"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV)
We all want to improve, to become better and to see our progress toward that goal that (for me) Our Awesome God has set and we want it to be a steady improvement. We may want, possibly, an improvement in our being kind to others, an increase in the amount of love we show others, we may want an improvement in our fruits of the spirit, and/or just to be good to others all the time.
Most of us try improving or changing things by ourselves but this either works for only a short time or doesn't work at all. We find ourselves in deeper than before we started and, therefore, usually find it harder to break that bad habit and improve. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would be with us to help us and we need to use Him. And praying helps get Our Awesome God involved in helping and providing ideas to help you overcome those unwanted habits that need improving. We should believe "...If God is for us who can stand against us?"(Romans 8:31 KJV) Our God is in the business of improving His children and preparing them for heaven and eternity.
Improving takes time, determination and help from Our Awesome God. It rarely happens over night but it requires a determination on your part and help from the Holy Trinity to really improve. If you do it by yourself, you will decide you did it and you can do it again (pride) without help. Now you are in trouble. You have a lot of improving to do!
The amount of time it will take you to improve depends upon you. Just like when you were saved, you need to realize you have a problem you can't solve by yourself and ask for Our Awesome God to help you. Then really turn the problem over to Him without guilt or excuses on our part, following His leading after repenting and confessing it. He loves you, His child! Improving is important because none of us is perfect yet.
Our Awesome God accepts anyone who realizes that they are sinning and is ready to stop sinning and do it God's way. Come tell Him just as you are. All Christians have, because only our Lord can get rid of sin for you permanently. Don't wait!
Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Praise/Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. And there is more during the week. We love visitors!
"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?".
(Romans 10:14 KJV)
Helping Our Awesome God change lives has always lifted me up, excited me and given me a goal with a purpose. It always makes me feel victorious knowing that Jesus Christ saved them and has allowed me to help Him. The victory, the winning, feels like it is mine. Helping others to understand why Jesus Christ became a man-God for me and took all that abuse plus His death for everyone makes me feel alive and victorious.
It is a feeling that you are dining on the very best of life as Our Awesome God and Jesus Christ save someone you have told about salvation through Jesus Christ. It should be our main purpose here on earth and yet most of us watch but don't actively get involved in telling others about the becoming a child of the King. This feeling of helping God change a life is addicting once you have experienced it.
We have living waters flowing out of us as we tell them about Our Awesome God and His precious Son, Jesus Christ. It should be our meat and drink as we see and meet so many who don't know or understand Him. Are you changing lives by telling others about salvation through Jesus Christ?
There are many ways of telling others about Jesus Christ and Our Awesome God. Sometimes you tell them verbally, sometimes you walk and talk as a Christian should and sometimes you give tracts and invite people to a church that preaches and tries to live as Jesus did. Sometimes you do all of it for one person but mostly you live as a Christian because it becomes what you are. Every day new ways to show or tell people how wonderful our God is become available. You need to become involved in changing lives while you strive to live as Jesus Christ would.
Come join us in our church as we become more active in changing lives and presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. We always need help and new ideas in presenting Jesus Christ to others. We would love to have you! Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. Our programs include a Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors!
"Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy... Our soul waiteth for the Lord : he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name."
(Psalms 33:18, 20-21 KJV)
We are never out of Our Awesome God's sight! He knows where we are and what we are doing. We often think about this when we are sinning (Him watching) but what about when danger is near. It should be comforting to remember that He is with you and watching you. That nothing will happen that He won't use for your good. Our Awesome God has plans and a purpose for you if you are His child.
The promise expressed in the Psalm above by David applies to us wherever we go. Whatever confronts us, "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open unto their cry" (Psalm 34:15 KJV). One of the wonderful joys of being a Christian is knowing that Our Awesome God in heaven is always watching over us and ready to intervene.
Sometimes we feel that the experience we have is devastating to us, but it may be that it is the only thing that will make us stop and evaluate our lives, or possibly it was needed to help someone else. It is the best thing that will cause us to change to what needs to be done. If you need to change a habit, stop and get help from a Christian pastor who has been trained as a councilor and get into a Celebrate Recovery group in a local Christian church. This group is there for all who need help in changing a habit. Call our office for help from our pastor but get help.
We always have Our Awesome God watching us, and ready to intervene with help if we pray. He will help but He always wants you to ask. Verbalizing your need clarifies it in your mind and makes you realize that you are asking, for His help as you should. He is a loving parent, always watching over His adopted sons and daughters.
Our Awesome God watches all that happens, the good as well as the evil, and knows what the consequences will be. You can be sure that nothing happens that He does not know about because the "eyes of the Lord" are on it. Remember consequences can be and are used for good for some if not all.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church this coming Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study. We have Worship Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM and Sunday evening Bible Study from 6:00 to 7:00 PM along with AWANA for children lasting until 7:30 PM. Our programs are varied but we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible that Jesus Christ died for you.
"Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Zibiah of Beer–sheba. And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest."
(2 Chronicles 24:1-2 KJV)
The above Scripture from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible needs to be read carefully about "all the days of Jehoiada the priest." King Joash, like many of us, was strong when there was someone strong to back him up but lost his way or stumbled without that person.
Joash was the son and lawful successor of King Ahaziah Of Judah. While only an infant, he was saved by his aunt, Jehosheba, who was married to the high priest, Jehoiada. The slaughter of the king's son's was carried out by Queen Athaliah, who seized the throne of Judah for herself after her husband, the king, had died. (Read 2 Chronicles 22:10-24: 27).
The high priest Jehoiada led the army that restored the rightful king Joash to the throne. Then Jehoiada stood behind Joash as he restored Judah to the worship of Our Awesome God and restored the House of the Lord. He led the people to worship God in the restored Temple.
When the high priest Jehoiada died, Joash quickly showed where his strength had been. When Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada, the high priest (who would have been like a brother to Joash because they grew up in the Temple together) rebuked the king for his idolatry, "Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son..." (2 Chronicles 24:22).
Joash sealed his own doom, first by his leading the nation into idolatry, but moreover by murdering the son of the high priest (2 Chronicles 24:25). The Lord then permitted Judah's enemies to become strong and destroy the kingdom. Our Awesome God had allowed Joash to have an opportunity to change and again do "that which was right in the sight of the Lord" but he never did. God wants you to turn back to Him if you have strayed as Joash did. Pray to our Lord and seek Him!
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children, which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday at 7:00PM we have Prayer Requests and Bible Study. There is more during the week. We love visitors!
"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me."
(Psalms 51:1-3 KJV)
For things to get better, sometimes you must get better and Our Awesome God is the Way. We may change our circumstances and even seek for a more favorable location or environment, but we will take ourselves with us wherever we go. Jesus asked us to “consider the lilies” in Matthew 6:28. These flowers grow where they have been planted. Many of us refuse to grow where we are placed and, because of that, we never take root anywhere. Instead we want to be planted in a better set of circumstances before we will serve God.
There are things in all of our lives that must die through prayer, fasting, and submission to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not so important what happens to us, it is far more important what happens in us. We need to be changed for Our Awesome God to work with us, use us and improve us. We cannot see the BIG picture and what will happen if we continue as we are going. It starts when we admit we need to change. We are the problem!
The above Scripture is King David weeping to Our Awesome God because the prophet, Nathan, has told David that God knows about his sin with Bathsheba. Read Psalm 51. David knew he must change, not the circumstances or the temptation, but himself and he needed God’s help. So he asked Him to enable him to change.
Our time with Jesus should change us too. While it’s important to bring our needs before Our Awesome God, prayer should not be first and foremost a recitation of everything we want. Yes, we tell God about the situations and problems that are troubling us – but then we also need to sit still and listen. Meditate on the promises of His Word and change what needs to be changed with His help.
Prayer changes things, it’s true. But most importantly, prayer changes us. Prayer can change our attitudes and prayer can change our actions. Are you willing to let Our Awesome God change you? Then meet Him now in prayer. Pray to Our Awesome God to change you into the person He wants you to be.
We invite you to come change with us. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. Bible Study on Sunday evening is at 6:00 PM along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. There are many opportunities to learn about God in our programs which include Prayer Meetings at 7:00 PM on Wednesdays and Bible Study groups during the week. See what you can do and learn!
"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."
(Proverbs 4:23 KJV)
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
(Philippians 4:13 KJV)
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
(2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)
Major changes must occur when we are converted to Christianity and we begin to serve Our Awesome God (Ephesians 4:22-24 KJV). Our old practices and attitudes must be replaced by Christian ones. Christians must learn good practices like Bible study, prayer, love, faith, patience, attending church meetings, giving, teaching others, etc. We must also eliminate bad practices like foul language, uncontrolled temper, gambling, drugs, smoking, drinking, gossip, lying, pornography, sexual promiscuity, etc. Many of these will take some time and you can't successfully do it without God’s help.
If you try alone to change, you'll usually fail and likely become discouraged. Ask for Our Awesome God's help on each change and make prayer a necessity before you make decisions. Confess each sin immediately and ask God to forgive you each time you fall back into it. Keep trying, but be patient with yourself and God and you’ll actually make faster progress.
Our Awesome God will help you to change to His ways and His practices slow enough that you can understand why you are changing and you can see the benefits of changing from bad practices to good. Join a Celebrate Recovery group to encourage you, help you understand, and keep you on "track" with changing your old practice to God's practice and ways. Call Pastor Stevens at Living Word Baptist Church, 469-362-9010 for help finding a CR group near you.
Changing yourself to be more Christ-like is a life time job! God bless you! We encourage and help those who are using Christ as their example. If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM, then at10:30 AM for worship and at 6:00 PM we have AWANA for children and Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
Flo & Bill