My Salvation Story

Awhile back I posted my salvation story on my podcast. I have been thinking about how I got saved and when I accepted Christ as my Saviour! It is something that I hope I never get over!

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I can tell you that I am saved but I am the only one who really knows what I did at that moment and whether I truly accepted Christ. And the same goes for you if you are saved, you are the only one who truly knows.

Our salvation and our love for Christ is made known by our works. Don’t confuse this as our works saving us, because it doesn’t work like that!

Once we accept Christ, we should grow in our Christian life and draw closer to Him every day.

This brings me to a hot topic in Christian circles and that is the conversion of Kanye West. You and I don’t know whether he truly accepted Christ as his Saviour nor is it our right to judge him. I pray that if he did accept Christ, that he would continue to grow in Christ. That he would surround himself with people who are scripturally sound to lead him. I pray that his influence on others would point people to Jesus Christ.

With that being said, I am still not going to listen to his new album because I believe you can’t mix the world with spiritual and be pleasing to God. I still wouldn’t attend his church because I believe he still needs to grow spiritually. But I will continue to pray for him.

Can you imagine where you would be if people criticized your salvation testimony and experience? Would you still be in church or would you still be serving God? Let’s pray for those newborn Christians that they would grow in Christ and point others to Him!

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Cut Down Your Trees

Saving trees means you are losing ground.

“And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.”

‭‭Joshua‬ ‭17:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

It has been awhile since I have posted a blog but I heard a tremendous message tonight about why we fail to grow in our Christian lives and from it, I got my own little outline that I want to share with you.

A quick and simple background to the verse above…

The children of Israel had entered and taken over the land of Canaan. After some time they came to Joshua and started complaining that they didn’t have enough room for their families. Joshua then scolded them saying they didn’t drive out the Canaanites like they were supposed to and that is why they didn’t have room for their families to grow. Joshua told them that if they wanted more land to go to the wood country, to the mountains and chase out the giants and cut down the trees and they would have plenty of room. Which brings me to this thought I want to share with you.

“Cut down the trees in your life so you have room to grow as a Christian!”

The trees I mention today are in reference to anything that is standing between you and God. These trees could be any type of sin or these trees can be a hobby or a pastime that is keeping you from being close to the Lord.

We all have trees. We all have different trees. It’s up to us to decide what we do with these trees.

The first time I see trees being a problem in the Bible is in the book of Genesis. Adam and Eve had eaten of the fruit and their eyes were opened and they saw they were naked. When they knew this, they hid among the trees when God came walking through the garden. “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8 Adam and Eve went and hid among the trees when it was time to walk with God.

What trees are you hiding behind in your life that are preventing you from walking with God?

If you aren’t walking with God like you should be, then you probably have trees in your life that are hindering you from walking with Him. What trees, what sin, what things are keeping you from daily walking with God? Do you wake up late everyday? Are you too prideful to walk with God? Is there something or even someone that keeps you from walking with God? Whatever your tree, it’s time to cut it down and remove it so you can have clear access to walking with God daily!

The next group of trees I see are the ones found here in Joshua 17:15. These trees were preventing the children of Israel from doing what God had told them to do, from possessing the land. They were scared of the inhabitants and the giants that were among the trees. What trees are preventing you from working for God?

Many times I wonder why am I not being used more by God or why am I not getting more opportunities, then I realize my ground is taken up by trees. Whether it’s some type of sin or some hobby or even something like laziness, they are cluttering my life. I need to go through my own personal life and cut down trees so that I can do more for the work of the Lord. There is ground that the Lord wants you to conquer, there is a work the Lord wants you to do, yet you’re surrounded by your trees which are hindering you from doing more! Those trees that are hindering you and I, it is time that we cut them down and fulfill the work that the Lord has for us!

The next set of trees I see that we should cut down are found in Judges 6:25-26. “And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.” In the Bible times, an altar was one of the tools used in worship. When God told Gideon to cut down the grove, He wanted to reestablish true worship instead of worship to false idols.

In this age, we have let too many trees grow between us and our worship towards God.

There are many different ways I can go on this point, but I want to keep it brief. We have let the world dictate to us the way we should worship. We have let this new age of worship creep into our lives and into our churches. It is time we cut down the trees that are keeping us from worshipping the way God wants us to.

We all have trees in our life that are hindering us from walking with God, working for God and worshipping God. It is time we cut those trees down and get rid of the sin and things in our life that are keeping us from being closer to God.

Here are a few closing thoughts…

  • Trees left to themselves will reproduce.
  • Saving trees means you are willing to lose ground.

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Steaks and Milkshakes

Steaks and milkshakes.

If I gave this choice to my daughter, it would always be milkshakes! Why? Because it is sweet and yummy and just a good snack! Most kids would probably choose milkshakes over steaks because its ice cream and sweet and sugary.

As an adult, I do love a caramel milkshake! But even better, give me a nice medium-well ribeye steak and I will be happy!

We went to Golden Corral a couple weeks ago and the chef grilling the steaks was fantastic that night. Honestly some of the best steak I have ever had. I had 2 of them, that’s how good they were! While I was wondering how I could get another steak, my daughter was concerned about getting some ice cream and chocolate covered marshmallows. We were at the same place, yet we wanted different types of food.

I love how the Bible is so profound that it is simple, yet so simple that it is profound. You see, there is something in the Bible for every stage of the Christian life. Whether you are a newborn Christian or an old-seasoned vet of the Christian life, there is something in the Word of God for you.

I have 2 girls, when they were born, they lived and survived on milk. They weren’t eating steak. They hadn’t grown teeth and a desire and appetite for steak. They needed that milk to grow. As they have grown up, they now eat meat, but they still like that sweet stuff more than the savory food.

In the Christian life, you need the milk of the Word to be able to grow. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” I Peter 2:2 Even God’s Word says that milk is need for babies to grow. We need the milk of the Word to grow spiritually!

But just like a child who can’t live on just milk, neither can the Christian. At some point, meat is needed, something with substance to it. A Christian has to have some meat or steak in his spiritual diet to continue to grow as a Christian.

I was thinking about the difference between milk and meat, between steaks and milkshakes and the simplest difference between the two is this; milk starts the growth, meat sustains the growth.

Milk or milkshakes is quickly and easily digested. There is really no substance to it. The milk of the Word of God, is the things that are easy to put your faith and trust in. The things that are clearly and precisely stated in the Bible. These things are milk. Take the 10 Commandments, to me that is milk of the Word. There is nothing that you have to study or decipher or even really consider, they are commands by God so we follow them. The standards and guidelines that God clearly gives us should be accepted like drinking a glass of milk. They aren’t always that easy to follow but we should, because that is the basis to growth.

Meat or steaks takes time to cook. You have to properly season it and cook it. You have to make sure whatever you are cooking it on is ready to go. You have to wait for it to cook all the way through. Steak takes time. There are things in the Bible that I have read many times before, but now when I read them, I just now see the truth in it. Steak is like meditating and studying the Bible. Steak takes longer to prepare and cook than a milkshake, but the savory goodness of it is worth it.

As I grow older, I love a good steak, but I still need to drink milk. You cannot live on just milk or meat, you need them both in your life. In the spiritual life, we continue to grow by drinking the milk, living by the commands that plainly given; yet, we need the meat of the Word. The things we can ponder and meditate on throughout the day.

Don’t starve yourself from one or the other! Enjoy them both! Get in the Word of God daily and feed yourself His Word! You will grow more than just attending church three times a week. Imagine if you only ate 3 times a week, after a while, you wouldn’t be doing so good. Read your Bible and pray everyday to continue your Christian growth.

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