That my life would reflect His Glory
Are we living a life for Christ out of the abundance of God’s grace in our lives? Are we praying to be stretched to overflowing and used of God? Are we willing to be poured out in the process?
2 Timothy 2:1–2
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Part of grace in our lives is pouring the grace we have received outside of us! Why have you been strengthened? To strengthen others. We are designed for community and it seems to be missing in the “ME” – “MINE” or “I WANT” mindset that permeates our world.
Momma always said, “If you want to have a friend then be a friend and don’t be selfish or mean…” It is the away we are, our sin is pride, when we let our message become prideful it will be centered inward and we will hold the Good news of Grace in our hearts and not GO like we have been instructed.
As I wrote these down several faces popped into my mind and the kids that I am just beginning to know. At the same time I have known a lot of adults in my life that fit these “types” as well. All in all it makes me feel more like another kid on the playground.
Now apply these to church or small group.
Who have you run into in your circles? Have you had other types of bullies in your life? Do you have bullies that you run into on Facebook or down the pew?
Lots to chew on tonight.
After I posted this I was given several other links on a similar view:
— Christianpost.com 9-traits-of-church-bullies
Building quotes for every day of the month for our church has turned into a great resource. I am working on a quote database to include searchable tags and images. This then could be used by multiple churches to provide quotes for a month. Since Social networking is so fickle we can determine which ones got the most shares/views and reuse them in coming months.
Am I getting nobler, better, more helpful,
more humble, as I get older?
— Oswald Chambers
Sanctification means that there is a change that happens. God Takes you as you (salvation) are and makes you something different (sanctification). If you are not seeing the hand of God in your life, get on your knees, beg God to be at work in your life. Can’t hear God’s voice? Open your Bible and read.
Some may call it legalism, I call it discipline. Be Holy, as God is Holy.
13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
I had a couple of people ask me what is a good study Bible to have so I made a Top 5 Bibles for you to pick apart or reorganize. You can comment on the versions – but the only thing I will tell you is to go back to the Greek and Hebrew with some trusted study tools, but since you can’t always carry a Vine’s or Strong’s with your Bible, these may help. A
s with all Study materials for the Bible, be wary of the teachings and compare it to the scripture to be tested by the Spirit.