A false balance is an abomination to The Lord, but a just weight is His delight. Proverbs 11:1
Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; And let them say continually, “The Lord be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.” Psalm 35:27
The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22
Follow a godly mother’s advice: “Whatever He says to ‘you’, do it.” – quote from Mary – John 2:5 (Emphasis on “you” mine.)
God knows “you” personally and desires to guide “you” in a manner that is unique with His purpose and design for you. His instruction and guidance will never contradict scripture, but may not be what He has told your best friend, close relative, or others within your small group to do.
Is what we refer to as “mega” actually miniscule in God’s eyes? (Note: minuscule & miniscule – both commonly used, but I prefer to use miniscule.)
In our limited, finite minds, what we think of as “mega” is always “miniscule” to God. Think about the vastness of creation, the world, the ocean, etc. People refer to churches containing thousands of members as “mega” churches, but in light of all the people in the world, and so many unchurched, non-believers, and non-followers of Christ, even the churches with 30,000 plus members are not considered mega to God. Yes, these churches may be considered “mega” to us in comparison of the average church, but, again, God loves the whole world (John 3:16), and that sounds pretty “mega” – right?
How can we expect to carry God’s presence, when we’ve not spent anytime in His presence.
In order to carry God’s presence or allow more of God’s Spirit to flow out of us, we have to continually (day after day) take time to “clothe” ourselves with God’s presence.
We have all heard people say they don’t attend church, or a particular church, due to all the “hypocrites”. However, is this not a hypocritical statement in and of itself? Those “hypocrites”, as many accuse, are all sinners too, just like all of us (Romans 3:23)! At least the so called hypocrites are practicing some humility by submitting to the command in Hebrews 10:25, which clearly tells us to continue meeting together as the body of Christ, and not to stop doing so, as many do.
Or even promoting disunity?
Are you guilty of bashing or criticizing or speaking against another believer or worse yet, against a pastor or teacher or another church body? We are one in Christ, right? Or, we are supposed to be one in Christ.
Predominately, what I am referring to is the careless, reckless, and critical (nitpicky), accusations of others who are clearly trying to follow Christ, and especially Pastors and churches that are doing the good works of the Kingdom.
Unity within the body of Christ is God’s idea, and so shouldn’t it be our desire too?
When we see something we disagree with, don’t understand, or perhaps just don’t like from another believer, leader, Pastor, church, etc., shouldn’t our first response be to pray, and then, secondly, refer to what scripture says about the behavior or situation? If we are told to pray for and bless our enemies, the least we can do is pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, right?
What about encouraging one another and building each other up? Building up or bashing? Which one are you doing?