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Accusations fly about the real reason church attendance is increasing. In her mind it is not about Christ, but about women. She is not convinced that the Lord is able to make her husband desire church this much. There must … Continue reading
It may be that someone is out of work and down to the last penny in the bank. They have been divorced and now raising children without a husband or wife. No friends and spend many a night alone. Possess great wealth and yet fill couches with tears of sorrow. Perhaps a stranger in their own house. Addiction after addiction. The cry is heard ministers have failed me the church did not change my situation. Down to my last leg.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. Proverbs 25:19
For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Proverbs 3:26
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desire of him. I John 5:15
The Lord looks down from heaven and desires to fulfill his needs in the glorification of his people in him. He desires for the fulfillment of his joy in the creatures he has created to praise and adore him. If we would pray to God with the desire to fulfill his need, our actual need, will be fulfilled. God knows the heart of those who pray and genuine prayers to the Father with the absence of desiring something to fulfill a lust will be answered by him. He is God and will do as he has promised. Call upon him today with the mindset that God loves you. Love him. Our greatest enemy is the lack of calling upon God. We do not call because we believe he does not love. God loves the just and unjust. Check out the rain he gives to those who mock him. Have confidence in God and he will sustain you and keep you from all harm, namely the lakes of fire.
I simply put off the flesh by immersing myself in the things of God. I minimize my exposure to the dangers of the computer, ungodly programs on television, phone applications, magazines, video games, and certain friendships and stores. I know that my outside temptations are one dimension and dealing with internal temptations is another. So the first thing I do in the morning is shut myself in the room with my computer and listen to Christian worship music. I listen until I am only thinking about God and the things he has done for me. I listen until all is quiet in my mind and I am able to focus on my word. Then I begin reading scripture. I keep reading until I literally start praying and then after prayer I meditate on the things read and prayed.
I seek to change things that are revealed to me in prayer and scripture reading. It may be gossip has entered my conversation. I am literally speaking too much and the inevitable gossip arises, because I do not have that much to say and sometimes I talk a lot. So I ask the Lord to forgive me and identify this pattern in my life and God convicts me in my conversation if I am going down the path of gossip. Gossip is now put off and now I seek to put off more things. I do this, with all that is revealed, because I love God, I humble myself to his authority and simply stop. It works wonders because more and more people trust me with their words as they will not hear them from someone else. I have put off a conversation that is ungodly and now have put on a conversation which is that of God’s gospel. I move in this manner from one issue to the next in hopes that while I preach unto others I myself will not be a castaway (1 Corinthians 9:27).