Stop using God’s grace as an excuse to sin

Romans 6:15-18

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?  But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

God’s grace is everything!  His grace covers us during our “slip-ups” and his love redeems us when we confess.  The Lord tells us exactly what we need to do in order to see the Kingdom of God.  We must first confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead.  Once we do that we are saved.

He commands us to look after each other.  He wants us to spread the gospel of His grace and strengthen one another so that no one will perish or fall into the enemy’s trap.  He reminds us of Esau.  Esau sold his inheritance for a meal.  Although, Esau came back and poured out his heart to his father he could not change what had been done.  His inheritance was gone and he was rejected.  It’s so easy to condemn Esau and wonder why in the world would he give up his inheritance for food?  Who would do that?  But Christ is looking at us and wondering the exact same thing.  After dying on the cross for us, suffering through beatings and verbal abuse why would we give up our inheritance for temporary moments of pleasure?

Hebrews 12:14-17

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.  See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.  Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.

Christ commands us to be holy.  He commands us to remain sexually pure. He commands us to be honest, righteous, and above reproach.  Christ understands our flesh. He knows how it feels to be tempted, beaten, and stressed out.  This is why He has given us grace.  BUT, how many times will you ask Christ to forgive you for the same thing?

  • Lord, please forgive me for cheating on my test….again.
  • Lord, please forgive me for having sex with my boyfriend……..again.
  • Lord, please forgive me for cursing out my co-worker…..again.
  • Lord, please forgive me for gossiping….again.

God’s grace is sufficient and He will forgive us.  But, how many times will we continue to commit the same sin?  Why are we selling our inheritance for temporary pleasures on this earth?

If we find ourselves continually committing the same sins over and over again, we may need to re-evaluate our commitment to Christ.  Have you truly accepted Christ into your heart?  Have you made Him Lord of your life?  Do you love Him?  Gosh, do you really love Him?  We all answer yes! Of course I love Him! But, He asks…….

  • “Do you love me more than your job?”
  • “Do you love me more than your boyfriend?”
  • “Do you love me more than your family?”
  • “Do you love me more than those red bottoms?”

Christ wants to be number one in your life.  He has this crazy love for us.  He is also a jealous God!  He does not want anything or anyone above Him.  God’s grace was given to us to protect and cover us.  But, we shouldn’t use His grace as an excuse to sin.  Gosh!  How would we feel if someone continually did this to us.

I once had a friend who I added to my cell phone plan.  We figured it would help him save money.  We agreed that he would pay me $50 per month when the bill was due.  My friend knew that I would automatically pay the bill even if he never paid me the money.  I would ask about payment and he would say, “well can you cover me this time?”. And, of course, I loved him so I said, “Yes, I’ll cover it.”  But this continued to happen month, after month, after month.  By the 4th of 5th time, I began to feel used.  Is he really my friend? Does he really care about me?  When I confronted him, he said he knew I had the funds so, “What was the problem?”  I can laugh about this now!  But, my friend knew the rules when we made the agreement to add him to my plan.  He was not following the rules.  I was nice enough to cover the first few times he missed a payment.  But his disregard for my feelings, bills, and time showed me exactly who he cared about.  He cared only about himself.

Do we do this to God?  Do we use Him for His benefits and when He follows up to see what we’ve done for the Kingdom we give an excuse?  Do we commit outright sins against God simply because we know He’ll forgive us.  Do we say “I’ll go ahead and sleep with him tonight and ask forgiveness in the morning, because you know God’s grace will cover me?”  Gosh!  How disrespectful.  How can we grow in Christ if we stay in the same place?

I have been soooooooo guilty of this!  Christ knows that we will fall and He knows we may commit the same sin more than once.  But, we shouldn’t use His grace as an excuse to sin.  The Apostle Paul reminds us of our original commitment to Christ.  We are His servants. We are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness!  My prayer is for the Holy Spirit to continually convict me of my sins.  My sleep should be disrupted if I’m not spending quality time with Him.  It is literally impossible to spend time with the Holy Spirit without receiving conviction of your sins.  I remember putting off my quiet time with Christ just so I would not be convicted.  Because I already knew what I was doing.

It is literally impossible to spend time with the Holy Spirit without receiving conviction of your sins

How can we walk into our calling when we are still tied down in our sins?  How can we grow? We must pray for the Holy Spirit to direct our path.  If you find yourself committing the same sins over and over again, hand those sins over to Christ. Pour out your heart to Him. Repent!  Examine your heart and pray that Christ removes those things that are not of Him.  The Holy Spirit will give you a clean heart and renew your mind.  He will convict you when you are wrong and set you on the right path.  And His grace is there to cover you.  But, it’s up to us to follow the Holy Spirit’s direction.  He will give you the choice. And, he longs for you to turn from your earthly ways & choose Him.

So, will you continue to abuse God’s grace because you know “He’s got you” or will you stop using His grace as an excuse to sin?  God’s grace is sufficient.  His love is unwavering.  He freed you when you were a slave to sin.  Now let Him use you as His servant for righteousness!

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My Prayer:

Lord, thank you for your grace given to me each and every day.  I am no longer a slave to sin.  I am your Child. I will no longer commit the same sins over and over again.  You have freed me from bondage.  Please forgive me for sinning against you and thank you for loving me in spite of.  Lord, from today forward I will make every effort to walk in righteousness. 

What’s your Weakness?

Luke 4: 1 – 13

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry. Then the devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.’” Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them,” the devil said, “because they are mine to give to anyone I please.  I will give it all to you if you will worship me.” Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off!  For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came.

The enemy’s job is to tempt and destroy.  We know that he roars around looking for someone to devour.  One thing the enemy can’t do is devour someone who is full of the Holy Spirit.  When Jesus was tempted the scripture first says he was full of the Holy Spirit.

The enemy tempts us in three ways:

  1. Weaknesses – The enemy knows our physical and fleshly weaknesses.  He uses this knowledge against us.
  2. Earthly Riches – The enemy knows how easier life could be with earthly riches.  He uses this desire against us.
  3. Scripture Manipulation – When all else fails, the enemy will distort the scripture in an attempt to make us fall.

There are steps we must take before we can pass these tricks of the enemy.  We must,

  1. Be filled with the Holy Spirit
  2. Recognize our weaknesses
  3. Know the Scriptures

The enemy studies us and knows each and every one of our weaknesses.  He knows exactly what to do, what to say, and what to expose you to, in order to make you fall.  So, what’s your weakness?

  • Is your weakness food?
  • Is your weakness 6’3 with a bald head?
  • Is your weakness alcohol?
  • Is your weakness drugs?
  • Is your weakness fear?

It’s important that we recognize our weaknesses because the enemy has memorized them.

“It’s important that we recognize our weaknesses because the enemy has memorized them”

When Jesus entered the wilderness the enemy knew he hadn’t ate.  This was his physical weakness.  Because the enemy knew of this weakness it became his first attack.  But, Jesus quickly says “No” to the enemy’s proposition of bread by quoting scripture “people do not live on bread alone”.

In order to pass the tricks of the enemy we must know the Word of God.  The Word of God is our sword to defeat Him.  But, the enemy won’t stop after the first attack.  He will try again.

The enemy then begin to tempt Jesus by offering him kingdoms of the world if He would only worship him. Jesus again replied with the Scripture, “you must worship the Lord your God and serve only Him”.

What has the enemy offered you?  Nowadays the enemy doesn’t show up and ask you outright to bow down and worship Satan.  He knows that every Christian would say “No” to that.  But, he may offer you a promotion that takes you away from your ministry.  He may send a relationship that pulls you away from your time with Christ.  He may offer you a new deal that makes you lower your standards.  The enemy will entice and tempt us by offering more money, exposure, and fame.  The cost of these things may be our morals, values, and Christianity.  Christ lets us know we cannot serve two masters.  Therefore, if we choose that promotion and that relationship instead of Christ, who do you think we are really serving?  Ouch!  But, it’s the truth.  Anything that takes us away from our Savior is taking the place of Him.

“Anything that takes us away from our Savior is taking the place of Him”

This is why it is so important to spend time with Him.  He will open our eyes to the tricks of the enemy.  During your time of study the Holy Spirit will let you know exactly who you are serving.  Use the word of God to defeat the enemy.

But, the enemy is not stupid by any means.  He also knows the scripture.  The third time he tempted Jesus he attempted to distort the scripture.  He quoted scripture and tempted Jesus at the same time. But Jesus quickly responded by saying “you must not test the Lord your God”.   The only thing I can say is study, study, study!  There are so many “new” teachings in the world of Christianity.  I always find “new” teachings a little weird because the word of God has remained the same.  It’s important that we seek God for ourselves.  The Holy Spirit will guide you and make you aware of what is true. The enemy can quickly distort the Word of God.  We can only pass this trick of the enemy if we also know the Word of God.

After trying three times, the enemy left.  BUT the scriptures said he left him until the next opportunity came.  The Word says that a man  born of a woman is of a few days and those days are filled with trouble.  Just because we pass one trick of the enemy does not mean he will leave us alone.  He will wait for his next opportunity to strike.  This is why we must always be ready for battle.  The war we fight is spiritual.  Be on guard and ready to battle just like Christ.

Would we be able to pass the tricks of the enemy like our Savior?  The way he tempted Jesus relates to us in so many ways.  He quickly recognizes our weaknesses and uses them against us.  He also knows the desires of our heart.  He knows how easier life would be with more 0’s in our bank accounts.  He loves to tempt us by showing how much money we could make by stepping away from the Word of God and into the world.  The enemy even knows how much we love the Word of God that he would distort it to use it against us.

We must stay on our guard and recognize the enemy when he appears.  Recognize your weaknesses.  Pray over them and give them to God.  If we recognize them it makes it that more difficult for the enemy to use them against us.   Don’t let the enemy expose and use your weakness to destroy you.

“Don’t let the enemy expose and use your weakness to destroy you”

The enemy knows many of us will falter after his very first attack because our flesh is so weak.  Will you allow the enemy to get through steps 1 – 3 and then retreat?  Or will you fall after his first strike?

So, What’s your weakness?  Have you given it to God or will you allow the enemy to use it against you as his first step in battle?

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My Prayer:

Lord, I give my weaknesses and struggles to you.  Thank you for loving me regardless of my weaknesses. I pray that I continue to recognize where I fall short.  I know you are there to complete me and make me whole. Please continue to cover me with your grace and provide me with the strength I need to withstand the tricks of the enemy.  

Battlefield

Ephesians 6:11-17

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

At some point in life we have to make a decision to seek God for ourselves.  We see and hear so much in church, social media, and in our daily lives.  “Believers” are flocking to the “get your blessing” message and inspirational speakers, instead of ministers who actually follow and live out the Word of God.

We don’t want convicting sermons.  We want to shout every Sunday, leave, and return to drinking, fornicating, and whatever else the world has deemed as “normal” ways of living.  I’ve decided to seek Christ for myself.   This means, we may have to leave some “friends” behind.  This will be a hard journey.  But I think that’s what my parents meant when they said we are on a battlefield.

My church home would sing a hymn that said:

I am on the battlefield for my Lord. I am on the battlefield for my Lord, and I promised Him that I would serve Him ’til I die; I am on the battlefield for my Lord. 

I was alone and idle, I was a sinner too. I heard a voice from heaven say there is work to do.  I took the Master’s hand, and I joined the Christian band; I am on the battlefield for my Lord.

I left my friends and kindred, I’m bound for the Promised Land, the grace of God’s upon me, the Bible’s in my hands. In distant lands I trod, crying sinner come to God; I am on the battlefield for my Lord.

Now when I met my Savior, I met Him with a smile, He healed my wounded spirit, and owned me as His child.  Around the throne of grace, He appoints my soul a place; I am on the battlefield for my Lord.

When I sang this song as a child and a young adult I never imagined the war that was really being described.  The war we face as Christians is not just a physical war.  It’s a spiritual war!  We battle our flesh, demons, and enemies disguised as friends.

Every single day we must fight to overcome our flesh!  In the song, the writer talks about leaving their friends and family.  Because of the battle we are facing, we may lose our relationships with our loved ones.  They won’t understand your walk.  They may say “you’re taking this Jesus thing too far” or “it isn’t that serious”.  But it is that serious! If we want to enter the Kingdom of God we must lay down our all for Him.  Because of our choice to pursue Christ, we may lose those we love.

This journey and battle will be hard. But God’s grace will cover us.  He charges us to be a witness and bring more souls to Him.  He doesn’t want anyone to perish.  This is why our witness is so important and why we must stay on the battlefield daily. The scriptures tells us we must be either a friend of God or a friend of the world. BUT we can’t be both!

We must choose.  So, will you choose to stay on the battlefield?  Or will you play on the playground?  Every day is a war.  Will you use the Word of God as your armor to win? Or will you play until recess is over?

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What don’t you understand?

Mark 8:15-17 (NLT)
“As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, “Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod.” At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in?”

The Holy Spirit warns us to beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod. Who is your Pharisee/Herod? What is their yeast?

Could your Pharisee be your Ex-boyfriend, Ex-husband, past friend, family member, or co-worker? What is their yeast? Their yeast will tempt to bring you to their side. They have already been exposed as going against the Holy Spirit and Word of God. Will their yeast draw you back in?

  • Will the text draw you back in?
  • Will the phone call draw you back in?
  • Will the promises draw you back in?
  • Will the past draw you back in?
  • Will their visit draw you back in?

The Disciples argued with each other about simple stuff.. Stuff like bread. As if! Jesus literally just fed 4,000 and 5,000 people a while ago. Why would they worry about bread?

What simple stuff are you sweating?

  • What will you do when you are alone?
  • Maybe this is all I will ever get?
  • Will you ever be happy? The yeast says…”Look at how happy you were?… But were you?

The Holy Spirit is saying “remember when I took them away. I showed you who they were and that they weren’t apart of your future. Remember how I took care of your heart. Remember how free you were not worrying about the text, call, hurt, and failed promises. Remember the love and connection you felt with the Holy Spirit when you were no longer unequally yoked?”

Is your heart now hardened to the truth? Why are you arguing with yourself about what has already been shown to you? He’s already shown you how free you can be! He’s already shown you how it feels to have that weight lifted!

Don’t be confused with the message. The message is the same. Beware of the yeast! You were already shown who they were and how great the Holy Spirit can make life when you walk in His path. Don’t be deceived! Soften your heart to understand.

What don’t you understand? It’s pretty clear…..

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Are you asleep?

Mark 13:33-37

Be on guard! Be alert ! You do not know when that time will come.  It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.  What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ “

Christ warns us over and over to be on our guard.  He wants us to keep busy doing what God told us to do.  He gave the example of a master leaving his servants in charge while he went away.  The servants knew he would come back.  They just didn’t know when.

He assigned tasks to each servant.  Each servant had a specific assignment.  Let’s imagine the master put one in charge of dishes, one in charge of furniture, and another in charge of maintenance.  He also assigned a specific servant to stand at the door and watch.

How silly would it be for his servants to argue over who should do the dishes or maintenance.  If God gave you an assignment, it’s yours and yours alone. What would happen if the master returned and found 2 servants working maintenance.  Of course He’ll ask the servant assigned to dishes, “Why are you working maintenance?”  The dish servant would say, “I think I could serve you better doing Maintenance.  Plus, I didn’t like how the maintenance servant ran his services.” The master would then ask, “What about the dishes?”  The dish servant would reply, “Well I figured another servant would take care of the dishes.” Who do you think the Master will reward?  The Master would give the servants some insight.  The Maintenance servant was specifically assigned the task because of his skills.  He could service the home with ease and without disturbing others.  The dish servant was assigned the task of dishes because they were very fragile.  Only the dish servants hands were gentle enough to hold the dishes.  If another servant tried to accomplish the task the dishes would break.  The Master would then ask the dish servant, “How many dishes broke because you didn’t complete your assignment?” The amount of regret that will face the dish servant would be unbearable.

How many dishes broke because you didn’t complete your assignment?

Don’t be like the dish servant.  God has given each of us a specific task to complete.  The task was assigned to you because God designed you.  He knows you are the best person for the job.  It’s up to you to complete the task assigned to you.  So, what has God assigned to you?

  • Has He told you to sing to minister to the world?
  • Has He told you to preach?
  • Has He told you to pour love into children and introduce them to Christ?

God designed each of us with a unique gift.  That gift should be used to glorify Him.  That gift is what we will use to complete the task assigned to us.

The old folks used to say, “Don’t let Him catch you with your work undone”.  How many times will the Holy Spirit tell you to move?  God gives us so many instructions but we fail to do what He tells us because of fear of rejection, fear of exposure, and fear of failure.  We must get busy and stay busy completing our assigned task.

Christ warns us that He may come suddenly.  He doesn’t want us to be caught sleeping.  How do you know if you’re sleeping?

  • If God told you to preach the Gospel and you chose to pursue a different career…. you’re sleeping
  • If God told you to minister to His people in song and you chose not to because you don’t think your gift is strong enough….. you’re sleeping
  • If God told you and gave you a vision to bring souls to Him through your gift and you don’t…. you’re sleeping

Sleeping on Christ does not necessarily mean you are sitting around doing nothing.  Some of the busiest people in the world are sleep.  They are sleep because they are not completing their assigned tasks.

Christ exclaims to Be Alert!  Be on guard! He does not want us to fall asleep.  He wants us to stay busy and complete the work He gave us to do.  We each have a task.  Let’s not focus on the tasks He has given others.  Our tasks have been specifically designed and tailored for us.  If God gave you a vision absolutely no one can steal it from you.  It’s yours and He expects you to walk it out.

So get busy!  Stay woke!  Complete your tasks and don’t let Him catch you sleeping!

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Disobedience Delays Destinies

Mark 11:1 – 7

As Jesus and His disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives.  Jesus sent two of them on ahead.  “Go into that village over there,” he told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks “What are you doing?” just say, “The Lord needs it and will return it soon.”  The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside the front door.  As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it.  Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it.

Christ gave the Disciples specific instructions.  He sent two of them ahead of him and told them what to do.

  • He told them where to go
  • He told them what to look for
  • He told them what to say if someone approached them

When we are searching for what Christ wants us to do with our lives, ministry and daily walk we must listen for His instructions.  He is known to give specific instructions.  He will tell you where to go, what to look for and what to say.

It is up to us to follow his specific instructions.  He commands us to read his scripture and meditate on His word.  This allows the Holy Spirit to speak to us, while our hearts are softened.

After meditation, He will tell you exactly where you should go, what to look for, and what to say. BUT, if we do not follow His instructions we could be rejected or miss what God has for us.

The disciples were instructed to go to a specific place to find a donkey that had never been ridden.  What would have happened if the disciples said, “You know what!  The city on the other side of town may have way better donkeys.  Let’s go over there.  God will be pleased because we will find the best donkey over there!”  And when they travelled to the other city they couldn’t find a donkey!  They would have delayed Christ arrival trying to find something better when the best was already provided!  Don’t delay your blessing disobeying Christ searching for better when He already has the best laid out in front of you!

Let’s move past where He told them to go.  He also told them what to look for.  He told them to look for a young donkey tied that no one had ridden.  What would have happened if the disciples said, “You know what!  Those horses over there sure are nice.  Let’s bring back a horse.  Surely, the master will be pleased with a horse.  After all, it’s much nicer than a donkey!”  They would have delayed Christ arrival trying to find something they felt was better. The donkey was set aside specifically for Christ.  A horse is not what Christ called.  A horse could not fulfill the prophecy.  Yes, the horse is beautiful.  The horse is tall and has a beautiful coat.  BUT, the horse cannot fulfill the prophecy because it was not called.  We shouldn’t be so quick to choose what “looks” better.  We must use discernment and be obedient to Christ to make sure we are choosing whom and what God chose.  Only God’s chosen will be used to fulfill His prophecy and works.

After telling the disciples what to look for, the last thing Christ told them was what to say.  The disciples had to say a specific statement when asked.  They were not told to give their opinion about the donkey.  They were told to say, “The Lord needs it and will return it soon”.  Christ did not ask them to give their opinion as to why the Lord needed it.   They didn’t even need to tell the person when He would bring it back.  So many times, Christ will give us a message but we choose to throw our own opinions in the mix.  If the Holy Spirit did not tell you to say it, you should keep your mouth closed.  We should only say what the Holy Spirit tells us to say.  When we deviate and disobey, our message will not be received and prophesies to be fulfilled will be delayed.  They will be delayed until the instructed message is delivered as directed.

The book of Zechariah prophesies about Christ riding on a donkey.

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.  Zechariah 9:9

If the disciples deviated and disobeyed Christ’ instructions in any way the prophesy would have been delayed.  I say delayed because we cannot destroy what God has already predestined.  If we do not do what God has told us to do, He can rise up another servant to fulfill His prophecy.

The disciples understood the importance of following Christ.  They understood the power of Christ and feared God.

In your life are you following Christ instructions?  Where has He told you to go?  What has He told you to look for?  What has He told you to say?  Don’t disobey Him.  Listen to Him.  He has a plan specifically designed for you.  If you deviate from His instructions you may not reach the destination He has prepared just for you.   Don’t delay your blessing or miss your Christ designed destiny.   Go where He tells you to go.  Look for what He has for you and say what He tells you to say.

If you can’t hear Him, rest in His Word.  Call out to the Holy Spirit and study His Word daily.  He will find you there and give you instructions specifically designed for you.  Your only responsibility is to obey.  God’s best awaits.  Don’t let disobedience delay your destiny.

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Are you serving or leading?

Mark 10:42 – 45 (NLT)

So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Leading in ministry consists of serving others.  As leaders, we often grow weary of constant requests and inquiries.  We forget one of the most important characteristics of  a leader is serving.

We forgot Christ told us in order to lead we must serve.  We are here to be an example.  Our witness on the job as a leader can lead someone to Christ.  If we desire to be great leaders we must be humble enough to serve.  We must look to our number one leader and think of His ultimate service and sacrifice.  Christ paid a huge debt by giving His life for our sins.  He served us by teaching us right from wrong.  He broke God’s word down into parables so we could understand.  He even left us with the Holy Spirit to continue to guide us.

How many times have we become annoyed because someone did not understand our instructions?  We must look to Christ’s example.  He consistently provided real world examples of God’s word so that we could understand.  Christ loved us so much and showed true leadership by never giving up on us.

We were desperately hopeless without Christ.  How many times have we moved quickly to anger or revenge because someone disobeyed our instructions?  Even when we completely disobeyed Christ or did not follow His explicit instructions, He still served us without hesitation.  This is what makes Him the ultimate leader and our number one example.

I am guilty of not serving as a leader. This made me a poor leader. However, from this day forward, I will remember Christ’s sacrifice and example of pure leadership.  In order to lead we must first serve.

So, are you serving or leading?

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