THE TRUE ATHLETES

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Christian’s are true born athletes, the problem is to many sign up for the race but never reach the starting line.  I believe it is mostly because they don’t feel they have the gifting to make a difference or they let their sin get in the way, either way the sleeping giants are counted out for the time being. Some start the race but get discouraged and drop out of the race, never seeming to find the heart to get back in.

Lets start with gifting and faith because the two go hand to hand. In the christian life gifts of the spirit are something that has to be searched out, worked out and even formed. It is no different than any other athlete except you have already been guaranteed a win. This reason alone gives Christians no excuse not to enter or persevere in the race.

Lets look at any other athlete like a runner for example or a boxer, both have to begin by training and getting involved with the sport. If you talk with any athlete, champions especially they will tell you that their accomplishments didn’t come overnight. They were tested at one point of their journey that could have changed everything for them if they hadn’t found the heart to push through.

Faith is what Christians should be living by. The problem is most lack faith in themselves. This is more of a reason to put their faith into action. Putting faith in God where they lack it in themselves. Stepping out in faith with God is the very thing that exercises spiritual muscles, which opens up incredible possibilities.  When we reach out to serve and enter the race of faith, God meets us. Many times our gifting are not even revealed until we have been in the race for some time.

Most fighters can tell you they have been knocked out and beaten more times than they can count, yet they continue to get up and fight. In the fighting world they call it heart. True champions find the heart to get up and keep fighting. They can also tell you the challenges they faced and the times when they wanted to throw in the towel. They can also tell you how many times they were told they couldn’t do it. Somehow true champions men and women of heart found the strength to get up and continue to fight.

2 Timothy 2

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2 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

Hebrews 12

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12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

You who need to go to the starting line, go in the name of Jesus. You who need to get back in the race, go in the name of Jesus. God has enough grace for you to overcome the things you are struggling with. Life is hard no matter how you run, so run in a way to make it count. My prayers are with you. Bless you in Jesus name amen. 🙂

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EASTER THE BEST DAY OF THE YEAR

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Easter is a time for resurrection and the power of Christ from it. Lets lead up to it though, remembering where it came from and that is the Cross. If our Savior had not went on the ultimate rescue mission, where would we be? Love sent Him. A love so pure and deep most cannot imagine. What would cause an all powerful perfect being to put Himself through all He did?

This is the question most ask trying to figure out this God called The Christ! I am not surprised so many are lost trying to answer or find the answer to this question. None of us have even a tear drop of Gods love and that is why it is so deep and so beyond our ability to take it fully in. Purity, Humility, Honesty, Kindness, Sweetness, Gentleness, I could go on forever. I find myself weeping trying to put my words together.

The lost think they are wise to question such a God! The lost have the same argument saying they can’t follow a God that would forgive a child molester. Yet, those who have encountered Him know and submit to Him knowing He is worthy to judge. His blood is enough to cover those He chooses to sanctify. Do not think I am angry at the lost! My heart goes out to the people who are lost!!

Nonbeliever, us Christians hope and pray for you. Not because we Love or know love fully but because we found genuine Love In Christ. His love makes it possible for us to begin to scratch the surface of love. You and I don’t know what the child molester has been through! The abuse they went through as a Child! The evil, where it began or how it started? We do not know the heart of man, only God does! I know my own sin and I am not one to judge but Christ knew no sin, who is worthy to judge!

Easter is coming and it represents the dead body of a beaten sinless crucified Christ, who rose from the dead. Conquering death and sin! If He chooses to make one evil man well, why on earth wouldn’t we want this Christ and want Him to make all men well!!!! Please open your eyes! See the opportunity He has given you. Turn from your sin and receive His forgiveness and His resurrection power in your life this Easter! Open your heart, open your eyes, see His purpose and power to redeem the sinner. To make those who are dead by their sin to rise by the grace and mercy of Christ! If you receive Christ as your Lord and Savior you too will rise from the dead. I am going to pray for you now.

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You in prayer for this Man or Women who is choosing to receive Your free gift of salvation. Father I pray that You will forgive them of all their acknowledged sin. I pray You would wash them by the power of Your blood. I pray You would forgive them of their sin and call them children of the living God.

If you have confessed your sin and asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart, please let me know, so I can pray for you by name.  Thank you and God bless you. May this resurrection day be Christ resurrected in you. Amen

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SALT GOOD OR BAD INGREDIENT FOR CHRISTIANS?

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I am realizing more and more the lack of understanding I have had on the subject, is salt a good or bad ingredient. As Christians we have been told we are the salt of the world. How many Christians really understand what this means? First of all why does the bible use salt as a description or ingredient? Well that answer is  salt added to anything preserves it from going bad. What happens when we add too much salt? What is our part to play when it comes to using the Bible described salt. What is our part and what is Gods part when using salt?

First of all I must tell you I am guilty of confusing what part of the salt ingredient I am responsible for and what part is God responsible for?

I am responsible for preserving the light, salt=light for I am the light of the world as you are. God Is responsible for truth=salt  You see If I try to become the salt of God I will add way too much salt and then I am nothing more than a salt spring. Meaning trying to push Gods word on people or trying to convict them. It is Gods job not mine. My job is to present Gods truth (His salt) as an offering. Like giving a warm piece of bread to a homeless man. As I give the bread I do it in love trusting God will become the salt in His word and I remain His lamp.

Matthew 5:13

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

My light or salt is my actions. Salt is my lamp of the truth I have come to know In Christ and how it shines forth through me in love.

Starting In James 3:12 the bible says

James 3:12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

God is the only one that can produce fresh water. He is the only one that can water His word through the power of the Holy Spirit. I can not water it but I can shine a light on it in love.

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, nonspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

I hope this helps you as It has helped me. Be His light, give His truth in love and grace like bread to someone starving. Don’t force them to eat it, offer it in love and keep shinning your light. May the Lord bless you and fill your heart with joy peace and love. Bless you today.

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