Tag Archive | community of Believers

Acts 10:47 ” Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.’ “

Peter and the other Believers with him couldn’t dispute what they witnessed in the house of Cornelius.  The Holy Spirit was super-naturally  poured out on the Gentiles while Peter was still mid-sentence, telling them about Jesus.  Now Peter could have questioned this…”But Lord, these people are very different from us!  We don’t have anything in common with them.  They’re a different race and culture from us!  Are You sure You know what You’re doing?”  Sometimes, as fellow-Believers, we can find ourselves asking the same questions of those we find different from us.  Yes, we may not share a lot…but we do have a common denominator…faith in Jesus Christ.  Together we are one Body…one Church…united in our trust of our Savior…joined together eternally by our faith.

Acts 9:15 ” But the Lord said to Ananias, ‘Go! This man is My chosen instrument…”

The Believers in Damascus had heard about Saul and his murderous threats against them.  Ananias also knew Saul had traveled there with the authority from the Chief Priests to arrest them all.  So you can imagine that Ananias had many excuses as to why he shouldn’t go and lay hands on this man…but God said, “Go!”  And Ananias went.  But somewhere between his house and the house where Saul was staying Ananias had a major heart adjustment.  For when he greeted Saul,  he called him Brother Saul.  Brother meaning Saul had been accepted  into  the community of brothers and sisters in the Lord.

John 20: 27 ” Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.’ “

To me, doubt is the most debilitating and controlling weapon Satan uses against us.  We can be the  strongest of  Christians with absolute trust and confidence in our Savior…but when the tiniest bit of doubt  creeps into our minds,  suddenly we’re filled with questioning, uncertainty, and apprehension.  And a lot of these times it’s not that we’re doubting God …we’re doubting what God can to do through us.  Self-doubt will stop God’s plans and purposes for our life…self-doubt is like telling the Lord, “You don’t know what you’re doing, I know better.”  As Jesus told Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe.”

Colossians 4:3 ” And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”

Paul was chained up in a dark, dank prison in Rome with deplorable conditions…yet his concern was focused on proclaiming the Gospel.  So what’s my excuse?  What’s my justification for not telling others about Jesus?  How can I explain away the times I’ve had the opportunity…but didn’t speak?  God will open doors daily for us to tell others about the spiritual truths of the Gospel…we just need to be brave enough to walk through them.  I pray in the days ahead that all Believers  be endowed with a supernatural boldness to reach the lost for Jesus…times are getting short.

Matthew 7: 13-14 ” Enter by the narrow gate…Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life…”

Living for Christ is hard…there’s no way around it.  The moment you say “Yes” to Jesus, the world labels you as “One of those crazy religious people”.  But it’s by those troubles we encounter that we learn perseverance and are forged into a willing vessel for God .  And with each difficulty, we go from wounded to winner.  As Oswald Chambers once said, “Do we appreciate the miraculous salvation of Jesus Christ enough to be our utmost for His Highest – our best for His glory?”  Yes, the way is narrow and filled with difficulties, but just look where it leads.

Romans 14:13 ” Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.”

The Apostle Paul wasn’t speaking to non-Believers in this passage.  Rather, he was directing the faithful to stop judging one another.  You probably know someone who has been deeply wounded at Church by some hyper-critical  Carnal Christian, and now because of that, has turned their back totally on Christianity and anything to do with God.  For them, they can only see hypocrisy in fellow Believers that should be showing the love of Jesus…but instead are negative and critical.  Such Carnal Christians are a hindrance and a barrier to the Gospel Message.