The 8 Most Dangerous Christian Prayers

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The 8 Most Dangerous Christian Prayers

There are certain prayers as Christians that we should be careful of praying. Not saying we shouldn’t pray these prayers for we should. What we are saying is be aware of what you’re praying for and be ready for the outcome…

1. Teach me humility.

After you pray this Christian prayer for humility, be ready for people to badmouth you, slander you, and drag your name through the mud. If you pray for humility, be ready for false accusations, for that “skeleton in the closet” to be revealed, or for people to belittle you and talk down to you as if you were inferior.

The only way to learn humility is to be placed in humbling situations, so if you pray for humility, be ready!

2. Teach me patience.

If you pray for patience, get ready to be surrounded by the most annoying people you have ever met. Get ready for your car to break down when you are late for an appointment. Get ready your children to go bonkers. Get ready for prayers to not get answered. Get ready for setbacks, roadblocks, and pitfalls.

Just like with all the other Christian prayers on this list, God teaches us patience by taking us through trying times.

3. Lead me wherever you want me to go.

One way this Christian prayer is often prayed is with the words, “Here I am, Lord, send me.”

Usually when we pray this Christian prayer, we think that God is going to send us into high profile ministry positions, places of honor and glory, and opportunities to be heard. This is why ministry leaders almost never “feel the leading of God” to go to smaller ministries and places of lesser significance. God always seems to “call” pastors and ministry professionals to bigger churches, richer ministries, and positions with greater power.

While I do not deny that God sometimes leads people in these directions, I think that more often than not, God wants to lead us downward, but we refuse to go. Of course, this does not mean that we will stay in the gutter if God leads us there. God may very well lift us up out of the gutter to a place of prominence, but when He does so, He gets the glory instead of us.

That’s why this is such a dangerous Christian prayer. We want to be used by God for great things in His kingdom, but God’s path to greatness usually does not mirror what we had in mind. God’s path to greatness usually leads to prison, death, and the gates of hell.

Also (and this fits with #1 above), when we pray this prayer, we will often be faced with a choice between two ministry positions, one that leads to honor, glory, and fame, and one that leads to obscurity and insignificance. Though the temptation is to choose glory and honor, such decisions may actually be a choice to follow Jesus downward into humility.

I once heard Francis Schaeffer say in an interview that if given the choice between two ministry positions, we should choose the one with less fame and glory.

4. Help me understand the plight of the poor.

This Christian prayer is like asking God to make you poor. Yikes! How can you understand the plight of the poor unless you become poor yourself?!

So do you like your nice house, your two cars, your steak dinners, and your Caribbean vacations? Don’t ask God to help you understand the plight of the poor.

5. Make me more like Jesus.

In one way or another, this has been a constant life prayer of mine. A couple years back, I realized that this prayer ruined my life.

I had my life all figure out, and it was all going according to my perfect plan. Then I started praying this prayer. Before long, all my hopes and dreams lay shattered around my feet. I often tried to pick up the pieces and glue everything back together, but God would come through with His baseball bat and smash it all to hell (almost literally… all of my plans and dreams deserved nothing more).

When you pray to be like Jesus, God will begin to break down, burn away, and slough off anything and everything in your life that does not look like Jesus. This sounds nice until you begin to experience it. The purification of our life may be with God’s refining fire, but it sill burns!

6. Give me more faith.

Christians like our beliefs in nice, neat packages. But life is not like that, and neither is life with God.

When Christians pray for God to give us more faith, we are likely to enter into some of the difficult and doubt-filled times of our lives. You will begin to question everything you have never known and everything you have ever believed. You may even begin to doubt God’s goodness and maybe even His existence.

This is not bad. Embrace the doubts. Understand that if what you believe it true, it can stand up against all questions. Truth does not fear a challenge. There is no other way for your faith to grow than for your faith to be tested.

7. Give me victory over sin and temptation.

Christian prayerHow do you think victory comes, except through ever-increasing cycles of temptation? Sure, God does not send the temptations, and He never allows us to be tempted with more than we can bear, but if we pray for God to give us victory over sin and temptation, this is the same thing as asking God to strengthen us so that we can stand up under greater and greater temptations!

So if you pray this Christian prayer, be ready for an onslaught of all the wiles of the devil.

8. Please help my annoying neighbor/coworker come to Christ.

This is a great Christian prayer. Except guess how God is going to help your annoying neighbor or coworker come to Christ? That’s right. He’s going to use you.

I once heard a story of a Bible study group who decided to make a prayer list of all the people they “disliked” the most, and then pray for these people every week as part of the Bible study. Over the course of the next ten years, all but one of the people on that list became believers, and almost all of them became Christians because the members of that Bible study showed grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness to these “annoying” people.

Have you prayed any of these prayers???

Article by Jeremy Myers
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CHRISTIANS WHO ARE HAUNTED BY THEIR PAST

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I can hardly drive past Fresno State without feelings of guilt and shame.

In our town, everyone goes to Fresno State football games. It’s just what you do. And I did. When I was attending college, I went to every game (well at least I went to every tailgate before the game – I can’t remember if we actually made it in to every game)

I was not a Christian in college. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe in God, I just didn’t know Him. So I lived my life accordingly. I drank.I smoked. I partied. And other stuff. Stuff that I wish to God I could take back. Stuff I wish I could give back.

We had a lot of fun at those games, in those frat houses, on those streets. But now they all carry shame.

I can’t even drive by that stadium without my heart racing a bit and my mind filling with memories. One night, I was drunk and stupid (and I think barefoot?) and I jumped in the car with a guy named “Midnight”. No one knew his real name, just that he was the local drug dealer and he was “friends” with lots of people. I decided I didn’t want to walk back to the apartments and thought it would be funny if I just drove with him instead of staying with all of my friends. (Sorry Mom if you’re reading this – I know. I hate it too.) So I just jumped in his car, left my friends, and told them I’d meet them back at the house.

I trusted Midnight would drive me safely to my friend’s house!?!? Guess he turned out to be a good guy because, well, here I am. I don’t remember what exactly happened, but I think I made it back safely?

I KNOW THAT CHRIST HAS FORGIVEN ME, BUT SOMETIMES, I STRUGGLE TO BELIEVE IT.

I look back on my days in college and honestly can’t believe some of the stuff I’ve done. I should be dead. And I’m not exaggerating in the least. The amount of stupid choices I made, mixed with alcohol, lowered inhibitions, and incoherence . . . I can’t believe I’m alive. But you know what’s harder to believe?

I’m redeemed.

I’m forgiven.

I’m free.

There are days when my past comes back to haunt me. I know that Christ has forgiven me, but sometimes, I struggle to believe it. The enemy whispers those memories to me every time there is a football game. I haven’t stepped foot in that stadium in 7 years because of it. I still feel like that sin is fresh in my life. And there are days I still carry the weight, the guilt, and the shame of it all.

CHRIST KNEW ME ON MY WORST DAY, AND LOVED ME.
HE SAW MY SIN AND BORE MY SHAME. HE WELCOMED ME IN.

Until I remember the Gospel.

That Christ knew me on my worst day, and loved me. That He saw my sin and bore my shame. That He welcomed me in – dirty, sinful, bruised and broken.

Although I hate driving past the stadium, in the same way it brings me hope. I know that there are places-memories-secrets-sin we all have that come back to haunt us. And I’m reminded by the stench of my past that the aroma Christ of greater. Passing down memory lane makes me grateful for the present and hopeful for the future. Because “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. (Romans 8:1)

And that is Good News.

Does your past ever come back to haunt you? Do you struggle to rest in His forgiveness? Let’s take those thoughts captive together and replace them with this truth.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us…” (Ephesians 1:7-8)

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 6:38)

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ARE YOU ABSOLUTELY 100% CERTAIN YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO HEAVEN?

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Most people believe they are going to heaven because they believe in God, they attend mass or church services, or they try to live a good life. But these people only hope that they will make it to heaven, they do not know. The Bible teaches that you can know that you have eternal life.

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” – 1 John 5:13

But how can someone know if they have been good enough to get to heaven? The answer is that your eternal destiny has nothing to do with how good you are. In fact, the Bible teaches that no one is good enough to get to heaven.

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” – Romans 3:10

Righteousness is defined as, “God’s standard of perfection.” According to the Bible, no man meets this standard.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:23

Any disobedience toward God is sin. Whether you admit it or not, you know that you have sinned.

For instance, have you ever told a lie?

Then you have sinned.

As a child, were you ever disobedient to your parents?

Then you have sinned.

It does not matter how good you are compared to your siblings, your friends, or other people. Since you are a sinner, you do not measure up to God’s standard of perfection and are unworthy of heaven. In fact, your sinful nature will be judged by God.

The Bible says that Christ will be revealed from heaven with his angels:

“In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;”
– 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

This judgment is the payment which you owe for your sin:

“For the wages of sin is death;” – Romans 6:23

We all know that wages are something we earn. By our sin, we have earned death.

So you might be asking, “If everyone is a sinner, and sin is deserving of death, how does anyone get to heaven?”

I’m glad you asked that!

The second half of Romans 6:23 contains the answer to your question:

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23

This verse says that eternal life is a gift. Can you earn a gift? Do you have to do anything to get a gift?

Absolutely Not!

You see, eternal life cannot be earned, it must be accepted as a free gift.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” – Titus 3:5

“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” – Romans 4:5

Faith is simply believing what God has said. God, being a loving Father, wants to have a relationship with you. Since you are separated from Him by your unrighteousness, he will count your faith for righteousness so that you can have a personal relationship with Him!

“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” – Philippians 3:9

But how did God provide for this free gift of eternal life? And if eternal life is a free gift that I can receive, how do I receive it? If God will count my faith for righteousness, what do I need to have faith in?

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

When the Bible says that “Christ died for us,” it means that Jesus Christ died in our place. We saw earlier how the payment for sin is death. Christ has already paid that payment for you.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Jesus Christ “knew no sin.” Since he was God, he never sinned. Since he was not a sinner, he did not owe the payment for sin, death. But he chose to die to pay your debt so that you could be “justified”, or declared righteous, by God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Once again, these verses show that Christ did not die for his own sins, but for OUR sins. He didn’t have any sin of his own to pay for, so he chose to pay for your sin. This is how God showed his love for us. He died for us so that we could have righteousness and eternal life as a free gift.

But that’s not all. If He had only died, this would not have been enough. Not only did He die, but He also “rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Christ’s resurrection purchased victory over death and proved that He was truly God. It is on the basis of Christ’s resurrection that God can offer you newness of life.

“Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” – Romans 4:25

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. – Romans 6:4

So how does one go about receiving this gift? The answer is very simple.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, – Ephesians 1:13

1. Hearing

Today, you have heard the gospel that Christ died for your sins and that salvation is a free gift.

2. Believing

Do you believe the gospel? Do you believe that you are a sinner and that you cannot earn salvation? Do you believe that because of your sin you are deserving of eternal judgment in the lake of fire? Do you believe that Jesus Christ gave his life for you so that you can have eternal life with him?

3. Trusting

Many people believe that Jesus Christ died. But many of these people are still trying to please God by their works. Trusting the gospel means that you have made the decision to rely completely on Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as the full payment for your sins.

Won’t you make that decision to trust him right now?

If you have made that decision, you may want to pray to God to thank him for the gift of eternal life that he has provided for you. But remember that you are saved by trusting in the gospel, not by saying a prayer. God is concerned with the condition of your heart, not some words that you recite. If you want to thank God for this gift, but aren’t really sure how to pray to him, you can use the following as a guide.

LORD,

I know that I am a sinner.

I know that, as a sinner, I deserve death.

And I know that I cannot earn eternal life or work my way to heaven.

But I believe that You died for my sins on the cross and paid my debt so that I can have eternal life as a free gift.

I believe that you rose from the dead for my justification.

I have decided to trust in you as my Savior and receive that gift.

Thank you for dying for me and for your free gift of eternal life.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

If you have placed your trust in the gospel, you are now eternally saved. Nothing can change that.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39

The Bible says that you are now sealed with the Holy Spirit and are a member of the Body of Christ. No one, not even you, can now separate you from God’s love. You can now know, based on the Word of God, that you have eternal life. And since you didn’t do anything to earn eternal life, you don’t have to follow any list of rules and regulations to keep eternal life.

Let me repeat the question I asked you at the beginning:

Do you know where you will spend eternity?

Your answer can now be a resounding YES!

If you were to die right now and God were to ask you, “Why should I let you into my heaven?” You can now say with confidence based on the authority of the Word of God, Because Christ died for my sins!

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What’s in Your Fruit Basket?

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We have a pretty fruit basket that sits on our countertop. It is usually filled with fresh organic fruit. Today, I went to grab a beautiful-looking apple but when I lifted it up, I noticed that it was very light in weight. I looked at the backside and sure enough, it was rotten. It also had corrupted the orange sitting right next to it. Both pieces of fruit had to be thrown away.

The Bible tells us that we are to be careful who we fellowship with. Rotten fruit always corrupts the good fruit. A good piece of fruit never rehabilitates a rotten bunch of fruit. It is always the other way around. Place a good apple in a rotten bunch and it too shall become rotten.

2Cor 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

We, as Christians, are commanded in Scripture to avoid the constant fellowship with unbelievers. We are instead to fellowship with other believers in Christ Jesus.

1Thess 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

Eph 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

We are light in the darkness. We are the salt of the earth and are supposed to be a good example. We are called to show the love of Jesus and to love those who are considered unlovable. But the bible warns us of constant fellowship with the unsaved. We are not called to fellowship with them, lest our own minds become corrupted.

Only Jesus can set men free. Only Jesus can save the unconverted soul. We are to witness, show our light and reach the lost by our love and compassion but ultimately, it is Jesus who will save the soul.

It is not our job to rehabilitate the unsaved…only Jesus can change them—once they get saved. Trying to change your unsaved friend is like trying to patch the hole on the sinking Titanic. If you really want your loved one to change, tell them about Jesus– for He alone can give someone a brand new heart.

Sitting on the phone with your troubled unsaved girlfriend all day long will bring you down spiritually. We are to show the love of Jesus to the unsaved but we are not to grieve the Holy Spirit within us by listening to ungodly conversations.

Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

You will find that as you grow in Christ Jesus, either your unsaved friend will desire Christ Jesus too by the Light they see in you or they will abandon their friendship with you because they desire not the Lord in their own lives. No matter what, we cannot compromise..Jesus must come first in everything we do and say.

Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God

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THE BRIDGE IS OUT!!!

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THE BRIDGE IS OUT
A preacher was driving home one night with his wife and two daughters in the car. It was raining and dark and because of the intensity of the rain he could hardly see past his headlights. On the way he had to drive over a huge bridge. There were signs posted all alongthe bridge that said “DO NOT PICK UP HITCH-HIKERS.” There was an institute for the criminally insane near the base of the bridge and sometimes people would escape from it and try to hitch a ride.


On this particular night, as he turned his car on to the bridge, he had to drive exceptionally slow because he could hardly see the road. Somewhere near the top of the bridge a man suddenly appeared in the headlights. He was soaked, standing in the middle of the road with his shirt off frantically waving it over his head and screaming.


This preacher’s wife began to say, “Oh please don’t stop, try to drive around him!” But the man was unavoidable and there was nowhere for the car to go to miss him. So he had to stop the car and as soon as he did, the man slapped his hand down on the hood of the car and was screaming at the top of his lungs.


The preacher looked over at his wife and said to lock the door after him and not to unlock it until he returned. His family was now crying and pleading with him not to get out of the car. He opened the door and stepped outside…He was immediately soaked from the rain. As he approached the front of the car to grab the man, all of a sudden he could make out what the man was screaming, “THE BRIDGE IS OUT! THE BRIDGE IS OUT! A BUS LOAD OF KIDS JUST WENT OVER!” As these words registered in the pastor’s mind, he looked back in the car at his wife and two daughters. He wrapped his arm around the man and wept in gratitude. The preacher stood there with the man for the next half-hour in the middle of the road, waving his jacket above his head screaming.”THE BRIDGE IS OUT! THE BRIDGE IS OUT!”


For a lost and a dying world,
“THE BRIDGE IS OUT!”


For a people heading to a Christless Eternity,
“THE BRIDGE IS OUT!”


where are the men and the women who will stand in the middle of the road and forbid people to perish ?
HELL HAS OPENED IT’S MOUTH WIDE AND MANY ARE SPEEDING INTO IT


Where are those who will stand in the gap, on the streets, the highways and the byways to forbid multitudes with the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST from going to such a horrible place ?
SPREAD THE GOSPEL


Lovely Thoughts For Lovely
People Just Like You.
Always Remember
JESUS Loves You . …..
Share this message to all your friends, both Saved and unsaved


THE BRIDGE IS OUT !


GOD BLESS YOU !

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Don’t Click on This Post!!!

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But You Did Anyway!!!

Just like Adam and Eve who were instructed by God not to eat of the Tree of Good and Evil…they did and today this illustration proves we are just like Adam and Eve

Don’t Click on This Post!!!

We are all prone as human beings to do the things we know we’re not supposed to do, just like the picture you clicked on which landed you here.

Think about this for a moment. What if this was a life or death test; you would have failed!  But thank God it’s not…

Our only mission is to demonstrate how easy it is for the enemy to trick us into doing something we are warned not to do

So, starting today…if you see a sign which says ‘Don’t’, think before you DO

God bless you!

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Feeling the Presence of God

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Feeling the Presence of God

Adam and Eve had intimate fellowship in the presence of God before the fall (Genesis 3:8). Since that time, sin has prevented our ability to be in the physical presence of God (Exodus 33:20). Now only the holy, sinless angels are in the physical presence of God (Luke 1:19). But Christians have the presence of God within us by virtue of His indwelling Holy Spirit (John 14:23; 15:4), and that indwelling presence comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are aware of the reality of this presence from our obedience to His Word. “We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praise of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9). Note that Peter says that “we are chosen people . . . belonging to God.” If we belong to Him, will He not be present among us? We never lose the reality of God’s presence, no matter how badly we fail; we never sin so much as to lose our salvation; we never sink so far as to banish the Holy Spirit. We can anger God because of our sin, but true believers never lose the presence of the Holy Spirit. While we will never lose the reality of God’s presence, we might lose the “sense” of His presence.

Every child of God invariably goes through this feeling of losing God’s presence from time to time, like a landlord who has left his house and gone away on business for a while. He has not left the house completely empty, for, if he had, he would have taken all his belongings with him. But because he has left all his furniture and belongings in that house, does it not mean that he will return once again? Any believer knows that there are times of spiritual leanness when perhaps the Lord determines to test our faith. Does He not push us through the winnowing flames of affliction that we might be all the more pure (Job 23:10; 1 Peter 1:7)?

But the practical result of being in God’s presence is joy! Many Christians seem gloomy and dejected because they lack this sense of God’s presence. The fellowship is sweet for those who walk with the Lord in obedience and faith. But the sweet fellowship that comes from obedience and trust in the Lord is not a passing feeling. It sustains us, especially during trials, for “the joy of the Lord shall be your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). James, the Lord’s brother, writes, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2) because trials produce faith and develop perseverance. When we persevere through trials, proving to ourselves and to others that our faith is real, our sense of God’s presence increases, as does our joy.

David speaks of a joy that only the righteous can know (Psalm 16:11)—a joy that is but a foretaste of a far greater and everlasting joy when we see the Lord’s face in the glory to come.

Article by S. Michael Houdmann

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‘ARE YOU READY TO MEET JESUS?’

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‘ARE YOU READY TO MEET JESUS?

If you’re not sure; maybe today is the day to ensure you are ready for His return. Repent today by asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins and invite Him into your heart

Acts 2:38 declares the following: Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost

This is not a gimmick, but a bonafide GUARANTEE from the Lord Himself, that if you follow the guidelines of Acts 2:38, you SHALL receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and your place in Heaven is guaranteed

Accept Him into your life today…tomorrow might be too late! Don’t take that chance…accept Him today

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God bless you!

Written by Missionary Laraine Turner

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Stop Going to Church!

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STOP GOING TO CHURCH

If you are going to church for these reasons listed below; you are going for the wrong reasons and should just stop going unless you’re prepared to get into the rhythm of life as God desires

1. Stop Going to Church Because You’re Obligated – if this is how you feel, then obviously you are going for the wrong reason. God doesn’t get joy seeing people flock to church because they feel obligated to do so. Worshiping God should be pleasurable and entering into a sanctuary to worship and praise Him should be the ultimate goal of all attendees

2. Stop Going to Church Because You’re Made to Go – no one should be made to go to church unless you’re a child under the supervision of your parents. Being made to go to church doesn’t do you or the person who makes you go any good and it makes for a miserable time

3. Stop Going to Church to Perform – If your reason for going to church is to show off your vocal pipes or to show off your Sunday best; then your reasons are carnal minded and doesn’t do you any good. The most you will receive are some hand claps on your performance and a few gasping at your outfit

4. Stop Going to Church to Find a Mate – You may not agree with me on this one, but hear me out. If going to church is to find a possible spouse; you’re going for the wrong reason. Church is meant to worship and praise God. Church was not formed to be a meet and greet for singles to mingle

5. Stop Going to Church to Be Entertained – First, you don’t have to even leave the comfort of your home to be entertained, but for those of you who go to church to be entertained; again, you’re going for the wrong reason

6. Stop Going to Church to Convince God to Bless You – Too many people think that if they go to church God is obligated to bless them with their hearts desire, but this is a misconception as God is not someone to be played or bribed

7. Stop Going to Church Because The Preacher is Popular – Beware!!! Don’t turn a pastor into an idol and never go to church because of a famous pastor. You go to church to worship God not to worship your pastor

8. Stop Going to Church to Sell Your Services or Products – Remember, Jesus overthrew merchant tables and another passage in John 2:15 stated Jesus making a whip and drove out those who were selling and buying in His Fathers house. He said “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer” Matthew 21:13

9. Stop Going to Church Because You Hold a Title – With God, we are all sinners and those of us who repent and give our lives to Jesus are still sinners, but now we are saved by grace. No matter what man-made title you may possess, to God you are either a sinner or a sinner saved by grace. He doesn’t particularly care about your licenses or titles; what He cares about is your soul

10. Stop Going to Church to Clear Your Conscious – You may think going to church on Sunday morning will clear your conscious, but until you truly repent, your sins will forever follow you and besides; only Jesus can clear your conscious

Conclusion: If you are going to church for any of the reasons above, you’re not doing yourself any justice. Stop going to church and allow God to get you in the rhythm of truly worshiping and praising Him the way He desires…anything less is meaningless

God bless you!

Article by Missionary Laraine Turner

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‘IT TOOK JESUS SECONDS!!!’

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‘IT TOOK JESUS SECONDS!!!’

Last night I tossed and turned worrying about today because today is one of those days that I have a lot to do. But at 7:07 this morning, the Lord placed within my spirit how to conquer my worries with a perfect plan…in just seconds!!!

Now had I consulted the Lord prior to my journey down worry lane, I would have been blessed with a good nights sleep, but I didn’t and I suffered

I’m telling you this because if you’re like me, we tend to worry about things and forget to place them in Jesus hands. He knows all about us and He said in His word, He loves and cares about us. So today, starting right now, let’s commit to laying down our worries and committing ourselves to Jesus. My night of worrying was calmed in seconds by Jesus…it literally took Jesus seconds to calm my storm and He can do the same for you; if you allow Him

May the grace of God keep you and the love of Christ Jesus forever rest upon you from this day forth!…Amen

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