"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!
" He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord."
(Psalms 113:9 KJV)
By definition, BARREN means unfruitful, unproductive or childless and is commonly used to describe a physical problem among women. A barren woman was considered abnormal in scripture and often interpreted as being punished by Our Awesome God. But the word, barren, is often used in other ways: barren ground - "...the water is naught, and the ground barren" (2 Kings 2:19 KJV); spiritual condition - "For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye should neither be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1:8).
God has a purpose in barrenness; (Ironically, He can use it to make you more fruitful or to make you be more creative). Being unproductive or barren often invokes strong feelings and Our Awesome God uses our feelings to improve what we are doing or sometimes to get us to change what and how we are doing things. For instance, Hannah promised in tears to dedicate her son to God if He would remove her barrenness (1 Samuel, Chapter 1). There are times when God will purposefully allow us to go through barren places, as He did Hezekiah. "...God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart;" (2 Chronicles 32:31 KJV).
Many times when you may feel you have crossed into a place of spiritual barrenness, you may battle many feelings - discouragement, despair, anger, you feel unproductive, unfruitful, nothing is happening. God may be using the experience to accomplish something in you, to make you fruitful, more productive, to mature or think more creatively. These experiences are often used to have people develop a hunger to seek Our Awesome God so He can give them what they need and want to feel complete. It is for you to mature in your walk with God and usually means you need to get on your knees and talk to God. Pray, for God has a purpose in what He does and you are on earth now because your purpose here is to be fruitful. God is working in you!
Our Awesome God cares about the barren and wants them to bear fruit. God's kingdom is not a dead, dry, barren place, it is a place of growth and fruitfulness. "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit..." (John 15:5 KJV). God wants us to bear fruit and sometimes we don't even know we are fruitful.
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 for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Worship Service. At 6:00 PM we have a Bible Study along with AWANA for children (September through May) until 7:30 PM. 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!
"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law."
(Romans 13:8 KJV)
"Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine."
(Proverbs 3:9-10 KJV)
Indebtedness, written for April 25, 2015 on the web site, gives you a start on seeing where you might reduce the amount you spend each month. You can read it by scrolling down on this website. (There is no print function but you can copy it and paste it into any word processor file.) Review it so you can understand what Our Awesome God has to say about indebtedness and how to start getting it under control. Get your finances totaled so you know what you are buying and how much you are paying for each need you and your family have. Get rid of the “wants” so you can focus on the needs and paying off the debts.
Now let us focus on giving to God. Remember, God, the Creator, owns it all and gives some of it to each of us. We are trying to see how much He wants us to keep and how it should be used. Our Awesome God wants us to give our "first fruits" (or most important things) to Him, willingly and joyfully as a part of our worship of Him. But when all the bills are paid each month, do you and your family have any money left? If not, you are buying more than you need because Our Awesome God has promised to supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19). If you have debt, it probably includes more than your need but it is already spent and the money owed is not yours, it belongs to your creditor. When you have paid your debts and paid for your real needs, there may be money left for giving and for your wants. Give God the part of it that you are happy to give, knowing that you are giving up some of your wants and none of your needs. There is no set percentage but give something! The next time, the money left may be different. If it is less, maybe half, give less, like half of what you gave before. If it is double, give double. This is called proportional giving. God wants to bless us with more blessings because, whatever the amount, we have given Him from what is most important to us.
We should get our finances and especially our debts under control first so that, eventually, we "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another..." (Romans 13:8). As your debts are paid off, your proportional giving will increase and you will find yourself giving a tithe (10%) and more to Our Awesome God. Giving a little money as it becomes available is important to a Christian Child of the King. As you work through getting out of debt, be about the work of the Kingdom of God and God will bless you that way also.
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 and AWANA for children. Our programs include Home Bible Studies and a Wednesday Prayer Meeting.
Flo & Bill