Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Monday, February 22, 2010

Is there accountability in your life?

"Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 NKJV

Are you a leader?

Do you think of yourself as a leader?

Do you take advice from others?

Are you willing to be corrected when necessary?

Have you used your position or authority to beat down the opinions and objections of others?

Have you Just casually dropped the Scriptures or God's name into a conservation to intimidate others to get your way?

When our security depends on God, we can and will appreciate people for their strengths and weaknesses.

Different views and perspectives are a result of people in different stages of growth in faith.

When our faith grows to the level where there is respect and acceptance of others it will free us to serve God as we should.

"God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5 NIV

Let me be the first to encourage you that no one changes overnight, but gradually day by day.

We are forgiven, redeemed sinners adopted into God's family.

We are in the process of becoming like He is.

God holds His people to a higher standard.

God holds His people accountable, so that they can lead those chosen vessels back to Himself.

The church is a spiritual hospital so to speak.

A place where people are free to heal under the Great Physician.

In a hospital you will find sick and wounded people, so it is in the church.

Even as Christians we are going to have some problems.

God will use these problems to help grow our character.

As a Christian we will develop Christlike character, but that will take time, effort and faith.

So be expecting some struggles.

The worst thing that you can do is to pretend that you don't have any problems.

Don't be ashamed, for if you are ashamed then you really have not fully accepted that grace that God has provided for you.

Come as you are broken, bruised, ashamed, come to the healing hospital.

For no one has a faith that can be free from accountability from others.

For love covers a multitude of sins, and so does accountability.

Anyone who claims that he or she does not need other people to be accountable to is sure guaranteed to fail.

God never intended for anyone to be so focused on Him, that we would not need to stay connected with people.

Accountability is important!

Accountability is important to everyone, especially those who minister, those who are in leadership.

Faith is based on a personal relationship and on trust.

No one is just only accountable to God.

With lack of accountability should come a red flag - a warning.

For without accountability our faith is built on self assertion and ego.

EGO - Edging God Out

What sin are you trying to hide?

Why are you not accountable?

Are your ways unchecked, unchallenged, unbalanced, or out of control?

Are you an accountable only to God person?

Have you defined God in your own terms?

Have you created a religion around your needs and only your needs?

Do you think that no one other than you understands your current situation?

When there is no accountability, one will become detached and confused about God's Word and truth.

One cannot believe in God's Word and still believe that all religions are the same.

Those especially in leadership need to have a relationship with a trustworthy friend who will make them accountable.

A relationship where God's Word and the healing ointment of Christian love can help mend the spiritual aliments that can afflict us all.

Don't let that secret temptation or obsession gain power in your life.

For if you let it grow, it will start to control you.

Once it is in control, then you will begin to doubt God's love and your salvation.

This secret temptation or obsession will harden your heart.

All the while your heart is hardened, you will be looking for ways to hide this secret rather than connecting with God and others.

The enemy loves your secrets, because it affects many, just not you anymore.

Talk with someone that you can confide in and tell of your temptations, your obsessions, and your vulnerability.

Together you can develop a plan of accountability.

Just knowing that you even have to answer daily to your friend will help.

It will help motivate you from falling into sin, by taking you into responsibility.

Being accountable to someone will help break that temptation on your life.

Everyone of us needs a trusted friend to confide in.

If you don't have a trusted friend - call out to Jesus - He will answer you.

"I'm not saying that I have all this together, that I have made it. But I am well on the way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wonderously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert on this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward - to Jesus. I'm off and running, and I'm not turning back. So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision - you'll see it yet! Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it." Philippians 3:12-14 Message Bible

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Velentines Message

For God so loVed the world, that He gAvHis onLy begottEn SoN That whosoever believeth In Him should Not perish,but have Everlasting life." John 3:16

We were created to Love Him and be Loved by Him.

Happy Valentines Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Approach, Appreciate, and Apply

"Thy Word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against Thee." Psalm 119:11

No matter what our own distinctive weaknesses are God has called each one of us individually.

God walks and talks with each one of us on an individual basis.

Do you realize that as a believer in this life, one of our primary callings is to be in fellowship with God.

Are you committed to doing that which is right, just and fair?

Have you not noticed in your life, that the work of grace has touched your heart?

Is the Word of God empowered by the Spirit of God in your life, in your heart?

Is sin in your life allowing you to make all kinds of excuses so that you do not get into God's Word?

Did you know that when you approach and apply God's Word correctly, the grace of God will change you from the inside out.

How do you approach God's Word?

Do you revere it?

Do you ignore it?

Do you find that everything is relative?

For if you find it relative then one would have to assume that the Bible does not contain absolute truth.

"By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth." Psalm 33:6

I pray that you do not approach the Holy Scriptures with selectiveness.

It does not matter at all how we feel at that moment.

God's Word is not to be dissected.

God's Word is a revelation of Himself.

God's Word is to be delighted in.

God's Word has an answer for every need, every question that comes our way.

So, open up His Word and enjoy Him.

Ask God to reveal from His Word what you need.

Ask God to reveal from His Word what He wants you to learn.

Make His Word a daily habit.

Watch how it affects you overall attitude.

The change will be gradual, but others will start seeing a different side of you that they had not because you are giving of yourself to be in God's Word.

Personally, I am going to make sure that I read it, learn it, digest it, and obey it.

When we read it, learn it, digest it, and obey it, we will live it and the Word will live in us!

The Bible is the best resource for the believers of God.

There are very basic principles to live by and apply to our daily lives.

There are many promises to claim as a believer in Christ.

God's Word helps comfort and heal our broken hearts.

God's Word is a rich resource which gives us guidance, direction, correction, and encouragement.

"Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the Words of knowledge." Proverbs 23:12

What is your attitude towards the Word of God?

The Word of God is His personal revelation of Himself.

Do you believe the Bible to be the inherent, infallible Word of God?

How much time do you spend it it?

Do you take His Word lightly?

A reverence of the Word of God is to believe it, obey it, and let it transform your life.

Take a moment and ask yourself how you approach God's Word?

Better yet, take a moment and ask God how you approach His Word for He shall reveal it to you if you truly want to know.

God will reveal all.

We need to let the grace of God touch our hearts.

Do you desire to live a life that glorifies Him?

"Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say on the Lord." Psalm 27:14

" But seek ye first thekingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Scars of Life

This was passed on to me by a friend and I wanted to share, enjoy!

Some years ago, on a hot summer day in South Florida ,a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house.

In a hurry to dive into the cool water,he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks,and shirt as he went.

He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore.

His father, working in the yard, saw the two as they got closer and closer together.

In utter fear, he ran toward the water, yelling to his son as loudly as he could. Hearing his voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his father.

It was too late.

Just as he reached his father, the alligator reached him.

From the dock, the father grabbed his little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs.

That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two.

The alligator was much stronger than the father, but the father was much too passionate to let go.

A farmer happened to drive by, heard his screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.

Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal, on his arms, were deep scratches where his father's fingernails dug into his flesh in his effort to hang on to the son he loved.

The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars.

The boy lifted his pant legs;then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter...look at my arms.

I have great scars on my arms, too; I have them because my Dad wouldn't let go!

We can identify with that little boy.

We have scars, too.

No, not from an alligator, but the scars of a painful past.

Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret, some wounds, my friend, are because God has refused to let go!

In the midst of your struggle, He's been there holding on to you.

The Scripture teaches that God loves you.

You are a child of God .

He wants to protect you and provide for you in every way, sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations, not knowing what lies ahead.

The swimming hole of life is filled with peril -and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack.

That's when the tug-of-war begins - and if you have the scars of His love on your arms, be very, very grateful, He did not, and will not ever let you go.

God has blessed you, so that you can be a blessing to others..

You just never know where a person is in their life, what they are going

through.

Never judge another person's scars, because you don't know how they got them.

Right now, someone needs to know that God loves them, and you love them, too -enough to not let them go . . . Always Tell Your Family, Friends Just How Much You Love Them
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