Message from Coach Green

Trials Will Come
Posted by Melanie Green at 7/25/2013

Many Christians think that accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior means they are exempted from the trials and temptations of this fallen world. Not so. How we handle and persevere through those trials and temptations is the key to a life of joy or a life of heartache. Throughout the bible are stories of people who had great tribulations occur in their lives. As we look to the Word and be doers of it, abide in Christ (to remain beside; continue near), and offer up thanksgiving for what you have, you will make it through.

When we think of people in the bible who went through great tribulation, Job comes to mind first. John 10:10 states that Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. So, why did Satan come before God? He had already plotted and had his eyes on Job. In Job 3:25 Job states that the thing he greatly feared had come upon him, and what he dreaded had happened. Job opened himself up for Satan's craftiness. Look in Job 1:5, he was sacrificing to try and cover for his sons' sins. You would have to read the whole of Job's story to fully understand all that he went through, but in the end (Job 42:3) Job states that he uttered things that he did not understand, things so wonderful for him which he did not know. Job repented, prayed for his friends, and his losses were restored twice as much. Read Job 38 through 41 to understand the awe of all that God is.

Now lets look at the New Testament. Even Jesus was tempted. Luke 4:2 says that Jesus was tempted for 40 days by the devil. Forty days, WOW!! But if you read 4:3-13 you will see how to respond to those temptations, "It is written". John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." The Word. But in order to use the Word, you must know the Word. This also fits with abiding in Christ. If Jesus is the Word, then abiding in the Word is also abiding in Christ. Hebrews 4:14-16 shows us that Jesus is aware of and sympathizes with us during our trials and temptations. He also gives us the answer. Come to Him.

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:14-16 NKJ

How about the apostles. They were all persecuted, and all but John, martered for their faith. Paul was stoned and left for dead, but rose up and returned to the city to continue in the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus. Look at what Paul says in Philippians 3:8

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ

These people were serving and still suffered even unto death.

When things aren't as we want or think they should be, we have a tendency to cast blame and withdraw from God. God is not the problem or source of your trials and temptations. You can't discuss trials and temptations without looking to the book of James. James1 tells us the purpose of tests and the source of temptations.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Faith endures trials. Trials come and go, but a strong faith will face them and develop perseverence. Faith understands temptations, obeys the word, produces doers, removes discrimination, proves itself by works, controls the tongue, produces wisdom, produces humility, produces dependence on God, endures awaiting Christ return, prays for the afflicted, and confronts the erring brother. Read and study James. I Peter 5:8-9 tells us that Satan wants us, but it also tells us that FAITH is the answer.

Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

I leave you with a two more thoughts and a couple of versess. Thank God through everthing and forget the past.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:16-18

13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

Love in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Coach Green

What the Bible says....
Posted by Melanie Green at 10/18/2012

Recently I have been listening to alot of people, both adults and students, discuss what they are viewing, listening to and partaking in. It break my heart to realize that people don't have a clue that the Bible specifically deals with us on the topic of worldly amusement. Below are some of the verses that I have found that instruct us on how to walk in Him, putting aside the ways of the world.

Col. 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

In everything you do you should consider if it is something you would do if Jesus was sitting beside you. Would you sit in that rated "R" movie and laugh at the fowl language and watch the nudity and sex scenes with Him?

1 Cor. 10:31 Therefore, whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Next time you find yourself at a party, ask yourself if this is for the glory of God.

1 Cor. 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All thing are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Wow. It comes to a decision. We have a free will. What are you going to choose?

I1Cor 6: 19-20 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

I Cor. 3:17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is Holy, and you are that temple.

You are a priceless gift to God. You became that gift through your faith in Jesus Christ. Don't sully your body and your spirit with the things of this dark world.

2 Cor. 6:17 Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you.

That sounds like a command. So, if we are partaking of what is unclean, He will not receive us. That is what I get out of this. If you are in the midst of uncleanness and Jesus returns, will he receive you?

Titus 1:6 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.

Abominable means: worthy of or causing disgust or hatred. Is God disgusted by what you are doing? He also says to honor your parents. Are you being disobedient to them and also to your heavenly Father? I don't know about you, but I don't want to be disqualified.

2 Tim. 2:4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of [this] life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

Our aim should always be to give your utmost for His highest. I did not write this to chastize anyone, but to ask you to think about what you are doing so that you can be a light in the world and not a stumbling block to the unbelievers.

With all my love.
Be blessed,