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.