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Archive for July, 2011

Day 63: My Top 10 – No. 4

Posted by undergroundchurch on July 31, 2011


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Top ten Scriptures for me. Number 4.

Acts 1:8

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

This verse contains some of the last things Jesus told his disciples before ascending into heaven.

He promised earlier that after he leaves, which he must do, he would send the Holy Spirit who can then live in each believer.  As awesome as Jesus was on earth, he was confined to one physical body; however, the Holy Spirit is not limited by the robes of human flesh.  His form is specifically designed to dwell in temples not made by human hands.

The best part of this scripture is that Jesus promises us that what he calls us to do, namely win souls, he will not make us do without empowering us to do it.

The Holy Spirit’s number one job is to embolden the believer to witness.  Other aspects of his work is to make us more like Christ, birth in us fruits, give gifts as he sees fit, etc. However, the one work of the Spirit that we all share in is the “power” of God dwelling in us.

So you might ask, “Why do we not all act as if God lives in us?”  That question has a simple yet very tough answer… we just don’t act like we want the Holy Spirit’s help.

We do not need to be an anemic church because we have the power of God working in each believer, yet far too many walk around weak, holding on to the past, unable to forgive, living dual lives and not giving any room for God to do what God would like to do in our lives.  We are all guilty of this tragedy and it can only be overcome through true repentance… a concept that, sad to say, has been archived on the shelves of Christianity in lieu of more digestible teachings like “You are a good person”.

We are not “good”… only God is good.  We need that power of God to make us “good”.  We need the Holy Spirit actively working in each of us and the church as a whole in order to overcome the shallow, anemic, weak, shell of a church that we are quickly becoming.

Let me be blunt… unless we earnestly seek God’s face, repent massively for our ways and allow him back into our churches and individual lives as the head he is supposed to be, we in America will become like the dead, lifeless churches throughout Europe.

There is hope in the power of the Holy Spirit, the blood of Christ and the will of the Father who commanded us to “go!”  Let’s get out of the buildings where we seek our own interest and go to where the needy are and bring them into the Kingdom of God where there is life everlasting!

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Day 62: My Top 10 – No. 5

Posted by undergroundchurch on July 30, 2011


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Top ten Scriptures for me. Number 5.

Colossians 3:23-24

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Motives are everything, but motivation is necessary.

There is a difference between making it to eternity with God and eternal rewards.  The scriptures are quite plain throughout – though you may gain eternal life, not everyone will receive the same reward.

The motive for serving must be because, (a) You love God, and (b) You love people.  While this is important to keep as a primary focus, there is nothing at all wrong with having a motivation for eternal rewards.

God promises around 40 times throughout the scripture of rewards for those that obey, serve, work, give, pray, fast and meet the needs of the widows and orphans.  These rewards are not rewards you receive in this life.  They are held until Christ’s return and the final chapter (Revelation 22).

So work hard for the Kingdom of God.  Do it for the Love of God and the Love of People, and know that your hard work will be rewarded.

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Day 61: My Top 10 – No. 6

Posted by undergroundchurch on July 18, 2011


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Top ten Scriptures for me. Number 6.

Joshua 14:10-12

10 “Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me [Caleb] alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. 12 Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”

Forty-five years before Caleb uttered these words, he and the man he was talking to, Joshua, were the only two spies that believed God would give Israel the Promised Land.  They were the only men older than 20 years old in all of Israel to leave Egypt and walk the Promised land.

What faith it took for an 85 year old man to believe God. All the more that God would hold true to his promises and give Caleb the land.  What amazes me most… it took 45 years for the promise to be fulfilled.

We in America think that everything should happen now or soon, but we never take into account God’s clock.  We think that if he delays, he doesn’t care or we don’t have faith.

When you read the “faith chapter” (Hebrews 11) you see a list of people that showed great faith.  However, the interesting point to the chapter is not their faith so much as that not one of them saw the fulfillment of their faith before they died.  We don’t realize that God’s plan doesn’t operate on our schedule.

So next time you are ready to “trust” God or “declare his promises for your life”, make sure you understand that God is sovereign and that He may meet you at your point of faith now, or in a hundred years. Either way he chooses to do it, just hold true to the promise and have faith.

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Day 60: My Top 10 – No. 7

Posted by undergroundchurch on July 17, 2011


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Top ten Scriptures for me. Number 7.

Matthew 6:19-21

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
This passage is a great promise. The promise is based on shifting our priorities. WE CAN ACTUALLY BUILD ETERNAL REWARDS FROM OUR LIFE ON EARTH
I didn’t mean to shout, but this concept has two main elements to it based on this and other scriptures:
  1. Some things we do here on earth effect our eternal dwelling place.
  2. We can only lay up treasures either here or there, but not both at the same time.
Things that we do here that bring us riches, glory, praise, etc. do not translate eternally.  You can’t take anything with you. Even if you pray, and people praise you for your beautiful prayers, Jesus says that you have already received your reward (Matthew 6:5).
If you give and you tell people that you you gave, you don’t get reward for that either (Matthew 6:2).
Even if you do the most holy thing like fasting and prayer and make a big deal out of it, you may just jeopardize the very thing you are chasing (Matthew 6:16).
So remember to do what you need to do to build eternal rewards, but do it in secret so as to be only seen by God.

 

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Day 59: My Top 10 – No. 8

Posted by undergroundchurch on July 16, 2011


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Top ten Scriptures for me. Number 8.

Genesis 1:1

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

I can, and have spent weeks teaching from this one passage, but the most important thing for the believer to understand, this opening verse is the foundation of all Scripture.

It’s not an evolution/creation thing; it’s a God thing.

If this scripture is wrong, then nothing else written down matters.

If God didn’t start it, and it is just accidental, then God is not relevant.

If God didn’t create it, then he is not in charge.

If God didn’t create it, then he couldn’t step into his creation through Jesus and provide salvation for all mankind.

If God didn’t start it, he can’t finish it.

Because God created, he is the one calling all the shots, making all the rules, holding all things in his hand and then becomes the cornerstone for everything.

Because God created, we have hope in an eternity with him and that everything just doesn’t end when we die.

Because God created, we know that Jesus is real and that salvation is available to all who believe.


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Day 58: My Top 10 – No. 9

Posted by undergroundchurch on July 15, 2011


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Top ten Scriptures for me. Number 9.

Philippians 2:5-11

New International Version (NIV)

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

I like this one because it’s a song that has more good doctrine in it than anything you’ve ever seen.  Six short verses that gives you loads of really good insight into the plan of God.

  1. Jesus came as a suffering servant and walks out a conquering king.
  2. Jesus is Fully God.
  3. Jesus is Fully man.
  4. Jesus came humble and obedient to the calling of his Father
  5. Jesus didn’t just die a human death, he died an inhumane death.
  6. Jesus did not come to glorify himself, but his Father.
  7. It is the Father that then glorifies Jesus
  8. Jesus’ name is the most powerful authority in the universe
  9. Everyone will one day have to say, “Jesus, you are Lord of all” (whether they believe in him now or not)
  10. God always gets the glory!

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