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You know me! You know what I’m doing, how I’m doing, what I’m thinking, you know every minute of every day.
You know I don’t, can’t, tolerate evil. Especially those who lie, manipulate, and control. Grant me a discerning frame of mind, the ability to recognize sin in both my life and the world around me. Give me patience and a clear mind in all of today’s challenges and situations.
Let my love for You grow and deepen. Keep me humble and always mindful of Your grace and forgiveness.
Show me where You are working and let me join You there.
Strengthen, guide, and protect me, my family, friends, government leaders and all who are in harms way.
Make it so because of Jesus and in His Great Name!
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Blessings to you and yours!
And the King will answer them, I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me. Matthew 25:40
These kinds of questions are so convicting for me that I already feel the need to get on my knees.
Are we giving a cup of water (or food, or clothing, or help) when one who does not have it shows the need? Or are we sending them away with a hug and the thought that we have problems and needs too? They may not ask, but when we see the need we must act upon it. We really do show our commitment to our LORD through our actions. Can we even imagine the surge of New Believers if our relationship with Jesus is evident in all our thoughts, words, and actions?
Applying ourselves to a way of life that shares our faith and our resources regularly with those around us is one way to reach the non-Believer. Caring about others goes a long way toward saying and showing that we really are who God says we are.
There is an additional page on this blog called Lifestyle Evangelism where there are suggestions for caring, sharing, and reaching out to everyone around us. We are commanded to reach and teach the lost but we must also remember those who are found. Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Be the one to give it!
Take the time – TODAY!
Edited and reposted from a previous article.
After reading this post I went to the Barna site to read the survey and find the questions. I am not happy with me after reading the post and article and need to make some changes. This is really worth the read.
Call it an interlude if you must, but this survey by the Barna Group is worth a glance if it causes me to reflect on who others see in me; Jesus or Pharisee?
By the time I had made it through the article I was pretty disgusted with my own attitudes and actions. As much as I didn’t want to admit it, it appears there’s a lot more Pharisee living in this heart than Kingdom living allows for. Here’s a sampling, and the entire article with some neat charts can be found here.
Actions like Jesus:
- I listen to others to learn their story before telling them about my faith.
- In recent years, I have influenced multiple people to consider following Christ.
- I regularly choose to have meals with people with very different faith or morals from me.
- I try to discover the needs of non-Christians rather than waiting…
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Sometimes the things I write have a way of going full circle. At Tuesday morning’s Bible Study a friend came to me with a piece of paper and said if I was really serious about my comments in Part 1 here is how I could follow through. On this paper was the address of the prison closest to us. He explained how to use their website to find those from our area. Now I can write them notes of encouragement and I am excited about doing that. Thank you friend!!!
The next way to please God is Hebrews 13:3b. It tells us to remember those who are suffering. Not just in our thoughts but as though we were right there with them going through what they are. I think the reason for the admonition is we have a tendency to say things like, ‘I know what you’re going through’ or ‘a friend had the same thing happen’ or … Friends I don’t care if the exact thing happened to me it doesn’t make it easier for the one suffering. I’ve found that my presence, a hug, words that say I love you, I care about you, tell me what I can do, are much more supportive.
I think I could do a year’s worth of blogs on this next one. MARRIAGE IS TO BE HONORED BY ALL. Faithfulness to our spouse shows the world who and whose we are. Immorality and adultery will be judged by God. 40 years of marriage to one person has taught me a lot. Ray is my lover, my counselor, my confidant, my helper, my supporter, my friend…and I am his. We are man and woman together and that’s how God intended it to be. We honor God by not only honoring one another but honoring the marriages of those around us.
Do not love money!!! Be satisfied with what you have! God is not saying we can’t be rich or not have possessions. He is saying anytime, anything becomes more important to you than HIM it becomes your god. You can have no other gods. We are to be satisfied with Him, in Him, and through Him.
Ah, Lord, God, mighty and powerful, You are my One and Only! Thank You for the privilege of teaching Your word. Help us desire above all to be more and more like You. Let our words, our lives, our actions be pleasing to You. I lift this prayer in the Precious Name of my Jesus. Make it so!