Category: Guys With God


Know Who You Follow

Watch who and what you follow… 

 Remember playing follow the leader as a child? 

While it was a fun game, it only required action to do what the leader did and not much thought was needed. 

Sadly we do this with some parts of our lives as adults. 

Some of us don’t give much thought to who we associate with, what we are doing privately, professionally, and even spiritually. 

Perhaps it’s different for you, but I have blindly followed only to end up in some bad situations due to my lack of participating with my mind and heart. 

The challenge God gives us daily is to build relationships with Him through Jesus, His Word, and fellowship with other believers. 

How is this working out for you?…

Check your experience… 

“Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances!” Big Book pg 100 

Lord, let us stop the pattern of blindly following others and look to see what is good, AMEN. 

 “My dear friend, do not follow what is bad; follow what is good. The one who does good belongs to God. But the one who does evil has never known God.” 3 John 1:11 

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Terminal Uniqueness

Suffering from terminal uniqueness… 

Have you ever noticed how different it feels when you are faced with an unusual experience or uneasy situation? 

 Now perhaps it’s different for you, but this selfish head of mine tries to make me feel isolated and alone and justify all the wrong elements that go against my moral fibers and character. 

It’s like my head is trying to get me to turn my back on my faith and give in to those old ways that brought me nothing but chaos, calamity, and crisis. 

The blessing I have is that when I face these experiences or situations today, my heart gently reminds me almost immediately of the Holy Spirit within me and that I am not alone. 

I find that when I share these times with others walking the spiritual path with me that they have also experienced things of this nature, and I am not terminally unique! 

Are you allowing your head to isolate you from your heart and others?.. 

Check your experience… 

“But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful.” Big Book pg. 17 

Lord, let us look in our hearts for your Spirit and rely on our faith and fellowship with others to immunize us from terminal uniqueness, AMEN. 

 “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 

Have a blessed day Y’all! 

Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible! 

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Why Knowing the Word of God is so Important

Lifeway Research and Ligonier Ministries conduct a bi-annual “The State of Theology” survey to essentially take the theological temperature of the United States. I am sure that many of you have heard of this or other studies that show a growing apostacy in the church. The results of this year’s State of Theology are another example of awful news for Christians and it seems that the underlying problem is a lack of reading and understanding the Bible by those that are devoted to the faith.

This study focuses not just on the general population, but additionally on the beliefs of evangelical Christians. The survey identifies evangelicals as Christian believers who agree that the Bible is the highest authority for what someone believes, that it is important for non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their savior, that Jesus’ death on the cross is the only sacrifice that removes the penalty of humanity’s sin, and that only those who trust in Him alone receive God’s grace as a free gift of eternal salvation.  

Does God Change?

While the Bible establishes in Isaiah 46:10, Malachi 3:6, James 1:17, and 1 John 3:20 that God cannot and does not change, 48% of evangelicals believe that God learns and adapts to various situations. In other words, they believe that God does change and the general U.S. population concurs with this belief at 51%, or only 3% higher than evangelicals!

Are We Born Innocent?

The Bible establishes the concept of original sin in the account of Adam and Eve’s rebellion in the garden of Eden, where humans became corrupted. Since the fall, every human being inherits a sin nature from the time of their conception (Psalms 51:5 and Romans 5:12). The Bible clearly indicates we are not sinners because we sin, but that we sin because we are sinners. Somehow, 65% of evangelicals are confused about this foundational truth and agreed that everyone is “born innocent in the eyes of God,” denying the doctrine of original sin, and with it, the very reason that people need salvation in the first place!

Is Jesus Christ God?

One of the most stunning results of this year’s survey is the increasing number of evangelicals who deny the divinity of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ divinity is acknowledged throughout the Bible, which clearly asserts that Jesus is indeed God (John 1:1; 8:58; Romans 9:5; Hebrews 1:1-4). When asked whether they agreed that “Jesus was a great teacher …but not God,” 43% of American evangelicals answered yes. That number is up 13% from just two years ago!

Does God Accept The Worship of All Religions?

Crucial to Biblical Christianity is Jesus’ own assertion that He alone is “the way, and the truth, and the life,” and that “no one comes to the Father except through him” (John 14:6). Incredibly, 56% of evangelicals agreed with the idea that “God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam,” in contrast to Jesus’ words in Matthew that without Him, “no one knows the Father” (Matthew 11:27). It is very concerning that these survey results reveal an increasingly unbiblical belief among evangelicals that God is pleased by worship that comes from those outside the Christian faith!

Why have so many evangelicals fallen away from Biblical truths while still believing the Bible is accurate? Most (95%) still agree with the statement that “the Bible is 100% accurate in all that it teaches.” So, while many professing Christians still believe in the Bible, they are simply ignorant of what the Bible teaches. The problem most likely stems from either not being taught the Bible in church, not taking the time to read it on their own, or just not caring enough to learn.

Unfortunately, it is presumed that Biblical doctrine does not matter to faith in many corners of evangelicalism these days. This lack of strict adherence to Scripture can take at least two forms:

  1. Hyper-emotionalism: thinking that God will settle for our sincerity and our affection, despite whether our beliefs are true.
  2. Hyper-politicization: thinking that it really matters whom you vote for and what group you belong to, not what you believe about the essential truth of the Gospel or the claims of Christ.

Despite these cultural trends, Jesus was very clear in what he said: “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the spirit and in truth.” It was for this reason that the divine Logos came into the world “to testify to the truth,” and it is only the truth that sets us free. It is interesting to me that in the Old Testament, idolatry is portrayed not only as worshipping a false God but worshipping a false idea of who God is, such as was the case with the Golden Calf incident.

A positive note from this survey is what it revealed about controversial topics and moral issues: 91% of evangelicals agreed that abortion is a sin and 94% agreed that sex outside of traditional marriage is a sin. However, these affirmations are overshadowed by 28% who agreed that Scripture’s condemnation of homosexual behavior “doesn’t apply today.”

In summary, we will never have a clear sense of God’s attributes without a biblical understanding of who Jesus is and the absolute authority He wields over all creation. Whether we obtain this knowledge in church or through Bible study, it is critical that we clearly understand God’s omnipotence, immutability, character, and work in the world as well as how He sees us and what He requires of us. If our beliefs are established in our political viewpoints or some ambiguous notion of God’s “goodness,” we will have simply obtained a “form of godliness, while denying its power.”

The findings of this study demonstrate a need for many so-called Christians to repent, for many churches to renew their commitments to teaching the entire Bible, and for all of us who claim to follow Christ to commit our hearts and minds to truly knowing who He is and who He has revealed Himself to be! Certainly, sharing the Gospel in this day requires more than just sharing the love of Jesus – we who know the truth must share the whole truth to non-believers as well as those Christians who are lukewarm.

Adjusting Our Focus

Just focus… 

It’s a tall order these days to keep our minds focused and clear. 

It seems that no matter where we go, or what we are doing there are sights, sounds, and other things trying to grab our attention. 

Heck, even our Smartphones can now chirp at us to let us know that we are near a good deal or a favorite place. 

Advertising and marketing are necessary for our capitalistic society and our shopper’s culture. 

Perhaps it’s different for you, but I find it hard to stay focused, especially with my mind that is attracted naturally to shiny things! 

What I have learned through the schools of hard knocks and experience is that I can stay focused when I am constantly checking my motives and efforts. 

Constant contact with the Holy Spirit from seeking God’s will throughout the day is what gets me through. 

How do you stay focused?..

Check your experience… 

“As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter.” Big Book pg 63 

Lord, let us look to You to help us keep our minds and hearts clear from the distractions of this world, AMEN. 

“But you should keep a clear mind in every situation.” 2 Timothy 4:5 

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Spiritual GPS

Our own autopilot…. 
As we start each day, most of us have certain things in place to get us up and running as well as habits to keep us on schedule. 
Alarm clocks, calendars, and various routines keep us moving and in sync with our day. 

Autopilot is a great tool for morning routines and repetitive things in our lives. 
We have the same opportunity with our spiritual lives as well. 

When we make the daily decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, our day goes better, and we are not as challenged by worldly clamors…
Check your experience… 

“In thinking about our day we may face indecision. We may not be able to determine which course to takeHere we ask God for inspiration, an intuitive thought, or a decision.” Big Book pg. 86 

Lord, please guide our lives to allow us the freedom that exists in seeking and doing Your will, AMEN. 

 “let the Holy Spirit guide your lives” Galatians 5:16 
Have a blessed day Y’all!! 
Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible!

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Worry Doesn’t Work

Worry makes things seem bigger than they are. 

I am curious, has anyone ever gained from worrying? 

I don’t have any record of this. 

Why do we allow our fears and expectations to grow inside of us and gain strength in our minds and hearts? 

Our human nature is prone to this and free will allows this to happen, robbing us of our peace and stealing our energy and focus. 

Did you know that you can trade those worries, fears, and expectations for grace? 

Try this for the next few days. 

Every time you catch yourself building a case for a good worry, write it down on a piece of paper and put it in a drawer that can serve as your God box. 

Tell God the worry is now His and move on with your day! 

You can do this. 

It works….

“There you will find release from care, boredom, and worry.” Big Book pg. 152 

Lord let us fill our God box with our fears, worries, and troubles and leave them with You, allowing us to move forward and see how we can turn our focus to helping others, AMEN. 

 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 

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Hitting the Spiritual Gym

Exercising in the Spirit. 

It seems that just about everyone has a physical fitness routine they try to follow daily. 

From gym memberships to hiking, biking, or running, most folks I know are doing something daily to keep their bodies healthy and in shape. 

Heck, even I finally traded in “sport-eating” for a real fitness program involving healthy food choices and exercise 5 years ago!

Thanks, Tim Berry, Miss Kim, Miss Jenna, and Dillon! 

The point is that physical fitness involving healthy food choices and exercise is now a part of our culture. 

Being physically healthy is something we need to own but what about our spiritual health? 

How are we building up our spiritual fitness? 

The good news is that it is just like our physical gym… we can keep spiritually fit too. 

Daily time spent in the Word, prayer, as well as frequent contact with other believers, can and does build up our spiritual fitness. 

What does your daily spiritual fitness routine include?.. 

Check your experience… 

“Assuming we are spiritually fit, we can do all sorts of things” Big Book pg 100 

Lord, let us grow spiritually healthy through daily time spent in Your Word and in prayer, AMEN. 

“Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart.” 1Timothy 4:8-9 

Have a blessed day y’all! 

Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible! 

How about a daily dose of hope and inspired thought? 

Inner Change Brings Results

Change must come from within… 

It’s such a blessing to be around folks who are sharing the changes they are making in themselves! 

Their positive motivation and encouragement inspire me to continue to work on myself. 

The key word here for me is WORK. 

Maybe your results have been different, but I have not been able to just think my way to positive change within me and my life. 

I have had to provide the needed actions to change my attitudes, beliefs, habits, and behaviors too. 

The blessing for me in all of this activity is that not only do I begin to become the person God intended me to be, but also, I am building new friendships and relationships as I grow. 

How are you bringing change to yourself?.. 

Check your experience… 

“Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.” Big Book pg 84 

 Lord, let us provide the action and willingness to bring about the needed changes in our lives, AMEN.

 “Get rid of all the sins you have done and get for yourselves a new heart and a new way of thinking.” Ezekiel 18:31 

Have a blessed day y’all! 

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Find the Good

Find the good and the blessings will follow. … 
Have you ever noticed both in yourself and in others that when love is added to the task, effort, or deed it not only goes well but also brings a smile to those involved? 
Now it’s pretty apparent that we can’t do what we love all the time, every time, but we can bring our best efforts and attitudes. 

Some of the daily tasks I have are not the most enjoyable, but because they are required, I make the best of them. Over the years I have learned to look for the good in every situation and to see what I can bring to it, instead of seeing what I can take from it. 

This mindset has not only gotten me through the moment but also given me a new outlook and attitude on things. 
It works when you work it!.. 
Check your experience… 

“Do not think of what you will get out of the occasion.

Think of what you can bring to it.” Big Book pg. 102 

Lord, let us use love and grace to not only be a part of the things we enjoy but also to help us through the rougher waters of our lives, AMEN. 

“In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Proverbs 3:6
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