Have you ever felt like this?

Sometimes, we tend to over-spiritualize the characters in the Bible, as if they were perfect. The Apostle Paul wrote about two-thirds of the New Testament, and yet he struggled with something you might be facing today. Read this excerpt when Paul talked about his struggle and the solution…..  

“What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that I need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions don’t result in actions. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but parts of me covertly rebel. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? 

The answer, thank God, is Jesus Christ. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions, where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin. Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life – no longer at sin’s every beck and call! If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in His life-saving resurrection. When Jesus died, He took sin down with Him, but alive He brings God down to us. We are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.

It stands to reason, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, He’ll do the same thing in you that He did in Jesus, bringing you alive to Himself. When God lives and breathes in you (and He does, as surely as He did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With His Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!” (From Romans, chapters 6, 7 and 8 – MSG)

Powerful right? Remember, we press on, not always knowing how, or why, or where, or when, but always knowing Who!

In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen  

What HE can do for you.

I read this the other day and something stood out to me. “As Jesus walked along, He saw a man who had been born blind. 2) His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, WHY was this man born blind? Did he or his parents sin?’ 3) Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned. Instead, he was born blind so that God could show what He can do for him.'” (John 9:1-3 GW)

From 2003 – 2008 I had severe back pain that eventually turned out to be a broken back. It happened when I fell down our stairs…the onset of 5 horrific years of pain. One Sunday morning, as I was limping my pain-riddled body to the pulpit to preach, a man grabbed my arm and stopped me. He said, “Pastor Kevin, do you want to know WHY your back still hurts after all these years?” I cautiously replied, “Ummm, OK, why?” With a concerned voice he said, “It’s the SIN in your life!” Ohhh….now I’m not sure whether in my head or in my audible voice, I looked into his eyes and said, “LOOK BUDDY! I have repented so much that I EVEN REPENTED FOR ‘YOUR’ SINS!”

Just like the story of this blind man, people today still want to “play God” by judging or blaming innocent people that are hurting. They launch their fiery darts like, “You don’t have enough faith.” Or, “You must have done something bad to deserve this.” LISTEN….in John 9:3, Jesus said the man was born blind so God could show what His miraculous healing power could do for this “hurting” man. It should be OBVIOUS that God is more interested in HEALING hurting people than trying to decipher WHY they are hurting. Let’s be like Jesus and focus on helping, healing, and praying for hurting people instead of judging, condemning, and accusing them.Ummm, OK, I’m going to say it….IF someone doesn’t want to be like Jesus and help hurting people, they run the risk of being in a book I’m writing titled, THE DEVIL WEARS CHURCH CLOTHES. I’m just sayin’……

In Him,

Pastor Kevin Kinchen