A Life of Excellence

Once you have excepted Jesus as Lord of your life He wants to make you righteous and holy.

If you have ever had a vision from God, you may try as you will to be satisfied on a lower level, but God will never allow it.  If we are going to be disciples of Jesus we must remember that all efforts of worth and excellence are difficult. (Oswald Chambers)  This comes from the old saying anything that is worth doing in life, for it to be done well, is difficult, there are no short cuts.

God’s grace produces men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not pampered spoiled weaklings.  It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to live the worthy and excellent life of a disciple of Jesus in the realities of life.  And  it is always necessary for us to make an effort to live a life of worth and excellence.  (Oswald Chambers)

As Christians our only mission is to tell the Good News!   Why? So all can be saved.  Once a person is saved God works the rest of their lives out how He sees fit.

Acts 20:20-21  I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear either publicly or in your homes.  I have had one message for Jews and Gentiles (people who are not Jews) alike the necessity of repenting from sin, turning to God and having faith in our Lord Jesus.

The Good news is about the wonderful grace of God!  Acts 20:26 says, “If anyone suffers eternal death, it’s not my fault, for I didn’t shrink from declaring all that God wants you to know.”

Acts 20:29  I know that false teachers like vicious wolves will come after you not sparing anyone.  Even some men or women from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following.  Watch Out!!

WOW sound like something going on in our country right now?  If you read the Bible it addresses what is happening right now in our very own lives.  When you hear people say the Bible is the living and breathing word of God that is because it is.  God has already addressed everything that has and will ever happen.

I was just reading this morning about the shootings.  What is those people involved handled it God’s way?  People are scared.  I am not afraid of death because I know where my eternal home is.  I pray that the people who were killed know God, then they did not die in vain.

We are becoming a lawless country with everything becoming acceptable.  Our country was  based on Christian values, and the only country to ever be developed with those values.  Why do you think God has blessed us so long?  We became the country that was looked up to and if someone need help they would ask us.  Not no more.  We are pathetic with our trillion dollar debt and our weak military.  Our God given rights are being taken away.  Think of all the great things we have done!  We abolished slavery, gave women rights, have the freedom to vote, have a wonderful democratic repubic as our government.  You are free to worship and believe what you want with out being prosecuted.  Not any more as nation we have turned away from God, then we slap Him in the face by legalizing sin!  Gay marriages, corrupt politicians getting away with committing crimes, black mail from our government if we do not conform to letting boys and girls rooms in our schools you will lose funding, if you seek counseling for your child who suffers from transgender issues you can be thrown in jail and the counselor.  The FIRST Amendment is our freedom of religion, if you do not conform you will be sued.  Divorce rates are at their all time highest.  Terrorist are allowed to come into our country and we can not say Islamic terrorist for “fear” of being called a racist or bigot.  And the list goes on and on.

Proverbs 8:13 says, “If anyone respects and fears God, he will hate evil.  For wisdom hates pride, arrogance, corruption, and deceit of every kind.

My friends if you do not understand what is happening in our country and how it relates to the Bible you are in trouble.  The world has we know it will not last forever, and thank God for that!  Jesus will come back and He will reign!  We are living in the end times. There are two things that are going to happen.  Either this great America will have a revival and come back to our Christian roots and BELIEVE that GOD is in control or the end times will come and Jesus will take all of the believers to Heaven and you my dear friend will be left behind if you do not know our loving Lord.

Black and White No Shades of Gray

 

Our sense of sin is in proportion to our nearness to God.

Here is one very strong and undeniable truth.  John 3:16 says, “For God SO LOVES ____________ (put your name here) that He GAVE (yes it is a gift) His only begotten Son that who so ever believes in Him WILL NOT PARISH but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE!

I am concerned that people do not understand how much God loves them.  We turn to God when something bad happens and we pray to Him.  We love God then, but when things are going well and nothing bad seems to be happening in our lives we forget.  We continue in our own sinful ways because it makes us happy or we say it’s no use I can not change.  If the God of the Universe can make the Heavens and the Earth and create You, He surely can help us change.  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  If God declares it you can believe it to be true.  

God is very clear about what sin looks like.  When we keep sinning and we want to change but we don’t do it it’s because we do not have the proper fear of the Lord.  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.God is Wisdom.

Why do we want to be the god of our own lives rather than to fear God?  I know for me personally I had a fear of change.  I worried about what other’s would think of me if I gave up my sinful life.  I worried that I may have to let go of unhealthy relationships that I became very comfortable in.  I worried I would be alone and no one would love me. Because being in a sinful relationship was better than being alone.  I also don’t like to admit that I am wrong because that would mean I would have to change.I also depended on those to whom I had unhealthy relationships with for my financial stability. Once the Lord came into my life I worried about being rejected by my family and friends.  I worried that the lies I told others would have to be corrected and then I had to start telling them the truth.  I don’t like to hurt others feelings even if it is the truth.  I am a self professed people pleasier. So I started to understand God’s ways and I worry that people my not like me any more.  This lead to worrying about what if I tell the truth and it turns other’s away from God?  Then I realized worry is also a sin!  There are lots of Bible verses about worry.  Psalm 56:3 says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.”  I can still doubt God will do things in my life.  This is not good. When this happens I am suppose to pray.

We are made for the simple life.  God’s words are black and white there are no “shades of gray”.  Either you are doing what is right or you are doing what is wrong.  There are so many ways to do the right thing, we should not argue about that, but there is a very short list of sins, in which we can practice them in all different kinds of ways, mostly to justify them as being “okay”.

Can you see how confusing sin can be?  God has called us to a simple life.  When we base our choices on how we “feel” we will be tempted to make a poor choice.  I think the devil works through our feelings and plays upon them.  He knows feelings are important to us.  We want to feel and it is good to feel, but our feelings should never cause us to sin.

Fear of the Lord can mean reverence of the Lord the type that brings you to your knees in worship.  I also think fear of the Lord is actually feeling scared.  Scared that I am wasting this one life God has made for me, that I am not living life to the fullest in accordance to God’s ways.  I also have a fear of going to Hell and get deeply saddened that people will not entire eternity.  I am scared of going to Hell and I am scared of wasting my life.  I am afraid that when I die I will stand before Jesus and he will not say well done good and faithful servant.  I think this kind of fear is healthy, it makes me humble, and it keeps me depending on God and not myself.  The more I fear God the less scared I am of my eternity.

When we leave this earth we will leave everything behind our homes, degrees, cars, entertainment, the business and distractions, our medals and prizes.  But are we willing to leave the people we love behind?  We do not have too.  I know it is up to a person to believe and be saved but I just need to keep living out my faith and hope in the Lord so that I am a witness to others.  The change that you see in my life is a direct effect of me confessing to God that I am a sinner, asking for forgiveness, and accepting that He is Lord of my life.

 

When I die, put my ashes in the trash bag I don’t care where they go Don’t waste your money on my gravestone I’m more concerned about my soul Everybody’s going to die Don’t everybody live though Sometimes I look up to the sky And wonder do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord Listen, yeah everybody wants change Don’t nobody wanna change though Don’t nobody wanna pray Till they got something to pray for Now everybody’s gon’ die But don’t everybody live though Sometimes I look up to the sky And wonder do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord It’s easy to blame God but harder to fix things We look in the sky like, “Why ain’t you listening?” Watching the news in our living rooms on the big screens And talking ’bout “If God’s really real, then where is he?” You see the same God that you saying might not even exist Becomes real to us, but only when we dying in bed When ya healthy it’s like, we don’t really care for him then Leave me alone God, I’ll call you when I need you again Which is funny, everyone will sleep in the pews Then blame God for our problems like he sleeping on you We turn our backs on him, what do you expect him to do? It’s hard to answer prayers when nobody’s praying to you I look around at this world we walk on It’s a smack in the face, don’t ever tell me there’s no God And if there isn’t then what are we here for? And what are y’all doing down there? I don’t know Lord Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord, do you see us down here? Oh Lord, oh Lord Do you see us down here? Oh Lord Can you see us down here? Oh Lord Oh Lord, oh Lord Can you see us? Can’t you see us?

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