Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Friday, April 1, 2016
How to Change a Culture
Change Me then Change the World
I Peter 4:12
NLTDear friends, don't be surprised at
the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening
Our Bible Study teacher
at Open Door Church opened the meeting by praying over the Students that the Holy Spirit would
saturate each one with God’s Presence giving them grace to stand when trouble
comes their way.
Reckless living brings
consequences.Each “Culture” has their
own sin, but we choose to shun evil and live right.As a church here, do we affect those who
accept and live in this sinful culture?We do not accept their sin, but we accept and love the person.Making wise choices can change your future.
In the apostles day they were
in a culture mirrored by today’s society.Paul admonished Christians to abstain from sexual sin, not to partake of
meat offered to idols and not to drink blood.In today’s world we could add habits that lead to addiction.
The Holy Spirit reminds us to
avoid certain practices that are acceptable to the world.
We are all guilty of sin, and
none of us are righteous.We all need a
When we receive Jesus, our
friends may not understand our life change.We no longer partake in the “pleasures” of sin.We may be criticized by them, and even
What does it take to change a
culture in a Nation, or a City?It
begins in the home of believers.The
family continues to serve God, and generations are changed.This goes way back to parents, and
grandparents who carried blessings to their future children.
Paul reminded us in Ephesians 5:25-27Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave
himself up for her, to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water
through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without
stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
Paul also said that husbands,
who mistreat their wife, will have their prayers hindered.
Children will learn respect
and love as they observe their parents and follow their example.
John 1:1 reminds us that
Jesus was with God in the beginning and that Jesus is God.
Our relationship with Jesus
is important.It is good to make a
decision to follow Christ and to daily get into the Word.As we prepare to pray, we can check our
hearts for condemnation.Many times we
are guilty of allowing the flesh to have control; Perhaps we were tired,
stressed and we allowed anger, fear and bitterness to crop up.Recognize these mistakes, repent and forgive
your self and others.
So how do we change our
culture?Watch our own attitude, don’t
be easily offended, and grow up not always wanting our own way and reverting to
We can’t live in isolation,
and we need to be with others to love and encourage them.
Our teacher read a history of
the revival in Wales
with Evan Roberts.Seventeen people
agreed to follow his guidelines and it changed their nation.
2.Put away any
3.Promptly obey the
Christ Jesus as your Lord.
All this begins with “ME” in
complete surrender to our Savior Jesus.