Be An Active, Devil-shunning Christian

This church sign says a lot in just 7 words.  Seen at a church near Greensboro NC, the grammar error is as noteworthy as the sign’s spiritual message:

  • Satan’s best tool is a[n] inactive Christian

Being an inactive Christian is a profound paradox.  It isn’t pleasing to the Lord.

Faith is an essential part of the life of active Christians. The Bible says, in Hebrew 11:6 NKJV, “But without faith  it is  impossible to please  Him,  for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and  that  He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.

Believe that God exists and know that your steadfast faith pleases him. When you hear the Lord speak, listen. The things the Devil wants you to do, while often pleasurable, aren’t pleasing to God.  As the NC church sign above expresses, the Evil One’s ‘best tool’ is a follower of Christ who is inactive. Cafeteria Christians are god-abiding ONLY when it’s convenient. Put another way, that’s like only wearing a car seat belt on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Surely faith without works is dead (James 2: 14 – 26).

Surely it’s wise to submit to the Lord. James 4:6-8a (NKJV) tells us:

But He gives more grace.  Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”   Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. 

Lastly, my Pastor (Ron E. Speas) said something recently I’ll never forget:

  • “The Lord will test you, but he’ll never tempt you”.

Some Christians are known by the temptations they take, not the testimonies they tell.  What’s your testimony? Strive to keep being an ‘active Christian’.  Keep the faith and praise the Lord!  Keep avoiding the temptations that the Devil dangles in front of your face.

The joy I have. The world didn’t give it to me. To God be the glory.


Another Chance: The Forgiving Nature of a Gracious God

A Contrite Sinner’s Prayer for Pardon

Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.  For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me.  Psalm 51: 1 – 3 (NASB)

I’m sorry, forgive me
Clean me up, Jesus
I didn’t mean to hurt you, or desert you
‘Cause I love you so much
I admit it, that I did it
I didn’t mean to let you down
Please Jesus turn my life around
And give me another chance

~ Dallas Fort Worth Mass Choir


Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51: 8 – 12 (NASB)