Christian Attitude & Action – The Way To Go

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I have, on a nuumber of occasions, overheard people say, “I am a Christian; I should therefore live a life that’s free from problems.”

That’s an unfortunate attitude. Whenever these people get into problems, as is sure to happen, they complain, “Why should this be happening to me? Why have you left me alone my God?” I don’t think God is amused by this kind of behavior.

Christian with this attitude finds themselves in perpetual frustration because they are ill-prepared to deal with problems when they show up. Their weakness arises from their belief that they should never encounter problems in life simply because they are God’s children. Because they don’t expect any problems, they have never sought to understand how Christians could deal with problems; neither do they care. But when problems show up, all they can do is lament.

This should never be the case with you.

God never said Satan will let Christians alone. The truth is that Satan remains totally opposed to every child of God and will do everything within his power to place stumbling blocks across the Christian’s course. Jesus Christ was no exception either. If you read about His life, you would agree with me that Jesus faced problems at every turn.

My position is that a Christian is not defined by freedom from problems; in fact, I believe that there is nobody who could be free from them. While I understand that God protects His own, I believe that a number of times He actually rescues them. I also believe that problems build character; they teach good lessons. I would have been damaged if I had never encountered problems in my life.

A Christian is not defined by freedom from problems. Rather, he/she is defined by the way he/she views and deals with them. In this sermon, I am going to give you one attitude and one action that are, or should be, the hallmarks of every Christian.

Here is the attitude: “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it.” (Daniel 3:17, NIV). Exactly! It’s true that Christians find themselves in furnaces on many occasions. Some get burnt in the process, but some come out unscathed because they trust in God.

I have given you the appropriate attitude. To achieve victory, however, one has to translate their attitude into action. One might believe that God is willing and able to deliver them from problems. This however will not make them any different from the one who doesn’t. The difference only comes from the action that one takes on the basis of what they believe in. If you are a believer, you ought to implement your belief through the actions that you take. If you don’t take action, then your good attitude will not be of any help to you.

Here is the appropriate action: “The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we’re going to drown!’ He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.” (Luke 8:24, NIV).

I am inspired by both the attitude displayed by Jesus Christ and the action that He took. Jesus retained his composure in the midst of problems; that’s attitude. He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; that’s action. The storm subsided, and all was calm; that’s the result.

Here are three lessons for you: First, you need to trust in God. Second, you need to rebuke the wind and the raging waters. Finally, you need to make your results show.

God bless!

 

The Call For Unity With Prophecy

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When you’re in a fight, you don’t turn your back to the enemy. As soon as your back is turned, they can make a clean strike.

After the election in November of 2020, some of us as members of the body of Christ turned our backs. We stopped facing the devil and we started facing each other.

I heard a word from the Holy Spirit on the day I’m writing this. He simply said, “I’ve called you during this hour to unite prophetic voices in a way they’ve never been united before.”

I’m not going to make an argument for who is right and who is not. instead, the Lord is leading me to make an argument for unity despite our differences of belief.

Jesus says in Matthew 5:23-24 (NASB), “Therefore, if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.”

Our fellow believers are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Many opportunities for offense have arisen since the 2020 election and forgiveness has happened to an extent. In other ways, the division has grown worse.

We have carried our offenses with each other into the throne room of God and continued to offer our sacrifices upon the altar but our offenses are hindering us from the full intimacy and power Jesus longs for us to experience in Him. I hear the Holy Spirit saying, “I’m asking you to forgive. I’m asking you to let it go (talking about the offense). I’m asking you to go to those who hurt you and forgive them. I’m asking you to go to those you hurt and ask for forgiveness.”

Jesus says in John 13:35, “By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.”

We need to take examples from the believing Jews and Gentiles in the New Testament. Jesus does not expect us to agree on everything but He does expect us to walk in unity and love through the Holy Spirit.

This truth should humble us: “But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). This commission should unite us: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).

When we choose to divide over non-essential beliefs, we exalt our perspective above the perspective of Jesus. When the world sees that we can disagree and still love each other, then they will know that God is in our midst.

Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV) says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”

We should not be throwing punches but instead take hands with those next to us. Our offenses have opened us up to attack. God is calling us to unite against the kingdom of darkness. We should not be looking for a fight in the kingdom of light.

Troy Black is a Christian Youtuber, author and prophetic voice. His ministry and life are led by two simple goals: to be obedient to the Holy Spirit and to get the Gospel of Jesus Christ in front of as many people as possible. You can find videos and other resources from Troy at troyblackvideos.com.

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