Christians WAKE-UP!!!

I wanna set the world on fire until it’s burning bright for You
It’s everything that I desire, can I be the one You use?
I, I am small but You, You are big enough
I, I am weak but You, You are strong enough to
Take my dreams come and give them wings
Lord with You
Nothing I cannot do Nothing I cannot do
I wanna feed the hungry children and reach across the farthest land
And tell the broken there is healing and mercy in the Father’s hands
My hands my feet, my everything, my life, my love
Lord, use me

from “Set The World On Fire” by Britt Nicole, Christian Pop

 speak boldly - EditedCalling all Christians….don’t you want to set the world on fire for Jesus????

street-pastorsJeremiah 1:5,  “…Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”  We are not all ordained to be prophets like Jeremiah or pastors and ministers of churches, but as Christians we are called by God to share the Good News which is Christ Jesus.

As in Jeremiah 1:7-8, “…For you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.  Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you”, says the Lord.”  We are equipped with God’s Word both by the Bible and with Jesus by our sides.  So we shouldn’t be afraid of expressing our message to anyone.  Christian ministry demands maturity and boldness.

dare-to-be-a-discipleWe are disciples!!!  We are carrying on what the first disciples started.  The Great Commission Matthew 28:19-20,  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”  We are the hands and heart and eyes of Jesus on earth while He is in heaven.  When we are slow to share our faith to others, could it be that we do not really take Jesus at His word: “I am with you always.”

We as Christians must be diligent in our own spiritual growth.  We have grace on our side.  We must keep looking forward, preparing ourselves and others to meet Jesus face-to-face.  Especially in the times we live in today, there is no time for complacency.  We must be on our guard at all times.

listeningThere is a phrase going around these days “see something, say something”.  It’s being said, in particular, with regard to terrorism in our cities.  But as Christians our phrase should be “see someone in distress, say something, then do something”.  Be vigilant about what’s going on around us pay more attention to someone crying, someone hurting whether it’s on the outside or the inside.

My husband and I, while out driving stopped at an On-route for a pit-stop.  As we got out of the car we happened to overhear a fellow talking on his phone saying he needed help to get to a discipline hearing for a youth in trouble, but he didn’t think he would get there on time if he didn’t get someone to bring him some money for gas.  My husband went over to him and offered him $10 if it would help.  It wasn’t much but I think God thought it was enough, as the fellow was so thankful and it allowed him to get on his way.  Our ears were open and we reacted as best we could putting our trust in God and in the fellow, that what he needed was what we could offer.  It was a little thing, but we were there and reacted.

justified-angerIn many instances words matter and the things we say are important in leading others to knowing Christ and even healing relationships...Proverbs 15:1-2, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.”  Now in the same breath I am going to say Ephesians 4:25-26a, Therefore, putting away lying, “let each one of you speak truth with his neighbour, for we are members of one another. Be angry, and do not sin;”  There are times when we should be angry with what’s going on around us and we should say so, but not with hate or malice.  For example, we should be angry and speak up about the implementation of the sex education curriculum in our schools to children who are too young to understand such things, especially coming from a person who has been indicted as a pedophile.  We should be angry about the Prime Minister of Canada who has pledged to change the law to equalize the age of consent for anal sex from 18 to 16, and also announces transgender rights legislation as he says: ‘We can and should do more’.  Isn’t this just encouraging such dark and sinful behaviour and life styles?  We need to reach these hearts and encourage the changing of those hearts.  When people want to remove God from everything, schools, government, even some churches…shouldn’t we be angry about this and step up and say NO” in big block letters?

feeling-lostPeople are saying “they don’t need to be saved” as Christians we need to be saddened by this.  1 Samuel 16:7 says, “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  People have become accustomed to the dark and are determined to stay there, but are they really?  Jesus wants us as Christians to pray in earnest that the Holy Spirit will open the eyes of those in darkness and thus they will open their hearts to you.  It’s the job of the Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin and our job to proclaim the gospel of Jesus by mouth and in prayer.

joshua-and-calebIn the story of Joshua, Caleb and the 12 spies – God showed them the land they were promised, but they had to go out and get it.  Kind of the same thing for us – we may not be conquering a land per se, but we are trying to conquer souls for Christ.  We will start with God’s faithfulness and power in mind.  When I pray each morning I start by thanking God for the sleep I had – sometimes it’s not as restful as I would like but nevertheless I still thank Him for watching over me.  I ask for the Spirit of Christ to fill me for my days journey – to be guided and led by Him to show me what He wants me to do, that I might in some small way be a blessing to someone.  Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

al-lthings-are-possible-editedWe all have a divine guidance system — God and His Word.  Let them direct your paths.  We as believers are the salt and light as Jesus said in Matthew 5:13-16.  Jesus is The Light, but we can shine our light which is Christ in us into this world’s darkness.  Lastly, Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:14, “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.”  When Paul says “with all” – I think he’s saying this not only for those who are in need of Jesus, but especially to each of us who are Christians.

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Our bottom line as Christians: we must keep these commandments always..Matthew 22:37

Jesus said “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,  and with all your mind….You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”