Tuesday, October 02, 2012

"The flesh desires comfort in $ $ $. The new heart of a believer longs for Christ, our Father, and the Spirit. This is a war."-Don Sands

Here are some excellent words from a friend of mine:

"We live in a day when, because of social media and technology, some Christians have "celebrity" status. They are household names, write popular books, have radio and TV programs, and hold conferences. It's very tempting for the rest of us "ordinary" Jesus-followers to feel like they are the A-team and we are the "replacements." They can do the work of the Great Commission flawlessly, effortlessly, and with style. We bumble and fumble and stutter and fall in our desperate attempts to serve Jesus.

The Apostle Paul understood this dilemma. He mentions "...we are fools for Christ's sake...we are weak...we are without honor...we have become the scum of the world, the dregs of all things..." (I Corinthians 4:10, 13).

Does that sound at all like you? If so, take heart! Church history is replete with examples of people who have stumbled repeatedly in their pursuit of obedience to the Great Commission. The stories of William Carey, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Adoniram Judson, and a host of others are full of blunders, miscues, weakness, sickness, poverty. The amazing thing is that the Gospel goes forward on the shoulders of people just like you and me. "-Dave Shive, pastor & minister for US Center for World Mission:

I was reading Peter's 2nd letter this morn, and I condensed some of his thoughts, (which is God's Word), and put them together here:

"There will be false teachers among you, .... And many will follow their sensuality, ... in their greed they will exploit you with false works. ....They have gone astray .... loved gain,....They entice by sensual passions of the flesh....". -Peter the Apostle of Jesus Christ

Here's one of the false teachers Peter is telling us about; who came to mind as I read the words of Simon Peter:

This man is such a phony, and yet millions of people are infatuated with him. Sad. Very sad indeed.


Craver Vii said...

It is super-encouraging to know that the Lord delights in choosing to work through misfits and commoners just as much as through anyone else. My security then, is not in my own ability, but in God's sovereign grace. Hallelujah!

donsands said...

Amen! Good word Craver. Thanks bro for stoppin' by.