Saturday, June 19, 2021
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Let's talk about the word steadfast. The word (from the Greek) means: (to sit); sedentary, that is, (by implication) immovable: - settled, steadfast. Simply stated, this word means to sit or plant yourself firmly. Steadfast means that you don't drift back and forth, or as Paul says, "be carried away by every wind of doctrine." (See Ephesians 4:14) What you need, to be a powerful Christian bringing much glory to Jesus, is to be steadfast. You need to be settled in on and permanently sitting on God's Word. God's Word is forever settled in heaven. "Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven." (Psalm 119:89)
Paul also uses the word immovable. From the Greek there is another extremely descriptive word for immovable. Get ready to write this down because it is so immensely profound. Here it is: UNMOVABLE. Got ya! What the world needs now are followers of Jesus who are not only steadfast, but they are also unmovable. Unmovable believers are not moved by circumstances, feelings, or the personal opinions of others. Instead they are settled and anchored to God's Word, and at the same time building on their relationship with Him as the Word is applied in their lives.
Steadfast and unmovable Christians are anchored to the Rock of all Ages, but yet they are moving forward in the things of God. They learn and hold firm to the immutable principles of God's Word, provoking the supernatural work of God in and through them. The result is they are spiritually effective in their call as they grow in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus.
ALL Christians should be Steadfast and immovable (unmovable). But the only legitimate reason for being steadfast and immovable is for the purpose of abounding. Abounding in what? Abounding in the work of God! So what does the word abounding mean? From the original Greek we see powerful descriptive words like: Superabound, excel, more, abundance, more abundant, exceed, increase and more! Doing the work of God should be our number 1 priority! As a matter of fact, we should be obsessed with doing the work of God. Doing God's work should far exceed any other desire we have in this life! The desire to do God's work should by far excel even our personal desires.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Again, the Word clearly and distinctly declares the goodness of God.
- "How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men!" (Psalm 31:19)
- "They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness." (Psalm 145:17)
- "O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!" (Psalm 34:8)
- "...for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13)
Often I think about my life as a born again follower of Jesus. It stretches over 4 decades now. But as I reflect on the path He has been leading me down, I can see there are many milestones that wouldn't exist had it not been for the grace and the goodness of my God. I look at how Jesus saved our marriage over 40 years ago. I can see the events that set the course of our ministry. I can see times when Jesus literally protected me from death and destruction. What I cannot remember is one single time when Holy Spirit didn't welcome me into His incredible presence with open arms. I can't remember a time when Jesus failed me. I can't remember a time when His Word failed me. I cannot remember a time when His joy was not my strength.
Bottom line: God IS good! Everything about Him is good. His very essence is good. Knowing Jesus is nothing but good to those who follow and trust Him. "But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works." (Psalm 73:28) Being as close as I can to my Jesus is without a doubt the most beneficial quality of my entire life. How about you?
Friday, May 14, 2021
We are in the series "Can There Be Unity In The Body Of Christ?". This is part 3. We dig deeper into the truth that even though the body of Christ (the church) has many differing members, functioning differently, we are ONE body, and members of each other.