As a pastor, my heart is to see people living in their full potential in Christ. At the beginning of this year I challenged our church to focus on four basic things from God’s Word to help them do well in 2018.
Too often I see people struggling in life due to neglecting one of these areas. It seems simple, but applying God’s Word does take faith AND putting action to our faith.
I realize people are at different levels for different reasons, but obedience involves surrender no matter what you have been through and no matter what you are going through now. I want to encourage you to trust God and do what He asks us to do. God is faithful! He will help you, but you have to do your part too.
- Read the Bible every day
- Pray every day
- Go to church every week
- Tithe first
As a pastor, when people come to me and say, “I don’t feel connected with God.” I will ask, “Are you praying and reading your Bible every day? Are you coming to worship God and hear His Word each week?”
As a pastor, when people come to me and say, “I don’t feel connected with people.” I will ask, “Are you coming to church every week?” “Are you part of a small group?”
As a pastor, when people come to me and say, “I’m struggling in life – my job, my family, my finances, my health, my joy, my peace.” I will ask, “Are you honoring God by giving Him what He says belongs to Him – are you trusting Him to give Him the first ten percent of your income?” Let’s start with the basics, then we can look at some other principles that will help you overcome in life.
There is a verse where John talks about the people he leads spiritually, “I have no greater joy than to see my children walking in truth.” I can agree with him. I love to see people growing in God and living in His best. I even enjoy the journey where people start at one level and then grow to another level. However, there is also a sorrow when people choose to neglect or despise God’s Word. As a leader, I often can see it coming. Like Moses said to the people he was responsible for, on behalf of God, “I set before you life and death; therefore, CHOOSE LIFE.” I can’t make choices for people, as much as I would like to – for their good, but I can teach, I can pray, I can advise, and I can correct -if they will receive it.
I invite you to join us at Freedom House Church for a new series called “This is That,” a series on the Holy Spirit.