Lest We Forget…

Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life… (Deuteronomy 4:9)

Ever since my pastor explained to me that the disciples should have not been afraid when Jesus walked on water since they JUST witnessed the miracle He did in feeding the multitude, God has been dealing with me on how much of a forgetful people we are. Just like the disciples did then, and the children of Israel did in OT times, we often live in the moment and never walk in remembrance of what God has already done when faced with a new obstacle to overcome. If faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, we should have the confidence to rest in the nature of God based off of what He has already done! The staple of Christianity is faith, but it’s ironic that many Christians lack that very thing. Let’s receive Moses’ encouragement to Israel, before they entered into the Promised Land, to help bolster our faith based on God’s abiding faithfulness. Satan will try to rob you of remembering what God has done, so that you forget His nature when new situations arise. Being able to quote scripture is not sufficient, but rather personally encountering God’s nature in specific situations is what embeds those understandings within us. It is my personal conviction to write out everything God does for me so that I may “take heed to myself, and diligently keep myself, lest I forget the things I have seen, and they depart from me.” It is through this simple discipline that unbelief and doubt are forbidden to creep in as, in the face of adversity, I can rest in the promises of God and never forget His nature based on what He has already done. I hope this encourages someone. God bless!

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Radical Christians?

A big mistake that I think we make in the world of Christianity is labeling specific Christians as “radical.” In so doing, we perpetuate an acceptable distinction between Christian devotion which was never intended. For example, one “believer” can attend church once a week, or worse, once a year and another can go all out serving in three different countries and lay down their life for the gospel, and that is OK in our modern, American Church. No!!! There really should be no difference between you and a “radical” believer! We should all be “radical!” Our sincere devotion to God should be evidenced in equal manners across believers! Now, I am aware that people are called to different ministry and have different gifts, however, passivity is not permissible within God’s kingdom. In other words, you can’t just say you believe and your life doesn’t show that you believe. Even though we aren’t justified by our works that doesn’t mean there is not work that needs to be done! This concept is seen throughout scripture. A lot of those that nominally identify themselves as Christians need to break out of the mindset that “the Bible is condensed simply in terms of John 3:16.” Yes, the Bible says if you believe you will have everlasting life, but it also says if you believe you will do the works Christ did. Does our lives mirror Jesus’ life? The Bible says to examine yourself if you’re in the faith. Let us examine ourselves! We need to be more serious about the will of God! God wills that none should perish and that all should come to repentance, so let’s fulfill the will of our Father and get out into the harvest! Amen? Amen!

Let us be equally radical!

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2:26)