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As Christian, Christ is our Rock, and He is the one we put our
faith in. But often as we are maturing, we often put our faith in the wrong
place, and therefore we are pulled in different directions. Here are some
examples of the many stages we go through as we mature in Christ. (I
have been, and often find myself in many of these areas.)
These type of Christians follow the Lord, attend
services, and other church function. But they are only willing to do
things that are within their comfort zone. Whenever pressed or
tested with anything hard, they fall away. Their lives are
often not much different than many non-believers.
Good Luck Christians
These type of people follow Christianity because of the blessings
from the Lord. They love the Lordís grace, mercy, healings and
comforts in their life.
The Problem with Good Luck Christians is that their faith is not
in God, but what they receive from God. Their prayers are usually
directed on their personal wants and desires. And they fall away
when they donít get what they expect. They know the Lamb side of
God, but not the Lion.
These people follow Christianity because it is logical,
reasonable and makes sense to them.
The Problem with functional Christians is that they follow the
Lord only as far as they understand Him. Their faith is not
in God, but in their knowledge of God. And they do not obey
they Lord when they disagree with Him. They will not step out
Some people will only pursue the Lord on Sunday. During
these services they will pray, worship, study and fellowship.
But during the other 6 days of they blend back into the secular
world, and during the week they have no spiritual
growth. And they usually live similar to many non-believers.
The Problem with Sunday Christianís is that they are not really
committed to Christ, and they mature very slowly,
and will struggle when any real testing of their faith comes.
These type of people have strong Christian social ties.
Many of their friends are fellow believers, and they spend a lot of
their time in fellowship activities.
The problem with social Christians is that they sometimes put
their faith in their Network of friends. As soon as it become
unpopular to follow Christ, they really struggle. And they often do
not pursue the Lord, unless it is within a social group.
Many of us start out as Social Christians, because it is a good
way to get connected and it helps us get situated in our faith.
But as we mature, we must make sure that our faith is not dependent
on our social connections.
Power Based Christians
These type of people have great faith in the Lord. They
know the power of the Word of God and have seen it. And they love
the presence of God.
The problem with power based Christians is that sometimes they
put their faith in just the Power of God. And every problem is
solved by power, anointing, miracles, fire, glory, rebuking and
shouting etc. They often
do not put faith in the meek, humble, sacrificing, subservient Lamb
side of God.
On the other side, some people put little faith in the miraculous
and powerful side of God. They donít believe that the supernatural
works done while Christ walked the earth are still happening. They
will seldom ask for healing, and when they do, they donít expect it
to happen. And anything out of the ordinary scares them, tongues,
prophesy, word of knowledge, spiritual warfare, baptism of fire,
As mature Christians we need to put faith in both sides of God,
His powerful, overcoming, masculine lion side, and his feminine,
gentle, lowly lamb side.
The type of Christian will focus their faith on a specific
doctrine or teaching. They find this doctrine very important,
and are ready to defend it. But because of this they often
separate themselves from other parts of the body. And they
must be careful to root their faith in the whole word of God, not
just one teaching.
Personality Based Christians
Some people follow Christianity because of a strong
church leader. They are fed, entertained and charmed by a powerful
personality. Their pastor has a strong knowledge of God, and
can present it in a gripping way to the church.
The problem with Personality Christians is that they start
putting their faith in their leader and not Christ. They are
often more willing to tell others about their pastor than they are
of Christ. And when the leader falls, so do many of the
Status Based Christians
These Christians are well versed in scripture and have
earned a place of respect in the Church. They assist others in their
spiritual growth and lead church ministries.
The problem with status based Christians is humility. Their faith
is in themselves, in who they are and what they are doing. They do
not like to follow others, or sit at someone else's sermon. They are
motivated by the recognition, status and leadership roles they take.
They will seldom give up the pulpit to let others teach. And believe
that if God is going to speak, it can only come through them.
When stripped of their authority, they faith grows cold.
Similar to personality based Christians, organization
based Christians are usually connected to a strong church structure.
Their church is often very vibrant and successful, and it captures
The problem is that some people will root their faith in the
organization, and not necessarily in Christ. These people
would never attend a different church, because that would be a form
a cheating, or sleeping with the enemy. They will often spend
more time promoting their church than promoting the Kingdom of God.
And they often become isolated from other parts of the Body.
These type of Christians have a very rich understanding of
scripture, theory and doctrine. They have devoted many years
to studying Christianity and the pursuit of knowledge.
The problem with these type of Christians, is that they often
pursue a knowledge of God, over a relationship with God; knowing of
God, but not knowing His Spirit. And they will fight vigorously when
anything doesn't align with their absolute doctrinal purity. This
makes it difficult when God tries to reveal to them anything that
they don't already know. And they must be careful, because
knowledge often puffs us up, and in our pride we don't listen to
anyone we disagree with. They will often spend too much time of the
minor issues, and miss what is most important.
These people serve to the Lord with fire and vigor.
Eager to to please God, they attend many religious services and
This is a great time for them, and it can solidify their
Christian foundation, but often this is just a phase in their life.
And after time, they start cooling off. Their pursuit of the
Lord is very emotional. And when their emotions fight them, they
have a hard time staying strong. As Christians we are in it
for the long haul. This is the way I started out my walk with
the Lord. Remember Jesus said in Matt 10:22, "He who
stands firm to the end will be saved."
Like many of us, some people wonít look up until they
land flat on their backs. And this is how many of us came to the
Lord. In times of desperation, we call out to God and find Him.
The problem with Desperate Christians is that they only call out
to God when they are in great need. But when everything is going
their way, they forget about the Lord and donít seek Him until the
On the other side, some people will only seek the Lord when
everything is stable and under control. And the moment things get
out of hand, they go back to their own devices to fix it.
As Christians we must call on the name of the Lord, during
tragedy and prosperity.
These people often attend services that are heavily
structured, meticulous rich in custom and tradition, and often
repeated. But they only know God through practicing rituals,
receipting prewritten prayers, and listening to others.
They go through the motions of Christianity but are not close to our
This structure is good for giving a person the fundamentals of
the faith. But they must not replace a deep personal walk with
Christ, with just following rituals, receipting prayers, and
listening to Sermons.
Tradition Based Christians
These are people that grew up in Christian homes. They
often attended Sunday school, and worship services with their
family. They usually follow the religious customs of their society.
The problem with Tradition based Christians is that many follow
Christ because it is the norm, the traditional thing to do.
Some have never made a individual decision to follow Christ.
Many times their faith is tied to politics, therefore they would switch
Religions before they switched political parties.
We must all make the decision to follow Christ, whether our
family and society agree or not. And we must all be willing to
do things for the Lord, even if it is different than the way we were
These type of people serve the Lord diligently.
They get involved in many different ministries, and help many people
in their faith. And this is great, but they must be careful
where they put their faith. Their faith can sometimes be rooted in
their works and their ministries, but not in Jesus. And
sometimes they can be so caught up in ministries, they they are not
spending quiet time with the Lord. They must also be careful
not to do God's work, without His guiding, for this is the tree of
the knowledge of good and evil.
Hard Rock Christians
In good times or in bad,
whether they feel like it or not,
whether angry or happy,
whether fun or boring,
in strength or weakness,
whether they understand or not,
whether they agree or not,
with tradition or against it,
with the crowd or against it,
with friends or alone,
whether theyíre popular or not,
no matter what people might say,
whether anyone is looking or nobody notices,
whether leading or following,
whether being blessed or rebuked,
whether they stand to gain or lose,
whether they will be rewarded or not,
whether their prayers are answered or rejected,
in fast times and in slow,
any day of the Week,
and in it for the long haul,
no matter what testing or challenges comes their way,
they stand firm in their love and faith of Jesus Christ.
We're called to be Hard Rock Christians.
These type of Christians have the opinion that since
Jesus won the Victory, there is nothing else to do but sit back.
They do not consider things like; bringing glory to the Lord,
advancing the gospel, maturing in their faith, helping others,
being a lighthouse or preaching the Gospel. Just getting saved is enough for them.
They often believe that if the Lord wants something done, it will
get done with or without them, never realizing they they are the
body of Christ. When the devil comes against Tailgate Christians,
they are an easy pushover. When they face the Lord's judgment
seat, they will be ashamed that they wasted their lives away.
These type of Christians will only pursue the Lord when
someone else is directing and encouraging them. i.e. Someone
takes them to Church. But, when left alone they donít study,
pray or worship. And without constant guidance they will grow cold
and fall away.
How you handle another persons mistakes, reveals more about you
(Mar 26, 04)
1. At the first sign of weakness, the man of fear will separate
from himself from you. Putting his own reputation above your relationship.
2. At the first sign of weakness, the bully will start to pounce. Though he
might have appeared innocent before, now his true nature comes out. Like
sharks swimming in water, they will not bother each other. But when one
starts to bleed, all come in for the feast. The bully will often confront you in
the presence of others, to maximize your shame.
3. The Assassin will not wait until the first sign of weakness appears, he will
actively search out your faults, and delights when he finds one. With the
appearance of looking for truth, and defending what is right, he is really a
predator at heart. And he will actively spread whatever dirt he finds about you,
with everyone, in order to discredit you.
4. But at the first sign of weakness, a friend will not attack you; because out
of love, his concern is for your restoration. Then at an appropriate time,
will advise you of your mistake.
(Mar 10, 04)
There are 3 wall of protection you have against Sin. The Mind,
Heart and Body.
First the evil one attacks your mind by tempting you with
unclean thoughts. In this stage you must learn to throw away any evil
thought that comes to you, and confront it with scripture.
(2 Corinthians 10:5) "Take Captive every thought and make it obedient to
But a foolish person will allow his mind to dwell on these evil thoughts,
and the evil one will easily break down this wall.
Once the evil one has invaded your mind, he attacks your heart
with all kind of ungodly emotions. At this point you must learn not to
dwell on these emotions. For example, if you're frustrated, take a nap.
If you're furious at someone, step away and cool off. (Eph 4:26) "...Do
not let the sun go down while you are still angry." But a foolish
person will allow these evil emotions, (Rage, Bitterness, Lust, etc.) to grow in
his heart, until they are consumed by them.
Once your heart has been broken down, and you're feeling all
kinds of ungodly emotions, there is still one more barrier. Your Body.
We learn from (Eph 4:26 ) "In your anger do not sin..." Just
because you are angry with someone, doesn't mean you have to curse at them.
Just because you're lusting after someone, doesn't mean you have to commit
adultery. Just because you jealous of someone, doesn't mean you have to
steal from them. This is the hardest wall to secure, but you must keep
this barrier up. Immature Christians find themselves at this stage all the
(Mar 10, 04)
The Lord's perspective is radically different than the devil's
perspective. When a person wears the Devil's glasses they get depressed
because everything looks gloomy. The devil distorts everything. But
with the Lord's glasses on, everything looks glorious. Two people can be
looking at the same event and have have different reactions. Here are some
||How a person with the Devil's
perspective would respond.
||How a person with the LORD's would
|As warning light starts blinking on
your car's dashboard.
||"Oh great, this will be another
1000 bucks to fix."
||It is a blessing that
I get a warning like this, than to have the car break down while I'm
|There are 85 different types of coffee
at the store.
||"Why do things have to be so
complex, why can't they just make this simple, like before."
||What a blessing
to have so many options, not even Kings who lived 100 years ago had this
|You need to upgrade your computer.
||"Why do I need to keep
upgrading my computer, every 3 years it becomes worthless."
||"Wow, I can get a
computer 10 times faster than my current one, for less money than I paid
|The Traffic Website reveals a jam
on the highway you take to work.
||"Where is my Tax money going,
why can't we just build more roads! Why don't more people just take the
||"If I take an
alternate route, I can save 15 minutes of driving. 10 years ago, I
would have no idea about a jam until it was too late.
(Feb 28, 04)
In dealing with others, use a Velvet Glove. (But
not to the point that you condone sin.)
In dealing with yourself, use a Iron Fist. (For discipline, but not to
just beat yourself down.)
(Feb 28, 04)
Both the Lord and the Evil one talk to us continually, but
sometimes it can be hard to tell which VOICE we are listening to.
Look at the Fruit. The Lord's voice leads to Good fruit, the devil's
voice leads to bad fruit. If you find yourself depressed, angry, upset,
short tempered, etc. then you're probably listening to the wrong voice.
(Feb 4, 04)
When you are confronted with another person's sin, there are 3
ways of handling it. And each path produces different outcomes. One path
is to accuse, the other is to "Self Justify" (as shown be the Pharisee in Luke
18:9), and the other is through the ministry of Jesus Christ, intercession.
(Jan 7, 04)
Hearing the voice of the Lord is like turning the dial to find a
radio station. After searching, you finally start picking Him up clearly,
and He speaks to you, and reveals a little bit of Himself. But the Lord is
not stationary, but fluid. Next week He might be speaking on a different
station, but we keep taking our hand off the dial. We see a little bit of
the Lord, and we get complacent, but there is much more of the Lord that we
haven't seen. People also get complacent because they've seen more of the Lord
than others, and that satisfies them. If you know the Lord, but haven't heard
His voice in a while, get your hand back on the dial, and seek the Lord.
Hearing from the Lord gives you a fresh and new appreciation of His never ending
glory, but when you take your hand off the dial, you become religious.
(Dec. 18, 03)
For every level of maturity in our Christian walk there are traps
set by the devil. (I call them Spiritual Banana Peels) And those
without vision will fall victim to these traps. You need to recognize and
avoid these as you grow in Christ. And remember you can fall at any level.
A Man Reaps What He Sows
(Sept 2, 03)
Whether good or bad, what we put into this world will eventually come back on
Testing Christian Charity
Many things are done in the name of charity. Some better that
others. The Bible teaches us to be good stewards of God's resources.
Luke 16:10 "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with
much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with
much. " How do we know what is a good use or our charity. Here are 6
tools we can use to test how strong your charity is.
(Aug 22, 03)
1. Is it a wise investment of God's resources?
i.e. If one charity has a 15% overhead, and another has a 25% overhead,
donate to the more efficient one. If one charity can feed one
person for $5 a day, and another can feed 10 African children for $5 a
day, put your money in the wisest place.
2. Who does it glorify? If you are donating to
look good in front of other people, then it doesn't give God the credit.
If possible, donate in a way that the receiver can only thank the Lord.
3. Was it done out of love or obligation? Many
times I donate just out of moral duty, but it is far better to donate
because you love God, and love the people you are ministering to.
4. Is it true charity or is the giver looking for some
benefit? i.e. Some churches will not spend any money unless it
directly benefits their Church and is under their control. Even if a
ministry has already shown successful under a different organization,
some churches will demand they have their own program. And some
Christians will spend $2,000 on a 2 week mission trip, (which is a
great way to server, and builds up their faith) but they would
never consider giving that to others who can minister oversees with it
much longer that 2 weeks. (I'm guilty of this too, I've spent my
tithing money on ministry books, and other Christian supplies for
myself. Wow, what a sacrifice!)
5. Does it advance the Kingdom of God? i.e.
Sending bibles to other countries & supporting missionaries directly
advance the Kingdom of God. But donating to a politician reelection
campaign, or to a environmental fund do not.
6. Does it cost you anything? When I was young, my
mom would send me to the store to buy something. I would often
give the spare change to those little charity jars at the end of the
grocery store's conveyer belt. Wow, I was very generous with my
mom's money. But that kind of generosity doesn't impress God. In 2
Samuel 24:24, King David said, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I
will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me
Aligning yourself with the Word of God.
(Aug 21, 03)
THE WORLDLY MAN
The natural man aligns himself with the ways of this world. He
is molded by his surroundings, a product of the media, newspapers, books, magazines, movies,
entertainment, friends, school, culture, peer pressure, fashion,
advertisement, pride, etc.
THE GODLY MAN
The Godly man aligns himself with the Word of God. It
changes his perspectives, attitudes, desires, goals, pursuits,
friendships, etc. The Word of God says, "Do not conform any
longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing
of your mind." Rom 12:2
Messages from the...
(June 29, 2003)
The Filter of Man. When God speaks through His
servants. His message can be diluted when we are not fully surrendered to Him.
(June 23, 2003)
Our actions on earth, have spiritual
consequences. When we choose to do good or evil, there are repercussions far
beyond what we see. For example, when Adam and Eve sinned against God,
they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden. On the physical level it
didn't seem like much happened, but in the spiritual realm it was a disaster.
In the same way, our actions (good or evil) can release forces in the spiritual
realm. And these are seeds that will produce fruit (good or bad) for generations
to come. Do not take sin lightly, but follow in the Lords footsteps, because
your actions will either leave a great blessing or a curse.
(June 20, 2003)
Which is more valuable, 1 bottle of pure wine or 1 barrel of
wine which has a little poison in?
Though there is more wine in the barrel, the little bit of
poison has made it useless. The same with our deeds, it is better to do
little things with a good and pure motive than to do great deeds with an unclean
or impure motive.
Confusing the Physical World and the
(June 20, 2003)
The value of a man's advice.
When a kind and generous person, tells you to also be kind and generous, he is
speaking from his heart. He is enriching you in both the physical world,
by you hearing his advice, and enriching you in the spiritual world, because it
came from his heart.
But when a hypocrite tells you to be kind and generous, it does
not come from his heart. It might seem like he is enriching you by his
advice, but in the spiritual world he his only handing you hypocrisy.
We must not confuse the physical world with the spiritual world.
Which helps the Kingdom of God more...
1. a rich man who gives a million dollar donation to charity in
order to impress someone of how great he is, or
2. a faithful man who gives $100 to charity because he loves God.
||Since we see only the physical world, we might think
that the million dollar donation is more helpful. In the physical
world, 1 Million dollars goes a lot further than a mere $100.
look at what is happening in the spiritual world. The rich man in
this example, is sowing a seed of pride and boasting, while the the
faithful man is sowing a seed of love and generosity. Seeds sown
in the spiritual realm are eternal, and have far reaching consequences.
A great example of this is when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden
of Eden. Though just one event, there are continuing consequences
even till today.
The weed that the rich man is sowing will far outlast the the million
dollars he gave, and cause more damage. While the faithful mans
seed of love and generosity, will be leaving its benefits for many
generations to come.
Don't get confused by the Physical world, keep your eyes on the