Confessions of a Former Cop-out Christian

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I believe when we reveal some of our downfalls and how we overcame them, we have the opportunity to thank God for seeing us through and help others in the same place we once were (and sometimes I visit from time to time). My intention for this post is not to make other Christians feel inadequate – it is meant to let you know I’ve been where you are and how I got out.

First, let me explain my meaning of a “cop-out” Christian. A cop-out Christian is that person who never or rarely takes advantage of service opportunities. It’s the Christian that avoids committing to anything outside of going to church on Sundays and even that is a struggle. It’s that Christian who believes the quieter they are, the less people they connect with and the less commitments to church they make the better off they are. I was this Christian.

This attitude is NOT Biblical. It is not the way we are suppose to live.

Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.  John 13:3-17

We are to do as Jesus did – serve one another. We aren’t suppose to live a life doing only the things that are convenient. We are suppose to sacrifice for the Lord and others.

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.Matthew 25:40

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow meLuke 9:23

It took me a LONG TIME to get this through my head. I knew I should be doing more yet I was allowing others to benefit from service while I sat so comfortable in my home. What I was really doing was denying myself the opportunity to worship through service. Worse than that, I was a cop-out Christian. I was living in sin and didn’t even realize it.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
James 4:17

So how do you get out of this cycle? Pray for guidance, deny yourself and do something! Commit yourself to something. Start out small and work your way up. Keep your word and do what you say your going to do. You will find the rewards far outweigh the sacrifice.

 

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God is Faithful – are You?

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First, allow me to apologize for not being here on a regular basis. Our women’s ministry at church had a retreat and I was knee deep in the planning and execution of the retreat so a lot of things went by the wayside. Good news – a lot of the women were refreshed, renewed, delivered, and transformed by the retreat so God answered the prayers many of us were praying in regards to our little weekend. All I could do was thank Him for being so incredibly faithful.

Side note: When you honor God, He will honor you. Thank you Lord for keeping every promise you’ve ever made!

With that said, lets talk about something Jesus said during a parable He was giving in Matthew.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the lord.  Matthew 25:21

Jesus is trying to teach us to prepare for the second coming of Christ, however there are a few lessons we can glean from this parable. The phrase “few things” comes from the Greek word oligos which means little or a few in number. In other words, Jesus is saying because this servant has been faithful over a small number of things, he will be the ruler over many things.

Bottom line – If we do a few things for God, they are eternal and he will MULTIPLY them in heaven!

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  James 2:17-18

Sister – its time to get to work for the Lord! Get yourself in prayer, fasting, and study. Find an older sister to mentor you and give you advise. I have one…she’s great! I wouldn’t be where I am without the Lord and her guidance. Then, start doing some tangible work for the Lord. Ask God to reveal to you where he wants you in His Kingdom. If you don’t know where you belong, start somewhere. Clean the church, volunteer in the nursery, teach a Sunday school class, or get out in your community and volunteer for a Christian organization. It doesn’t have to be something big and extravagant. It can be something small but GREAT in the Kingdom.

Don’t miss out on the blessing of being a blessing to others.

The world is waiting on a Christian just like YOU.

Love y’all!

 

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Grab Your Sword Ladies!

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O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.  Romans 7:24-25

I was thinking today about the thoughts that run through my head. How they can be so dark and not at all Godly. How sometimes they are thoughts that just pop in my head, ones I would never entertain or think of purposely.

It reminds me of what scripture says about our thoughts.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ  2 Corinthians 10:5

Oh wretched man that I am! How our flesh WARS against the Spirit. As long as we are here on earth in these bodies made of flesh, we will have thoughts that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. We need to take them captive and put them under obedience. A lot of the time these thoughts are just lies. Thoughts of who God is not and who we are not.

For this reason, we have to do what David did…

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:11

If you are familiar with the story of Christ in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11), you will notice every time satan tries to tempt Christ, he comes back with scripture. You read over and over again, “as it is written.”  Our defense against these thoughts and imaginations is the sword of the spirit which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

So the next time you have an unclean thought that just pops into your head out of no where, do what the word says. Take it captive, bring it under obedience to Christ, and throw the Word of God right back at it to reveal its lie!

Love y’all and keep up the good fight!

 

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In the Hard Places

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This past week has been hard. Our Women’s Ministry at church has been gearing up for a retreat and we are coming up on it at the end of this month. We are expecting some breakthroughs and some breakouts to happen in a HUGE way. We all feel it. However, with expectancy, we still have an enemy who is fighting in such hard ways and it’s stretching us to our limits. BUT God….

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  John 10:10

So the enemy has tried to use division – stealing our unity,  killing our spirit, and destroying friendships. Thank GOD for obedient pastors and preachers who when feeling this spirit of division preached the truth in love and brought conviction and healing. THANK GOD!

I can assure you that anytime you or a ministry you are involved in decides to get closer to the Lord, there will be a fight. Just expect it and have your armor on and be ready (Ephesians 6:10-18). But remember this…

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.1 John 4:4

Share your testimony of those times you came through a battle. WE are over-comers when we share!

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  Revelation 12:11

My prayer is when you find yourself in a battle, you won’t run but you will stand firm in knowing that the One (Jesus) who died for you is constantly fighting for you too! Remember where your strength comes from!

Love y’all!

 

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Receiving Grace

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BY LINDZEY YAROSH

Everyone sins. Even Christians. As Christians, we often struggle to accept this fact. We worry about what others will think if they find out about our sin. Will we be called a hypocrite? Will people doubt our salvation? When it comes to our sin, we are often our own worst critic; and we can struggle to receive the grace and forgiveness that God freely gives us through Christ Jesus. Sometimes we even convince ourselves that our sin is too much for God to forgive. For these reasons and more, we as Christians must always be reminded of certain truths.

First of all, God loves us a lot! Christians are very familiar with John 3:16 and know that God loves us so much that He sent His one and only Son to die for our sins so that we can have eternal life with Him. But do we always remember what this really means? Romans 5:8-9 explains it this way,

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”

Even when we wanted absolutely nothing to do with God, Christ died for us. How amazing! The moment we believe this and choose to follow Jesus as King, God declares us righteous and adopts us into His family. Chuck Swindoll describes it like this, “Justification is the sovereign act of God whereby He declares righteous the believing sinner while he or she is still in a sinning state.”

Because Christ paid our sin debt and because God counts us as righteous when we follow Christ as Lord and Savior, we are no longer held responsible to receive the punishment of our sins and have no reason to be afraid.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1

We can trust that this is true, even when we fail, and we will fail. Proverbs 24:16 confirms this.

“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.”

Thankfully, God doesn’t leave us alone when we do fail; instead, He is there to guide us and to help us through. Psalm 37:23-24 says,

“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with His hand.”

So today, if you are struggling to receive God’s gift of forgiveness, remember the truth of 1 John 1:9.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Take a moment to confess your sin to Him today and confidently receive His gift of grace and mercy. Then continue to live the life Christ has called you to live.

Lindzey attends Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, KY with her husband, Billy, to whom she has been married for 5 years. She is currently working toward a Graduate Certificate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing with her husband, cat, and Goldendoodle, hiking, crafting and watching Kentucky basketball.

 

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Video Friday – Lean In

I have had the phrase, “Lean in” going off in my brain for a few days now. I was reminded of this because a friend of mine has been having some difficulty in her life  and it reminded me of times when I had difficulty. Our circumstances are a little different but the way we need to go about them is the same – Lean into Jesus!

This has been a difficult lesson for me to learn (and I’m still learning it) because I’m a runner. When things get bad and there isn’t anything I can do to fix it, I take off. After all my thought was, “if I can’t fix it, what is the use.” But God wants us to LEAN IN when these things happen. I’ve been practicing this along with WAITING on the Lord for an answer (whew is that a hard one!).

This video is short but it is EXACTLY what I discovered the hard way and I want to share with you in hopes you won’t go through the tough times I went through as a result of not leaning in. Enjoy!

Video Friday – Greater love hath no man than this…

Lately God has had me look at suffering – what it means to suffer, where He is in the suffering, and why He allows suffering. Believe it or not, it has been a joyous unpacking of this subject. It has made me truly understand how God sees me and who He is.

I know I’ve kind of been stuck the past couple Friday’s with “The Chat with Priscilla” but she has such great guests and such relevant topics that I can’t help but share. Get a tissue, and glean from these videos what you might need in these moments in your life.