Every Bible Counts

Today I had a great conversation with a new friend from Tenesse who I met here in Uganda. A humble guy, who came to work on a painting project for Watoto. 

As he was planning to come he felt that God impressed him to bring some bibles. He took the bibles wrote the plan of salvation in the front and high lighted the scriptures in each bible. 

One of the days he was working he felt impressed to take the bibles to the work site and when he got there there was a Watoto teacher. He told her about the bibles and she teared up and said if he would give her the bibles she we distribute them. 

THE NEXT DAY she came back to him and told him that she took the bibles to the village and a man gave his life to Jesus after receiving one of them. 

He was so happy, that he heard God, obeyed and a life was changed. Glory to God!  

Every action of obedience makes an eternal difference. Even if it seems small to you it’s big to God, and to whomevers life is changed. 

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Gods Heart Beat

 Acts 13:20-22 MSG

 “Up to the time of Samuel the prophet, God provided judges to lead them. But then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul, son of Kish, out of the tribe of Benjamin. After Saul had ruled forty years, God removed him from office and put King David in his place, with this commendation: ‘I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.’ 

Matthew 6:9-13 AMP

Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors. And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. 

Note:  the basic definition according to God of having a heart like God, having our heart beat with Gods heart beat is about obedience to God. 

Obey:

to follow the commands or guidance of to conform to or comply with, to submit to

>David stood out to God because he had a submissive heart and a pliable will. David stood for what God stood for, loved what God loved, because he loved God

>The search:  its interesting to me that God goes on a search to find a man who’s heart beats with his. I wonder today if God begin a search, when His eyes lit upon us would he find our hearts beating with His heart or would He find our hearts in doubt, fear, rebellion, distracted, status quo, mediocrity, or compromising?

>There is no doubt that doing the will of God requires submission on our part, but God has given us the ability to choose. 

>Something to think about:  When we go our own way, and move away from Gods way life is not better. There is a lie out there that if we do things Gods way, if we Aknowlege His will in our lives, if we submit to his authority, our lives will horrible because he’s out to get us.

>It’s like saying the only reason police exist is to give us tickets and make our lives hard. Not seeing the reality that the objective of the police is to protect us and make our communities safe. 

The Challenge:

Romans 7:14-25 MSG

I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. But I need something more ! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

Romans 8:1-2

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and Death.

Galatians 2:19-20 MSG

What actually took place is this; I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work.  So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man.  Christs life showed me how, and enalbled me to do it.  I identified myself completely with him.  Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ.  My ego is no longer central.  It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to imporess God,  Christ lives in me.  The life you see me living is not”mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I am not going to go back on that.

>The Best Life is the God kind of life.  A life submitted to Christ and His will for us.

BIG QUESION:

How do we acquire a heart like Gods?

1.  Pray
      
            1 Thessalonians 5:17 AMP

            Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]

            The Lords Prayer is a great guideline of how we should pray.

Worship the father
Submission to His will
Requests
Forgiveness and forgiving
Ask for direction
Deliverance/spiritual warfare 
Submitted praise

  2.  Meditate on the word of God

     
Joshua 1:1-9 MSG

And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” 

Psalm 1:1-3 MSG

How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead you thrill to God ’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom. 

Romans 12:2

Don’t be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may be the proof of what is good, acceptable, and perfect in the will of God. 

3.  Fast

Daniel 9:3 AMP

And I set my face to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes; 

1 Samuel 7:5, 6 AMP

Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpah and I will pray to the Lord for you. So they gathered at Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before the Lord and fasted on that day and said there, We have sinned against the Lord. And Samuel judged the Israelites at Mizpah. 

Joel 2:15-17 AMP

Blow the trumpet in Zion; set apart a fast [a day of restraint and humility]; call a solemn assembly. Gather the people, sanctify the congregation; assemble the elderly people, gather the children and the nursing infants; let the bridegroom [who is legally exempt from attending] go forth from his chamber and the bride out of her closet. [None is exempt from the humiliation.] Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; and let them say, Have pity and spare Your people, O Lord, and give not Your heritage to reproach, that the [heathen] nations should rule over them or use a byword against them. Why should they say among the peoples, Where is their God? 

OUR PURPOSE:

That we as a church will fully develop a heart like Gods

That we will become desperate for the salvation of our family, friends, city, area and world. 

That our nation will turn its heart toward Jesus

Praying, meditating on Gods word, and fasting are all things we should do as individuals, but there are times that God calls us as a church to Fast and pray together. As I prayed about 2014 I really felt impressed to lead the church in a time of Fasting and prayer.

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
What are you expecting God to do
in your life as an individual through this fast?

What type of fast am I going to commit to?

What would you like for the church to pray with you about during this fast?

LAST THOUGHT:

Fasting should always be done in conjunction with prayer and bible meditation. 

   

Coming Soon…blog series on parenting

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For the next few days I thought I would blog on parenting. Maybe some things I’ve learned will help you. Here are some topics…

Parenting is a process

Parenting can be problematic

Parenting with purpose

Parenting purposefully is powerful

Parenting requires prayer

Parenting requires promise

Parenting requires the right pace

Parenting requires planning

Parenting requires playing

Parenting requires proficiency

Parenting requires practical communication

Be watching for these hope they help. No expert, just a parent who has great kids. I’m blessed.

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Proverbs 1:4-6 (msg) To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality. There’s something here also for seasoned men and women, still a thing or two for the experienced to learn-Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.

I’m on vacation, relaxing and enjoying time with my family. I’m having a great time. God is good! Enjoying time with God as well just reading proverbs and wanted to share some thoughts I love that my dad and grandfather taught me as a young man, how important the bible is, and how it’s wisdom can transform and revolutionize our lives.

In this passage that’s what this is saying. These writings are inspired by God and penned by the great king Solomon. What he says is simple. The word of God teaches us how to live, but more than that he reveals the right attitude for growth and development.

No matter if we are young and zealous, beginning to learn about life, thinking we know more than we do, we need to pay attention to the wisdom of God and be teachable.

No matter if we are older, experienced and have faced many issues, there is more for us to learn. More growth and development to be had. Be teachable.

The killer of a persons growth and development, the thing that will stunt it more than any other is the pride and arrogance of thinking we know more than we actually do. I’ve made a commitment to be a life long learner. In my mind that is the key to success. So, let’s be honest about where we are and be open to be taught necessary lessons to achieve Gods purpose.

We don’t know it all, we don’t enough, and the moment we think we do, we’re done.

What are you learning right now?

Uncharted Territory

Remember why the church was established, move beyond our comfort, and let people know what God has done in our lives, and what He can do in their lives.

http://www.harvestokc.com/messages/uncharted-territory-4/

What’s on Your Mind?

Collisions 3:1-2 (AMP)

If Then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.

The bible says in proverbs, as a man thinks in his heart so is he.  We are told many times in the new testament, to put on the mind of Christ.  Romans 12:2, tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, and Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and Strength.

This passage in collossians helps us understand how to grow spiritually, and really how to keep from stunting our spiritual growth.  When we accepted Christ, in symbol we died with Him on the cross and rose with him from the dead.  Our old nature, what the apostle Paul calls the “old man” died when we accepted Jesus sacrifice, and understood that He paid the penalty for our sins.  Just like our “old man” died, our “new man”  now lives with him in reserrection.  Meaning we are the personification of the idea expressed in 2 Corinthians 5:17 If any man be in Christ he is a new creation, old things have passed away, and behold all things have become new.

In truth, we at that moment of salvation are regenerate.  When our faith connects with God, he changes us.  However our old nature, sin nature, carnal nature is at war with that spiritual reserrection and we have to remind ourselves daily that old man is dead.  How?  will we struggle with this forever, boredering on a defeated life foreaver?  Not knowing if we are going to make it spiritually.  No.  Not if we do what this passage says. “Set your minds, and keep them set on what is above.  Meaning godly thoughts, a mind that is transformed and progressively changed as a result of thinking on the word of God, and on Gods plan and purpose for them.  We know that we think on things we allow into our lives.  So what is on your mind today?  Worry?  Stress?  Sin?  trouble?  Gossip?  Failure? Past?

It says, “Set.”  Which means establish, found, consistant.  It implies don’t let anything take your thought life off course?  So two things.  1.  Take the time to meditate, think on Biblical, godly, and purposeful things.  2.  Don’t listen to, follow after, fill your mind with other things.  No fear, just faith.  No gossip, just truth.  No worry, just peace.  No Sin, just righteousness.  No failure, just hope.

What’s on your mind?

 

 

 

 

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?