Step Ahead in Faith Towards Our Purpose

We have a much better shot at victory if we have a plan and through Jesus, God has given us a plan. Life may disappoint at times but the good news is that there is something better ahead if we step ahead in faith, choose to make every day count, seize the moment to be the light, and share this light with others.

Let us believe things will fall into place and let us see in our mind how great things will be accomplished today. Let us believe that this day with God will be amazing because of who He is and who we are; an important name in history – one of His children. Here is today’s inspiring video about who we are in Christ: Born Again – Newsboys.


“…let us know His secret purpose. This was what God wanted, and He planned to do it through Christ. His goal was to carry out His plan, when the right time came, that all things in heaven and on earth would be joined together in Christ as the head. – Ephesians 1:9-11 

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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3 Responses to Step Ahead in Faith Towards Our Purpose

  1. Great song – Born again, Newsboys.
    QUOTE:
    “I’m never gonna look back
    There go, there go the guilt the shame
    Said I’m never gonna look back
    This is who I am.”

    If we listen to the voice of the true Jesus Christ of the Gospels, we will notice that
    Jesus NEVER reminded his followers of their specific pre-conversion sins. Never, not once.
    (Go and sin no more is not naming a specific pre-conversion sin,
    and the woman at the well who had many husbands was not a follower of Jesus yet when they had their first conversation.)
    We need to listen to the voice of Jesus more, and follow HIS example more.

    In contrast, Paul the Pharisee DID remind the Corinthians specifically of “what some of you were” naming vile pre-conversion sins when he wrote to them from afar – years after Paul abandoned the church, never appointed another leader there, nor allowed anyone else in Corinth to have any real authority except himself. Paul was exploiting the church as an abusive absentee “pastor.”

    Those who boast and brag about “O what a sinner I was 40 years ago”, and encourage others of give their own spicy “testimony”, are following the bad example of Paul the Pharisee, not the example of the Jesus of the Gospels.

  2. Mark Shields says:

    Yes, I agree that we need to follow the example of Jesus. Thanks for sharing Matthew.

  3. Hi Mark, glad we are in agreement.

    In 1 Corinthians 6;9-10, Paul named some very shameful, “uncool” sins, and then in 6:11, Paul reminded the congregation he had abandoned “That is what some of you were.”
    That is the voice of Paul, an “accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night.” [Revelation 12:10]

    The way the Jesus of the Gospel writers sees sin is basically the opposite of the way “Christian Pharisees” like Paul see sin.

    Jesus wipes away our pre-conversion sins, and never accuses us about them again.
    But God does see everything, and He rebukes His followers for all our sins as “Christians”, as a loving Father would to His beloved children in His eternal family – not disowning them, not abandoning them, but being firm when needed, for our own good. The voice of Jesus speaking to the churches in Revelation chapters 2 & 3 is a good example of this. (Jesus spoke with the authority God the Father gave Him.)

    Paul wrote a lot about “Sin” –
    .1) Theoretically, Philosophically, Theologically (without quoting Jesus)
    .2) Harshly accusing many other Christians of specific sins
    .3) Reminding the Corinthians of shameful pre-conversion sins
    .4) Positioning himself as a cool “Christian Bad Boy” and writing about his own “hip, tough guy macho man” pre-conversion sins like “I was once a blasphemer, and a persecutor and a violent man.” [1 Timothy 1:13]
    .5) Referring to himself with false humility in vague, general, theoretical terms like “the worst of sinners.”

    .6) But sin is always specific, not general. SPECIFICALLY what were some of Paul’s SPECIFIC sins AS A CHRISTIAN? Paul the Pharisee was totally silent about that. He never admitted to a single sin, specifically. Yet, Paul wrote one third of the New Testament by chapter count, 33.3%, and a large portion of this is autobiographical, with lots of personal details about his own intentions, motives, feelings and experience, travel plans, ministry, credentials, etc. Paul writes like his own words don’t need a second witness, and acts like they are “The Word of God” and override the words of Jesus and everyone else too.

    Many “Bible believers” have “the mind of Paul”, and they carry this idolatrous attitude toward Paul’s words over into Luke’s biography of Paul in Acts as well. They believe that every word SPOKEN by Paul in Acts is also “The Word of God” even when Paul is contradicting himself, Luke or Jesus. Compare Luke’s account of Paul’s conversion in Acts 9 with Luke’s account of Paul’s boastful false fabricated self-serving testimony in Acts 22 & Acts 26.

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