Christians Are Called To Be Superheroes

A few days ago, someone I knew from middle school shot himself in the head. Twenty-five years old. Last week, another twenty-five year old that I knew from high school overdosed.

We as Christians can get so distracted from the greater reality: we are in a spiritual war. Depression, anxiety, pornography, sex trafficking, rape, all satanically influenced. People’s souls are being brutally fought for in the spiritual realm and we are seeing it plain as day in the physical realm. Our best friends, co-workers, and family are on what Jesus called the path of destruction. My generation, the Millennials, are so lost.

Christian, there’s walking dead people all around us, and you’re concerned about career? You’re concerned about becoming rich? You’re concerned about getting a wife or husband? Worse yet, you’re enjoying the short-lived pleasures of sin and walking like the dead, absolutely useless to God who desperately wants to rescue them and died to rescue you—not just from hell but from the bondage of sin! You’ve been set free yet you’re living like you aren’t.

We are the superheroes of our world. In our community, God has specifically placed us as watchmen. Even greater is our mission than the superheroes we watch in films. They merely save the physical body. We are called to save the eternal soul! There’s a great villain who is destroying lives, wreaking havoc on the ignorant, and we are the only ones who stand in his way.

Are we fighting him? Are we winning? Or are we foolishly following him instead of God by staying in our sin while souls perish all around us?

We don’t wear costumes, but we wear the light of Christ. Is He being seen in you? Do those around you and those who encounter you know you’re a superhero, know that you’re a Christian? Are you walking in His power so you can save them?

Time is so short. We don’t know who the devil will take out next, but we know this great villain does not sleep, he does not relent. Only those who give their hearts to Christ can withstand and overcome him. That is why we must take our training seriously. Lives literally depend on it.

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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.

Do You Know What God Has Chosen You For?

I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭42‬:‭6-7‬ KJV)

I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭6-7‬ KJV)

Is it not mind-blowing that God actually has good plans for us before we are born? Christians should gape in awe at God, struck silent with humility and unsurpassable honor at the fact that the Loving and Almighty Creator of the universe has chosen them before they breathed their first breath.

I heard a christian hip-hop song and the chorus said we are lucky. At first, I wasn’t sure I agreed with this notion, but I sure do now. We are extremely fortunate that for whatever reason, we were not destined for dishonor and destruction, because some are (Romans 9:10-29). I personally believe this may have something to do with God’s foreknowledge, that He knows who of His creation will—by their free will—choose to love Him or choose to hate Him, although I am not sure.

But either way, He chose //me//, He chose /us/ before we chose Him! And what did He choose us for? To merely inherit heaven? No, not to simply inherit heaven, although that’s a wonderful truth, but to be mighty lights in this ever-darkening world: to be a light to the lost, to open blind eyes with the truth of the gospel and set captives free by it.

Many have heard that we are “ambassadors of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20), but I don’t think all of us grasp the weight, the high honor, the amazing glory that entails. We are messengers and representatives of the only God, the First and Last, the Alpha and Omega, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who by the mere breath of His mouth, the thunderous quaking of His voice, created the entire universe. Who destroyed the first world with a flood of water that drowned the highest mountain peaks (and you think tsunamis are bad), who promises to dissolve this current earth with raging fire.

But tragically, so many who profess to be His children, His devoted followers, are not truly committed to following His will. They are selfish, content with receiving heaven, but not desiring to give up all to passionately pursue their alleged Master. The fruit of their life is the fruits of the flesh; sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar to these, and though they think they’re getting away with these sins, they actually won’t receive the kingdom (Galatians 5:19-21). They go to church and think God’s grace and love is all they need and they’re good to go, but this is a destructive lie that now taints the Church and many are walking on the road to destruction without knowing it. They don’t fear God, who promises those who sow to the flesh will reap corruption and death—not eternal life—and that everyone, including professing Christians, will be judged by their works. They do not know that Jesus said:

“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 in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!'” (Matthew 7:21-23)

But for those of us who love and fear Christ, let us never forget that though we suffer affliction, though our spouse or job or family may leave us, Christ never will. Though we may go into foreclosure, we have an everlasting home created by Christ Himself that will never be taken from us. Though we are in physical pain, we will receive new immortal and glorious bodies. Though we suffer persecution and hatred from our enemies, one day God Himself will praise us and the angels will rejoice as we enter through the pearly gates of the New Jerusalem and crowns are given us to adorn our heads, and shining bright robes of white to clothe our shining, heavenly bodies.

Let us remember the promises of our King, that we are a royal priesthood, a chosen people, a holy nation, set apart for the gospel of our God that we may bring others who are called into God’s kingdom with us where we will rejoice for all eternity and be surrounded by love, joy, and glory forever and ever.

May we deny ourselves every day and live for the kingdom to come. Amen.

I’m A Christian Who Cusses

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When self-proclaimed Christians cuss, it’s an outward sign of an inward problem. The bible says no foul
language is to come out of our mouths, and Jesus said what’s in the heart eventually comes out of the mouth.

We are to be completely holy. If you’re okay with your cussing, you must not fear God much or care to be holy before Him, and if Christ is truly in you, why are you cussing like a demon? Do you not know that demons love to cuss. If we are to be imitators of a holy and pure God, why are you fine with imitating demons? Are you truly a surrendered disciple of Christ? Is He really in you? Examine yourself to show yourself approved, as the Word says. For we are to be unspotted by the world, we are not to look, talk, do or act like they do. If you make yourself a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Repent and be holy as He is holy. But if you refuse to repent of cussing and find no fault in it, shame on you for continuing to profess to be a Christian.

True Christians fear their God and desire to be blameless before Him. They do not treat the blood of Christ as something common or unclean. They are pure in heart before their Master, not even thinking sinful thoughts or cussing in their mind, because Christ lives in them and has transformed their heart and mind. When they get angry, it’s a righteous anger, not an unholy and out of control swear-fest. What a terrible example to your children and others who know you as someone who professes Christ as Lord.

Are you unaware Christ says He will vomit from His mouth lukewarm believers? He wants you hot or cold, completely for Him, or against Him. You cannot mix the holy with the profane. Satan does that well and has many religions that do that well. Is he your father, or is God your Father?

Repent and let God sanctify you and make you pure in heart. He desires streams of living water to come forth from your heart, not polluted springs. He wants His power to flow through you, His victory, but if you are quenching His Holy Spirit, you are denying the inward work He must accomplish in all Christians before He returns.

Will you be told, “Get away from Me, worker of lawlessness, I never knew you,” or, “Well done, good and faithful servant”? The choice is yours.

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29 NKJV)

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. (Ephesians 4:31 NKJV)

“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”-Ephesians 5:4 ESV

Matthew 15:10-11 ESV “And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

“From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.”-James 3:10 ESV

“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”-Matthew 12:36-37

Please Don’t Be A Baby Christian Who Crawls Into NeverLand Never To Return

Some Christians desire to be a light to those in darkness, but then don’t have or make time to love their family in Christ.

Here’s Jesus:

“I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those You have given Me, because they are Yours … I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by Your name that You have given Me, so that they may be one as We are one … I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in Me through their message. May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me. I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one. I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.”(John 17:9, 11, 20-23)

Jesus prayed FIVE TIMES that His people would be “one.” This is a continued theme throughout the old and new testaments. God wants unity amongst His people. But if we’re going out into the world to be lights on our lonesome, like the lone ranger, we will be corrupted by the darkness.

“Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

How many Christians go to Hollywood for instance with good intentions, but then end up denying the faith and becoming even worse than those they were trying to be lights to? Need I name some?

“Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keeping the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope at your calling … Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of the Messiah’s gift … And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head — Christ. From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.” (Ephesians 4:1-4, 7, 11-16)

There are some “children” or what we lovingly call “babes in Christ,” who are running out there like a fire-cracker who’s beaming brightly for a short amount of time and then gets snuffed out by the darkness they surrounded themselves with. Instead of getting discipled first, built up, and maturing in Christ before setting out to do His will for their life, they ran ahead without the body of Christ, leaving us in the dust like the Tasmanian devil, to their own downfall.

I’m not saying we don’t go out and evangelize. What I’m saying is their needs to be a root built up, a firm foundation laid in the life of the young believer before they go into the world. This is supposed to happen when raising children, but how many are raised in Christian homes and are truly being discipled by their parents? Based on the number of young people that walk away from Christ after high school and college, I would say not many.

So then the church takes in adults who are infants in Christ, nurtures them with the milk of the Word (the Bible), and then as they grow, we break down the meatier parts of truth until they are mature enough to stand on their own, though never thinking they’re fine without the body, for Hebrews 10:24 says:

“And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

So if you’re new to the Christian faith which means anywhere from giving your life to Christ yesterday, or two years ago, or maybe even ten years ago but you never got discipled, I strongly encourage you to please do so. Pray and seek out a bible-teaching church that walks in love and get plugged in, meaning ask about mentorship, where you can serve, sign up for a bible study group. Get connected! If you want to grow and influence the world for Christ rather than have them influence you away from Him, then please take my advice.

Yours lovingly,

Natasha