January 31, 2008
Most of the Christians we know are carnal minded. Yes they said the sinner’s prayer; and yes they got saved. However, once they got saved they didn’t attempt to really grow in Christ Jesus, and if you are not growing, if you are not progressing; then you are digressing. You see to mark time (military term which means to march in place) or to stay in one spot in the kingdom of God is to backslide. God always plans for his children to grow and mature in Christ Jesus and carnally minded Christians do not grow in Christ. In fact, they often spend more time thinking and seeking worldly things and things which satisfy the flesh, than they do seeking the things of God. Carnally minded believers remind me of being invited into God’s house, but they never leave the front door to explore the rest of the house. They do get inside, hence they receive salvation; however, they don’t explore the other rooms of the house; in the other rooms of God’s house is the room of love-joy-peace, true holiness etc. Thus, the Holy Spirit desires to take them through the rest of God’s house to reveal to them the gifts which they need in order to become a mature Christian. I know this could be hard for some; however, (Rom 8:6) says “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Thus, the carnal minded Christian never delves into the deep things of God; hence, they don’t have enough of God to keep them from falling back into the world. Thus, carnally minded Christians don’t go to heaven.
God Bless You.
January 30, 2008
As Christians we have to understand that saying the sinner’s prayer and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and savior is the genesis (beginning) of the salvation process. In order to grow in Christ, stay saved and maximize your potential in Christ Jesus, you are going to have to constantly remind that old nature of who is in charge. Everyday you must serve notice to the old sinful nature that the Holy Spirit lives in you now and the old nature must submit to the power of God. Too often we like to believe that once we get saved we somehow have it going on. However, if you don’t remind your flesh of who is in control, your flesh (old nature) will rise up and take over when you least expect it; and at the end of the day, we can’t afford to let the old nature have the preeminence. Hence, we must understand that there is a fight going on inside of the believer and to whom you submit to will be the one who reigns victorious in your life. The Apostle Paul understood this fight within us, when he said “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate that do I” (Rom 7:15 KJV). Thus, Paul was saying there were times when he didn’t understand the struggle within; which is a fight between the flesh and the Spirit for the right to control your soul. This struggle sometimes created confusion, tension even anguish in the life of the believer. However, we know that Paul eventually got the victory over the old nature, and we too can have that same victory and win the fight within, if we will submit fully to the will of God.
God Bless You.
January 29, 2008
Life is so short; it’s so fragile that we have to take full advantage of everyday God gives us. Each day was so important to Moses that he prayed a prayer which said “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Thus, as Christians we don’t have any days to waste on foolish living; we don’t have any days to waste messing around with sin. Our priority should be to seek the wisdom of God for our lives that we may be able to live this life skillfully and in victory. Child of God, we must all understand that wisdom is not what you know, but it is the application of what you know. If you are able to take the word of God and apply it to your life in such a way that it brings victory, understanding and an outcome which brings pleasure to the heart of God, then you are operating in the wisdom of God. Hence, the Christian must have an attitude of bringing the wisdom of God into every part of their lives from our marriages- to the way we interact with our kids, even to the way we handle our finances. Everyday should be a day of pursuing the wisdom of God, because (Pro 4:7) says “Wisdom is the principal thing: therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
God Bless You.
January 28, 2008
(St. John 17:17) “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is thy truth. In order for Christians to be sanctified (set apart), we’re going to need daily feedings of the word of God. Jesus said “sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is thy truth.” If you want to grow up spiritually, the word of God will need to be your daily bread; if you want to be cleansed and set apart for God to use you, the word of God will need to be your daily bread. Moses said” man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord, does man live.” For a Christian, your life line is the word of God. Those who study and take God’s word seriously, allow the word to change them, and re-arrange them, shape-make and mold them into what God would have them to be. However, becoming sanctified through the truth of God’s word is not always pleasant, because we often don’t want to hear the truth; and anybody that won’t hear the truth, want have a place in God’s house. I challenge you today to become clay in the potter’s hand, by allowing yourself to be saturated with the word daily. I guarantee you if you will do that you will see your life change dramatically. I heard one song writer say “won’t he make you clean inside”… my answer to that is yes he will, but he does it through your commitment to the daily feedings on his word.
God Bless You
January 25, 2008
The fifth attribute we gain as a result of being justified is preservation by God. (Rom 5:9) says “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from the wrath through him.” Thus, you are kept by God; you are in a place of safety. Justification brings about a refuge, a hiding place, even a shelter from the storms of life. Being preserved by God is not to suggest that you won’t be placed in a storm; however, it is to say that when you are in the storms of life as a believer you are not out there alone, no matter how lonely you feel at times. To be preserved by God is a threefold stage: First the believer has been saved from the guilt and penalty of sin, and is safe. Secondly, you are being saved from the habits and dominion of sin. Hence, the closer you get to Christ the more victory you will have over the things which have plagued your life. Finally, the believer in Christ Jesus will be saved at the Lord’s return from all bodily infirmities that are a result of sin and God’s curse upon this sinful world. Thus, the Lord is in a continual state of preserving us; he is in a continual state of providing us with the gift of salvation. As you un-wrap this gift of salvation you find gifts such as justification-grace-redemption-sanctification-forgiveness and etc. Thank the Lord today for preserving us as we await His return.
God Bless You.
January 24, 2008
The fourth attribute we discover as a result of being justified is we become a dwelling place of God. (Rom 5:5) says “And hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Thus, the living-breathing-active Holy Ghost is inside of us. The love of God is inside of us and this love needs to be shared with others. Thus, our love is to be on display daily. To have the Holy Ghost dwelling in us is to be led and guided by God on a daily basis as we submit to His will. To have the love of God in our heart is to be able to proclaim “greater is he that is in me, than he that is in the world.” The love of God will only be shed abroad in our hearts as we allow Him to have every part of our being. In fact, (Acts 17:28) says “For in him we live and move, and have our being;” thus, without the Holy Ghost we are dead men walking; in fact, without the Holy Ghost living on the inside of us we are none of his.
God Bless You.
January 23, 2008
The third attribute we discover as a result of being justified is: hope in God. (Rom 5:3-4) says “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience experience; and experience hope:” Thus, as believers who are justified all our hope is in Christ Jesus; and this is not a hope from the perspective of wishing that certain things will happen for us, but this hope is defined as having an expectation. Hence, we are to have hope in the fact that God will do just what he said in his word if we obey. Those who only have hope in this life are most miserable; however, the believer has hope in this life and beyond. The good news is no matter the trial or the trouble the believer finds himself/herself in we are to glory or glorify God in the midst of it, because we know that no situation is too big for our God to solve; thus, there is never a hopeless situation. For the believer to say they are in a hopeless situation is to say that the problem is too hard for God; and we know there is nothing too hard for God.
God Bless You.