5 Things My Papaw Taught Me

2014_10_09_17_16_19Thirty-three years ago, today March 30, my papaw went to Heaven. Judy and I were in our last year of Bible college (BBC in Springfield, Missouri) in our first year of marriage. We came back to Kentucky to attend his funeral.

As I think about his influence in my life, five things he taught me come to mind. He still has a positive impact on my life. I hope I can be the grandfather to my grandchildren that he was to his grandchildren.

My papaw taught me….

1. The Value of Hard Work

Every summer for several years my papaw ‘hired’ us to work on the home in Kentucky. The cousins tore down the old house and put in a mobile home. He taught me to shovel gravel, pull out and straighten rusty nails, stack used lumber, and dig ditches for the leach bed. I can still hear him tell us, “Grab a root and growl.” We worked hard and he paid us $30 for the week. I think all of us cousins are hard workers, thanks to my papaw.

2. The Importance of Church

Since my papaw loved Jesus, he also loved going to church. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, then the Baptist church. He was so consistent, all we had to do was tell the usher we wanted to sit in papaw’s pew, and he took us to the fourth pew on the left. He also made us sit and listen. If we acted up or talked, he would ‘plunk’ us on the head with his thumb. We soon learned that church was a good place to listen about Jesus. Church is still important to me, thanks to my papaw.

2014_10_09_17_16_293. The Need to Pray

I can remember one day my papaw took my brother, Dick, and I on a long walk through some woods from our house to his house. It was about 12 miles. About 1/2 way we stopped by an old tree and sat down for a snack he brought. Then he began to talk to us about how to pray. It wasn’t a sermon, but he wanted us to know what he learned about talking with God. I don’t know if Dick remembers, but I remember that talk. Some of those principles I still use when I pray, thanks to my papaw.

4. The Necessity of a Genuine Faith

My papaw had some struggles as a young man. He would say he was going down the wrong path. Married with four girls under the age of 2 (2 sets of twins), he was working at the local college in the poorest county (Menifee) in the poorest state (Kentucky) in America. A Christian friend invited him to the local revival at the Presbyterian church. Papaw told him he needed to work. The friend said, ‘What if I work for you?’ Papaw said he needed the money. Then the friend said, ‘I’ll work and you keep the money.” Papaw knew a good deal, so he went to the revival. He heard about having a genuine faith and trusted Jesus as His personal Savior. I trusted Jesus as my own personal Savior later in life, thanks to my papaw.

5. The Worth of the Bible

Every day my papaw read his Bible. If we were at his house in the morning, he and my mamaw would read a section out of ‘The Daily Bread’ with a section of the Bible. Then we would pray for the day. I still have a Bible of his that I treasure. I love and read my Bible, thanks to my papaw.

IMG_1526There is a very special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren. Sometimes it doesn’t last long. I was 22 when my papaw died. But as you can tell, his memory still has an impact on everything I do. I hope every grandparent (and parent) will realize the lasting impact we are making every day on our children and grandchildren. Even the little things we do, will one day be big things in the lives of the little people we influence.

Faithful Follower or Fickle Friend – Thoughts for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is one of those Sundays of the Christian year we know best.  Little children hear the story and might get to wave palm branches and imagine themselves welcoming Jesus into the holy city.  Even adults like to picture themselves in the scene as Jesus rode the donkey down the hill and the crowd shouted,

“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:38)

We’d like to think that, had we been there, we would’ve taken off our coats, as well, and spread them out on the road for the King to ride over as he made His triumphal entry.

Of course, even as we cheer Him on, we know where this is going: In less than a week, an angry mob will cry out to Pontius Pilate, “Crucify!  Crucify him!” (Luke 23:21)  But then, that doesn’t have anything to do with us.  Or does it?

Commentators like to make a distinction between the crowd that welcomed Jesus on Palm Sunday and the crowd that called for him to be crucified on Good Friday.  In other words, we’re talking about two groups – Jesus’ faithful followers, who had come with him from Galilee; and his archenemies, led by the temple leaders and joined by those in town for Passover, who could easily be swayed by charges of heresy – the fickle friends.

That’s what I’d like for you to think – are you a faithful follower or a fickle friend. Before you answer too quickly, realize that each of us has the capacity to be true to the teachings of Jesus Christ – and the capacity to speak and act as if we’d never heard of Him before.

Fred Rogers used to ask the children on Mister Roger’s Neighborhood: “Have you ever noticed how the very same people who are good sometimes are the very same people who are bad sometimes?”

We’re a curious blend of saint and sinner, and there’s no getting around it.  We’re created in the image of God, yet forever marked by the stain of sin.  The bad news is we can never measure up to the righteousness of God. The Good News is we can choose to be more God-like and, by God’s grace, to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

Faithful follower or fickle friend? As you make daily choices, I hope you will continue to give praise to Jesus and follow Him faithfully.  Remember our motto at Faith Baptist – Follow and lead others to follow Christ.

God, Prayer & my Stolen iPhone

Have you ever had an impossible prayer answered? Some answered prayers are just miracles. However, some answered prayers defy all the odds. This is one of those.

I was on a missions trip in the Bahamas. We were serving with a local organization called Champs Missions at a local park late in the evening.

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Taking pictures with my iPhone just seconds before it was stolen.

I was taking a lot of pictures of the children with my iPhone when suddenly somebody ran in front of me and took my phone out of my hand. At first I thought it was one of the children running. But soon I realized it was a young man stealing my phone.

I reached to try to catch him, but the only thing I caught was his basketball shorts. Though I pulled them down way past appropriate, he hit my hand away and ran into a nearby alley.

The neighborhood was very dangerous so I decided not to follow him. Instead, I ran to tell the missionary, Rick Scheusler, and maybe we could get the police. But Rick started to head down that dark alley. I couldn’t let him go alone, so I followed.

We ran into several young men and questioned them, but nobody saw the guy running away. So, Rick began to put the word on the street that somebody stole a preacher’s phone.

The children at the park identified the man as Joe Black. They all said he was crazy and smoked crack. Later we found out that the police were already looking for him for a murder the week before.

The following day I filed a police report. The next night we returned to the same park, and the police were all over the place. But no iPhone. Our missionary, Rick, told me he had a peace that we would get the phone back. Yeah, right!?

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I am receiving my iPhone from ‘Real Man.’

During the following day, we were to do door-to-door witnessing in the streets beside the same park. As we got off the bus, one scraggly man, who called himself Real Man, spoke to one of our women. He told her he knew Joe Black. He smoked crack with Joe Black. He sold drugs with Joe Black. But he didn’t steal with Joe Black. And he wanted to give the phone back to me.

So, when I came up to him, he wanted to make sure I was the guy who owned the iPhone. When I told him I was, he left for a few minutes into the same alley, and returned with my iPhone in his pocket.

He said he didn’t want the cops around his home. I guess police and taking drugs don’t mix. So we thanked him and I got my iPhone back.

What are some lessons I learned from this experience?

1. There’s some really bad people in the world. We were in Joe Black’s neighborhood helping the families and children. But he was so addicted to drugs, he stole from somebody who was helping him. Some people are just bad in spite of the good things that happen to them. I was fortunate that I had my security code enabled (fingerprint) and phone backed up. Keep your personal information secure.

2. God lets some really bad things happen in the world. The fact that God let this guy steal my phone put a lot of the people on our missions trip in a bad mood. Why did God let it happen? We weren’t doing anything wrong. We were doing what He wanted. But God sometimes lets bad things happen even to people who are doing good.

3. God will always overrule the bad things if He wants to. Just because God lets something bad happen, doesn’t mean He’s not in control. At any time He can change the situation. This time He did. Against all odds, I got my phone back. We all thought Joe Black had already sold it to someone else, or worse, broke it apart. But it was returned with no damage and no personal info taken.

In spite of the bad that happened, God did some amazing things that week. Several were saved and lives were changed. Mine was!

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

This Sunday was Friend Day. What a great day to honor all our friends and think of our Best Friend – Jesus!

Since I was thinking of friends, I thought I would send you a history about the song, ‘What a Friend we have in Jesus.’

Irish born Joseph M. Scriven (1819-1896) was 25 years old, in love and to be married. The day before his wedding his fiance died in a tragic drowning accident. Heartbroken, Joseph sailed from his homeland to start a new life in Canada. While in Canada working as a teacher, he fell in love again and became engaged to Eliza Roche, a relative of one of his students. Once again, Joseph’s hopes and dreams were shattered when Eliza became ill and died before the wedding could take place.

Although one can only imagine the turmoil within this young man, history tells us that his faith in God sustained him. Soon after Eliza’s death Joseph joined the Plymouth Brethren and began preaching for a Baptist church. He never married, but spent the remainder of his life giving all his time, money and even the clothes off his own back to help the less fortunate and to spread the love and compassion of Jesus wherever he went.

Around the same time that Eliza died, Joseph received word from Ireland that his mother was ill. He could not go to be with her, so he wrote a letter of comfort and enclosed one of his poems entitled What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

Many years later a friend was sitting with Joseph, as he was very ill. During this visit, the friend was very impressed when he ran across his poems, including What a Friend We Have in Jesus. As a result of this visit, almost 30 years after his letter of comfort to his mother, Joseph’s poems were published in a book called Hymns and Other Verses. Soon, noted musician Charles C. Converse (1834-1918) put music to one of those poems: What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

Well-known musician and revivalist Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908) was a great admirer of Joseph Scriven. In 1875, Sankey came upon the music and words for What a Friend We Have in Jesus. He included it as the last entry into his well-known publication Sankey’s Gospel Hymns Number 1.

After Joseph Scriven’s death, the citizens of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, where he gave so much of himself, erected a monument to his life. The seemingly sad and obscure life of one man resulted in so many lives being uplifted, both in his own time, and for many years after whenever the beautiful and comforting words of What a Friend We Have in Jesus are sung.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear

May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer

Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

Martyrs for Christ

We have witnessed many Christians being persecuted recently for their faith in Christ. Recently 21 Christians were martyred by Islamic extremists. It reminded me of the price some must pay for their faith. It also encouraged me to stand for truth, morality and my Savior Jesus Christ. When one person stands for Jesus, it is an encouragement for others to stand.

This all reminded me of a story and a song of a few years ago. It was called ’40 Martyrs for Christ.’ I’d like to share that story with you…

There were once forty soldiers, all Christians who were members of the famed 12th Legion of Rome’s imperial army. One day their captain told them Emperor Licinius had sent out an edict that all soldiers were to offer sacrifice to pagan gods. The Christians replied, “You can have our armor and even our bodies, but our hearts’ allegiance belongs to Jesus Christ.”

It was midwinter of AD 321, and the captain had them marched onto a nearby frozen lake. He stripped them of their clothes and said they would either die or renounce Christ. Throughout the night these men huddled together singing their song, ‘Forty Martyrs for Christ.’ One by one the temperatures took its toll and they fell to the ice.

At last there was only one man left. He lost courage and stumbled to shore, where he renounced Christ. The officer of the guards had been watching all this. Unknown to the others, he had secretly come to believe in Christ. When he saw this las man break rank, he walked out onto the ice, threw off his clothes, and confessed that he also was a Christian. When the sun rose the next morning, there were forty bodies of soldiers who had fought to the death for Christ.

If you willingly stand for Christ, even when threatened with death, you can be assured that one day you will live and reign with Him.

8 Reasons to Go On Short-Term Missions Trip

Our 2015 Missions Trip Team is on our first overseas trip this week in the Bahamas. I have taken many missions trips and wish every Christian could go on a cross-cultural, overseas short-term missions trip. Please consider joining us next time.

Our host missionary, Rick Schuesler, wrote some thoughts on Missions Trips. I’ve altered it a little and want to give you 8 reasons to go on a missions trip.

1. Fun and Lifelong Memories.

Not just in the Bahamas, but every mission field has sights, foods, people, experiences will provide you a great time. The pictures and memories will be with you forever.

2. Character Building.

Mission trips are a place Christians discover their talents, interest, and passions. Every experience on a mission builds character; prepares people for ministry, and contributes to the development of a well-rounded person.

3. Peer support and sense of community.

When you join others in a missions trip, you spend day and night with others. You learn to know each other well. The closeness brings tolerance and acceptance and creates a strong sense of community. This turns into into a feeling of belonging and family. It bonds church members to one another. And you will make friends for life.

4. Educational Gain.

Each one coming on a missions trip may read about the country, but once they experience it; they learn a whole lot. They learn about the government, the geography, and the living standards of the local people.

5. Confidence.

Most missions trips open doors to a whole new world of skill development. Light construction, evangelism, medicine, building relationships, sharing Jesus are all skill you could learn and use.. When presented with new situations, relationships, and challenges, you gain confidence in your self and the Lord’s work through you.

6. Positive Role model.

Although they are not perfect, missionaries tend to be a cut above others. Just by being on the mission field, they have demonstrated the extent they will obey Jesus. Spending even a short time around such great people will provide you with a living example of Christian living.

7. Compassion.

For those who have never been away from the U.S.A., a mission trip may be their first opportunity to see harsh conditions. Though America certainly has its share of poverty and disease, we tend to stay away from those neighborhoods. Missions Trips will push you into those situations, so you can love them. Hopefully, that love will carry home to those in your neighborhood.

8. Share Jesus.

When Jesus died He commissioned us to share the great commandment. On a short-term missions trip, you will learn different ways to share Jesus and take those skills back home and share Jesus there.

Do you have a comment or know of another reason to take a short-term missions trip?

3 Reasons Why International Student Ministry Is Important

This past Sunday Bart Leu announced to our congregation that the Lord has led him to minister to international students at Michigan State University in Lansing. He will be leaving our church staff this summer and go full-time in this great ministry.

Having been a college pastor, I know the value of ministry to college students, especially those whose home is outside the boundaries of the United States. My son, Justin, has ministered to and with international students at University of Toledo. It’s a great opportunity to have a global impact.

I asked Bart to share 3 reasons why international ministry is important. He wrote the following response. Pray for him and Lori as they influence young people for Jesus Christ. Please contact him if you would like to contribute to his ministry. His information is below.

1. Commission Obedience

Jesus said go into all the world and preach the Gospel and make disciples of all nations. We have an unprecedented opportunity to reach the world for Christ through international student ministry. Close to 900,000 international students are currently studying at American colleges and universities. Many of these students, especially graduate students and visiting scholars, bring spouses and children with them to the United States, increasing this number far beyond a million souls! 7,643 international students were enrolled at Michigan State University in the Fall of 2014, ranking MSU #9 in the country for most number of international students, representing 132 different countries.

2. World Influence

Every international student and visiting scholar coming to study in the United States is a future or current leader in their country in the areas of business, engineering, politics, education, medicine, etc. We have been given the privilege of developing friendships with international students who have little or no knowledge of the Gospel. International students crave American friendship. Through loving friendships, we can share with them about God’s love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, and disciple those who place their faith in Jesus Christ. These world leaders then return home loving God and equipped to share Jesus with their friends, family, and others in their community. Even if they don’t become Christians, having had a positive experience with Christians, they may return home amiable to ministry of Christians in their country. We also have the opportunity to encourage, disciple, and equip for leadership, Christian international students in their faith who come to study in the US.

3. Gospel Penetration

Many countries forbid Christians from sharing openly about their faith in Jesus Christ. While studying in the United States, these students are able to hear the Gospel freely and without obstruction, and many for the first time. It is hard to describe the joy and privilege you feel when you are able to share Jesus with those who have no churches and absolutely no witness for Christ back in their home country.

You may contact Bart Leu at Faith Baptist Church (517) 265-2376 or email bartleu@juno.com.

 

13 Superstitions, including Friday the 13th

If you are spooked by Friday the 13th, you are not the only one. Over 17 million people fear Friday the 13th.

Here are 13 of the most common superstitions.

13. Beginner’s luck

Usually grumbled by an expert who just lost a game to a novice, “beginner’s luck” is the idea that newbies are unusually likely to win when they try something for the first time. In some cases this is true because the novice is less stressed out about winning. Too much anxiety can hamper performance.

12. Find a penny, pick it up …

… all day long, you’ll have good luck. This little tune may arise because finding money is lucky in and of itself.

11. Don’t walk under that ladder!

This superstition is pretty practical. Who wants to be responsible for knocking a painter off his ladder?

10. Black cats crossing your path

Americans collectively keep more than 81 million cats. So why is a black cat bad? Most likely, this superstition arises from old beliefs in witches and their animal familiars, which were often said to take the form of domestic animals like cats.

9. A rabbit’s foot will bring you luck

Trinkets are a time-honored superstition of keeping away evil; consider the crosses and garlic that are supposed to keep away vampires.

8. Bad luck comes in threes

When a couple things go wrong, people tend to look for the next. So, the third wrong is a confirmation of a bad day.

7. Careful with that mirror

According to folklore, breaking a mirror will give you seven years of bad luck. The superstition seems to arise from the superstition that mirrors don’t just reflect your image; they hold bits of your soul.

6. 666

This superstition goes back to the Bible. In the Book of Revelation, 666 is given as the number of the “beast,” and is often interpreted as the mark of Satan and a sign of the end of time.

5. Knock on wood

This action is supposed to keep away bad luck after tempting it with something good. This may come from old myths about good spirits in trees or even an association with the cross.

4. Make a wish on a wishbone

Legend has it that earlyRomans used to fight over dried wishbones — which they believed were good luck. If it accidentally broke, whoever has the largest bit of bone gets their wish.

3. Cross your fingers

The may go back to the time when two people used to cross index fingers when making a wish, a symbol of support from a friend to the person making the wish. Really, anything associated with the shape of the Christian cross was thought to  be good luck.

2. No umbrellas inside

Like the “don’t walk under a ladder” superstition, this seems to be a case of a myth arising to keep people from doing something that is dangerous in the first place – opening an umbrella inside.

1. Friday the 13th

If you’re not scared of Friday the 13th, you should be scared of the word used to describe those who are: friggatriskaidekaphobics. Friday has long been considered an unlucky day (according to Christian tradition, Jesus died on a Friday), and 13 has a long history as an unlucky number.

How should a Christian handle superstitions?

Superstition is based on the ignorant faith of an object or action having magical powers. The Bible does not support the idea of things occurring by chance, because nothing is done outside of God’s sovereign control. Either He causes or allows everything in keeping with His divine plan. We should get our faith not from objects or rituals of man-made origin, but from the one true God who gives eternal life.

Are you superstitious? Do you know of any other superstitions?

7 Baptist Distinctives

I am a Baptist. Not just by choice, but by conviction.

There are several Bible doctrines that are universally held by all Christian churches and believers. However, there are seven basic beliefs for which Baptist churches have stood throughout the centuries.

So, while I have great friends who are members of other denominations, I want to share the 7 teachings that are distinctly Baptist.

1. Immersion is the Biblical method of baptism.

Why baptism by immersion (all the way under the water)? First, jesus was baptized taht way (Matthew 3:16). Second, every baptism int eh Bible was by immersion (Example: Acts 8:38-39). Third, the word ‘baptize’ means ‘to dip in water.’ The Greek word for baptize is baptizo, which means ‘to immerse or dip under water.’ Fourth, it best symbolizes a burial and resurrection (Rorans 6:3-4).

2. Saved Membership.

Baptists have always believed in a a saved church membership (Acts 2:47). Every saved person can join their church.

3. Believer’s Baptism.

Only those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are candidates for baptism. Many churches practice a ‘baptism of confirmation’ for children. However, this is different than the baptism in the Bible. Baptism does not save or help to save. It s a picture of the fact that a person has been saved.

4. Autonomous assembly and congregational government.

A church is to be independent. The word ‘autonomous’ means ‘self-governing.’ Every local church is to make its own decisions without interference from anybody on the outside. No official or group of officials has the right to tell the pastor and and the church what to do and what not to do.

5. Eternal security of the believer.

Baptists believe, as does the Bible teach, that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power (1 Peter 1:5) and are secure in Christ forever (John 10:27-28). It sis the privilege believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word (1 John 5:13).

6. Separation of church and state.

The Bible teaches to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to render to God the things that are God’s (Luke 20:25). The state is supreme in civil and legal matters but he government does not have the right to show partiality to one religious group over another. The government does not have the right to interfere with the free exercise of religion. Baptists have a history of proclaiming separation of church and state.

7. Sign gifts have ceased.

This is a recent distinction. The modern sign gifts movement is less than 150 years old. Baptists believe in the working of the Holy Spirit in the life of every Christian and the discovery and use of spiritual gifts. However, the purpose and usage of the apostolic gifts (miracles, healing, tongues) ceased with the apostles. Yet, God still heals and performs miracles today through prayer.

The Parable of Two Wells

Most Christians struggle with sin and temptation. We truly want to change. We want to be obedient to God But we often just seem to lack the power. Even though we have the Holy Spirit as our power source, we still give in to temptation too many times.

The Parable of Two Wells may help you understand temptation and sin in the life of a Christian. In addition, it may give you some help to to make right choices and experience major, sustained victory in your day-to-day walk with the Lord.

The Parable of Two Wells

Once upon a time, there was a farmer who had been born and raised on a certain farm. He eventually inherited the farm from his parents, and now he was raising his family there.

The farmer and his family always seemed to be weak and sick. They didn’t know it, but the well – which had been located next to their farmhouse and serviced their farm for decades – was contaminated. The underground stream that fed the well went under an old, toxic waste dump, and every time they took a drink from it, the contamination hurt them a little bit more. Since the farmer and his family had been drinking from that well for decades they didn’t even know they were sick – they thought everyone felt like that.

One day, a man from the Environmental Protection Agency came by and tested the farmer’s well. The farmer was alarmed to hear of the contamination, and of course, he immediately stopped using the well.

But farms, farmers and farmers’ families need water. So he consulted with some well-digging experts who informed him that they were relatively certain there was another underground stream on the other side of his property, coming from another direction.

The farmer drilled a new well where the experts indicated, and sure enough, the water that came up was pure.

The health of the farmer and his family began to gradually improve after they had stopped drinking from the contaminated well and started drinking the pure water of the new well.

But their troubles were not over. The main problem: the old well remained right next to the farmhouse, but the new well was a good quarter-mile away. To get to it a person had to follow a narrow path up and over a hill, close to some wild animals, and right next to a briar patch. They couldn’t afford plumbing, and it wasn’t always convenient to draw water from the new well.

The farmer and his family really did want to stop drinking from the old contaminated well, and as time passed, they noticed an interesting phenomenon regarding the paths to the wells. Every time they took the trip to the new well, its path was beaten down and smoothed out a little bit more – making it easier to find and more familiar to them. Meanwhile, the path to the old well became less passable and harder to find. It worked the other way,too. A trip to the old well made the next trip there easier, while the new well path became less desirable.

So the farmer and his family made a decision: even though it was harder, they would help each other to remember to use only the new well. Before long they noticed three things: (1) they weren’t weak and sick anymore, because the journey to the new well had become easier, (2) the path to the old well had become almost impossible to find, due to lack of use, and (3) it had now become a natural, unconscious habit to turn right instead of left as they left their farmhouse to get good water.

In this story, your life could be represented by the farmer. At the beginning you have only one contaminated well to draw from – your sinful nature. The new well represents the day you trusted Jesus as Savior. However, the old well (our sinful nature) is not only easily accessible, but you are used to going there. So we must make a conscious choice to continue to drink from the new well and stay away from the old.

How do we do this? 

  1. Take time to examine your heart. Better yet, ask the Lord to examine your heart and tell you if there are areas of your life in which you are being disobedient.
  2. If He convicts you of something that needs to be confessed, repented of and surrendered to Him, do it now.
  3. Ask the Lord to help you become quickly aware of it any time you start down the path to the ‘old well.’
  4. Ask Him to help you remain filled and controlled with the Holy Spirit.
  5. Make a commitment to spend time reading the Bible and praying every day.
  6. Make a commitment to go to church regularly for fellowship with other Christians.
  7. Make a commitment to tell others about Christ as God gives you opportunities.

Remember, every time you obey God, it makes it easier to obey Him the next time. This will add up to long-term, sustained victory.

Has this helped you?