Thursday, September 21, 2017

Christians, Please Stop Doing This!

For those who have walked with the Lord faithfully, some of these things may slip in with good intentions.  Here is a list of things it may be better for us to avoid.  Maybe lay aside our own good intentions to allow God to flow and reign in all things. 

1. Telling people “I’ll pray for you” without actually praying for them.

 There probably isn't anybody who hasn’t done this at one time or another. And while most of us don’t actually mean to forget, it may be best that we just set aside time on the spot to pray for people.  We need to make sure we are fulfilling our duties as Christians and actually follow through with them. One prayer could be the tipping point to someone coming to know the love of God. Don’t miss the opportunity to speak life into someone because you don’t think you have time.

2. Attending Church on Sunday, but ignoring God’s voice the rest of the week. 

Ouch! This one stings a little. Many of us get in the habit of making God just another addition to our weekly check-list, but the reality is that our entire lives should revolve around him. God deserves #1 priority in each of our lives, and to treat him any differently would go against the foundations of the Christian faith. Evaluate the way you are spending your time, money and energy. If you want to see a change in your life then you need to begin giving God the place of honor he deserves. 

3. Praying for God’s provision when we have yet to use what he has already provided.

Prayer was given to us as an open line of communication between us and God, but the harsh reality is that way too many of try to use it like a drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant. We don’t get to pick and choose the way God provides, but we do get the opportunity to trust His plan and have faith in His promises. 

4. Trying to be so relevant that we actually hurt the message of Jesus. 

There is nothing wrong with trying to be relevant, but we need to understand that there is a BOLD line between being trendy, and then completely disfiguring the message of Jesus. We can’t expect to bring any change to the world when we don’t look any different from it. 

5. Telling people that “God will never give you anything you can’t handle.” 

Why should we stop saying this? Because doing this we've twisted 1 Corinthians 10:13, as this verse is pointing toward temptation, and even then it states God will be there if things get too tough. The reality is that God just might give us things we can’t handle so that we will gaze toward Him for the extra help.  Realize that not everything is going to go the way you plan, think or hope. Sometimes stuff is going to hit the fan, and in order for you to get through it, you are going to NEED to rely on God’s comfort, peace and understanding. We weren’t meant to do life alone.  

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