|Posted by Kevin Shelton on September 23, 2015 at 4:05 PM||comments (1)|
Then Joshua said to the people, “Now you have heard the Lord’s words. So you must respect the Lord and sincerely serve him. Throw away the false gods that your ancestors worshiped. That was something that happened a long time ago on the other side of the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Now you must serve only the Lord. “But maybe you don’t want to serve the Lord. You must choose for yourselves today. Today you must decide who you will serve. Will you serve the gods that your ancestors worshiped when they lived on the other side of the Euphrates River? Or will you serve the gods of the Amorites who lived in this land? You must choose for yourselves. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:14-15 ERV)
One of the hardest things in life is to make a choice. We often waver in what we want to do, what we should do, and what we need to do. It took me realizing that there was a difference between them all. When we learn that what we want do can be, then what is necessary and should be done our lives can be more fulfilling. The children of Israel only knew a life based on how things were and not how things are. Joshua was trying to take their minds to another level with a choice. When they were out in the wilderness they chose to complain and not to see how God blessed them.
Have you ever found yourself falling into the same cycles as family members? This is what Joshua meant when he said to the children of Israel now you have heard the Lord’s words. So you must respect the Lord and sincerely serve him. Throw away the false gods that your ancestors worshiped. We have heard God's Word but we still worship the same worry, stress, bitterness, and anger gods that our ancestors did. The word worship means showing strong respect and honor to. We have been showing more respect to our problems and our past more than we have been with God. We have put or gods over what God says.
We have to learn that our choices don't only affect us but they affect the people connected to us. Joshua made a choice for his family. We have unknowingly made choices for our family that have bound them into conditions we have set for them. We have to learn the weight of our choices. Joshua learned that we can be connected by choices of our ancestors. We serve what they serve, we do what we saw them do, or we say what they said, the bondages our ancestors chose to have we picked up. Joshua chose serving God for his family; what have we chosen for our family? Even worse what have we chosen for ourselves?
Our lives look like our choices and our choices look like our bondages. We serve what rules over us and if our problems, bitterness, anger, or insecurities rule over what "God" says then those things become our "god". We have to make a choice to make better choices and when we make a bad choice don't focus on it or beat ourselves up. Just know we make hundreds of choices during the day and a lot of them are right, so don't let the wrong ones turn into bondage for ourselves and our family. Joshua made a choice for his family that changed the course of their lives. Today is a good day to make a choice not just to serve God, but to stop serving problems, stress, worry, anger, or bitterness. His Word says cast our cares on Him for He cares for us we don't need to serve "gods" when we can serve a mighty God. Chose today whom we are going to serve.
|Posted by Kevin Shelton on February 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
Romans 7:14-15, 18-19, 21 ERV)
We know that the law is spiritual, but I am not. I am so human. Sin rules me as if I were its slave. I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do the good I want to do, and I do the evil I hate.
I don't know about you all but I can understand Paul on this one! Crazy loves to show up even though I know what the word says. We can know the Word but it takes a discipline to do it. Paul being the Bible scholar, a teacher of the law, the writer of most of the new testament had a hard time walking in what the Word says. He said it so right when he said that he was a slave to sin.
Slave is person who is strongly influenced and controlled by something. We seem to be controlled by the crazy or the sin in our lives to the point that it controls or influences us strongly in the moments we aren't in the "spirit" or in the church. At least we can pretend that we aren't controlled by crazy while we are around other church folks. When crazy has influence it overshadows the influence of the Holy Spirit. As the Holy Spirit whispers crazy screams loud!
How many times have we known the right thing to do, but we chose to do the crazy thing. Let me tell you why I call the sin we do crazy. Crazy means not suitable for the situation not in good judgment. It's poor judgment to allow crazy to keep showing up when we should be past that stage. We allow crazy to influence us to the point that it overthrows God's voice. I'm not saying I got all my crazy dead, but I aim to chop it's head off every chance I get.
|Posted by Kevin Shelton on February 25, 2015 at 2:10 PM||comments (1)|
Mark 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Not too long ago I lost my dad to cancer. It is an awful way to see someone go. The body starts to fight against itself. Cells begin to form before old ones die out.
As I began to look at what cancer does to the body, God laid in my spirit that this is how His Body is looking. We divide over matters that have no effect on our purpose and timing. I've seen people leave churches because of disagreements as small as who cleans the church up. The body fights over whether we are baptized in Jesus' name or in the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. Fights arise about what kind of music should be played or if there should even be music at all. People leave churches and tear them down as they head to a church that is now feeding them better than their last.
I believe God is grieved by the fact that so many small cells are causing such destruction to His Body. We don't realize how much damage our bickering and fighting is doing to the Body of Christ. What does it matter if you play music and we don't? What does it matter that we speak in tongues and you don't? If we believe Romans 10:9-10 "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved", then we can work together.
It is time out for spreading cancer throughout Christ's Body with bickering, back biting, and causing division. Souls are what matter and we are losing them to gangs and other religions that can "agree" on what they believe. If you leave a church, as long as you stay saved and in the body of Christ it shouldn't even matter. We have to grow healthy and not destroy each other in the process of trying to build ministry.
Division is one kind of cancer that can be cured without any chemo or radiation- this kind of cancer turns around when the Body makes a conscious decision to turn our differences into assets instead of liabilities. Let's stop dividing over the small issues. Instead let's celebrate our differences, unite and expand the Kingdom.