link love

This week I thought I would show some “link love” to several friends in ministry and leaders I respect. These are all recent posts, within the last week. So for today, here is a great post by my friend Shawn Lovejoy at Mountain Lake Church over in Cumming, GA:

Stop praying about it…

One of the lamest excuses I hear people use is: “I’ll pray about it.” Yes, the Bible says we should pray about everything (Phil 4:). However, Paul was talking about praying about things as opposed to worrying about things. In other words, trusting God when we go through uncertainty, rather than worrying about it.
Praying about it doesn’t mean, however, that prayer can be an excuse for procrastination and disobedience! So often, today, when I hear people say: “I’ll pray about it”it’s just an excuse to delay or disobey what they know God already has told them! Hear are some examples of things we don’t need to pray about because God’s will is already clear about it!

Whether or not to forgive someone:
Matthew 6:14-15 (NLT) 14″If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Whether or not to get a divorce:
Matthew 19:8-9 (NLT) 8Jesus replied, “Moses permitted divorce as a concession to your hard-hearted wickedness, but it was not what God had originally intended. 9And I tell you this, a man who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery-unless his wife has been unfaithful.”

Whether or not to have sex, even though you’re not married:

1 Corinthians 7:2 (NLT) 2But because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.

Whether ot not to serve in a position we’re asked to serve in at church:
1 Corinthians 12:5 (NLT) There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving.

Whether or not to go on a mission trip:
Matthew 28:19 (NLT) Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Whether we should give ten percent of our income back to God through His church, or not:
Malachi 3:10 (NIV) Bring the whole tithe (tenth) into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

My question for you today: Are you going to obey God? or pray about it?
God blesses people who obey Him, not those who use prayer as an excuse for obedience.
Did I beat around the bush too much today?

Great word! I would add one more thing to that…STOP PRAYING ABOUT INVITING SOMEONE TO EASTER SUNDAY@ THE RIDGE (OR ANYWHERE YOU ATTEND CHURCH). You don’t need to pray about whether or not God wants you to or whether or not God wants them to come. HE DOES! Just go invite them! We are praying for 800 on Easter @ The Ridge. Who are your 10/5? …that’s 10 individuals or 5 families…Pray FOR them, but don’t pray ABOUT whether or not you should ask them.  And don’t wait until Saturday night before Easter Sunday. I’ve done that before, doesn’t work as well.


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