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 While listening to others talk, are you listening to their message and what they’re trying to convey? Or are you listening for a subtle message behind the message? One that tells you that they really think a lot about themselves. Hmmm. Like how many times they said “I” in their speech. Don’t get me wrong, we have to talk about ourselves some. When we are asked point-blank about how we are when someone hasn’t seen us in a while, they really want to know what’s been going on in our lives. But come on, when we see someone every day and they ask how we are, they don’t want a moment by moment itinerary. Let’s face it, some of us talk about ourselves way too much, and some people will start avoiding us because they don’t get to enter the conversation unless they butt in. And if they don’t butt in, we don’t know how they are feeling or what’s going on in their lives. Maybe God led them there today to have you pray for them and what they are going through.  We are to think of others better than ourselves. Maybe…we just talk to be talking. And when we’re self-oriented we tend to say the word “I” way too often. God can’t use us for His purpose when we don’t listen to others and put their needs before our own.

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 There’s no “I” in team. Have you heard that quote? Christians are a team, or we’re supposed to be anyway. This is an even better quote: There’s no “I” in team but there is in “win.” When we work for God–we win. Plain and simple. When we visit someone in the hospital, we can talk with other patients there, find out about their loved one, and ask if we can pray with them. Or we can simply take down the name of the patient and what they are having done, a little background on them if it’s serious, and pray on our own. We win!

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Win Win (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The bible tells us to be slow to anger, quick to listen and slow to speak. And since God gave us two ears and one mouth, maybe, just maybe we are supposed to listen at least twice as much as we talk. A lot of words are wasted in any given day. We don’t only talk about ourselves, but we also talk about others, and this in a derogatory manner, perhaps hearing it from another source. Gossip. If we hear something we don’t know for a fact is true, we need to allow it go in one ear and out the other. Again, the bible tells us to mind our own business, and not be busybodies. This is sound christian doctrine, and words we should all try to live by. Let’s do what we can to let this “me” generation fizzle out. Let’s ask ourselves how many times a day we say “I.” Then if it’s too often–we can change. Change is good. I’m  just saying.

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You are slowly losing control. The struggles you’re experiencing now are too great, and the situation doesn’t seem to be changing. Now you’ve been diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder. Where do you turn? Do you search your bible for comforting words of truth, or do you tell your friends that God doesn’t care? Let me say this: God does care. He loves you, and He will never love you any more or less than He does right now. He speaks through His Holy Word to all of us–believers and non-believers. But we believers should already know that the Holy Spirit is always with us, and that God is always working in our lives on our behalf. He is our Comforter. (Counselor, The Promise)  (John 14:16-26, Acts 2:38-39). And filled with compassion, the Holy Spirit guides us in what we think, say, and do.

However, the non-believer doesn’t have this assurance, this comfort, this knowledge. They may become a victim of their circumstances causing their health to diminish. Their zest for life is gone. They stop caring about themselves and others. Then they fall apart. Why? Because they don’t have access to the living God. Our protector, our strength, our “go-to guy.” They don’t see the tremendous love our God has for all of us, christian and  non-christian. They don’t know His promises, or that God is always faithful. And because they don’t know God, they can’t know Jesus, God’s only son. The only one by whom they can be saved and have eternal life. (Acts 2:21, 4:12, Ephesians 1:20-21, Hebrews 7:25, Romans 10:13-14, Philippians 2:9-11) And the saddest thing of all–they won’t ever see Heaven. Why not? you ask. Because we’re not sharing the gospel. We’re not sharing Christ enough.

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That’s right…We’re not doing what God commanded us to do. The Great Commission. (Mark 16:15, Luke 24:45-47) Did we forget that Jesus gave us a mission? The root word for commission is “commit”.Are we committed enough to see the it that there are no more unbelievers, only believers? I don’t think we are. So let’s just tell Jesus “No.” And…we might as well say no to God, too. C’mon, it’s a lot easier than feeling guilty, right? We find it tough to spend time with our own families, let alone time getting to know someone in our own neighborhood who may or may not know the Lord. Does that bother us enough to re-evaluate our priorities?

Here’s a newsflash: God didn’t ask us to love others, or ask us to spread the Good News, (gospel) of His son’s life, death, burial, and resurrection. Come to think of it…God didn’t ask anybody He spoke to in the Old Testament to do anything. He told them. He commanded them. His meaning was clear. Do it, or else. And other times it was do it and I will bless you in such and such a manner.

But I think we need to be up front with God. We need to say something like God, I’m sorry, but I just don’t have the time. We need to capture His attention and tell Him No, God. It’s too hard, and I can’t do it. But I’ll pray that one of your “prayer warriors” will take on this particular task. Well–after all, we still serve God, don’t we?  Just not in this capacity. Besides, we still sing in the choir and attend church regularly. We help our neighbors at times…no, it’s too much. Everybody’s salvation rests on us? Uh-uh. WE HAVE A “NO” HERE!!

Then, a soul-searching question comes to mind: ( Holy Spirit)

 Did God say “No” when it came to His only son, who took on the sins of the whole world by dying that horrendous death on the cross so we could all have salvation, and live with Him forever in Heaven when we die?

No. He undeniably did not. So, do we have any right to tell God “No” about anything? Food for thought, huh? He doesn’t want even one person to miss going to Heaven. ( 11 Peter 3.9) And no one can enter Heaven’s Gate unless they accept Jesus into their heart. To have this happen we have to be proactive and share with people what Jesus means to us, and share our testimony of how He saved us by His Love and amazing Grace.

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 Note:  If you do not know Christ and want to share in His love and have “eternal life” after death–please reply to this post, or talk to someone you trust who is a christian, and one of us will be thrilled to talk to you about how you can do this. It will be the easiest and most rewarding experience you will ever have in your life. Trust me…trust Him.

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What is your mood today? Is your world falling apart? Is a friend or family member going through a terrible bout with Cancer? Maybe one has Alzheimer’s or another life-threatening disease. What about you–you have battles of your own to contend with, don’t you?

When others are used to seeing you happy, it’s unnerving to them if you have an emotionless, empty day. You tell yourself what the Apostle Paul said about being content in all circumstances (Philippians 4:11)  then you try to lift yourself up out of your grief because that’s what is expected of you as a christian. You know you’ll pray about the situation, just not yet. And anyway, God knows all about it, so He could fix this thing that has such a hold on you if He really wanted to, right?    

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Rembrandt – Apostle Paul – WGA19120 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NYC: Church of St Paul the Apostle

NYC: Church of St Paul the Apostle (Photo credit: wallyg)

This is the reason we are supposed to have fellowship with other believers, so they can lift us up in prayer. They can grieve with us and hold our hand through our turmoil. The bible states “where two or three are gathered in my name, I will be in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20). Letting someone know how you’re feeling so they can console you and lift you up in prayer is vitally important.  Anyone can lift your spirits with the right words, but only a fellow believer will offer to pray on your behalf. And that makes all the difference because you both know who will be your true comforter. God will also give you peace about the situation(Philippians 4:7). He loves you and doesn’t want you to worry(Luke 12:22-26). There’s nothing like true christian friendship. You know where your help lies. After prayer, you feel refreshed and ready to face the outcome of the situation. Don’t give Satan a foothold. Pray and look up, not down.

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