|Posted by G.J. Weber CCM, BCPPC on August 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM||comments (80)|
Just because you’ve made a mistake, you don’t have to stay that way. These are the words that rang out from the radio. And as I began to think about what they were actually saying…how they played out and applied in my life. I pondered the Spiritual principle concerning these words being planted in my mind and now sown into me without any conscious effort or even consciously agreeing to it. Then I remembered the scriptures about putting a watch guard on my mind, being careful what I speak, and studying to show myself approved.
My mind returned to all the times I had spoken contrary to what the Word of God said. Oh how I stumbled and fell for so many years because of the life lessons learned, rebellion, vows and promises made, and the false beliefs I had been taught. Times I had fallen, been stopped in my tracks, and lost sight of God’s Grace and the Freedom He gives; all because I was acting on the wrong things in my head…listening to wrong words and forgetting His Truths.
It wasn’t until I surrendered, opened the Bible, and renewed my mind to the scriptures that I discovered who I was, WHOSE I was, and discovered the freedoms, liberty, and gifts I now possess because of Calvary. I discovered the PROMISES my Abba Father (Daddy God) had given me IF I chose to accept them and guard my mind and tongue! That Amazing Grace and Freedom that forgives any mistake or situation I could ever be in or even imagine. Praise God His Grace made a way!
Search it out for yourself, surrender, stand, and then REST! His arms are open wide! The time is NOW! Renew your mind to His Word and Grace! Walk through that door and be united or…reunited with YOUR DADDY GOD! Take the time to seek Him. Remember what He’s done without looking back at who you are...your faults, your mistakes, screw ups. By renewing your mind and fixing your eyes on Him everything will grow dim in the light of His Glory and Love for you! It’s never too late…. you’re not too far gone or lost….He’s waiting at the cross…seek Him! Stand believing, having faith, that His Grace alone is ALL you need. His “Grace has made a way!”
1 I Peter 1:12 – 15 says “Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance: but like as he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living; and being careful what I speak.”
2 Psalms 34:13 & 14 “Keep thy tongue from evil and thy lips from speaking guile”.
3 II Tim 2:14 & 15 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
4 Matt 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
|Posted by G.J. Weber CCM, BCPPC on February 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM||comments (1)|
Dr. Tim Clinton said, “Emotionalism often rules at the expense of truth when we turn a blind eye to sin” and Dietrich Bonheoffer, a German Lutheran Pastor said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Oh what wisdom lies in the words of these two men and yet many of us have taken an Emotional Sobriety Stance to the world around us. You see Jesus never turned a blind eye to sin or rebellion….He called it out, called for change, call us to be like Him and gives us grace.
All of us are called to Ministers of Reconciliation to this broken world and help others see the power of God’s healing, redemption and grace. We must wake up and see that we cannot go through our lives primarily concerned with not offending others, rather than living to please God. If we do we are embracing a weak and incomplete Gospel.
I Peter 2:8, reminds us that Christ is “a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” So when they reject our words we must remind ourselves that they are reject Christ and not take it personally. We must stand our ground and ground ourselves in Christ or we will be tossed to and fro by the waves of fundamentalism and tolerance. This is our calling…Truth without grace leads to legalism and toxic faith and Grace without truth leads to unlicensed tolerance that allows evil to continue.
As Christians and Caregivers, will we advocate for our beliefs and actively influence culture or will we simply sit back and do nothing? Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” So…are you walking in darkness and have your light under a bushel? Well, it’s time to pull it out and shine so the world can see….. Start influencing those around you and ultimately influence your community and culture! I ask you “Where is your light and can they see it?”
|Posted by G.J. Weber CCM, BCPPC on January 25, 2010 at 8:53 PM||comments (2)|
More than ever before, I am seeing believers becoming bogged down and weary as they are tossed to and fro...like a ship on the open sea. They are living troubled lives because they have lost their anchor and the foundational keys they once claimed to possess. So many have walked away or cut their anchors loose thinking they can just float and remain safe. Instead the winds blow and they run aground or become shipwreck on the reefs of life that are waiting to rip their lives apart.
The Apostle Paul believed that "Anchoring onto Faith" and having a "Good Conscience", would keep him from shipwreck. Today the term "Anchoring onto Faith" or "Holding onto Faith" has become a widely misunderstood concept. This term means more than simply holding onto Christian beliefs or trusting God. It means being rooted in the Christian walk, to become Christ-like, and serving God His way ...not OUR WAY! We must learn that we can not serve God anyway we want. God must be served His way through obedience to His Word.
Many have "Put away their Faith"...they have set it aside, covered it up, or just plain hidden it. It is important to understand that no one can take your faith from you. It is a processes or a gradual giving up that only the believer himself can do. If your faith appears to have been lost...you have moved away from God. God never leaves us desolate or walks away! We may have stopped practicing biblical principles and think it pleases God.
This is our wake up call! NOW, more than every before, we must humble ourselves, stand up, be holy, have pure motives, and be obedient to the Word and the Holy Spirit. We must daily study and practice the biblical principals of prayer, church attendance, and giving. It is our responsibility to anchor our soul in Jesus Christ. But instead many are being uprooted and have lost their stance with God, leaving themselves vulnerable and heading for eminent shipwreck and thinking they can serve God without becoming a "Doer of the Word". Wake up and stop playing in sin...pay attention! Do you want to find yourself in a position of displeasing God? Only you can answer and only you can change your circumstances, choices, and choose God's way. Your choice will start the process of casting your flesh down, changing your "Stinking Thinking", and purging yourself. A choice that will transform you into a new vessel of honor giving you liberty and freedom.
Freedom and liberty can only be found by becoming a true worshiper praying, fasting, and studying to show yourself approved. Learning to forgive and guarding your heart and mouth will let the truth of His Word permiate your life, protect you, and save you no matter what the storms of life bring. We may not know what the storms of life will bring, the snares the enemy has set, or what is awaiting us around the next corner but we must prepare for the storms of life by anchoring ourselves in Jesus Christ, "He is the way, the truth and the life..." As believers we can find a "peace that passes all understanding" and be anchored by following His Word and proclaiming "He MY Rock", the "Rock of My Salvation". And REMEMBER in every storm life has to throw my way the choice is mine whether to be driven by the wind or be the vessel anchored to the "Rock", Christ Jesus, in a safe harbor within the folds of His embrace!