Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Stakes Are High - Either You Grow Or Die!

Our bodies are producing thousands of new cells every second.  If our bodies stop producing new cells, we cease to exist.  The cell production has to keep up with the amount of cells that are dying and becoming waste. Christ calls the church His body.  I believe the body of Christ is just like our human body in that we must continue to add new people, or we cease to exist.  Over 3,000 churches will close their doors this year because they didn't keep growing.  If you want to help your church continue to exist and even thrive, try doing some of these things.

  • Pray that your church would be open and friendly to those who visit.  Churches can turn into a “holy huddle” that is very unwelcoming.  
  • Invite your family, friends and neighbors to church.  Most people are waiting for someone to invite them to church.  
  • Ask God to send you people you can invite.  If you ask God to set up a few divine appointments, He will put some people in your path that you can invite to church.  
  • If you have been in church very long, most of your friends are probably already a part of your church.  Make sure you maintain contact with people who don’t attend church by being involved in activities outside the church.  

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Glory Test

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 
This verse gives us a key that will help us in deciding what we should do.  I would call this the glory test.  Whenever we have a question about something we are going to do, simply ask, “Can I do this to God’s glory?”  This question will keep us from going down a lot of wrong paths.  You won’t be stealing, getting drunk, gossiping, etc. because those things can’t be done to God’s glory.  That question will also help us determine our motives.  Sometimes, we need to ask, “Why am I doing this?”  If it is not for God’s glory or it is for our glory, then we need to make some adjustments in our life.  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Seeking or Doing

Somebody has said, “Those seeking the will of God are overrun by those doing the will of God.”  The will of God is progressive.  When we obey what God has given us to do, He will reveal the next step.  We spend a lot of time praying and seeking the will of God when we already know what He wants us to do.  We want the next ten steps, but God only gives us one.  If He gave us the next ten steps, it might scare us, and we would never move.  When we do what we know, we are building faith for the bigger steps that are ahead.  What’s your next step?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Death by Worms

I was reading in Acts 12 about Herod’s death by worms.  After Herod spoke, the people were shouting that his voice was the voice of a god, not of a man.  Scripture says that because Herod did not give praise to God, he was eaten by worms.  I can remember as a kid thinking that was a cool story.  As an adult, I see it very differently because I understand the destructive nature of pride.  Reinhard Bonnke said, “Don’t accept the applause of men, and you won’t be destroyed by their criticism.”  We must always be checking our motives. How we react to applause and criticism may give us an indication as to what our motives are.  David asked for God’s help in Psalm 139:23-24,  “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Monday, October 8, 2012

Following and Fishing

Jesus said, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”  
Jesus makes it very clear that if we are following Him, we are fishing for men.  It clearly says that He will make us a fisher of men if we are following.  This is not optional.  As we follow Christ, we begin to have His heart for people. I believe we can tell how closely we are following by our desire to reach out to those who don’t know Him.  We will often chastise people for not sharing their faith.  Could it be that we need to lead them to a deeper faith in Christ and a more consistent walk with Him?