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Pastor's note for July 2012

Posted on Sun, Jul 1, 2012

Breaking Through Strongholds in Relationships

Breaking Through Strongholds in Relationships

 Pillar # 7: Becoming a God-pleaser

(July: Outreach)

…And without faith it is impossible to please God! -- Hebrews 11:6

The very essence of Christianity involves a personal relationship with the Savior. As Christians, we are being transformed from a sin-nature to a Christ-like nature. This suggests our pursuit for a more meaningful relationship with Christ, compels us to have a similar heart with compatible interests. Like any other budding relationship, if there is an absence of desire, comfort or pleasure, the bliss becomes blah. So how do we please any acquaintance we don’t really know? Some individuals may hope for acceptance into a relationship by doing, saying, or giving things that they believe their new found acquaintances may find enjoyable. Along the course of these new relationships, we are often surprised or disappointed when we feel our deeds, thoughts, gifts, or actions seem to be unappreciated. Is this because of ungratefulness, or is it because we didn’t take time to allow these individuals to express what THEY deem to be of value? Did we simply assume that what may be good for us will be good for others? One of the most popularly quoted scripture among believers and non-believers is, “…Judge not, less ye be judged!” (Matt 7:1) Prejudging or judging our friends and neighbors may be a more frequent occurrence than we would like to admit; however, the real question is, do we judge our closest friend and advocate of all…Jesus Christ? (James 2:23) What exactly does our Lord really desire? It certainly isn’t gold, silver, or objects made by man. It’s neither our righteousness nor worldly treasures. What our Lord desires is faith, hope and love…and the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor 13:13) But, it all starts with a foundation of faith; without which, the construction of a personal and sustaining relationship with God is an impossibility. Let’s become God-chasers by saturating ourselves in His Word (logos), sharpening our ears to hear His Word (rhema…see Romans 10:17), then running each day like it’s the last day of our lives.

In His Majestic Grace,

Pastor Ron

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