It is important for you to realize that coming to Jesus Christ and receiving the benefits of knowing the Creator of Heaven and Earth and having a relationship with him as close as friends and even closer as a son or daughter that God has work for you. Sometimes we can make the mistake in believing that somehow God is now responsible for everything in our lives when he is the one who commands and we are responsible to listen and obey.
The Lord says fear not for I am with you. Our responsibility is to stop fearing. The Lord says trust in him and do good. Our responsibility is to trust him and do good works. The Lord says honor and your father and mother. Our responsibility is to honor our father and mother. The Lord is not going to do our part. If we are too lazy or uninterested to do our part then we will not receive the rewards he has promised to those who do.
Our employer expects a certain level of work from us that makes us profitable to the company. Our supervisor steps in and guides us through a difficult situations that exceed our level of experience and then expects you to continue working with a higher level of experience. God is the same way. He expects his sons and daughters to take responsibility for their sin. When an attack from Satan exceeds your experience level, then cry out to him.
Don’t expect God to live your life for you. He is not going to do that. He guides, opens and closes doors, but you must crawl, walk, and run through every situation. You must live you life. The more you obey God the more power you have with God. Its called promotion. Do you want more of God? Show him by your works. You cannot become a doctor without going to school. God will help open and close doors, but you must study those books and pass those tests. Don’t expect God to study for you.
You want that cute girl? Don’t expect God to be your wingman. Go over there an campaign. Open your mouth and tell her how you feel.
Putting too much on God is expecting God to do the chores he gave you to do.
Heather Barwick, who was raised by her mother and her mother’s lesbian partner, wrote in an essay this week that same-sex “marriage” is not the same as normal marriage between a man and a woman, that the traditional family is best, and that while growing up she “ached every day for a dad.”
Barwick, who is 32 now, married, and has four children, said that “same-sex marriage and parenting withholds either a mother or father from a child while telling him or her that it doesn’t matter. That it’s all the same. But it’s not.”
Same-sex marriage withholds either a mother or father from a child while telling him or her that it doesn’t matter. That it’s all the same. But it’s not. A lot of us, a lot of your kids, are hurting. My father’s absence created a huge hole in me, and I ached every day for a dad. I loved my mom’s partner, but another mom could never have replaced the father I lost.
I grew up surrounded by women who said they didn’t need or want a man. Yet, as a little girl, I so desperately wanted a daddy. It is a strange and confusing thing to walk around with this deep-down unquenchable ache for a father, for a man, in a community that says that men are unnecessary. There were times I felt so angry with my dad for not being there for me, and then times I felt angry with myself for even wanting a father to begin with. There are parts of me that still grieve over that loss today.
I’m not saying that you can’t be good parents. You can. I had one of the best. I’m also not saying that being raised by straight parents means everything will turn out okay. We know there are so many different ways that the family unit can break down and cause kids to suffer: divorce, abandonment, infidelity, abuse, death, etc. But by and large, the best and most successful family structure is one in which kids are being raised by both their mother and father.
It’s only now, as I watch my children loving and being loved by their father each day, that I can see the beauty and wisdom in traditional marriage (God’s way & inline with nature) and parenting.
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There is not a man or woman alive without sin. Even when the light of God’s glorious gospel shines on you, within your flesh dwells no good thing. Paul stated “Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death.” He hated the fact that though he pursued God that evil was always present. Not being dismayed by this; he put his trust in Christ and pressed toward the high mark of God’s call. He worked for his eternal net worth. I say net, because at judgment we will all have things that will be consumed in the fire when God is handing out his rewards.
We all know about worldly success. A recent report came out that said the U.S. added 300,000 new millionaires in 2015, bringing the total to a record 10.4 million people. Of course, a large percentage of these people could be tied to acquiring their wealth by way of sin. Fraud, porn stars, strippers, reality tv stars promoting sinful lifestyles, musicians doing the same thing, along with athletes who cheat by taking drugs, along with straight up stealing it. This wealth will work to harm them when they die and face God’s judgment, because many of these people helped others to fall into sin by their sinful leadership. If you have acquired it the right way, then God has given you ten talents and you used them the right way by increasing them and you are on your way to even greater wealth in heaven. Of course, this is only one way to earn huge amounts for your eternal net worth. The other way is the most painful on earth and that is through martyrdom. God has appointed some for this way of glorifying him. Not as glorious as the millionaire Christian who God has blessed on earth, but they will receive a greater reward then them in heaven.
It is important that you have a mindset that everything you do will either work toward or against your eternal net worth. Similar to planning for retirement on earth and getting your house in order, you must have a specific mindset and plan to increase your eternal net worth. Paul said that one way is through giving your money to a church, that promotes Jesus as the only way and a lifestyle that God honors and giving to the poor. This adds to your heavenly account. When you are doing what your supposed to do at your job, when no one is looking, this adds to your account. Now recently for some this can be tricky, but God knows those who are his and if you are honoring him in what you do. Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and praying for people and even casting out their demons and fasting for them will add to your eternal net worth. The mindset of adding to your eternal net worth is safe and should be the overarching goal. Why? Because in time you will perish and not have the ability to walk around using any of the earthly money you have earned.
It will be a sad day for you, if you do not go to the ant and consider her ways and be wise by providing your meat in the summer.
You may notice this black Friday the signs around that say clean your hands. They provide wipes at Walmart for the carts. If you enter the hospital they have wipes and foam dispensers all around urging you to clean your hands. The importance of clean hands is so that the diseases that touch your hands, shielded by your skin, may not be used to infect you and others when placed upon other objects that enter the mouth and eyes. Clean your hands, is the message for today as you bump and rub against strangers in the mall and in various stores. Do it now and do it often. There is however another set of hands that need cleansing and it is your life.
Your life is like a vapor of smoke. Imagine squeezing the trigger of a water bottle and counting the seconds that you see the mist in front of you. Speedily the mist is no longer there. It is gone, however not so gone that its non-existent only changed. The brevity of life should make someone really consider the work of ones hands. Who stands after life ceases? Is it the wealthy individual or the one who seeks to be poor as a sign of humility? Is it the one who offers their time and money for the weak who ascends to the hill of the Lord? It is one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false (Psalm 24:4). The individual who has the Lord as his shield and the grace and mercy of God as their defense will stand when all is over. This individual lives his/her life in such a way that is dictated by the Holy word of God. So while you clean your hands with anti-bacterial soap do not forgot your life also needs cleansing by the blood of Jesus Christ and his guidance you should always seek.
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).