In our moment of need, we, sometimes, expect God to drop something supernatural and awe-inspiring out of the sky to meet that need. Many times, God will speak to our spirit and direct us to something or someone in response to our prayers instead. The answer to our prayers is not always going to be spectacular in nature, but something that is practical in which we already have access to as God has already provided for the need beforehand. It is often some thing of which we felt we had no need for previously…and then we have the “aha” moment. As we go through life, we need to remember that everything was created for a purpose and not to be discounted…regardless of how insignificant it may be appear to be (Eccl. 3:1-8)…#thinkonthesethings
It was the best of times…we laughed…we sang…we rejoiced…and all was going well. There was no end to celebrating our God because He has caused us to triumph victoriously over all of our adversaries. Then, without a moments notice…it was the worst of times…the laughing ceased…the singing ended…the joy was replaced with sorrow…and everything took a turn for the worse. Our once never ending ascriptions of praise and adoration have turned into murmuring about and questioning the same God we were just celebrating only moments before.
In a state of panic, we begin to operate in fear as our faith begins to diminish. We search for solutions in every place except the One we were, only moments before, celebrating for His wondrous acts and for Him being mighty to save and deliver. In our moments of fear, we must slow down long enough to remember and reflect on the goodness of God towards us in times past. “Have faith in God…” (Mk. 11:22). He is still the same God Who delivered us before…he never changes (Heb. 13:8)…#thinkonthesethings
Attending our “worship services” is paramount to our ongoing growth as children of God. But after the songs end, the music ceases, and the minister closes the Bible, what are we to do next? We are called to live a life of obedience to the One Whom we have assembled to celebrate. We are called to apply to our everyday living all of the principles communicated to us during this moment of celebration. We are to spread the good news of God’s love to others so they, too, may share in this wonderful relationship and reconciled lifestyle as well. We must begin to put our spiritual training to use in like manner as we have our secular training. God’s purpose for calling us out of darkness and placing us into His family goes much deeper than ensuring our salvation is intact…we are responsible for throwing the line back out into the deep in order to pull whomsoever will into the ark of safety as well…#thinkonthesethings
Do we view worship as something that is done when we gather together with other believers? Do we view worship as something that we do whenever we are going through a wilderness experience? Do we view worship as something to do when life is “going our way”? If so, we have the wrong idea of what worship is…
Worship is a lifestyle. It is how we conduct ourselves whether we are alone or in the presence of others. It is how we “relate” to others. It is how we “relate” to ourselves. It is how we approach our study and prayer time. It is how we approach our jobs. It is how we approach our area of ministry. It is our approach to the culture surrounding us. The Bible teaches us that as “servants of the Lord,” we are to “do the will of the Lord from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men…” (Eph. 6:6,7). In everything that we do, we are to do it unto God because we were created to bring glory to Him. In other words, worship is a reflection of our attitude toward God and Who we believe Him to be in our lives and it is outwardly manifested through our everyday actions. So, in examining ourselves, have we really been worshipping God?…#thinkonthesethings
It is easy to question “why, how, what, when and where” when we are going through a crisis, but in doing so, we are falling into a trap prepared by the enemy. If the devil can get us to question the sovereignty, love, plan, authority and existence of God in the midst of all that we endure, then he will be able to make us question all that we believe and our very reason for living. This places us within a dangerous place spiritually wherein the enemy will be able to come into our lives and wreak havoc at will and destroy us. The best plan of counterattack that we have against the enemy is to stand upon the authority of what God says to us within His Word. This is not the time to isolate ourselves from others, but to run into the ark of safety and find refuge for our weary souls. Remember, it is a trick of the enemy designed to destroy us, “…lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices…” (2 Cor. 2:11)…#thinkonthesethings
Children can be quite inquisitive and gullible at times. They can also be funny and sweet as well. We love these tender moments and try to cherish them for as long as they will last. But then comes the adolescent years wherein these lovely little creatures transition into bigger ones whose ways are not so palatable anymore. During these years, they tend to challenge every household rule. They often increase in rebellion and defiance right before our eyes as the thoughts and opinions of their “friends” seem to trump every thing we have attempted to instill within them.
Sometimes, we want to lay hands on them…and not in a spiritual manner either. The funny thing is that we do not realize that they are only mirroring how we act with our Heavenly Father at times. We are often rebellious and disobedient. The opinions of others often trump what our Father has instructed us to do within His Word…and yet He remains patient…loving…and kind. When all is said and done, we should consider responding to our Heavenly Father with the same attitude and respect that we seek to receive from our children…#thinkonthesethings
Prosperity in the economy of the Kingdom of God has been the hot topic of the day as many of the Kingdom’s people have been taken advantage of by their leaders. These leaders justify their actions by saying that the Bible says, “I wish you would prosper and be in good health.” The problem with what they are saying is that the Bible actually states, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 Jn. 2).
This Scripture is being misapplied in the Body as a promise from God when it was actually intended to be a greeting from one believer to another fellow believer. This does not negate the fact that God “…gives us richly all things to enjoy…” (1 Tim. 6:17). However, when God does provide these material things, they serve a binary purpose:
1) to meet our daily need, and 2) “…that they (we) do good, that they (we) be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate…” (1 Tim. 6:18).
The phrase “…willing to communicate…” comes from a Greek word, koinonikos, meaning ‘to be liberal.’ The word, liberal, means ‘to be given freely or abundantly,’ which corresponds to what Jesus teaches us when He said, “…freely ye have received, freely give…” (Mt. 10:8). Anything that has been given to us by God comes with a responsibility. God expects us to be good stewards over all parts of His creation. This is inclusive of the material things that he has provided us. If we see a brother or sister in need and we have the means to help, then we should be of assistance (Mt. 25:35-40, 42-45). In the abovementioned passages, Jesus explains that in extending love and mercy to one another, we are, in essence, doing the same to Him. When we refuse to be generous with something that belongs to God, we are refusing to be loving and merciful to Christ as well. The underlying motive behind this is the spirit of greed.
We all hear too often that “money is the root of all evil.” This is a lie and a trick of the enemy. The Bible teaches us, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves with many sorrows” (1 Tim. 6:10). Money takes on the personality of the person who is in possession of it. It reveals the true nature of the person who is in possession of it. If a person is stingy, it will be exposed. If a person is liberal, it will be exposed. If a person is a wise steward, it will be exposed. If a person is an unwise steward, it will be exposed. It is true that it takes money to make the world go around because it can help foster many of the essential relationships we need to advance God’s Kingdom. Conversely, it can also destroy our efforts when the finances that are intended for Kingdom advancement are placed in the hands of a person who is filled and motivated by the spirit of greed. The Apostle Paul warns us to “…flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness…” (1 Tim. 6:11).
There is nothing wrong with having nice things. But we must learn to do so in ‘moderation,’ which comes from Greek word, epieikes, stressing “that which is appropriate.” This corresponds with the contemporary definition, which describes it as “the avoidance of extremes or excesses.” We cannot allow ourselves to be overcome by the spirit of greed because it will consume every good intention we aspire to accomplish in the name of Christ. Most importantly, it will bring a reproach upon God’s reputation and that of His Kingdom as well.