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Walking Tall With Humility

desert-sunset-wallpaper-high-quality-resolution-h7c51 Corinthians 1:27 “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”

James 4:6 “…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

Humility is a core characteristic of Jesus Christ. It is only fitting then for the followers of Christ to adopt this trait in their own lives. If we are going to be successful in life and ministry then we must learn this trait of humility. The verses we just read show us that God chooses to use the humble heart, while rejecting the proud heart. God will not and cannot use a proud and self-centered individual to do his work. However, when a person learns humility and embraces it as a way of life God can use this man no matter what his deficiencies may be. Let’s look into the life of Moses and see how God made this man mighty and then used him greatly to help others.

Scripture tells us when Moses turned 40 years old he developed a desire in his heart to help his Hebrew brethren that were being mistreated in Egyptian bondage. Acts 7:23-29 says – “And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian: 25 For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not. 26 And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another? 27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday? 29 Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.” (Read Exodus 1-4:20 and Acts 7:18-36) The Bible teaches us that Moses had good intentions in his heart to help and save his people, the scripture even tells us that Moses believed God would use him to deliver his people; but there is one problem, we never see God calling Moses at this time to deliver his people! Moses jumped the gun and followed his feelings instead of God’s word. Yes, God would call and use Moses, but not now, he wasn’t ready for the task ahead of him. We see Moses here as very confident, sure of himself, even a sense of pride that caused Moses to jump in and save the day before God instructed him to do so. Things didn’t turn out like Moses planned, we find him running for his life and spending the next 40 years in the Midian wilderness, a fugitive of the law and living in spiritual brokenness.

For 40 years Moses lives on the Midian campus of God’s Wilderness University of Humility & Character Building, raising his two sons, caring for his wife and working as a shepherd on his father in laws farm; A job that will teach him many lessons for his next assignment. He has left the lush, pleasant palaces of Egypt for the rough, dusty climate of the Midian desert. He feels let down and forsaken by God. He has learned humility the hard way, as many of us have learned. He now realizes he is not the Super Man of his youthful dreams. Time, hard work and a family have tempered this once prideful, self-reliant free spirited Moses into a more humble, useful man. God did not bring Moses to the desert to abandon and destroy him there; He took him there to build and develop him into a rugged, trustworthy hero that would be able to deliver His people from bondage and then lead them for 40 years in a rough wilderness climate and be strong enough to never give up! It’s interesting that Moses spends 40 years in wilderness schooling for 40 years of wilderness service. Never consider long lessons to be a waste of time, but rather a useful investment of time that will pay off at a later date.

God approaches Moses in the wilderness in Exodus chapters 3 &4 to call him into his work, but instead of finding Moses overconfident and ready to burn up the field, we now find him singing a different tune…a tune of humility. As God is calling Moses to be his ambassador to Egypt, he makes excuses as to why he cannot go. Five different times Moses pleads with God to see that he is inadequate and unable to do what God is asking him to do. Moses is not lazy or bitter to go serve God – he is humble! He honestly feels inadequate to serve in God’s work. This is exactly what God was waiting for. Moses’ 40 year enrolment in the Wilderness University of Humility & Character Building has paid off greatly. It’s at this point that he can graduate with honors and move to the next level of service for God. This is the heart condition that God is looking for in all his workers. James 4:10 says “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” God can use an inadequate person, once that person realizes he is inadequate and needs God’s help.

 

 

 

 

Soul Surfer?

I recently received an add from a local Christian bookstore advertizing a new movie entitled “Soul Surfer.”  I have heard a lot of talk among Christians about this movie, and its positive influence so I will give my thoughts. I want to preface this opinion with my sympathies to the family & young lady who lost her arm in the real life event that this movie is based on. This is not an opinion about the family or the girl, only for the movie and its content. I have not seen the movie, only the trailer and add, which were enough to come to these conclusions.

 As a pastor I try to give a biblical insight to as many things that would influence people as I can. Not that I am the final authority; Gods word is our authority and Rule, I am only a messenger for him.  Here are some scriptures that will lead our thinking.  

2 Kings 17:15  And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them. 

2 Corinthians 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

1 John 2:15-17  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Psalms 101:3  I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

Any movie that would promote people running around half naked I am against. This may be an inspirational story, but it is not an appropriate movie for any Christian. The bathing suit is nothing but glorified and colorful underwear.  Just because there is water and sand doesn’t make this practice fitting behavior for God’s people. Think of everyone showing up at your work in their underwear, or at the grocery store or church! What if you invited company to your home, and there in front of your wife and children they show up in their underwear. You say it’s not the same, you’re at home not the beach, and there is no sand or water. Ok, say you live where there is sand and water; do you want your company showing up for dinner in their underwear? It’s wrong no matter where you are. We are to be separate from the world; we are to be modest in our dress and apparel no matter where we are.

This is a great tragedy in our day. The world and the church are to much the same. There are very little lines between God’s people and the world. God calls his people to be different! Who will be different, who will raise their family in the old paths and the good way? It is my opinion that this movie and others like it are an abomination to the holy things of God. Christians should not watch it nor glorify the sin it promotes. Please stand for truth, stand for Christ and what is right.

Here are some things to consider while making your entertainment choices:

  1. Will this honor God 
  2. Will this set a godly example for others to follow
  3. Will this bring me closer to God
  4. Will this make me more like Christ
  5. Would I ask Christ to take part in this
  6. Will I be a stronger Christian if I follow the examples set forth in this film
  7. Will I be able to praise God in this entertainment, could I thank him for what I’ve learned

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in The Pastor Recommends

 

Loyalty & Commitment

Follow the link below to get an amazing story of loyalty & commitment from a dog to a human. I also commend this brave SEAL for paying the ultimate price for my freedom. Thanks to all armed forces! It does make you think though as a Christian; If a man can be this loyal to his country and a dog can be this loyal to a human, why cant man be this loyal to God?

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2011/08/25/fallen-navy-seals-dog-refuses-to-leave-master%E2%80%99s-side-at-funeral/

 

Song and Hymns and Spiritual Songs

Colossians 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Ephesians 5:19  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 

Colossians says music is an educational language that provides spiritual teaching and admonition. Music moves entire generations to action and cultivates their beliefs. Think about the days of the 1960’s and 70’s, the ideas and messages in that music molded a generation of young people. They rebelled against God, government and anything that regarded structure and discipline. “Free Love” was the theme of the day; “Do what thou wilt” was the idea. Don’t take my word for it; I wasn’t alive in the 60’s but here is a quote from someone who was “Hippies use music to express themselves emotionally, spiritually, and politically. Music can make a statement, give voice to a movement, even unite us. As hippies explore their inner world, music guides them along in their quest for meaning. Without drugs it can get you high. With drugs…, well, let’s just say, music can be a religious experience. “This quote was taken from the home page of Hippy.com, a place for their group to rally & remember. There are many more examples but you understand how their message was conveyed…through music.

The sister verse to Colossians 3:16 is Ephesians 5:19 that says music is a form of communication; a way to speak to one another. Music is a powerful influence and plays a major role in our spiritual and mental development. Music can bring joy or sorrow, fear or peace. Christians use it to encourage and motivate one another as well as praise our Lord. The world also know how strong music can be. Remember the old scary movie JAWS, a movie about a killer Great White shark (I don’t recommend this movie). They were limited on budget so they could only make one full size shark prop. The salty water cause many problems and limited them in using this full size prop. When they could use the shark, most of the shots are actually only a head version of the prop. Limited in budget and their use of scary shark props they had to come up with some other way to scare the movie viewers and set the mood for the attack. How did they do it? Remember the music? They reported, purposely developing that music to make up for they scariness they couldn’t film. Interesting, the music had a message.  The message of the song never stays in the music; it is designed to be heard and will eventually be lived out in the lives of the people who hear it. Be not deceived, you cannot listen to music and not be effected. The music of the world will cause you to act, think and live like the world. God’s music on the other hand will promote the faith and doctrines of the Bible and cause you to live a Christ-honoring life that will please to God and helpful to fellow man. 

For this reason I encourage you to set before your “ear gate” only those things that magnify and exalt Christ Jesus.  Here are a few links to good Christian radio.

www.fbnradio.com

www.faith1180.com

www.rejoice.org

http://www.lancasterbaptist.org/media/internet-radio

 

Does The Supreme Court Affect our Religious Liberties?

Check out this article from Christian Law Association

http://www.christianlaw.org/cla/index.php/articles/comments/2010-11_supreme_court_review/

 

Sword of the Lord Publishers

The Sword of the Lord is a staple in Fundamentalism. You will not go wrong buying their books or reading their newspaper. Dr.Shelton Smith (SWORD president & editor) is a tremendous leader and friend to those who go the way of the Cross and stand for Truth. I was given a subscription of the SWORD when I was 15 years old and it has helped mold me into the Christian man I am today. Check out their web site and publications at: www.swordofthelord.com

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in The Pastor Recommends

 

Daily in the Word Devotional Email

Christians need to keep good spiritual material in front of them as much as possible. Pastor Chappell’s devotions and ministry have been a help to myself and thousands of other pastors across the globe. Sign up today to have them delivered to your inbox at:  www.dailyintheword.org

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in The Pastor Recommends

 
 
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