Maundy Thursday services begin at 7pm.
Those with true faith will seek God earnestly. They understand that not only does God exist, but that He rewards us according to the intensity of our pursuit of Him, Thus, we reveal our faith by the way we run the race. So, how’s your race going today? “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrew’s 11:6)
St Paul tells us we are to discipline or train ourselves to be godly. (1 Tim. 4:7). Paul gives us an example of this in 1 Cor. as he describes the physical training a Greek athlete goes through to compete in the Greek games. So here’s a thought as you watch your favorite football team this weekend. If an athlete goes through the pain of preparing himself for the game to win a temporal prize, how much more should we Christians discipline ourselves to obtain a crown that lasts forever
The Apostle John wrote. “My dear children I write this to you so that you will not sin.” (1 John 2:1) John is saying this to us to make it our aim not to sin. I wonder if this is in my heart or, is it my aim not to sin “very much.” After reading John’s words I realize God is calling us to a higher level of commitment to. NOT SIN at all. Suddenly my idea of “not sinning very much ” sounds pretty weak.
We as Christians are called to be holy as God is holy. Many Christians today have developed what is called a “Cultural Holiness “. This simply means they have adapted to the character and behavioral patterns of those Christians around them. But God has not called us to be like those around us. What He has called us to do is to be like Him. Holiness is nothing less than conforming to the character of God. We must take this seriously if we are to grow in holiness.
Let’s talk about obedience today. Not just any kind of obedience but “radical obedience.” By radical obedience we are not talking about just the minimal standards, but the act of pursuing extravagant fulfillment of obedience. This kind of obedience involves listening and obeying immediately and completely. Steve Peglow once talked about “common law Christians.” These are people who want all the benefits of living with Jesus without making the commitment. As you hear God’s voice, move out in action immediately and completely. Then you will be known as one who has a radical commitment to Jesus and not a “common law follower.”
I long for a prayer life that is comprised mostly of silence. It’s a great delight to talk to God, but it’s even more thrilling when He talks to me. I’ve discovered that He has more important things to say than I do. Things don’t change when I talk to God. Things do change when God talks to me. The power of prayer is found not in convincing God of my agenda, but in waiting upon Him to hear His agenda.
I sometimes wonder if God. Holds back a sense of His presence when we pray simply to test us. It is easy to pray when we feel His presence. However it is not so easy to pray when we do not feel His presence. The good news is that God is always by our side whether we feel Him or not. So don’t get discouraged when you don’t feel like He is there. He hasn’t left you. Remember His words, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. ” I don’t know about you but I need to be reminded of that from time to time.
One of the great truths of our Christian faith is the joy of cultivating a life with God. Imagine the delight of it. You are tucked away in a quite place. The door is shut while you are curled up in a comfortable position. The living word of God is laid open before you. Jesus is sitting beside you while the Holy Spirit is washing your heart all the while your love is awakened as you meditate upon the words of His mouth. Your spirit is ignited and your mind is renewed. You talk to Him and He talks to you in the language of intimate friendship. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Paul cautioned us not to “grieve the Holy Spirit “. The word he used for grieve means “getting your feelings hurt “. For example, we grieve the Holy Spirit by refusing to forgive someone. Have you ever seen a person experiencing grief? Sure you have. It’s not a pretty sight. So what kind of advice do you think Paul might give us about this situation? Find out what grieves the Holy Spirit and simply dont do it “