Posts Tagged ‘trust’

Being Community – Acts 4 Living

I’m puzzled lately by how far off we are in living the ideal form of community so easily understood by the new Christians in the New Testament Book of Acts.

Here’s why….

Acts 4:32-35 (NIV)

The Believers Share Their Possessions

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

All the believers were one in heart and mind. Furthering God’s kingdom and the message of Jesus Christ was the goal. Living as Christ taught us was achieved.  I’m sure there were spats — we are flesh — but I believe that they took the Word of God as truth and used His teachings to end disputes, choose leaders (leaders didn’t declare themselves in charge), and treat others as they themselves would want to be treated.

No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. Cults/humans have corrupted the word of God. God’s word is easy. If you have placed burdens on yourself and your possessions, this is not of our Lord. The indescribable acts of cult leaders have taken this scripture and bound it with the chains of hell. How awful it must be to walk in to a society hoping for Acts fellowship and living only to be deceived, brainwashed and taken advantage of. Pray for those bamboozled by cults today, that they may know the true heart of God.

And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them.  What????? NO NEEDY???? No homeless on the street???? NO HUNGRY???? They gave to their church family, and the church took care of its own. If you were a follower of Christ in Acts, there was no need among you. Join the fold and all would be forgiven and fine. AMEN!!! Are there people hurting and hungry in our churches today? YES! And, as Christ said, “Feed my sheep.”

For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Now, I’m not asking you to sell your possessions and give the money to the poor — Jesus will do that (See Luke 18:22). But, what would the church look like if we sold the stuff we didn’t need and gave it to a missionary? A hungry family? The church itself to keep the lights on? Pray today that God will show you the things you no longer need that will serve a purpose in His Kingdom.

God has brought us together in families for a reason. Not just the biological sort, but our church family. Trust your neighbors. Love each other. Know that God is in control. Trust that He has the situation at hand. He is good. Don’t keep your lawnmower to yourself. God heaps blessings on us so we may heap blessings on others.

We own nothing; God owns it all.

In His name,

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

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Heaviness – Don’t Give Up. Keep Knocking.

My heart is heavy.

And, I don’t know why.

I think it’s worse when I don’t know why. If I had a struggle I was going through or a test, I’d at least feel like I should have a heaviness.

So, I’m praying today. Earnestly. For an answer. For completion. For joy to return to my heart.

For at least an answer of why. Or a hint. Or, an “it’s not time yet to know.”

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. ~Matthew 7:7-8

I will be that lady with the judge. The one that bugged the fire out of him until he gave her the answer she requested.

18 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” ~Luke 18:1-8

Do you have a heaviness today? I feel that a lot of us may have lost our faith. Lost our hope. Lost our dream. This is not the life God has planned for you. Trust in Him. Pursue Him today. He will give you the desires of your heart. He will.

He is good.

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

My Prayer for You Today

I’m praying for all those reading this post today. May God bless you richly, and may He direct you on your path.

May you be blessed, joy-filled, peaceful and loved. May your path be outlined with Jesus as your guide. May you trust Him in all things and in all things know He is working on your behalf.

May you breathe today knowing that God has your back. May you take the time to just “be” knowing that everything will get done. It will. I promise.

May you feel the love of Christ surround you enveloping you in His goodness. May you believe ALL of His Word is true, especially the promises He has for you. Be free today. Love those who “don’t deserve” it. Love those who do.

But above all else take time to love yourself and see the person God created you to be. Today.

-Chelle

Scripture of the Day – Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)

Faith is being sure of what we hope for; certain of things not seen. Have faith today in what our Heavenly Father is telling you. He knows way better than you do. 😉 I have to tell myself that, too.

Take care and God bless

-Bohemian Christian Chelle