Archive for April, 2012

AwAreness: Pleasure

Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 30, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

Have you pursued wealth and a career at the expense of family? Maybe your busy schedule has kept you from spending time with God in His Word each day.  Some of the decisions we make today could rob us of the blessings God wants to give us.  When you yield to temptation in a moment of weakness, you’re actually sacrificing your future for momentary pleasure. We can’t afford to live thoughtlessly, basing our decisions on immediate desires or feelings.

Since the principle of sowing and reaping cannot be reversed, we need to carefully consider what we are planting. The harvest will come, and we’ll reap what we have sown–and more than we’ve sown.   A wise person evaluates choices by looking ahead to see what negative consequences could follow a course of action.

Galatians 6: 7, 8: Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruptuion, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlsting life.

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AwAreness: Patience

Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 27, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

Patience isn’t so much something believers receive as it is an attribute that they develop over time and through experience.  Think of patience as a muscle that you have to use in order to see it build. To that end, believers should recognize difficulty as an opportunity to flex their patience. The human instinct is to cry out to God in bewilderment when tribulation comes knocking. We blame. We resist. We complain.

Humanly speaking, praising the Lord for tribulation is unnatural. However, doing so begins to make sense to believers when they cling to God’s promise that good comes from hardship.

Accepting hardship as a means of growth is a radical concept in this world. Even more extreme is the believer who praises the Lord for the storm. But God’s followers have cause to rejoice. Tribulation increases our patience so that we can stand firm on His promises and await His good timing.

James 1: 2, 3 – My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into varioous trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

 

AwAreness: Purpose

Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 19, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

What do we live for each day? A pay raise? Retirement?  Maybe you’ve already realized a goal of saving for the future or moving up the corporate ladder. You give to charity and volunteer at church, but somehow still feel a sense of insignificance or aimlessness.  If so, there is a truth you need to hear: God gives each of us life for a very specific reason: to serve Him. Nobody finds inner peace without reconciling this fact.

Our heavenly Father’s purpose for our lives comes from His heart of love–which is perfect. None of us can foretell the great things He has in store for us, but we can trust His plan completely. Surrender to Him today and say, “Not my will, Lord, but Yours be done.”

Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

 

AwAreness: Perseverance

Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 16, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

The apostle Paul often wrote about perseverance. He urged believers not to tire of following Christ and doing good, even when persecuted. The reason was that in time, their faithfulness to plant seeds would produce an amazing harvest.  Do you realize how impactful your life is? Don’t be deceived by Satan’s lie that your suffering or obedience will amount to nothing. Here’s the truth: Your faithfulness to God never goes to waste–it’s making an eternal difference in someone’s life, whether you know it or not.

Revelation 3:10: “Becasue you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

AwAreness: Sowing

Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 13, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

In all our daily choices, we either “sow to the flesh” or “sow to the Spirit”.  With our actions and thoughts, we plant seeds that affect what kind of person we’re growing into and the level of impact our lives will have for God.  “The flesh” is the part of us that wants to live and act independently of the Lord.   When you’re sowing to the Spirit, you’re accepting God’s truth into your mind and heart. Then you’ll begin to experience eternal life, which comes from truly knowing the Lord.

Galatians 6:7, 8: Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap evrlasting life.

 

Awareness: Mission

Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 11, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

If you’re a believer, you are part of the awesome body of Christ, which is called to bring His light to the world both individually and corporately. Though many see the church as a social organization, that’s not what the Bible says it is. Sometimes we forget that our purpose isn’t simply to have fellowship, sing, preach, and worship.

Before returning to heaven, Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission, in which He promised to be with believers to the end of the age. That pledge still stands. He doesn’t send us out to do His work on our own. Vowing never to leave us, He gave the assurance that all tasks He assigns will be achieved through us by His Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28: 18: And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”…

 

 

AwAreness: Holy Spirit

Posted in Gypsy Carns on April 10, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

Acts 1: 4, 5: And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which”, He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

As predicted by John the Baptist and confirmed by Jesus Himself, the Promise of the father was the promise of baptism in the Holy Spirit.  “Shall be baptized” uses the passive tense of the verb and that indicates baptism does not depend upon our efforts to obtain the promise, but upon the LORD’s will.  Spirit baptism means we have been placed in spiritual union with one another in the body of Christ, the church.