Here is some stuff Christians should stop doing.
1. Telling people “I’ll pray for you” without actually praying for them.
- Guilty as charged. I can’t think of anybody who hasn’t done this at one time or another. And while most of us don’t actually mean to forget, it’s probably best that we just set aside time on the spot to pray for people. Are we really so busy that we can’t stop and pray for someone’s needs? We need to make sure we are fulfilling our duties as Christians and actually follow through with them. One prayer could be the tipping point to someone coming to know the love of God. Don’t miss the opportunity to speak life into someone because you don’t think you have time.
2. Attending Church on Sunday but ignoring God’s voice the rest of the week.
- Ouch! This one stings a little. Many of us get in the habit of making God just another addition to our weekly check-list, but the reality is that our entire lives should revolve around him. God deserves #1 priority in each of our lives, and to treat him any differently would go against the foundations of the Christian faith. Evaluate the way you are spending your time, money, and energy. If you want to see a change in your life then you need to begin giving God the place of honor he deserves. Stop treating God like the last kid picked in dodgeball.
3. Praying for God’s provision when we have yet to use what he has already provided.
- Way too many of us tend to treat God like a personal genie. Prayer was given to us as an open line of communication between us and God, but the harsh reality is that way too many of try to use it like a drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant. You don’t get to pick and choose the way God provides, but you do get the opportunity to trust his plan and have faith in his promises. I can’t begin to explain how many times I’ve ignored God’s provision because it wasn’t wrapped the way I intended it to be. Every time we purposely ignoring God’s provision, we are indirectly telling him, “I don’t trust your plan.”
4. Trying to be so relevant that we actually hurt the message of Jesus.
- There is nothing wrong with trying to be relevant, but we need to understand that there is a BOLD line between being trendy, and then completely disfiguring the message of Jesus. We can’t expect to bring any change to the world when we don’t look any different from it. I’m a firm believer that Jesus came to reclaim culture and not abolish it, but this doesn’t mean we need to water down His message so that it’s easier to swallow.
5. Telling people that “God will never give you anything you can’t handle.”
- Why should we stop saying this? Because it’s a lie… We’ve completely twisted 1 Corinthians 10:13, as this verse is pointing towards temptation, and even then it states God will be there if things get too tough. The reality is that God just might give us things we can’t handle so that we will gaze towards him for the extra help. Mind blowing right? Realize that not everything is going to go the way you plan, think, or hope. Sometimes stuff is going to hit the fan, and in order for you to get through it you are going to NEED to rely on God’s comfort, peace, and understanding. We weren’t meant to do life alone.
Jarrid Wilson is a husband, pastor, and author whose motivation is to help others find their identity in Christ. Find out more on his blog.
It’s really easy to get caught up in the world's laser focus of money-making, getting popular, and the strive for successful living. But what if I told you God couldn't care less about those things? In fact, what if I told you that God isn’t focused on your “worldly success” at all, that is unless it is being used for the glorification of Jesus.
What a relief….
Think about it:
When it comes to the purpose of our being, do you think God is looking for us to join in on what the world has created? Nope, not at all. God wants us to be the difference in this world, and stand up for the purpose of His name (Romans 12:2). The last thing God wants is more people following the world’s shallow, dark, and vulturous ways.
Here’s My Point:
We were made to be more than puppets of the world. It’s time to start giving ourselves a little credit. We are a children of The King, and we were made to live for more than a paycheck and worldly acceptance. Don’t let the world fool you into thinking your life was meant to be lived for “its glory” rather than God’s.
Reflect: Jeremiah 1:5 notes that we were set apart from the beginning, and that we were destined for greatness.
Worldly success will never compare to purposeful living. And until your heart can wrap itself around this vital truth, your worth will never be fulfilled because you are seeking to fill it from a place that doesn’t have what you need. Way too many times have I seen men and women of all ages being let down by the world, only to get back up and try again. It’s time to break through the lies of the world, and seek purposeful living through the one who it is founded upon.
Stop seeking worth in a world that cannot offer what you truly need. Only Jesus can offer that.
Over the last few months I have had hundreds of you request a post on “How to Study The Bible.” Well, here it is. I pray this post blesses you, challenges you, and inspires you to take the initiative to deepen your relationship with God.
Below is the formula I use when studying and journaling through the scriptures. This doesn’t mean it’s the only way to study, but I do believe this formula is a great way to strengthen your foundation in Christ.
3. Audience (who is the text directed to?)
1. How does it affect me?
2. How does it make me feel?
3. In what ways do I share a similar experience?
1. What did I learn?
2. How can it be applied to my life?
3. What is God trying to tell me through this text?
The internet is something we all use and enjoy, but are we using it too much, or not enough at all?
I hear so many people rebel against social websites because they claim, “It distracts them from God” or, “It’s just too worldly.” I know this might sound odd, but I want people to start re-thinking their decisions.
Now, don’t get me wrong… I understand their reasoning to boycott these cultural habits, but shouldn’t their reasoning to leave give them an even bigger reason to stay?
We as Christians continuously talk about being a light to the world, an example of Christ, and a reflection of His Hope. So, if the internet is something you claim distracts people from God, then how about you be the difference and make it a place that attracts people to GOD.
Let’s be a generation that TAKES BACK the internet and social media for the Good of Christ, using them to share His LOVE and HOPE.
Use your social networks for Gospel good works. We are called to tweet, post, pin, tumbl and digg all in the name of Christ.
1. Be consistent. (Keep your posts fresh, and up to date. Don’t let your platform get dry. You never know who you’re reaching.)
2. Be honest. (Don’t try to be someone you’re not. People will call your bluff. Honesty is the greatest of leaders!)
3. Be creative. (Think outside the box.You never know until you try! Pictures and videos are a great way to increase engagement.)
4. Give God The Glory. (If you’re not glorifying him, you’re glorifying yourself.)
Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
How are you using your social networks to share the love of Christ? Leave your comments below.
- Jarrid Wilson