Posted tagged ‘Christ’

Friendship A Great Tool For Serving God

October 12, 2010

Good friends are really a treasure.  They are hard to find and need to be held on to tightly.  For the Christian, friends who help you live for the Lord, are a true blessing from the Lord.  There are many places in the Bible that warn us not to have bad friends that would pull us away from God.  We also learn from Scripture to build loving relationships with God’s people.  Many passages which deal with brothers and sisters point to friendship within the kingdom of God.

Isn’t it true that making friends who have a firm relationship with God helps us to develop our relationship with the Lord?  We for sure know that the opposite is certain.  Friendships in the family of God won’t happen by accident.  We have to be friendly and cultivate the relationships we want to have in God’s family (Proverbs 18:24).  An old professor at North East Texas College used to have a motto: “Success is equal to time on task.”  Working on a relationship of any kind is mandatory.  I am afraid if we only spend the hour or two we see each other on Sunday and Wednesday to build Christian friendships we may never really have any true friends.  After all, much of our focus at the church house is God focused and worship purposed.  We need to make time to be together throughout the week.  I’ve always wondered where the time for older women to teach their younger women to love their husbands and children (Titus 2:3-5).  Good teaching comes when the bond of friendship is the backdrop for that instruction.

Friendship sometimes will be the only thing that can pull us through a spiritual crisis.

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:6).

Do all you can to build and maintain good friendships with God’s people.  It’s also a great idea to win friends from the world to Christ.  Be the kind of friend who is soul minded (Proverbs 11:30).

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What Kind of King?

September 21, 2010

Have you ever thought about how Jesus, even though He is King of kings, is different from any other king we know.  When we think of a king we think of several things that just go with being a monarch.  Yet the Jesus we meet in Scripture is far different.

  • Kings have palaces…Jesus had no home or place to lay his head (Luke 9:58).
  • Kings expect to be served…Jesus “humbled himself and became a servant” (Philippians 2:5-11)
  • Kings declare war…Jesus is “prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
  • Kings garner land for their kingdoms…Jesus reigns in the hearts of men (Colossians 1:27)
  • Kings rule by force…Jesus controls by love (2 Corinthians 5:14)
  • Kings work you as slaves…Jesus offers an easy and light burden (Matthew 11:30)
  • Kings enslave…Jesus sets you free (John 8:36)

Jesus is so different from what we think a king should be that often people miss the fact that he is king.  How many kings do we know of that would…

  • wash his servants feet
  • seek the hurting, weary, blind, miserable, maim to give them comfort
  • go after an enemy with the love of a father
  • seek the lost like a shepherd does the erring lamb
  • make a home for each of his citizens
  • grant all debts paid in full
  • redeem the criminal
  • love the unlovable?

King Jesus has done all of these things and more.  It is hard to imagine anyone not pledging allegiance to Him.  Its hard to believe there are people who are ashamed to mention his name (Matthew 10:32,33).

Perhaps we should rethink what a true king is.

Listen to Him today!

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
(John 15:13)

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ”
(Matthew 11:28-29)

The Power is in the Praying

May 3, 2010

With God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).  If you ask it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and it shall be opened to you (Matthew 7:7) .  Resist the devil and he will flee from you, draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8).  And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. (1 John 5:14).

Those powerful passages truly bolster our confidence when it comes to living spiritual lives.  However, there are few who ever really tap into the power afforded by a consistent and proper prayer life.  Far to often we seek God’s favor, blessing, strength or help only when we have failed to accomplish things by our own strength.  Even more often we fail to be thankful for the blessings given to us in prayer.

Developing a consistent, dedicated prayer life is your best way to accomplish all that God wills for your life.  You will find more strength to work, more joy for your efforts and less frustration due to failure.  Today is a good day to start praying regularly.  Now is a great time to dedicate yourself to open communication with the God of heaven.  You will see benefit immediately.

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The Beautiful Cross

March 31, 2010

This title may seem to be a paradox. How could something so horrible be beautiful? How could something that brought such pain bring so much joy? How could something that killed bring life? How could the curse bring blessing? The cross is beautiful because of the One who died upon it and the reason he did. Without him being rejected by God we could not be accepted. Without his suffering we would have no relief. Without him being struck down we would never have been exalted. The cross of Jesus truly is beautiful to those of us who have put our faith in God’s grace.

Calvary is the focus of the ages. From Adam to the apostles looked for it’s coming and the grace that it would bring. From Golgotha until the Judgment we look back to it for the peace it brings between us and God. God’s predetermined will was the sacrifice upon a cruel cross the Christ appointed before the foundation of the world. The cross is the foundation of all that God did throughout history and continues to do until Christ comes to receive the faithful to heaven.

The beautiful cross of Christ stands as a beacon to all men to come for healing of our sin-sickness. It calls to us to lay down the burden of sorrow and pick up the wings of joy. The life bought for each of by the blood of Jesus is God’s precious gift to everyone willing to follow the lamb where ever he goes.

Joseph D. Chase