“MONDAY MORNING GROAN” Jan. 7

An excellent read!

A DEVOTED LIFE

“And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground,for out of it you were taken; for you are dust,and to dust you shall return.”  Genesis 3:17-19

man holding hoe Photo by Rodolfo Clix on Pexels.com

I do not till the soil nor do I cultivate seeds. I am not a farmer.
I am not a rancher. I do not graze livestock nor do I breed cattle.
My wages do not come from agriculture.

My wages are derived…

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Evangelism over Email?! Part 2: C (again). October 30th, 2018

Be Reconciled To God

I am getting around to writing this a lot later than I thought I would. My apologies! There have been many changes in my life over this past month. To be short and sweet, I will say that I am headed home to America tomorrow, and I am ENGAGED! His name is Zach, and he has been featured in some of my posts (and is probably reading this now… ha!). I ask that you please pray for our relationship as we prepare for marriage. Without further ado, I will begin to tell you about when I shared the Gospel with C (again).

As I have said in my previous post, this is far from my preferred method of sharing the Gospel. I did so with a lot of fear in my heart– a lot can be misinterpreted with written words. I tried very hard to be transparent…

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KNOWLEDGE – HOW WE USE IT

Philippians 1:9-11

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,

11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God.

 In the world today knowledge is seen to be, thought to be, and is, a good thing.

In Christian circles knowledge of the Bible and Jesus is also thought to be good, and it is. It is necessary to remember though, that we have been given this knowledge and have learned it for a purpose.

In the above stated Scripture, Paul prays for the recipients of the letter, that their love will abound in knowledge and depth of insight. This love that Paul writes of means we are to love God for Who He is, and also to love man, because man is made in the image of God. He does not stop there, and he continues on with reasoning for this by saying “so that”.

The words “so that” then lead us into the reason for having the knowledge. The reason for having this knowledge starts off by saying ‘so we may be able to discern what is best.’ Discerning what is best, I believe, means that our thoughts, words and actions are in line with the Word of God. There are many things to be done that are “good”, but we are to discern what is ”best”.

After Paul says ‘being able to discern what is best’, he says “and” that we ‘may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.’ He completes the statement by then continuing in his prayer that we will be “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.”

WOW!! Paul says to be pure and blameless. On our own we know we cannot do that, but we have the Holy Spirit within us to guide us. Also the Holy Spirit will convict us each time we sin, and lead us to repent of the sin to Jesus.

When we are living our lives under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, our acts will be considered fruit of the Righteousness of Jesus within us. All good fruit comes from God, so every good act we do is evidence of God within us, and working in us to touch others.

We will never exhaust the fruit within us, because it is of God and He will continue to pour more into us as we give to others.

All is done for the glory of God, because He is worthy and deserving of it.

God Bless.

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Love In The Fruit

I am certain many, or most, if not all who read this know the Fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians chapter 5.

Recently, a group of seven, including our lead Pastor, started an intercessory Prayer group to meet once a month to pray for our church, Pastors and congregation.

There has been another group meeting once a month for a few years, and a couple more to start in New Year. Each Saturday morning will then be a time of prayer for the following day, and for those involved.

Before the first meeting of this group took place, the leader asked each person to seek God, see what God is saying to our church, and share it on the Saturday. Much Godly Wisdom came forth, as to where the church was, is, and is going. As long as we seek and obey God, we will see many prophecies fulfilled.

Back to Galatians chapter five, and a few things that stood out to me.

Holy Spirit is who produces His Fruit in our lives. We cannot produce good healthy Spiritual Fruit on our own.

In the flesh, we can do many things that appear good, the same as many persons who are not Christ Followers do things to help others, and their lives seem good.

I believe there is a major difference though. These are Fruit of the Spirit we are discussing. Holy Spirit is God. God is Love. Therefore I take it that the base, or cause of action in each Fruit of the Spirit is Godly Love.

Let’s look at a few as examples. When something is delayed in life, or held back from us, what is our reaction? It is possible to appear calm and quiet on the outside, while speaking to someone about the situation, but be boiling on the inside.

I believe if we have Patience as a Fruit of the Spirit, the Love of God will be at the base of the Patience, and we will look at the situation through the eyes of Jesus, and see what benefit this delay can be. Perhaps there is someone nearby who Holy Spirit will direct us to go and speak to, or perhaps it will be a quiet time when God desires to speak with us.

How about “kindness” as a Fruit of the Spirit? It is possible, and many non Christ followers are kind people. Again though, what is the motive or reason behind the acts of kindness? As a Christ follower, our reasons should be to sincerely be a blessing to others, and to Glorify God. When our actions are God centred, they are Love centred, and there should be no thoughts as to how we may benefit because of our actions.

In going through each of the Fruit listed in Galatians 5:22-26, consider each one, with God’s Love as the base, and purpose for our actions.

Galatians 5:22-26 NLT

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; and here there is no conflict with Jewish laws. Those who belong to Christ have nailed their natural evil desires to his cross and crucified them there. If we are living now by the Holy Spirit’s power, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Then we won’t need to look for honors and popularity, which lead to jealousy and hard feelings.

God Bless.

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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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