It is this Jesus that hung on a cross for you, who died for you, who rose on the third day for you, that is calling you to walk with Him in repentance and obedience. I don’t know what your next step is, but I do know this: You have one. God will never be finished taking you deeper in faith. There is always a next step. If you have not agreed to walk with God, then where are you headed?
In order to give hope to a world that is living without hope and lost in sin, we have got to follow where God is leading us. We need to think outside our building, we need to do what Jesus would do in order to carry the hope we have to a lost and hurting world. We must, Reach Out and take it to them!
But a grateful person, a mature Christian, realizes that the life they have is a gift from God and any blessings received came from Him. In fact, God’s Word in James tells us that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…” The believer says that everything I have – abilities, talents, and the things I possess – is a gift from God. I would not be who I am without Him.
We often go to prayer with these attitudes: that it has to be perfect, that the prayer must sound good.
When we go to prayer with this attitude we go, metaphorically, like I’m dressed.
We go pretending like we are ready for war yet a part of us finds it necessary to think of what others think of our prayer or it not sounding pretty enough
But like any weapon, the Sword of the Spirit must be used with care. Improperly applied, it can drive people away from the Kingdom. Be careful! This weapon forces the user, as well as those who face it, to look at themselves in light of what God says. You don’t beat people with the Truth! John 17:17 – Sanctify them in Truth, your Word is Truth.
We are no longer following the ways of the world; we are Christ followers and belong to the Kingdom of God.
We must not be tolerant to the things of the world, condoning the alternative lifestyles of the world, or getting caught up in the anger and hatred of the world.
David, a man after God’s own heart, said this in Psalm 4, But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. Like David, we too should first turn to God, trusting Him to take on our enemies, our troubles, and our failings.
If we want to be used of God then we must enter the battle, we must be kingdom focused. Our priority must be Christ the King and we must go to battle armored, sword in hand, on our knees in prayer!