Feb 222018
 

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“Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:17-18).

When we think of being filled with the Spirit-
– we often relate it to an emotional experience or a feeling of euphoria.

But in reality, the word, “filled,” could be translated, “controlled.”
It is a word that speaks of what happens when the wind fills the sails of a boat and guides it along.

So God is saying that-
– we are to let His Spirit fill us and control our lives.

The Spirit filled life is the Christ controlled life!

Another interesting thing about this word is that in the original language-
– it is in a tense that speaks of something that should be done continually.

So you could translate this sentence:
“Be constantly filled with the Spirit.”

This is not a one-time event.

Instead, it is something that takes place over and over again-
– just as we repeatedly fill the gas tanks in our cars to keep them running.

You may have emotional experiences.
You may not have emotional experiences.

But that has very little to do with the reality of being filled with and controlled by the Spirit.

One other thing about this phrase from Ephesians 5:18 is that-
– it’s a command,
– not a suggestion.

The Scripture is not saying, “If it works with your schedule, if you don’t mind, would you please consider maybe letting the Holy Spirit fill and control you?”

Rather, God is saying that He commands us.
He orders us, to be filled with the Spirit!

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Feb 212018
 

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“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

Jesus tells us that one of the “signs” His coming is-

– an increase in false prophets.

That is surely true in our day.

We hear about the Health and Wealth Gospel or Prosperity Theology-

– and the thousands of preachers saying you give to God in order to get.

Or, if you really pray hard enough-

God will heal your disease.

Give money to this or that ministry and you’ll get rich.

It’s this false idea that God won’t let you suffer and wants you to be rich.

It really should be called The Gospel of Greed.

It is false teaching that has permeated the church.

It’s taking a certain passage of scripture and building your whole life around it-

– while ignoring all other kinds of passages that give us the full picture of God’s truth.

So, how can you keep from being deceived by a false prophet or leader?

The key is in knowing Jesus and His Word.

Then ask the question:

Is what this person saying consistent with Jesus and His Word?

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26).

If you are a Christian-

– you have an added bonus:

The Holy Spirit that dwells in you teaches you how to understand the Word-

– and gives you a check in your spirit when something doesn’t ring true.

Christians!

It’s time to be careful!

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100% guaranteed!

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Feb 162018
 

“And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it” (Psalms 90:17).

Charles William Eliot, former president of Harvard University-
– had a birthmark on his face that bothered him greatly.

As a young man, he was told that surgeons could do nothing to remove it.
Someone described that moment as “the dark hour of his soul.”

Eliot’s mother gave him this helpful advice:
“My son, it is not possible for you to get rid of that hardship…
But it is possible for you, with God’s help, to grow a mind and soul so big that people will forget to look at your face.”

It’s true!
All of us have things we’d love to change about our bodies.
And many of us tend to spend an awful lot of time and money trying to change, fix and cover those things up.

When we are shining for the Lord-
I don’t believe anyone sees them!

Do you really want to make a drastic difference in your appearance today?

Let’s stop focusing on our outward issues today,
– and start focusing on what really counts,
– walking uprightly and wholeheartedly with the Lord
– a spiritual extreme makeover!

We will glow like never before!
100% guaranteed!

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I am available​!​

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Feb 102018
 

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow. Perhaps it all will” (Ecclesiastes 11:4, 6).

One of William Barclay’s friends tells the following story:

In the church where he worshiped there was a lonely old man, old Thomas.
He had outlived all his friends and hardly anyone knew him.

When Thomas died, this friend had the feeling that there would be no one to go to the funeral so he decided to go, so that there might be someone to follow the old man to his last resting-place.

There was no one else, and it was a miserable wet day.
The funeral reached the cemetery, and at the gate there was a soldier waiting.

An officer, but on his raincoat there were no rank badges.
He came to the graveside for the ceremony, then when it was over, he stepped forward and before the open grave swept his hand to a salute that might have been given to a king.

The friend walked away with this soldier, and as they walked, the wind blew the soldier’s raincoat open to reveal the shoulder badges of a brigadier general.

The general said:
“You will perhaps be wondering what I am doing here. Years ago Thomas was my Sunday School teacher; I was a wild lad and a sore trial to him. He never knew what he did for me, but I owe everything I am or will be to old Thomas, and today I had to come to salute him at the end.”

Thomas did not know what he was doing.

“Dear God,
​​I am available​!​
Please make me usable and use me today to be ‘as Jesus’ in some way to every life I touch so that I will have an influence on others, not only for time, but also for eternity.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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Little meaning in life!

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Feb 062018
 

“But I said, “I have laboured to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God” (Isaiah 49:4). 

Have you ever felt like you’re spending your life using your talent for nothing?

Life is often spent doing mundane activities that seem to have little eternal purpose.

The great prophet Isaiah was struggling with his own purpose.

He knew he was chosen to be a voice for God-

– yet life became purposeless for Isaiah. 

We all go through periods when our purpose seems to be clouded with the mundane.

We see little meaning in life! 

On the other hand-

Isaiah didn’t stay in this place.  

We read in this passage that he knew the truth of his existence.

He could look past his present circumstance and know that his real reward and purpose would be revealed in eternity.  

He knew that God was just and fair-

– so he placed his faith on this truth. 

When life appears to lack meaning and purpose-

– remember that if you devote your life to the purposes He has for you,

– the fruits of your labour will be manifested in due time. 

“The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it” (1 Thess. 5:24). 

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