June 1, 2015 by pastorjdo3
The CGDC group got off to an amazing start. Opening with fellowship and prayer, the group members took to a local park to walk, talk and listen to the voice of God. The Group completed two laps of slightly over .5 miles each, and returned to close the meeting in prayer and discussions as to what was heard while walking and talking with each other and with the Lord.
There were 3 text given, 1 Timothy 1:19, James 1:6 & 1 John 2:15. Each member was given a text and allowed to spend time with the Lord as they walked.
Our first text of discussion was 1 Timothy 1:19 Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. The text really touched the members of the group. The focus was on “conscience”, “deliberately” and “shipwrecked”.
We looked at our culture, and the introduction of new spiritual beliefs and concepts. As believers, we have a responsibility to keep our consciences clear. Our minds are under constant attack, and we must fight to keep it void of trash and fill it with treasure. We must know that information from this new and old age, can cloud our judgement, pollute our thinking, open doors that should be remain closed, and cause of to shipwreck or loose our minds.
The word deliberately highlights this, pointing to the many things we choose to ingest, and invest in through our eyes and our ears to feed our minds the different foods it consumes. When we are seeking information and revelation, we must make sure we turn to the right source. Our Bibles should be our main reading, and our intent must be to defend what offers itself up as a supplement to bring us knowledge and wisdom. Deliberate also shows the amount of doubt that is present at times, believing that there is somehow something greater or wiser than our God, and taking voyages to find certain this source, only to crash, drown and wash ashore.
James 1:6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Our focus for this text were the words “alone” and “unsettled”.
When seeking the Lord must clear out all doubt! We discussed the many things we asked of the Lord that were not answered or did not happen. Most often, we assume that this or these things were not the will of the Lord, ignoring the fact that our faith and confessions are key components of the process. It has been said that faith is the currency of the believer. It God’s way of knowing the level of trust we have in Him, and it also displays our knowledge of who He is, and what He has committed to do for us. Because faith comes by hearing, we must place ourselves in the position to hear and study His Word! We must be people who are walking, learning and trusting Him at all times! We must choose to focus of mind on the acts of the past, knowing that they bare witness about His capability and ability for the future!
We also looked at what it means to be unsettled. Unsettle describes many of us, in that we are constantly wavering; unsure as to what we truly believe about what the things we profess. In this, God shows us that his desire for us it so ultimately become settled. We must get to a point where we can stand firmly on our two feet, and boldly proclaim and stand by what we know to be true despite circumstances and what appears to be. As believers, we must focus our faith by setting a course that agrees with God and not accepting a different coordinate no matter what is said of our circumstances or how long we have been waiting for the promise or what we have asked for.
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him. In this, we talked about the depth of “love” and the “things” that are in this world.
This world is loved by God, as we see in John 3:16, but the things that are in the world have become competition for the attention of our God and have become to us idols. God blessed man with the ability to create things, even to reproduce our own, but they are not to replace God’s position as Lord and God. He is always to remain our source. Not just the source for our provision, but the source of our Love, and the focus of our affection.
When we find ourselves captivated by the Love of God, it should be impossible for trinkets to replace Him. When filled with His truth, the overwhelming desire to be one with Him, and to know Him better, should cast out any desire to see anything in His place.
Group was amazing. The discussion about His Word and the fellowship between brother and sister was a blessing. Each person sought to share themselves via the scripture, in an effort to be a blessing to one another. Prayers were lifted before God, as we stood in faith one with another, believing God and leaving our cares with Him.