A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Associate Pastor Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Important Note: Starting Monday May 22nd, 2006, the thoughts will be posted Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays at 7PM. I have cut the newspaper way back so that I can do the thoughts on a daily basis.
Rev. Bob Celeste
I want to take a minute to cover a problem that seems to be one that I share with a lot of you. The problem of losing one's patience or temper.
We all know that when we say yes to a request, that the Lord expects us to be faithful in doing what ever it was that we agreed to do. As do we know that when we say no, we are to mean no and that the answer remains no. But what about losing your patience?
There is a little gem near the end of the Bible. It is the epistle written by Jude, the half brother of our Lord Jesus. Much can be gleaned from this little book, much indeed. Not the least of which is the handling of one's temper. Let's look:
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke thee."
But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. (Jude 3-11 ACP/KJV)
And lo and behold, there is the solution to your losing your temper, right there in Jude's little epistle. See it: Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke thee." When you have had it right up to your chin with rants and raves of some heathen, simply say to him or her "The Lord rebuke thee".
Look what Paul did with Alexander the coppersmith in Second Timothy chapter four: Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. (2 Timothy 4:14&15 ACP/KJV)
Evidently Alexander the Coppersmith had really been getting under Paul's skin. This coppersmith must have been one of those who sits in the audience heckling and causing unrest and dissension. Finally Paul had had enough and simply turned him over to the Lord. In other words he basically said to Alexander the coppersmith, "The Lord rebuke thee".
So, when you are about to lose your temper with one who is unsaved, one who is interrupting your attempt to witness or reach out to a non believer or baby Christian, simply turn to that person and say: "The Lord rebuke thee".
The Lord be with all of you, amen.
Sha'al shalowm Yruwshalaim.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
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The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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