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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ordinary Christians

In all reality, I would say 90% of Christians are- ordinary Christians. Christians who like to watch movies with sexual immorality, cussing, and other inappropriate content, Christians who go home after church and forget what they have learned, Christians who pray for five minutes a day and read the Bible a mere fifteen minutes a day, Christians who go to a prayer meeting that lasts for five minutes because nobody wants to pray, Christians who love to be like the world and social drink, Christians who believe in having fun and doing as they please. These are ordinary Christians. And most of us are ordinary Christians. We have no idea that anything could be more meaningful. We have no sense of the enormity of our sin in acting like the world. We have no idea that we are far off from something even greater in our spiritual walk. We have absolutely no idea that going to church on Sunday, spending a few minutes with God on a daily basis, then going off and doing as we please for the rest of the day is sin. We have no idea that something is off balance. So how do I know? Not from experience, I can say that. From reading R.A. Torrey's book on prayer, from reading missionary biographies on the greats like David Brainerd. That is what it means to be a real Christian. None of this God on the side stuff. I would challenge everyone who doesn't understand what I mean by "more to the Christian life" to read a missionary biography and see if you don't get it then. When you come to the realization that there is something more to attain in the Christian life, you realize how petty and silly your life of having fun for the happiness of self is, you realize just how similar your life compares to the unbeliever, you realize how sinful you are, and you realize that you want that power of the Holy Spirit in your life.

I know I want it- I've seen what it can do from other's lives. But it's a hard road to achieve that higher place in the Christian walk. It can only come through a sincere desire to serve God even more than what is being done right now. It means sacrificing hours a day to the Word and in Prayer. It means directing your thoughts back to God day and night. It means living, eating, and breathing God. And I think that's something Americans don't want to do. It's too hard. It means making an effort. I want to challenge everyone this week to make a commitment to spend more time in the Word or in Prayer. I myself have made it a challenge to pray more and gradually increase the time spent in prayer. Knowing God in an intimate relationship means making the time for Him through sacrifice. So I challenge everyone to change something this week and make it a goal to know Him like the greats knew Him. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Winner of Giveaway . . .

is Esther! Congrats- your book will be shipped out immediately.

New post coming by tomorrow evening- so stay posted!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Giveaway!!!!!!

Sorry it's been awhile since I posted. I will be posting soon though! In the mean time, I am having a blog giveaway. I figured why not share the most convicting books I have ever read with others? And what better way to do so by giving a free copy of one of my favorite books?! So this giveaway will be R.A. Torrey on Prayer- and look similar to this copy


It will profoundly change the way you pray and how you pray. Excellent reading. So if you want to enter to win the drawing for this book- please post below. The winner will be announced a week from today.