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How To Spot a Godly Person

How to spot a godly person (based on Psalm 1)

 

    1. They are blessed by God. ‘Blessed is the man…’ He or she is blessed by God. They will know the prosperity of the Lord. This does not mean they will necessarily have a big bank account or that they will never have to visit the doctors. On the contrary, the spiritual blessings of God mean that if calamity hits, they have the peace of mind that knows that God is always in control, and that He has our ultimate well-being at heart.

 

    1. They keep themselves from wrongful associations. ‘Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; they walk in integrity and pursue holiness. They are set apart from the worlds way of thinking, doing, or behaving.

 

    1. They love the Bible and can’t get enough of it. ‘But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.’ They read it, meditate on what they’ve read, and apply it to their lives. It is their guide book on life and their spiritual food. It sustains and nourishes them throughout their lives.

 

    1. Even in their weakness they are strong and healthy. ‘He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water.’ They recognise that, if they are planted, then their must be a planter, and that it is God who does the planting, and that Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. (Ps. 92: 13)

 

    1. They produce the fruit of the Spirit. That brings forth its fruit in its season. The godly person will display the fruit of the Spirit in every season of their life – love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control. Their lives will display the good fruit of someone who walks close to God, and the world will know them by their fruit.

 

    1. God’s hand is visibly upon them. Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. The anointing oil of the Holy Spirit is active in their lives and they will prosper. A godly person hears from God, obeys His commands and lives the life God calls them to. They work hard. They do not run dry, for God is with them, equipping, filling, and blessing. Their spirit is healthy, active, and growing, even when all around them is in a spiritual drought, because God’s favour is evident in their life, and they are successful in all that He calls them to do. It is not mere outward prosperity that is the true measure of God’s favour; but a deeper, more significant spiritual prosperity.

 

  1. God watches over them. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous. God has a path and a way for each one of us. When we walk on His path and in His ways, He watches over us. Even when that path leads to death and beyond, He is with us.

Why Go To Church?

Why Go To Church?

The church is Christ’s plan for His people (Mt. 16: 18). The Greek word for church is Ekklesia, and simply means ‘called out’. Some make the distinction between the local church and the universal church, but actually they are both one and the same. You cannot belong to one without belonging to the other. Most of the letters in the NT were sent to local churches, as in 1 Cor. 1: 2 ‘To the church of God in Corinth’. This shows that the letter was initially sent to a specific church in a specific location – to a local church, not to the ‘universal’ church, and yet it belongs to all Christians because it’s in the bible.

The universal church is really a spiritual idea rather than a physical idea. It consists of every born again, bible believing person who has ever lived, is alive today or will ever live. From the time that Jesus died on the cross up until He returns in glory. When Jesus said, “I will build my church”, in Matt. 16 He was talking about the universal church. For all the times that church is mentioned in scripture, 90% refers to the local church. This emphasis shows the importance that God places on local church. Only 10% refers to the universal church, yet this is what people who don’t want to go to the local church say they belong too.

There are important reasons why we should belong to a local church, and it is these reasons why the devil doesn’t want you to go there.

Firstly, it’s where God places you. 1 Cor. 12: 18 ‘But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.’ When we remove ourselves from the body to go where we please, who are we pleasing? Ourselves or God?

Secondly, It’s where the world gets to know we belong to Christ. Jesus says in Jn. 13: 35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” If we don’t belong to a local church, if we drift from one place to another, or don’t bother to go at all, how can we show the love of Christ to one another? How will the world know we belong to Him?

Thirdly, it’s only in the local church that we prosper and grow. Psalm 92: 13-14 ‘Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing,’ Pretty self-explanatory really.

There are many other reasons why should be committed to and belong to a local church, and we would love it if you joined yourself to us. But wherever you go, put down roots in a local church. YOU CANNOT BE A CHRISTIAN AND NOT BELONG TO A LOCAL CHURCH!

Let Your Light Shine.

Jesus says in Matt. 5: 16 “Let your light so shine before men…”

We can shine academically, when we get good grades and do well in our studies. We can shine in our work: Achieving goals, good time keeping, good attendance. There are many ways in which we can shine, but there is only one way we can so shine before men that they see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.

The only good light we have has been given to us by God, and now we have a command to let our light shine.

How we do that is by firstly having the beatitudes, or beautiful attitudes in our lives that Jesus had just spoken about in verses 3 – 10. We do that by reading God’s word daily, meditating on the words we’ve read, and allowing His word to penetrate our souls.

Secondly we have to live out those attitudes. We have to put them into practice in our lives every day. We have to make a decision to purposefully put our own feelings and thoughts to one side, and then acting upon the word that is in us.

Letting your light shine is not your good deeds. You can serve at foodbanks, or in church cafes, you can help the widow and the orphan and give all that you have, but if it’s not accompanied by your testimony and your proclamation (that is, speaking out) of the Good News, then it is just works that anyone could do, and no amount of good works can buy your way into heaven. If your good works are not accompanied by the gospel then people won’t glorify God, they will glorify you, and while that might sound great in the temporal, eternally it is a very dangerous position to be in.

Giving your testimony and telling people the Good News of Jesus Christ can be very frightening and daunting at first, but Jesus didn’t tell us in Matthew 28:18-20 to go into all the world and run soup kitchens, He said “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you”

THAT is letting your light shine!

This is very hard to do at first, but like all things, the more we practice, the better we become.

This is being changed from glory to glory. This is fulfilling the command from the Apostle Peter when he said, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light” (1 Pet. 2: 9)

Fighting Lions

Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. And he killed an Egyptian, a man of great height, five cubits tall.

1 Chronicles 11: 22-23

Moab represents the flesh, Egypt represents the world’s system and the lion represents the devil.

These are enemies we all have to face in our lives at some time, but today I want us to look at the lion.

Not only does the lion represent the devil, but it also represents the things that cause us the most fear, which is what the devil wants us to be – fearful. What is it that you are most afraid of?

Being alone? A relapse? An illness? Financial insecurity? The thing that you dread and fear the most is your lion, and one day you will have to face your fears.

I don’t know about you, but if I was facing a wild, fierce lion I would want to do so under the best of circumstances: light of day, good conditions, large space, lots of cover and trees to climb, full body armour and a gun!

Benaiah jumped into a pit on a snowy day to face his lion.

Our lions attack when our faith is weakest, when we have little room for spiritual movement, and often when we are shaky and unsure of ourselves.

The thing is, God allows the lions to attack, and often wants us in the pit to face them, not so that we get mauled, but that we overcome our fears with Him at our side. That we come to realise that it is God alone who is our strength, that it’s only His arms around us that we need, and He is the only one who can rescue us.

Isaiah tells us that if we wait on the Lord He will renew our strength, and the Psalmist tells us that when we cry out to God He will lift us out of the pit and make our footing firm.

Deut. 20: 4 for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’

Eph. 6: 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.