Cultivating Community

Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common. Acts 2:44 NKJV

Now the multitude of those who believed of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. Acts 4:32 NKJV

To unleash the full power of the holy spirit that dwells within the heart of each believer, we must understand that’s His supernatural power is present and that it is being contained by a lack of unity. Luke expressed how the church came together at the beginning in the book of Acts and how great miracles and wonders came up on them.

We have been taught to believe that we can do all things ourselves, as we see each week a book is released by Christians and non-christians alike to offer solutions to human created problems. However, to cultivate a community of loving fellowship we must speak truths. Most people have no one in their lives who love them enough to tell them the truth so they continue in self-destructive ways.

We can have what the early Christians had by coming together in love and humility with an honest desire to uplift each other. Pride builds walls between people, humility builds bridges. Humility is the balm that soothes relationships, we must learn to wrap ourselves with humility towards one another.

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Making Wise Choices

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The word of God teaches us that our decisions will be either wise or foolish, wisdom helps us apply spiritual insight when making our choices. Every decision we make has consequences whether good or bad. King Solomon advises us that if we know God and seek to live our lives before Him, we will be living wisely.

The world is caught up in the useless pursuits of pleasure and personal gain, which is why the recent Chrismas holidays are filled with people who are unhappy and dissatisfied. We are trying to fill our lives with things (and things have their own purpose). However you were created with a purpose, but when you’re not functioning within or out of that purpose you are dysfunctional.

As we choose our career opportunities, our work needs to have direction and meaning. Our Father wants and requires that we work, but He also wants us to enjoy work. Being faithful and thankful to Him for supplying work, and giving Him praise for wisdom in your vocation, brings glory and honor to Him, and gives you a rewarding purpose and eternal peace. Choosing to place God first in our lives in the wisest choice we can ever make. (Matt. 6:33)

The Call of Wisdom

Proverbs 2:20-23

20 Wisdom shouts in the street, She lifts her voice in the square; 21 At the head of the noisy streets she cries out; At the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings: 22 “How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge? 23 “Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

Wisdom Intelligence and understanding are available to all of God’s people. He wants us to be sharp and intelligent. We should be the brightest people on earth, because, His wisdom has found residence in us (Proverbs 2:23). Dear believer’s, He requires you to seek His wisdom, seek it as you would anything that you highly value.

The Excellence of Wisdom

The Excellence of Wisdom

Proverbs 8:1-9

Does not wisdom call, And understanding lift up her voice? On the top of the heights beside the way, Where the paths meet, wisdom takes her stand; Beside the gates, at the entrance to the city, At the entrance of the doors, she cries out: “To you, O men, I call, And my voice is directed to the sons of men.“O you naive or inexperienced [who are easily misled], understand prudence and seek astute common sense; And, O you [closed-minded, self-confident] fools, understand wisdom [seek the insight and self-discipline that leads to godly living]. “Listen, for I will speak excellent and noble things; And the opening of my lips will reveal right things. “For my mouth will utter truth, And wickedness is repulsive and loathsome to my lips. “All the words of my mouth are in righteousness (upright, in right standing with God); There is nothing contrary to truth or perverted (crooked) in them. “They are all straightforward to him who understands [with an open and willing mind], And right to those who find knowledge and live by it.

Wisdom is available if we want it. If we are walking according to God’s direction (through the Bible) and are in communication with him (through prayer). Then God will speak to us everywhere. He will speak to us at the gate or entrance to the city, this means He will speak to us in the real world where we live. If we are listening to God and are reading His word. He will help us understand why certain things happen and He will warn us of dangers.

Abiding In Love

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John 15:1-13

Jesus said that the two greatest Commandments are that we love Him and that we love one another. That sounds simple until Christ tells us the extent to which we need to go to show our love, “laying down our life.” There is no greater love. He says than “to lay down one’s life for his friends”. In Christ we see its fullness. Christ gave up the comforts of joy and adoration of Heaven to live in our sinful world and carry away the sins of sinners. He bore insults beatings and eventually the crucifixion to show his love in his manner of loving, he asked that we do the same. We too are to be willing to bear pain in the process of loving others.

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The Kingdom of God, Not Sectarianism!

1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 3:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. 12 Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” 13 Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

Sectarianism is sinful and has no place in the Kingdom of God. Understanding the need for unity in the church helps us understand the need for church discipline.  As believers, we are called to actively promote unity within the body of Christ, if we understand and believe that God places every member in the body to best serve His purposes, we will be more accepting in loving those among us.

1 Corinthians 3:1-4, And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there are jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?

Being worldly and self-centered is still spiritual infancy, showing arrogance and pride bring division. We must faithfully apply what we have been learning to receive advanced spiritual training.  When we apply the spiritual growth to our day-to-day living the Word will remove disobedience, competitiveness, and strife.

Once we understand that we as believers are to be united in our devotion to the gospel of Christ, we must then acknowledge where we fall short and repent (v.10) recognizing that division in the kingdom is sin (3:1-4).

 

The Power to Create Wealth!

Deuteronomy 8:18

“And you shall remember the Lord your God for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His Covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

There are millions of people who have acquire great wealth without acknowledging God, however the bible is clear that God gives His people the power to get wealth. But this wealth comes with great responsibility and significant temptations the greatest of which is to forget that it is God who gives us the power.