How will you stand when all the forces of Hell fight to run you off from the ministry to which God has called you? Here are 10 principles that will keep you in God’s will.
2 Timothy 4:16–17 “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.”
The Apostle Paul learned to walk with God when His foes attacked him, and his friends forsook Him. He was able to finish his course and keep the faith. We can do the same with God’s help.
I spend my life trying to help people find God’s will and do it. It’s exciting to see the hand of God move in lives as He reveals His calling and place of service to a surrendered life. However, submitting to God’s will is half the battle. Now, you have to stay in it until you see the Lord!
Serving God in the ministry is simultaneously the most wonderful privilege and the most difficult burden. You will see God accomplish incredible feats, but you will see satan win needless victories. You will see the view from the mountain tops, but you must walk through the valley of the shadow of death to get there. You will witness miracles of resurrection power, but you will weep as some commit spiritual suicide.
A pastor has the privilege of seeing people at their best, yet also at their worst. What will you do when (more…)
God always provides an exit from temptation for His children. You don’t have to sin.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Have you ever been driving on an interstate and missed your exit? You can lose a significant amount of time in some areas of the country because the exits are far apart.
When you are on the road of temptation heading toward sin and destruction, God always provides an exit. Praise God there is a way to escape! But it’s up to you to take it.
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Don’t let your heart grow cold.
Matthew 24:12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
Most people are particular about the temperature of the beverages they drink. If it was meant to be hot, they want it hot. If it was made to be cold, they want it cold. Anyone a fan of a nice hot milkshake? I didn’t think so.
Love was made to be hot. Love is not a state of being but rather a series of actions. Love works. It moves. Like a boiling pot, love is active.
However, love can cool. It can lose its fervor. A boiling pot of love can become an ice cube of apathy in the wrong conditions.
Love and sin are opposites. Love is hot. Sin is cold. Love gives. Sin steals. Love helps. Sin hurts. Love flows from the heart of God. Sin was born in rebellion.
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Joy is a gift from God that makes life better. Here are 10 ways you can get it.
Psalm 4:7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
Joy seems to come naturally to some. For others, like me, it seems harder to come by. I carry a lot of burdens. I have plenty of my own and I get the privilege to help others bear their burdens as well. If I’m not careful, I can live without joy – sometimes even forgetting that it is an option. Living without joy is not good. Decide to live a joyful life.
Joy is gladness from God.
It is different than happiness. Happiness is caused by good things happening to you. Joy is gladness from God regardless of your circumstances.
Happiness is fleeting and uncontrollable. Joy is lasting and available.
If someone gives you $100 that makes you happy. If you lose $100 that makes you sad. Joy allows you to be glad regardless.
Have you ever seen a Christian go through a terrible trial who hasn’t lost their sweetness and their smile? That’s joy.
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God loves you. Here are four facts about the afterlife that He wants you to know.
1. Eternity is a long time.
Eternity is defined as “without end of existence.” That’s a long time!
The Bible uses synonyms such as everlasting, forever, and immortality.
Eternity is a reality that you must face!
2. You will exist forever somewhere.
Your soul will never die. It will dwell somewhere forever. When you were born, God gave you (more…)