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A watchman for Israel

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2009 by rylanreed

A friend and I were talking the other day about the lost and how we are supposed to keep a careful watch on what we do, how we think towards the lost and if we are trying to do it in our strength or the Lord’s.  We were talking about friends and those that don’t know Him, and I said that I was afraid that they would come to know the Lord and be with Him forever.  She used the example from Ezekiel 3:18-21 about not telling those and warning them of the upcoming disaster that awaits them.

“18 If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. 20 Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.” Ezekiel 3:18-21

I do believe that we need to share the gospel with everyone we know, but not because of being scared into it, thinking that if we don’t everything will be on our shoulders.  We should share with everyone because it is the affect of an overflow of Christ’s love in us and the willingness to be sent out to tell everyone, even those that are closest to us.  What I don’t believe, is that there are prophets in today’s world, where there were prophets back in the Old Testament times.  I am not saying that there might not be people who have the gift of Prophecy, but it would not be in the same context as the prophets in Old Testament times.  God spoke to them and used them to speak for Him, where today we have Jesus Christ and God speaks through Him to talk to us, as well as, using the Holy Spirit to help us proclaim Jesus and what Jesus said.  We are called to tell those about Christ, which is different from the prophets having to tell people exactly what God, Himself, said towards their lives and what they should do.

Ezekiel 3:16-17 “16 And at the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.” In verse 15, it says that Ezekiel came to the people that God had told him to go to, and became overwhelmed at the sin that he saw there and sat there for seven days.  God had told him exactly what to do, and Ezekiel wasn’t really doing it. I assume that he was probably thinking that this couldn’t work at all with what he had to say and where those people were in their sin. God gave him stern warning that he was the only one that could speak to them, because God had elected him as the watchman of Israel and those people were still apart of Israel.  I have tried to talk to my friends about Christ and Him crucified, but they usually don’t want to listen and change to subject.  My fear is that they are not called by God to be a child of Him, not that I haven’t done enough or nothing at all, but that God hasn’t chosen them or elected them into His kingdom.  I know I can’t decided for God who He should give grace and allow into His kingdom and I know He has totally control over all life, it just hurts to know that people that I love might and probably will not be in Heaven when they die.

We all need to continue to spread the great message of Jesus and what His death on the cross means for all of us, but maybe look to the New Testament for verses to spur you on to share with others.  Passages like Hebrews 3:12-13 and 2 Timothy 4:1-5 would be good to look at.

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Prayer

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2009 by rylanreed

“If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word- Prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.” Spurgeon

It is so true, because that is one of the main ways we talk and communicate to God.  If we are without that connection to God Most High, then we will start to depend on our abilities and thoughts, which is not a good tactic in this life.  Continue to trust in Him and ask for everything that you know you are lacking, not just money and happiness, but for a better knowledge of Christ and a stronger love for Him.

Prayer is not getting something FROM God; it’s doing something WITH God. The challenge is to develop a prayer life that is more about God than you  A helpful way to do this:

Pray “Father, I adore you…” Finish the phrase with reasons we have to adore God.

Pray “Jesus, I love you…” Finish with reasons we have to love Jesus.

Pray “Spirit, I need you…” Finish with reasons we need the Holy Spirit.

(taken from Judy Brower)

Pray about who God is, and what He means to your life. Pray for Jesus to cleanse the sinful parts of your body and your thoughts and mouth; pray that Jesus would show you more of your sin and help in giving you new parts and a new spirit. Pray for wisdom and guidance so that you can be able to live your life for God in and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray not only for yourself, but also pray for others. Pray for Salvation for those that don’t know Christ; pray for those that are Christians but are not living their lives for Christ, that they would see their sin and turn from it; pray for strength to those that are Christians, that they would live and work through the power of the Holy Spirit. And then pray for specific prayer requests as well. There can never be enough praying, and God will never have a full capacity, that would not allow Him to receive anymore prayers, He is always open for them and willing to listen.

What To Hope In

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2009 by rylanreed

“…Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see we wait for it with patience.”  Romans 8:24b-25

What do you hope in? It’s an easy question to ask and answer because the phrase “I hope” flies off our tongues pretty regularly.  So, where does your hope  lie?  Do you ever say to yourself, “man I hope this goes my way” or “I really hope that they like me” etc.  “We hope for a lot of things and we hope IN a lot of things, things that too often fail us, like people, our work, our accomplishments, and especially in ourselves. Experience tells us how often these things do fail us.”  So where can we turn that won’t fail us, Jesus.

Jesus Christ is the only person that will not fail us.  HE died on the cross for us if that says anything.  Yes, we can’t see Him, and we definitely were not alive during the time that He spent on this earth, but the Bible was written for us to be able to believe and faith in Him to save us and send us to where we need to be and what we need to be doing.  Look through the whole Bible, mainly the gospels because that is where Jesus talks and does miracles, to see how Jesus can help you get through life.  The whole Bible is about Jesus… but that’s a whole other blog.

Here are a few places, one in the Old Testament, and the other talking about the Old Testament, which talk about hope and how we can have it in Christ.  In Psalms 78:7 it says “so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God,but keep his commandments.”  Titus 1:2 says, ” in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.”  Then in Romans, Paul brings both together, the Old and the New Testament.  Romans 5:4-5 says, “And  endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” And Romans 15:4 says, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

“Faith doesn’t have to be blind, but hope and trust are two key aspects to it…”  Unknown Author

Hope
Sees the invisible
Achieves the impossible
If you look up
There are no limits…
– Lacuna Coil

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

2Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

What a word

Posted in books, following Jesus with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2009 by rylanreed

This prayer is in the book ‘War of Words’ by Paul Tripp, and I think it really speaks to what my life was like and how I am still working on the later part, and becoming more like Christ.

That temper of mine!

Forgive me, Lord —

I let it get the better of me again.

When will I ever learn to wait

until I’ve heard the whole story,

to respond under pressure

as Christ would,

to meet evil with good?

I’m growing, Lord,

but my growth is far too slow.

Till my life —

break up clods of pride,

root out weeds of selfishness,

plow under every vestige of stubbornness.

Cultivate me and sow liberally

more of the Spirit’s

fruit-bearing seed.

Send showers

and storms (if need be);

shine brightly on my soul.

Then I will sprout forth

patience and kindness and love–

and self-control–

in abundance,

And my tongue will learn

to help and heal

and praise the Name

of the One through Whom

I pray,

Amen

Desending

Posted in God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by rylanreed
Same Spirit!!

The same Spirit and the same anointment that came over Jesus Christ is the same EXACT Spirit and anointment living inside of us!!!!…….John 1:32-34..”Then John gave the testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. (33) I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ (34) I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God’.”

God will give those that He has called to Himself His Spirit. Jesus says in John 16, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will declare to you the things that are to come.”(13) He also tells us the difference in baptism, explaining in Acts 1 “For John Baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”(5) and how the Spirit will use us in all of our surroundings, not just right where we started out, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (8) And this is how you can receive the Holy Spirit, Acts 2 “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ ” (38)

This should give us hope, for a couple of reasons.  With the Holy Spirit in us, we don’t have to do anything in our own strength because we can rely on the Spirit for His power.  We also will be able to better determine what God wants for our life and how He wants us to live it with the help and wisdom from the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ working in and through us each and everyday for the glory and honor of God.  We can, through His power, be able to praise Him for what He has given us.

“Spirituality is attention to the life of the Spirit within us;  it is going out in the desert or up to the mountain to pray.  It is standing before the Lord with open heart, open mind;  it is crying out, “Abba, Father”;  it is contemplating the unspeakable beauty of our loving God.”

–H. Nouwen–

All we need is love…

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God, Love with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by rylanreed

A friend of mine wrote this excerpt a good while ago, but I think we all need to keep this in mind as we are living our lives and the position or place that God has us in at this exact moment.  For me, I am in South Africa and there are tones of times where I have to lean on God to love a certain person, because of what God has me doing here and that I am a ambassador for Christ, not living for myself, but for Him.

A lot people can’t reach the same non believers the same way you can. THat’s why God puts us all in different places and different situations for reasons sometimes unexplainable. Everyone that’s in our lives are there for a specific reason. We don’t meet people on accident. So the next time you meet someone different accept them no matter what they’re going through. We have to LOVE them first.
Do we love people?
The difference between our love and God’s love is this: Our love towards people is Conditional. We only LOVE people because of who they are in out lives or what they have done for us. But God’t LOVE is Unconditional! To Him it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done for him or anyone else. He LOVES us no matter what circumstances we are facing or have faced. “If anyone says, I LOVE God, yet hates his brother he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot LOVE God, whom he has not seen.’ (1 John 4:20) THe only way we can obtain this Unconditional LOVE that God has is through His Spirit…Take it or leave it……Do you Love God??
God LOVES everyone!
God LOVES murderers, liars, adulterers, prostitutes, homosexuals, porn addicts, drug addicts, alcoholics, husbands who beat their wives/families, thieves, child molesters, and everyone in between. He LOVES you no matter what. He hates the sin but always LOVES the sinner!!!!

We can only love those around us by having God love THROUGH us.  If we don’t love God first and formost, we will never be able to love anyone around us to the extent that is needed.  No one is perfect, and that’s so cool about Jesus. He doesn’t want us to be perfect and able to love everyone.  He wants us to have our faults, so when we trust in Him and rely in Him, He will work through us and get all the glory because we know how bad and wrong we are without Him.  “4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses made us alive together in Christ – by grace you have been saved” Eph. 2:4-6

“1Therefore be imitatirs of God, as beloved children. 2And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offeringand sacrifice to God.” Eph. 5:1&2

“7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”             1 John 4:7

Let us love those today through the Holy Spirit, given to us through Christ and His love for us first, seeing others as Christ see’s them.  We don’t have to love what they do, but we should love them for who God made them, in His image!

For war!

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2009 by rylanreed

“—-we must fight!—I repeat it, Sirs, we must fight!!”…They tell us, sirs, that we are weak–unable to cope with so fomidable an adversary…Sire we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which God of nature hath placed in our power… Besides, Sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, and brave.
“…Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace–but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! Is life so dear or peace so sweet to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!–I know not what course others may take; but as for me,…give me liberty, or give me death!”          –Patrick Henry…Leader of the American Revolution

We are in a battle, maybe not a physical one (even though I feel it a lot of times) but one of the spiritual nature.  And we do not fight it along, becuase the Powerful and Almight God is on our side and has already won the War, but he gives us help through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to fight the battles that still rage until these days come to a close and Jesus returns in blinding Glory!  There is a battle going on wether we like it or not and we have to be ready at all time, “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8  I want to fight so that everyone on earth will be able to hear the name of Jesus and repent of their ways and follow him.  I want to be like Patrick Henry, asking for myself and every around me “…give me liberty, or give me death!”