Worship All Three, Equally.

Worship All Three, Equally. 

By Brian C. Collins

I spent the bulk of my devotions in prayer and in the entire chapter of Psalm 25, My devotional booklet was more of an afterthought this morning.  The basic idea in the booklet’s lesson for today was that until we get all the “noisy questions” on our minds out of the way we cannot get close to God.

I understand this because when I am praying so much comes to mind it’s hard to stay focused and sometimes my mind wonders off and stops praying and thinking about needless stuff.

It is very hard to drop all the extra things on our minds and truly get alone with God.  Today I prayed a little differently then I usually do.  Usually I just start praying and simply address the Lord, The Lord in general, not specifically like the Lord Jesus, or Father God.  I don’t ever remember addressing the Holy Spirit directly.

So today I felt convicted that I never speak to the Holy Spirit of the Trinity.  They are Three in One; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost/Spirit.  So using David’s words in Psalms 25 Is read, prayed, meditated the entire chapter specifically addressing each of the Trinity giving equal respect, love, and time to all three.

I’m not sure how theologically correct it was to do so, sense technically God the Father can only here us through His Son Jesus Christ.  However, I still felt obligated to respect and acknowledge all three this morning.  I wanted to especially pay attention, respect, and love to the Holy Spirit today, because it is the Holy Ghost part of the Trinity that stays in me even when I sin and quench Him, He never leaves me nor forsakes me in all my transgressions.  So today I felt horrible for not giving Him his deserved respect. 

It is the Holy Ghost who speaks to us with the still small voice, the One Who impresses on our hearts to do or not do something, the One Who brings scripture to our minds when we need His Word for getting inspiration, resisting temptation, giving thanks and praise.

The Holy Spirit is the main reason why we can communicate with our Lord Jesus Christ and Jesus is the main reason we have the Holy Spirit and why God the Father will hear our cries.

Each are equally important, and each the key to the others presence.  Jesus Paid it all and made our relationship with God the Father possible again, and without all three we would have never been created.  So I was moved today to honor each, praise each, love each, and thank each person of the Trinity today.  I hope that it pleased God, it was not much but I believe it was needed.

Who’s Called? You’re Called.

Who’s Called?  You’re Called.

By Brian C. Collins

If you seek great things for yourself—God has called me for this or that; you are putting a barrier to God’s use of you.” (Oswald Chambers)

Full-time ministry is a matter of perspective.  Or as some refer to “The Calling” (echo– calling, calling, calling.)  If one like myself grows up in the Christian faith the leadership positions of Pastor, Evangelist, and Missionary along with others are respected but often misunderstood. 

While it is true that some are called to full time “vocational” ministry, most Christians are just simply called to full-time ministry.  What!  You may be asking.  Yes, the full-time ministry is for all Christians.  We are all supposed to live for the Lord every day, tell everyone we meet how to be saved, and spend as much time as we can in prayer with our Lord and learning from His Word.

It may seem like at first your getting a raw deal but its true.   Once you’ve devoted all for Him you will be eager to give God anything; the so-called raw deal will turn into the best deal ever when we all get to heaven.  However, here on earth, it will have its highs and its lows.  

Christians forget the life of a follower of Christ is a life of hardship and persecution. “For I am crucified with Christ never the less I live.” The life of a disciple of Christ is not “like a box of chocolates” where you can look under the lid for a diagram of what’s inside and just pick what you want. It’s a continuous battle with your sinful nature and “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds).”

We are at war.   The Christian life is a battle.  When we choose not to serve God fully we let our defenses down and defeat is soon upon us.  We need the “Whole Armor of God” not just a weapon, the sword of the Lord, we rarely pick up and have no skill with.

To be a great swordsman takes much dedication and practice.  If we do not master the sword, then we will not learn how to further arm ourselves.  “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” is not a weekend Adventure this is a lifelong study.

A Huge amount of people just near our homes and around the world are not saved.  To reach as many as possible as we can is not a one day a week visit, it’s a lifelong pursuit of striving to be a living example of Christ and letting our light shine before all men. 

“Be ye holy for I Am Holy” is an impossible task as humans.  This is why a consistent, persistent relationship with Christ is a must with no breaks no vacations.  This is one part of the Christian life you can never rest on.  We will mess up, we will sin, we cannot be perfectly holy.

In Christ, through Christ, with Christ we can keep up the faith, confess sin when needed, and not let the Devil drag you down in shame for “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  the pursuit of holiness is very much a full-time endeavor.  

So, who’s called? You are.

One More Day, Please

One More Day, Please

By Brian C Collins

I Peter 1:16  “Be ye holy; for I Am Holy.”

“Christ did not come to save men out of pity: He came to save men because He had created them to be holy.” (Oswald Chambers)

 

If we strip away all the trappings covering the different issues, circumstances, and difficulties we have in our Christian life and even what brought us to Christ in the first place it is the terrible revealing of our unholiness.  “For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) 

This is why Paul wrote about Holiness in Romans 12:1 “…that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”  In Romans 6 Paul states we “should not serve sin” verse 6; in verses 12 through 14 Paul also tells us we are free from sin that we do not have to sin or yield to temptation.  To some Christians this may not seam possible.  However, I assure you from my own experience it is.  

It is accomplished by having a close and right relationship with Jesus Christ and God the Father.  This is done through faith, humility, and dedication of self to studying the Bible, obeying and doing what the Bible tells us and earnest humble prayer to God through Christ Jesus.  This and removing as much sinful influence from your life as possible.  

Given time you will find yourself thinking about doing something wrong and then realizing — hey!  I don’t have to do that, I can do something else.  This may not happen every time but being transformed by the renewing of our minds takes time and it will happen enough to start building up your confidence in Christ;  strengthening you in recognizing sin and being able to turn away from it more and more as we mature in Christ.

Just experiencing one day of being right with Christ, knowing that through the leading of His Spirit and the support of His Word; you can have a clarity of conscience and breath in the peace of God as fresh air, walking with a confidence in Christ.  Confidence that gives you hope and motivates you to grow closer and closer to Christ so that your entire existence is with God —  Just experiencing one day like that?  Trust me, one day will not be enough.

Take Out The Trash, Now! Ok

Take Out The Trash, Now!

By Brian C Collins

 John 13:13

“To have a master and to be mastered is not the same thing.” (Oswald Chambers)

In my devotions today I learned the difference between what we normally think of as a master and slave or servant relationship and what the Scripture shows us about the Biblical relationship of a servant and their master.

With the history of slavery in the world: Europe, America, and the worst case Egypt enslaving Israel.  The title master has a very bad connotation.

The Biblical picture of master and servant as pointed out in my devotions today is of a Father and son relationship.  Those of us who had a mother and father figure in our lives may be able to relate to this comparison. 

I myself can easily remember my father being my master growing up.  Some families may have been different, but in our household you did not ask father for money.  Why?  Not because he would never give you any but because he probably did not have any to spare.

More then that he most likely would tell me, you don’t need any money and if you do boy, get a job.  I was made to do chores and told that a home to live in, food to eat, and clothes on my back was my payment for doing the chores.  This to me at the time felt like slavery, some kids I knew got allowances, or just asked mom and dad for money — and got it!

I love my parents, making me help around the house, and allowing me to mow grass in the neighborhood to make money, using dad’s mower, by the way; taught me so many lessons.

Chores around the house taught me responsibility, good work ethics, and how to take care of myself out on my own.  Mowing grass for money they taught me how to budget and tithe with my income.  They were teaching me how to be a grownup.

Yes, having me mow our grass and my sister and I cook supper and do laundry did help them out because they worked hard supporting us; however, it wasn’t slavery but it was a master and servant relationship.  We loved our parents they loved us, we all helped out the family by doing our part. The kids obeying and serving, the parents loving and supporting.  A true and Biblical master and servant relationship.

It’s Who You Know

It’s Who You Know.

By Brian C Collins

Titus 1:16  They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him…
“We slander God by our very eagerness to work for Him without knowing Him.” (Oswald Chambers)

This thought that we rely on our own more then God was the main point of my devotional today.  Summarized by the above quote.  I wonder how many ministries and servants in ministry have failed in the end or became disqualified at some point in their ministries simply for the fact they never really knew God or fell out of fellowship with Him.
We can be saved, burdened, called, and even in ministry.  However, if we never completely dive in and get serious with God we can fail.  If we never give our all or stop giving our all, to be close and right with Him, truly getting to know Him, we can fail.  How can we try to do His work when we are not even sure if what we have decided to do is His will?
I’m not referring to a preacher preaching or a missionary going to the mission field.  I am pointing out the specific, intricate decisions made concerning the path, the people, and the plan of our mission.  Yes, Preach go spread the Gospel.  But have we chosen our direction through Christ or for other reasons; are we dealing with people the way God wants us to, or by some other philosophy?  Are we following God’s plan or our own?
We need to be prepared and equipped for ministry.  Bible colleges can help with this. Nonetheless, we need to use all the tools at hand that God has supplied.  Without that close relationship with Christ, we could use good tools for the wrong job.  Using a hammer to beat something down when all that’s needed is a little sandpaper to smooth it away can cause more problems.
It is the Holy Spirit of God that will help us in these specific decisions.  When we are in tune with God we will hear that still small voice, we will see how that scripture applies, we will know which way to go.  Which way to turn the wrench, and what amount of force needs applying.
Knowing God as we should, we can be equipped through Him, and directed by Him.  It is God’s power, leading, and knowledge that brings success to a ministry.  We will be bringing glory to God because we are not doing it all on our own.  God is doing it through us because we are truly striving to get to know Him.

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