I was reading both the books written to timothy the other night and something dawned on me. timothy was literally all Paul had towards the end of his work on earth. in 2 timothy Paul constantly reminds timothy of how all his close friends and fellow christians just deserted him. As Christians we need to realize the fact that it could literally come down to just you and Jesus in you walk with him. we cant rely on other people lifting us up or keep us from falling spiritually but we need to get in the altar and rely on a holy ghost saturation to up lift us and let Gods word wash us and mold us to where he needs us to be.
If you think about it there were only three or so people at Calvary with Jesus out of the thousands that followed him while he preformed miracles.
If we strive to be more like Jesus everyday, then less is more in that case
It hurts me to see Christian standards pushed aside but all my hero’s live by them and for good reasons. Of course no one like likes being told what to do, growing up we experience this all the time: hating going to bed during nap time, being told to eat your vegetables, or getting spanked for being bad.. No one likes standards and rules but there needed, and without them were in trouble.. God didn’t give us His word to make us stumble and fall, He gave it to us to guide us in the right direction, don’t abuse it..
Twentieth-century Christianity, in general, has failed to reach the human race. Sometimes the church becomes too institutionalized; therefore we cannot relate to the common needs of (…Missing Text…) drowning in the Pacific Ocean is not interested in a gourmet meal. This individual is drowning, and the only thing of any importance to this desperate soul is a life jacket, a rope and someone to save them.
Likewise, our world is in a precarious situation. People are addicted to narcotics and alcohol, are destitute, hungry, depressed, despondent, homeless, guilt-ridden, and many of their marriages are on the rocks. The church of Jesus Christ must reach individuals at the point of their need. We must come out of the clouds and live down on the level of humanity.
For I was hungered, and ye gave me meat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungered and fed thee? Or thirsty and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger and took thee in? Or naked and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick or in prison and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto thee, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:35-40)
Christ is telling his church that the priority of the Christian life is to minister to those who are in need – those who hunger, thirst, are sick or naked, those in prison. Many modern-day churches lack true compassion and continue on in their beautiful edifices with towering steeples, stained-glass windows, carpeted aisles and padded pews. They are singing songs with lyrics that appeal to a certain element of the church and preaching sermons that meet the criteria of scholarly individuals who sit in the pews. Many times they do not preach messages or sing songs to the hearts of broken and torn men and women.
An example of this is when Jesus related the story of the man who left Jerusalem and journeyed to Jericho. As he traveled, robbers sprang upon him from the side of the road, beat him to a bloody pulp, kicked him, ripped his garments from his body, and took what little substance he carried with him. Christ related how the priest had left his home that morning with the necessary elements to help the poor and the hurting. It was customary for him to carry a horn of oil at his side to put on the wounds of the suffering.
However, as the priest traveled the road and spotted the object lying in the middle of the road, heard the groaning appeals from a broken, torn victim of greed, the priest felt too busy and too rushed for time. His religious activities were more pressing to him than the needs of a broken world. He could not relate to the point of that mans need.
Likewise, the Levite was of devout social standing. His priorities were such that his heart could not hear the groan, so consequently, he did not respond to the need of the man who lay bleeding and destitute on the highway.
Then the good Samaritan came. It is significant to note that he was a Samaritan, who was, by Jewish custom, looked down upon, referred to as a dog, a Gentile, one who had no part in the kingdom of Israel. Yet, he felt compassion for this one who was victimized. When he heard the groan, his compassionate heart reached out to the man. He tenderly lifted him, poured oil in his wounds, bandaged him, placed him upon his own beast and cared for him.
If the church is to reach our world, we must be versatile and caring. We must be sensitive to the needs of the human race.
It is imperative that Christians today change their approach to follow the pattern of Christ, the Anointed One, so they can minister as Jesus ministered.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
There is a period of church history that is referred to as the Dark Ages by historians. During those days, the Bible was chained to the pulpit for the disposition of the theologians of that time. They believed the laypeople were ignorant and incapable of handling the Word of God. They thought the clergy were the only ones with enough knowledge, understanding and education to interpret the Word of God.
It is sad to say, but there exists, in a sense, a Dark Ages mentality in the 20th century among many church groups. All ministries are chained to the pulpit, therefore the body is uninvolved. As a result, the church cannot thrive or grow. These churches are without spirit and life, half-empty, just merely existing as a body of people.
The early church, shortly after the upper-room experience, made the word of God available to all, and it flowed among them freely. These born-again believers were released to minister to their neighbors, to those upon the street and whomever they contacted. They lived with a zeal and a fire burning within them to love, touch, restore and convert the entire world.
In the Old Testament, men of God received revelations through such theophanies as the burning bush. In the New Testament, the early church had a burning-bush experience through the Holy Ghost. He worked in them and through the supernatural by the Holy Spirit. Is God’s power different today than it was in the first-century church? Absolutely not! He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The power to meet humanity at the point of the need is still available today. The bush is still burning. If we are to impact the world as the first-century church, we must witness the burning-bush experience. This experience will bring great results in the body of Christ. Moses was a Hebrew before the burning bush; after the burning bush, he was the mighty leader, and the prophet of God who brought the Hebrews out of Egypt.
An American and an English gentleman were viewing the Niagara whirlpool rapids when the American said: “Come, and Ill show you the greatest unused power in the world.”
The American took his friend to the foot of Niagara Falls. “There,” he said, “is the greatest unused power in the world!”
“Ah, no, my brother, not so!” was the reply. “The greatest unused power in the world is the spirit of the living God.”
Only you have the power to activate the power that is readily available to all. With it, you will be empowered to reach hurting humanity. Imbued with his spirit, you can become a flame that will set the world on fire with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can proclaim the same Gospel that Peter preached on the day of Pentecost.
On that day, the people, with great conviction, asked, What shall we do to be saved? Peter answered, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38)
This aching world needs a message of everlasting hope and joy. We can meet them at the point of their need, if we will become emblazoned with the fire of Holy Ghost fever. You can unleash Gods power to love, heal, restore and create new life through his spirit.
In the spirit
The Rev. Kenneth F. Haney is minister of Christian Life Center in Stockton. He is also president of Christian Life College and KCJH Radio. He serves as assistant general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church. He is the international host speaker for the daily Hour of Restoration radio program.
NOT WRITTEN BY ME.
Written by Bishop Kenneth F. Haney and published in the Stockton Record on July 27, 1996.
Don’t throw your old shoe boxes away! You can upcycle them for other uses, other than storing your old socks!
If you have a wall just crying out for decorations, then you can use the box tops to create wall art!
You can also maximize the box bottoms to create tiny shelves. You can either paint the boxes just like these, or another idea is to line the inside with pretty prints using a gift wrapper and some glue.
You can also cover the box top with a pretty fabric which you can use as a jewellery organizer.
Can you imagine what the apostle Paul could’ve done if he would’ve had access to Facebook and the internet and Instagram? Can you imagine what his posts would’ve been like? God has given this generation an incredible opportunity for evangelism; do not waste it on yourself!