June 5, 2020 "Half-Hearted Christianity"

The most miserable Christians I’ve met are those who live with a foot in both worlds. They attempt to qualify their living of life by hedging their bets. They have one eye on heaven and one on earth. They call on the name of Christ, but they still try to find their security, satisfaction, pleasure, or fulfillment from this world. And they’re not happy.

We will continually straddle the fence when we are not absolutely convinced that God alone is good. And we will not be able to turn away from all the other “things” that promise joy but deliver sorrow. We should never dare to imagine that there is even a hint of good apart from God and his will for our lives.

The only way to have joy is to say a full “Yes” to God. Which means saying “No” to the world. So, choose today whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15) Look to God and his will for every good gift in your life. Live life with the realization that “The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.” (Psalm 16:5) Refuse to let this world corrupt you and thereby strip His joy from you .

The truth is that half-hearted Christians are never happy Christians. Place your Hope in God, don’t run after other gods, trust Him, have faith in His Word, walk in His Spirit and have great joy in Him !

Suggested readings:

  • Isaiah 12; 48:22
  • Joshua 1:8
  • Habakkuk 3:17-19
  • Psalm 37:3-6; 23-24
  • Proverbs 29:18
  • Luke 16:13

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  • 6-04-2020 "The Preeminence of Christ"

    "Take, therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Matthew 6:34

  • 6-03-2020 "Pressing Toward the Mark"

    ”I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”   Philippians 3:14

  • 6-02-2020 "Praying for Our Nation"

    “Righteousness exalteth a nation: But sin is a reproach to any people.”  Proverbs 14:34

  • 6-01-2020 "Worship Him!"

    "God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth."  John 4:24

  • 5-31-2020 "God Keeps His Promises"

    “Trust in The LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”   Proverbs 3:5-6

  • 5-30-2020 "Positive Thinking"

    “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS”.  Philippians 4:8

  • 5-29-2020 "We Are All Participants"

    “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” Titus 3:8

  • 5-28-2020 "Assembling Together"

    "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."  Hebrews 10:25

  • 5-27-2020 "No Whining"

    "Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured,and were destroyed of the destroyer."  1 Corinthians 10:10

  • 5-26-2020 "Our Christian Influence"

    “Let your light so shine before men, that may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

  • 5-25-2020 "God Is Good All the Time"

    "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."  Romans 8:28

  • 5-24-2020 "Freedom of Forgiveness"

    "But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."  Matthew 6:15

  • 5-23-2020 "Go and Do Likewise"

    “....a certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead......Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among thieves? And he said, he that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise." (Luke 10:30,36,37)

  • 5-22-2020 "Follow the Light"

    “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” 

    Psalm 119:105

  • 5-21-2020 "Consistent Faith"

    “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him. Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7

  • 5-20-2020 "The Glory of Kings"

    “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter: but it is the honor of Kings is to search out a matter.”  Proverbs 25:2

  • 5-19-2020 "Attitude Adustment"

    “Brethren I count myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”   Philippians 3:13-14

  • 5-18-2020 "Be a Man"

    “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."

    1 Corinthians 16:13

  • 5-17-2020 "Contentment"

    “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”  Philippians 4:11

  • 5-16-2020 "Struggle VS Strength"

    “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake, for when I am weak then am I strong."  2 Corinthians 12:10

  • 5-15-2020 "Be Kind"

    And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you .”  Ephesians 4:32

  • 5-14-2020 "Faith"

    “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him.”  Ephesians 3:12

  • 5-13-2020 "I Will Rejoice"

    “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls, there are no grapes on the vines…though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls. Yet I will rejoice in The Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”  Habakkuk 3:17-18

  • 5-12-2020 "Patience"

    “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”   Ecclesiastes 7:8

  • 5-11-2020 "Get Back Up"

    "Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy."  Micah 7:18

  • 5-10-2020 "Blessed"

    “Blessed is the man that trusteth in The Lord, and whose hope The Lord is.”   Jeremiah 17:17

  • 5-09-2020 "Verbal Poison"

    “Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer the strife ceaseth.”  Proverbs 26:20

  • 5-08-2020 "Optimism"

    “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”  Romans 15:13

  • 5-07-2020 "Living for God's Glory"

    “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”   1 Corinthians 10 : 31

  • 5-06-2020 "What Are You Seeking?"

    “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”  Colossians 3 : 1

  • 5-05-2020 "Exhort One Another"

    “But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." Hebrews 3:13