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The Work of a Disciple

Posted on January 23, 2021 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

St. Mark 16:15-16

There are three aspects of Christian Work.

Commission - You are CHOSEN

Mission - To go is your CHOICE

Power - Empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said, "You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you." The call of Christ is first to come To Him for SALVATION and then there is a call to Come AFTER Him for DISCIPLESHIP. After receiving salvation, we must heed the call to become a disciple. There is a REQUIREMENT for becoming a disciple. You must be born again and become SPIRITUAL to do the work. That's the QUALIFICATION for being COMMISSIONED. So many make the mistake of getting CERTIFIED without being QUALIFIED. There are many jobs that you may be qualified to do but, certification may not be attainable.

II. The MISSION is a CHOICE you can WORK or PLay. The workers must prepare through TRAINING and much PRAYER. The worker must WALK and WORSHIP and WORK by FAITH. HOPE is the KEY because there is a sense of URGENCY. People need the Word of God to become saved. All of those who choose to play can not overcome the pleasure of sin. The player's MISSION is motivated by INSELFILIDUS, SELFISHNESS and GREED is the Players' downfall. PLAYERS, be AWARE! When you play on the devil's playground, you play for fun but the devil plays for keeps. Players often find themselves in trouble when they are disobedient to the will of God. The player does not realize that in the game, He got to PAY to STAY. After a beat down, the player realizes that the game is to be sold and not told. A singer named Joe pinned a song titled "I don't want to be a player no more." There are three types of people in the game, WINNERS, LOSERS, and CHEATERS. Remember, winners never CHEAT and cheaters never WIN. Life in the game can break your spirit.

III. The Worker needs the POWER of the Holy Spirit to do the work of the Lord. When workers are not committed to the MISSION, people suffer in a world of darkness. The and the RESULTS belong to God. Don't worry about the outcome. Do the work of an Evangelist and souls will be saved.

 

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41 years of preaching and teaching the Word of God

Posted on January 15, 2021 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It has been Joy and Pain preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ 41 years. There is nothing that I would rather do. I thank God for His faithfulness and the love He has for me. God has bless me in so many ways. Spiritual growth has been my goal for the last 10 years. The knowledge and wisdom God has given me is outstanding. I have written over 600 messages in 8 yrs. on thunder's blog and preached, (I can't name how many messages.) in the USA. I am thankful for the loyal followers all over the world. My work in India was remarkable. I look forward to serving the Lord until I die. May God bless you in a mighty way. I am humbled by your support. Thank you!


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The Gift that keeps on GIVING

Posted on January 5, 2021 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you ever like something so much till you couldn't get enough? It seems that no matter how much love you get, it's never enough. I have found out that sacrificial love is the greatest of all. When you give from your heart to someone who's undeserving, it is rewarding. In life, we are all seekers for something; that one thing is love. Nothing can take the place of unconditional love. God has shown great love and compassion toward mankind. In that, He has given the greatest GIFT of all. It's the gift that keeps on giving. God sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to be a Savior and a Light in a world of darkness. When you give, do you expect something in return? Giving is the foundation of forgiving. We want to receive forgiveness, but it is hard to forgive. The Word of God teaches us to forgive so that we will receive forgiveness. Then He leads me in the path of righteousness for His namesake. The gift would not keep on giving without the forgiveness of sin. Salvation is free but it is in no wise cheep. Christ made the sacrifice for the world when He died for man's redemption. You can't beat God giving! Ask God for the gift of love and salvation and join the many believers who trust God.

 

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Stand your Ground

Posted on December 5, 2020 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (3)

In the bible (KJV), I Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." When the Word of God tells us to be steadfast and unmoveable, we are to take a stand. We want to stand for that which is right and at all cost. We must take a stand against sin and the destruction that it causes to our lives. Life is not perfect; active sin can cause a downfall. When we are unmoveable in our trust in God, the adversary is mad. We must trust God that our work is not in vain. Remember it's His work; we are His chosen vessels. Let us join God's army. We are preparing for spiritual warfare. First, we need to become soldiers of the Kingdom of God. We must put off the old nature and put on the new nature; which is the new birth. The new birth qualifies every believer to become a soldier; prayer and bible study get you ready for the task. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we can accomplish our goals. Ephesians 6: 13-17, read this text, and remember to move forward. You have the HELMENT of Salvation to protect your head. The SHEILD of Faith and the SWORD of the Spirit, which is the Word of God to fight with. Stand on the TRUTH, wearing your BREASTPLATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS. We have the victory in Christ Jesus.

 

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The Power of SILENCE

Posted on November 20, 2020 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Knowing when to speak and when to keep quiet is priceless. So many people have paid the ultimate price for not keeping their mouths shut; they lost their lives. The power of life and death is in the tongue. In the bible, James chapter 3, says the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity and it defiles the whole body. 3:7-8 "For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of the things of the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man can tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." Now my main point is the evil that rules in our lives. It's uncontrollable, the darkness makes a man weak and blind. A life filled with sin is a life that's out of control. Man can control a horse by putting a bit in its mouth. But can not exercise SELF-CONTROL. Then it says that the tongue is full of deadly poison, speaking about physical harm a FALSE WITNESS cause. People have died because of the lies someone told. Can you hold your peace while someone is lying on you? It is our human nature that causes our defense to kick in. The power of silence is not a sign of weakness. It is the beginning of self-control. The power of life and death is in the tongue; you can lie your way into hell or you can confess your sins and go to heaven.

 

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Safe in the Lord's Hand

Posted on October 30, 2020 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In the time of a pandemic, we all want to be safe. We also encourage others to be safe. With danger on every side, we should be cautious of WHO we hang out with and WHERE we hang out. Sometimes we only get ONE CHANCE to make the best decision. The best decision is not always the RIGHT decision. When you make the right decision, you can rest. You don't have to worry about the outcome. In the bible, St. John 10:27-29, Jesus gives ASSURANCE to all believers that they are safe in God's Hand. We don't have to be fearful of the enemy; Because we have a COMFORTER, a LEADER, and a TEACHER in the person of the Holy Spirit. The bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit SEALS us in Christ until His return. You must first know that the Holy Spirit is God.

The Holy Spirit as a Comforter lets us know that we are never alone. Even in your darkest hour.

The Holy Spirit as a Leader leads us to Christ for Salvation. Christ is the only way.

The Holy Spirit as a Teacher teaches us the TRUTH and about RIGHTEOUSNESS. The safest place to be is in the Hand of God, where there is no power that can overtake God. Your soul is safe in the Hand of the Lord.

 

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Are you ASKING God the RIGHT question?

Posted on October 16, 2020 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

You shouldn't question God because He knows what's best for you, but it is alright to ask God a question. Are you asking God WHY when you should be asking God HOW? We often worry about things that we have no control over. Sometimes problems are more than we can handle. We have divine help that's available to all believers. Trusting God is first and foremost. Standing on FAITH is believing that God can perform what He said He would do. When trouble arises, ask God how to deal with it rather than ask why I have so much trouble. We must admit that sometimes we create our problems. All problems have a solution; you may not like the outcome. If you buy a car and you do not have a driver's permit, you just created a problem for yourself. We must learn to do first things first. Get a driver's license, then get a car. Life does not have to be complicated. Life becomes much easier when you are wrong, admit that you are wrong. Confession is good for the soul. Learn to talk with God rather than talking to God. Consistency and Confession get God's attention. When you pray, confess your sins, and be consistent in your request. God will show you how to be a conqueror in Christ the Lord. God is waiting to hear from you.

 

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Making a Change for a Better Life

Posted on September 26, 2020 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Making a change is necessary for progress. Without change, we would not experience life in total bliss. The seasons would not be independent. Time brings a change that everyone must accept; nothing goes unchanged. Prayer is the beginning of a new way of living. When you pray, you can look for a change. Prayer does not change things. But it does change the people that pray. There are two types of changes you can expect in life. TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE or a TRANSACTIONAL CHANGE. Where there is no CONVICTION, there is not transformational change. Read in the Bible (KJV) St. John 3:3. Being born again is spiritual. The new birth is a transition from the old life to the new life by the renewing of your mind. When your mind changes, you don't see things the same way. A change of heart leads to eternal life. Transactional change is physical; it's an attempt to turn over a new leaf. If you have twenty dollars in your right pocket and you change it to the left pocket, you still have the same twenty dollars. Transactional change is tricky: if you made a withdrawal from the bank and you did not make a disposit, that's called bank robbery. Do you get the picture? My point is a transformational change will give you a better life.

 

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Can you Walk on Water?

Posted on September 12, 2020 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Most people could answer this question with one word. NO would be the response you would get. Then they would have a question for you. Are you crazy? Walking on water is not impossible. I have been studying the teaching of Jesus Christ for over forty years. He taught His disciples things that He did was not impossible for them as well. You may say that you should learn to swim and not worry about walking on water. If you can swim, there would be no need to walking on water. Learning how to walk on water is key to your walk with God on land. You must first learn to walk in righteousness and faithfully with God. The walk with God is simple; you don't need any shoes or socks. It is a fact you do not need feet. The walk is in your heart. We walk by faith and not by sight. When we are born again, we become spiritual. It's a requirement for achieving spiritual work. If you can trust walking with God in LIFE, you can trust walking on water with Christ. By FAITH, all things are possible. Now let us understand walking on water is a metaphor. It lets us know that we can overcome life's problems (sin) by standing on the Word of God. On the land or the sea, you can count on God to be with you. Only Christ can save us when we began to sink in sin.

 

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Unhappy Christians

Posted on August 23, 2020 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Unhappy Christians are motivated to complain more than they are willing to work in the Will of God. God has a Master Plan for your life. God has purposed His Will in our hearts. When things do not go our way, we find ourselves sad and unhappy. We complain about many things that are not important. Complaining does not change things; Its Action that gets the job done. Sadness hinders a good spirit. The joy of the Lord should fill our hearts today. Don't be a SAPPY Christian (sad-happy) be a Spirit-filled witness. Sappy Christians want to be happy but the IF Factor gets in their way. They complain by saying, "If I had a better job, I would be happy, or If I had more money, I would be happy." Happiness comes from within; no amount of money nor things can make you happy. These things will set you up for the pleasure of sin. When we have ACTIVE SIN in our lives, it affects the joy of the Lord. Suffering for righteousness will make you an effective witness. A sad and unhappy Christian will not bear the fruit of love. Love must be your motive in your WALK, WORK, and WITNESS. There is no room for your personal feelings.

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