NEVER pay retail: So, how many self-help books have you bought? How about Christian self-help books? What about sermon series that seem to go on and on and on and on without actually fixing anything?
AND even worse, before I became a Christian, I looked to EVERYTHING but God to guide me and fix me….how many of us have trusted horoscopes and television psychics? Yep, I even bought the books. SO SAD, but I’m so GLAD I found Jesus! Not that He was hiding, I just wasn’t looking.
Christians can be their own worst enemy. In my previous post ‘Questionable Things‘ I focused on the worldly things Christians wonder if they can still do, such as smoking, drinking, etc. If you are a Christian that understands STEWARDSHIP, this should be a no-brainer. If you understand stewardship then you understand what you should and should not do.
BTW: Worldly things, the ‘questionable things’, usually cost money we should not spend; it also costs us some of our sanctification.
Are you saved, BORN-AGAIN and still struggling? What if I told you that you can ditch the ‘questionable things’ and not pay one penny to keep your mind and spirit busy that will give you what you desire: PEACE?
FREE THINGS. Yes, FREE, given to us by our Holy God through Jesus Christ:
Salvation. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” [Rom 5:8] Salvation has always been FREE, given to us by way of scourging, beating and humiliation of the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ our LORD.
Bible. “Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes,” [2Kings 22:11]. Life went on in the time of Josiah, and it was word of mouth that kept Scripture alive…but imagine finding the true word of God hidden in plain sight? There are countries today that have outlawed Christianity AND the Bible! Here in the United States we take this free thing and let it gather dust on nightstands and coffee tables.
Prayer. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God,” [Phil 4:6]. We can pray anywhere, anytime. There is no cap on how much we can pray. All it costs is TIME and SUBMISSION, and this is one thing that God really wants us to do all the time.
Praise/Worship. “And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: ‘Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever’,” [2Chronicles 20:21]. The free thing that many Christians neglect is PRAISE & WORSHIP. We can praise Him anywhere, we can worship Him anywhere. And in this scripture reference, it’s noted that the singers and musicians were placed in front of the army to disable the enemy with His Praise, not empty riot. When we praise and worship, we see MIRACLES!
Fellowship. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers,” [Acts 2:42]. Even the Early Church knew that fellowship with other like-minded believers made them stronger and kept them from backsliding back to the ‘old man’. This free thing keeps Christians in precious communion with other Christians to edify, encourage and educate.
Regardless of what sin is besetting us, we know we have a God in Heaven that gives us exactly what we need. There is nothing else but Him and the free things He lovingly gives us.
Unlike one book (and the writer shall remain nameless) DON’T eat the cookie or BUY the shoes; instead take the free things God has provided…yes PROVIDED.