Persuasion that Counts

What do you believe? What is the basis for your existence? Man has always looked for the “meaning of life.” Christians know, however, that the meaning of life is found in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. He came to restore men unto God. Many doubt the validity of the Bible and its message of salvation through ignorance and unbelief. Yet, Christians have to remain persuaded of the truth. This persuasion of the truth has to go beyond an initial faith in Christ, but a continual trust in His presence and ability to act for us after coming to Him.

And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:21 (KJV)

It is interesting to note that many Christians are not persuaded when it comes to God’s ability and willingness to move on their behalf. We learn from the story of Abraham that though he and his wife were old, he still was of the persuasion that whatever God promised, He was able to perform.

Do you have the persuasion that counts? You must be of the persuasion that God is faithful even when we are faithless. You must be of the persuasion that God will hear and answer your prayers. You must be of the persuasion that He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not allow past experiences to cause you to lose your faith in God. Rise up on this day and take hold of the “Persuasion that Counts.”

Prayer of the Week:

 Lord, give me grace, peace, and strength to have the persuasion of Abraham. I will trust in your ability to increase my faith. Amen.”

Thank God for Forgiveness

    The message of salvation is wonderful. In a world filled with troubles and problems, one can always find comfort in the knowledge of God. Part of that knowledge is knowing that one’s sins are forgiven. Guilt is a destructive force and has crippled many people. Even after time has passed and others have forgotten, we can still feel guilty over sins and mistakes. This guilt sometimes is enhanced when one comes to know God through Jesus Christ.

Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Romans 4:7 (KJV)

    We can rejoice on today knowing that God delights in mercy and forgiveness. The only thing He requires is that we are open and honest with Him about our weaknesses. Some feel that God gets tired of them and does not want to have mercy on them. This is simply not true.

    Both Testaments reveal the longsuffering and mercy of God, even upon people who did not deserve it. How much the more will have mercy and bestow grace upon those who come to Him in sincerity? Do not trust only the forgiveness you received when you received Christ but trust the forgiveness that is available even after coming to Him.      

                                                      Prayer of the Week:
“I thank you for your willingness to forgive me. I give you thanks for it on today. Amen.”

Spiritual Stimulus Package

         For the past few years, we have seen the American economy take one of the biggest hits in decades. To combat this downward spiral, the government gave the American people a stimulus check, hoping to jump-start the economy. Well, spiritually, it seems that many Christians are experiencing spiritual recessions and are in need of a spiritual stimulus package from the Lord.

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Psalms 85:6 (KJV)

         The psalmist asked God if He would revive His people that they could rejoice again. Have you felt the strain and stress of life recently? Is the joy of your salvation diminishing? Today, you can expect God to send you a stimulus package. The psalmist asked God two questions. The answer to these questions to you on this day is “Yes.” God’s stimulus package is being sent to you.

          This package contains joy (which will be unspeakable and full of glory). It contains peace (which passes understanding – you will not know why you have it). It will also contain power (authority and strength to walk in victory even in these hard times). You do not need to wait for it to come, but just ask in faith and stand in expectation. Today, receive God’s spiritual stimulus package.

Prayer of the Week:

“I trust you on this day Lord. You will provide some cool refreshing in the midst of the heat of life. I thank you for it now. Amen.”

For All Have Sinned

SIN is a taboo word in society and in the Church. To call someone’s actions a sin becomes an act of bigotry and hatred. However, Christians have to stand on the truth of God’s word that men have sinned and that there are certain activities, which are considered sin.

Much of the controversy behind what is sin derived from how man handled sin. Some became critics, judges, and condemners, while others put no restraints on sinful activities. Yet, there is a balance.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (KJV)

Do not be afraid to identify certain deeds and actions as sin. When you see things as God sees them, you reveal your connection to Him. Besides God concluded all men as sinners, so that all could receive from Christ. Recognizing sin does not set an individual up for condemnation,  but  for  the mercy and grace ofGod to be received.

Christ came into the world to save sinners. So, when people say that what they are doing is not wrong (when it is) then they close the door for Christ to show them His love, grace, compassion, and peace in a complete way.

Saying that something is sin does not make you a bigot, fascist, or a self-righteous person if it is tempered with presenting the forgiveness and the love that God offers in Christ. Even after coming to Christ, we have to recognize when we have erred. Why? Not that we can be condemned or condemn others, but that we may turn from them and receive the restoration and righteousness of God in our lives. All have sinned, but all have the opportunity to repent and walk in the love of Christ.

Prayer of the Week:

 “I know that I can trust you God, you know what is right and wrong. Help me to do what is necessary to please you. Amen.”