Proverbs 17:9 (NLT)
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
but dwelling on it separates close friends.
It is important to quit talking about past things that someone did to you. If you forgave them, don’t bring it up every time something you don’t like happens.
With forgiveness, the statute of limitations is the minute you forgive. You cannot keep talking about what happened last year, last week, or even yesterday. Forgiveness is YOUR decision, whether the person you forgave asked for it or not. The condition of your soul (mind, will, and emotions) is up to you.
And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.
–Ephesians 2:17 (NKJV)
The good news that Jesus died and resurrected from the dead to bring us eternal life is undeniable. We teach peace but it comes through a spiritual sword. That sword is the word of God and it is living and active (Hebrews 4:12).
The Holy Spirit speaks through the Word of God.
Wine is a mocker,
Strong drink is a brawler,
And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
–Proverbs 20:1 (NKJV)
There is a lot of pressure to drink booze. Recently, some churches give their approval, or even push drinking. This is the formula for causing believers to stumble.
Aside from Paul telling one of his struggling pastors a little wine is good for the stomach, the Bible is very negative about drinking. Find out for yourself by looking up words like wine, drinks, and drunk in your concordance.
If you don’t drink, you’re saving money and potential embarrassment for doing something you’ll regret later. If you’re a Christian and you do drink, remember your actions may cause others to stumble.
If you truly want to know what God thinks about drinking alcohol, ask God. You’ll find out what He has to say about it from His Word.
Be an encouragement to the lost and dying world around us… not a part of it.
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
–1 Corinthians 15:21 (NKJV)
God (Jesus) had to come as a man to get us out of the trouble mankind got us in to.
Thank you Lord Jesus!
In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.
–1 Corinthians 9:14
We must take care of our ministers of the Gospel. If we want the church to grow, it’s all about sowing into church ministries to get the work done.
The spiritual fields of people needing God are white and ready to harvest. We must have the people to get to them. Don’t be afraid to give money and other things to your church leaders. Be a blessing!
…that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
–1 Corinthians 2:5 (NKJV)
If your Christian faith is based on teaching only, it just becomes religion. ‘Christian-ism’.
Your faith should be based on the power of God, which is miracles, signs, and wonders in your life NOW, TODAY!
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.
–Romans 16:17 (NKJV)
Great advice from the Apostle Paul. Paul walked by faith and God used him, despite his imperfections, to build the church that Jesus so dearly loves.
The world is a different place because a powerful, faith-filled, church. Power comes through unity and strong faith.
Got a divisive person at your church? Leadership should council them. If they aren’t willing to change, they should leave.
If you’re looking for an amazing Church in Houston Texas, or just visiting on a trip through this city in the Lone Star state, you’ve got to visit Houston Faith Church. We visited two services and found this church had a powerful worship, an insightful and encouraging message. People are involved.
It is also very impressive how HFC are hungry for the things of God and not afraid to share Jesus with the people around them.
A church family is inspired by it’s leadership. Pastors Chas and Joni Stevenson are raising up people who know how to hear God’s voice and be a light in this world. Looking forward to visiting again. Praise God!
… And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
–Acts 20:35 (NKJV)
If you’ve ever received a gift, you know how fun it is to get something. Receiving is exciting, but in Gods Kingdom there’s something even better. It’s giving. When you discover the joy of giving, you’ve come to better understand Gods ways. God is the giver of givers.
However, we must be careful about who and what we give to. We must be spirit-led. Some people may come around you to get something. Other places may try to take our resources and use them against Gods Kingdom. A Spirit-led believer and giver is prosperous and joyful.
Try giving and be led by your spirit connected to the Holy Spirit.