History

For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.

Philippians 1:10

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next life. Real spirituality is practical. In fact, the most godly men and women I’ve had the privilege of meeting over the last forty-plus years always have been very down-to-earth, genuine people. And they’re often fun-loving with a self-deprecating sense of humor. Heavenly minded people are gracious and approachable. They’re accessible. And of course, there’s no greater example of this than Jesus Himself. Jesus was practical. He was God in human form, walking among us. Jesus lived a real life on Planet Earth. He was an actual, living human being, but He also was God. Some people criticize Christians by saying they’re so heavenly minded, they’re no earthly good. But the reality is that when you’re truly heavenly minded, then you’ll be of the greatest earthly good.

I’m Convinced

I am convinced that the most dangerous lie is the one that is almost true. The regenerate believer can usually see through most pseudo-Christian scams, whether they be online, on TV, or in the pulpit. But Satan doesn’t always deploy his deceptions through shallow charlatans—he also carefully cloaks them in the garb of orthodox Christianity.

More and more false teachers conceal their heresies in the Trojan horse of sound doctrine. And like termites ravaging a house, the signs of trouble are evident only after the damage is done.  

We need razor-sharp biblical discernment as our frontline defense against the stealth invasions of theological error.

Right Now

There has to be a moment in your life when you realize that you’re a sinner in need of a Savior. Jesus is ready to rescue you. He’s ready to save you. But you must come to Him, admit your sin, and be sorry for it. Then put your faith in Jesus and throw all your burdens on Him.

Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead. He stands at the door of your life and knocks. If you will hear His voice and open the door, He will come in.

Do you need Jesus in your life? Do you want a fresh start? If you want your sin forgiven and the burdens of your life lifted, it can happen for you right now.

Over The Years

Over the years I have found myself far more impressed with character than charisma, with persistence than power, and with faithfulness than fame. I have found that maybe the greatest ability of all is dependability.

As the years have passed, I’ve seen a lot of very gifted people essentially self-destruct for no real reason. They have a gifting from God and start off with a bang. But then they go off the rails.

Others start something like a marriage, and then it gets difficult. It isn’t as easy as they hoped it would be. So they give up. Or they start a career, and it didn’t go as they hoped it would. Or they want to go to school, but they don’t complete it. And sadly, there are even people who make a profession of faith but then turn away later.

We want to make each day count. We want to walk in sync with God and finish what we begin.

Listen to God

If you don’t want to live in anxiety, fear, and worry, then put matters in God’s hands. Don’t give up on this. Seek it above all things.

How do you do that? Make your faith stronger. Grow in faith by studying and believing the Word of God. Your faith grows by hearing God’s Word and acting on it. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (NKJV).

When we listen to God’s Word, it puts everything in perspective. We see God for who He is. And we see life with all of its challenges for what it is. We see everything as we ought to see it.

Instead of worrying, put God and His Word first in your life. Seek Him principally above everything else. Give Him priority.

All too often we turn to people for help and forget that we need to turn to the Lord. So place it in God’s hands, and trade your worry for worship.

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