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You can run but you can not hide.

We can do as we please because God has given us all a free will. Every moment of every day we exercise that free will by the choices that we make when we respond to our circumstances. We can be happy or sad, disappointed or accepting, forgiving or unforgiving, etc. We decide how we will respond. Like saying, "My cup is half full" or "My cup is half empty". We could also choose to be angry or bitter or depressed, etc. If we have chosen to be christians, we do not need to have any negatives in our life, because Jesus Christ will set us free. Again, that would be our choice, exercising our free will. If we ask Him why we are angry, bitter, frustrated, depressed, fearful, anxious, untruthful, unsubmitted, lusty, immoral, self-centered, etc. , then He will tell us the truth. Once we have the truth, again we choose what we are going to do. Will we repent and be free or will we remain trapped in our problems? If we do not hear God very clearly then we can ask others to pr…

Apathy

Why do people lose interest in certain activities in life? Are they bored because that activity seems to be the same every day, week month, year? Like watching the same television program over and over, it can become very predictable. Could it be because that person's expectation of that particular activity is not being fulfilled? Let us then apply these thoughts to the christian walk. Many people seem to start out with great enthusiasm for God and the things of God, but gradually over time become apathetic. I have heard some people say that the newborn believers make the best evangelists, which is a lie because they do not know Jesus Christ or His gospel. I believe that those people have said this because they have observed the zeal of new believers. The inference here is that as one progresses that zeal is lost. Well it does not have to be that way.

REVELATION 2 : 1 - 5 NKJV
“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right h…

Authority 2

How much authority do we have? How much are we listened to? Are we obeyed by our children? When we speak are others convicted through what we say to them? Do they pretend to listen but their mind is elsewhere? Do other people say the same things to them and those people are listened to but you are not? It could be frustrating if one has something important to say but those who need to hear are not interested. (One should not get frustrated, but that is another subject.)
It is all about submission! Firstly how much do we submit, or have we submitted to people of authority in our lives? As children many of us have seen the authority person as the bad guy, the one who tells us to do the things that we do not want to do and the one who tells us off when we do the things that we want to do. Our response to authority figures then could be to avoid them so that we can do as we please, and then we could have thought that that makes us the authority, the ruler of our own kingdom. (It does not, …

The Commission of power

We need the gifts of The Holy Spirit to empower us to do the will of God on this earth. The great commission is one of power. Jesus is the example, He came and ministered in the power of God to impact a broken world, to demonstrate the mercy of GOD and verify the Gospel that He preached with that power. We need it! Why do we need it? He wants us to obtain it! How then do we get it? What does it look like? How long do we have to wait to get it?

Our world is broken through sin (obedience to satan). Most people are blind to the truth and are perishing in their sin. Many rely on medications, alcohol or drugs to try and manage the death that reigns in them. Jesus is the giver of life, the one who sets people who put their trust in Him free. He heals the sick and the brokenhearted. So how can we do for these people around us what Jesus does? Well, we need Him to equip us with the power that He has. If we ask Him to equip and empower us for His great commission, then He will. Now, when we ask…

The Pastor is not the boss

In many churches it seems as though the pastor is the boss and it should not be so. The pastor is supposed to be a shepherd. Have you ever watched sheep? For the most part the sheep come and go where they please and do according to their own will. The Shepherd ensures that the have sufficient food and water and that their boundaries are safe. He also oversees their health and wellness. So it should also be with the pastor and the church. The pastor should be like a servant of the church, someone who is helping the church to live well and who is looking out for them. The boss should be God! Now God will be our boss if we have exercised our free will and surrendered it to Him. In other words we have chosen to become a servant of God in all things.

ROMANS 8 : 14 NKJV
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Even though churches have a leadership, we are to be led by The Holy Spirit. Now the leadership may recommend things to us but we should pray about them to …

It is all about relationship

We can identify ourselves with a sporting team and say things like: "We won the game" We might even know the names of all of the players in the team and much much more about them, but do we actually know them? How then can we say "We won"? We did not win, but those people that we may know a lot about won. How much do we know God? We may have read quite a bit about Him and we may even be quite knowledgeable about the things that He does and has done, but do we know Him? We may even be doing many works of service that we believe that God would want us to be doing, but are they what He desires of us? We can read His word and say that He requires this or that of us, but does He?

LUKE 10 : 38 - 42 NKJV
38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’[a] feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she a…