Fully Committed

Matthew 4:19 And (Jesus) saith unto them, Follow me…

This morning our associate pastor, Bro. Adam Bowen, preached a message on Peter’s actions leading up to and following his betrayal of Christ. It has been on my mind all day and I wanted to share some of what I got from it with you.

Jesus told Peter after he was “converted” he was to “strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 23:32). The way this word is used in the text isn’t what we think of today as being converted: becoming a Christian. It meant fully given over to love and obey God, or fully committed. As we know, Peter certainly went on to be fully committed to God and He did great things through Peter.

Do you ever wonder why the church isn’t full? Why people are not being saved? Why prayers seem to go unheard? I think the answer is the same to us today as it was to Peter some 2000 years ago; our people aren’t fully committed to love and obey God.

Do you have areas in your life that aren’t fully committed and submitted to God? If we are honest with ourselves the answer has to be yes. We all get a little slack, a little weak or weary from time to time. It’s so important that we listen to the Spirit’s voice and admit it when this happens. The sooner we do, the quicker we can get that area back into God’s will by fully committing and submitting to Him. Just think of what the Church could accomplish if all of God’s children would fully commit!

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VBS Night 4- Go Obey

Descent of the Holy Spirit

Due to total exhaustion, I wasn’t able to write about lest night’s lesson until now.  In fact, last night I couldn’t even remember what the name of the lesson was, only that it was on part of the Book of Acts, chapter 5.

What I took from the lesson was very simple and straight forward and can be summed up in one verse: Act 5:29  “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”  But it should also be clear that we are following God’s Holy Spirit as 1 John 4:1 tells us.  And our teacher last night was careful to make this point very clear.

If the leading you are getting is telling you something contrary to Scripture, it is not the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit and God’s Word will always be in harmony and never be contradictory.  And as 1 John 4:1 points out, there are other spirits in the world that are not of God, thus John’s admonition to “try the spirits”.

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