December 31, 2007
Whatever keeps you from getting to heaven must be removed from your life. It doesn’t matter who or what it is; whether it is family or friends…momma-daddy-sister-best friend…etc. Jesus was clear about this fact when He spoke on the Sermon of the Mount (Matt 5:29-30). Jesus said “and if thy right eye offends thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offends thee cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one member should perish; and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”In this particular text, Jesus is (not) telling us to literally cutoff our physical limbs that we may enter into heaven, because getting into heaven is not about our physical stature it’s about our heart-our inner-man. However, He is telling us that whatever or whoever hinders our walk with God or causes us to fall into sin we must (cut them off-or remove them from our lives). Therefore, if you are a Christian single (man/woman) and someone is trying to convince you to have sex with them-you need to cut them off. If you are a young person and you have a friend(s) trying to get you to experience alcohol-drugs-sex or even gang banging, you must cut them off. If you are a husband or wife and you are thinking of having an adulterous affair, you have to cut it off. In other words, if you are involved in anything that keeps you from growing in the things of God, you must cut it off. The term (CUT IT OFF) in the Old Testament spoke of being violent with sin, and we who are the New Testament saints need to be spiritually violent with sin if heaven is to be our home. Furthermore, sin is not to be played with-because if you play with sin—sin will play with you, and the thing about sin is, when the playing is over—sin doesn’t want to go home—he wants’ to continue to play. Anytime sin shows up in our lives, we must make sin pay, by immediate repentance and a declaration that this particular sin will not have dominion in our lives and declare to the Devil that he is defeated. Listen, God has given us a way to cut off sin and it’s through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, don’t play with sin—Cut It Off and Cast It From Thee.
God Bless You.
December 28, 2007
Because we have no righteousness of our own, righteousness before God is given to us by the Father when we believe God and when our belief manifest itself through obedience. Abraham our father of faith proved this to us in (Gen 15:6), for it says “And he believed in the Lord and he counted it to him for righteousness. This is why I prefer Christianity, because with God there aren’t a lot of gray area’s in His word; hence, the Lord doesn’t make it hard for you to understand how to live holy. As Christians we must understand that we can’t buy righteousness (a right relationship with God); we can’t earn or work our way into righteousness; we can’t get it through our pastors-deacons-church mothers or any other leader; it is given to us by God when we believe. The Apostle Paul clears this righteousness issue up with the Roman Church when he says in (Rom 3:22) “Even the righteousness of God which is by the faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:” Hence the righteousness of God is not reserved for a certain economic class, or a certain race of people but to all that believe, because our God is not a respecter of persons.
God Bless You.
December 27, 2007
As Christians we can all trust God when things are relatively good in our lives. However, if we keep living, we will probably have to deal with some bad or certainly very difficult situations. It’s in the bad situations where you find out what your faith is made of; it’s in those bad situations where you find out whether or not you really trust God. Well in (Hab. 3:17-18) the prophet Habakkuk found himself in a bad situation. Hence, he declared by faith that “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut-off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will trust in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Thus, Habakkuk knew things were about to get bad, so he made a declaration of faith before God and Satan that no matter how bad it gets, “I will trust God.” As Christians we too must learn this lesson of faith, that regardless of the circumstances, regardless of what we suffer or lose-“we will rejoice in the God of our salvation.” Saints of God, we live in a world that’s rapidly changing, and it’s not getting any better; however, the one thing we can take from this prophet is whether you are on the mountain top or in the valley you will eventually have to draw a line in the sand and declare who you will trust, because situations and circumstances will demand that you make a decision.
God Bless You
December 26, 2007
(ST. Luke 11:13) says “If ye then, being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
In essence Jesus was saying to the disciples even though you are evil, you know how to give good gift to your children. However, the gift that the heavenly Father gives is better; that gift being the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the gift that keeps on giving. The Holy Spirit gives us discernment as it relates to what is and what is not of God; the Holy Spirit knows what God wants to hear when we pray; thus, without Him we wouldn’t know how to pray. (Rom 8:26) says “Likewise the Spirit helps our infirmities for we know not what we should pray as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” The Holy Spirit convicts us when we are wrong and it also allows the believer to receive the love of God as well as give it to others. Finally, the Holy Spirit gives us joy-peace-faith-goodness-meekness-temperance and yes even longsuffering. These fruit come through the Holy Spirit. In fact, there are so many other things which the Spirit does for us that it would be hard to capture it all. However, at the end of the day I know it is the gift that keeps on giving and thank God for that.
God Bless You.
December 25, 2007
I hope this daily word has been a blessing to you throughout the year. At this time I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas; and remember to keep Jesus Christ at the forefront of all you do.
God Bless You.
December 24, 2007
During the Christmas season life can become so stressful. It can become so stressful because Christmas is more about gift buying, light hanging, Christmas tree raising and even propping up the economy, than it is Jesus being the reason for the season. The world has conditioned us all, even the church to get caught up in this cycle called debt during this season. Thus, I’m not condemning the church for buying gifts for family and friends because if you can afford it, please do so, because on some level it does show that you care for the one who receives the gift. However, whether or not you are able to buy someone a gift at Christmas time is not the measure of real love. The Father showed us the measure of real love when He gave us his only begotten son (John 3:16); and in giving us his only begotten son, he gave us an opportunity for our lives to be changed; hence, if you don’t have the money to buy those things which you would desire to give, how about giving the love of God. To give the love of God would be to share a word of encouragement with others-pray over someone’s life-find a way to spend some quality time with family and friends; in fact, give those who are not saved an opportunity to know Jesus. Listen, I know this won’t be easy for everyone to receive because at Christmas time we won’t what we won’t; however, let’s put Christ back in Christmas for real. Don’t allow this season to bind you up and put you in the bondage of debt or stress because the word of God says “Owe no man anything, but to love one another (Rom 13:8).”
God Bless You.
December 21, 2007
There will be times in your life when God will require you to leave some folks behind. In fact, if we are to follow the Lord and maximize our potential in Christ Jesus, the Lord will require us to separate ourselves from anybody that would hinder what God wants to do in our lives or where he wants to take us. Furthermore, God could even ask you to leave family-friends and your place of comfort behind to lead you into new territory. Many times he has to do that because families (especially those who are not serious about God) have a propensity to hinder our walk with the Lord. It’s not that we don’t love them; however, we can’t allow family-sinful friends or even the friends we grew up with to hinder our spiritual growth. The Father was so serious about this that he told Abraham in (Gen. 12:1) “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land I will show thee:” Thus, if God was going to bless Abraham and his seed, and cause him to be the father of faith, he was going to have to move him from the place of familiarity to a place where his builder and maker was God; (hence a place of dependence on Him). Finally, at the end of the day there is nothing wrong with having to say “bye-bye” to those who hinder your walk with Christ, because it is the God thing to do; and after all heaven is our goal.
God Bless You.