Passage: Psalm 66 (NLT)
Today: Doing good vs. feeling good!
14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” (John 2, NLT)-emphasis added
Jesus came to do good works; but to do good, He had to go against that which was bad. He had to pull down the strong holds of the devil
Today, we can see many preachers and ministers, who make people “feel good” by their preaching/ministry, but only a few, who actually do good. There is a big difference between doing good and making others feel good
First of all, Church belongs to Christ; He is the head of the Church. So everything that is done in connection with the church, has to come from the head, which is Christ. The preacher must be true to the word of God, and the unadulterated, undiluted word must be preached; no preacher has the right to change it according to convenience. If a person has to say/preach their own opinions which are not in line with the word of God, they can definitely find other venues for that, not the church!
When God does anything, He does it good; in Genesis 1 & 2, we see that God created, and He found that everything He did was good
Jesus did everything good; people were so amazed at His words & works!
38 And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 “And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross,[c] 40 but God raised him to life on the third day. (Acts 10, NLT)- emphasis added
The apostles, after the day of Pentecost, went out doing good; Peter and John saw the crippled man sitting right outside the temple; he was healed. The “outsider” became an “insider”. Peter and John were “do good” ministers (Acts 3)
Everyday, we see emotionally and spiritually “crippled”, and we just pass by; we say “hi” to them and may talk even more, but never take time to pray for them!
When people share their problems, don’t just say, “sorry to hear that”; that is what everyone else does, and nothing beyond. We are asked to go the “extra mile”; pray!
It is time for you and me to stop this “feel good” talks and start doing the good-the real good; things are getting worse out there!
Principles of God’s words are treated like garbage in nations where God’s word was given much respect once; God’s hand is so heavy upon such nations now!
It is time to stop speaking the usual “feel good” stuff and start doing good
Take a pledge; have a blessed day!
Testimony & prayer: 16 Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.
17 For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. 18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened. 19 But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer.
20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me. (Psalm 66, NLT)
“when you really do good, you feel good; but feeling good without doing good can eventually be bad!”