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Building Better Relationships

Stronger Relationships

 

“If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (1 John 4:20 NAS95)

 

Sin separates us from God and for this reason God sent Jesus to bring us back to God in a right relationship. “And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation” (Rom. 5:11 NAS95). So now we can return to God and confess our sins to be forgiven and enjoy being in the presence of God. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NAS95).  As we approach this New Year in 2010 let us focus on our covenant relationship with God and that makes our other relationships stronger and better.

I am Able Because God Is...

I am Able only because God Is…
        God who is the one who is also able the key verb in the sentence – is. This verb shows that indeed God presently and continuously able to do and dose posses the power to do so. This is a verb showing that the potential is there and the forgone conclusion that it will happen. The word shows that God’s power is on going and never ceasing to do above and beyond what we ask or think.
We have this access through Jesus (Eph. 2:8-9) as our Lord and savior and though the Spirit that is in us. The Spirit of God has the “power” that is in us that makes us able.
        Therefore because of God’s power and strength you should put on the whole armor of God (See Eph. 6:10-11).  Because God is able you are able. Because God’s great strength is in you in the person of the Holy Spirit you have the power and are able to do what God has called you to do. Stand now with confidence in God knowing that you are able because your God is able to do above and beyond what you ask or think.
    “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, Eph. 3:21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Eph. 3:20-21 NIV).”
 

You Can With God

You Can With God…
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up (Daniel 3:16-17, NLT).”
The enemy seeks to destroy God’s creation. But you can know that when the battle is over, you have won. The devil wants to capture your soul for hell but God has saved you. The devil wants you to see pleasing yourself on earth is living, but that is defeat. God shows that submitting and serving others is winning and that is victory.
Bullies do too - i.e. knocking down books, casing & fights just look to discourage you and have you to think you are powerless. When you know God is able to fight your battles you are able to stand in quietness knowing God’s actions are louder than your words.
Knowing God is able to deliver is not why we serve.  Even if God does not deliver us we will serve him. The Hebrew boys have made up their mind that they would rather die than not honor God. This is obedience until death. They have counted the cost and have counted all lost.  They know God is able to deliver them and they know that if he does not he is still God.
Just like Job 13:15-16 – KJV “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.”
Knowing God’s will is knowing that God moves in according to his will and not the will of man. God knows what is best and trusting in him is submission. Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego submitted to God’s will.You Can With God…
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”
The enemy seeks to destroy God’s creation. But you can know that when the battle is over, you have won. The devil wants to capture your soul for hell but God has saved you. The devil wants you to see pleasing yourself on earth is living, but that is defeat. God shows that submitting and serving others is winning and that is victory.
Bullies do too - i.e. knocking down books, casing & fights just look to discourage you and have you to think you are powerless. When you know God is able to fight your battles you are able to stand in quietness knowing God’s actions are louder than your words.
Knowing God is able to deliver is not why we serve.  Even if God does not deliver us we will serve him. The Hebrew boys have made up their mind that they would rather die than not honor God. This is obedience until death. They have counted the cost and have counted all lost.  They know God is able to deliver them and they know that if he does not he is still God.
Just like Job 13:15-16 – KJV “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.”
Knowing God’s will is knowing that God moves in according to his will and not the will of man. God knows what is best and trusting in him is submission. Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego submitted to God’s will.


 

Clear Conscience

Clear Conscience
Acts 24:16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. (NIV)

    How is your conscience? Is it clear before God and man? Having a clear conscience before man is easy because man’s standards are not God’s. God has a higher standard that he has set which is called righteousness. God is righteousness and he alone can define this, and therefore he has shown us this through his only son.
    Jesus showed righteousness is honoring God over man. Jesus did his father’s work. The apostles in Acts say they have testified for what they have seen and what they have heard. This was keeping a clear conscience. Knowing the right that should be done and it is being done. Our conscience reminds us of our past actions and that will either bring forth guilt or peace. Jesus and the apostles wanted peace to come to mind and for that reason they worked on living for God daily. Guilt comes from knowing better and not doing what should be done. When the quiet time comes in the day your conscience will let you know you should have done better.
    Having a clear conscience is having a good relationship with God the loving father through Jesus the Christ. Knowing Jesus you know that obedience to the commandments of God is the way to live with peace. 
    So strive to always keep you conscience clear before God and man. Do it now.  God is waiting for you and is always ready. So let Jesus truly reign in your life as Lord, and surrender to his will.
 

Ties that Bind

Ties that Bind

Col 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Love will bind and keep unity and harmony. Above all use love to lead in showing forgiveness. This will show Christ ruling in your heart that in daily task love is shown first. Jesus said, “John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35 NAS95S).

Let love be the center point in your relationships and all that you do. Let love be that compass that guides your decisions and points you in that right direction. God’s love toward us is that great that he daily shows it to us and He has commanded us to do the same to others.  Follow Jesus lead and show love.

Prayer:
    Lord, purify my heart and show me how to love more in my life. I want to be more forgiven and patient with all that I meet. No more excuses but it is time for me to make that change and show my love to you how I love your world you made. Amen.

 

Meeting Jesus

“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”” (Luke 19:5 NIV-G/K)
 

You may have met a teacher, a relative, friend or even a stranger that changed your life. You have come into contact with some people who have in turn left an impact in your life. You may have told your closest friends about this person and now they would like to meet this person that changed your life.

You can do that now. You can introduce someone to Jesus. Did he change your life? He changed Zacchaeus life. This is what happens when Jesus found it necessary to stay in Zacchaeus house. Zacchaeus went on to correct his wrongs and made them right. He repented when he accepted Jesus into his life. Just like Zacchaeus you too can change. Allow Jesus to come into your life and live with a clean heart.

Living with a clean heart is to actively seek Jesus every day. Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem passing through Jericho and Zacchaeus wanted to see him. He climbed a sycamore just to see Jesus. Just seeing Jesus put him in the place to welcome Jesus. Everyday make an effort to see Jesus and welcome him into your house. See how your life will change. Make haste and let Jesus come live in your heart. 



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Be Clean Inside

Luke 11:39 ¶ Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. ~NIV

Clean on the outside but dirty on the inside. The saying goes that beauty is skin deep but ugly is to the bone. Society pushes image and how you dress because to show your social status and the appearance of being well in life. You can wash up real good and put on expensive clothes but this only covers up what is truly inside. That is why Jesus teaches, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (see Luke 12:34).”  Do you treasure you money, status and appearance more than integrity, the love of God and his commandments? Have you allowed material wealth drowned you in debt looking for God to redeem you? Living in this bondage of this material world is a life of hardship. Jesus has come to set you free of the chains of this world in living for him. Who the Son sets free is free indeed (see John 8:36). Be free of trying to impress others and just serve God and see how peace will fill you up and want will not be an issue but you learn how to be content with God.

Open up your heart to God and allow him to deal with the issues inside. Do not try to cover them up or even drown them out with drug and alcohol abuse. Do not attempt to mask the problem but do unmask and expose yourself to be changed. Jesus wants your full devotion and life. Give it all to him by releasing your pride and embracing humility. Be willing to confess where you fall short and stop trying to cover this all up. God knows all and sees all. Come to Jesus and let him clean you from the inside out. 
 

Trust In Me...

Trust In Me
 John 14:1  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me (italics mine NIV).

We too can find comfort in these comforting words from Jesus to his disciples. Jesus tells them to place their trust in him saying, “Do not let your hearts be troubled”. Understand that your trust is only as good as whom or what you place your trust.

Trust issues come up when the source you trust in is not a trustworthy source. Your trust is not in question but the source is in question. For example you desire food from a vending machine. You trust that the vending machine will give you what you pay for and you will be satisfied. When the vending machine does not give you what you have paid for you are not satisfied. You may actually be troubled. The machine shows itself to be untrustworthy, not you. Your trust was right but misplaced in a machine that is not consistent and not trustworthy.

God on the other hand has shown himself to be true, faithful and trustworthy. Also Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory and his exact representation of his appearance (see Hebrews 1:3). Therefore put your trust in Jesus and his commandments and teachings. See how trusting God to guide your life will be better for you and your hearts will not be troubled. Trust in God is like an investment with a guarantee return of profit. Trusting in Jesus is the same. Trusting in Jesus as God’s provision for the worlds Sins.


Gain comfort in Trusting in Jesus now and have peace in your heart knowing that God can supply your every need all through Christ Jesus.


Rewarder

Eph. 6:7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, Eph. 6:8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

Deut. 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.




No matter your ethnic status, social class or political affiliation God will reward those who do his will. God does not show partiality and is not pleased with you doing well for only others to see. The reason why is God sees you in the dark as well as the light. Know that God is light and in Him there is no darkness (see 1 John 1:15). So whatever you do and wherever you do it God sees you.

Yes, you may be able to fool others but God will not be mocked. Galatians 6:7 NIV says “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” The result of your actions will produce fruit whether you like it or not.  It is better to do the work of the Lord and receive is good and great blessings. For God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is great, mighty and awesome.

Take this time to repent of your wrong ways and turn in obedience to God. See how God as your Lord and Master is the great “rewarder” of those who seek his will. That is why Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exist and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”


 

Live Worthy

Live Worthy Eph. 4:1 ¶ As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. -     NIV

God has called you for a specific purpose. When you chose to serve God are you not in the position to fulfill that specific purpose he has prepared for you? You were not made without a purpose. You were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) with a specific purpose. Walk worthy and suitable in the calling you have received. Show your humility in your home, work and social life. Let God be the focus of your life and purpose. It will reflect in your prayer life how you honor God and submit yourself to his will.

It is possible through the Holy Sprit, which God has given to us through Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit teaches you. Now you need to submit to him and not to your sinful desires. Say yes to God and no to sin. This is living worthy of the calling you received.  This is a daily action and daily submission.
 
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