June 28, 2007
In Mark 10:46-52, we find a blind man by the name of Bartimaeus crying out to the Lord saying “thou son of David have mercy on me”, Jesus say’s “what wilt thou that I should do unto thee”? Bartimaeus replies, “Lord that I might receive my sight”.
One of the most important request that we could ever make to God, would be that He would allow us to see, and I am not talking about physical sight, as much as I am our spiritual sight. As Christians we need to ask the Lord, to open thou our eyes that we may behold the wondrous things out of His law (Psalm 119:18). Having our spiritual eyes open will cause us to see ourselves, our friends, our co-workers, our church family, even our enemy so differently, because we would be able to see them from Gods perspective. You may ask why is Gods perspective so important; simply because if I am a Christian it’s only Gods perspective that matters. In attempting to look at people through our own lenses, the sight will be tainted, corrupted and a blur on our best days.
Finally, we need His sight so we can get to heaven, and the greatest need in getting into heaven is the need to love while we are on earth. We need Gods sight to see how He loves us and others around us; so go ahead ask the Lord to (let you see). Just pray Lord let me see-let me see from your perspective, you might be amazed where He takes you.
God Bless You.
June 27, 2007
As Christians, if we are going to overcome the enemy of our souls, if we are ever going to experience victory, we must do it through the blood of Jesus; for there is power in the blood, there is peace in the blood, there is salvation in the blood, and there is certainly deliverance in the blood of Jesus. (Rev 12:11) tells us “that they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death”. We also find another component at work in this quest for victory over the enemy and that is the (word); we have to learn to speak and believe what God said in his word about our situations, and in fact, speak the word only, (as Jesus did) when dealing with your enemy, your mind and even your flesh.
Finally, the last component of this scripture is the death of their own lives; people who are really creating havoc in hell for the gospels sake, are people who have died to the life they once knew, and have become alive to the work-purpose and mission of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul said it best in (Col 3:3), “For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God”. In other words, your life as a Christian is no longer your own.
God Bless You
June 26, 2007
Col. 3:15 say’s “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body and be ye thankful”. The peace of God in the heart of man is often a direct result of his thankfulness to God. Where you find a believer that’s really thankful for what God has done, is doing, and will do, there you will find peace; and when I say thankfulness, I’m not talking about thanking God for the things that many Christians believe to be the big three…house-car-or the new job, because all of us can get with that. However, I’m talking about thanking Him for those things we seem to take for granted, such as…life-health and strength; having a sound mind; fresh air to breath; a cup of cold water to drink; peace of mind; a real friend that will tell you the truth; and last but certainly not the least, the love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts. Thanksgiving is so important in your relationship with God, because when God see’s that His children are thankful, it tends to want to move God to do even more for you, because He knows that you have an attitude of gratitude. Even a parent knows that when their child appreciates what they have done for them, it really touches us to do more-so it is with our Father in heaven; that’s why He say’s in the above scripture “be ye thankful”, because thanksgiving will change your life, and strengthen your relationship with God. I challenge you to examine your offering of thanksgiving to God, you might find that you could be falling short in that area. God Bless You.
June 22, 2007
When God has placed a call on your life, it is important that you obey. In the life of Jonah, God shows us how important it is for us to obey; for Jonah was called by God to go to Nineveh and minister the word of the Lord to a wicked people, but he chose not to obey the call. Therefore, God put him in the belly of a great fish to ponder this mission again. In essence, what God really did was put him in a place of affliction. Jonah 2:2 say’s “And I cried by reason of my affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heard my voice”. You see God brought about trouble in the life of Jonah, to get him to do what he had been told to do. Could God have chosen someone else? Sure he could; However God calls who He calls. Therefore, my take home message is, when God places a purpose and ministry on your heart, it is in your best interest to obey. We don’t want God to put us on a bed of affliction, or cause someone we love to be put in a place of affliction…sickness-financial ruin-divorce-mental illness-legal trouble…etc. All because we wouldn’t obey the call of God; if he doesn’t use me can he use someone else to get the job done? Sure he can; but he called you and there is something specific that He placed in you to get the job done. Remember, we all are unique in some way to God, not one of us even have the same fingerprint; surely he placed something in you that no-one else around you has, because you are fearfully and wonderfully made.