Sobering Scriptures

These Scriptures speak for themselves. It should make us evaluate our lives in light of how we will stand before God.  We rely on His grace for sure but how we live our lives on this earth will be taken into account.  We shall all stand before Christ and give an account for what we did with this life that God gave us in Christ. Let us serve Him to the fullest.

1Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Be Still In A Noisy World

Have you ever tried to find quiet in a noisy world? 

Today’s life is filled with busy activities and things that clutter our minds.  We often feel that the more we have to do on our calendar the better.  After all staying busy, “Keeps us out of trouble”, right?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHowever,  when is the last time you stopped to smell the roses?  When is the last time that you sat down uninterrupted for 20 to 30 minutes and just meditated on the things of God?

Psalm 46 declares, “Be still and know that I am God.” 

It is often hard to hear God’s voice or even to sense His presence when everything else is calling our name.  We always have another place to go, another thing to do, another call to make.  Remember, however, to take time to be still.  God’s embrace is not very far away.  You just have to stop long enough to embrace Him back.

I challenge you this week to take 30 minutes alone in a place that is free from distraction.  Do not turn on your cell phone, or bring anything with you but your Bible and be still.  That’s right, Be still!  I know it is hard for some people to “sit around” but take the challenge anyway.

Be still and you will find refreshing for your weary soul.

The Grey Areas or Are They?

This week, abuzz in all circles of the social media networks, we find complete contrasts in the Christian spectrum.  On one side, we as Christians are rightly appalled at the brutal murders of 21 Christians who have been beheaded in the Middle East by ISIS.  The heartless and cruel murders have struck a chord with believers because this is injustice, yet it is something that Jesus said was going to happen to Christians.  There has been an outcry.  It’s not right that Christians are martyred.

Certainly, my heart goes out to the families of these brave men who gave their lives for Christ.  They are sharing a prophet’s reward in Heaven and have been clothed in garments of white. These believers gave their heads to the cause of Christ and instead of renouncing Him, they proclaimed Him until their final breath.  We should all be so strong.  These brave souls willingly gave themselves for Christ, while American Christians are too timid to witness to our co-workers or neighbors because we are afraid of rejection or worse yet offending people.  Oh that we would be more like these martyrs, willing to share Christ no matter the cost.

But one thing that causes me to wonder about the true state of Christianity in America is that we champion the martyrs cause but yet in the end, many of us would not stand for Christ when facing the same fate.  Furthermore, while Christians around the world are giving their lives, we in America are having to be convinced that it is wrong to go to the theater to see an unwholesome movie.

Here is where the “grey”area comes to light.  Men die for their faith because they go against the society’s norms and do not embrace things contrary to Christ, yet in America, the church is divided over accepting things that are unholy.  Why must there be articles and social media blasts out there to warn Christians about seeing a movie that is known to be unholy, as if the “R’ rating isn’t enough to warn us. Why must we be persuaded?  Is there a question as to whether these types of things are okay for the believer to view?

The contrast we look at, is the way that we view things.  It alarms us when 21 men lose their heads for Christ, but it doesn’t alarm us that Christians should be warned of an unwholesome movie.  Perhaps I am making too much of this, but I would dare say that if American believers were faced with being beheaded they would not even think of whether this movie is unholy or not.  In fact, we would be searching every part of our lives to see that we live holy in our speech, our actions, what we view and what we listen to.  This generation is faced with a decision, will we choose to live differently than the world’s standards?  Will we choose to live holy lives like the Bible says and quit being swayed by the world?

Here is a  thought: Those 21 men gave their lives because they did not embrace the culture of another religion.  Why are we so worried about not making people upset because we do not embrace immorality?  Friends, be different. Don’t live your life in such a way that someone has to convince you not to do sinful things.  Open the Word of God and it will tell you what you should and should not do.  Not because God is a stick in the mud but because He loves you enough to know what is best for your life.  Let us be so unashamed of Christ that we are willing to lay down our lives for Him and let us live holy lives at all times that we would be ready for Christ at any moment.

Convicting Verses

I’ve been reading over these verses this week. Convicting with no commentary needed.  How do they speak to you? These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look [the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that manufactures wicked thoughts and plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who breathes out lies [even under oath], and he who sows discord among his brethren.