Taking Jesus Seriously Part 3(b)
Tuesday night, on our teleconference Bible study call, Pastor Brice went a little further in depth with St. John 15:5b. Jesus states, “Without me you can do nothing”. This is a profound message – one you don’t want to miss out on. You have to look at it like this, if Jesus is not involved in every aspect of your life, you are not doing anything! You are pretty much on auto-pilot, just floating through life. What good is that? Is there a purpose in just floating through life or are you here to be a servant of the Lord? I know this term may be generic to some, but it’s the only way to look at things. What would Jesus do?! (WWJD) You have to think about this in every decision you make in life, or it’s a worthless effort. Ask the question, WWJD and apply it to your daily life, because without Jesus we are nothing.
Pastor V.S. Brice gave us several scriptures in regards to this subject. Check them out when you get a moment and remember to take Him seriously.
St. John 15:5b
Philippians 4:14; 4:6; 4:19
Colossians 1:27; 3:11
See you all next time down at the temple!
Taking Jesus Seriously Part 3
Down at The Temple…
Man! Pastor is on fire with this episode of taking Jesus seriously. He came from the book of St. John 15:1-17. We all need to learn to maximize our relationship with Jesus. We need to learn to spend more time in the word to become closer to God. We need to take Jesus seriously. You know why? Jesus took us seriously. He sacrificed His life in order to give us everlasting life. Jesus desires and cares for us. He wants us to be more like Him. In order to be more like Him, you have to take him seriously and spend more time with Him.
This was something that I struggled with. As a single parent, you feel as if there’s not enough hours in the day. So I have learned to maximize all time – every hour in the 24- hour period that I have. I wake up before the kids – so I pray. When I’m in the shower by myself, I pray. When I’m traveling by public transportation, I read my word. In addition, with the Bible app, I select a daily plan, and set a reminder, so daily I can read even more of God’s word. When I have time in between cooking and nothing is on television, I watch Pastors on YouTube. My challenge for you today is to squeeze in every bit of time you can with Jesus, so you can get your quality time in with the Lord. Until then, see you next time down at the temple.
Down at the Temple…
Pastor V.S. Brice asked us a question on Tuesday night – so now I’m going to ask all of you the same question. How many of us take Jesus seriously? Now before you answer, take time to reflect and be honest with yourself. How much of an impact does Jesus have on your life? You know that when you take Jesus seriously, He will have great impact on your life, right?
When you take Jesus seriously, He’ll get you to your destination, and He will get you there on time! When we become more serious about Jesus, the less religious we are. Religion is a cover up. One that many Christians use. At church they are great saints of the world, but at home they are someone totally different. When we become serious with Jesus, it will show up in all that we do. You will see it at church, at work and at home. It moves past just “at church act” and becomes a daily walk of life.
When we take Jesus seriously, we will embrace John 3:27-30. We have to become less of ourselves, and more, if not all of Jesus. Allow Jesus to come into your heart and let him take control. Sit at the feet of Jesus and become more disciplined, become a student and learn more from his teachings. My family, I challenge you as Pastor has challenged me – let’s become more serious about Jesus. Until next time down at the temple.
The pain I feel is so unreal, a pain so deep only God can heal.
God said, “my child the way you feel is so real, all you need to know is my love is real”.
God said, “don’t fret my child the pain you feel. Just know in due time your heart will heal”.
This too shall pass is what he says. I love you my child even when you go astray.
This road you walk is just a test. It’s just to see if you love me best.
My Lord my Lord my love is true. The pain I feel, help reveal the love I truly have for you.
Down At The Temple…
Pastor Brice brought the word last Sunday from Colossians 3rd chapter. The topic for the sermon was ” If You’re Serious About Jesus, Then Act Like It”. I had to stop writing and take a pause to say “Jesus, I’m going to act like it”. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t, but I know I could do a lot better in demonstrating that I’m serious about Him. In our day to day life, we can tend to forget it’s all about Jesus and make it about us. But that’s not what Jesus is looking for from His people. It’s not showing Jesus that we are serious about him. Being serious about Jesus means that instead of worrying about our struggles and problems, we choose to simply trust Him in all things. When things aren’t going right in life, we have to be serious about Jesus and trust that he will make it alright. That is acting like we’re serious. That means we’re serious about Him and the promises He has made to all of us. Trust that Jesus is a man of his word – and instead of stressing, act like nothing is wrong, because You know Jesus will handle it in the end. When we worry, that is not trusting Him. No worry or stress means when we are in the storm we are in total peace, knowing that He is with us. When you know that “this too shall pass” and that “I’m victorious through it all” – that’s demonstrating that you are serious about Him.
I challenge you to get serious about Jesus, and act like it. Next time your child has gone astray, be at peace and act like it. Next time that bill is due, trust Jesus and act like it. Next time your heart is broken, get serious about Jesus and act like it. Until next time down at the temple.
My God Is Real
My God is real, real in my soul. My God protects me until the day he calls me home.
My God is real, real to me. He keeps my spirit lifted as long as I believe.
My God is real, as real as you and me. My God is so real you just have to close your eyes and believe.
My God is real, real as my soul. He gives me eternal life on the day he calls me home.
My God is real something you don’t need to see. Stand on your faith, trust and believe as you walk the road you can not see.
Jan. 10, 2017
Down At The Temple…
Pastor V.S. Brice is definitely starting us off in the right direction in 2017 by letting us know that we need to spend more time with Jesus. In life, we all become weary and worn out, but Jesus has a plan for us. First, the problem: weary and worn, from sin and bad choices. Yes, sin can wear us out. Sin can drain us and make us weary. God’s plan for weariness: Matthew 11:28 – Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Give your sins to Jesus and he will give you rest. The bottom line is we to learn to give our burdens to Him and leave them there. Finally, Jesus has a path for us to take: take up His yoke, learn Him, and rest in Him. In order for all of this to work, we have to spend time with Jesus.
As Christians, we tend to only spend time when we need the Lord, instead of just spending time because he is our friend. Think about it. On earth, don’t we spend time with our best friend(s)? We enjoy just hanging out and relaxing together, while sharing our struggles and problems. I know I do. If I can spend time with my earthly best friend, I know I can do the same with my heavenly best friend, Jesus Christ. I encourage you to do the same. Until next time, see you down at the temple.
Down at the temple…
Well Jesus has been on a role and the MOG is following divine orders. Pastor V.S. Brice spoke on Surrendering to God. He came from the book of Matthew 11:28. The focus of the message was stop running and stop trying to do it your way – it is wearing you down.
When I say I know about this, I mean, I really know about this. I frequently or use to rather keep my “track shoes”, ready to run in time of trouble. I remember when I was married and I would tell my mom, “I CAN’T MAKE THIS WORK!” I was trying so hard to do things on my own instead of turning to God, that my marriage ended in a divorce. Had I just stopped running from God and ran to God, things would have turned out better.
Whatever it is that you’re running from, stop and just surrender. Why keep running when you can surrender to God? For He has already worked it out. Until next time, see you down at the temple.
Lord I Need You
I can’t breathe, my lungs feel like they are closing. Lord I need you to be my inhaler to help me breathe again.
My heart stopped beating, there’s no blood flowing through my veins. Lord I need you to be my pacemaker to keep my heart beating again.
I’m anxious in all that I do. I get the jitters and have a panic attack or two. Lord I need you to be my meds and calm my nerves like only you can do.
The nerves in my legs are shot; they say I won’t be able to walk. Lord be my cane; let me show the world my God reigns.
Lord I need you in all that I do. Me without you is life of a fool. Me without you is life without hope. Me without you is a noose as I feel myself choke. So I bow to you as I look to the sky, Lord please hear my humbled, hearts cry.
Down at the Temple…
God came in before we could get going well. The spirit moved swiftly through the house to send us all in. The word we received was sweet, short, simple and straight to the point. Pastor V.S. Brice said last week he preached on show your faith. Well this week it’s all about STAND on your faith. We as believers have no problem showing our fait to others, but the real test is how well we can stand on our faith. How well we can stand on the promises of God and let him move for us. Be still and just STAND. Sounds simple right? Oh, I know how hard it can be. I’m dealing with this right now. There is something in my life that I want to have so bad I just keep moving in all the wrong directions and Sunday when I was feeling the burn from it. God spoke through my pastor to me to tell me JUST STAND I got this, let me work. Why you working so hard for something I’ve promised you? So today as I listen and be obedient to God’s word I ask you to join me and just STAND. See you next time down at the temple.
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