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Experiencing God’s Renewal

          Being a new creation in Christ means that you have been renewed. The old sinful person you once were has gone as a result of your being completely renewed through Christ. In fact, the word renew can be defined as “changing into something new and different, something better.” That really sums up what renewal in Christ means in that we were remade into something better. For some of us, it may have been quite a struggle to remove the old sinful self and totally renovate our lives. It may continue to be a struggle, but know this: if you stay steadfast in your relationship with God, He will continually work in your life to renew you and rid yourself of the stains of sin that may continually plague you.
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:1-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/col.3.1-17.nlt

Confidence to Share

Let’s be honest – doubts are a reality in the Christian faith. Faith, in it’s very essence, is the “assurance of things hoped for, the confidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). In today’s verse you read something astounding. After His death and resurrection, Jesus is standing in front of His disciples, teaching them, and yet still “some doubted.” How could they possibly doubt? Or maybe you are thinking: How am I supposed to tell others about Jesus when His own disciples struggled with belief?

Rather than let this be a discouragement, let it encourage you. The Apostles struggled to believe, they were easily distracted, and doubt was a reality in their lives. And yet Jesus still loved them, provided for them, and was gracious toward them, even in their doubt. So it is in the Christian life today. The fact that you doubt does not disqualify you from Kingdom blessings or Kingdom work. Do not let your doubt cause you to be silent about your faith. Instead, be honest about your doubts with those you’re sharing with, press into the Lord for answers, and He will be faithful. As we grown in our relationship with Jesus, ask Him to answer your own questions and doubts.

Today’s reading is referred to as “The Great Commission”, the calling each believer has to go and spread the news of Jesus and what this means for everyone who believes. At the back end of this commandment is a small promise. Jesus said “and behold, I am with you always”. Jesus gave His disciples a glimpse of when they could experience His nearness. It’s when they go.

When you are obedient in sharing the news of His love and peace, when you take the risk of evangelizing, praying for someone who doesn’t know Him, keeping your faith even when it costs us some reputation, Jesus says that He is with you. He is near.Take a step today. Decide today to share God’s love with someone right now by sharing this video. You are Christ’s ambassador to those who need Jesus in your home, your neighborhood, your workplace and your city. God is with you. If God is for you, who could be against 

Dentist Says God Doesn’t Exist….

Having a ready answer.

Having a ready answer.

Are you having a bad week? It happens to all of us, and sometimes a bad week can turn into a bad month. The more important question is: Do you feel you can share the good news of Jesus, even while your life is in chaos? Perhaps you’ve failed an exam, the car won’t start and rent is three weeks late. How do you respond? The message of Christianity is not that bad things won’t happen to you anymore, but rather that God will use those bad circumstances for your good and for His glory (Romans 8:28-29).
When your friends and family see that your life is in turmoil and yet you are not overwhelmed, they scratch their heads and say, “How is it that you can smile even when everything is going so wrong?” or maybe they respond with a simple comment like “I wish I could handle things like you do.” That is the moment when you are supposed to have that “ready answer” 1 Peter 3:15 talks about, the plain and simple truth about your faith, your God and your future. Your difficult circumstances can be an opportunity for the Gospel to be preached!
Maybe you are waiting on the “perfect opportunity” to share your faith. But in Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells His disciples to go, and as they go, they are to make disciples. This means as you are in the market, working at your job, and yes, even while living through difficult circumstances, you are to share the hope of Jesus Christ with those around you. The everyday moments we walk through provide opportunities for unbelievers to look into our lives, to be amazed, ask us questions, and for us to have a ready answer for our hope.
You may be wondering how can God use your life and story to lead others to Christ. Today’s video tells 2 stories of people searching for love, try sending it to someone you know who needs to experience God’s love.
Having a ready answer. (Video)

Why Should I Tell?

If you have been a follower of Jesus for some time now, you will no doubt have heard stories of mission work in distant lands and previously unreached people groups where a Christian brought the message of Jesus and saw radical transformation.Encouraging isn’t it? Yes, and possibly no.
You may be asking yourself, “What far away village can I reach? If only God would send me somewhere like that, then I would totally be a missionary and see those amazing things happen!” Perhaps we start (mis)quoting Isaiah: “Send me Lord, I will go!”
In today’s Bible reading, we are at the end of one such incredible transformation, where a demon-possessed and isolated man is restored and healed by Jesus; a picture of the gospel at work. The man responds as we do: “Jesus, take me with you to the other side.” He wanted to leave his home and become be a missionary with Jesus in a far away land. Seems like a good request, right? But Jesus says no.
The first place Jesus asked this man to spread the news of his transformation was right where he was, with his family and friends, in his home.
You and I are already right where we need to be in order to share the gospel. You have everything you need in order to be a missionary. It’s time to start telling of “the good things the Lord has done for you” right where you are.
Think through the family, neighborhood, school or workplace God has placed you in, and ask God to give you opportunities to share His good news with those around you. Take a moment to watch this video, be encouraged by Sam’s amazing story, and share your hope in Jesus today.
Why Should I Tell? (Video)

Why am I afraid to share my faith?

Do you feel afraid to share your faith with your coworkers, family members or even strangers? If so, then you’re in perfectly good company. Most people are afraid of sharing their faith for one of the reasons below. See how many of them apply to you:
I’m afraid of being rejected.
I’m afraid of what people will think of me.
I don’t know enough to be able to share with others.
I won’t know how to answer questions that come up.
Maybe the person I’m sharing with will react negatively.
In Judges 6, we are introduced to the story of Gideon, a man who was also afraid, and for good reason. He lived in a time when the children of Israel were ruthlessly oppressed by the Midianites and the Amalekites. Gideon was just a normal guy trying to make a living as a farmer while staying clear of his oppressors.
But then one day the Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and told him to face and fight against his enemy. God told Gideon that he was destined to save Israel from the Midianites, but Gideon was afraid, and he gave God a list of reasons why he wasn’t the man for the job. He couldn’t single-handedly save Israel! His clan was the smallest and weakest in all of Israel, and he was in fact the weakest in his entire family! Surely God had made a mistake. God wasn’t interested in Gideon’s strength but in his weakness, and He replied to Gideon, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”
No matter what objections you have as to why you can’t share your faith, God today is saying to you, “Surely I will be with you.” Whatever seemingly insurmountable mountains stand in front of you, God is going help you overcome them. You’re never alone when sharing your faith; God is always with you. In your weakness, He is strong.
Take a moment to ask God to reveal your fears of being a witness for Jesus. Maybe right now is the time to be a little more bold. Why not pray that the Lord will put someone on your heart who would be blessed by this video and then share it with them today? Why am I afraid to share my faith? (video)

“Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” The LORD said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.””

‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:14-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/jdg.6.14-16.nlt

This Life Is Yours

This Life Is Yours.  Such a great video to watch! 

“As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!””

‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:11-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Need a Reading Routine?

Before I started to read the bible daily, I was unhappy and wanted some way of spending time with the Lord. I tried to make a habit of picking up my bible and just reading. However, that didn’t quite work. Then I stumbled upon the Holy Bible App by YouVersion. This App truly is wonderful. (It’s also Free!) I was able to create an account and personalize my reading plans. There are hundreds of reading plans to choose from and you can even set reminders to remind you to crack open the bible at any time you want. I went from not reading at all to reading every day. I have several different plans and new plans come out every month. There are daily verses that come up on the home screen and you can choose any version you want to read. (NLT, NIV, etc.) I’m always amazed at how the daily verse relates to my current situation. It also allows you to connect with friends through the app. If you’re trying to find a way to connect with God and draw closer to him I definitely recommend the Holy Bible App. Attached is a link sharing more information about this great app. 

Link: Bible App by YouVersion

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