November 30, 2007
(1Pt 3:15) “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
To sanctify our hearts to the Lord is to make a space in our hearts for the Lord and become committed to him. It’s also to allow him to overtake our hearts and begin to clean us up from the mess we have been in. Secondly, as the Lord sanctifies your heart, be prepared to share your hope in the Lord with anyone who would ask; be prepared to defend the faith on behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ. You see as Christians we have to have a word in our hearts for those who need it and we may never know when it’s needed, where it’s needed or why it’s needed; but nevertheless we have to be prepared to share it. Finally, let’s be sure we share it with enthusiasm, with meekness and with the fear of the Lord; meaning those whom we share this word with must see our reverence-respect and joy for the Lord if they are to receive from us what God has for them.
God Bless You.
November 29, 2007
I think knowing who you are and who you identify yourself with is one of the most important aspects of the Christian life. Who you are in your own mind determines your destiny, it determines your fate, and your actions. Too many Christians identify themselves with Adam, whose sad story in Genesis 1-4 shows him falling into sin and being put out of the garden, away from the presence of God. We see ourselves banished from the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. We feel as if we have messed up, and given up paradise forever. Furthermore, we seem to repeat some of the same sinful mistakes over and over again. However, those Christians who have trusted in the last Adam (Jesus Christ), are no longer identified with the first Adam and his sin, but with Jesus and His righteousness. We are not locked outside of God’s presence as Adam was in Eden; but we are seated even now in heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6). It’s important that you know which Adam you identify with. Because the first Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam a quickening spirit. You are a part of the quickening spirit generation, which speaks life into your very being.Know who you are, and don’t allow the Devil to steal your identity, because the fastest growing crime in America today is identity theft; and this type of theft is worse than the ID theft that the world talks about- this theft can destroy your life on earth and send you to hell. Be blessed, and KNOW YOUR IDENTITY.
God Bless You.
November 28, 2007
(St. Mark 13:5) “Take heed lest any man deceive you:”
During this particular time in the life of Jesus, he was preparing the disciples for what would happen during the last days. However, he knew that men were going to challenge-debate and even deny his end time prophecy. Therefore, he said “Take heed lest any man deceive you”; because men/women will deceive you. They would deceive you into believing that you are your own God, you make your own way, and if you don’t take care of yourself God certainly won’t; they would deceive you into believing that Jesus was a great prophet, however, he was not God; they would have you to believe there is no God, in fact, “The fool hath said in his heart there is no God” (Psalm 14:1); thus, they are deceivers. One of the questions I have been asked, especially among teenagers, is how do you know there is a God? Can you see him? I tell them “no I can’t see him with my natural eye, however, I can’t see bad breath either, but we all know it exist. We can’t see various types of bacteria, however, we know it exist; we can’t see the AIDS virus, but we know it kills people everyday. Listen saints don’t let people play tricks on you when it comes to the God you serve, because there are a lot of things we can’t see with the natural eye, however, it doesn’t mean it don’t exist. People say “I can’t believe that a loving God would send me to hell, thus hell can’t be real”. First of all God will never send you to hell because you go there by choice. God gives us all a choice on where we choose to spend eternity. Finally, I’m not going to wait until I die to find out whether or not hell is real, because I’m going to live my life as unto the Lord, so I won’t have to take that option just in case it is. At the end of the day it’s all about what you believe. However, there are men/women out there waiting to deceive you; be careful.
God Bless You.
November 27, 2007
(James 2:9) “But if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”
When it comes to God’s love for us, he doesn’t have favorites. God doesn’t love one of us better than he loves the other; he doesn’t love one or the other more or less based on the title we carry in the church, our economic standing, who our family is, neither is he concerned with the color of our skin. God loves us because he is love. Thus, God is not a respecter of persons; he doesn’t have favorite pastors, favorite choirs or certain cliques in the body of Christ. The Lord wants to be around anybody who loves him and has received him as Lord and Savior. However, we know that in many congregations today, even among people who claim to be good and saved, there are still those who have their favorites in the church. There are believers who prefer to hear one pastor over another or one group sing rather than another or we prefer to hang with one group verses another. As a result, we become a “respecter of persons” and God would never have us to live our lives that way. If we are to prefer anything as it pertains to those who minister to us or those whom we hang with it should be “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”. In other words, does Jesus Christ live in those who we allow to minister to us, or who we hang with? Finally, let’s follow the example of Jesus and rid ourselves of the spirit of favoritism and look for what’s really important in a man/woman and that is salvation; because when it’s all said and done your economic status, the neighborhood you lived in, the church you attended and even the people you know won’t matter. What will really matter is do you know Jesus and what did you do for the Lord?
God Bless You.
November 26, 2007
(Heb 13:8) “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.
The thing about our Lord and savior Jesus Christ is he doesn’t change. Thus, you know what to expect from the Lord. He is not up one day and down the next, in fact, he is always up, waiting to intercede on our behalf. If we choose to obey we can expect blessings, however, if we choose to disobey we can expect the wrath and judgment of God. If we worship him in Spirit and in truth, we can expect him to manifest himself in our lives; in fact, he said he inhabits the praises of his people. If we fall into sin and don’t repent we can expect broken fellowship between us and God; however, if we repent of our sins we can expect restoration in our relationship with God. Furthermore, we can always expect for the Lord to love us because He is love. There is not a second, minute, hour or day that he doesn’t love us. Finally, we know that if we endure until the end we are heaven bound, but the flip side of that is if we don’t endure to the end we make our bed in hell. This seems so harsh for a loving God, however, I like the fact that the Lord at least tells us the truth so we might be well informed in our decision making process of how we choose to live our lives; because at the end of the day the choice is yours. Our God is an unchanging God; he is so settled in his ways and so sure about the process of salvation that He said in Mal 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not.” Thus, we as Christians all know what the standard is and that is holiness. It was the standard yesterday, it still is today and it will be tomorrow, because we serve an unchanging God.
God Bless You.
November 23, 2007
Psalms 107:1-2 says, “Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, who he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”. God is looking for the redeemed (those whom he has bought and paid for with his sons life) of the Lord to thank Him. God is looking for the redeemed who He has delivered from the hand of the enemy to tell Him thank you. If God has snatched you from the jaws of hell “thank you” ought to be on your lips; if He has made ways out of no ways for you, “thank you” should be heard in heaven from your mouth. God is looking for those who say they love Him, to stand up in the midst of a crooked and perverse people and tell Him thank you Lord for what you done for me, thank you for saving my soul, thank you for making whole, thank you for the activities of my limbs, thank you for keeping momma and them; somebody out there knows what I’m talking about.
If you want your speech to be blessed, get in a habit of thanking God and you won’t be able to speak negative things from your mouth, because the perfect will of God is to thank him in everything for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thess. 5:18). Go ahead, I dare you to begin to thank God, something will start happening in you right where you sit.
God Bless You
November 21, 2007
There are people out there who get into the ministry for the wrong reasons; those who serve God for the wrong reasons; there are people out there who serve God and their heart is not right toward God. It’s in all areas of ministry from the pulpit to the pew, and among all titles, from deacons-ministers to bishops…etc. As Christians we must understand that the call of God on our lives, if there is a call is not about us. Doing the work of the ministry is not about how much money we can make, or how big of a name we can attain, neither is it about us being seen. However, it is about Jesus Christ and him being seen through us as we operate in the work of the ministry. But we know many in our day have gotten into the “work of the ministry” simply for themselves and their own gain; furthermore, it’s no different today as it was during Jesus day. The leaders felt like they had to be seen, for (ST. Mark 12:38-40) “Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, and the chief seats in the synagogue, and the uppermost rooms at the feasts: which devour widows houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive the greater damnation.” In other words, these leaders will receive the greater damnation because they know the way, but won’t obey; they will receive the greater damnation because they would rather be served by the people, even to the extent of taking advantage of the poor widows, than to serve the people. They want the best seats in the house, and must have the most influential voice all for there personal gain. Listen saints make sure the work which you are doing for God is about Him and never about you, because if it’s always about you…you are in the wrong line of work.
God Bless You.