Your connections will either feed your soul with wisdom and power or diminish your ability to stand before God blameless. Who you connect yourself with is important to your stance in God. “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17).” This means digital relationships as well as those that are physical. Anyone who is speaking in your ear on a continual basis should edify you. Edify, doesn’t mean make you feel good, but be good.
The hardest thing in life is disconnecting unprofitable relationships. Often times, you know the relationship is bogus, but because you are lonely you insist on keeping the vine connected, not realizing your stagnation is connected to this relationship. God did not speak with Abraham, until Lot left. God will not receive you and someone else. He wants a personal relationship with you. If you do not have personal time with God, you do not have a relationship with Him.
Don’t deceive yourself. God will not receive you and your ungodly connections. Of course, if you are married to someone unsaved, this does not mean divorce them, but those outside of the covenant should be evaluated for profitability. Every relationship you have should be profitable. It should encourage you in the Lord and not be a conduit for Satan to tempt you or control you. Your children included. Don’t overstep your boundaries with them and give them proper boundaries with you. Don’t be God in their life. Let God be God and you be the parent. You should take every opportunity to direct them to Jesus for their supply and not you. Prepare them early to become adults and sustain themselves without you.
Relational suicide is staying connected to ungodly people. Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4). Don’t let your connections destroy you. Solomon allowed the women he connected himself with to serve other gods. He received wisdom directly from God himself, but refused to disconnect himself and I believe he is in hell because we find no repentance after God’s warning and his name is absent from the men of faith list in Hebrews 11. Be careful. Many are called, but few are chosen.
Watch your relationships (internet included) closely.
What does a Jesus pop-out look like? What does it mean? Do you pop Jesus out whenever you need him and pop him back when you are finished. Today, we see many people asking for prayer in their nearest storm, but soon as the coast is clear, they resume with swearing, getting drunk and doing things that they ought not to. They have no desire or hunger for the things of God. In a nutshell, they are displaying the fruits of the flesh and not the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5).
This is a stench in His nose because they are just paying lip service but their lives are consistently contrary to Gods word. So the question is, is Jesus your whole life or do you pop Jesus out like a lucky charm? Is your ‘commitment’ to Christ limited to just an ackowledgemnt that he exists and that he supplies for you or have you totally surrendered your life to him and desire what he desires and hates what he hates which is sin.
I know of Scarlett Johansson, but I bet if you asked her if she knew me, the answer would be no. In the same way, many people know and even acknowledge Jesus, believe that he died on the cross and rose on the third day but MANY of those very same people will hear Jesus say ‘ I never knew you’ when they stand before him to give an account (Matthew 7:23) because they continued to work iniquity.
So how do you know that you will not be amongst that number. The bible makes it clear. Examine yourself to see if you are in the faith.
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There are thoughts that run continually through the mind. You gather your things in the morning and you run out the door headed for work. The only thing you forgot while leaving was your presentation notes. These notes would be used to catapult you to the next level. You don’t have them and you are 35 minutes from home and the presentation is in one hour. What is the best strategy for this situation? Go and risk being tardy or become super creative within the hour before presenting?
Time and chance happens to them all. You could very well go in the meeting without your first idea and make it or your second idea could bomb it. You really do not know. If you are a Christian that has been fellowshipping with Jesus, you know that all things work together for good to them that love God. This knowledge not laced with a close relationship with Jesus provides little comfort.
Sweat develops on your forehead and you become frantic. What do you do? You calm yourself with a quiet prayer and begin asking the Lord for on the spot wisdom. You trust him and go into the meeting and present your second idea. The moment you step in front and begin to present, peace ensues.
The presentation was remarkable and you received your catapult. You thank the Lord for his faithfulness and grace.
When you have a victory from the Lord do not stop praising and thanking him. Let it be your lifestyle.
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I have entered this world through the womb and have grown older with each passing year. Each year has been filled with good and evil, joy and sadness, success and failure. None of which defines me so greatly than to have a relationship with Jesus. Jesus will make the ultimate difference within my life’s end. I will hear “well done” or “depart from me.” Every individual will have this story. The only difference is that some will have more or less, good and evil, joy and sadness, success and failure in their lifetime.
A vision for the future should be filled with hope. A vision for the future should be filled with joy. A vision for the future should be filled with optimism. A vision for the future should be filled with pleasure.
You should not allow society’s decay to change your vision. You should not allow the increase of sin and murder to discourage you. You should not allow the hearing of multiple affairs and divorce to change your vision. You should not allow the lack of integrity found within our leaders to change your vision.
For the Lord’s vision is for you to prosper. For the Lord has prepared mansions and rewards for the faithful in Christ. The Lord has promised that those who meditate upon his word will prosper in their endeavor. Victory belongs to the faithful. God will not allow you to be destroyed. If God is for you? Who can be against you? Are you not on the winning team?
Then what should our vision be? Please comment below. Let’s make it a prayer.