Posted in Jesus, messiah, rock on March 6, 2014|
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Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. – 1 John 2:3
We are expected to keep His commandments. By doing so, we demonstrate that we truly know Him.
That sounds simple enough.
There’s just one problem.
More than that is expected of us.
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. – 1 John 2:6
We are expected “to walk just as He walked.” That’s where it gets a little more complicated.
Jesus is literally a hard act to follow. Yet, we can do it.
He promises to never leave us or forsake us. We have His Spirit dwelling within us as believers. He is present so we don’t go at it alone.
Acknowledge His presence in your life. Know that Him being alive within you can allow you to do mighty works. Stay in tune with the urgings of His Spirit alive within you. Refer to the Scriptures morning by morning, then seek out opportunity upon opportunity to live by them daily.
That being said, live up to the expectation of living like Jesus daily.
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Posted in activities, leadership, methods, ministry, rock, sand, structure, Word, tagged Bible, Christ, church, faith, gospel, ministry, relationship, support, work on July 23, 2010|
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And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.-Matthew 7:27 (NASB)
One key and vital question in ministry today is both simple yet profound: what is your ministry built upon? Is it built upon rock or sand? What sort of foundation is your ministry standing upon? Is it something solid? Is it something that allows you to sleep well at night? Or, is it something that keeps you up at all hours of the night?
Before rising to new heights, let us first establish a firm foundation.
It may sound remedial or even rudimentary, but it is a highly critical question to ask of yourself and your ministry. You must identify where and upon what type of surface you have built your ministry. You have to clearly see if all your hard work has been based upon hearing and doing what the Word of God says. Or, have you been hearing the Word of God and making up your own blueprints along the way? What have you built your ministry upon?
Why do I ask this? It is simple. The foundation of any structure determines the longevity of the structure. There is no mystery that pyramids have withstood the test of time and weather in the Valley of Kings in Egypt, whether you believe in global warming or not. Such structures have a solid foundation. The same could be said of the Great Wall of China. It goes back to the foundation of the structure. If the foundation is weak, the entire structure is bound to collapse sooner than later. If the foundation is solid, then the structure is likely to stand the test of time and weather the storms and rain.
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.
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