Walk, Stand, Sit

Psalm 1:1 (NKJ) Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

I want to draw your attention to 3 words in this passage. Walk, stand, and sit. Who are you receiving counsel from? Who’s path are you walking in? Who’s seat are you sitting in?

As a Christian (a follower of Jesus) our spiritual growth and development depends on our associations. Don’t misunderstand me to say that we can’t have any relationships with the lost, how will we reach them if not?

This is another issue. This is the issue of close relationships, those that advise us, those that we walk together with. These close relationships should be reserved, for faith filled, godly people who believe God wholeheartedly.

When we surround ourselves with people who speak into our lives who are cynical, ungodly, and sinful there is a spiritual digression that takes place. You start by walking, but if it’s with the ungodly, it won’t be long before you’re standing. If you stand in the path of sinners you will soon be sitting in the seat of the scornful (mocker, doubter, cynic)

In order to reach out to those who need Jesus, we must be spiritually established and strong (blessed). Then we can make a difference in their lives.

Don’t allow the slow spiritual digression of wrong associations stop you in your tracks and ultimately wondering if God is even real.

Surround yourself with the church, and go on an all out evangelistic lifestyle, that will bring spiritual progress to the life of others. Get them to sit with you in the seat of faith, to stand with you in the path of the righteous, and finally lead them to walk with the Godly.

That’s the way Christianity works.

Thoughts?

Knock Knock, Who’s There?

Colossians 4:3 (msg) Don’t forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I’m locked up in this jail.

I love this scripture, it truly gives us insight on the attitude we should have about sharing our faith.

First we see that this is priority one for Paul, and he includes other Christians who are praying for him. He’s making it clear this is of paramount importance to our faith.

Second, one of the greatest challenges people have in sharing their faith is an open opportunity. He shows us how prayer plays a part in those opportunities. Praying for open doors works, but when we pray for open doors we must have a mindset to walk through those doors.

And last he makes it clear there is no excuse for not sharing our faith. He says, even though I’m in jail I’m believing for open doors to share my faith. He is saying no matter what our circumstances are, sharing our faith is why we are here and what we should do.

So today realize someone needs you to make sharing your faith priority one, their eternity depends on it. Pray for an open door opportunity and walk through that door, and make no excuses, just do it, it is the most important part of our Christianity.

What doors are you knocking on?

Run Forest Run!

Proverbs 3:7-8 (msg) Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!

In the movie Forest Gump when there was trouble, Jenny said Run Forrest Run, and without any hesitation he would take off running. As a result of that absolute trust the running had a positive effect on his life.

This proverb tells us not to assume we know everything, but to run from evil and run to God. Many of us today have began to trust God less and trust our own intelligence to show us the way, assuming we know more than we do. Bottom line, there is only one response to temptation and wickedness. Run! You can’t negotiate with it. You can’t flirt with it, you must run from it and run to God. This is why Paul told Timothy “flee” (run from) youthful lusts. When potiphers wife tried to seduce Joseph he literally ran out of the house.

When we assume we know more than we do and are not teachable then we find ourselves trusting in ourselves that’s pride, it will end in a fall. So let’s have that innocent unassuming trust like Forrest and when the word says run, let’s not stand around analyzing how strong we are let’s immediately take off running. The promise is, if we run from evil and run to God, we will walk in health. So be teachable, run from evil, run to God, & live in health.

What are some ways you run?

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

1 John 2:6 (msg) Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.

I love this verse. It’s basically a challenge. It’s telling those claiming to really know God to live out the results of such knowledge. However many people get this backwards. They would read it to mean the following. “if I try to act like Jesus I will know God.”. This thought is definitely religious and is the human perspective on God. Trying to make ourselves good to gain Gods approval. This thinking misses the point all together. The implication of this scripture is basically intimacy inspires Insight.

It’s as if the writer is saying if we are close to God, the result is we are a reflection of Jesus. Religion is man trying to look like God in order that God may save Him, but this is merely like looking in a fun house mirror which at it’s best is a distortion of the purity of who God is. A relationship with Christ, is the opposite. We become close to God, intimately connected through Jesus Christ, we become the reflection of Him. Pure, undefiled clear view of Christ.

Today, if you don’t know Jesus, ask Him to come into your life, forgive your sins, and confess Him as your Lord and savior and you will begin to reflect His image as you mature in Him.

What do you see when you look in the mirror? A reflection of Jesus, His love, His righteousness, His justice? Or a mere distorted image of humanity trying to look like God by acting the best we can.

Get close to God, you’ll start looking like Him.

Be blessed today.

“it’s who you know”

2 Peter 1:3 Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received!

So many Christians make the mistake of trying to please God by religious routine. But in this verse we find the answer to pleasing Him, by getting to know Him. We become like those who we are most intimately associated with. So let’s quit doing and start knowing which will result in becoming like and pleasing Him.

What are your thoughts?

True Religion

James 1 says, “Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.”

If we want to be what God has purposed for us, this is how it looks. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus and mature as Christians we become an expression of His love to the marginalized and outcast. Extending his Grace to the lonely and destitute. It is the heart of God to reach out to those in need. In need spiritually, physically, financially, and relationally.

You can have religion, that “attempt at righteousness through ritual and morality”. Or you can have a relationship with Jesus and experience true religion as Jesus expresses Himself and His Spirit through you.

What are some practical ways you see this happening in your life?