Monday, August 27, 2007

Stay Free of Unconfessed Sin

Weekend, August 25 & 26

Battery Gauge: Positive or Negative Charge?

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.2 Timothy 1:7

Recommended Reading

Acts 1:4-8

More than one person has replaced a car battery only to find the new battery "dead" within a few days. They may even repeat this process several times, blaming a string of "bad batteries." Only when they realize that the problem is not the battery but the alternator do they get back on the road.

A battery stores power to start a car's engine; but the alternator, turned by a belt that is powered by the engine, keeps the battery fully charged. Lose the alternator and, in time, the battery will go dead. The Holy Spirit functions in the Christian's life like an alternator in a car—the source of power that keeps our spiritual batteries charged. Just as a car needs electrical power for many functions—lights, radio, gauges, spark plugs—so the Christian needs spiritual power for many reasons as well: patience, endurance, love, service, resisting temptation, obedience, and others. The primary way to short-circuit the Spirit's power in our lives is to harbor unconfessed sin.

Stay free of unconfessed sin (1 John 1:9) and full of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), and you will never lack for spiritual power.

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Phillips Brooks

Read-Thru-the Bible

Ezekiel 32:1 - 34:31 ; Ezekiel 35:1 - 37:28

HT: Turning Point Online


Han said...

In our covert investigation conducted at Victory Christian Center (VCC) in Austin, TX, we collected mounting evidence of how the Republican political strategy is employed from the Bush/Rove White House on down to their base of conservative Evangelical churches.

David Barton, Vice-chairman of the Texas GOP and founder of an organization called Wallbuilders, was invited to be the guest speaker at both of VCC's Sunday morning worship services on August 20, 2006. According to Pastor Lee Boss' introduction of David Barton to the congregation, he's "been used by God to touch more elected officials in this nation over any other organization." Armed with old-time bibles, a swanky PowerPoint presentation, and much jibber-jabber, Barton mobilizes the Evangelical Christians to the polls by replacing the word "voting" with "stewardship". He concludes by telling us that Republican political candidates are the obvious choice in our stewardship if we are concerned with biblical issues.

Karl Rove understands the conservative Evangelical voices are a powerful and very well organized tax exempt, money making machine for the Republican party. As long as these Evangelical church leaders have an insatiable appetite for power and influence, Rove will continue to use them to succeed on his mission of establishing a permanent Republican majority. Watch how all the Republican Presidential candidates are scrambling in a tizzy to court the Evangelical / Religious Right vote. It's funny to see the conservatives salivating at the bit, waiting for the next self-righteous politician with the right outside package that they can rally behind. Ever notice how the GOP have to beat up on a minority group of people in order to rally their base? How Christian or Christ-like is that?

Christinewjc said...

Neither David Barton nor the GOP speaks for me. Lumping all evangelical Christian believers in with your incorrect perceived view that all "conservative Evangelical voices" are following your described course of action is just, well, ignorant!

Han wrote:

"Ever notice how the GOP have to beat up on a minority group of people in order to rally their base? How Christian or Christ-like is that?"

My response?

Ever notice how the DEMONCrats have to push the death of pre-born children and pro-homosexual deathly behavior advocacy to those children who fortunately escaped the abortionists forceps and are abortion survivors from this current evil, liberal left lunatic culture of death in order to rally their crazy base?

How Christian or Christ-like is that?

Jesus Christ certainly had harsh admonitions to those who would lead children astray:

Mat 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Mar 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of [these] little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

Luk 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.