Being on consecration without purification, is like putting on clean clothes without taking a shower and cleaning your body. Purify yourselves for tomorrow, I will do great wonders among you Joshua 3:5….yes Lord!!! Co-Pastor Goggins
How NOT to Entangle Yourself in the World
Scripture References: 1 John 5:19, Romans 12:2, Matthew 6:24, Galatians 5:7 and John 10:10.
- Distraction and deception will entangle you in the world.
- An unfocused mind will make you vulnerable to the world and the enemy.
- When you become entangled in the world, you lose your identity, authority and influence.
- Finally, if the Holy Spirit does not convict you immediately after an offense, you’re entangled in the world. The Holy Spirit responds quickly.
This lesson was originally taught during Lady T. Goggins Ministries 2014 Spiritual Warfare Conference by Elder Loretta Adams.
How do you like to lift Him up?
I agree that the world would be far less creative and expressive without the entertainment or the industry itself. I suppose our leisure time would be taken up by more productive activities like learning a new language or volunteering instead of buying tickets to a Jay-Z concert or waiting in endless lines at the movie theater to see the next franchise installment.
Yes, entertainment and being entertained by certain individuals or activities is good but when and where do we draw the line in the Christian faith? We’ve slowly inched secular notes into holy sanctuaries. We’ve subtly condoned tighter and tighter garments for our Sunday wardrobe. In some ministries, they’ve even elevated and coveted “good singing” over the Word of God being preached on Sunday. Isn’t it amazing that nowadays we have churches filled with vessels of talent but not power? They don’t have power to cast out demons and lay hands on the sick and they shall recover in Jesus’ name but at least they can put on a good gospel concert! Would we really rather be entertained in exchange for our souls?
The days have long since passed when the saints of God gathered together on one accord: to glorify God. Now too may Sunday mornings are occupied by members judging who wore it best, the latest gossip on the pew or even worse a love connection that doesn’t involve Jesus. Church has been conformed into a club or social gathering. As a whole, we haven’t forsaken meeting together (Hebrews 10:25) as an assembly but I think in many ways we’ve neglected our purpose for meeting together as one which is to honor, and worship the King of Kings.
I recently visited a church that proves the point of this piece. I was only there briefly but I was disappointed by the little time I spent there. I went out on a Saturday night in support of an up and coming Gospel artist so of course I knew it was a service mainly dedicated to display the music. However it was still church. The songs were still about Jesus and as usual during a church service, prayer went forth. Only, not too many people seemed interested in intercessory prayer. Some even seemed bothered by it, uncomfortable even, to have their gathering of music open up with prayer. Their thoughts were almost visible as if to say “I’m feeling more so convicted than entertained”.
So how do we get back to the old way? For starters, we can stop compromising. Jesus didn’t have to sell the gospel to people. It’s a winning product all on its own. As Christians, we don’t have do what the world does to bring others to Christ. Peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9) should have other people being influenced by them, not the other way around. Second, we can do away with ulterior motives. For example, the praise and worship leader could not be promoting his own music during service or a choir member could stop trying to get discovered from the pulpit.
Amen, amen and amen.
It’s the season of thanksgiving but as believers in Christ, we know to find thanks in everything for every day of our lives. November is just getting started but we all know that turkey day will be hear before you know it. While many of us have already begun planning our dinner menus, there are many individuals who won’t be able to enjoy the hearty feasts that the majority of us will be partaking in in just a few short weeks.
TKHC takes this into consideration every year with their annual turkey dinner give-a-ways! TKHC will be sponsoring families in need this season by providing them with a a turkey and sides to enjoy this Thanksgiving. If you know of a family in need in the Atlanta metro area, please email us at email@example.com with their contact information.
TKHC will be accepting inquires for Thanksgiving dinners until November 22, 2013.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive” -Acts 20:35
Every minister has their own style when it comes to delivering the Word. Which one of these applies best to your pastor or ministers at your church? Remember, it’s all in good fun 😉
The time is near! Thy Kingdom Has Come International Ministries will be hosting their annual youth conference starting this week, Thursday August 8-11! Join TKHC for workshops, concert, scholarship award, school supply give-a-ways and much, much more! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tkhcministries.com!
Sometimes it may feel awkward or seem like somewhat of a challenging approaching people who are different from you. It may feel even more difficult when taking on the task of inviting that someone to church but the least they can do is say “no”. So, why not keep trying until you finally get that “yes”? Most of the time, the encounter isn’t as bad as you imagined it to be.