction or guilt resides, what is the real reason for ministering to others, is it genuine Christ-centered or self-centered service?
…we must understand that without Christ in us, our efforts would reek of human effort! Our life would be repulsive to not only God in heaven, but to those who we desire to connect to in this life.
The phrase “Be still” does not mean absence of movement but to stop our fussing and feuding and be at peace with others.
The true litmus test of being a Christian, a disciple of Christ, is the loving of others, not as we desire to love others with conditions and expectations, but with Christ’s unselfish, unconditional love that never falters or waivers.
If you only fellowship 20% of the time with Christians and the remaining 80% of the week you find yourself in fellowship with the more “popular” circles of friends, whose influence will ultimately win out?
Through the sharing of the story of the rolling stone does your faith point others to who Jesus was and is today?
When things are going good and we feel like nothing can stop us from continuing to do good, it is at that point in life we discover that doing good becomes hard, even a burden beyond what we can bear for long, such as when others are watching us.
Jesus may have been stripped naked of his clothes but not God’s armor and weapon as they nailed him to the cross. What an example for us to take heed every day.
(1) Are you prepared each day to give the reason for the hope that resides within you? (2) Do you have the words to share that will personally witness to Christ’s influence upon your life? (3) Will you be able to answer with the gentleness and respect God expects from you, even if they may be sarcastic and even hostile in their inquiry?
To help the weak we need to become weak ourselves. To feed the hungry we need to experience hunger. Fasting has a personal purpose that draws us closer in our relationship with God, but it also helps us to recognize what it means to do without and to become genuinely hungry.
It is funny, once a child of God experiences the personal joy of God’s kindness in his or her life, that joy is shared with someone else by acts of kindness in return. In sharing the joy of God by our random, yet intentional acts of kindness, God’s purpose is realized.
Take time to study the Bible for the word: heart. In the Hebrew it is used over 850 times, and in the NT Greek, another 100+ times. If God went through all the trouble to put that kind of emphasis on our heart, our heart must matter to God!
In many long distance races there is the “wall” that the runner faces which will determine if he or she can finish the race successfully. At the “wall” your mind is telling your body it cannot continue, but if you can discipline your mind to ignore the thoughts your body is communicating then you can burst through the wall and continue the race as strong as ever.
The Christian walk was never to be a lonely journey. Fellowship and followship have an eternal connection that is found in the “one another” life choices we make every day.
No one can appreciate the price of being lost until they realize that they were lost in the first place.
Too many well meaning Christians stand on their safe, very familiar front porches and wait patiently to share the good news. They sit patiently on their porch swings and hope that someone might be drawn to venture up their well manicured walkway. In their mind they are on mission, doing the will of God.
Our responsibility is to share the good news where we are, not where we want to be.