#IFTHEN

Today was SYATP (See You At the Pole) I hope you got up early and stepped up and went to it. This years theme was #IFTHEN from the verse 2 chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Basically the idea of if we pray, seek, turn; then God hears, forgives, heals.

 

This theme fits very well with the lesson at my church tonight, which is look and live from the Bible story in Numbers 21 where the Israelites are complaining that God set them free, so He sent venomous snakes  to bite people, and many of them died. Then The Lord said to Moses “make a bronze snake and put it on a pole,” so Moses did as He said, and anyone who was bitten was supposed to look at the bronze snake and they would live, the pain wouldn’t necessarily go away but they would live. But some of the Israelites didn’t look at the bronze snake and so they died.

People who don’t accept the free gift of Salvation from God are like the people who didn’t look at the bronze snake. God is the one that can save us from death, we will still have pain and suffering but we will live. So why don’t people accept the gift? maybe because they don’t want to be embarrassed, maybe because they know people who call themselves Christians but don’t act like it. Whatever the reason is all they have to do to keep from dying is look to God and live. The Israelites would be saved from actual death if they looked to the bronze snake, but we are being saved from eternal separation from God, and a eternal punishment of Hell if we look and live, yes we will still die the earthly way, but no matter what you will live forever, but if you look to God and live you will live in Heaven forever by God’s side.

So look and live and spend eternity with God.

SYATP!

See You At The Pole is a prayer rally held on the fourth Wednesday of September every year all over the United States, to pray for our families, friends, schools, towns, counties, states, nation, and world. Where else can you find groups of students praying in front of a flag pole at 7 in the morning all over the nation at the same time??

 

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If you answered nowhere you would be correct to my knowledge anyway, but why? why don’t you see students gathering together to pray together before school more often? maybe once a month, once a week or maybe even once a day. A lot of schools have a FCA (Fellowship of Christian athletes or a FCS (Fellowship of Christian Students) program, but at least at my school there’s only a hand full of people there most of the time.

why are students and people in general so ashamed to share their Faith? you might get rejected yes, but you might not. How much do you have to hate someone not to share God with them?

 

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So Step up! Step up this Wednesday (September 25th) and wake up a little early, get to your flag pole and pray (if nobody has arranged a SYATP at your school step up and do it! Go to SYATP.com and they show you how) 

 

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We are here for You!

Hello everyone, after i got home from church this afternoon I was listening to some music and the song “we are here for You” by Matt Redman Came on, and inspired this blog. 

“Let our praise be Your welcome
Let our songs be a sign
We are here for You, we are here for You”

 

Most of us probably went to church today, maybe Sunday school, and maybe your even going tonight, but why are you going? are going to see people? are you going because your wife/girlfriend or husband/boyfriend or even you mom and dad want you to? are you going because there is food? are going because you have nothing else better to do? or even are you going because you think you have to because your a christian?

None of those are good reasons, you should be going because you are so desperate to learn more about God, and grow closer and closer to him each day.  We should be there for God and only God. Yes the fellowship is wonderful and even needed, but if God isn’t the main reason your going then your not going for the right reason. Is your praise a welcome and are songs a sign? when you sing and praise do you just read the words or do you mean them? 

And are you living your life here on earth for him?  or are you living for money? (For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:10) Or are you living for another idol? either way you need to be here on this earth for God. 

“Let Your breath come from heaven
Fill our hearts with Your life
We are here for You, we are here for You”

When was the last time you ask God to fill your heart with his life? He is the way the truth and life no one comes to the Father but by him. (John 14:6)  God is the only life, so shouldn’t we ask Him to fill our hearts with it?

“To You our hearts are open
Nothing here is hidden
You are our one desire
You alone are holy
Only You are worthy
God, let Your fire fall down”

Is your heart open to God? He sees it all anyway, but he wants you to ask him to come fix your heart, is your heart hurting? its probably because your trying to hide or keep something from God. Is he your one desire? He should be, Because He is the only holy one, the only worthy one, we need His fire. Be a church on fire, be a person on fire…Set the world on fire! “Set the world on fire” by Britt Nicole.

“We welcome You with praise
We welcome You with praise
Almighty God of love
Be welcomed in this place”

Is God welcome in your place? this could mean your church, your house, your car, your heart, anywhere is God welcome there? He needs to be, If your church doesn’t welcome Him with Praise, you need to find a new church, if your house, car, and heart don’t, you need to change your ways. If anywhere doesn’t Welcome God with praise, you need to get out of there as quickly as possible.

“Let every heart adore
Let every soul awake
Almighty God of love
Be welcomed in this place”

One day Every heart will adore and every soul will awake, and welcome God. But until then just remember to welcome Him where you are, and encourage others to let their heart adore, and soul awake and welcome him in their lives and be saved.

Key things to ask yourself:

  • Are you here for Him? in Both church and just on the earth.
  • Is your praise a welcome to God?
  • Is your heart filled with God’s life?
  • Is your heart opened to God?
  • Are you on fire for God?
  • Is God welcomed in the places you are in?
  • Does your heart adore? Is your soul awake?
  • Are you encouraging other people to do all of the above?

here is the link to Matt Redman’s Song “Here for you” http://youtu.be/LXIeSfaOPdo

And Here is the link to Britt Nicole’s Song “Set the world on fire” http://youtu.be/aUu7YTT287c

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