Take a Minute Before you Hit Share

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I have addressed this particular issue many times in my entries for Freedom Fighter, but I want to share some additional thoughts with you this morning.

I thank you for joining us on this daily journey as together we desire to walk in victory. Our writing team appreciates your willingness to read our blog and especially appreciate it when you share it with others.

Social Media is a driving force in our world. In fact, what is scary is that Facebook has been even called a “country.” Several years ago, it was referred to as the second largest country in the world.

Many have expressed concern about all the bad things that take place on social media. Some people will spend their whole day on social media simply because they are lonely and bored. Some people couldn’t survive an hour without checking on their posts to see how many “likes” and “shares” they have.

I am concerned about a far greater issue, and that is the way we use our words when it comes to social media.

Lately, I have been embarrassed as I have read posts from well-meaning Christians. I have started to UNFOLLOW friends because it grieves me to see what they put in print.

Our words can be weapons of mass destruction. At 63 years of age, I still do battle with my tongue. Words leave my lips all too quickly, and I find myself hurting my wife, my kids, my co-workers and friends.

Yes, we are all entitled to speak our minds as American citizens under the provision of “free speech.” But we answer to a greater authority – God and His Word and the hundreds of Scripture references that talk to us about how and when we should use our words.

There are times to speak when there are issues that violate the clear principles in Scripture. Taking a stand is important and the right thing to do. But there is a right way to do it, and that is where many lack discernment.

Before you hit SHARE, I would like to suggest that you think about several of these verses:

“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,  as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby  if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” 1 Peter 2:1

See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.  For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. James 3:67-12

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness. Proverbs 15:2

Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent. Proverbs 17:28

Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook. Proverbs 18:4

Please hear me. I am not saying there is never a time to not speak up. But what I am saying, there is a godly and right way to use our words. What we post reflects first of all on the Lord, it reflects on you and your family, and in some cases, the ministries and organizations you represent.

You don’t have to like or agree with my thoughts. That is your right and privilege. But my prayer is that you will search and examine the Word of God, which is and should be the final authority on the use of our words.

The writer of the book of James wrote: “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19).

If he were alive, I wonder if he would have penned: “slow to tweet, slow post, slow to share?” I want my words to reflect His image. How about you?

Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks!

Bill Welte
President/CEO of America’s Keswick

Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 11 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

The Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 33-36| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Think About This: Whatever you verbalize, you give power to. When you voice negative thoughts, you’re reinforcing what’s wrong. Over time, it often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Whatever important thing rules your heart also shapes your words and behavior. — Paul David Tripp

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sowers of Discord

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“There are six things the LORD hates— no, seven things He detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.” 

— Proverbs 6:16-19 (NLT)

It is an ugly trap set among the good and honorable things in our life. Its camouflage is so subtle that people have mistaken it for righteousness. It pulls in the multitudes and creates an atmosphere so chaotic that it turns brother against brother, sister against sister, culture against culture. It is designed to yank at your emotional well-being and exploits your passion to do the right thing. Some folks know exactly what they are doing when practice this and the rest of us, well…SNAP!! We’ve been caught in the trap. What is it? Discord.

Discord turns the harmony of life upside down and then wants to rewrite it. It drives people to serve their own interests and often catches others in its tailspin. It’s something we’re seeing played out in our everyday existence and (from my viewpoint) isn’t being confronted for the lie that it is. Disguised as “activists”, sowers of discord throw seeds of half-truths, negative emotions and innuendo’s around wherever there is conflict. It is an unfortunate thing when all these things are more exciting than TRUTH, isn’t it? To quote Solomon here, “When you sit down to dine with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you.” (Proverbs 23:1)

And speaking of sitting, when we sit in front of the zombie king to watch the nightly news, we should really take into account what is being presented to us, as Christians, with a grain of salt. Being someone who uses words to express those Godly principles that I often wrestle with, it can be easy to “war story” instead of pointing out where I failed and what God has taught me through the experience. That’s not to say I should dismiss the ugly in a story, but it doesn’t mean I should harbor in it either. What we see happening around us (the infamous “taking a knee” for example) isn’t really solving anything, far from it, but what we should be seeing is a need for people to see their lives in the way that only Jesus Christ can provide for them.

However, I think what we are experiencing through all this is a jolt to our collective ego’s. Pride puffs up, doesn’t it? Now you can go on and disagree with me on this and say it’s about respect for this or that, but in the long run pride will rear its ugly little head…and we’ll judge one another on where we stand. If we were to take a look at Matthew 7:1-4, Jesus is giving us a teaching by way of eye surgery. “How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?” (Matt 7:4). Basically Jesus is making this assessment: “If you impute an evil motive onto someone else, you’re simply making known what your motives are” (excerpted from “Revive Us Again”).

Discord isn’t going away anytime soon so long as we are all on this side of glory, but we Christians gotta do something to counteract its effect to those around us. I don’t think we should turn a blind eye to the events that are playing out around us, but I don’t think it’s a good idea that we join in the chorus either. We give a bad testimony to what Jesus Christ can do in the lives of the many that are lost…and the number of days are getting shorter until this ball of hate spins no more. We need to stop being sowers of discord and become pointers to The Cross. When we stand before the Judge of all judges we surely aren’t gonna be acknowledged for respecting a symbol, it’ll be for what was done for the Kingdom, nothing more. Amen?

Written by Chris Hughes: Chris, a graduate of The Colony of Mercy (11-2003) is married (Kathy) with two adult children (Kevin and Karen) and has been a Freedom Fighter contributor since 2008.

The Daily Bible Reading: Obadiah| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Daily Quote: “Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything” — Billy Graham

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1

Who Cares?

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Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. — 1st Peter 5:7

As a 14 year old boy when I watched my parents’ marriage fall apart and end in divorce, I became very angry and I acted out. When confronted about my behavior, I would respond with “who cares?” I think some of my darkest times have come when I find myself thinking and saying “who cares?” When I get to the point of not caring, it becomes very difficult to find my way back to the joy that I know God wants for my life.

The answer to that question is God cares, and He wants us to be the messengers of His love and caring nature. The only way to understand God’s love for us is through humility. A proud person will fail at seeing God cares for them. The writer in Hebrews quotes Proverbs 3:34 when he says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Hebrews 5:5b.

My prayer for the one I’m reaching out to is for God to soften their heart somehow to make them care. I see so much pain being distributed through anger towards one another, I have to believe it’s from not caring how people feel. I know I can be guilty of caring too much about a principle I feel strongly about, but if I care more about a principle then I do about the person, I’ve become unloving. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:2 “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”

To care is to think of others, and to think of others we need to think about God and the amazing gift of salvation through the Lord Jesus along with the Holy Spirit that guides and directs us. When I consider the love of God towards me, I can allow my heart to be softened and then caring becomes possible.

Some of the major obstacles to caring can also be past hurts and disappointments that prevent us from opening ourselves up to being hurt again. That’s where verses like 5:7 come in, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you”. The idea is when we are reaching hurting people and become the victim of rejection, it’s not us they’re rejecting but God. So, cast your cares on Him, lace up your boots and get back out there and care. Amen!

Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at rrussomano@americaskeswick.org.

The Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 26-27| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Daily Quote: “Jesus’ coming is the final and unanswerable proof that God cares.” – William Barclay

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1

 

 

No Believer Left Behind

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“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

Typically, this verse is used to reinforce the importance of working together within the marriage contexts. However, during our support group this week, the speaker was encouraging the importance of accountability, especially for men, in the area sexual morality.

No Man Left Behind.

This is a military concept that can reign true within the body of Christ. The story of Hacksaw Ridge was a true story about a private in the army during WWI. Andrew Garfield is a hero because of his bravery to help around 100 men, including some of the enemy. He unselfishly carried, medicated, and prayed for each individual as he brought them to safety, without firing a gun. He saved many lives and won a Congressional Medal of Honor.

There is safety within the Christian union, particularly, when strong accountability is present. There are not many believers who survive on their own, primarily because we weren’t created to function by ourselves. With the right accountability their strength, transparency, healing, encouragement, brotherly kindness, and an array of other perks sets us up for a productive life with Christ.

And let us not forget the ‘threefold cord’ reminds us that Christ is completely committed to us and making the union that much stronger. He is the foundation, the glue that all our relationships hang on. And we know Jesus declares, “No Believer Left Behind.”

Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 114-116| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Daily Quote: “The plain, unvarnished truth is that every one of us needs the accountability that comes from formal, regular, intimate relationships with other godly people.” – Wayne Mack

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1

 

 

 

 

Freedom Must be Fought for

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“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” ~ Ronald Reagan

Most of what we call ‘rights’ today are better described as desires. We desire better health care, higher pay, and greater pleasure and ease. These are all things we can obtain, but at the expense of our labor and hard work, or what our Founding Fathers called, ‘the pursuit of happiness’ (meaning to be content). This pursuit, along with ‘life and liberty’, are called inalienable rights, and they are endowed to every human being by God, our sustainer and provider (Jehovah Jirah). We are free to live this ‘life’ that is breathed into us by God, by the natural laws and limitations of His design or will. We are also at liberty to operate in this life, unconstrained by what brings harm and corruption to God’s creation and its design. All of this means we have these inalienable rights only because God endowed and sustains them, and we are able to pursue happiness and find contentment only within the confines of His will. Jesus summed this methodology up perfectly when He stated, “I am the Way (method), the Truth (design), and the Life (source), and no one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6)

There are many enemies to our freedom founded in God, the greatest of which is ‘selfish ambition’; the idea that man doesn’t need God and can establish and sustain his own life and liberty. Paul describes mans desire for autonomy in Romans 1:18 as, “suppressing the truth in unrighteousness” and “exchanging the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man.”

Because God ‘is Love’, He allows man to choose which path he will travel; to do otherwise would be ‘unloving’ and totalitarian. Those that choose the path of ‘corruptible man’, God in His perfect love, “…gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” (Romans 1:24-25)

But God does not do this without a fight; “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world (and its choice), but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:17) “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes (chooses live at liberty within the boundaries of His natural law and design, His will) in Jesus will not perish (in corruption) but have eternal (incorruptible) life.” (John 3:16)

Jesus has fought for your salvation on the Cross and has defeated your greatest enemies, sin (living against God’s design or will) and death (the result of that choice). No matter what you have done, when you, by faith call on His name, and join His revolution, you are guaranteed eternal life in God’s presence.

Not only has Jesus done this, but He continues to fight for you because the enemy is at the gate of your life, desiring to corrupt you with its lusts and pride. But as He told Peter when Satan wanted to ‘sift Him like wheat’, Jesus says to you, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith will not fail. And when you repent, (turning again to me), strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 21:31-32)

You are not alone; Jesus has led the revolution and defeated our enemies of ‘life, liberty, and pursuing contentment in Christ.’ And He continues to walk with you through every skirmish along the way Home. Won’t you walk with Him, enjoying the strength and security His presence in your life provides?

Choose wisely….

“…In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

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Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, and grandfather with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is a member of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church.

The Daily Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 11-15| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Daily Quote: “Let us remember, as people of faith, that our primary mission is not to have a political ideology, it’s to change the world so that every man, woman, boy, and girl can experience true freedom.” – Mike Huckabee

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1

The Ripple Effect of a Changed Life

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THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF A CHANGED LIFE

September 25, 1897

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Someone once said to Dwight L. Moody that “the world has yet to see what God will do with and for, through and around the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.”  That statement is certainly true of the life of William Raws, founder of the Colony of Mercy.

William Raws’ life was radically changed on February 17, 1886 when he trusted Christ as his personal Savior in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. His bondage to alcohol was broken and Raws was gloriously saved. In his own words, William Raws said, “One day, fairly dying from the effects of rum, unable even to keep hot rum brandy on my stomach, I staggered penniless to my room and fell against an old arm chair…Although under the influence of drink, a poor dying drunkard, a swearing, lustful, sinful man, I cried unto God. He heard my cry and saved me. For days and nights thereafter I could neither eat nor sleep. I was on the verge of delirium tremens…But peace came at last and victory through our Lord and Savior.”

Raws went on to begin the Whosoever Gospel Rescue Mission in Philadelphia but was burdened years later to begin a work in the country for men to escape city life and get alone with God. On September 25, 1897, the family and some friends met around an old pump organ and sang ALL HAIL THE POWER OF JESUS’ NAME. The crowd pooled their resources of $1.87 and claimed the promise from Philippians 4:19 — But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” God birthed the ministry of THE COLONY OF MERCY. And the rest is history.

Thousands of lives have been transformed by the power of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ because of the transformed life of William Raws. The ministry continues over a hundred years later with the good news that Christ can set men and women in bondage to sinful addictions free and that  through Christ, they can live victoriously.

God used the ordinary life of William Raws to impact thousands. He wants to take your ordinary life and doing extraordinary things. Are you willing to allow your life to have a ripple effect on others? Surrender you ALL to Him today. – Last week was the 120th anniversary of the Colony of Mercy. To God be the glory. From Real Victory for Real Life Volume 1

Rejoice! Pray! Give thanks!

Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 11 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

The Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 29-32| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Daily Quote: “He has been my Shepherd and has guided and kept me and supplied my every need. Tonight I can sing, ‘I love Him, I love Him, because He first loved me, And purchased my salvation on Calvary’s tree.’ I know from experience that His promises are sure, and He will supply our every need for spirit, soul and body.” — William Raws 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1

Four Amazing Promises for Us

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“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Over a thousand years ago, Isaiah prophesied of the coming Messiah. And with the Messiah, we received and now have access to many promises. Here are four from one verse.

Wonderful Counselor: I have been to a lot of good counselors, but none compare to the wisdom that derives from Christ and His Word. His understanding exceeds our expectations because he knows us better than we know ourselves. ‘He knows the plans he has for us.’

Mighty God: Calms the storm, parts the seas, feeds thousands, created the universe etc…And moreover, He is able to direct the stubborn human heart towards Him (probably the hardest of all) We have access to that God, and He is for us. Mightier than any hero or villain that we could create in our mind; divine authority. ‘Greater is he that is in us, than he that’s in the world’

Everlasting Father: Or better known as the Father of eternity. He is life, and life-giving to all who believe and called according to His purpose. Not just life according to a time frame, but also the quality of life. How many of us can testify that our life has changed since accepting the Lord?

Prince of Peace: Out of the month of Jesus Christ, “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT) and In Philippians 4:7, “The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Four foundational truths that are packed within one verse, that’s the power of God’s Word. Oh yeah, he also mentions that the government will be on His shoulder. Good to know this with all current activity. Rest in these promises with confidence in Him.

Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.

The Daily Bible Reading: Amos 5-9| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Daily Quote: “Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.” – Elisabeth Elliot

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 92:1

Come Now, Reason

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“If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land” — Isaiah 1:19

I’ll always remember Chaplain John Caruthers translation of Micah 6:8, the three “R”s, he would say “Be Responsible (Do Justly), Be Reasonable (Love Mercy) and Be Real (Walk Humbly.)” I always felt that the middle one, reasonable, was the most important. Without being a reasonable person, the other two could be very difficult.

The opposite of being reasonable could be defined as irrational. So, when it comes to being responsible or even being real, there should be some rationale. If we are honest, it’s not until we are willing to listen to reason that the Lord can get through to us. The Prophet Isaiah is delivering a message to the Children of Israel and after speaking truth to them about their way of life and pointing out how even their sacrifices were useless, he contends with them,

Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

How many times have we found ourselves in a situation and because we were willing to listen to God’s word, found comfort and healing? The opposite is also true, I can be too stubborn and continue to struggle with the issues in life by leaning on my own understanding.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, should be followed up with being responsible and real. It’s not until we walk uprightly and humble ourselves that our spiritual sight comes into focus.

Choosing to be a reasonable person is a position of stability, when I’m willing to listen to reason and prayerfully ponder my next decision it usually turns out for the good of all involved. Even when it doesn’t God’s grace covers the disappointment.

Responding to the call “Come now” is a sign of spiritual maturity that this world so desperately needs. The benefits of obedience to the Lord can be summed up by the Psalmist in the 36th Psalm,

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God, therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life;   In Your light we see light.”

Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at rrussomano@americaskeswick.org.

The Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 25| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Think About This: “He that rightly understands the reasonableness and Excellency of charity will know that it can never be excusable to waste any of our money in pride and folly.” – William Law

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 92:1

 

 

Half-Hearted

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Romans 6:17-18 – “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin, and have become slaves to righteousness.”

We’ve all heard the comparisons – halfhearted, lukewarm, hot or cold, neutral, unsure, undecided. When we accepted Christ as our savior for the forgiveness of our sins, this doesn’t automatically mean that we will never sin again. It means that if and when we sin, we can confess and know that our heavenly Father will forgive us. Before our acceptance of Christ, our master usually involved some sort of sin. It is our reaction to that temptation that keeps us from the sins that once controlled our lives. So will be cold or hot? Matthew 26:41 says “Watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Let us all strive to be like Christ in everything we do. We often hear how people are on fire for Christ. When was the last time you had a hot flash??

Written by Robert Breault. Robert is a full time staff member in our Food Service department.

The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 111-113| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Daily Quote: “I do not think the devil cares how many churches you build, if only you have lukewarm preachers and people in them.” – Charles Spurgeon

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 92:1

Obedience to Blessing

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“The promises of God trump the problems of life.”~ Inrig

Most of the greatest struggles I have faced have come later in life, and some of those struggles have been a direct result of having chosen to follow God’s path and not my desires, nor the appeal of cultural trends. But looking back I can honestly testify to the glory of our God, that He has always and faithfully provided for our every need.

Abraham learned this when God told him to sacrifice is heir and only son… the son of God’s promise through which he would become the father of nations, and by which all the world would be blessed. When Abraham acted in obedience to God’s Word, God intervened and provided a ‘substitute’ for the sacrifice, blessing Abraham with the son of the promise once again. The key to God’s blessing him is found in God’s response to Abraham’s obedience, “”Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”” (Genesis 22:12)

Releasing our grip on what we love the most in this life, into the hands of our Gracious God, is the act of faith He is looking for in order to release the blessings of Heaven into our lives. For as the writer of Hebrews testifies, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

It was here at Mount Moriah that Abraham came to know God as “Jehovah-Jireh” or “The Lord will provide”.

You can know Him in like manner; just answer one question, “What are you holding onto that you love more than our gracious and loving God?” Is it your family, reputation, career, dreams, will, yourself, a relationship, a vocation, riches, property…? There are many things we can idolize and even be addicted too; maybe God is calling to you today to let it go, placing it into His hands…? When you do, just like Abraham, your obedience will open up the gates to all of the promises of our faithful Heavenly Father.

Choose wisely….

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future….And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

(Jeremiah 29:11; Philippians 4:19)

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Written by David Brown: David Brown is a husband, father, and grandfather with a Masters of Religious Studies and a Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions. Dave is a member of Pemberton’s First Baptist Church.

The Daily Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 6-10| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

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Daily Quote: “You express love by obedience.” – Jack Hyles

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 92:1