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.

Go Means Live

Go means Live.

By Brian C Collins

 

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in the earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  Matt  28:18-20

 “Go simply means live…where we are placed is a matter of indifference; God engineers the goings.” (Oswald Chambers)

This month is missions month at our church.  Pastor ask that we pray not only for those missionaries that we support but that we pray for our church and mostly ourselves to have a heart for missions. 

Most Christians know of the Great Commission, we are all commanded to go, live, the gospel of Christ every day.  When I think of the gravity of that command and I look back at my life and my testimony at work, church, and family I am ashamed to say that my living has not always measured up to the scale of Christ’s command.

In the past when I thought of the Go in the command from Christ, I just thought of the action of getting up and physically seeking those who are lost and telling them of Christ.  Yes, I have always been taught we should be Christlike and have a good testimony so others may see what Jesus has to offer.  However, for some reason, my small brain never made the connection of the Go also meaning live.

Considering the implications of Go as Live helps me see more clearly how the Great Commission does not just apply to full-time missionaries but all Christians.  Going to talk to someone about Christ or going door to door has always been intimidating to me, as with others also.  Nonetheless, if we were to focus more on being right with God, living right according to the Bible.  The opportunities to witness will come more natural to us in conversation and not be so intimidating in the end. “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.”  

Many of us feel a little shame due to Society, Self-doubt, and Satanic Oppression.  Make no mistake!  The Salvation of mankind is always under attack from the devil.  The easiest way for Satan to win each battle is to undermine our effectiveness as a witness.  This can simply be done by having a bad testimony.

I realize I sound like a broken record, but this is why our devotions and prayer times are so important.  We will still fail at times in our living like Christ.  If we go to those who had witnessed our bad testimony and admit our wrong.  Go to Christ and confess our sin.  Don’t give up.  Keep striving every day to be like Christ.  Know, you will mess up.  Don’t quit seeking God’s Face.  Don’t just Go but Live the Gospel of Christ.

Don’t Dabble. Be Diligent.

Don’t Dabble. Be Diligent.

By Brian C Collins

Hebrews 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Once, I was asked with all my training and desire, why have I not done much for Christ? I would state different reasons. However, in my recent studies this week, the Lord revealed to me the answer to that question.

The answer, was in a verse I had read and heard so many times I know it by heart. It had never occurred to me as it had recently. Hebrews 11:6 says; But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

The more I study the Bible and go before God; the more I understand that the only three reasons I never completely committed or pursued serious servitude for Christ are as follows:

First, the lack of faith. I never exercised my faith for God to qualify me and fulfill my need. I never stepped out onto the waves of life with Christ as my number one focus continually moving towards Him, towards ministry. Secondly, I never let go. Only hanging on to my ways, my desires, my understanding. Thirdly I never earnestly sought the Lord. Yes, I sought Him but not diligently, not consistently, not relentlessly.

The past four months I have done my best to seek Him diligently with some success, and more than enough failure. What I am learning is I never truly with all effort, sought the Lord. I have decided to Let go of everything. Preconceptions, Personal viewpoints, earthly hopes, and dreams. Giving all and seeking all of Christ. No more putting little effort into seeking Him, no more half measures.

No matter our needs. No matter our goals. All the things we see as important on this earth. Any problem that comes our way. All can be brought into focus and placed in order with clarity, confidence, and peace.

If we put out faith in Christ, let go of what is dragging us down, and seek God diligently. Don’t hesitate. Don’t do enough to just get by. Don’t play around. With all your might and free time simply seek the Lord. Don’t Dabble. Be earnest, be diligent. Truly get to know the Lord.

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