You're Not the Only One

Romans 11:4

"But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal."

One of the things that we must always remember about those whom God used greatly in the past is that they were people who had struggles and feelings just like us. When Elijah was praying for Israel, he felt that he was the only one who took a stand for God. He said, "I am left alone, and they seek my life." It was at that point when God reminded him that there were "...seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal."

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I Didn't See You

Numbers 22:34

"And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again."

The old cliché, "If it were a snake it would bite you" could have been said about Balaam. It is amazing how something so obvious can be so hard to see. The animal which Balaam rode could see the angel of God, but he was blinded to his presence. What could have been a deadly encounter because of his blindness was averted because the donkey on which Balaam rode knew to get out of the way. What was it that caused Balaam not to see the angel of the LORD?

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Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

Sunday, 5/10/15  Pro 6:23b ...the reproofs of instruction are the way of life.  You will never get to where you don’t need instructions on how to improve or deepen or strengthen or repair relationships, habits, skills, memories, health, methods, etc. You may think you don’t need it, but...             Ps 88:3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave. “Holy men of God” penned the Bible, so this “holy man” had emotional troubles.  They’re real. They’re legitimate. They, most often, have discernible and (usually) fixable causes.  1Some emotional variation is to be expected.  2Having emotional troubles (depression, panic attacks, etc.) doesn’t mean you’re “crazy” or that you have a sin problem.  3Get spiritual and medical advice and help.  4After prayer and counseling, if prescribed, take your medications.  (If there’s a treatable physical problem that a med will fix, what’s wrong with that?  5However, be honest enough to deal with any sins you need to “come clean about” first. Unconfessed sin, guilt, and shame can cause physical manifestations.  6As with physical ailments, we should go to God first and doctors secondly. Pray before you even take an aspirin.

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Validation

Romans 1:4

"And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:"

The affect a ministry or a Christian has on their community will only be to the degree of their validation. The ministry of Jesus Christ was validated to the world, and because of that we are still influenced today. Without validation, Jesus would have been another great teacher to those He tried to reach even though He was the Son of God. Who Jesus Christ was needed to be validated so that others would believe Him. Likewise, you may be absolutely right about who you are and what you believe, but without validation of who you are and what you believe it means nothing to those whom you are trying to reach. The verse above shows us three things that validated Jesus Christ, and these three things will also validate you.

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Missing Your Chosen Vessel

Acts 9:15

"But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:"

The conversion of Saul must have been one of the highlights of Ananias' ministry. Watching Saul grow from a young Christian to becoming one of the leaders of the Christian movement must have pleased him very well. Every time the church gave a report about the Apostle Paul it had to thrill his heart.

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Three Foundational Keys to Growth

Acts 6:1

"And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration."

The growth of the early church was nothing short of miraculous. It is great to be a part of a growing church. This early church went from a small handful of disciples under Christ's leadership to thousands. Yet, you see the church's growth stop in the verse above. The church had become so large that the Apostles could not keep up with the "daily ministration." They developed a plan to keep the church growing and that plan was to delegate some of their responsibilities to others. This decision led to the church's continued growth to the point where they eventually turned their world upside down for Christ.

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The Purity of Your Word

Psalm 119:140

"Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it."

The purity of one's word is very important to God. God described the purity of His Word by saying, "Thy word is very pure..." God thought so much about His Word that He spent 176 verses talking about It's purity. God completely understood that your word dictates your trustworthiness, and if there is any hint of falsehood in your word then you cannot be trusted.

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