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.