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There is NO MIND like a CHRIST MIND! 1of 7

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series No Mind Like a Christ Mind

What will keep us united and our faith strong?

The power plant of the Christian is a spiritually transformed mind. There is No Mind like a Christ Mind! Romans 12:2 Say’s do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is that which is good and acceptable and perfect. I don’t want God to have these words with me that he had with the church at Ephesus in revelation 2:4 “I have this against you that you have left your first love.”

I was reminded on the day before preparing this message of how important the word of God is to the development of relationships in the family. I shared openly ,with my wife, what I had been learning from the scriptures about having the mind of Christ.  We had an exciting exchange of what scriptures where saying to us. It had a unifying effect on us and it convicted my spirit.

I would like to share with you , in upcoming blog posts“Seven Characteristics of a Christ Centered Mind.”

1.    The Mind of Encouragement  (verse 1)

“1Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any  affection and compassion,”

Encouragement is multi-faceted. It at times comforts the sick or emotionally hurting.  Encouragement also helps to redirect those that are going in the wrong direction. Christ both healed the sick and turned tables when folks where selling in the Temple .Mat.21:13 “It states “is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers den.” Hebrew 3:13 say’s that we should “encourage one another day after day, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. “

There is a strong urgency to be an encourager in fact it takes courage to be one. I teach art at a local school, one of my students became tired of working on one of my assignments . Half way through, they asked if they could stop and hand in the project the way it was. I thought for a moment, what if in life they didn’t complete their assignments.   So I said “Sure give me half of your assignment and I will give you half of your grade.”

That was enough of an incentive to complete the full assignment.  They actually relieved an excellent grade for the good work submitted. We are like this at times. We need a little encouragement to do things that will benefit us. Be that encourager; help some along both with a soft word, a helping hand or a firm word to redirect. Ask yourself, how would Christ do it?

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Have We Truly Given Ourselves To Christ?

Benefits of Tithing

For me to say that I am truly out of my comfort zone would be an understatement.

But I would like to start by asking a question, how many of us have truly given ourselves to God?  I ask again, how many of us have truly given ourselves to God.  While you are probably thinking what is he talking about I will ask another question, do we truly love the Lord?

I ask these questions because I do not think we are giving to the Lord as we should.  I would venture out to say that there are times that we may put a concert, a play, and dinner with friends before we give back to Jesus what is already His.

Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians chapter 8 verse 2 that even when the people were faced with GREAT ORDEAL OF AFFLICTION AND THEIR DEEP POVERTY overflowed in WEALTH of their LIBERALITY.  This to me means that they gave even when they had nothing to give because they knew that God would supply all of their needs.  All they had to do was have faith, and to give a portion back to the Lord.

Have we truly given ourselves to God?  I am going to say that we have not.  I will even go out on a limb and say that most of us only call on God in times of trouble. For example God if you help me with this I will be more faithful to you and your will. But once the situation is fixed not only do you forget what you said about being more faithful but you don’t even thank him for what he did for you.

So I ask the question do we truly love the Lord.  I remember there was a time when I said that I loved the Lord, but I would not give back to Him for all he had done for me.  I would go to church and just go through the motions.  For example; I would go to church and leave when it was time for the offering.  I would read the Bible without trying to truly comprehend its meaning.  Yet I said I loved the Lord.  I was going through the motions.  So I ask the question how many of you are just going through the motions.  Pastor spoke for weeks on let Revival start with you.  So ask yourself have you started letting Revival begin in you or are you just going through the motions?

Do you remember your 1st love?  Do you remember all of the things that you would do for the other?  Guys would open doors, pay for movies, and go watch the so called chick flicks, whereas ladies would do homework, make lunches, and make phone calls just to say I was thinking of you.  Then after a while things started to change things become repetitive, common, and almost like it was out of habit instead of it being special.  Is that the way we are treating Jesus?  In the beginning we are like teenagers in love for the 1st time.  Then we only want to call or give to him when it is convent for us.

The people of Corinthians would give all they had and yes even beyond knowing that the gifts that the Lord had in store for them would out weigh anything they could offer or give back to the Him, because as the bible reads ALL is the Lords.

I remember when the Lord put my wife in my life I was only 17 years young.  But I was unappreciative of the gift he had given me until I almost lost her.  But being that her faith and love was greater than mine she stuck by my side with faith and prayer.  Back then I had no idea the Lord was putting the pieces of my life on the chess board.

Now the people of Corinthians had little or nothing for themselves, but they still gave openly and freely.  Where as today with all of the things we have MONEY, HOUSES, CARS, AND EVEN RUNNING WATER at the 1st sign of trouble we question the Lord and his faithfulness to us, instead of question our faithfulness to him.

Today those of us who have been twice born, who say we LOVE GOD and all he has given to us but are we really giving back to Him?  Ask yourself if the only time you give to the Lord is when times are good and you have a little extra.  Then ask yourself if you also give when times are a little tight?  It’s always easy to give when things are going good, but are you holding back when time are not as good?  What if God held back blessings?  What if He said that things are not where He felt they should be and did not give you the blessings you were looking for?

It is written in 2nd Corinthians chapter 9 verses 6 – 9 that he who sows sparingly will reap sparingly and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly of necessity for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, so that you will always have sufficiency in all things.

Like I told you earlier there was a time when I did not give at all, I would even leave the service when it was time for the offering.  Then when I got a little older and married we would only give when things were good, and we had some extra money.  Then one day Beverley and I sat down as we were going over our bills, and wondering what were we spending all of our money on.  We were wondering why there was never any money left after we paid our bills.  Now we have never been big spenders.  I do not believe we ever tried to live outside of our means, yet we had no money at the end of the month.

So during this conversation of finances there were those other things that come out when one has that conversation blaming the other senseless arguing and finger pointing.  Then one day

She said that we are going to start tithing every week as we should.  She said if we can go out to eat and spend X amount of money and not think about it than we can give back to the Lord as we should.

So why don’t we not give as we should?  Is it because we think that it is ours?  If we were truly walking by FAITH and not be SIGHT as the Bible says we should, than we would not have a problem giving back to the Lord which is already his, because we would know that He would and will provide.

1st John chapter 2 verses 15 reads do not love the world or the

things in the world.  If anyone loves the world the

love of the Father is not in him.  And if we truly believe these words than why are we so tight with when it comes to giving back to the church?

The Bible reads that God gives most, and now that Beverley and I decided to start tithing as we should, the Lord has started blessing us like I never thought He would.  Now if I were to say that everything is now peaches and cream that would be some piece of fiction but I can say we are able to pay our bills and have something extra at the end of the month.  Now is it enough to be a Beaumont, no not even close, but its more than we had before, and yes we are still able to go out to eat and catch a movie when we feel like it.

There are many of you that have no idea what our lives has been like during the past 10 years and there are those of you I wish did not know as much as you do, but it has truly been by his grace and mercy that we have made it this far.  So now that I am older a whole 25 old, I give back to the Lord and a lot of the times I wonder when I give, how are we going to pay those bills on time?  Then I just say God will make a way.  James wrote in chapter 1 verse 17 that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  So if God is giving us all of the good and perfect gifts why are we short changing him?

Now some of you may say that I am putting into the scripture but I have started telling Beverley if you see it and you like it get it, because you only live once so let start enjoying life.  Now is that to say that we are trying to be someone we are not, absolutely not, but you only live once, but we make sure we are able to give back to the Lord every week.

I am going to end by reading from 2nd Timothy chapter 3 verses 1-7, and it reads. But before I read this passage I want you to think about why we are unable to meet our budget, or get the roof fixed on the church or the parsonage.

But know this that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!  For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sin, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  Amen.

Message Contributed Deacon Ronald Curl

Given at Calvary Gospel Church, Newark, New Jersey

Don’t give up! He who promised is faithful

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Hebrews 10: 19-25
This passage of scripture came to mind when I was trying to work something’s out in my own mind. I went to a class to work on my speaking skills. After the first session I felt defeated because of perceived failure with the assignment. When you begin to think about what you don’t know and don’t have, you forget that God is faithful. We start thinking about ourselves and the negative self-talk starts to play into our minds. God wants to renew that attitude!

You see the problem was I forgot for a moment that my God is alive and well. I also forgot that he is not finished with me yet. We have access to the Father because of what Jesus did at the cross. Just like the Psalmist said in Psalms 73:17 “…until I went into the sanctuary of God; — then I discerned their end.”  Not only their end but my demise that we have verse 20 a new and living way that was opened up for us by Christ Jesus Himself. And as long as I keep my view on the things from my own small negative prospective I won’t see the beauty of His majesty and will miss the big picture. That God is He who promises and He is faithful. And He will not deny His Church of what it needs. God is faithful, but it is our faith that needs strengthening.

That is why I believe that God wrote this word for the Church that there are some truths here for us. The first truth is in  verse 21 we have a great priest, over this house, and He isn’t finished with us yet until the Day of His return. And until that Day there are some things that we need to do. verse 22 keep drawing near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith Christ when to Cross of Calvary and His Blood Still cleanses us of our sins. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness Lord hind me behind the drippings of your blood and cleanse me. There was a time when animal sacrifices had to be made once a year for sins but Christ paid the price for us at Calvary, so now, we have permanent access to the throne room of God. The wall His veil of partition is down, we need to keep going in and getting our marching orders form God. Because He is Faithful! Just like the curtain’s between bed’s in the hospital – it’s thin – but it’s a barrier between you and the other person – before visiting on the other side we should cleanup so we don’t bring germ’s to the other side. Jesus has provided a continual cleaning for us so we can go over to other side. We live in a troubled world with all of the killings even our universities are not safe Verse 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering trusting in the Lord continually with all our hearts and not leaning on our own understanding. why? Because He who promised is faithful. Our hope is in Jesus Christ who is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. If God says in Hebrews 13: 5 I will never desert you nor will I ever forsake you -he won’t desert you!

If God says in psalm 30:5, For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. It will!
If God says in psalm 34:19, Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all. -He does!
If God says in Psalm 41:3 The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health. He will
If God says in John 14:1-2 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. -He will!
If God says in John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name period. That’s a guarantee!
If God says in Romans 8:28, and we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. –That’s a fact!
If God says in John 12:46, I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. -No doubt about it!
If God says in Luke 14:11, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” -We need to take this to heart!
If God says in James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. Make it your point to ask God for wisdom!
If God says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. If you haven’t asked Him, you need to be about doing it now!
We need keep reminding each other that God is Faithful and this is just a few of His promises, – there are over 3,000 more in His word. And Verse 24 let us consider how to stimulate [or stir up] one another to love and good deeds what is important in the Church is love and it needs to be stirred up in the church. It also needs to be expressed to each other in deeds. The word for love here is the Christ type of love. The word for good is the type that is expressed outwardly so as we see it working in another we should stir them up in whatever way we can. You don’t need to be an officer to do God’s will. You were created in Christ Jesus to do good works. And finally Verse 25 I like the NIV for this verse “Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as the Day approaching.” Folks gathering together is stronger than standing alone. Satan likes to attack a person alone, but the righteous assembled in masses are very strong against the attacks of the enemy.  When we continually meet together and encourage one another in the faith we are strengthened. In Hebrews 3:13 it states also that we should encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Never give up on the assembly of believers don’t give up on the good things that God has you doing. Don’t give up visiting the sick. Don’t give up praying for each other. Don’t give up speaking words of encouragement. Don’t give up sharing the biblical word with each other. Don’t give up breaking bread with each other. Don’t give up sharing with the poor. Don’t give up ministering to the youth Don’t give up on what God has designed for you. Because when folks around you, are filling your mind with negative thoughts, you have a body of believers, who care around you, to stir you up. so that you be all that God wants you to be. And Jesus is coming back. So don’t give and stir it up!

Extra notes: We need to be sprinkled in; the Blood of Christ it cleanses us. This one act at cross only needed to be done once for sin. And it has a lingering effect.
•    [Sanctified meaning set apart for Gods use.]
•    In the church our faith our hope our love is build on nothing less than Christ Himself.
Our hope rest on faith in knowing that Jesus is coming back!