PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: GOSSIP

“We are a world that thrives on gossip.” ~ Pastor John Collins

From John Collins Ministries:

“And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.” 1 Timothy 5:13 (NKJV).

 

“But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.” 2 Timothy 2:16 (NKJV).

 

“Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.”  Proverbs 22:5 (NKJV).

 

I heard it through the grapevine, word on the street is, rumor has it, have you heard, what’s the latest, give me the scoop, the skinny, the 411, the juicy news, the dirt, good old fashioned gossip…the conversations we all live for, right?  There are magazines, TV shows, reality shows, locker rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, cafeterias, basements, bathrooms, internet sites, cell phones all devoted to spreading the news of the actions of others, whether famous or not.  We do it ourselves.  We are a world that thrives on gossip.

 

There are many people that make their careers on photos and stories about the dirt on others.  We lap it up like pigs.  We spew it out like geysers.  We love it, we live it, we don’t even notice when we are doing it.  Most people couldn’t tell you exactly what gossip is.  They are just asking about Bob and Sue, right?  Wondering if they are doing okay and ignoring that thrill that comes from finding out Sue just filed for divorce because she caught Bob cheating on her with Beth.

 

Are our own lives so boring that we must entertain ourselves with the pain and humiliation of others?  Do we really need to know who is doing what and why?  Is it any of our business?  Isn’t there something we could be doing that is productive and good?  Isn’t there a wholesome way we could converse with each other?  Is it really any of our business to discuss the sex lives of others?  Is it proper to discuss our own sex lives with others?  Is there nothing that is sacred anymore?  Is there nothing we will not expose about someone just because we can?

 

Gossip is the same as murder in the eyes of the Lord.  It harms people, it destroys reputations and it is just an awful way to spend your time.  It is a part of society today and it is shameful and wrong.  Think of your conversations, consider your words and know that idle speech is of the devil.  We should all cast away our joy in gossip and learn to bridle our tongues.  Be careful of what you say and what you readily listen to.  You don’t have to be polite and listen to gossip.  You can easily say, “I prefer not to hear that.”  Life can be easily simplified by not engaging in idle talk.

 

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”  Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV).

 

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PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: SOMETIMES, LIFE JUST BEATS YOU UP

Pastor John Collins: Life is difficult and times are tough and it is nothing new. It is not easy to feel burdened and tormented in life and it is not easy to deal with all that may happen that produces loss and hurt and scars. Perseverance is a challenge for everyone.

From John Collins Ministries:

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5 (NKJV).

 

Sometimes life just beats you up and sometimes your faith is tested more than you think that you can bear. It is important to begin and maintain that relationship with Jesus so that you can be sure that all of your struggles in life will produce the results that you seek. You should be seeking first and always to obey the Lord and get to heaven and your entire life should produce godly fruit that is evident of your conviction.

 

When you are not striving to do the will of God and you are living your life doing your own will and pursuing your own desires then you can be sure that any pitfalls that you fall into are not about testing your faith but are about providing opportunities for you to begin to pursue your faith. If you are a person who devotes each day to becoming more Christ-like then you can be sure that all of your struggles are not in vain but are a product of your learning to trust in God and also learning what is approved of by God while strengthening your character and preparing you for heaven. Only the pure and the approved get to go to heaven and just believing in Jesus does not mean you will be welcomed into Paradise. Remember that even the demons believe.

 

Perseverance is a challenge for everyone. It is not easy to feel burdened and tormented in life and it is not easy to deal with all that may happen that produces loss and hurt and scars. The beauty of submitting to the will of God and in obeying the Lord and in calling upon Jesus is that you know that when your faith is genuine, their strength is your strength and their hope for you is complete and they won’t let go. God really does want you to make it home to Him and Jesus really did die for you so that you could go there.

 

Life is difficult and times are tough and it is nothing new. Give your life to Jesus and commit to being loyal and obedient in your faith and know that no matter what you go through in this journey He will be there for you. Trust that you do have what it takes to persevere and it is worth it to try and try and try. Hold on to the hope that the Lord has given because He does love you.

 

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (NKJV).

 

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PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: CHOICES

From John Collins Ministries:

“Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.” Genesis 19:24-26 (NKJV).

 

Lot’s wife looked back. She was leaving family, her home and fortune, her status and God knew her love for these things. So often the people of this world find their identity in the family that they have created, in the things that they have acquired and in the social standing that they have established. There is also a time in which a person’s life may feel the most bountiful and full which they may at times ‘look back’ on and regret where they are or resent where they are.

 

Every choice, whether good or bad, for our lives takes us a step closer to where we will end up and we should never regret the bad nor place extreme attachment to the good. The bad gives you a testimony to a life lived that has brought lessons and wisdom and should therefore be savored as it is an opportunity to help another avoid similar mistakes. The good should be cherished for the appreciation that it gives you for the simplicity in the human experience that will bring you joy. The need is for you to always look forward with hope and use the knowledge of both so that your decisions can become more and more righteous with every step of the way.

 

Jesus Christ provides salvation, forgiveness, love, wisdom, knowledge, hope, peace, joy and a truly compassionate heart that will carry you on your journey. To know the Lord in truth is to choose to obey His commands and to keep your perspective in life. Keep it simple, don’t take things so seriously as to find yourself always offended, always defensive and always ready to strike out. Use the wisdom gained in your life to bring hope to another, to find peace in your heart and to forgive as you have been forgiven. Don’t long for yesterday, find acceptance in today and hope in tomorrow.

 

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (NKJV).

 

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PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: TRYING TIMES

Pastor John Collins writes:

“But who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. ‘And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.’” 1 Peter 3:13-14 (NKJV).

When Jesus walked this earth 2 millennia ago, He gave warnings of how things would be before He returned, before any further revelation would come from God and it is our job to be strong as many prophecies come to pass. These are trying times for the believer and there are many enemies of God that would attempt to undermine your faith in any way possible; be it outright scorn, doubt, aggression, violence or the law. It is a time for us to awaken from our slumber and become vigilant in our walk with God. There are many who would slander the Christian as a bigot and judgmental hater of modern liberal society as well as all other religions and their believers. Knowledge of the truth of Christ and holding firm to that truth is seen by many as elitist and narrow minded and you cannot let the words of others weaken your confidence in Jesus Christ as the way, the truth and the life and the only way to the Father.

We live in a world of violence and must not succumb to intimidation but must stand strong in righteousness. There are many out in the world today who are selling a gospel that is not valid, a Jesus that is counterfeit and false assurances to heaven that will never materialize with true conviction of the Holy Spirit and a genuine submission to God. There are many out there that would like to shame the believer into conforming to this world, into accepting things that are not of God and into compromising their faith and beliefs. There are many prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled and that means that God is not through with this world and it is the responsibility of the believer to obey the Commandments set forth by God in order to receive the salvation that is offered through Christ Jesus.

Do not be lazy in your faith and never drop your guard because there are many different ways that your faith and confidence can be sabotaged and you must be protective of your salvation. Be cautious in this world, take nothing for granted and call on Jesus daily for strength, courage and discernment. Be willing to fight the good fight, to run the race of your life and be prepared to receive the prize.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile you good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.” 1 Peter 3:15-16 (NKJV).

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PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: SEASON OF HOPE

From John Collins Ministries:

“Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, ‘Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ So, Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God’” Luke 18:18-19 (NKJV).

God is not only good, but great! God is just fabulous. God is faithful and true, merciful and kind, righteous and just and He loves you. God does want the best for you but He also wants you to learn to want what is best for you and that is not by your standards or the standards of the world but by His standards.

God does know what you need and I am not talking about material things. God knows what you need to assure that your soul is saved. It takes more than just a casual ‘belief’ that Jesus died on the Cross for you in order for you to obtain salvation and entry into heaven. It takes a true faith in Jesus and that faith will produce a belief in His sacrifice that is so strong that it will lead you into obedience to His will.

God will test you and you will go through tough times that will challenge your faith and belief. You will be put in situations that will give you different opportunities and the choices that you make are what adds up to a lifetime of testimony and what will ultimately be the fight of your life. Free will demands that you choose the paths of your life and each day will present itself with different choices. Are you loyal to God? Are you considering God when you make your choices and are you taking your salvation into consideration as you live your life?

Some people may think that God is absent from their lives, or that God has let them down. God is there and God is watching, waiting, and giving you the freedom to choose Him or not. God knows that the hardest lessons in life are the ones that we learn the best. Do your best to limit your frustrations in life by taking a moment to remember that life is short and what we do here matters. Remember that most of what seems overwhelming today may be forgotten a year from now. Trust that in the good times and in the bad times, God is there and has your best interests at heart. God wants you to learn to do what is right but more importantly, God wants you to want to do what is right.

God is amazing and is so beautiful and strong and capable. You can trust God and you can rely on God and know that He won’t let you down even if you may be struggling to deal with tough times in your life there is hope because God loves you. God knows what is right and good and will not let you down. Trust in Him, obey Him and believe in His Son and salvation is yours.

“The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine upon you,

And be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,

And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26” (NKJV).

Christmas is hope. It is felt in the heart. it is about giving without regret. It’s about sacrifice for yourself to see others have what they need. That is HOPE.

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PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: Peace within

Peace is a choice. Peace is knowing that bitterness is without value. Peace is knowing that love is better than hate. Peace is letting forgiveness become a part of you. Peace is looking to Jesus and wanting to be His follower. Peace is allowing the pettiness of this world to pass you by as you cling to the Cross. Peace is allowing the Lord into your heart. Learn to live in peace because you want to. ~Pastor John Collins

Pastor John Collins writes:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 (NKJV).

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:  looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.” Hebrews 12:14-15 (NKJV).

People go on vacation to find peace. Many people go and spend time with nature to find peace. Many people close themselves off from the busy schedules they lead to find peace within themselves. It is a crowded world and it is a fast paced society that we live in so we have to make an effort to find peace within it.

We are told to be peaceful with others, to have compassion and kindness in our hearts so that we may walk a walk that is approved of by God. But how can we be peaceful with others and have compassion on others when our own lives are in upheaval? How can we be kind to others when we are not always kind to ourselves? How can we be calm when our natures are not?

In order to be peaceful we must be able to claim peace within. Sometimes we see older people that have come to a place in their lives where acceptance and wisdom have given them peace. Sometimes we imagine that we see peace in others when we don’t feel that ourselves. I believe that we are not always aware of how much we need peace and of how far away it is from us. We let little things upset us and we let our stress levels get so high that we become agitated people who become sick in our bodies.

Peace is a choice. Some people have learned to love drama and seek it or stir it up if it is not present. Drama has become a staple in so many people’s lives that they don’t know how to function without it. Yet, peace is where hope lies. Peace is where love lies. Peace is where you find contentment. We need to get to the place where arguments and frustration mixed with unhappiness is not what is most familiar to us. Peace is not something that we should seek once or twice a year when we go on vacation. Peace is allowing those things that really don’t have value to pass from our lives.

Peace is knowing that bitterness is without value. Peace is knowing that love is better than hate. Peace is letting forgiveness become a part of you. Peace is looking to Jesus and wanting to be His follower. Peace is allowing the pettiness of this world to pass you by as you cling to the Cross. Peace is allowing the Lord into your heart. Learn to live in peace because you want to.

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27 (NKJV).

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THE SILENCE OF PASTOR JOHN COLLINS

“Hope is like sunshine, everyone needs a ray of it says Pastor John Collins. Now its his turn, he needs a ray of hope and a hand up”

An interview with Pastor John:

Around October 24th, Pastor John suffered a severe heart attack that nearly killed him.  Some heart attacks are called “widow makers.”  He had a heart cath and a stent was placed.  About ten days later, that stent collapsed, causing him to have to undergo yet another heart cath with another stent placed. He nearly died a second time.

Pastor John has had to postpone many of his scheduled speaking engagements for the next six weeks until he is cleared to work.  He is in need of help, there is no income for his family other than Pastor John.  This humble man of God who gives so much hope and wisdom to others is struggling.  His faith and trust in Jesus and God has not faltered through this crisis.  Please consider the Go Fund Me below…..and please, would you share it with others. He is the one who needs the hand up now. As he has preached, there is a time to sit back and allow yourself to be humble and accept the help of others…and that time is his now.

Contact Pastor John through John Collins Ministries site email, he would be happy to talk to you.

“Hope is like sunshine everyone needs a ray of it” ~ Pastor John Collins

HEART ATTACK STOPS PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, INFLUENTIAL PASTOR AND EVANGELIST

Pastor John Collins  is an amazing man who has been through a lot in his lifetime.  Never one to ask for help himself, we are asking for help for him and his family.

John suffered a heart attack about three weeks ago, nearly died.  He had a stent placed, and about ten days later it collapsed and he had a second one placed.  What insurance he had was used up, and he and his family are struggling with the outstanding medical bills as well as keeping their home, vehicle and filling his much needed prescriptions to prevent another heart attack!!

THE COSTS

The total bills are estimated at over $50k.  We are looking for even a portion of the outstanding balance, medical co-payments, vehicle coverage, prescriptions, food and utilities.  We estimate a needed $25000 as quickly as possible.

John is known as one of the top influential pastors  in the United States today.  He is a family man, and he is true to his faith, Jesus, and God.  He has always said that hope is like sunshine, everyone needs a ray of it.  Right now, our team is that hope and sunshine for Pastor John and his family.

John is not able to work until he is cleared by the cardiologist.  He travels the country speaking and preaching and has had to cancel his engagements for at least the next six weeks.

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ABOUT PASTOR JOHN

There are hundreds of people who have been helped by Pastor John, being given a hand up, not a hand out.  These are testimonies, some paraphrased from people who have been given a hand up by Pastor John:

My daughter was involved in an abusive relationship and drugs. My young granddaughter was placed in a bad situation.  He helped raise money to allow me to go to Arizona to pick up my granddaughter and fly her back East to live with me.  I couldn’t have done it without his help.

I had no wood for my wood-stove. It had snowed, I had no heat but running my kitchen stove and my pipes were freezing.  Pastor John made arrangements without my knowledge and a load of wood was delivered and stacked so that I could get my home heated.

I recently lost my home to a fire.  We had no clothing, our personal items were all gone.  A local group delivered personal items, food, and clothing for all of us.  I later found out it was because of Pastor John.

The child was alone after school and before school.  Her dad was a single parent struggling to make ends meet.  They fed her then they found before and after school care for her, at no cost.  It let my neighbor continue to work and keep custody of his daughter, with no involvement from Children’s Protection Services.

He has a passion for relatively unknown musicians who have talent.  He has been known to promote them and find sponsors for them, allowing them to grow a career they otherwise would never have.

They gave me a truck with no expectation for payment.  It allowed me to put my construction business back on track.  I was able to get my life back on track.

I had a heroin addiction.  I kept going back to my family and the neighborhood I lived in where I became an addict.  He found a way to have me admitted to a rehab center that according to the inpatient center I was in had no openings.  I spent three months there, and I’m not an addict anymore.43366952_1573629204681546_r.jpeg

My aunt had been blind because of diabetes for years.  She could see nothing.  She went to hear him preach that Sunday, and she came home able to see!! She has been doing things for others ever since and thanking God for all of it.  She has her vision!  The man worked a miracle!

I had a record that should have had me in prison for 5 to 10 years.  After speaking to the officer on the case, I was allowed to serve community service.  That just doesn’t happen.  I was able to be admitted to a psych center for six months and now I am able to work and make restitution for my actions.  It never would have happened without him.

We lost our home because of my abusive partner.  My sons and I found a home, but I had no money for beds.  If I didn’t get beds, my sons would have been placed in foster care.  A bedding company delivered four mattresses, foundations, frames and bedding!  Pastor John made that possible!

I thought my life was good, that I had everything I needed and wanted, but I wasn’t happy.  I had not been to a church in many years because of bad experiences and feeling like something was missing.  I went to a service that Sunday, feeling pretty skeptical about “a man of God” and an evangelist.  His sermon broke my heart, I cried throughout it.  At the altar call, I was one of many who went forward.  Afterward, he took the time to talk to me and provided counseling for the depression I was experiencing.  I accepted Jesus back into my life because of Pastor John.  My life has become one of service and personal reward since then.

Pastor John Collins has taken a stand on drug addictions.  Having first-hand experiences with people who have addictions to heroin, Pastor John Collins will go to the extreme to help someone get help when they decide that the addiction has to go.  Heroin addiction is an epidemic in many areas of the United States.  Pastor John Collins takes a stand that it is time to help alleviate and heal the heroin addiction epidemic. He worked with my son, and my son has been clean for four years.

YOUR HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

Pastor John has made a difference in so many lives.  As soon as he is able, he will continue to do the work that God called upon him to do.  He needs help right now so that he and his family can get through this unexpected crisis.

We appreciate you reading this far. Any amount of donation is greatly appreciated by the team and Pastor John and his family.  He has preached that giving a hand up, not a hand out, gives someone hope.

You may donate through our Go Fund Me link.  You may also go to www.johncollinsministries.com and donate through his website.  If you wish to speak to Pastor John himself, you can reach him through his website linked email.  To help get the word out, you can share the link to your Facebook Timeline.

This YouTube video gives you an idea about John Collins and what he does.  He believes in helping others.  We hope you will consider helping him and his family.  Thank you!!

 

Posted with permission from Gretchen Hershberger, post created with permission from Pastor John Collins by Gretchen Hershberger, World Christian Authority

PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: WHO’S ON 1ST?

From John Collins Ministries:

“Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV).

“But I will show you whom you should fear; Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” Luke 12:5 (NKJV).

People have lost their fear of the Lord. There has been a watering down of the gospel and a minimizing of the consequences of sin. Fire and brimstone preachers seem to be a thing of the past and no one wants to hear any of the hell sermons nowadays. I must say that it is a true shame that there has been a weakened God preached and a softened version of Jesus preached because it has left this generation feeling that they ‘know’ God and Jesus and too many blatant transgressors are convinced that they have nothing to fear and are not working to change anything.

I am sure that you have heard someone say that they ‘know’ God and that their God is a loving God who would not do this or that. Maybe you think that you know God. Let’s do a quick self-check and see. Do you know that God really does care whether or not your heart is filled with sin and whether your mind is filthy or not and whether you are obedient to His Son? Do you know what Jesus wants of you and are you doing it? Have you forgiven those who have hurt you, have you apologized for causing the hurt to others that you have hurt, are you greedy and selfish, angry and bitter, full of resentment and self-righteousness, are you condescending and rude, judgmental and arrogant, are you vain and full of pride, are you full of lust, are you a cheater or a liar and are you willing to be honest with yourself? Who comes first in your life? Is it you, your spouse, your kids, your parents, your friends or is it the Lord?

If you really know God then you would obey His Son. If you really fear God then you would make a complete effort to go forth and sin no more. If you really know God then you would know His words and you would put Him first in your life. Putting God first means that you choose to live a life that is not of this world, not impressed with this world and is in service to Him. To serve Him means that you serve others, are concerned with faith and salvation. To serve Him is to learn to see things as He does and to learn to value what He values and to learn to do good because that is what He wants from you.

Life is short and it is full of ups and downs and if you don’t get to heaven you have failed. It is your duty to yourself, first and foremost, to learn how to make your election sure and then to those around you to help them make their election sure. To make your election sure is to gain entry into heaven. Remember, you have to have a complete faith and live a life that exemplifies your loyalty and service to God in order to be permitted into heaven because to just believe is not enough as even the demons believe and tremble.

“I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” Luke 12:49 (NKJV).

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PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: A LIFE WORTH LIVING?

From John Collins Ministries:

“For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: ‘For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back,My soul has no pleasure in him.’ But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:36-39 (NKJV).

A life is only worth living if the soul is saved, otherwise it is a tragedy no matter how well that life was lived. A life must achieve salvation in order to produce worth.

A person can grow up brilliant, become a scientist and cure a disease, become a surgeon and save lives, become a soldier and fight for freedom, become a teacher and pass along knowledge to so many, become any number of things that enhances the lives of those living on this planet and still fail. If you don’t make it to heaven, you fail.

No matter the success, accomplishment, or enlightenment that you bring to this world, if you don’t live a life of faith in the Son and the Father and commit to living a life in obedience to the gracious will of God, you will not enter heavens gates upon your earthly death.

Life is a gift and in all of its trials and troubles it is precious and an opportunity for you to grow in righteousness. Life is a gift and it is full of trauma and beauty that too many just waste on nonsense. Life is a gift that should be cherished and appreciated and used to ensure your salvation which can only happen through devotion to the Lord.

Do not squander your life. Do not take a single breath for granted. Do not waste what you have been given. Love God, love the Son, love the cross, love your neighbor and love yourself enough to seek those things which are above which is to seek to become more Christ-like and to seek righteousness before all.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)

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PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: A WORLD APART

Being a Christian means living a life that is apart from this world. Christians are meant to see things as God does and to make the effort to live as holy people. We cannot claim Jesus and the salvation that He offers if we are not willing to live as He requires us to live.~ Pastor John Collins

From John Collins Ministries:

“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.  Amen.”  Hebrews 13:20-21 (NKJV).

We Christians like to think that we live to serve the Lord and to do His will but so often just do our own.  We like to think that we know the Bible and that we are good and that we are full of faith.  We like to think that we make the best efforts and that we are charitable people doing our part.  Is this true?

Do we know that to be a Christian means that trouble will come our way?  Do we know that to be that new man means that our old man and our old ways must die?  Do we know that we are not really part of this world and that our home is in heaven and by claiming heaven as our home there are things here that we must forgo and sacrifice?  Do we know that we are to eliminate certain behaviors and to avoid certain activities?  Do we know that we are held to a different standard and must be diligent to live up to that standard?  Do we care?

Being a Christian means living a life that is apart from this world.  Too many Christians want to enjoy this world and excuse themselves from the responsibility of the consequences of living it up, keeping up with the Jones’ and doing all that pleases themselves.  Christians are meant to see things as God does and to make the effort to live as holy people.  We are not to make excuses for ourselves and we are meant to seek righteousness.  We cannot claim Jesus and the salvation that He offers if we are not willing to live as He requires us to live.

We not only have to avoid acting on the sin but we have to avoid the desire of sin.  He said that to lust is to commit adultery in your heart and to hate is to commit murder in your heart.  How often do we consider our emotions?  How often do Christians even consider their actions?  We must do better and we must come to the point in our lives where we stop caring so much about this world and start caring about the next.

Our hope is in Jesus and the promises of God.  Find the hope within your heart that leads you to righteousness.  It is within each one of us to be more faithful, more loyal and more holy.  Let each day take you a step closer to the kingdom in truth and a step further away from this world of death.

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,’ then He adds, ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’”  Hebrews 10:16-17 (NKJV).

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