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What In the World To Do In the End Times?… 4) Persist In Prayer

Persist in Prayer — One of the greatest blessings God has given believers is supernatural communication. God cares for us personally (1 Peter 5:7), and He desires to communicate with us (James 4:8). Because He loves us, He earnestly desires our fellowship (John 4:23).


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What In the World To Do In the End Times?… 3) Believe in the Power of God

Believe in the Power of God — I am convinced that most professing Christians are deists. A deist is a person who believes in an impersonal god who never intervenes in human affairs. According to Deism, we are supposed to cope with our god-given reason, our talents, and the wisdom of the Scriptures. As far as the deist is concerned, at the end of the First Century, God retired, the supernatural ceased, and the age of miracles came to an end. But the Hebrew Scriptures teach that God never changes (Malachi 3:6). And the New Testament specifically states that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, yes and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).


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What In the World To Do In the End Times?… 2) Stand On the Word

What In the World To Do In the End Times… 2) Stand On the Word — The Bible says that the end times will be an age of deception (Matthew 24:24, 1 Timothy 4:1, and 2 Timothy 4: 3-4).

In fulfillment of that prophecy, we are today being bombarded with false but alluring religious systems offered by the Christian cults, Eastern religions, and the New Age Movement. Most professing Christians are sitting ducks for spiritual deception because the average Christian is not certain what he believes.

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What In the World To Do In the End Times?… 1)Order Your Priorities

1) Order Your Priorities — The starting point is to review your priorities and make certain that God is first in your life. Be honest with yourself. Don’t play games. Don’t kid yourself.

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A Spiritual Mirror

The Apostle Paul provides us with a spiritual mirror for end time conduct. He says we are to “deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus” (Titus 2:12-13). When you look into this mirror, what do you see?

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The Warning of Lawlessness In the Last Days

The Warning of Lawlessness In the Last Days

Matthew 24:12
“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.
– “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. “So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. –
No one can possibly fail to see the lawlessness that pervades our society from the highest levels of government to the lowliest slum-dwellers in the great cities. Lawlessness screams out at us in every news report. It shakes the very foundation of the state when it is exposed in the lives of the heads of government. It is the reason why none of us dares walk the city streets after dark and why many tremble behind locked doors and barred windows throughout the night.
We see lawlessness, but do we understand?

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Women’s Bible Study Starts 9/17

The Bible is testaments, with 66 books written by 40 authors, over the course of 2000 years. It is comprised of history, literature, poetry, correspondence, and narrative. Whether you have read it for years or are still getting familiar with the bible, the new women’s bible study is for you.
We will be going through “Seamless” by Angie Smith. Seamless reveals the whole bible
from Genesis, to Revelation as a seamless story that God has given to his creation.
Don’t miss this great study, and bring your friends and neighbors.
The Women’s Bible Study begins Thursday September 17 at 9:30am at RHBC in the Adult Life Center.
Please call the church office for more information. 214-350-7000
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The Call To Be Fruitful

As I read the bible I always ask God to reveal his intentions behind the word he has given us.

Lately I have been consumed with what God considers “successful”.

God sent his son Jesus into the world to save the world, and to teach disciples to follow a pattern of that discipleship.

Jesus told his disciples to “bear much fruit” John 15:8

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” – John 15:7-8

The Apostle Paul spoke of the same thing…..


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God Is Doing a New Thing

New Thing

Behold I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up! Do you not perceive it? – Isaiah 43:19

The imperative of following God’s leadership is Experiencing God.

It is important for us to recognize how the lord is working.

Because in the last days we will see the evidence of his spirit guiding us into His perfect will.

It is important for us to stay grounded in the word of God.

I believe in the rhema word of God. That is where God will speak to us at just the right time and in just the right place for “such a time as this.”

But I also believe that any rhema word of God, that we receive, will be grounded in the written word of God, the supreme revelation from God himself that he gave by inspiration to the writers of the bible….

One of the most popular teachings to come to us in several decades is Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God. It got the Christian community’s

attention with a well thought out God given message for our time.

I have actually lived by the principles he taught, since I heard him teach it while attending seminary over 30 years ago.

The realities he spoke of are:
  • God is always at work….He never stops working.
  • Find out where god is working, and join him is his work.
  • God works through his followers… He still chooses to use humans.
  • To get the job done… there is always a crisis of belief.
  • To really join God in what He is doing means we have to make djustments.

 

Now let me read how the dictionary defines, “Experience”.

As a noun: Practical contact with and observation of facts or events.

As a verb: To encounter, participate in, be emotionally moved, learn by.

So when we say experience God, we must ask:

  • Are we having practical contact?
  • Are we observing the facts?
  • Are we encountering, participating in, being emotionally moved by, and learning by…

 GOD?

We have lots of commands in the bible regarding how we are to relate to God.

  • We are commanded to love him….with all our heart….
  • We are commanded to obey him….
  • We are commanded to trust him….

In 1 Peter 2:17 we are told to fear God. This is a reverent fear.

But the bible really does not instruct us to experience him.

Our feelings really should not be the deciding factor on whether God is at work or not, because if His timing is different than ours and we dont get a “feel good ” experience about what we are involved in, that does not mean that we are not right in the middle of God’s plan. We could very well be at the very junction of that crisis of belief that is actually necessary to….OBEY what God is saying, so that the thing that God is doing, takes place.

So I have changed my way of thinking….

When I speak of “experiencing God” I really mean participating with God.

This makes me focus on my obedience.

See there is a possibility that people can do things for God and not even have God as a part of their life.

We see something that needs to be done… we work at it… we get a good feeling that we have accomplished something… and not one time have we said or even thought to ask God about what HE thinks.

The things we do should be based on participating with God, not on working for God.

Some the greatest things that God ever allowed me learn came from a crisis of belief:

  • Salvation
  • Redemption
  • Grace
  • Mercy

These things literally set me free from the bondage of guilt, and shame and made me realize that even in my disobedience God wasn’t finished with me yet.

God says “There is no reason to be discouraged, or to be cautious, or to wonder, I’ve got all it takes to accomplish everything I want done.”

There’s no way we can out dream God.

We don’t stop working or dreaming, because what is happening doesn’t look like it did before.

We must stop looking in the past, for our future.

Old preachers say, “Oh for the days of D.L. Moody!”, “Oh could we just long for the revivals we had in the past?”, “Could we just do what we did before, and ask God to bless?”

Not really having any faith that what He is really trying to do is a new thing.

Whoever has ears to hear; let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. Revelation 3:22
~ Pastor Rick