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Weekday devotionals for Christians

The Lone Ranger was Not Real

Hebrews 10:22-25
(22)  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
(23)  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
(24)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
(25)  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

I want to share with you some summary thoughts and some thoughts that have come from my experience as well in relation to church attendance and being active in church:

It’s been my experience that when you disconnect from the church (the people), you begin to drift spiritually. That’s not always the case, but in the majority of situations, that represents reality.

We need Christ, and we need each other, that truth won’t change. The Church is the greatest force on earth to that end.

4 good reasons it’s important to be part of a local church:

1) We tend to drift spiritually when not connected relationally.

A church is not required for salvation but it is necessary in spiritual growth.  Without the Church as the foundation (the organized body of Christ), the message of Jesus travels much slower.

When we drift from a community of believers, the human mind begins to rationalize. “I love God, and He loves me, I don’t need to go to church.” That’s true, but it’s only a half-truth, and half-truths often lead us down a dangerous road.

The other half is the overwhelming evidence that when you are connected to a group of committed believers, the likelihood of your continued spiritual growth is exponentially higher.

2) God did not make the Spiritual Lone Ranger.

Christianity was never intended to be an independent endeavor.  There will be no crowns in heaven for those “Lone Rangers”.

The nature of Christianity is essentially relational. The primary relationship is between God and mankind. That relationship was perfect until broken by sin. (Genesis 3:1-19) The relationship was restored by a covenant. That covenant promise was fulfilled through Christ.

Christianity was never intended to be a “Lone Ranger” proposition. We need each other. There is no perfect church, and there are no perfect Christians, but together we help each other become the persons God intended us to be.  I have found that those who want to be the “Lone Ranger Christian” are those who can not accept any correction that comes and they bristle at the fact that they are a sinner in need of Christian fellowship like everyone else.  God has given us a gift of the fellowship of the church for us to be loved and admonished.  What a blessing!

Just a Quick note to my Wonderful Best Friend!….

Happy Birthday Angela!  I Love You!

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July 21, 2017 Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Be a Little Jesus!

1Jn 3:16  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
1Jn 3:17  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Mat 25:40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Lesson #9

The tree must be watered in order to last through the season.

Lesson #10

The tree is decorated by it’s owner and has no choice in what is put on it.

Lesson #11

The Decorator knows what ornament or decorations to use to cover up the “gaps, imperfections, and blemishes” on the tree to make the tree look as if there was nothing wrong with the tree at all!

Lesson #12

The Christmas tree is decorated with lights for others to see when it is dark.

Lesson #13

Gifts are customarily at the foot of the Tree.  You know how it works: Beautifully Wrapped, Wonderful  presents are waiting to be opened (so that they can be pushed aside so the boxes can be played with..ha ha) at the foot of the tree.

Application

We are supposed to live a life of selflessness and we need to be looking for ways to meet the needs of others.  My grandmother always took this opportunity to meet the need of me opening up “under garments” in front of everyone there!  I have always wondered what she was thinking as she was shopping for that particular “need”.

We should be looking for the opportunities to be a “little Jesus” to others.  When was the last time that you looked for a need to fill from someone other than family?  I know of some people who do this, and I know that God blesses them for it!  Are you that type of person?  If not, why don’t you become someone like that?  It is a wonderful and sacrificial life that can only be experienced by meeting the needs of others!  I want to challenge you to do this on a weekly basis.  If a need is presented to you from God and you are able to meet it, then step out on faith and be a “little Jesus”!  Try it, regardless of any possible return or blessing that can come back to you.  Living a life of selflessness is something that we Americans need to do more of…starting with me.  We all should ask God to present a need to us to fulfill.  These needs can vary from giving:

-encouragement,

-a listening ear,

-financial,

-advice,

-time, etc…

Will you be a little Jesus?

 

 

 

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