Mega Church Vs. Home Church

It is truly an incredible blessing to have a pastor who could easily follow the recent trend and form a mega church, but who instead desires intimate discipleship and fellowship and to see God move powerfully through us, to love and serve practically the community and one another. It’s not about numbers, it’s about making solid, strong disciples. He’d rather have ten on fire for Jesus, than ten thousand faithful church service attendees who are not on fire for the Lord.

Many (not all) pastors are so concerned about bringing in the masses that they neglect the few they have now, thinking a forty minute sermon is enough when truly, christianity is about family; extremely close relationships with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, being there for one another, holding each other accountable, building each other up. It’s not about spoon-feeding a message and then going about your day. I think a lot of these pastors have unwittingly turned church into a business rather than a loving and close-knit community of transformed lives.

Family, pray. I hope you aren’t in a church with leadership that doesn’t truly care tenderly for the flock. I pray you’re involved with a group of believers that meet at someone’s home, where it is more intimate and people can receive prayer and deliverance and personal encouragement, not just an often times generic sermon for thousands.

If you don’t have that, maybe pray about starting one of your own. That’s how the first church did things. They met at people’s homes and built strong relationships with their family in Christ and truly loved one another. Jesus said the world will know we’re His disciples by the way we love one another. But how can we do that in a mega-church setting where you go to service and then leave right after? Unless you serve there, then it becomes a little more intimate but even then, it’s not like you’re truly getting built up and ministering to each other, you are serving others which is great, but the body of Christ is supposed to build each other up too.

This close friendship and accountability is largely missing in our current church culture, but it is vital to our growth in the faith and in love. What do you think? Do you agree? Are you apart of a large church and feeling lonely? Are you in the service-attending routine, but don’t have genuine, close friendships with other believers that you can confess to and count on? Or are you also apart of a wonderful and thriving home church?

As the end draws near, the day gets darker. I highly doubt when anti-Christ shows his true colors there will still be public church buildings. I believe the church will be forced to go underground, like many today and in the days of the apostles. What a tragedy it will be if you have no one to cling to in that time, no one you know who has an open home for believers to gather together. I pray you find that, or create your own home church before it’s too late.

Liberals Should Change Their Label To Totalitarians

As the Day draws near—the End of this existence as we know it—hate will grow more and more pervasive. It’s already been poisoning our Land of the Free for decades, but now, unlike ever before, it is becoming an epidemic.

Everyone points at the obvious, outright display of hatred by terrorists in Iraq and Gaza, but what about America’s freedom terrorists? What about those who try to murder you and gag you with their words because you profess a belief they do not agree with?

Sure, Christians here aren’t being slaughtered—yet—but we are being hated in other ways, and losing our inalienable rights. We are being forced out of the public. Our beliefs are being trampled upon, our sacred holiness and reverence for God is being fought with great force by many Liberal thinkers, which truly, they should change their label to totalitarians, because they vehemently oppose any who do not share their opinions and work with zeal to silence their nonconformist enemies.

They want to strip us of our freedom of speech, our freedom of thought and opinion, and want us to conform to their immorality. They will stop at nothing to seize our rights. They are much the like Capital in Hunger Games, they are Fidel Castro-like, they are vicious enemies of free thought. They promise freedom while all the while passionately attempting to snatch it from the people. They are lovers of their own puffed up selves, believing their ideas must be manifested in every American citizen or else persecution will be delivered, and freedom withdrawn.

They are the worst of hypocrites, pointing fingers at opposing parties and slandering them, portraying them as the enemies of freedom when truly, they are the minions of Communism and Uniformity.

They are the most racist of all. While claiming to love blacks, they take our money and As the Day draws near, the End of this existence as we know it, hate will grow more and more pervasive. It’s already been poisoning our Land of the Free for decades, but now, unlike ever before, it is becoming an epidemic.

Everyone points at the obvious, outright display of hatred by terrorists in Iraq and Gaza, but what about America’s freedom terrorists? What about those who try to murder you and gag you with their words because you profess a belief they do not agree with?

Sure, Christians here aren’t being slaughtered—yet—but we are being hated in other ways, and losing our inalienable rights. We are being forced out of the public. Our beliefs are being trampled upon, our sacred holiness and reverence for God is being fought with great force by many Liberal thinkers, which truly, they should change their label to totalitarians, because they vehemently oppose any who do not share their opinions and work with zeal to silence their nonconformist enemies.

They want to strip us of our freedom of speech, our freedom of thought and opinion, and want us to conform to their immorality. They will stop at nothing to seize our rights. They are much the like Capital in Hunger Games, they are Fidel Castro-like, they are vicious and enemies of free thought. They promise freedom, while all the while passionately attempting to snatch it from the people. They are lovers of their own puffed up selves, believing their ideas must be manifested in every American citizen or else persecution will be delivered and freedom withdrawn. They are the worst of hypocrites, pointing fingers at opposing parties and slandering them, portraying them as the enemies of freedom. Truly, they are minions of Communism and Uniformity. They are the most racist of all. While claiming to love blacks, they passionately support an industry birthed with the purpose of exterminating blacks through abortions (Planned Parenthood). While claiming to love women, they support a procedure (abortion) that triples their risk of contacting breast cancer. While professing to love children and education, they create a Common Core Curriculum designed to seize children from free opinion and conform their thinking so they can be more easily manipulated as adults.

We have an even worse terrorist group in America. One that guises themselves as Freedom Lovers and Givers, but secretly, they concoct ways to enslave their citizens for the benefit of their pockets. And we continue electing them, continue to give them power to strip away ours.

But all of this has been prophesied. All of this is inevitable. This world has allowed itself to be deceived and thus, we all will reap the consequences.

But thank God, Jesus Christ offers true freedom in the midst of this world of slavery. Freedom from sin, freedom from death, and freedom from hell. To all who repent of their sinful ways and accept Him as Lord and Savior, He will give the power of true freedom. And then one day, He will return for we who are free and He will make all things right once and for all.

God Is Good. To Say Otherwise Is Denial.

It is so blasphemous to denounce God, to slander His character as evil. If we had not even a sentence of His Word to prove otherwise, we have the evidence of His goodness in creation. There are too many to point out, but a few that came to mind this morning:

Infants and children.

When a child is born, it is helpless. It is in need of constant support and love in order to survive. The very reality of this undeniable truth shows that God desires to teach every human being the principle of unconditional love and sacrifice. He does not have children born ready to walk and speak and eat on their own. They are not born as able-bodied adults. If God cared not for sacrifice and love, He would have all humans born ready to survive. But God is too compassionate and caring. He wants us to know what it is to love and sacrifice for someone who cannot love and sacrifice for us.

Taste-buds.

We do not need taste-buds in order to survive. We do not need to enjoy food and drink, it is a mere blessing and act of kindness on God’s behalf to design us in such a way that we can enjoy something as basic and essential as food every day of our lives.

Flowers.

There’s no point to them. They’re just beautiful and smell wonderful. God didn’t have to make this world beautiful for us to merely survive. This world is magnificently gorgeous and there is absolutely no need for it. But God is beautiful so He makes beautiful things, and He blesses us with beauty just because He is good and wants us to experience and enjoy it.

Butterflies.

God’s gentleness is shown through these fluttery, dainty creatures that can only tickle you. They just fly around with their paper-thin wings and look pretty.

Puppies.

They don’t need to be so adorable. But God just makes them that way so we can feel warm and fuzzy when we see them and cuddle with them. Again, pretty pointless to make animals adorable and such great companions too. Many dogs are insanely faithful and forgiving. They are “man’s best friend,” and they don’t discriminate, but God didn’t have to make them that way. But God is also a friend to any who are willing to befriend Him. He is not only a Ruler though He has every right and all the power in the universe to just be a Master and leave it at that, but He’s kind and desires friendship with His creation.

God is good. To say otherwise is to lie, being blinded by pride and willfully choosing to ignore His goodness that surrounds us every day.

What elements of His good character do you notice in creation?

Abortions Galore Because The Government Loves Women Sooo Much

Who in the blazes does this government think they are? To try and force people to financially support the vile act of abortion, to institute such lawless evil and enforce it upon those with a moral conscience toward God Almighty? Does not the Declaration of Independence say EVERYONE has a right to LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Everyone but innocent children in their mother’s womb of course.

At conception, there’s human DNA yet many lie and says it’s merely a clump of tissue. They MUST lie in order to ease their conscience from the heinous act of murdering an innocent life, literally tearing its limbs apart by use of metal sticks, scrambling the baby to pieces as its heart-rate climbs in fear and pain. But no, we must not let the mothers know what we are doing, so when we yank out the tiny decapitated head we will call it “number 1.”

Look this up, these are facts friends. The abortion industry BANKS so the government in their greed wants more and more and more of it. They can care less that abortion doubles a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer and then triples and continues to increase the chances after multiple abortions. They don’t care that many women have nightmares afterwards and that suicide rates go up for women after they’ve aborted. They don’t want women to know about FREE PREGNANCY CENTERS that help women with unplanned pregnancy, paying for all their prenatal visits and then help them find a loving adoptive family to take their child when he or she is born.

No. They don’t want women to know that because they do not CARE about women or children, they only care about their bank account!

I’m A Worldly Christian And Proud! Don’t Judge Me!

If we look like the world, talk the like world, act like the world, how is Christ’s light shining through us? Should we not be different? Should we not allow Christ to cleanse us from the inside out? If people only know you’re a Christian when you tell them you’re one, can it be that Christ’s light is being hidden by the darkness of worldliness in your life?

“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”-James 4:4

But how many mix the holy with the profane? God despises such mixing. It is considered Baal worship. When the Israelites adopted the customs of those around them, God was angry with them. He calls us to be holy which literally means “set apart.”

Now if the world loves you, and loves being around you, could it be that your life affirms their darkness rather than convicts it, so they feel safe and comfortable around you?

Jesus said:

“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” (John 3:19-21)

If darkness is loving hanging around you, do you really have the light of Christ? Sinners who love their sin wouldn’t want to be close friends with you because your holiness would convict them.

When talking to his non-believing brothers, Jesus said:

“The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.” (John 7:7)

Certainly, the world doesn’t hate men like Carl Lentz and Rich Wilkerson Jr. because they don’t testify that their works are evil. They just “accept them” and “don’t tell them to change,” so they get this false sense of peace that God accepts them so they can keep sinning, but visit church on Sunday and it’s all good.

Celebrities indulging in themselves and blaspheming God feel comfortable being close buddies with men of this sort because they don’t feel “judged.” They can be having sex with their girlfriend, cussing, getting drunk, and their pastor friends won’t say a word, but will just “love them.”

A part of love is telling people the truth about their sin and actually caring that they’re on the road to hell unless they repent. Of course we want them to change because we don’t want them to burn in hell! We want their soul to be spared! We want them to walk in freedom and victory over their sin. How is patting them on the back and turning a blind eye to their sinful ways loving? Does not the bible say God disciplines the ones He loves and that judgement begins in the house of God?

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (I Peter 4:17, 18)

Do we not care that God will judge and condemn them for their unrepentant sins? That’s why these pastors get me so upset. They equate love with acceptance when yes, Christ accepted anyone who repented and turned to Him and He warned them to, “go and sin no more.” He wasn’t blind to their sin, He called it out in love, telling them to continue in it no longer because the bible says sin brings death.

I pray pastors get bold, get filled with the Spirit, and speak the whole truth, even the unpopular ones, so that people might repent upon hearing and be saved.

How To Be A Powerful Christian

Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. And if you address as Father the One who judges impartially based on each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your temporary residence. For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was chosen before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:13-21 HCSB)

Holiness isn’t a very popular teaching. I think many churches are big on God’s grace (which they twist to mean forgiveness and blindness), and His love.

However, they teach His love as something shallow. Many preachers equate God’s forgiveness with His love and end there. They do not talk about how He disciplines those whom He loves, and how His love is what carries us through the various trials we will face. They steer clear of common biblical truths like tribulations and the expectation of holiness in those professing Christ as Savior. And we see the outcome of this willful avoidance: worldly, weak, and ignorant Christians who rather than growing to a place of holiness and powerful transformation, remain as infants who regularly attend service on Sunday, maybe hang out for a little after, and then go about doing whatever they want.

God is not pleased with mere church-goers. He’s looking for powerful witnesses. (Side note: power comes from the Holy Spirit, but sin puts a lid on the flow of His power through the believer’s life.)

If we are trained up to be holy, to fear God, and to obey Him, this is where power derives. It is not derived from repetitious and shallow sermons on God’s grace and love. It is the hard work of practically removing sin from your life, renewing your mind by delving into the Scriptures daily, rejecting your old lusts, disciplining yourself in prayer, and allowing yourself to be discipled by godly believers.

I promise you: power will not come from attending services twice a week. It will not come by just doing charitable events. It must come from what I previously described.

1.) Genuine repentance

Real repentance isn’t a simple “sinner’s prayer.” It is choosing to side with God, and confess that you’re wrong, and He’s right. It is choosing to walk away from the sins in your life, and chasing after Christ and His righteousness.

2.) Mind renewal

Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1, 2 HCSB)

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV)

When you choose to open up the bible and let God teach you, you will discover His word is alive. It will reveal any wicked motives or thoughts you may have so you can renounce them and replace them with the wholesome teaching of Christ. It will expose any false beliefs you have that are of the world and satan, and renew your mind to believe the truth and nothing but the truth.

Also, getting into His Word will show you what God’s will for every area of your life is. You will receive wisdom and not be a wave tossed to-and-fro by everyone’s unbiblical opinions. You will know what your God wants from you.

3.) Rejecting your former lusts

Now that you’ve repented and accepted Christ as both Savior and Lord, and thus have received His Holy Spirit, and now that you’ve been reading the bible, whenever satan tempts you with things of the past, you reject those things by the power of the Holy Spirit and by knowing the truth. The bible teaches:

I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh … those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires … Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16, 24, 25 HCSB)

4.) Being disciplined in prayer

Jesus was a straight prayer warrior! The bible says He would always go to a mountain and spend hours in prayer. Sometimes all night! Now if God in the flesh prayed that much, how can we think we’re good if we pray five minutes a day? Do you think that’s “fervent” prayer (James 5)?

If you’re a new Christian, from one day to one year walking with Christ, I’m not saying you must pray five hours a day. I don’t even pray that long. However, you should be building your prayer muscles, meaning, over time, you should see that you pray longer and more often, and desire to pray more. Think of prayer like this:

In the military, there’s a General, he plans the strategy of attack, and then there’s a colonel. The colonel gets the orders and leads a group of soldiers. God is our commander, and we are His colonels. We go to Him for orders, and then we lead others to victory. But what happens if we do not go to our Commander for help? How will we be victorious without His aid? A weak prayer life equals a weak Christian. A strong prayer life equals a strong Christian.

5.) Get discipled

Even colonels aren’t called to war on their own. The body of Christ, the church, is called to battle together as one. We do life together. You pray and read on your own, but you also pray and study the word together. You serve and preach together (Jesus sent His disciples out in pairs). You eat together. You share everything. You hold one another accountable. This is real church. It’s not sitting in a service for an hour and then leaving. It’s family.

When you become a Christian, you become a part of the family of God. We all need each other to grow. We all have something to bring to the table, and bring we must. The bible teaches that our gifts are not for us, or even for the world, but for the church. Our gifts are meant to build up and encourage other Christians. They are not to entertain others, to receive accolades, or riches. They are for our family in Christ, and if we refuse to share and use our gifts for them and thus for God, we will be judged for that.

So these are the essentials in becoming holy, in becoming a powerful weapon of righteousness, useful for Christ.

Do you wanna be mighty for God, in the front lines of battle, shaking the gates of hell alongside your brothers and sisters, or do you want to be in the side-lines, or worse, a lone ranger who eventually gets shot down and buried?

As always, the choice is yours.

A Divine Appointment With A 72-year-old Woman

Blown away by God’s love and pursuit of a 72-year-old woman.

Just had a Jesus and the woman at the well experience; how Jesus made sure He passed through Samaria so He could reach that one woman, who in turn, told her whole town about Him, and many were saved.

My experience with this 72-year-old woman also reminded me of the parable Jesus taught about how the shepherd leaves the 99 in search of the one. I played back everything that brought me to that room where she and I were alone, and was so touched by God’s love and pursuit of her.

I needed an oil change for a long time, and kinda forgot about it until hubby reminded me this morning. So, after I dropped him off at work, I drove to Roberto’s shop. He was too busy so I went for option two: a Jewish mechanic in another city a good 25 minutes away, but then remembered it’s the Sabbath so he’s closed.

As I’m driving, I look to the left and see a shop I’ve never-ever seen before, “Mac Auto,” across the street from Roberto’s. It didn’t look half as packed as his so I give my dad a holler, and he says to go for it, that’ll it likely be around $30 to $35 bucks.

I go, and it’s actually $15 and change! The guy, Pablo, said I didn’t need the more expensive ones for my ’03 Toyota (I know, a mechanic who didn’t try to up-sale me. So the Lord!).

Anyhow, Pablo says it’ll be an hour-and-a-half wait. So I give my sister a ring, who lives nearby, and ask if she can scoop me up. She says sure, that she’ll come after prayer.

So Pablo points out the waiting room, and in I go. Seconds after, a woman comes in. As I read my Bible on my phone, we sit in silence. I don’t have that compelling prodding of the Holy Spirit to speak to her, so I pray a prayer in my mind, asking something I usually ask, but also for something I never ask; something like this:

Lord, if you desire me to minister to her, open the door of conversation, give me the words, but let me grow a love for her.

See, since I didn’t get that prodding, I wanted to tell her whatever Christ wanted me to tell her and that it would be from love, not obligation. If I had opened my mouth right then and there, it would have been from obligation to preach the gospel, a duty, rather than a service of love.

So after about ten minutes of silence, Pablo comes and closes the door, which causes the woman to ask, “Why did he shut the door?”

I, knowing God is up to something, go with it. “Well, there is A/C in here.” I stood and turned down the wall-unit. “Thank God it’s not as hot out today.”

“Well the heat is better than up North. I couldn’t take it up there.”

We begin talking about where she’s from and then something amazing happens: she tells me things that cause compassion to instantly rise in my heart. She continues, and more compassion floods in. She is from the Rosa Parks era. She said she was worse than Rosa Parks, and never sat on the back of the bus. She mentioned a few more things that just caused me to grow a love for her—the love Christ has for her.

And so my opportunity came. I told her about the Holy Spirit, a little about how He changed me, the necessity of Christian fellowship, of Christian family (she had been raised in the church, and enjoyed a very close fellowship of sacrificial love and what she called a “melting pot” of believers in her old neighborhood). But after moving here, she went to the church buildings and experienced a lot of politics and emotional abuse from false prophets and money-hungry goons.

Interestingly enough, hubby and I no longer attend a service at a building, but just gather at a home where there’s food, prayer, worship, study, fellowship and accountability. We are like a family. I was able to share this with her and she even allowed me to pray over her. From all that she’s been through, and the way she reacted to a rowdy customer, I knew she was a tough woman. But after the prayer, she had tears in her eyes, and I saw a softening in her heart.

And this is the God I serve. Jesus Christ is exactly who He said He is: the Good Shepherd who came to seek and to save the lost, to heal the sick, and to set the captive free. She needed emotional healing, and I believe this may have been the start of that process.

To think, she is 72-years-old, no longer in deep community with the church, and here Jesus pursues her and reminds her of His love for her, the importance of Christian fellowship, and who knows what else. But He didn’t look at her age and go, “Eh, there’s younger folks out there who have more time. I’ll focus on them.” He doesn’t discriminate based on outward appearance. He searches the heart, and draws all people to Himself. Not all will come when they hear Him call, but some will, and even if it’s just one, He will make time for that precious soul.

This is me, mind-blown at Christ’s love for a 72-year-old woman.

Repent or Die.

If we are truly in Christ, if we have repented (turned away from our sins) and put our trust in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for our sins, and His resurrection from the grave to deliver us from the power of sin and death, and simply obey His teachings, we should not be struggling with sin.

I make this bold proclamation on the basis of many scriptures, and I am firmly convinced that when we struggle with lust, or envy, or selfishness, it is because we are literally believing lies Satan has/is whispering in our minds.

Quick reminders from Jesus before I go deep with you:

And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:18-20)

“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44)

When we sin as born-again disciples of Jesus Christ, it is only for one reason: we have walked away from the Truth.

Check it:

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:31, 32, 34-36)

Many of us professing Christians in America are believing false gospels. They’re quite subtle, they sound close to the truth, but they are not the truth. If Jesus just said those who sin are slaves and won’t “stay in the house forever” that is, go to heaven, but only the sons will—those who are “free indeed” from the power of sin—then we really need to contemplate what gospel we have believed. I guarantee you, the majority believe this gospel:

“We are all sinners. Christ came and died for sinners. If we confess and say a prayer, we will be “saved” from hell and get to go to heaven. However, we will still struggle and sin, but God will always forgive us no matter what.”

This is false doctrine. Jesus Himself just said everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin, and that sinners will not live with Him forever. He also said that His true disciples remain in His Word, and that the Truth of His Word sets them free. 1 John 3:8 says Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, that is, Jesus came to destroy sin. He didn’t die, resurrect, and then give us His Holy Spirit just so we can keep struggling with sin! That’s nonsense! It doesn’t even make sense! If that were the case, all of these verses will be contradictory lies:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”-Colossians 1:29

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)

If being born-again in Christ and being filled with His Spirit meant we would still struggle with sin, then the verses should read: “I can do almost all things through Christ who gives me strength,” or “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength—except stop sinning completely.” Or “I labor with Christ’s strength that is not all-powerful and so it only works sorta powerfully within me.”

And if we have the mind of Christ, does Christ lust after women or men? Does he desire to watch porn, or lie, or cheat, or cuss? If we have His mind, will we think perverted thoughts? Of course we wouldn’t! Christ is perfectly pure and holy, completely sinless. This is why the Bible says we are blameless in Christ. If someone sins, are they without blame? That’s contradictory, is it not?

You might say, “But Natasha, what about these pastors and great men and women of God who end up sinning and fall away from the faith. Were they never saved?”

To that I reply, we can, at any moment, choose to walk away from Christ. When we become disciples of Jesus, that doesn’t mean we turn into robots without free-will. That is why the bible warns many times for Christians to “endure to the end,” to “stand firm” to “persevere” to “resist Satan.” God wants devoted followers, not short-lived ones; how will they be able to remain faithful for all eternity if they can’t for their short stay on earth? Hence, this rebuke and exhortation from Jesus:

“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” (Revelation 3:14-21)

Jesus said:

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13, 14)

Like I said previously, many Americans believe the false gospel that we are still going to sin after Christ has cleansed us and given us a new heart and mind, and His very own Holy Spirit. Why do you think mega churches are so mega? They’re buildings with lots of sinners who “have a form of godliness but deny its power.” (2 Timothy 3:5)

Actually, many mega churches sound a lot like this:

“For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.” (2 Timothy 3:6-9)

And then Paul says immediately following:

“But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (II Timothy 3:6-15)

How many mega church pastors get persecuted for living a godly life? Instead, everyone loves them and they have lots of fans and followers, only to later get caught committing adultery or being greedy for money.

Paul is telling us what Jesus already has: the Scriptures are sufficient! They set us free from the lies of man, and the lies of satan, so that we may be “wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Listen to the Truth:

“Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him — if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.” (Colossians 1:21-23)

Beloved by God, I want you to notice five words in the above passage: “once you were” and “but now.”

You see saints, at one point—in the past—before you trusted in Christ as Lord and Savior, your minds were hostile, but now Christ has reconciled you. You are a NEW person in Christ, meaning you have a NEW mind and a NEW heart. The old has passed away!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” (Ezekiel 36:26, 27)

So tear down the lies you have believed in!

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:1-16)

And this is what I pray for all of you:

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)

“For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” (Colossians 1:9-13)

If you need to repent and want some prayer support and encouragement, please feel free to email me at betterthanedward(at)live.com

I love you and I’m praying for you,

Natasha

“Food Porn” and the Christian

This morning, as I ate a bowl of my sister’s organic corn pops, a thought crossed my mind to tweet about it. Immediately afterward, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a brother in Christ I have on Facebook who lives in India, who had showed me photos of a devastating flood that only worsened the already impoverished village he and his family lived in. Would they appreciate my photos of lavish dishes, ones they can only gawk over through a computer screen—if that?

And so today I ask you, my brother or sister in Christ reading this, please think twice about posting “food porn” on your social media outlets [also, the word “porn” should never be a positive one in the vocabulary of a Christian].

May we show compassion for our brethren in other parts of the world (and even some here in America) who cannot afford a decent meal, and instead of boasting about what’s on our plate, may the food before us be a reminder to pray for our family in Christ who do not have the same luxuries and give what we can financially to support those in need, or at the very least, bring a few pancakes and a bottled water to the homeless we drive by almost every day.

And that’s today’s food for thought.