Church Notes 7/6

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Fellowship Monrovia 7/6/14

Anatomy of a Fool
1. A fool does not listen. (Proverbs)
2. A fool does not tell himself no. (Ecc 2)
3. A fool a fool says in his *heart* there is no God (Psalm 14)

A GOOD thing can become a BAD thing if it becomes an ULTIMATE thing.

-when your pursue the longings of your flesh, you say in your heart there is no God!
-it doesn’t matter what your mouth is saying, in your heart you say there is no God.
-listen not to understand, but for compassion. Not to understand, but to give that other person attention.
-a fool only worries about getting his point across, he cannot be corrected.
-a fool bows down to his urges and is led by his urges rather than the Holy Spirit

****Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, then the surrendering of my heart is the end of my foolishness.

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His Time & My Time

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Brush my teeth, walk out the door
I forgot to thank you Lord
Sitting down for lunch, laughing at jokes w friends,
Didn’t bow & say amen
Dirty jokes but nonetheless it was all in good fun.
We talk and ya know Some is better than none..
Forget what they say no man can judge, only my beloved but
We’re distant acquaintances at the moment..
But I love you and you know it,
Ignore my stoic demeanor, my careless attitude
I’m still true to you
My Heavenly Father.
The world you created takes home on my shoulder blades,
Running back & forth, being pulled to here & there, do I go, do I stay
I’m busy and so are you, I know you are you’re holding the world too.
You made time for me throughout the day, I didn’t make time for you.
Take off my jacket, run the water for a shower
Still haven’t devoted even less than an hour.
Lay my head on the bed, anticipating rest for the night
Still Haven’t introduced my darkness to your light.

-TRA

For what is seen is temporary..

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2 Cor 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

1 Peter 4:16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

For me, being a Christian is the easy choice. Romans 8:28 tells us that, “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” So choosing this lifestyle was the better choice. I wanted things to work for good, and I also wanted to accept God’s plan for my life (Jeremiah 29:11). However, there will be some sort of suffering, some kind of trial and tribulation, and in one or another you may be persecuted for what you believe. The scripture in the above picture (2 Cor 6:10) is one of my favorites because it captures one of my favorite things about being Christian. There are times when we grow tired or we lack in some area of our life, but the reality is that we possess something much greater than what we can see, hear, or touch. You can call these things spiritual blessings or inheritances, or just simply having inner peace and a relationship with the Heavenly Father. If you are truly operating in the spirit of thanksgiving, it becomes hard to even acknowledge, or even focus, on the things of this world. The words people may curse you with, the rolled eyes, smacked lips, and the wandering minds seem to roll of your shoulder as you embrace them with love. My favorite part of that specific scripture is when it says, “We own nothing, yet we have everything.” WOW.

A relationship with Christ, inner peace, true forgiveness, everlasting love, fruits of the spirit, healing, content heart, overflow of the Holy Spirit, experiencing the presence of God, freedom in your spirit, an open mind, biblical knowledge & application, a lifestyle of worship, fellowship with other believers, covenant with Jesus Christ, ministering in spiritual gifts, the armor of God, a spirit of excellence, continual renewal of your mind, soul, body & heart, your “new man” = EVERYTHING

Set your gaze on Jesus, and you will never have the desire to look back.
Be blessed.

Lord, I’ve been absent..

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As a Christian, you have your ups and downs. I know this suprising to some people who believe we just read scriptures on cloud 9 all day, but yes we actually have real lives, real problems! We fall and we make mistakes. We may miss out on a day or two of reading, we may get angry, and we may just not feel as “holy” as the days before. You must realize that this is not strange, this is the time to go harder for God! Don’t pay attention to your feelings because you are going to feel like you aren’t worthy or you’re going to feel guilty. Some days you are going to feel like just “not praising as much today”, but whenever you feel that that’s when you should praise even harder! God is trying to bring you a new level. God is trying to get you to rely on Him even more. We can’t do it in our own strength, so lean on your sovereign help today! Don’t beat yourself up and pout and go on and on about why you should just give up. Just know that in our weakness, He is made strong! If you have need to repent, then repent and move on! 

Sometimes I think God is like, “I wish you would get over it. I already forgave you, now can you get off your high horse so I can do some amazing things with you”. Don’t be held back by your personal pride and your faults, because your God isn’t. Praise your God higher than you praise your problems.

“Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?”

Isaiah 43:25 I, I am the one who blots out your transgressions for my sake, and I will not remember your sins.

James 1:12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.