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God’s Word endures!


I get so pumped about the fact that the grass withers and flowers fade but the Word of God endures forever.  So often when I hear that I think of the promises of God that I can hold on to, His truths which will always be true and His love that is never-ending, He is faithful even when I am not.

However, I think it goes the other way too.

When He calls me on my sin and I do not pay attention.  When He calls out the error of my ways and my judgement and I ignore that still, small voice.  When He reminds me of His justice and His holiness and yet I seem to be able to shrug off those Words – do I really understand that His Word endures and that the consequences of continuing to reject them will bring about a lot of pain?

So it is that if I truly believe that His Word endures than those same Words that were spoken to generations before me hold still true today.  They are very relevant for me.  I must read, study and apply it – learning the lessons from those who have walked before me so that I do not repeat the mistakes of others.


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Is there not a follower of Jesus here?

When your life really counts on it, you want to make sure that the advice you are receiving, or the partner you engage with business in, or the person you are considering to spend the rest of your life with in marriage, is someone who really wants to follow Jesus.

Being a youth pastor for a few years, I saw, in the lives of our church family, how easy it was to slide into a manner of worship that would betray the most godly of people.  They took on the form of godliness, praised by those around them, yet declared untruth whenever they presented.  There were others who would rather hear a presenter from Yale or Harvard on a certain topic – lets say leadership – then to hear what the Word of God had to say about it.  Others would minimize or lower their scale of expectations as to how they conducted themselves – a little pornography, lying, cheating, stealing, drinking – that’s all okay.  Using a language that is becoming more and more acceptable as part of every day conversation – like the “c” or the “s” words and most times connected with the word “holy” – words which should cause us to cringe has become the norm.

We have become ashamed of our Jesus and fail to take Him with us “everywhere we go” and at most times have no regard for Him whatsoever.

Then when life matters, when there is nothing else you can do, when the chips are down and you need answers, there is one person you will be looking for.

Where is the one who takes Jesus with them wherever they go?  The one who declares their love and shows reverence for the Word of God, follow it, obey it and try to bring it into their lives and their community.  The person who doesn’t mimic the truth, but embraces it and has their spiritual senses sharpened and ready for action.

You would rather have one of them then hundreds of your friends that you have surrounded yourself with.  Those same friends are now giving you a hard time for even engaging with such a follower of Jesus.  They are telling you that this person that you have turned to is really rude and foolish, trying to get you to do something that will advance their own interests and ultimately, to deceive you.

Yet, you are no longer listening to them.  You have need of a real follower of Jesus.  You have found one.  You will not let them go until you have become such a follower of Jesus too.


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Reporting God’s Word

I am amazed still…and hope that I will always be,when I consider the Word of God being written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

God talking to us and giving us details of His thoughts, ways, strategies. plans – I am sure that those who were writing had to take a break from time to time as they became excited in writing down the thoughts of God.  Maybe, at the time, they didn’t realize how precious God’s Word would be to us.

God still speaks to us today.  Many of us just do not take the time to do so, and some refuse to believe that possibility.

Yet, we all have issues, decisions, directions and purposes to accomplish and the only people we can really go to for help are those who hear the voice of God.  In some circles that is called prophesy and unfortunately, in some circles this precious gift of the Holy Spirit is called something else.

If I were to think of the leadership issues that have come up in my life without the ability to hear God’s voice, I would not be where I am today.  I know that I am in leadership because I do hear and follow God’s pointed direction in my decision-making opportunities.

I believe that God will help us by surrounding us with others who have been filled with the Spirit of God.  I believe that we can pray for those around us to be filled with the Spirit of God.  Sometimes, and only very rarely, I have heard stories of individuals who wanted nothing to do with the Spirit of God, yet they were filled anyway.   The Spirit of God moves like the wind, blows where He needs to go.

Just a word of caution – hearing and moving in the Spirit of God does not make you an authority.  Humility is the key in serving as you know those that humble themselves are exalted by God.  So do not think you are better than the person God has called to lead you.  Your gift has all the possibility of ruining the unity of the Church – just ask the Corinthian Church.  I am not saying that to make you afraid, just to make sure that we know that many others are used by God to speak His Word. We are all doing good because we are not sharing what is in our mind but in God’s.

If all of God’s people had the Spirit of God on them, and were all prophets, well, leadership would and should be a light burden to bear.  So look for those who exhibit the ability to hear and report on the things of God, those who are filled with the Spirit of God.  Do not hesitate, but ask for advice, assistance – in fact, desire it, and be thankful for it.  There is work enough for all, in calling sinners to repentance, and faith in our Lord Jesus.

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