Are We Pushing People Out of the Church?

Are We like the Pharisees in Jesus’ Day?

This is a question that I’ve been asking myself lately as I’ve been reading through this devotional I have. As a Christian, I know that I have been called to make disciples of many nations as Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19 but this also begs the question of how I have been treating those that have come into the Church. Have I become like the Pharisees; praising myself where I can be seen while the internal, spiritual side of me is dirty and unclean?

As a Christian, we are called to be the Church. We are called to humble ourselves, but this comes at denying what our flesh and our pride want; which is hard for us as human beings, especially as Christians. Jesus taught many times that we are to be IN the world but not OF the world, and in my opinion, that includes the Church.

Are we serving God or ourselves?

Luke 16:13 (NKJV) says, “13. No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”Read More »

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Are You Willing to Suffer for Christ?

Here is a blog post that I did 2 years ago and I wanted to share it for those who think that as Christians, we don’t have to suffer.

Taking Up My Cross

Today, I want to talk about the suffering Christians face as followers of Christ and how we can still find joy through the suffering.

While reading this blog post, I want you all to ask yourself this question: Am I willing to endure suffering for Christ?

What does it mean to Suffer for Christ?

Well, the word suffer comes from the Hebrew word Oni which means “misery” or “poverty”. To suffer for Christ is something that we as Christians talk about and preach about, but we never actually discuss because we feel that we already know what it means. But do we? In Philippians 1:29, the Apostle Paul says that as Christians, we will suffer for Christ because we have faith in Christ and Paul says that suffering for Christ is actually a gift from God because it’s in the suffering that He comforts us.

Philippians 1:29

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Father, Guide Me In Your Ways!

What does it mean let God guide you?

Well, in my opinion, I think that what it means for God is guide you; is to allow for Him to not only use you and your testimony to impact and inspire others, but also to mold us into the person He has called us to be. Guidance from the Lord doesn’t just mean asking Him, “Where should I go?” but also “Lord, How can you use me to impact the people and the world around me?” 

By asking God where He wants us to go, in my opinion, causes us as Christians to recognize that we don’t always know where we are going and that sometimes we need a “guide” that can show us the way to go. When I read His Word, it feels so amazing to be able to use it as a sort of “compass” that continues to “show” me not only how to live as a Christian but also how to treat others.

Psalms 119:105 (NKJV) says, “105. Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.”
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Being Joined with Christ.

Note: This topic was something I always planned on talking about this year and now I can. This blog post was inspired by Genesis 2:18-24; where God created Eve out of Adam’s rib after seeing that Adam was lonely and by himself.

Disclaimer: I will be discussing some mature content (i.e. sex), so if you are a young reader please ask your parents first before reading.

What does it mean to be joined with Christ?

Well, in my opinion, I believe that being joined with Christ doesn’t just mean a Father/Son/Daughter relationship but also a relationship built around trust, commitment, and love for one another.

God loved us so much that He sent Christ into the world to redeem us; likewise, we as Christians and as human beings should do the same. Like Gomer in the Book of Hosea; who was an adulterer, we as Christians today can “flirt” with the desires of our flesh and through it; can become “lost” in this fallen world.

Hosea 2:19-20 (NKJV)

19. I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me. In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy; 20. I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the Lord.”Read More »

Bearing and Sharing the Burdens of a Christian Life. – Galatians Bible Study Series (Part 6)

Well, it’s here! The final part of our Galatian Bible Study series. In this week’s blog post, we will be discussing what it means to bear and share the burdens of a Christian Life. Throughout the Gospels, the Book of Acts and Paul’s Letters; we as Christians are constantly reminded that as Christians, our walk with God is never going to be easy and that we will face burdens in our lives.

In Psalms 55:22, the author reminds us as Christians today that we are to cast our burdens on the Lord because He sustains us.

Psalms 55:22 (NKJV)

22. Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”Read More »

Living for Christ (Walking In The Spirit) – Galatians Bible Study Series (Part 5)

Well, it’s almost the end of our in-depth study on the Book of Galatians but it’s still amazing to see how God uses the Book of Galatians to speak to us as Christians today. As we talked about in being heirs to Christ through the promise of Abraham, we spoke about how; we are no longer bound by our past sins and are now adopted into the kingdom of God as joint heirs with Christ.

This is where we begin our discussion on how we as Christians are to live for Christ while walking with the Holy Spirit. So, what does it mean to live for Christ while walking in the Holy Spirit?

Well, according to the Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 1:13-16, living for Christ means that we as Christians are to gird or protect the loins or the sides and back of our minds and be sober or vigilant and to rest our hope fully upon the grace brought to us by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

We are to be more like the Father and protect our thoughts from the desires of our flesh.

1 Peter 1:13-16 (NKJV)

13. Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14. as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15. but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16. because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (see Leviticus 11:44-45 NKJV).Read More »

Heirs to Christ (The Promise of Abraham) – Galatians Bible Study Series (Part 4)

What does it mean to be an Heir to Christ through the Promise of Abraham? This will be the focus of this week’s blog post as we continue our in-depth study of the Book of Galatians. Throughout the New Testament, we see Jesus and later the Apostles speak to us as newborn Christians that we are not only children of God but also joint-heirs with Christ, but how did we become joint-heirs with Christ?

As I discussed in last week’s blog post, it’s through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that we have been reconciled back to God and have thus become heirs to Christ but through the promise of Abraham. The Apostle Paul even wrote about us as Christians being children of God and heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ in Romans 8:15-17; where he speaks to the Christians in Rome about how they no longer have a “spirit of bondage”, but received the “Spirit of adoption”.

The Holy Spirit witnesses to our spirit that we are children of God and joint heirs with Christ.

Romans 8:15-17 (NKJV)

“15. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father” 16. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17. and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.Read More »

Justified by Faith – Galatians Bible Study Series (Part 3)

As we go into the third week in our in-depth Bible Study on the Book of Galatians, we’ve talked so much about God’s grace and our redemption because of His grace, and how we as Christians are to defend our faith in Jesus Christ and it only gets better from here.

In this week’s post, we will be discussing chapter 3 of Galatians where Paul is speaking to the people of Galatia about how they are justified by faith and NOT by their adherence to the Law of Moses about being justified by works in order to be saved and how this chapter can be applied to us as Christians today.

We know that the word justification means to “declare righteous” and so; as we dive into this chapter, we will begin to see that we as Christians are justified by our faith in Christ Jesus and have been saved from the wrath of God.

As Christians, we have been justified by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:9-10 (NKJV)

9. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10. For if we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”Read More »

Defending the Gospel – Galatians Bible Study Series (Part 2)

Welcome back to the Galatians Bible Study Series! In last week’s post, we discussed how even though we as human beings have sinned repeatedly; it’s through God’s grace that we are called sons and daughters of the King through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This week, we will be talking about how we as Christians are to defend the gospel by reading through Paul’s interaction with the Galatians and Peter. In 1 Peter 3:15-16, the Apostle Peter talks about how we as Christians should always be ready to give a defense for our faith in Jesus Christ.

We as Christians should always be ready to defend our faith in Jesus Christ with humility.

1 Peter 3:15-16 (NKJV)

15. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16. having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.”Read More »

Galatians Bible Study Series (Part 1) – God’s Grace, Our Redemption.

During these next few weeks, I’ll be doing an in-depth study on the Book of Galatians and how from the letter to the people of Galatia; we as Christians today can apply what was said into our everyday lives. 

In the Book of Galatians chapter 1, we see Paul as an apostle of Christ; who describes the grace of God to the Galatians and how; even when he was Saul, hunting down Christians; God’s grace still found him. Within chapter 1, we as Christians can see what it means to be an apostle and disciple of Christ; but also, how, even when we have fallen short of God; His grace still finds us in our darkest moments.

In Romans 3:23-24, Paul writes on how; we as human beings, ALL have fallen short of God’s glory and how; through His grace, we’ve been declared righteous by Jesus through His death and resurrection.

Romans 3:23-24

23. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24. being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…”Read More »