Encouragement, God’s plan

Are we Sincere?

It’s amazing how compassionate Paul was. He was always calling his recipients beloved which means bonds of holy love and separated by God. He was always praying for them making requests and thanking God for them. He was always encouraging, correcting and instructing them. And it was no different for the church at Philippi.

8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:8)

He greatly longs for them with inward affection and with tender mercy of Jesus and God is his witness.

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; (Philippians 1:9)

He lets them know he is praying for them and then tells them what he is praying for on their behalf. He prays that there love may overflow with more and more knowledge and all discernment. The word knowledge used here in Greek is epignosis meaning the act of coming to full knowledge, a true knowledge from God.

To desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9b)

But why?

That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; (Philippians 1:10)

  • So you may approve things that are excellent

What does it mean to approve things that are excellent?

The Greek word is diaphanes meaning to bear through, be better, to surpass.

Once we abound in true knowledge and all discernment, we are able to bear through, be better and to surpass.

But again why?

  • In order to be sincere and blameless till the day of Christ

To be sincere means to be judged by sunlight, tested as genuine and without wax.

It was normal for a plate or cup to crack when the potter cured them in the oven. Instead of tossing them and starting over some would fill the cracks with wax and then paint the dish to hide the blemish. The only way to expose the imperfection was to hold it up to the light.

Are we sincere?

If we held ourselves to the Light, to The Son, would we be without wax?

After all, that is the only One we should compare ourselves too!

Let’s examine ourselves and ask the Father to show us how we look when held to The Light. Not to make us feel guilty or shameful but to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and produce those changes that make us insincere.

Remember, if you have found your joy in Jesus, share it!

Encouragement, God’s plan

WHAT IF MY SPOUSE DOES NOT BELIEVE?

I would like to offer some encouragement to anybody that has a spouse that doesn’t believe in God. If there is one thing I could say to you it would be this:

Don’t start thinking it’s hopeless!

My husband did not believe there was a God. We had so many discussions (always brought on by me) after I accepted Jesus as my Saviour. He always had an excuse not to believe. He would say things like..

  • There are to many bad things happening in the world for there to be a God.
  • Good things still happen to unbelievers.
  • It’s an organized cult.
  • I would not want to serve a God who sends people to hell.
  • If God exists, why does He not show Himself?

See, he didn’t understand but neither did I until I was a Christian. And I’ll be honest, I got so frustrated at him at times. Sometimes, I felt like it was hopeless to try. I prayed and prayed and even started doubting the God I had put my faith in. I prayed hard and nothing happened. None of the approaches or schemes I tried worked. I bought him church clothes, played Christian music around him, posted bible verses on sticky notes all over the house and still nothing. I talked with my pastor and he came to visit us twice. The pastor gave him a couple books to read but that didn’t help either. So I stopped trying so hard. I prayed and stayed faithful to God. I lived out my faith without frustration and worry. Ever now and then, I would ask if he wanted to come with me to church on Sunday with a smile on my face. He would say no and I just told him I would be back.

But then it happened.

I went to the sanctuary for service after Sunday school and sat down. I few minutes later he walked in and sat beside me. I didn’t ask any questions. I just thanked God because He is always faithful.

And guess what! He is now the pastor of a church. He serves God faithfully and preaches his Word. Our God is working things out even when we don’t see them. Please, never give up hope. God’s desire is that all men be saved.

My husband is always telling people that he saw Jesus in me and wanted what I had. He said it wasn’t the books he read or anything I said. It was the glow, happiness, and joy I had. He saw a change in me. I was a new creature that visibly showed.

Don’t give up my friend, God is always working!

Remember, if you have found your joy in Jesus, share it!

God’s plan

What is Your Message?

CBC40CD1-6E56-4095-81E8-AE06A2E70278God has a message for each of us. God’s plan is for the whole world, everybody. He had a message for Jonah. It was an eight-word message. Jonah ran and God could have used someone else but He didn’t. It was Jonah’s message to give and it was meant to be heard by a whole city. From the least to the greatest heard and responded to the message by repenting. God gave these messages because it all fits together into a bigger plan. Like a puzzle. He is piecing it all together. Have you ever put a puzzle together just to find pieces missing? You don’t display that puzzle until all the pieces fit together. We are all ordained by God with a message. In John 15:16, the Bible says when the Lord called you to Himself and you accepted the free gift of salvation that you are not only chosen by Him but ordained.

John 15:16a (KJV)

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain.

Isn’t that powerful?

The Bible also says you are His workmanship.

Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Do you know your personal message? Everybody has one that will reach the world. Your world may be your neighbor or maybe its to reach hundreds or thousands. Either way, it’s your message given to you by God. No matter if it’s for one or thousands it needs to be said. Each message is important. We are made by God for God and His glory.

Isaiah 43:7 (KJV)

[Even] every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

God gave Peter a message to the Gentiles.

Acts 15:7 (KJV)

And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. God showed him a vision.

Read about it in Acts 10.

You might be thinking, How do I know my message? I would say first and foremost, pray and ask. What is on your mind most of the time? What do you struggle with yourselves? We know that God allows us to go through certain things to help us grow and learn. So it could be that you struggled with something in your life and God brought you through it and now that’s your message. It could be you lost a child, divorce, little faith, addiction of any kind, total surrender or anything God helped you through. A lot of times we need to live it, feel it, and see it to understand it.

God gave me a message. It’s a short message, but a powerful one. Over the years I have tried to relay this message. It’s something I struggled with and honestly, I’m still working on it. My message is “There is joy in Jesus”. No matter what we are going through on this earth, joy can be found in Jesus. That is where our joy comes from. It’s a real joy that nobody can take away. Finding joy in Jesus is my message from God to you. Pray that God will reveal your message. Give it some thought.

Remember, if you have found your joy in Jesus don’t forget to share it!