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February 2018

Pastor Jerry gives an update on what has been going on around the church this past month.

February 2018

09 February 2018

Febuary 2018 Pastor's Update

We are now into the second month of the year and things have been very busy here at the church. We had a flood on January 17th and we have been recovering from all the moving around. We have finished all the vinyl floors in the church. Lots of updating! With all the business I want to encourage you to "lay aside every weight."

The Christian life is likened to a race that we run to obtain the goal or high mark of our calling. The race is like a marathon race, it is long and it takes perserverance. We call it the perserverance of the Saints. The enemy tries to put things in your path that will knock us off course or that tries to hinder your progress. The Apostle Paul calls it a race of faith. II Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

Hebrews 12:1-2, 3-5, then again the writer of Hebrews writes,"...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensures us, and le us run with endurance the race set before us." V2, Looking to Jesus the authority and founder of our faith. A weight can be anything that hinders the Christian's growth process. Growing spiritually from a baby Christian to a mature full-grown Christian, Ephesians 4:13. The sin here is that sin which each person has been addicted to, whatever is his weakness, any sin that will slow or stop your progress, Romans 6:16.

A weight is something that makes it harder for us to move along or that holds us back. Let's look at some weights in our lives that we must be aware of that hold us back:

1) Possessions may be a weight. Luke 18:24, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the Kingdom of God." It's okay to have riches, but don't let riches have you. Use them for God's purposes and His Kingdom.

2) Cares may be a weight. Mark 4:19, "The cares of the world choke out the Word of God. We are to cast all of our cares upon Him." There is too much stress and worry. I Peter 5:7.

3) Being too busy may be a weight. When your priorities are not right then this is a weight to spiritual growth. Not having or giving Jesus Christ first place in your life will hinder your race. Jobs, school, and other activities seem to get higher priorities. Jesus warns us in John 6:27,"Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food whcih endures to everlasting life which the Son of man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal upon Him." I Timothy 6:8,"Food and clothing we are to be content."

4) Old habits may be a weight. We are to crucify these old habits and walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4, 6-7, 11-12.

5) Our own self-will may be a weight. Not doing the will of God for our life.

6) A desire for positive attention or esteem may be a weight, Pride. James 4:6,"He gave grace tot he humble. V10 Humble yourselves in the sight of God and He will lift you up."

7) Self-suffereing, self-pity, or a poor me complex may be a weight. Christ is to be our suffering.

8) Discouragement and fear may be a weight, I John 4:18. This ensures many people. Some Chrisitans are so discouraged that they can't make progress. Some are fearful of man and of taking step in faith. Their progress is hindered. The real Jesus will appear to you, John 4: 21, "I will manifest myself to them."

Whatever the weight we are to lay it aside, get it out of our life so we can run the race more effectively. 

Paul tells us to put off the old man with his deeds. Col. 3:9-10,"and put on the new man who renewed in knowledge according to the imae of Him who created him." Lay all of the things of th ol (unsaved man) asde, put off his deeds and his habits. We do this by refusing to obey or serve him or ever listen or recognize him. Just remember the old man has deeds and the new man wlaks in newness of life. We put on the new man by fully obeying the word of God and following Jesus, walking in Him and walking as He walked.

Paul again writes in Ephesians 4:22-32, that we are to put the old things off of the old man. We are to renew our minds; this is done by the Word of God. Pual lists several things that  can be wieght in your life:

1. Lying 

2. Anger

3. Giving place to the devil

4. Stealing

5. Corrupt words

6. Grieving the Holy Spirit'

7. Bitterness, wrath outbursts of evil speaking, malice

Ephesians 4:32 states the answer, "be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 5:1-2, "Walk in love." Get rid of all the weight and run the race, finish the course, and obtain the prize.

We are closer to the end than we thought. All of the signs today point us to the last days of the Church Age. So don't give up or give in, keep on running the race of faith. Heaven is on its feet cheering us to the finish line. We can hear the "Spirit" saying, "Press on you are almost there, push to the finish, bring others with you to the finish line!" Amen.

I pray that you will stay in the Word of Gd and pray more. Make prayer a high priority in you life.

God Bless,

Pastor Jerry