The Body of Christ

I know you can worship God anywhere you are, in fact I would encourage this sort of behaviour. But, I’ve heard a lot of folks say they don’t go to church because they feel closer to God in the outdoors or in the privacy of their homes. Well, with a few quick verses I think I can help you make that trip to your local watering hole (the body of Christ). The local church is a powerful tool in the life of the believer and the Bible stresses the importance of it. If you don’t have a Bible believing church that you attend I highly encourage you to find one. And those of you that have one available yet you don’t take full advantage of it……shame on you.

THREE REASONS FOR CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP!!
Romans 15:32
32. That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.

1. FELLOWSHIP SHOULD PRODUCE JOY IN OUR LIVES.

I John 1:3-4
3. That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

2. FELLOWSHIP IS THE WILL OF GOD.

Hebrews 10:25
25. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

3. FELLOWSHIP IS OUR SOURCE OF BEING REFRESHED AND EDIFIED.

I Thess 5:11
11. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

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Godly legacy

“And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;”
Acts 17:6 KJV

What will our legacy be? What will our epitaph read? “Hear lies  (insert name) a devout servant of God. He/she turned the world upside down”

Have we even made an eternal impression on our families?  Children rarely exceed the spiritual level of their parents. Where does that leave our children in the grand scope of eternity?  I was challenged last night by a gentleman only 20 years of age that knew exactly what God’s will was for his life and was on track to accomplish that mission. I was embarrassed,  37 years old lacking the motivation to do what I know God wants me to do. The time has come for us to FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT and perform some kingdom building exercises. God bless and have a great day.

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Locked in mine

On Monday my loving wife asked me to do something she’s never asked before. I have on occasion shared my love on written form but she’s never asked me directly to write her a poem. This put a bit of pressure on me to do it to perfection. And I’m not that good at perfection. All week a thought has been running through my mind so I thought I’d give this a try for her sake. I call this piece “Locked In Mine”. Just wanted to share with her a piece of my heart.

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Eyes divine, shadowed joy, hints of passion.
Haunted, lonely, unfulfilled till locked with mine.
Lips divine, colored sweetly, upturned slightly.
Haunted, lonely, unfulfilled till locked with mine.
Heart divine, etched in gold, pure as snow.
Haunted, lonely, unfulfilled till locked with mine.
Joy divine, sometimes troubled, always full.
Haunted, lonely, unfulfilled till locked with mine.
Love divine, shared but spared, tempered true.
Haunted, lonely, unfulfilled till locked with mine.
Embrace divine, always welcomed, always warm.
Haunted….lonely…..unfulfilled till locked in mine!
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Hope you like this my love……I’m not ashamed and will let the entire world know that I love you with all my heart and can’t wait to get old with you

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The Champion

I haven’t written in a while so I figured this was due. Hope y’all enjoy

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My mind is spinning, downward cyclone, sucking at my soul.

The sin and weakness, fear and dread. It seems to eat me whole.

All day this battle ebb and surge…i win, it wins, it never ends.

Where rides the champ? When comes the aid, to conquer and win?

Fear breeds hate, and hate brings fear. I hate my fear and fear my hate.

This cycle cursed and evil spun. Is fear my curse and demon fate?

I say nay…my champ is come, my aid is here. He never left the battle.

I’ve strained my eyes to see, my ears to hear amid the mindless clatter.

Here he rides with flaming sword and Word. My endless enemies to fall.

To have fought alone so foolish, so distressed. Jesus only wanted for my call.

How often wage the war, I battle hard, I grip my shield. Alone and done, I fall

While my Lord is watching silent, waiting. Still alone i foolishly refuse to call.

He’s conquered all, He’s waged the war. The battle’s done and won…that’s all.

Why do I fight again what’s fought? Put down the foolish pride, just call.

He took the keys to death and Hell. My enemy lies bloody, beaten, beat.

I live in victory today. It’s done, removed, my sins placed on the Mercy Seat.
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HT wolfiehowls.com for “no fear” graphic

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STARVING THE OLD MAN

Have you ever seen a starving malnutritioned soldier? It is a pitiful sight. Not only is the body weak but the spirit is broken. Not only is the spirit broken but the mind is fragile. How can one believe in the cause for which he fights when he is in this weakened and crushed state? At this point he has lost the will to fight.
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Romans 7:15-25 talks about the strife between our two natures under the law. As I read verses such as vs 19

“For the good that i would i do not: but the evil which i would not, that I do:”

something became abundantly clear to me. I often feed the sin nature giving it the sustenance it ‘needs’ and then i wonder why I lose the battle of daily sanctification. My starving ‘New Man’ doesn’t stand a chance against a ravenous well fed sin nature.  So then the question remains, “how do I starve the flesh?”  It’s really so simple that we overlook it. By feeding the New Man we counter the effects of fleshly desires. Too often we focus on what we shouldn’t be doing and we lose focus on what we SHOULD BE DOING!! I Corinthians 12 gives a complete and comprehensive list of the spiritual gifts.
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Have we discovered and begun using or applying ours? I ask my youth group on a regular basis this question, “what is your spiritual gift?”. Their answer mirrors that of the majority of modern day Christians…….a shrug of the shoulders and an ‘I dunno’. How can we be effective soldiers when we don’t even know what manner of soldiers we are supposed to be? Stop focusing on what we shouldn’t be doing and ask God………WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME TO DO!!!
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NOT ALL SAINTS ARE CHRIST’S!!

NOT ALL SAINTS ARE CHRIST’S!!

Do I have your attention? Good now that I do let me explain my statement before y’all accuse me of being a heretic.

You see, some saints haven’t given THEMSELVES to Him
Romans 12:1-2 KJV
“1.I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2.And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

But those who have given themselves to Him are sanctified
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 KJV
“3.For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
4.That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;”

You see, at this point the saint has reckoned the old man to be “dead indeed unto sin” (Romans 6:11). They are walking “in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25), and so have crucified the flesh (outward sanctification) with the affections and lusts (inward sanctification) II Corinthians 7:1

So knowing all of this the question I would pose to you and me is this, ARE WE (THE CHILDREN OF GOD) CHRIST’S? Have we given our lives wholly and completely to Him? Matthew 16:24 talks about the Christian taking up his cross and following Him. In order to do this we MUST “deny himself” – die to self and the world, in order to live unto Christ. God bless you all.

Adapted from the book ‘The just shall live by faith’ by Dr M.H. Tabb

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