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“Hungering For Holiness”

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by Chuck Ball 1 Comment

The workplace beheading of an innocent female employee in Moore, Oklahoma last week makes me sad and takes me to my knees in prayer. The deceased body of kidnapped real estate agent Beverly Carter earlier this week got my attention and caused me to cry out to God in prayer. Both of these stories broke my heart and even angered me, a lot. But the truth of the matter is neither of these stories shocked me. Did you catch that? I was saddened by the two murders but not shocked in the least by either of them. That’s sad and tells us that I’m used to and even expect to hear stories of evil in this life. After hearing the reports of these stories and praying for those left in grief, I find myself hungering for holiness. When utter and sheer evil doesn’t shock us, we need to hunger for holiness. In a world that laughs at holiness and sees no need for it, I say we need to hunger for holiness. I ask you do you crave and hunger for holiness. Holiness is right living and living for a Holy God. As the bride of Christ, God’s chosen people we are to be holy so we should hunger for holiness. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”(I Pet.2:9) As long as we live in this life we will have evil among us but we will only have holiness if God’s people will be less influenced by the world and hunger for holiness. Remember the words of our Lord Jesus: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”(Mt.5:6)

 

 

“Sharing Sin Struggles With One Another”

Posted on: September 17th, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”(Jas.5:16) The thought of confessing our sins to someone is very uncomfortable. Most of us are not the least bit interested in sharing our dirty laundry. Let’s face it; we all have dirty laundry or sins that we struggle with. We would just rather keep that information to ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, we like to talk. We just don’t want to talk about our own personal sin struggles. We all have sin struggles but we lock them away in a compartment in our lives that we aren’t willing to share with others. What we really need to do is become transparent. What I mean is unlock that hidden compartment that houses our sin struggles and confess and discuss those weaknesses with a close brother or sister in Christ. We are so reluctant to do that because we don’t want others to judge us or look differently at us because of our sin. Brothers and sisters in Christ are family and family will not judge you or think differently of you. We all need the strength that comes from support as we struggle through this life. There are two ways in which we will benefit from sharing our sin struggles with a brother or sister. First of all, we’ll gain strength just from the understanding supportive nature of our brother or sister in Christ. We will also be encouraged to learn that others share some of the same sin struggles that we have. Satan wants us to feel alone in our struggles so that we’ll continue to struggle with the sin instead of overcoming it. Secondly, we’ll definitely gain strength and much benefit from the prayer support of the brother or sister we confided in. The main reason we confess our sins to one another is so that we can pray for each other to be healed. The goal is to overcome our sin struggle and to do that we need the support and prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Chuck Ball

 

 

“Caring For One Another”

Posted on: September 17th, 2014 by Chuck Ball No Comments

When I think of the phrase “caring for one another” I automatically think of family. I think of family because that’s what family does. Family cares for one another which can mean a wide variety of things depending on the circumstances. As Christians, members of the body of Christ, we are family. “Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”(Mt.12:49-50) Jesus teaches that Christians are family. Since we are family in Christ then we should be actively caring for one another. The early church seemed to understand the family concept and the importance of caring for one another. “All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.”(Acts 2:44-45) Can you imagine selling something you own so that you can help out your brother or sister in Christ? May sound somewhat foreign today but the early church did whatever was needed to care for one another. Caring for one another says you are never alone no matter what’s going on. Caring for one another says you have a family even if you don’t have a physical family. Let’s view the church the way we should, as family in Christ and take to heart the phrase caring for one another. Chuck Ball

 

 

“Are You Interested In Revenge”

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by Chuck Ball 1 Comment

I know you’ve been wronged at some point in your life. It’s safe to say that most of us have had our feelings hurt by others. It’s possible that whoever hurt you was a close relative or friend. So, what do you do? When you are hurting and you’re angry with a friend or loved one who hurt you, what do you do? I want to focus on what NOT to do. Never ever no matter the circumstances seek revenge. The unspoken rule of the world is if you hurt me I will get even. If you do me wrong then I will do you wrong. I want you to know that revenge may be the temptation every single time you are wronged but it can never be an option. As a Christian striving to live a faithful life no matter the offense or the offender revenge cannot be an option. When a Christian seeks revenge he removes God from the throne of his heart and places himself in total control of his life. Seeking revenge is taking the control and authority away from God. This is dangerous for any of us, not to mention, something we just don’t have a right to do. “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord.”(Rom.12:17-19) There are three things we all need to keep in mind from this text. First of all, don’t repay evil to anyone no matter how they treat you. Next we are to live at peace with everyone. Finally, Paul simply says, don’t take revenge. No matter what someone does to you, your spouse or your children revenge can never be an option for a Christian. Chuck Ball

 

 

“Fully Committed To The Lord”

Posted on: September 3rd, 2014 by Chuck Ball 1 Comment

As I study through the book of I Kings I find this phrase once in a while that continues to grab my attention. The phrase is “fully committed to the Lord”. King Asa was described as one who “was fully committed to the Lord.”(I Kngs.15:14) Not every King is described with this phrase. Kings Nadab and Baasha were both described as Kings who “did evil in the eyes of the Lord.”(I Kngs.15:26; 15:34) It seems that each man who is appointed King over either Judah or Israel is described with one of these phrases. I think we get the idea of what kind of person each King was by the phrase used to describe him. “Fully committed to the Lord” is a phrase that gets my attention. To me, it begs a deeper look and better understanding. Several of the Kings were not described this way because they “did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” In the context and time frame of I Kings, being “fully committed to the Lord” meant there was no other God in the heart and mind of that particular King. The King who was “fully committed to the Lord” was opposed to idol worship and at times even destroyed the high places and altars to the false gods. Being “fully committed to the Lord” meant living in accordance with God’s law and not allowing anything to come before God. What about Christians today? I realize Christians are committed to the Lord but are we “fully” committed to the Lord? If you are “fully” committed to your spouse then there’s nothing that can come between you two. In the same way, Christians who are “fully” committed to the Lord will not put their relationship with Him in jeopardy for anything. A Christian who is “fully” committed to the Lord is one who puts the Lord first every day and in every way. Simply put, the Lord always comes first to the Christian who is fully committed to Him. Remember the greatest commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”(Mt.22:37) Let’s strive daily to be “fully” committed to the Lord. Chuck Ball