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Have you progressed or regressed?

Just four days shy of the new year, 2011, many Christians are undergoing what some may call a cleansing or purification process. It is always during the last few days of the year, that we take the time to reflect on the past and the many experiences we have witnessed. What have we learned? What were the lessons we walked away with? Have we changed?

It is during those last few days that we really begin to ponder on whether we have progressed or regressed. Have we taken a step forward or continue to move backwards? The truth of the matter is, we forget to reflect on one important factor…have we inched closer to or further from the cross?

Most of us remember the story of the thieves who were nailed to a cross and placed on both sides of Jesus Christ. Read Luke 23:33-43 KJV.  As Jesus hung on His cross awaiting death, one of the thieves teased him, telling him to save himself and them as well. However, the other thief knew Jesus had done no wrong and didn’t deserve the cruel punishment he had received. The thief acknowledged his own sin and guilt. It was at that moment, when the thief confessed, Jesus said he would be saved and join Him in His kingdom.

As the years go by, do you know whether you have grown or shrunk spiritually? How? Your church attendance, the number of ministries you’re involved in, your praise team performance, or swaying sermon will not guarantee a place for you in the kingdom of God. The only actions that will save you and seal your place beside Him is the confessing of your sins; accepting Christ as your personal Savior; and submitting to His will each and every day, regardless of where you are.

Many of us are occasional Christians when we ought to be Christians 24/7. We put on a show when people surround us, but when we’re alone, we act like fools. Christ sees it all. Though we may fool ourselves and others, we cannot never fool He who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.

As 2010 comes to a conclusion, I challenge you to make a commitment–a covenant with Christ. One that you cannot break. For 2011, ask Him to help you inch closer to and not further from Him. I pray that your faith, your communication with Him through prayer, and knowledge of His word will increase. I pray that 2011 will be the year of  rededication and consecration for all of us. We have all fallen short of the glory of God, but He is merciful towards us. He has given us many opportunities to seek Him, because He loves us.

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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [John 3:!6, 17 KJV]

Time is running out. Have you progressed or regressed?

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One Body

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–The Holy Trinity saw fit for us to exist. We were created in His image and yet through sin have become deformed and unrecognizable. For generations, we have engaged in acts that have only brought pain to ourselves and our families–tears to our Creator.

We were saved through His broken body and blood shed on the cross at Calvary. Yet, thousands of years later, we are still awaiting His second coming. Why? Lack of teamwork.

As Christians, or followers of Christ, we ought to live by His example. Sadly, we have proven ourselves to be disobedient children who have chosen to pave our own paths right into doom, failure, distress, sin, and ultimately death.

If you look throughout the pages of the bible, you will see how teamwork played a vital role in the many stories that are recounted. We read about how Noah and his family built an ark that saved them as God sent a flood on earth. We read about Joseph and his many brothers who survived a great famine. Lastly, we read about Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples. Teamwork–the ministry of God cannot survive without it and yet we all want to be leaders, not followers. Christian denominations are fighting for the top spot instead of saving souls for the eternal kingdom. Baptists? Pentecostals? Catholics? Evangelists? Episcopalians? Adventists? Who cares? If Christ is not at the center of it all, then you’re doomed before you even began.

Everyone wants to be a pastor to lead their own flock, but no one wants to be an elder or worship leader. Everyone wants to be on television, “evangelizing,” but how many of you truly have a relationship with Him? Everyone wants to have a mega church, but lack the ability to engage their brethren as Christ did.

Instead, we are so concerned about our own selfish needs and neglect the needs of our brothers and sisters standing right beside us.

Where have we gone wrong? What have we missed? How could our own selfish desires blind us from what we were called to do? It is time that we unite.

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. [Romans 12:5 KJV]

We must learn to support one another. We cannot stand idly by as those around us struggle with their burdens. Christ always looked for ways to lighten our burdens, lessen our trials and tribulations. Why can’t we do the same for our brethren? Offer words of encouragement and support even if it isn’t asked. We are all one body working towards the same goal–eternal life.

Kristia M. Beaubrun

http://www.kristiabeaubrun.wordpress.com

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What makes me better than you?

What makes me better than you?
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. “Hebrews 8:12

What makes me better than you?
Is it because I’d rather listen to gospel than any other genre of music?
Or because I avoid going to the movies and tempting parties?
Is it because I go to church every 7th day of the week?
Or because I sing in the choir and with the praise team?
Hmm what makes me better than you?
Does the way that I dress say that I don’t need to wear less in order to impress?
Because I quote from the bible and engulf most of my conversation around the life of Christ?
What makes me better than you?
Does it look like I’ve never made a mistake or even gone astray?
Never used profanity or gotten angry?
What makes me better than you?
It is because I choose to be surrounded with friends and people who
will build me up instead of bring me down?
Because I’ve never smoked, over-drank, and choose not to give my virginity away?
And I’ll ask you again, what makes me better than you?
…My friend…NOTHING makes me better than you because God looks at us the same.
He looks at us as sinners who acknowledge they need a spiritual change to take place in their lives.
God has given us the most precious gift there could ever be!
His love, His grace, and His Son who grants us life eternally!
I found out that in Jesus, all things are made new, and that He loves me even when I don’t seem or do things that are so lovable.
He doesn’t judge me for what I’ve done in my past, but He encourages me not to repeat those things and to move forward in His grace.
He has given us a gift and I have accepted it by choosing to serve Him with my life.
Like David, I’ve asked God to help me with my walk in Him by saying, “Teach me, O Lord, the way of they statues; and I shall keep it unto the end” (Psalm 119:33).
and from Job I’ve learned, “If justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: If I say I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse” (Job 9:20).
So if you notice something different about me its not because I’ve done anything, but Jesus continues to make daily alternations in order to mold and shape my character into His own.
So just because I’m striving to be more like Him by trying no to do that which displeases Him, it doesn’t make me better than anyone, especially not you; because he looks at us the same, as sinners who acknowledge they need a spiritual change.
So nothing makes me better than anyone, especially not you.
Because what He’s doing for me, if you only let Him, He can do it for you too.

~Rebecca Cenatus~ Just a nobody telling somebody about Him!

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