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You know what being a true Christian is?

You know what being a true Christian is? It is never having to announce to the world you are Christian. With many who called themselves Christians they feel the need to announce to everyone that they are a Christians.

But are they really?

Maybe they thought they think they are, but their actions and deeds speak louder than their words.  It shows all who are willing to see who they truly are, and it is not a Christian.

A true Christian shows through their actions and deeds that they walk in the steps of the Lord Jesus Christ, that they love their fellow man, that they do not hoard material things at the expense of their fellow man when they are going through tough time.

With a true Christians no one ever has to ask if they walk the path that Jesus has laid out because it is evident. With those who only speak the words people have to ask because they cannot see it.  No one sees faith when a little rain fell in their lives.  No one sees them willingly help their fellow man in need but instead see them turn away.

So how do we deal with those who only speak of knowing the Lord but fail to actually walk the path the Lord would want them to. I would say we do nothing as we cannot impose true faith on someone, true faith cannot be found in everyone and it not for us to judge them as it is written in  Romans 14:1–13:

14 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master1 that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since she gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess2 to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.  Do Not Cause Another to Stumble 13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.

So let us go forward as true Christians walking the path as shining examples to others of what the Lord would want us all to be. For it is through our actions, not words that we show others the true way to spirituality and in our actions others may follow

 

You may at times neglect your faith but it is never to late to renew it

When I first moved into my new apartment I was gifted an African Violet as a house warming gift. I remember thinking how beautiful it was with its purple blooms. Now I’m not exactly known as someone with a green thumb but the African Violet did not need much attention. You have to keep the soil moist to dry, and allow the soil around roots to dry out before watering. It thrived in moderate to bright, indirect, indoor light. Pretty much it was set and go and enjoy its beauty.

In the beginning I made a point of taking great care of the plant, it was after all easy to do. I also found myself looking to it as a source of relaxation and motivation due to its striking color and amazing blooms. Just by looking at it I could feel my spirits being lifted as it seemingly gave me a sense of purpose.

As the months went by the good times were plentiful. Success seemed to be around every corner. With success I found myself spending more time at the office as I endeavored to continue which at the time was a rapid rise up the corporate ladder. When I wasn’t in the office I was out networking and enjoying the social scene. During this time I neglected my beautiful African Violet that had provided me with so much inspiration.  Then as fast as the success came the economy took a downward turn. Cutbacks were on the horizon. I survived the company purge but the rise up the corporate ladder came to a dramatic halt. The large bonuses, that I had foolishly incorporated into my budget to finance my over extended life style, dried up. At the same time my girlfriend who I believed loved me answered the question New Edition once asked. Can you stand the rain?  Her answer as you may have guessed was no and she told me it was over. She made up some excuse about us growing apart but it was pretty obvious the distance between us only widened as my bank account lessened.

I fell into a funk. Depressed I cut myself off from most of the world. Constantly asked myself why is this happening? Spend many a weekend laying in bed with no desire to get up and embrace the day. One day I went to look at my long neglected African Violet in hopes in could once again inspire me with its beauty.  When I looked at it I saw it had stop flowering and its leaves had turned yellow.  I immediately understood that it was my failure to water it and cultivate its soil, because I was so busy enjoying the good times, that was. responsible for its current condition.

I had taken it for granted and assumed that it would always be there in all its beauty as an inspiration when I needed it.

Your faith is like the African Violet, it does not require super high maintenance.  But it does require that we not neglect it. Not cultivate and continue to strengthen it in the good times and expect that it will simply be there for us in times of angst.  We must continue to take steps along our spiritual journey, praising the Lord for the blessings He has bestowed upon us in good times. Strengthen our belief each day so that we do not turn away from the Lord and egotistically pat ourselves on the back for achieving such success, forgetting that without the Lord we would literally be nothing.

I looked at the African Violet and took the steps need to restore its beauty. Watering it, cultivating its soil, ensuring that it received the proper amount of sunlight. Soon its beauty began to return. It started to bloom once again. New bright and vibrant green leaves took the place of the ones that had turned yellow.  My renewed commitment to the African Violet brought me a new and stronger plant and with it a new source of inspiration. Now each day I now look at it in all of its beauty and go out and embrace all that the world offers me good and bad.

As with the African Violet you can renew your faith by recommitting to the Lord. The Lord does not hold grudges and His blessings are always there for you. As you restart your spiritual journey and you offer your praise unto him you will soon see that your situation will in time begin to brighten.

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Happy Monday

Good Morning and Happy Monday
Let us sing with praise yet another opportunity to see a new week and continue our spiritual journey. As the new week begins remember that there are a multitude of new and exciting opportunities waiting for us. Many of them hidden from us in the dark waiting for us to find them. It is with an unstoppable faith in the Lord that we will find that we are blessed with the vision to shine a light on these opportunities and bring them to fruition. For truly the Lord is great and he has blessed us with many remarkable opportunities for us to claim in his holy name.

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Evil may tempt us but the Lord shall lead us to the path of righteousness

In our pursuit of earthly wealth and power it is often easy to fall into the company of and work in partnership with those whose intentions are far from righteous.

Evil rarely presents itself as evil.  Evil never sleeps constantly tempting us, masquerading as good by falsely communicating to us its intention to work in our favor. It blinds us to the evidence that in our association with it we are slowly being stripped of our compassion for our fellow man and are more than willing to take advantage of, subjugate and even kill each other to advance our personal agenda.  It corrupts us into pitting ourselves against each other through the exploitation of inherent fears and prejudices that reside in each of us. It persuades us to create division in order to protect our own power and wealth. As our association with evil advances our cachet in society and swells our bank accounts the easier it is for our faith to waiver and our relationship with the Lord to widen.

Avoiding this temptation is not easy. We are after all only human and to be humans is to be inherently flawed. Left alone history has shown us of our willingness to sin when we believe that sin would benefit our own lot in life. We even have used our so called “religious” beliefs as an excuse to commit one of the most heinous of sins by waging war against and taking the lives of fellow humans who beliefs differ from ours.

How do we avoid this? It is only through the Lord that we are able to temper our innate desire to sin. Like with our physical bodies we must commit to an exercise program to strengthen our faith. Through daily prayer, praise and conversations with the Lord our spirituality grows. We come to understand that no amount of wealth and power here on the Earth can compare to the eternal existence that awaits us in the Lord’s paradise. It is through our strengthened spirituality that we are guided to the path of righteousness and blessed with the courage required to rebuke evil. It through our spirituality that we are able to recognize that we are weak and it is ok to ask the Lord for help in overcoming our desire to sin. It is our faith that enables us to see that spiritual riches are far greater than physical ones. It is only when embrace these concepts and give our lives to the Lord will we truly become one with the Lord and reap all the blessings that association will rain down upon us.

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