What’s on your mind?

The Mind of Christ
As a Christian you have the goal of thinking and acting from the mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5 said, ‘Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 saids, “Who has known the mind of The Lord that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

“You can make Christ the master of your mind by removing all obstacles to your knowledge of God, by making every thought obedient to Christ, and by possessing the mind of Christ, and by renewing your mind.” {MasterLife, The Disciple’s Personality, page 36-37}

I’m facilitating a group of marvelous folks through the MasterLife Discipleship process. This is part of week’s reading.

Until next time,

Hoss

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Is the Obvious Truly Obvious?

Ever heard the expression, ‘it’s as clear as mud?’ I have. I take it to mean some things are not really difficult to figure out. We, however, muddy the picture with questions, opinions, reservations, and interpretations.

It’s the same thought behind the expression, ‘can’t see the forest for the trees.’ What you need to see is right there. It’s revealed purposely. God has shown His will and purpose many times in a clear and unquestionable way yet His people receive it with suspicion.

God has a will. He has a purpose. God’s children are called upon to seek it out. For some reason there are people in God’s church who make accomplishing God’s will more difficult than it has to be.

Is it possible that what God wants to purpose in His local church does not need to be scrutinized and searched for with great tenacity before knowing what He desires? Why must we search and search, pray and pray, meet and meet when God may very well have the answer without having to engage in a lot of searching, praying and meeting. In other words the answer to the prayers could be simple, immediate and God’s will.

God knows what the church has need of before we do. God can so work in the lives of His children so the answer to what the church needs is already there before the church knows there is a need.

Hey church, don’t make this harder than it has to be.

Just Saying.

Until next time,

Hoss

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What You Want Me to Do?

You Can Choose
The capacity to purpose and to choose is called your will. The Bible refers to will as a desire, intent, or purpose to do something.

God wants you to do right. In making your choice, you can choose good and evil. God wants you to choose His way.

Characteristics of God’s Will
Your capacity to carry out your own will is limited. God’s capacity to carry out His will is unlimited. His purpose is always holy, upright, and constant.

Fulfilling God’s Purpose
You may wonder where to begin to find God’s will for your life. You may feel that you cannot think God’s thoughts or learn what He has in store for you. God wants to teach you how He reveals His will and how you can do His will. This begins when you have a vision of God and His purpose for your life and are open to letting the Holy Spirit teach you.


Your purpose for living is to bring glory to God so that His name will be praised.

Your development in every part of your Christian life and ministry depends on your commitment to God’s purpose.

Until Next Time,

Hoss

Source: MasterLife 2: The Disciple’s Personality {excerpts}

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The Church is Thriving: Kingdom Values

Well it depends on who you ask. Do you think the church is Alive? Do you think the church is Thriving?

The bible student already knows Jesus has said the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. I believe Jesus.

However, what about the people attending religious services, (The Church)? Are they prevailing against hell? Or would you consider battles are being lost to the dark forces of evil?

There is a battle going on. It is the battle of allegiance to God or to His adversary, Satan. You determine the Victor in your life by whom you surrender your will to.

Decisions are daily. Too often those who profess to align themselves with God and the Church do not reflect “Kingdom Values.” For instance, I stood in the vicinity of men who were dressed as ‘professionals in law enforcement’ and had to hear their vulgarities, slanders, cursings, and immature language. There was no where I could go to escape it except just to put a little more distance between myself and them.

I waited for an opportunity where I would be clearly led to speak a word of encouragement to speak as professionals. It didn’t happen. What did take place was after an hour or so one of the men mentioned having gone to church yesterday. Call me gullible but I thought the Bible has something to say about the language Christians use.

This is where I reminded myself going to church no more makes you a Christian than going into a barn makes you a cow.

There are scores of people who attend church and profess to be Christian yet do not live a life that reflects ‘Kingdom Values.’ How is it with you? May I call upon you to repent if indeed your lifestyle does not reflect the values of God’s kingdom. Turn from this and direct your steps as ordered by The Lord to point others to what it is to be a true disciple of Jesus.

You may just lead someone to Christ. Too many battles have been lost. Even though God will win the war, let’s chalk up a few battles to His victory as well.

Live Kingdom Values,

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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Enter His Courts with Praise

Enter His Courts with Praise
Psalm 100:4

PROCLAIMING HIS WORTH
The word praise originates from a Latin word meaning value or price. Thus to give God praise is to proclaim His merit or worth. How do you do this? It can be done in prayers no matter the position or posture. John 11:41 implies Jesus prayed with His eyes open. Praise raises your prayer life above yourself.

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Numbered with Religious Impostors

The following is an excerpt from a devotional guide by Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, July 27

“When Jesus drives something home to you through His Word, don’t try to evade it. If you do, you will become a religious imposter. Examine the things you tend simply to shrug your shoulders about, and where you have refused to be obedient, and you will know why you are not growing spiritually. As Jesus said, ‘First … go ….’ Even at the risk of being thought of as fanatical, you must obey what God tells you.”

The sad reality of our day is the predominant display of religious impostors. When Christ Jesus tells us to remain in his teaching, thus proving we are His disciples (John 15:7), and these opportunities are passed off without a seconds thought, then those who profess to be Christian bring open shame to Jesus and His will. These religious impostors diminished the validity of their claim to be Christian.

Currently the media arena is beginning their campaign for everyone to go see a movie six months before it is to come to the theaters. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is hardly the kind of presentation Jesus Christ would want His disciples to be exposed to.

I suppose there are some ‘churches’ which might use the movie as a tool to entice people into their group of attendees. I say this because there are some ‘churches’ using worldly music with anti-Christian lyrics to entice people to come to their meeting. The serious disciple could hardly see Jesus attending such presentations. Then why would you expect a disciple of His to go see the show.

What a glorious opportunity for the Christian disciple to take a stand for the Christian lifestyle Jesus wills for us. Our witness to the world has eternal outcomes. It is a matter of grave importance. Therefore we are more than privileged to demonstrate our love for others.

The place of living a disciple of Jesus lifestyle goes far beyond a movie but prayerfully you get the message.

For why be numbered with the religious impostors?

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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Embracing The Cross

We want the pleasantries of the cross, the benefits of the cross without the sacrifices of the cross!

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