A lot of you have heard the saying, "The road less traveled" and some have even written a book about it, but in making a legacy for you and your family, it begins with your heart and with you making a commitment toward making God truly Lord over your entire life. The hardest part of being male, a creature of habit, is when we get set in our ways, it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks, however, in "dog-training" one broken command takes eight corrections. This is exactly what we should do as diciples of Christ, learn to reinforce the postive and stay away from the negative (the sinful things). For instance, if we struggle with pornography (porn, images of lust, sexual fantasies) then we need to confess those to God and REPENT. The question always comes up, "What if I cannot stop doing this, am I really saved." That is an excellent question, and the answer is found in the New Testament, by what fruit you are bearing in your lives. Remember that Jesus said, some may say Lord, Lord, and he will say depart from me, I never knew you. Getting to the heart of the matter, that is, a heart check awareness of where God truly stands in our life can only start with prayer. By Adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication we can allow the Holy Spirit to truly move in our lives and convict us of the impurities in our life that we need to clean house and to encourage us in the things in our lives that we need to continue to feed: Reading the Bible, Praying, Meditation and quiet time. Some of us can honestly say that we truly don't have the time? Really? Do we have time for sports, for sex, for building relationships with others? Then why, in God's name, do we not have time for Him? Seriously, prayer is a way that we can truly communicate with the Holy of Holies. Prayer is a way that we can truly worship to the one and only God. Prayer is a way that we can allow God to work in our lives. Spending quiet time, whether in a closet, a basement, outdoors and or any place where you can allow no outside interferences to get in between you and God is a place where you can find that little voice that talks to you and points out the good and the bad in your life. The voice that says that everything will be okay and that all you need to do is to trust and obey. Simply put, when we allow God to be Lord over our lives then we allow the Holy Spirit to make the changes in us that need to be made. So I ask you, can you make the time? Can we give ourselves to God's call? Can we give to the one person who loves us so much that He gave us his only son, as a sacrifice, to once and for all atone for our sin and to allow us to be saved? When we put things in perspective, is it really that hard to do? Where ever you are in your life and your walk in life, whether rich or poor, whether well taken care of or barely making it, we can truly allow ourselves to take a deep reality check in our lives and discover that if we are not actively serving him, as Christians, then something is truly missing: Community with God. Community with the Most High and Holy God. All this is possible through his son Jesus Christ who bore all of our sins at Calvary. Lance and I want to make this challenge to you, 21 days, that is twenty one days to read the Book of John and the Book of James and then see where you are in life and where you think you should be. Twenty One days, that is three weeks for those who are not counting. Can you commit to: 1) Daily reading of the Bible, 2) Daily Prayer(s) (and we emphasize prayers in the sense of throughout the day and 3) quiet time to hear that ever so quiet voice in our lives. If you can do that in twenty one days, then we bet that you will see a difference in your outlook, that is, your heavenly perspective. Can you do it?
Mark 8: 34Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.35For whoever wants to save his life[c] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."