Real Church. Real Life. Real Celebration.

Posts tagged ‘Spiritual Growth’

A Spiritual Raking

“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness for God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.” ~ Matthew 6:14, The Message

I was outside cutting grass after all the rain and had to rake up the grass clippings because it had been a while since I had cut my grass. My goal was to have all my grass cut the same length, because I can’t stand to have a piece not uniform with the rest. Even though I was enjoying raking my little piles up, I started to get irritated at the grass in areas. In some places in the yard, raking produced areas that I thought were cut but actually were not. Well, I went back over these areas with the lawnmower to cut them down, but when I raked again I realized that there was another piece that needed to be cut! I finally put the lawnmower blade down one level and went back over the whole spot. I was frustrated by all the extra time I had spent on it, but I got it taken care of eventually!!

As I worked on my yard, it occurred to me that we have areas in our lives that we think are okay until we examine them closely and find uneven places that need some trimming. I could have left my yard alone, and it would have been a job well done for most people. If I had not raked up the waste left in my yard, I would never have found the areas of grass that escaped the trim. If we never examine ourselves a little closer than usual, we will overlook the little things that escape the first pass of prayer or repentance. Our spiritual landscape may pass for a while, but that one piece that we overlooked will eventually grow and raise its ugly head above all the other areas of our lives if we don’t take the time to properly eliminate it in the first place.

How often have we thought something in our life was taken care of only to find it surfacing later on down the road? It is the little things that we think we have taken care of that will sneak in and cause us not to walk with God the way that you should or experience the fullness of what He has for you.

So rake through, and let your spirit show you that little twig of grass that needs to be dealt with. Whatever it represents, put your spiritual mower on it and get it out of your life so it doesn’t cause you problems on down the road!

~ Ronda Sullivan

Image Credit: The Symmetrical Rake © Jon Watkins via freeimages.com

Advertisements

For the Hungry Ones

I get so tired of just taking from people all the time. Yes, we have to have food, clothes, and shelter. These things are all gotten through other people. I’m not talking about those things. I’m talking about just everyday things. I want to be able to give back. I’m talking to those who are hungry for more.

Sometimes, I get so frustrated because I am not able to go on a mission trip yet. I know I will someday. Then, I remember I can make an impact on someone’s life in the classroom, in town, or in the grocery store.

There are people all around who need hope. Just a smile and an encouraging word or asking how someone is doing is enough to remind people that life is worth living. We all get discouraged from time to time. That is normal. One thing that helps me is finding ways to help other people.I may not be physically able to go on a mission trip right now because most places are not handicap accessible, but I can give of my time and talents. How much are you giving to others?Are you so focused on yourself and your goals that you have forgotten that people need you right now? Yes, they need you right now.

They are searching for something real in the midst of this materialistic you-centered society. People need to know that not everyone is greedy. They need to know that not everyone is rude. They need to know that there are still people in America who uphold moral values. They need to know that not everyone has abandoned truth for political correctness.

This post is for the hungry ones. The ones who aren’t afraid to question things. The ones who are still pursuing truth when the vision of this nation is more clouded than ever.

There is more to life than what you see. There are wellsprings of life in the desert. If you stop hungering for more, you will become like those around you. You will conform to their thoughts and their speech. But most of all, you will begin to settle. Don’t do that!

You were made for so much more. God has made the Church for more than social gatherings! Many of you might know you need something more, but you don’t know what that is. You are hungry for God! The hungry ones want to fulfill their God-given purpose and destiny.

The only way you can do that is to be a part of a church that encourages growth. You need a church that will challenge your thinking. You need a church that has apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. God wants us fitted together with others while working towards a common purpose. You need a church that will help you develop in your gifts. If you feel like you are dying, your church isn’t feeding you! It’s okay to admit that.

Let the hungry ones unite!

~Madison Sanders

Image Credit Hunger and Gratitude © leona lim via freeimages.com

– See more at: http://www.gatewaybelievers.com/articles/hungry-ones#sthash.TmCO6Zg1.dpuf

15 Shared Values of the Apostolic Move

It isn’t hard to know what kinds of people you should be connected with in your life. All you have to do is look for those who share your values. It isn’t really hard to spot a true Apostolic church…all you have to do is examine what they value. Let’s take a look at 15 values shared by those embracing the Apostolic Move.

1) Truth – Apostolic people pursue and desire truth, no matter what the truth is.

2) Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues – Apostolic churches refuse to compromise on this issue, knowing that compromise creates churches without the Spirit moving freely.

3) Corporate Anointing – Believers come together to worship, pray, and receive from God, with every one bringing their supply in the spirit.

4) Character – The Apostolic church exposes sin as it manifests. You have to live right and walk in love if you’re going to be an ambassador for the Kingdom.

5) Signs, Wonders, and Miracles – Apostolic people are not content with a life without miracles, knowing that miracles cause  unbelievers to accept Christ.

6) Spiritual Growth – CHANGE! If your words, attitude, and thinking are changing, then you are changing. If your love for others is growing, you are growing. In the Apostolic church, spiritual growth is not an option; it’s a demand!

7) Spiritual Sons/Daughters – Apostles are spiritual fathers who teach accountability and don’t allow sons and daughters to find excuses not to grow and fulfill their call.

8 ) Building the Church – Any ministry that builds a man is not an apostolic ministry. The apostolic move is all about building the Church and establishing the Kingdom.

9) Relationships – God will put people in your life to see something in you – good or bad – that you cannot see. Churches will never be any stronger than the relationships in them.

10) Impartation – Apostolic people understand the power of impartation of grace from one believer to another.

11) Integrity in the Ministry – True apostolic churches will never merchandise the gospel, compromise the Word, or jeopardize the work of the Kingdom.

12) Balance and Stability – There is balance to our walk of faith. For example, if you are warring more than you’re worshipping, you are putting the devil in God’s place.

13) Divine Purpose of God in our life- The apostolic places great importance on believers finding and fulfilling divine purpose. if you don’t know who you are, you won’t fulfill your destiny.

14)     Deals with mindsets – The apostolic doesn’t back away from controversial issues in the church, but faces strongholds and attacks mindsets that bring division, confusion, or frustration to the purpose of God.

15)     Leadership – Discipleship always translates into leadership at some level. The apostolic church trains and equips leaders.

Each of these shared values have at its heart the Kingdom of God. If you don’t value the principles of the Kingdom, you will never see the fulfillment of God’s plan for His church.

I ask you again: What is it that you value?

%d bloggers like this: