Don’t Quit-Remain Confident in Him!

#DontQuit

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Have you been feeling that this is just too much for you?  Don’t give in to that feeling. He is with us even in the hardest times in our lives. We have confidence in Him that we can and will grow in His grace and knowledge. We have confidence in Him that we are being transformed.  It is a race of endurance like a triathlon.  When one initially decide that they are going to take part in a triathlon and become a triathlete it is grueling.  The training is intense.  Every muscle in your body will scream STOP!!!! You will have doubts and fears that you can complete the rigor of this training.  You are concerned that you will not be able to transform you body into the type of body that can do at the level of physical rigor needed for a triathlon.  At some point you will have to decide if you will endure the training or quit trying.  So, you decide that you will continue because this is important to you.  You enter your first race.  You are competing against people who are well versed in this event.  You make the mistake of comparing their years with your inexperience and you begin to doubt the training that you have received.  You press on.  The event begins and you experience challenges.  You begin to realize that a triathlon is an event of endurance as well as skill. Mid-way through the race you once again assess the level of your commitment to this race. Do you quit now because every muscle in your body is screaming for you to quit or do you endure to the end?

The spiritual race is the same.  As we walk, talk, and grow in the Lord we are prepping of spiritual body for the race ahead.  Obstacles and warfare rages in the background that we are not fully aware of. The Holy Spirit is interceding on our behalf.  Angels are combating demonic forces and the bastions of hell that are determined to discourage you. The do We-s!

  1. Do we run this race with endurance?
  2. Do we trust God to transform our mind and spirit into the person He wants us to be?
  3. Do we lose focus and begin to compare ourselves among ourselves – and become discouraged because we think that someone else is light years away from us spiritually?
  4. Do we look at ourselves with our human eyes and become discouraged because we do not see the perfection in us that we see in others? [No human being is perfect-no human being will ever see the full measure of the growth in us as God sees us.]
  5. Do we become discouraged when the sin that we have struggled with rears its ugly head – anger, gossiping, drinking-to excess, gluttony etc., self-reliance?

The list is very long as long as we see ourselves as fleshly human beings and as long as we compare ourselves among ourselves we will always stay discouraged.  Yes, people can see our growth because they can see the spiritual fruit on our spiritual trees. The fact that there is fruit on the tree at all is evidence that we are growing. Don’t Quit.  The spiritual race is for our benefit and the benefit of others who will hear our story and accept Christ. Let Christ strengthen you as you “live” life because He is confident that you will finish this race and finish well!!

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Go, going, gone?

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:16-20 (KJV).

 

Jesus’s final words to his disciples before ascending into Heaven are recorded for us at the end of Matthew’s gospel.  These instructions are often referred to as “The Great Commission” and lay out the work that Jesus left for his followers, back then and today, until his return. Reading these instructions in our modern English, it seems that there is an emphasis on the word “go.” We must remember, however, that the Bible wasn’t written originally in English, it was written in Greek.The construction of the passage in its original language can help us better understand what was being said. Without getting into a lesson on biblical Greek it is enough to know that the imperative (or command) in the Great Commission is “make disciples.”One could read the sentence as, “Make disciples as you go…” The Great Commission assumes that Jesus’s disciples will go about their lives, going to work, going to school, going to cookouts with their neighbors, etc. and instructs them (and us) to be about the business of making disciples as we are going. Just as the grace of God touches every part of our daily lives, so should the Great Commission (Pastor Henry Criss 2017, Week 4-Day & Of Prayer Journal).

Note that the verse does not denote nor connote gone.  The going is a life long pursuit for we will not reach every human being on planet earth before Christ returns – Revelations demonstrates that.

The “going” part of this commandment has been the most contentious command within the gospels. I have seen people become belligerent when as if they are going. I have seen people become abusive when asked if they will share while they are going about life.

I have seen people just refuse to talk or even think about sharing the most precious gift that they have ever received in their lives, as they are going about life, playing games in social media, and chatting with total strangers in social media.  We will talk about anything but Jesus and His shed blood for us.  I was not sure why that would be until I was reminded what true discipleship looks like in a Christian’s life. Listen to this sermon I hope that it will have the same impact on your life that it did on mine.  It reminded me that we cannot expect children [a Christian who is still a baby Christian] to do the same things that a parent [A Christian who is at the parent level in their walks with Christ] can and will do! As you listen to the sermon think about where you are in the cycle of a Christian’s life and pray for the Lord to reveal to you how you can grow from one stage to another. Then pray for Him to send someone who is will to “disciple” you so you can grow from one stage to another.

 

Who am I and where am I going?

“I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” (John 14:6).

Belief in Jesus Christ as the only way to eternity, the triune God as the embodiment of truth and repentance of my sins before my heavenly Father is my confession of faith it places me in the Family of God.

Repentance of my sins?

This requires me to see myself as separated from God because of who I am and what my life has been up to the point of repentance.  It requires me to comprehend/diagnose my spirit man. not just emotionally, but within the deep recesses of my soul that I am:

  1. Sinful – my only cure is Jesus
  2. Guilty of breaking all of God’s laws and should receive the punishment which is – eternal separation from God – death – to be dead to Him eternally.
  3. In need of redemption: to be freed from the will and desire to live as I choose. Jesus is that redeemer. Christ died for me on the cross. He is my redeemer, in other words, He died so I would not have to.  After accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior, my Redeemer, my God something happens to me.
  4. Now I have been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. He calls me free.

“You will know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32).

But free from what?

  1. Free from the condemnation of the law of God that called me guilty, judged, and imprisoned by sin.
  2. Free from the imprisonment that sin placed on my life.
  3. Free from being separated from God eternally.
  4. Free from eternal death.
  5. Freedom from fear – I can trust God to be my protector at all times and in all circumstances. Nothing will ever happen to me that He does not know about and cannot fix!
  6. Free to love my neighbors.
  7. Free from societal morays that constrict how I see my “neighbor.”
  8. Free from the political boundaries of this world that try to confine me to love only people from my locale or culture.  Why? Because in Christ every living human being is my brother, sister, or at the Bible says, “neighbor.”  The freedom to love as God loves is the most outrageous experience that I experienced.
  9. Free from the clutches of hate. This world is permeated by hate and that comes only from the devil.
  10. Free from worry – because God is my provider.

Alright, so what if I am free? This type of freedom frees your mind, your heart, and your soul to love in a way that is not humanly possible without being a child of God who is filled with the Holy Spirit. No social activist, no politician, or political party, or act of congress can legislate this type of freedom. It comes only from being a part of the Family of God.

Where am I going – not that I am so free and so loved?

First of all, I am asking my Heavenly Father to send me out to share this freedom news with my neighbors. To tell them how they can be free from sin too.  Secondly, I know that when I close my eyes I will be living with the eternal Family of God where God dwells. I will bot be separated from Him eternally. I will not be going to hades/hell.  Call it what you may, living eternally in a place where there is no peace is not what I want for me, my children, my friends, or my neighbors.

“Who hath saved [me] and called [me] with a holy calling, not according to [my] works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given [me] in Christ Jesus before the world began.” (2 Timothy 1:9).

Imagine that. He knew me before I was even thought of by my parents.  But more importantly, He had a plan of redemption for me before sin entered this world. He loved me so that He sent His one and only Son to die for my sins. So, do you want to know where you are going? Do you want to be free?  Watch this video and contact us right here on this page.

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