How to Become a Better Person.

We want to do good but seem to keep on doing bad what can we do to be better people?

"Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off  your old self with it's practices. And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of it's creator." Colossians 3: 10.

When we come to God through faith in Christ some things happen. First we get eternal life and a relationship with The Father, but among other things we have chosen to put off our old way of life and put on a new way of life, it is so complete that it is like putting off our old self and putting on a new self.

There is something that is happening in the life of the believer, a true believer in Jesus is growing, and if there is not a progression of positive change in his life there is a question that his faith is real.

The past tense of this word points out that things have happened and is ongoing, and this ongoing thing is a change to life. When we come to faith we are brought from death to life but we are additionally in the process of becoming more alive, or more like Jesus.

One of the purposes of God is that we know God. We were made for him and we are fulfilled in him, to this end we must know him. There are more than one kind of knowledge, some knowledge you get from books but the best comes from experiencing something, God wants us to experience him.

In order to know God we must be like him in some way to relate and God made us in his image for that purpose. Man's sin has tarnished the image of God in us and in order to fully know God we need renewal and restoration

Choose to put on the new self that God have given us in Christ and reject the old then you will be able to have fellowship with the Father and live a life that pleases him and you.

To learn more about coming to God see my other blog.
(c)Adron Dozat

Can I Be Holy? 1 Peter 1:6

To be holy before God would be a good thing- it would guarantee acceptance with him, but can we be holy? The Bible seems to say we can.

"For it is written, "Be holy for I am Holy." 1 Peter 1:6

This is not a new teaching since it was already written in the Old Testament. The holiness of God is taught early in the Bible.

To be holy is to be set apart by God. It is to be set apart from the common and especially from the sinful. All of God's people are holy, this is an exception to what we think when we think about holiness we think that only special people are holy but the Lord wants holiness for all believers.

It is a command to be holy so we must have an ability to affect our own personal holiness.

God's holiness is his standard. God is holy and because His holiness is so different from us we must become like him in holiness to be able to have true communion with him. If we do not have a sense of personal holiness we will not have satisfaction in our prayers, fellowship, Bible reading and other disciplines that grow our spiritual life.

We cannot become holy by ourselves because of our sins, but God sent his son to die for our sins so we may have forgiveness of sin. Our expression of faith in him removes our unholiness and gives us a holy standing before God; this holiness is a gift, since we could never earn it The Almighty gives it to us freely

To learn more about the plan of salvation and how you can have this personal holiness see my other post.

(c)Adron Dozat

What Does God Do When Good People Suffer?

One would think that good people should not have to suffer. That God would honor their virtue with protection and ease, so where is God in all this? There are many answers but here is one to consider.

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him out them all." Psalm 34:19.

This verse speaks in a matter of fact way and point blank says the good person will have many problems and suffer much. There is no set minimum or maximum, we face many afflictions.

Afflictions are ongoing trials, they are the kind we cannot escape, they follow us and may go on for years.

Our God is the ruling authority who commands all things, none can resist him.  He is able to deliver, there is no situation that is too big for him. It is not that God is not able to help- he is able and he is willing.

The Almighty is not passive but he is active. We think our problems are so big, but God delights in showing us that he is bigger.

The word, delivers, is present tense, the verse does not say that the Lord will someday deliver us from out trials but it says he is now delivering us. His deliverance may be a sudden event or it may be a gradual working, and it very likely will not be what we expect. Deliverance may not be external but internal- a change of character or of understanding. He may not deliver you out of the affliction by deliver you through the affliction.

In our minds we know that God can open the sea and deliver from the lions den or the fiery furnace, but when you experience deliverance it is a teacher that has deeper significance. To experience God's deliverance is to know The Lord in a unique way. We cannot give testimony, or glory to God if we have no experience.

We must go through our afflictions with God, if you do not know the Lord as your Savior see my other blog.

(c)Adron Dozat

What Is The Work Of A Church Leader?

What is the job of Christian leadership? There may be more than one answer but the one that is most overlooked may be the most important.

"We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God' service, in spreading the Gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in the faith." 1 Thessalonians 3:2,  

(To read the entire chapter of 1 Thessalonians 3 click the link for Bible gateway.)

Timothy was a protege of the Apostle Paul and a core leader in the early church. He shared in the Apostle's work, Paul often sent Timothy as his personal representative.

To be called a brother was a common title in the days of the early church, but to be called a co-worker was to receive high praise. The words in this passage are often translated as "God's co-worker."

Timothy's position of leadership was more than any of us are likely to ever attain.

Timothy was being mentored and groomed for great things, so you would think that the jobs that the Apostle Paul would assign his lieutenant would be one of organization and establishing the structure for the foundation of the Church.  He was not sent to fight the battle of culture war or set people right but something more essential.

Paul sent him on a mission but not to build a cathedral or defend the faith in a public debate; he was sent to encourage and strengthen others. He was to meet people and prop them up, he was to lift up and hold up the weak. He was to give courage.

We should speak words of encouragement. We should help give strength to the weak. We should strive to come alongside those who are struggling and help lift their load.

Paul sent the leader he was carefully nurturing on the mission of strengthening and encouraging others, if we are called to be leaders in the church we are called to encourage others and be load lifters.