Archive for: September, 2014

Always Here

Sep 22 2014 Published by under Life, Ministry

By Rev. Doug Clay

DClayDid you know that God never has to go anywhere because he’s already there?

Jeremiah 23:24 (GNT)

“…Do you not know that I am everywhere in heaven and on earth?”

Psalm 139:7-9 (NIV)

“ 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?  8If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea….”

God is everywhere!  He’s not limited by space.  He’s not confined to one location.  It is this knowledge of God’s Omnipresence that can make a huge difference in your life when you are experiencing loneliness, anxiety, temptation and discouragement.  Consider this…when you are lonely, God is there.

Psalm 25:16 (NIV)

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.”

There are several different kinds of loneliness.  There’s loneliness due to the death of a friend or family member.  There’s loneliness on a business trip.  There’s the loneliness of going to a new school.  There’s the loneliness of feeling like you’re not understood.  There’s even loneliness in success…the reality is, you will be lonely sometime in life.  In fact, the first thing that God did after creation was to fix the loneliness factor for Adam.  He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.”

If you are experiencing loneliness, I want you to think about and reflect on God’s presence—His close presence—His nearness and keep this in mind…

1.) God is your companion.

Hebrews 13:5b (NIV)

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

2.) God calls you friend.

John 15:14a (NIV)

“You are my friends….”

3.) God will never ask you to do anything by yourself.

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

4.) God loves to cheer you up.

Psalm 16:11

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Omnipresence simply means that God is here, there and everywhere.  I can promise you that His presence will make a delightful difference in your life!

 

Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer for the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at dclay@ag.org.

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Glorify God and Pass the Salt!

Sep 08 2014 Published by under Church, Evangelism, Ministry

By Dan Rockwell

dan3Christians say, “Glorify God,” as easily as, “Pass the salt.” Actually, pass the salt may have more meaning.

We exist to glorify God. The Church exists to glorify God. Even nature exists to glorify God. But, glorifying God isn’t a mystical experience that happens in isolation.

One behavior best exemplifies what it means to glorify God.

One purpose:

Everything the Church does has one purpose – winning people to Jesus and helping them grow so they can win people to Jesus. We are here to win people.

Paul teaches us that the Church is the body of Christ. Luke tells us that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. So, if we are the body of Christ, we are here to seek and save the lost.

Let’s give teeth to religious language and say that everything the Church is here to do one basic thing – win people to Jesus and help them grow so they can win people to Jesus. Nothing less. Nothing more. Nothing else.

Everything:

What the Church does:

  1. Teaching
  2. Fellowship
  3. Worship
  4. Support
  5. Encouragement
  6. Friendship
  7. Social engagement
  8. Meeting needs
  9. You name it ….

Everything we do traces back to one objective, win people to Jesus.

The “edification of the saints,” is so they can win people.

Teaching the Bible loses its ultimate purpose if it doesn’t equip us to win people. Furthermore, fellowship isn’t just for our comfort and enjoyment. It’s to enable us to win people.

Winning people gives purpose and meaning to everything believers do. Without the objective of winning people, we’re just going through the motions and God is not glorified, regardless of what you do.

Method:

The method is as clear as the mission. Love people.

Now that I think about it, glorifying God is a bit like passing the salt.

 

Dan Rockwell is the author of the Leadership Freak blog, recognized as the most socially shared leadership blog of 2012, in addition to authoring the Grace Freak blog. Currently, Dan coaches leaders, consults with organizations, and delivers corporate and community presentations. You can follow his blogs at www.leadershipfreak.wordpress.com and www.gracefreakdan.wordpress.com.

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