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Monday, August 25, 2014

S-T-E-P-S

Consider all the teachings that are out there on steps for Christians -  Steps in.. Sharing your faith…Growing your church… Growing in your faith… For church membership…Peace with God… Building small groups…Helping Leaders..., etc. The step idea comes from 1 Peter 2:21, To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. Today consider the S-T-E-P-S acronym.

S – Start developing your relationship with God. 2 Thessalonians 1:We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.

 

T – Talk to God about everything. - Matthew 6:8-14. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done,  on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
E – Experience God with others. Hebrews 10:25 Do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
P – Prioritize your faith. Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Developing a relationship with your Maker needs to become a top priority. Soon, you will see why. His love, protection, provision, wisdom, comfort and joy are just a few examples of how He will justify being your new priority in life. This paradigm shift may not happen overnight, so you will need to take time from your day to sit and seek him. Take time from your week to meet with other Christian men, go to church. Find answers to your questions about God, creation, heaven and hell, the spiritual battle going on, your purpose, and yes, even God’s perspective on money.
S – Serve wholeheartedly - Ephesians 6:7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, Give it all to God, and you will be glad you did. Take steps toward Jesus today. Amen?