Having a form of godliness and a religious spirit is dangerous. Scripture says, "Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof from such turn away" (2 Timothy 3:5). The religious spirit’s purpose is to stand in the way of the Spirit of God’s true work. It wants you to trade your liberty for legalism. If a religious spirit can’t destroy your spiritual zeal, then it will try to conform you into its “respectable” image.
Decisions Determine Destiny.You are living in a world of past decisions. The better the decisions you make, the better your life. A decision means that you made your mind up on something that determined a course of action. I have been in the ministry for over thirty years seeing people make disastrous decisions. Not only did they make terrible decisions, they rarely came to me, as their pastor, seeking counsel. Most of the time, people just told me what they were going to do. Then, when others asked them about their decisions, they would tell people they had talked to me about them. The worst was people would say God told them to do this or that. He didn’t.
Overcoming adversity it is part of the Christian lifestyle. We have all faced it. It’s a time of hardship, affliction, recession, depression and otherwise unfortunate circumstances. If you are like me, you probably thought adversity would never come nigh your dwelling after you sold out to Jesus.
The Remnant understands that history does not remember the common, only the different. Only your difference gets noticed. History does not remember the common, only the different. The difference is what’s celebrated, not the ordinary. Uncommon believers are not like everyone else. They are different. They are unique. They are remnant. The remnant is those remaining after everyone else has given up and quit. They are those that remain. The remnant is uncommon.