Breakfast with a view (Taken with Instagram)
So often times in Christian circles we use the analogy that God is our rock.
So my question is- are you using God as your rock?
Are you standing on the rock only when the tide is high, or do you let yourself slowly erode as the waves lap against you?
If God is your rock and your salvation, don’t just use Him as an escape from the high tide. God is your rock through the thick and the thin, and in this life, especially in North America, the Devil takes advantage of our easy lifestyle that eats at our values, slowly but surely.
So stand with God through all the times.
In our modern world there is an ever increasing demand placed on workers, parents, children, students, volunteers etc to be as effective and as productive as can be. People are rushed and stretched to their limits to become as limitless in their jobs and roles.
But what about our roles as Christians? As witnesses?
Although the world lives at a fast pace, Christians are called to be productive and effective in their faith. What value is there in an unproductive faith?
No I’m not talking about doing as many deeds, or giving as much money as can be. But one cannot be lazy in one’s faith.
2 Peter 1:5-9 says :
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness,brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindnes , love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
We cannot simply sit around and say we have faith. We need to develop our faith by adding goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, knidness and love.
How are we to show the world Christ in us without these qualities? We can’t.
Being a Christian is never easy. Honestly, it sucks sometimes. But the rewards more than make up for the “loss” of today.
Laziness is not what we are called to. We are called to imitate Christ.
To be “productive” does not mean making believes out of everyone.
Being “productive” is taking ownership of one’s faith. It is to challenge one self, what others say. Being “productive” is taking your parents’ religion, if you grew up in a Christian household, and making their morals your belief system with faith. Being “productive” means constantly chasing and searing for God. It may mean not tumblring for hours on end and mean setting time for God as a priority.
Being “effective” is not about comparing how many people we convert. It’s about the change that people see in us. Being “effective” is about growth.
Growth takes time and effort. Dedication.
Let us not be nearsighted but farsighted so that we can strive towards the end goal. Focus on strength of character and grow to be like Christ, then you will be productive and effective.
We are called to preserve.
We are called to love.
We are called to do radical things.
But what poses as a struggle for many is the calling of patience.
Patience is hard to come by, I think, because it requires faith.
Faith in the unseen.
Faith in God’s plan.
Faith in the hope of what is to come.
Patience in practice sucks.
But if we turn to Him he will give us strength to be patient.
Consider what God has done:
Who can straighten
what he has made crooked?
When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, no one can discover
anything about their future.
Satan loves isolation. He wants to draw the believer out of healthy relationships into isolated relationships and out of healthy practices into secret, unhealthy practices. He purposely drives us away from those who might openly recognize his seduction and call his hand on it. Let’s beware of anything that separates us from Godly people. God wants us in the church. He wants us in community. This holiday season can be lonely but you don’t have to be lonely. Don’t be isolated. If you need someone to hear your concerns or prayer requests send me a message!
Forget about the materialism. Forget about the Nativity scene. Read Revelation 12 to put Christmas in anther perspective…
The Woman and the Dragon
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.
So often times we forget what’s happening in the Spiritual world, and I can’t even imagine what it would have been like 2000+ years ago on that night. As you celebrate Christmas let this be a reminder that the battle is real and is going on today behind the scene unnoticed by most. Let Revelation serve as a reminder that being faithful and preserving will reap its own rewards in time. If you are struggling with sin, or are being lied to by the Devil know that with God your struggles, fears and hurt can be overcome. The love God has poured out through his son Jesus can conquer anything, and the gifts He gives have no strings attached.
Lecture by Louie Giglio- worth your time!
LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.