July 31, 2007
As a Christian God has given us a word to speak into the life of those that are weary, those that seem to be cast down, even those in this dog-eat-dog world that seem to be frustrated with the way their life is going. He has given us the tongue of the learned, an obedient heart, and an ear that is sensitive to the Holy Spirit. I want to encourage the believer today, that if you are operating in obedience to God there is a word in you that will be spoken into someone’s life in due season. And the truth is that you don’t have to be a pastor, bishop, prophet or an evangelist, you just have to be a Christian, because the minister is already in you; that minister is the Holy Spirit. Isaiah proves this to us when he says “The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakened morning by morning, He wakened mine ear to hear as the learned. The Lord has opened my ear and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back”. (Isa 50:4-5 KJV) Therefore, my brother’s and sister’s in Christ, go ahead and obey God, study His word, and listen to the Holy Spirit and there is going to come a time when you too will have a word for someone that’s going to change their lives.
God Bless You!
July 30, 2007
If it had not been for trouble in our lives many of us would have never turned to God. If it had not been for some serious adversity, many of us would not have even looked Gods way. However, trouble in your life will cause you to take a look at where you’re going-what you’re doing and where you have been. Trouble will make you examine everything about yourself, and because God knew that you would never look His way as long as everything was going great in your life, He allowed the enemy to lead you into a furnace of affliction so you would have to call on Him to bring you out. In fact, (Isa. 48:10) says “Behold, I have refined thee but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. Thus, it is in that furnace of affliction that we start looking for God, when it seems all hell is breaking loose in our lives, where the fires of trouble are turned up hotter than we would have ever imagined; where we look to our right and there’s no help, we look to the left and there’s no help, we look behind us and there’s no help, until finally we begin to look to the hill from whence cometh our help, because all our help comes from the Lord which made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121: 1-2) God allows our enemy to put us in a place where we have run out of answers and our only solution is God. It is in the furnace of affliction where He chooses us; because finally God has gotten our undivided attention that we now might make the choice to choose Him. Trouble can make you or break you, please allow it to make you into what God would have you to be.
God Bless You!
July 27, 2007
(1 Cor. 6:20) says “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are Gods”.
As a Christian we know that Jesus Christ paid the price on the cross for us to be saved. In fact, God brought it, Jesus bought it, and the Holy Spirit taught it. Therefore, because the Lord paid the price for our sins, the thing we are expected to do as Christians is to glorify God in our body and in our spirit. Thus, as a Christian I must glorify Him with every member of my body. I should glorify Him in my eyes in what I see, a Christian has no business watching X Rated, and even some R-Rated movies should be questionable; I should glorify Him with my ears in what I hear, a Christian has no business listening to idle gossip, dirty jokes, or co-workers on the job who sit around and talk nasty about their supervisor; I should glorify Him with my mouth in how I speak, a Christian certainly shouldn’t be telling dirty Jokes, lies, or doing a whole lot of complaining or speaking things that don’t edify; I should glorify Him with my feet in where I go, a Christian has no business in the night club, strip club or the liquor house unless God has specifically told you to go there to minister a word to someone; I should glorify God with my hands in what I touch, to my brother’s out there, if it isn’t your wife keep your hands to yourself, conversely, sister’s if it isn’t your husband you do the same. Leave those ink pins and trinkets at work unless your supervisor has approved of you taking them home. To glorify God with your body is an outward manifestation of an inward spiritual change. Because (Rom 6:11-12) says “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in the lust thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead, and your members (body parts) as instruments of righteousness unto God. Additionally, by doing the things mentioned above you actually begin to glorify God in your spirit as well because you can’t make a real change outwardly until you have made a change in your spirit, through the word of God and prayer.
God Bless You!
July 26, 2007
Col. 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you are also called in one body; and be ye thankful.” As Christians we need to learn how to thank God for what he is doing in our lives because thanksgiving is a by product of peace. When you can thank God in every situation it moves you to a place of peace and it also builds you relationship and fellowship with Him. My definition of peace is the abundance of God. The more God I have the more peace I will have. By the same token the less God I have the less peace I will have in my life. Thanksgiving brings about that peace, that is why The Apostle Paul was able to say in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
July 25, 2007
Those that would sow discord among brethren are another characteristic which God hates. The body of Christ, sad to say, is full of these types of people, they are called gossipers. Many times people who talk a lot or those who pass information along to their family, friends and associates about others when they don’t have a need to know, are often those who sow discord among brethren. A tongue that is not controlled by the Holy Spirit is a tongue that stirs up more trouble than any member of your body. In fact, (James 3:5) says “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold how great a matter a little fire kindles. Therefore, when you are in the company of someone that loves to gossip you need to establish immediately that you don’t want to hear it or disassociate yourself with that person because gossip will eventually have an effect on your spirit man if you listen to it long enough.
Finally, one of the wisest men in the entire bible said it this way “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly”. (Prov. 18:8) You see gossip tends to start out juicy, like a tasty meal, but it eventually makes you sick, it eventually begins to scar your spirit man (hence the word wounds) you may not notice it right away, but it does have an effect; and it is often spoken words shared with the wrong people that sows discord among brethren in the body of Christ.
God Bless You!
July 24, 2007
Another characteristic God hates is a false witness that speaketh lies. A false witness is someone who deliberately lies about something that they have seen, heard or experienced. A false witness has in his/her heart intent to deceive the hearer; a false witness cannot be trusted and a false witness eventually won’t be able to stand because his lies will be revealed before all. Now we often have a hard time dealing with false witnesses or liars, but how many times have we lied to God about ourselves? How many times have we told God that we were going to do better the next time when we knew in our hearts the whole time that we had no intention of turning away from the sin that so easily besets us? How many times have we thought one thing about ourselves only to discover that God was trying to show us that the picture we have in our minds about ourselves is just not true? However, we ignore the truth that God is trying to show us about ourselves. Yes it is true that God hates a false witness that speaketh lies, however, as Christians let’s be sure that we are not speaking lies to God about who we are in Christ Jesus. Allow God to define who you are through His word because you are somebody in Christ Jesus; don’t allow your flesh, the world, your job, or even your friends and associates to define who you are because that may be a lie, and we know how God feels about liars.
God Bless You!
July 23, 2007
Those who are always in the midst of trouble or those who are always looking to be the first on the scene when trouble is around just as a spectator are those whose feet are swift running to mischief. This is also a characteristic that God hates. In fact, God is so against us running to mischief that He said in (Pro. 4:14-15) “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men; Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it and pass away”. In other words, if you are not a part of the solution, leave trouble and all its participants alone. As a young man I can remember the times when fights broke out at my school or in my neighborhood, and I would go running with the crowd toward the action, not realizing that guys pull guns in fights and those bullets that were meant for one person, ends up hitting a innocent by-stander and paralyzing or killing them; all because they decided to run toward mischief. Let’s obey God and abstain from all appearance of evil, because when you go looking for trouble, trouble will eventually find you. Thus, for the Christian all trouble is not yours to solve, allow the Holy Spirit to lead you when it comes to solving problems in others life.
God Bless You!