Welcome to the messages page for the Christian Life Gospel Ministry – uplifting messages that apply the Gospel to Life's Everyday Challenges. Today is full of trials, challenges, and confusion. Many people are desperately trying to fill inner needs with external stimulation and the reality is that cannot be accomplished. The teachings and messages that you will find on this site are drawn up in such a way as to offer practical advice on how to live a Christian Life in today’s world.
Let’s talk about Prayer 8-23-2020
What is prayer?
There are several types of prayers, there’s the plea for help, the prayer that God does something to someone, the negotiation prayer, you know, God if you do this, I’ll do that, and so on. But what exactly is prayer, first and foremost it’s an act of humility, 2 Chronicles 7:14 – “and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
There used to be a country song about how it’s all about me, me, me, our world today is really all about me, We think we have all the answers, we believe we know better than anyone else, we believe our own propaganda about how smart we all are. The reality is, we’re not and we need to begin to humble ourselves and realize that everything we have been given is a gift and we need to treat each other and the planet, and our Lord with some humility. Once we do that then we can turn to God and ask for His help because prayer is also, a chance to cleanse our conscience and admit wrongdoing 1 John 1:9- “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. All of us have baggage, we all have something in our past that we’d rather not talk about and many of us have never admitted our mistakes. I know several folks in my past who to this day, won’t admit they were wrong. The thing I have found though is that when I ask God to forgive me for my mistakes, then I feel better, especially when I mean it and I also found that once I do that I’m able to move on and find a new path.
That new path comes because prayer is a time when we can ask for guidance 2 Samuel 5:17-19 – “When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek out David; and when David heard of it, he went down to the stronghold. Now the Philistines came and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim. Then David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” What should I do next, how should I react, those are all questions we can get answered when we pray and when we do it silently then it becomes a time when it becomes an intimate time to express exactly how we feel about God. In Mark 1:35 – “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.”
Is there a right way to pray?
Jesus taught His disciples that prayer is intimate Matthew 6:5-13 – “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
Prayer needs to be consistent and persistent Luke 18:1-8 –“ Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this wid
It’s Time to Rein in our Anger 8-16-2020
It’s time to rein in our anger 8-16-2020
It seems that nowadays everyone is filled with anger, not only do they brim with anger, they stay angry. Social media is full of posts and tweets where people are calling each other names, folks are demanding that someone be fired for what they said, folks are using more and more profanity in their everyday language. We seem to be on the verge of exploding, you can see violence erupting in almost every major city. People don’t want to talk to each other, they want to yell at each other, it’s not about letting others have their opinion, if someone doesn’t agree with us we get mad at them. Relationships are breaking up, people just don’t seem to have the patience we once had. What is the deal, why is everyone so angry.
That’s what I want to look at today, angry people and anger in general. What are some of the effects of anger? When we get angry, what should we avoid? Everyone gets angry at times, what can we do about it?
What are some of the effects of anger?
Anger is an emotion that most definitely takes a toll on us, physically, spiritually, and psychologically. Think about what happens when you get really angry at somebody, quite often you shut down, you don’t want to have anything to do with that person. In other words, it isolates us from others, as we read in Genesis 27:41-43, “So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” Now when the words of her elder son Esau were reported to Rebekah, she sent and called her younger son Jacob, and said to him, “Behold your brother Esau is consoling himself concerning you by planning to kill you. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice, and arise, flee to Haran, to my brother Laban!” I’ve seen cases where families were broken apart by anger, where one family member was so angry with another one that the family was split apart, sometimes permanently, but always at least for awhile. People become isolated, alone, and often spend time stewing in their anger and that leads to another issue for us.
It creates some evil thoughts and motives in us and in its strongest form can lead to murder Genesis 4:1-12, Cain and Abel, “Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord.” Again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.”
Don’t get discouraged when life gets tough, there are ways to cope 8-9-2020
Feeling Discouraged. 8/9/2020
Recently I’ve been getting a little discouraged about some things that are going on. When I talk with friends, I hear the same feelings of discouragement in their voices, to some it seems as if the whole world is crashing down around their shoulders. As I looked around and read social media, or watch TV news, it dawned on me there’s not a lot of good news being spread these days. I’ve talked about all the anger, resentment, and just general stress we seem to be experiencing today, and there’s not much that can be done about it, so it’s natural to have these feelings.
Today I want to look at causes us to feel discouraged. How can we cope with our feelings when we are discouraged? What can we do when our friends are discouraged to help them cope with their situations.
We often feel discouraged when we’re jealous of what others have. Psalm 73:2-3, “But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, My steps had almost slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”
We feel discouraged when we’ve been suffering (either real sickness or the pressure from society to avoid sickness covid) 1 Peter 5:8-9, “ Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.”
In addition to dealing with sickness and jealousy what about just coping with life’s overall demands? I watch as parents try to fit a 36-hour day into 24 hours, they’re constantly rushing here or rushing there. I see people doing their very best to find a job in an economy that seems totally out of whack and having to go to food pantries to feed their families. People are struggling just to make ends meet. Prices are going up, traffic is getting worse and worse, crime seems to be on the rise, and there are more and more people angry and lashing out at everyone else. If often seems like we are either at the end of times or society is just crashing around our ears. It often seems impossible for us to handle what seems to be crisis after crisis and yet if we truly trust and believe in God then we might be able to remember that what seems impossible for us is never impossible for God. In fact, if we do what Psalm 55 verse 22 called us to do and have cast our cares on the Lord and have truly trusted and believed in the Lord then the words in Philippians 4:13 will make sense; “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
I can do ALL things, not I can do SOME things. Remember there is no limit to the power of God, there is no limit to the power of Jesus. The words to the old hymn there is power in the blood are true, there is unlimited power and strength in the blood of Jesus.
The power that we can receive from God allows us to be strong, courageous, steady, enthusiastic and confident that the presence of the Lord in our life will reflect what King David told Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:20. “Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work or the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”
Those words ‘until all the work or the service of the house of the Lord is finished’ pertain as much to us today as it did then. It is through the power of God, we are able to stay focused on the task at hand and not allow ourselves to be distracted by the little bumps in the road that we encounter. We won’t become dismayed and frustrated by everything that happens, we won’t become disheartened by our setbacks because we will know that in the end we wil...
What Type of Example are you Setting? 8-3-2020
What kind of example are you setting?
It’s important that we understand that someone, somewhere is watching us, they listen to what we say, they think about what we do; everything we do should be things we are proud of.
Titus 2:7 “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness”
Who is the ultimate role model? Of course, it’s Jesus, if we follow His example or the examples of those who truly show they are Christians, our lives and the lives of those around us would be better.
1 Corinthians 11:1 – “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
How can I be a good role model?
Be accountable for your actions. Don’t play the blame game, don’t whine about life, if you mess up, fess up.1 Thessalonians 1:4-6 “For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”
It’s important that not only do we do right, we must speak out against wrong. We cannot tolerate injustice, we can’t close our eyes and pretend things aren’t happening to others.
Jeramiah 1:10 – “See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant”
Influence others for good, otherwise you’re wasting you gifts and time Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
Being a good role model means being a servant Matthew 20:28- “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
3 John 1:5-8 5 “Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers; and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.”
Remember open you bible and believe because, there’s always a way to stay in the saddle when life is trying to buck you off. God Bless and Peace y’all
Dealing with Resentment
I want to talk about a feeling that I think most of us, if not all of us have had at one time, that is a feeling of resentment. What is resentment? The standard definition is that it is a feeling we get when we feel we have been treated unfairly, we’ve been wronged, insulted, or something has made us indignant. Many times, I’ve thought to myself, ‘hey, I resent that’, I don’t like what was said or done. If you’ve never had that feeling well, ok, good for you, I hope you never feel it. For the rest of us though, I thought I’d take a look a resentment.
What causes resentment? Is there any danger in feeling resentful? How can I handle my feelings of resentment, and is there a way to avoid feeling resentful in the future?
What causes resentment?
When we disagree over how someone should behave, that is, a person doesn’t behave like we think they should. 2 Samuel 6:16 “Then it happened as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.” We can see a lot of that going on in today’s society, especially when it comes to politics. Man if we don’t agree with another person’s viewpoint about a candidate or issues, you can cut the tension in the air with a knife. I’ve had friends actually stop talking to me because I didn’t agree with them on issues. Makes me wonder whatever happened to allowing others to have their own opinion and accepting them regardless.
Feeling left out, also causes jealousy. Luke 15:27-30, “And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’
Is there any danger in feeling resentful?
It’s self-destructive, Proverbs 27:3, “A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.”
Job 5:2, “For anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple.”
How can I handle my feelings of resentment?
Let it go. Chris LeDoux, There’s a five dollar fine for whining
James 5:9, “Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.”
1 Thessalonians 5:15, “See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.”
Mark 11:25, “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.”
Is there a way to avoid feeling resentful in the future?
Pray for a transformation Matthew 5:43-46, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?”
Remember not dealing with our feelings of resentment can cause serious issues for us, mentally, spiritually, and physically. Take a deep breath and let things go. God loves you, peace y’all
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Healing a Broken Heart
Several years ago there was a song, how can you heal a broken heart, it didn’t really offer any answers, but it is a question that many of us have asked, how do we heal a broken heart, can we heal one.
How does God respond to a broken heart? What should I do when I have a broken heart? Does any good come from having a Broken Heart? How can I help someone else who has a broken heart?
How does God respond to a broken heart, does He really care how I feel, how I react to my troubles?
Matthew 5:4 – He offers comfort to those in his presence . “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
What should I do when I have a broken heart?
Step one – pray for solace Psalm 130:1 “Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord.”
Step two – remember, this too shall pass Ecclesiastes 3:4 “A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance. “ there’s a time for everything
Step three – talk it out Acts 20:37, Paul was saying to goodby to Ephesus, and he recalled all the things he had gone through with the people and how far they had come and how much he cared for them, “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” When he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him, “
Does any good come from having a Broken Heart?
Being broken hearted can lead to healing and a better life Psalm 30:11 – “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,”
How can I help someone else who has a broken heart?
Empathize with them show understanding Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”
Be careful what you say Job 16:2 “I have heard many such things; Sorry comforters are you all.” make sure you don’t misplace blame