Posts tagged “God

Carrying the Mind of Christ with Us

The following is a short article I wrote for our church newsletter today, but I wanted to share it on here as well:

Do you carry the mind of Christ with you throughout your work week?  In other words, do you reflect your Savior in your attitude and decision-making?  When I think back to the time that I worked in the secular workforce, I can remember having difficulty in keeping this Kingdom perspective.  More times than not, I kept a worldly perspective – I tried to live under my own strength.  I would put on my Christlike attitude on Wednesday nights and on Sundays, but it was too easy to slip back into a worldly mindset when I got to work on Monday mornings.  Even though I currently work full time in ministry, there are still times that I tend to think this way.  I think that’s part of human nature – we are independent and want to solve problems under our own power.


I have found that the more time I spent in the Word and in prayer and fellowship with the Lord, the more I keep a Christ-centered mindset.  I want to encourage our church family to stay centered in the will of God by feeding your soul with the Word on a daily basis.  When we do this, we will develop our mind for Christ.  We will have a Kingdom mentality; we will LOOK for opportunities to live our testimony, not just react when they present themselves.  Have a mind for Christ on a daily basis and with everyone we interact with, and we will change our world.

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Social Media as A Tool for Advancing Revival

I am currently in a discussion on Google+ (another social network) with church workers from all over the country.  We are sharing ideas on how social media can be used to advance sustainable revival.  Much has been made about “unauthentic” posting – that people will not be truthful about what they post.  To some extent, I agree; I think it’s human nature to attempt to paint ourselves in the most positive light.  At the same time, that’s the very thing that we must work against as believers.  Jesus tells us very clearly in scripture to “deny ourselves.”  Humbleness is a virtue that seems to be lacking all around us, including in social media.

I believe we CAN use social media as an effective means to help advance sustainable revival.  We need to be intentional when we post something online for the world to see.  Why post negative remarks?  Why argue?  Why sacrifice my testimony by reposting a crass joke just because I think it is funny?  How is that spreading the Good News?  To this end, I have set a goal for myself that I think would be great for all believers to consider if we are serious about being the new creations that God has made us into, and if we are to utilize this powerful social medium to advance the Kingdom.

My goal:  To only post things on social networks that are edifying, uplifting, encouraging, testifying, and proclaiming – I will give my best effort in this towards advancing the Kingdom of God.


Soundbites

When we sing songs of worship, we are most likely singing from one of two groups of songs – those that are written about and to God that come from a person’s heart and are inspired by God, and those whose lyrics come directly from scripture and are set to music.  To me, this latter group is the purest form of worship through singing.  How more can we praise God in song than through singing His divinely inspired Holy Word?

The choir sang a song of worship on Sunday morning called “Revelation Song.”  The words of the chorus come directly from Revelation 4:8:  “…Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” (NIV)

How incredible it is for us to sing the very words that the heavenly creatures are constantly singing to God!  We don’t know the heavenly melody or accompaniment, but to get just a glimpse through those words should bring us a chill of excitement!  I am thankful that God is still using people to write songs of praise and worship today, that we may continually sing Him a new song.

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.” Psalm 40:3 (NIV)


Soundbites

But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn  incense  before Him?  2 Chronicles 2:6 (NASB)

I came across this verse in my daily reading this week.  Solomon is preparing to build the temple to God and he asks himself this question.  My own question when reading this verse was, “Who is worthy?”  None of us are worthy to anything for God, yet He calls us to be obedient.  He is more interested in our faithfulness to Him than our abilities or worthiness.  Obeying our Father only strengthens our faith and reliance upon Him.

Are you being obedient to God?  Has He placed a burden in your heart?  Too many times we feel a burden and share it with someone else, expecting them to do the work, when god has placed that burden on our hearts because He wants us to do the work!

If God is calling you to do a work unto Him, He will equip you to do the work, no matter how impossible the task or how ill-equipped you may think you are.  All He is asking is for our obedience.  I pray that all of us will obey when our Heavenly Father calls.