Posts Tagged ‘commitment’

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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭1‬:‭8‬ NLT)

From the last Monday of August to the first Monday of September, a phenomenon occurs in the Black Rock Desert outside Reno, NV, known as Burning Man. A Woodstock Festival for a newer generation, tens of thousands of people will descend upon the dry lake bed for a wild week of whatever-go’s in the name of artistic self-expression, culminating in the burning of a huge wooden man.

John Wesley is reported to have once said, “Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to see you burn.” But the burning Wesley is speaking of isn’t a gesture of self-expression, but to be consumed with a passion for God! In a culture absorbed with self and selfies, it’s a refreshing sight to see a stance for something greater than narcissism, and even more unique when it’s genuinely about God.

If your journey is on the Christ Life path, become “The Burning Man” for those around you. By allowing the Holy Spirit to saturate your life, you will burn with God’s vision for reaching the lost. May God help us to be on fire for Him and allow others to be drawn to His flame! You are loved today!

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Then his disciples said, ‘From this we believe…Jesus asked, ‘Do you finally believe?'” (John‬ ‭16‬:‭29-31‬ NLT)

Some years ago, I heard a man affiliated with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Ministry speak of the millions who came to God through their incredible crusades over the decades and around the world. But with remorse, he made a confession: By their own estimates, only less than 2% of those who made decisions for Christ actually committed themselves to living the Christ Life.

In my own mind, I recalled several televised crusades from my childhood where teary-eyed souls would stream to the platform to pray a prayer, never giving another thought to the fact that the “experience” of the moment would be abandoned due to never plugging into a local church and a discipleship process.

God is so much more than an experience! In this text, the disciples have lived the previous three years in a very emotional place with a mighty Savior. But while they claimed to believe, it was a belief born without testing, without pain or sacrifice. His response: You don’t believe enough because you are about to leave Me (v. 32).

Your belief in the Lord, His abilities, and His power cannot stem from good feelings or academic knowledge, but from a tested and true relationship with Him. Any thought of belief apart from this is wishful thinking on our part. When you arise from the testing grounds, you will stand knowing that God is real because you endured and remain! Never settle for anything less! You are genuinely loved today!

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Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” (James‬ ‭1‬:‭8‬ NLT)

John was raised in a Christian home, felt called to the ministry, and had even earned a Master’s Degree in Ministry. But lacking a true faith, he walked away, chasing money and spiraling into a loose lifestyle and an addiction to alcohol. Ridden with guilt, he remained away from God.

But God had different plans for John! Having been invited to a church service, he heard a man speak of God’s incredible love and forgiveness, and His power to miraculously deliver from addiction. With nothing left to lose, John gave in and asked Jesus for a new chance at life. At that moment, John found what he had never truly know, even while attending seminary: a vibrant, real relationship with the Creator of his soul!

God’s desire for you is not religious action and thinking, but a deeply moving, daily growing relationship with Him. Come to Church today and find yourself in that place with Him. This Christmas could be your best one yet! You are truly loved today!

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Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.'” (John‬ ‭3‬:‭3‬ NLT)

In 1985, art professor Howard Storm collapsed during a visit to Europe. As he lay in the hospital, he found himself slipping away from his body and into pure horror as he arrived in Hell. The tale ends with Storm realizing he was being lied to and making peace with God. But nothing can remove the memory of living in a world where no good can exist and only eternal torment awaits.

To be “born again” means something has to die first. As in the professor’s life, only when he found death and damnation did he realize his need for God’s salvation and life. He was fortunate. To live for God means to die to selfish living and desires; that my life belongs to God from this moment on, until I enter my own eternity.

Do not fear what you have to give up to gain the Christ Life. For every sacrifice, God replaces it with what we truly need, which is even better! Is there any reason you cannot receive a better eternity today? If not, then contact me and let me have the privilege of making it permanent! Or call on the Lord himself, who stands by ready to lead you to true life! You are loved today!

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My Lord and my God!’ Thomas exclaimed.” (John‬ ‭20‬:‭28‬ NLT)

When Thomas placed his hand upon the wounds of the newly-risen Jesus, he truly became convinced of the might and deity of his friend. While he was convinced that Jesus could work miracles, having seen them with his own eyes, he was now convinced in the true identity of Jesus, using the same measure of testing. Thomas’ proclamation sealed his allegiance forever having witnessed this latest sign.

We all have varying degrees of belief in how mighty Jesus is, some more than others. But just how many rabbits does Jesus have to pull out of a hat before you’ll be so convinced of His reality and purpose that you commit yourself to His way fully and without compromise? What will it take before you’ll walk the Christ Life forever with complete trust?

Take a moment to do a deep assessment. If Jesus has to keep performing miracles to only get a half-hearted response from you, then you’ve got a problem. Become sensitive to your own need for commitment or no amount of miracles will help! You really are loved! Know it!