Country Gospel Music
Association Billy Hale, President
"Living In Critical
thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith,
longsuffering, charity, patience (II Tim 3: 10)
says, you know what I believe, the way I live, my purpose, faith,
longsuffering, charity and patience. Obviously, Paul is setting
forth his personal life as a model of how we should live in critical
times. Let’s look at these together.
word is translated from didaskalos
which means “instruction.” Our belief system is paramount. We
should know the truth and build our lives around it. Others may not
agree with our doctrine, but it is absolutely essential that we
arrive at what we believe to be the truth. Otherwise you will never
be stable enough to mature.
Billy Hale is President
of the Country Gospel Music Association headquartered in
Branson, MO. He pastored for many years before God told
him he was to "be kind to my Country Gospel
artists." That's when Billy started the CGMA, and
it has grown to over 5,000 members since that time.
Billy is a singer and award-winning songwriter in his own
right, and has been named Minister of the Year and Encourager
of the year several times over. For more information visit www.countrygospelmusic.com
or email them at email@example.com.
2.Manner of life:
Our lifestyle will reflect where we have placed our confidence and
what is significant to us. Most importantly, we should know our
place in the body of Christ and build our lives around it. Our
calling and gifting should determine where we live, work, attend
church, and choose to travel. It should also dictate what we own,
wear, say, give and intend to do with our time.
This term is taken from prothesis
which means “to set forth.” We should be known as people of
intention and not open to compromise or enticement. We should be
known for our passion to bring pleasure to the heart of God and
accomplish His will.
4.Faith:Derived from pistis which
means “to be persuaded.” We should be a people who build our
confidence around the promises set forth in His word. A people who
daily fortify our hearts through Biblical confessions and taking
nothing whatsoever for granted.
Makrothumia is the Greek word here, meaning “forbearance.”
It signifies a life of self control, restraint, and resilience. A
life lived in command of our circumstances, not a victim of them.
6.Charity:This word, agape has
become quite familiar to Christians around the world. It means
“benevolent love.” It is a love given without promise of
reciprocation. It is a love never traded for favor, gain, or
personal satisfaction. Only those who are born again can experience
and portray this love because it is communicated through the
indwelling Holy Spirit.
7.Patience:This Greek word, hupomone,
means “cheerful endurance.” We must continually remind
ourselves we’re just passing through. Our future is secure, a
reward awaits, and we must cheerfully endure the nuisances of this
life. One plus God is always a majority, so our primary motivation
should be to stay the course.
you really know your place in the body of Christ? Are you just
hanging around waiting for heaven or do you know where He’s placed
you and busy at what He’s assigned? The only people who are truly
safe in these uncertain, bewildering, death-defying, critical times,
are those who have entered into their God-ordained place, living a
life of purity, and filling themselves with His promises. They have
their hearts wrapped around His and ready to move out under His
direction, at the slightest gesture of His hand. This is not a time
for building a future in this world!
are many things that beg for your time and devotion. Some are so
caught up with things, obligations and restrictions, that their
entire lives are filled with stress and frustration. Vigilance is
the word, my friend. Don’t be tied to debt, dreams of prosperity,
visions of popularity, and self-serving activities. Get prepared for
the worst and pledge yourself to honoring the Lord with whatever
time you have left. Don’t be caught with your heart in this world
and your life in disarray.
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