“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul, neither said any of them that ought of the thing which he possessed was his own, but they had all things common.”
Being a part of God’s church does not mean that you attend a service or meet at a church building. God’s church is not a building with four walls and a sign outside, nor is it a social event. God’s church is a body of people who are of one heart and one soul with the same spirit, believing that Jesus’ death on the cross made it possible for you and I to live with victory over sin every day.
There are saints of many ages, races, and walks of life that have all come to know God and are now members of his body, the Church of God. Take the time and listen to the testimony of three such people who came to know God in different ways but who have all come to adopt their own personal belief in God and his goodness.
Jeff: Hello! My name is Jeff and I’m going to give my testimony on what I believe in. Of course, the fact that I grew up in the Church of God is a huge reason why I believe the way that I do.
It’s fair to say that whoever you surround yourself with, generally you will adopt their beliefs. However, I like to think that a belief is something deeper, something personal and all together different than just a way of living. Sure, I can follow the “whatsoever’s” in Philippians 4:8, and still not believe that “the God of peace shall be with you.”
I like to think that I am a logical person and I will live my life according to what I think makes sense. I’m not going to blindly follow a mode of living if it doesn’t coincide with what I know to be true. Of course, this is not the case with everyone. Some people are subject to peer pressure from family or friends to live a certain way, even if their beliefs don’t coincide with their way of living.
As far as I’m concerned, I have one life to live and I’m not going to waste it living one way when I believe another.
Melissa:Hi! My name is Melissa and I believe what I do because of the experiences I’ve gone through in my life. I pretty much grew up in the Church of God and I gave my life to God at a young age. But as I approached my late teens, I felt a desire to experience the things that people my age were experiencing. I thought I’d be able to serve God and some part of the world at the same time.
But I soon found myself partaking in more of the world than I wanted to, even though I told myself I wouldn’t. When all the things I thought I wanted turned out to be one disappointment after another, I felt I was at the lowest point of my life and I knew that God had left me to myself.
It was during this time that I reflected on my life and realized that I was happiest when God was in it. I knew the only way to get my life back to where I wanted it to be was to ask God for forgiveness and to let him back into my life.
I believe that serving God is the best decision anyone could make because ever since that day I have been able to find peace in any circumstance. That is the blessing of living a saved and sanctified life.
Karen:Hi! My name is Karen Sanders and I believe in the power of God. I believe God has the ability to take any situation, any circumstance, any vice that a person may have, and change things completely.
Mark 9:23 tells us, “Jesus said unto him, ‘If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.’”
It’s that simple. If we can only believe, God will do his part. I have proven this to be true.
It is common for people to adopt the beliefs and routines of the people around them, simply to fit in. Is that the situation YOU’RE in? Have you simply adopted the beliefs of others in your church or your family because that’s what’s expected of you? Or do you have beliefs that you strongly believe in because you know them to be true? Do you have a personal relationship with God, or simply a routine that is only meant to SHOW your relationship with God? What do YOU believe?
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Philippians 3: 13-14 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Perhaps everything hasn’t gone so well in your life in the past. Regardless, of how big our mistakes are, learn from them. We are all human, and all make mistakes. Learn and move on.
A runner starts his race and knows he has somewhere to get to. We need to know where we are going spiritually and physically. Runners also understand that there are obstacles. Obstacles are a part of life. Embrace them don’t run from them. Runners don’t have time to look back. Their race is from that point in front of them. Don’t look back. Keep looking forward. Runners press forward and beat the mind battle.
Our goal is to make it to heaven and help others make heaven their home. Keep striving for that.
Quitting is not an option. Don’t put yourself in a position to where you just quit. Fight for something as if it is already yours. Spend time in prayer. Runners have to realize there is joy in the end. Visualize finishing! Don’t quit!
Christ always stopped and took time for others. Even to those who were his enemies.
Anything that you really want to do, you can do it! If we are going to accomplish anything we can’t get overwhelmed. Lean on others. Remember we are all human!
Luke 13:24 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Put forth effort to win the goal! Everything in life does not just come easily. Excuses will only hinder us. Our call is arise go and doubt not! Don’t doubt yourself, God will help you. Many are called but few are chosen! Don’t settle to live on the sidelines.
What can we bring? Use what talents god gives you for his glory.
Genesis 22:1-3 & 7 1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
When god wants you to do something, don’t listen to your doubts. Don’t think about what you haven’t been able to do, but think about what you have been able to do. Life has its challenges but our help is from God.
We must be willing to give up some things. It takes sacrifice to accomplish some things.
We can’t clock out of life. Don’t let devil tell us we can’t, because we can with God’s help. One way to prevent the enemy from winning is to keep a positive attitude! Other people can do it and so can you, with God’s help!
Take the challenge! Don’t let the past hinder from your future!
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