December 20, 2007
There have been many of us during our Christian walk that have attempted to make our own way, direct our own path and do things in our lives the way we see it. However, many of us have also found out that doing things the way we see it, has made a mess of our lives as well. The good news is, God never meant for us to direct our own path, he never meant for us to have a choice, other than, choosing him. Choice, only came after Adam ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam to eat of every tree in the garden, except the tree in the midst of the garden. Therefore had Adam obeyed what God said, we wouldn’t be choosing who we are going to serve…whether God or Satan. That’s why (Jeremiah 10:23) says “Oh Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps”. It is the Holy Spirit that is suppose to be leading and guiding us. In fact, (Psalms 32:8) says, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way that though shall go: I will guide thee with mine eye”. As you meditate on this thought, let’s give back to God the only “choice”…if you will, that he gave us in the beginning…and that was choosing life and life more abundantly.
God Bless You.
December 19, 2007
(ST. Luke 5:4) says “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”
Peter and his associates had been casting their nets trying to catch fish all night but to no avail. They must have been fairly close to the shore because Jesus told them to “launch out into the deep”. Hence, he was telling them to go out a little further and then cast your net again; and we know how it turned out the second time around, they caught more fish than they could contain. Thus, the Lord is telling the believer the same thing today “launch out into the deep”, step out on faith. In fact, take a chance, go where no others have went before; go where others only dreamed of going, but were too afraid to step into the unfamiliar or the uncomfortable. Listen saints, God has challenged many of us to take a chance-he has challenged us to step into unchartered territories; he has challenged us to leave our place of comfort. However, many of us have decided to stay in our place of comfort. Those who are afraid to take a chance and launch out into the deep will never see their faith grow to its full potential. Hence, you will never walk in the fullness of spiritual maturity. Jesus won’t tell you launch out into the deep without leading you there or knowing what lies ahead. So I’m not telling you to do this on your own; however, if God has spoken some things to you and you have been just waiting when you know God wanted you to do this thing (dream or passion) a while ago; it’s time for you to take a chance and step out on faith. The people who stay on the edge of the shore where it’s safe never reap the big reward. It’s only those who are willing to obey God, take the chance and risk it all that really experience the greatness of God.
God Bless You.
December 18, 2007
(Psalm 47:6-7) says “Sing praises unto God, sing praises: Sing praises unto our king, sing praises. For God is the king of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.”
The Christian is commanded to give God the praise, and because he said it we must obey. However, God also wants us to understand why we praise; if he didn’t he wouldn’t have said “sing praises with understanding.” Therefore, we praise God because he inhabits the praises of his people; thus, wherever praise can be found coming from the mouth of a believer, there you will find God. We praise him to relieve ourselves of the stress, struggles and the strains of life; because life in and of itself can be tough on the believer. Praising God brings about deliverance-freedom and breakthroughs in your life which you can’t receive any other way except you praise God. Giving God the praise on behalf of others, such as friends or family members could also brings about deliverance for them as well. As believers we must understand that praising God shouldn’t always be about us, but it should be about others at times. A perfect example of this is when Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises while they were in prison (Acts 16). The praise was never about them because they were already free in Jesus; however, because they gave God the praise for others, the prison guard, as well as his entire family got saved. It all started with a prayer and praise. Thus, if you knew your praise would lead an entire family to Christ wouldn’t you be fired up about praising God? I certainly would. Thus, every time we give God the praise we have to believe that something is happening in the atmosphere. This is only a few reasons for understanding why we praise; and for the sake of brevity I must close.
God Bless You.
December 17, 2007
Show me a church with no vision, and I will show you a church that is dying; show me a family with no vision, and I will show you a house that is not a home. Show me a husband with no vision, and I will show you a wife and kids that are walking in the blind. (Prov. 28:18), says “where there is no vision, the people perish.” It’s the vision God gives a pastor that keeps the church moving toward Him; it’s the vision God gives a man that leads a family that gives the family purpose and causes them to keep pressing toward the mark. In fact, even a single person/parent should have a vision from God for his/her household, because without the vision the people perish. The vision is important to those who lead because there is life in the vision, your passion, your destiny is often tied up in your vision; your vision gives you purpose and a determined path. When God gives you a vision, you don’t allow anyone to deter you or pull you away from that vision. The majority of men/women that have experienced greatness in this life started with only a vision. What’s your vision for your home-life or family? Write it down–read it out–pray it in and work it out, don’t just live life from one day to the next, know your purpose, because it starts with your vision.
God Bless You.
December 14, 2007
(ST. Mark 11:25 KJV) says “And when ye stand praying forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
During our prayer time we need to seek to forgive others if we desire for the Lord to forgive us. Furthermore, forgiveness starts with a confession from your mouth and a belief in your heart that you have forgiven the person who you believe caused great harm or hurt to you. It is also equally important during our prayer time that we seek forgiveness from God for our sins because even the best Christian can fall into sin. As Christians we can never believe we have made it over until we have actually made it over (made it to heaven). Thus, our possession of forgiveness from God hinges upon the confession from our mouth to ask God for it. There is no need of praying and asking God for anything until you have accounted for the sin in your life; thus, (Psalm 66:18) says “If I regard iniquity (sin) in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” Therefore, when it’s all said and done, your confession-belief and possession work together to bring about your victory in Christ Jesus. Go ahead and open your mouth and let the Lord hear your voice!
God Bless You.
December 13, 2007
Very often we define confession as: admitting ones guilt or disclosing ones sin. However there is another definition for confession which means to recognize the reality or truth. I like the last definition because in the 14th chapter of Numbers we find twelve men who have been charged to spy out the land of Canaan and bring Moses back a report of what they saw. Ten of the twelve simply told Moses “the people are strong that dwell in the land”; in other words, we can’t overtake this land is their message to Moses. However, two young men by the name of Caleb and Joshua said in this same chapter “let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” Thus, Joshua recognized the truth of who God was and the greatness of God’s power early on; and it was his confession before God and the faithless 10 as a young man that he was able to possess all the land that he did through the power of God as an older man. Joshua’s confession of faith concerning Canaan blessed God to the degree that when Joshua was old God told him that there was still more land to possess, even though Joshua had conquered and controlled the majority of the region. However, if you look at the totality of Joshua’s life, from his confession to Moses that (we are well able to overtake them) to his last days-you too will see that his confession set up his possession of the entire enemy’s territory.
God Bless You.
December 12, 2007
(1 John 1:9) says “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Before there can be real repentance, there must be confession. You see as we confess our sins before God we actually come into agreement with God about our sins; when we confess our sins before God what we are actually saying is “God I see my sins the way you see them and I’m willing to take responsibility for them.” Thus, because repentance is a spiritual act, it’s going to take a spiritual God to lead you to-and- through repentance. Repentance means to turn away from your sins or a changed mind. Therefore, when we fall into sin we need God to show us our sins as quickly as possible so that we might be able to move back into a right relationship with him; thus shortening our reaping days; because once we see our sins as God sees them, he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. However, before we can possess repentance we must confess our sins unto God. God needs to know that we understand what we did and how it affects us as well as others.
God Bless You.