More Than A Prayer

Matthew 7:21-23

True and False Disciples

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

My heart has been burdened for a while, by many things. There is one that is extremely heavy, because there are many people I know, who I care deeply about, and I am not going to judge anyone, but I do not have a certainty in my spirit that I will see them in Heaven.

When I again read the above passage, my heart ached as some names came to mind.

In the above verses, it is Jesus speaking about who will and will not enter Heaven. Jesus plainly states that only those who do the will of His Father will enter Heaven.

We have the Word of God to guide us in the Will of God for our lives. But many never read God’s Word.

So many people have told me they are Christians, going to Heaven, because at one time they uttered some words asking God to forgive them of sins. Some have even said they ask almost every night for God to forgive them.

The lifestyle of these friends have not changed though. Many still get drunk often, as a way of blocking out life. A number have a promiscuous lifestyle, thinking that will help them find happiness for a while.

Again in the above Scripture, we read of people saying to Jesus, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ And Jesus replied, ”I never knew you, away from me, you evildoers.”

The friends and acquaintances I am thinking of, truly believe that one prayer offered at some time in their life is their ticket to Heaven, they will not even listen or pay attention to anything said beyond that. Going to church, hearing the Gospel preached is never considered. When invited, they are never interested, too busy, or too tired.

I will not judge them, but love them, pray for them, but according to the Scripture above, I do not understand how I will see them to Glory without changes made in their perspective, understanding and lives.

God has done miraculous things, is still doing, and will continue to draw many to Himself, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by Holy Spirit.

So we can never give up on anyone.

God Bless.

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We Still Need Shepherds

At the end of Ezekiel chapter 33, we read that Ezekiel was no longer mute, the Lord gave him his ability to speak again. And we see harsh words that Ezekiel was given to speak.

These words from God, through Ezekiel, bring back memories of my youth, sorry to say.

Ezekiel is told how the flock of God had become prey for every predator in the field, and the shepherds did not go looking for the missing sheep, they took care of themselves only.

How different that is from the Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus, who would leave 99 in the field to go look for one.

Matthew 18:12-14

12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

These shepherds Ezekiel was to speak to, were too busy making sure they were fed and cared for, to be concerned for the sheep.

God then says He is against those shepherds and will take His flock from them.

The shepherd’s role is to care for and protect the sheep at all times. In this age we are in, the Pastors of our fellowships are our shepherds, they are chosen, appointed, anointed by God for that role, and many are true servants of God, and the shepherd of God’s sheep, through the entire time of their calling and ministry.

During pre-teen, and early teen years, I was an avid church attender, excited for Jesus Christ, with a calling and desire to serve Him.

Through a variety of circumstances, in my late teen years, and through my own choices I admit, I wandered from the way of Jesus, into the ways of the world.

How I relate this to the days of Ezekiel, is that no church leader, Pastor, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, attempted to call me to talk, check up on me, or show any concerns at all. Of course I cannot say it positively would have made a difference, but I cannot say it would not have either.

When these memories returned to me while reading Ezekiel, my mind clicked on that to be one reason why I have a concern when regular church attendees no longer are there. Whether they be teens or older, it is important to notice when people are no longer attending services, and check in with them showing we care.

Personally, I do not believe it is the Lead Pastor lonely who has the responsibility of Shepherd alone in these cases. The entire staff, lay leadership, as well as Brothers and Sisters in Christ should be noticing if people we know, sit near, or otherwise encounter, are missing for a noticeable period of time, and call them to see how they are. It could make a tremendous difference in the life of a person.

God Bless

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This is an experience too good not to share, hopefully it will encourage each Christ follower who reads it. I know I am encouraged, challenged, and blessed.

Earlier this week, our daughter took her three children shopping for back – to – school clothes, a fun ritual that many families go through I am sure.

While they were in this one store, Breana, our oldest granddaughter, not quite 13 years old, could not help noticing a young sales clerk working in the dressing room area, with cuts all over her legs.

Breana recognized the meaning and cause of the cuts, mentioning it to her Mom, our daughter, and how sorry she felt for this poor girl.

That night, Breana was praying for this hurting sales clerk, and God spoke to her and said, “Go talk to that girl about Me.”

She felt it best to take a note to give the sales clerk, as she would probably be on duty during the day, and below is the note Breana wrote:

“Hi, I was in Old Navy yesterday shopping and saw you working in the dressing room. Something broke inside me when I noticed the cuts and scars on your legs.

I may not know you, your life or really anything about you or what you might be going through, but I know my God does. So I prayed for you last night and asked God to be with you, to guide you and to give you strength and to help you with everything.

I just want you to know that you are not alone and I care along with many others in your life – especially God. You are so loved. There are many reasons to live and not end it. God sees you as amazing and the potential you have in your life. You’re worth so much to Him.

I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and that everything will turn out eventually.

God Bless

Breana Seiling

P.S. I invite you to visit my church – Waterloo Pentecostal Assembly for our Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome.”

The next morning, Sarah, our daughter, willingly drove Breana up to the mall again to see if the girl was there. Sure enough, in God’s Plan, she was at the desk by herself, no workers or customers near. Breana approached her with the note in an envelope, nervously handed it towards her, saying, “I saw you here yesterday, and noticed what you have been doing. I just wanted to tell you, God Loves you and has a plan for your life. God Bless you. And then Breana left.

We are praying now for the Spirit of God to minister to this young lady in a powerful way, so she will seek Jesus Christ, and know true Abundant Life.

Breana is so tender toward others, and much of it comes from the fact she came from a dysfunctional home, and at age 8 arrived at Matt & Sarah’s home as a foster child. They loved her so much that she is now adopted into our family and we love her equally as much as our other grandchildren.

I know I can learn from this example of listening for God to speak, listening to God when He speaks, and being obedient to what He says by His Spirit.

God Bless.

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First Lie, First Sin, Major Trouble

“And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden, except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God said, ‘You shall not eat from it nor touch it, otherwise you will die.’””

‭‭GENESIS‬ ‭3:2-3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

1st sin against God was not eating the fruit, but was the lie Eve told the serpent. Eve’s lie was telling the serpent that God said to Adam and Eve that if they even touched that certain tree that they were not to eat from, they would die.

How often do we embellish the truth a little bit, to make something sound worse or better, bigger or smaller, than actuality?

Once Eve told that 1st lie, the serpent could use it for his benefit, saying to Eve, “You certainly will not die! For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

If we think a “little white lie” is not serious to God, consider what His Word includes false testimony, lies, in with.

Matthew 15:19

For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Truth in all things is important to God, therefore Truth should be important to all of us, especially Christ Followers.

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The Call

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Ingest, Digest, Live

When we sit down to eat a delicious, sumptuous looking meal, we may admire it for a bit, but then we dig in and eat it. If we are eating at home, we make the cook, (in my case, my wife) happy, or in a friend’s home, the host / hostess is always pleased when friends and guests eat and enjoy what has been prepared.

If eating in a restaurant, I am certain the chef, as well as the owner, would have concerns if meals were returned to the kitchen continually, untouched, but admired, with the customers saying how good the food looks, how nice the restaurant is, but not eating the food.

When we have a plate of food, the plan is to ingest it, which is to take it into our mouths, chew and swallow.

Following that tasty procedure, the food enters the digestive system, travelling through until it arrives in our stomach.

Besides enjoyment and pleasure, the consumption of food is to give us energy and strength, to accomplish the tasks God has arranged for us.

I would now attempt to transfer our thinking to a Spiritual realm. Also, in order to live the lives, and accomplish what God has planned for us, we need to feast on His Word, the Bible. It does absolutely no good to have a Bible, or any number of Bibles sitting on a shelf, in a cupboard or drawer, or even as a coffee table display.

The Word of God, the Bible, needs to be read, meditated on, studied, and most importantly, lived out in our lives.

I do believe, many reading this will pray a short prayer before having a meal, giving thanks to God for His Provision.

As we prepare to read the Bible, we should also pray, asking Holy Spirit to prepare our mind and spirit for what we are about to read, and to help us understand what we read. Since Holy Spirit is the One who inspired the authors of old to write the Bible, He is the Perfect One to help us learn and live what the Bible says.

We can pray for Holy Spirit to place the Helmet of Salvation on our heads, to keep our minds focussed on Jesus Christ, and free from interrupting thoughts.

We can also pray for Holy Spirit to place the Breastplate Of Righteousness upon us, preparing us to take in, understand, apply the Truths of God’s Word to our lives.

Reading the Bible can be compared to “ingesting” the Word Of God, as we take it into our being.

Thinking, meditating, studying the Word of God can be compared to the “digestive system” as the Food of the Word, teaching us about He who is the ‘Bread Of Life” Jesus Christ.

Then the Strength and Energy we receive is to complete God’s call on our lives, as we work, play, be neighbourly, live boldly for Christ, in the Power of Holy Spirit, to the Glory of our Heavenly Father.

The Bible is an exciting Book to read, if you are not already reading the Bible, I invite you to start, in fact I challenge you to start. You will benefit and learn.

If this is a new experience, congratulations on starting. I do suggest, don’t read it like a novel or other book, from the front to back. Go to the Book of Matthew, in the New Testament. That is the second part of the Bible, beginning when Jesus Christ left Heaven for thirty three and a half years to come to earth as a baby, grow into a man, normally in every way except that He never did sin, and He died on a cross for my sins, your sins, the sins of all who ever lived. But three days later this same Jesus Christ walked out of the tomb, victorious over death, then after hundreds of people saw Him, Jesus returned to Heaven to sit at the right side of His and our Heavenly Father. He is coming again, could be anytime. Get ready by asking Jesus to forgive your sins.

God Bless

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Each One Is Important To God

Do we as individuals really realize and accept how important we are to God? The majority of us probably believe we are somewhat important, because God created us. Those who do not believe we are a creation of God, and believe the cosmos just happened, and living creatures evolved through millions of years until the current species of humanity was arrived at, I hope someday you will take some time out of whatever your busy schedule involves, and seek for yourself if the GOD I am speaking of exists, and is the creator of all that is.

I don’t mean to seek just “any god”, as there are many false gods made up by people who create a god in their own image, or the god image they desire. I ask you to seek the true living God, the God of creation, the God who gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to be hung on a cross, to pay the death penalty for our sins, so we are able to have a relationship with Him.

The True Living God hears when we speak to Him, and He answers. I ask you to take some time, take your focus off work, school, self, money, cars, hobbies, etc., and start to talk with God. Talk normally, as if He is sitting in the room with you, because, the Holy Spirit Of God is with you there, He is everywhere. Don’t ask me to explain the omnipresence of God, but I believe it, I accept it, and I know that wherever I go, Holy Spirit is there.

Now, back to the initial part of this writing, of our importance to God, our Creator, and Jesus Christ, who willingly came to earth from the Glories of Heaven to die for us, and become our Saviour, if we only ask forgiveness of our sins ask Jesus into our lives.

Many years ago, when I was a pre-teen, I was a steady church goer with my family, and I did make a decision to ask Jesus Christ to forgive me if my sins, and I gave my life to Him. I knew, and I still know for a fact, that Jesus forgave me at that time, and He started to give me direction for my life, which I followed for a number of years.

It was in my mid to late teen years, I started to wander away, doing things my way, giving in to school peer pressure.

Even though I did many things against the Will of God, and knew that I was hurting Jesus, God instilled some safeguards in my body that I am so thankful for. One safeguard from God, was that whenever I drank alcohol, I was sick to my stomach, so that prevented abusing alcohol or my body that way.

At one stage during those turbulent years, I hung out with a group of guys and we played cards every weekend. That part was always fun, until some started excessively drinking, and some started using drugs. Due to another God instilled safeguard, fear, I never attempted to use drugs at all. The turning point in me changing friendships again, was the one night when a few of the guys got high on drugs, crawling around the floor, barking and fighting like dogs. I was never associated with any of them again.

A number of years I was hanging out by myself, in crowds, such as roller skating, hockey games, bowling etc..

Then I met a wonderful lady while bowling, and over a few years we fell in love (me first), and got married.

A couple of years past, and we were blessed with a great son. It was about that time, as I reflect over the years, that Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, left the ninety-nine sheep in the pen, and came looking for me, the one sheep who had wandered away, getting lost, not knowing where I was Spiritually, or what was ahead. A few years later we were blessed again, this time with a beautiful daughter.

For this part of my story I reflect on the following passage from the Bible, God’s Word.

Luke 15:3-7

3 Then Jesus told them this parable:

4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?

5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders

6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Jesus Christ came looking for me, and He knew exactly where to look, because He is Omniscient, (All Knowing).

Jesus Christ knows exactly where each person reading this is also. He knows where you are physically, as well as spiritually, emotionally, mentally.

Jesus is calling you, if you are not already with Him, He has great Love for you. He died for you.

When Jesus came out to the wilderness where I was, He called my name, gently picking me up and carrying me back to the sheep fold.

He will do the same for anyone reading this.

Recently, we have been singing a fantastic song in church which as ministered to me, causing me to reflect again the Great Love God has for each of us, and upon my life, and God Caring for me, giving His Son to die for me, and coming after me, carrying me back to His place reserved for me, so I could serve Him again as He leads.

This song indicated is called “Reckless Love” By Cory Asbury, and is available for viewing on YouTube.

Please consider seriously all that has been written.

God Bless.

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