The Power of Life and Death


A friend and I were chatting the other day about how God can use the things we say to others in incredible ways. Just a few words spoken at the right time and through the Holy Spirit can change a person’s life permanently. Often, we will never even know the work He’s done through us. Recently I came across some scripture that reminded me the opposite is also true. If we allow him, Satan can use our words in an attempt to damage the kingdom of God. Listen to what happened as the Lord explained He would soon suffer and die at the hands of men:


“Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him [Jesus]. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’ Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.'” Matthew 16:22-23
The Bible also says we will give an account of every single word we speak — bar none! It also says the power of life and death are in the tongue… which will you be using today?


In Christ,


PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er

Jim@JamesKilby.com

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Truth or Dare?

Is it just me, or do people seem to be reinventing God these days? I constantly hear people telling me what “their God” would and wouldn’t do — or what “their God” does and doesn’t want. The scary thing is that much of what I hear is based on conjecture — not on any real knowledge of the Bible. Are you trying to please God based upon what you think He wants, or based on a knowledge of what says He wants in His Word?

“Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your TRUTH. The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.” Daniel 9:13-14 (Emphasis mine)

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er
Jim@JamesKilby.com

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Accountability

Our Catholic brothers and sisters are required to confess their sins and seek absolution on a regular basis.  I’m clearly not an expert here, but I do find this practice very interesting.  Although most Protestant denominations do not seek absolution through an earthly priest, the concept of confessing our sins to each other is clearly biblical.  

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”  James 5:16a I wonder how much stronger our Christian walks would be if we actually practiced this commandment?  Think about it…  Godly men and women repenting from their sins and praying for one another.  If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend giving it a shot.  Several of my Catholic subscribers practice “accountability” with other believers in addition to confessing their sins to a priest.  Although I don’t recommend running from person to person and confessing anything, no matter what your denomination, there’s nothing quite like having someone you trust to hold you accountable in the Lord.

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er

Jim@JamesKilby.com

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Just Let It Go

bare bulb lights

Have you heard that “still small voice” speaking to you lately? Has the Holy Spirit been gently nudging you toward the realization of a sin in your life? Is it a problem with your “thought life”? Maybe it’s not something you’ve done, but rather something you’ve been failing to do. Whatever it is, why not let it go? At a minimum, it’s affecting your ability to pray and your walk with Christ. If you’ve got a minute right now, why not ask the Lord to reveal your sin… and then to take it off your chest. He’s been waiting! 

“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;”  (Psalm 66:18) 

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er

Jim@JamesKilby.com

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A Reason For Your Hope!


heaves open

As you’ve grow in your walk with Christ, have you noticed yourself taking odds with the world?  Maybe it’s the loss of morals, the lack of integrity, or maybe it’s the disregard for the incredible suffering people are going through today. Have you noticed things starting to eat at you?  Well, don’t you let them!!  Remember, you’ve got what they need.  Through God’s incredible grace you’ve been given the answer!  Let His light shine!

Here’s some awesome scripture written 2000 years ago!  It couldn’t be more applicable if it were written today.  

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”  1 Peter 3:15-17

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er

Jim@JamesKilby.com

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Truth or Lie? The Fall of Man

“Now the serpent was more crafty…. ‘You will not surely die,’ the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 

Well, there it is! That’s the big lie Satan told Eve. Of course, it’s been translated from the original Hebrew, but it’s still powerful. In fact, it’s so powerful it’s still working today. Here’s the lie broken into two parts. See if it sounds like anything you’ve heard lately… 

1. “You will not surely die…” — There are no consequences to sin. Just do as you please because God (or those pesky Christians) are all liars. IF there is a God, he would never send us to hell. God is love, how could he do that? Besides, you’ve treated other people as fairly as you could! 

2. “…your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” — We can, in effect, be our own gods. What really matters is individuality. Besides, who’s to say what’s right and what’s wrong. Times change you know. What used to be “evil” is now acceptable. What’s right for ME is the only thing that matters. 

The Truth

“There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” Romans 3:10-12 

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus of Nazareth (John 14:6b) 

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er

Jim@JamesKilby.com

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Regret

We’ve all got some things we should have done that we never got around to and surely some things we’ve done that we shouldn’t have done. Unfortunately for us, there’s nothing quite as bitter as regret. The good news is that regret is avoidable! Through our relationship with Christ, He can help us stay on the right track and surely minimize it. We’ve got to give Him the reigns though, and throughout time, people have been reluctant to let God rule their lives.

This is what the Lord says — your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; their name would never be cut off nor destroyed from before me.” Isaiah 48:17-19

Don’t let your life be filled with regret. Let go, and let God!

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er

Jim@JamesKilby.com

 

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Are You Using Your Talents?

How many spiritual gifts do you have?  Do you know what they are?  Are you using them to serve the Saints?  When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive the Holy Spirit, the Bible says we each receive at least one spiritual gift.  You know… teaching, service, compassion, etc.  Many of us receive two, three, or even more gifts.  It also says our heavenly Father expects us to use these gifts to further the kingdom of God.  The parable of the talents in Matthew 25 paints a powerful picture of what is expected of us in this area. Check it out sometime — or just ponder what happened to this servant who had nothing to show for his “talents.”

“For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.  And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 25:28-30)

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er

Jim@JamesKilby.com

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A Purse With Holes In It?

road alongside water

Do you ever feel like the harder you work the more behind you get?  Do you run out of money before you run out of month?  It’s often hard to continue to trust in the Lord when your debt is mounting and anguish is setting in.  I know, because I’ve been there more than I care to mention.  God often gets our attention through trials like these.  Through the prophet Haggai he was essentially saying, “Your priorities are not my priorities — your eyes are on yourself!”

“Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai:  ‘Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled house, while this house remains a ruin?’ Now this is what the Lord Almighty says:  ‘Give careful thought to your ways.  You have planted much, but have harvested little.  You eat, but never have enough.  You drink, but never have your fill.  You put on clothes, but are not warm.  You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.’  Haggai 1:3-6

If you’re struggling to make ends meet, grab a Bible and read this short book sometime today.  Most folks can read both chapters in less than five minutes.  What have you got to lose?

In Christ,

PastorJamesKilby @Kilbin8er

Jim@JamesKilby.com

 

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What is Faith?

Does anyone know exactly what faith is?  Maybe a good place to start is by asking what faith is not!  We know that faith is not hope.  The Apostle Paul clearly separates faith, hope, and love as different things in his most quoted writing to the Corinthians (1 Cor 13:13).  If faith is not hope, then what is it?  I believe that faith is a decision… a simple “childlike” decision, e.g.,  I have heard the message and believe that Jesus is the Christ of the Old Testament.  I have faith that He alone can save me.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not have.”  Hebrews 11:1

In Christ,

PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er

Jim@JamesKilby.com

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