January 22, 2008
The second attribute we discover as a result of being justified is: access to God. (Rom 5:2) says “By whom we also have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” This access which we have to God is not like the access which the Old Testament saints had, where they had to go through the priest in order to hear from God or feel his presence. Because we are justified through the shed blood of Jesus Christ we (New Testament believer) are priest and kings unto God. Thus, if we want to feel God’s presence; if we want to be changed; if we want to talk to God in prayer, we have a direct line to him through Christ Jesus. The Lord Jesus Christ ushers us into the presence of God. The veil of the temple which separated God from man and man from God has been ripped into, and those who are believers in Christ Jesus have access to the Father and all that the Father owns; which is everything. In fact, “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 24:1). However, this is not to say you don’t need Godly leaders to lead you, because you do; however, you don’t have to wait on them to get into the presence of God as the (OT saints) did. Thank God for a better covenant.
God Bless You.
January 21, 2008
In my study of Romans 5, I have discovered at least five attributes of being justified through Christ Jesus. First we must define what justification is: it is God’s act of declaring and making a repentant person right with him. In other words, the Father and he alone through your repentance and the shed blood of Jesus Christ can declare you justified (or right before God) just as if you had never sinned. Thus, the first attribute the believer has is peace with God. (Rom 5:1) says “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord and savior Jesus Christ; and that’s good to know saints, because peace with God brings about the peace of God which passes all understanding. In the times we live in and the challenges we face, we must have peace with God. This peace is the peace which takes us from faith-to-faith; this peace is the peace which takes us through trial-after-trial; this peace is the peace which gives us calm in the midst of the storms of life. This peace is the peace which causes us not to fear whether we are in the valley of our lives or on the mountain top. Hence, this is not the peace which the world gives because anything the world gives you is subject to be taken away. However, the peace which God gives will take from earth to everlasting. Be blessed and stay encouraged.
God Bless You.
January 18, 2008
To be perfect before God does not mean we will always do things the right way; neither does it mean we will never make a mistake. However, it does mean that we should make every attempt to be spiritually mature; it also means that our life long pursuit, once we are in Christ should be about getting closer and closer to him. Thus, the closer you get to Christ the further behind you leave sin. As we become perfect before God we grow up, and we don’t necessarily become sinless, however, we should sin less and less. Hence, the sins that used to trip us up don’t have authority in our lives anymore. If the devil is going to hinder us he has to come with something new or something we haven’t seen before. However, those who are perfect before God understand that when we sin the Holy Spirit clutches our heart and leads us to a place called “Repentance” that we might remain in a right relationship with God; we don’t willingly or purposefully go into or remain in sin. The Father was so serious about this perfection, that he told Abraham “I am the almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect” (Gen 17:1). As a result, because we serve an almighty God, perfection before God is possible. That’s good news.
God Bless You
January 17, 2008
Our society is set up to want more and more. If we have a car we want a newer car; if we have a house, we want a bigger house; if we have a television that still works with a good picture; we want the latest version of the flat screen high definition television. It even seems the more money we make the more we spend. The spirit of greed has been loosed on our society and the body of Christ must be mindful of that and make every attempt not to allow the spirit of greed to overtake you. The fact is we seem to never have enough; when the truth is if we learn to become good stewards over the resources which God has given to us we won’t confuse the spirit of greed with the spirit of need. (Pro 15:27) says “He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house: but he that hates gifts shall live.” Thus, the man/woman who feels they must have more and more brings trouble to their own house. The spirit of greed will cause you to buy stuff you don’t need-max out your credit cards and have you working two or three jobs just to keep up with the lifestyle. Hence, child of God if you are working that much you have little time for God. On the other hand, those who hate gifts are those who may see something they really want but because they can’t afford it will wait patiently for it and get it in God’s time to keep from being in bondage. Child of God we need to discern between the spirit of need and the spirit of greed, because the latter will put you so far in bondage that it literally takes you years to come out.
God Bless You
January 16, 2008
When the Lord looks at us, he is looking at two things for sure, your mouth and your heart. You can tell a lot about what’s in a person’s heart by the words which come from their mouth. Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who had said something wrong or evil and then they try to cover it up by saying “I didn’t mean to say that”? Well the truth is they did mean to say it because whatever is in your heart will eventually come out of your mouth, because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt 12:34). With that said, King David prayed a prayer to God which said “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Thus, if the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart are acceptable in God’s sight, then whatever comes from your mouth will be holy; and when it’s not holy the Holy Spirit will reveal it to you immediately. Therefore, it behooves us to guard our heart with everything in us and fill it with the word of God; because if not it will take authority over your mouth, and once words are spoken you can never get them back no matter how much you apologize.
God Bless You.
January 15, 2008
There comes a time in every believer’s life that you meet someone that’s hard headed, hard hearted, and they don’t want to hear anything you have to say to them about God. Listen, allow me to share something with you, after you have tried to minister to a person over, and over, and over again, if they don’t want to receive, and continues in sin, “deliver them over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” 1Cor 5:5.That is exactly what the Apostle Paul did when he found out that there was fornication in the Church at Corinth between a young man and his step mother.Obviously this young man didn’t want to change his ways, so Paul said turn him over to Satan that he might afflict him, drive him back to God, that his soul might be saved, and he not die and go to hell; that’s what you call tough love. Some people you have to let go of and allow Satan to work on them for awhile and hopefully there is still enough grace of God over their lives so Satan won’t kill them during their time of affliction.I don’t ever want to get to the place where I can’t hear from a true man or woman of God; for even James 1:19 say’s “let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath”.
God Bless You.
January 14, 2008
As the Lord prepared to rain fire and brimstone on the wicked city of Sodom and Gomorrah, he commanded Lot and his family to leave if they wanted to live. As they were leaving he told them “look not behind thee” (Gen 19:17); in other words, don’t look back. However, we know his wife didn’t heed the word of the Lord, and as she left the city she looked back and became a pillar of salt. Hence, child of God we too must heed the warning of God, “don’t look back” especially looking back and reminiscing and celebrating sinful times. We must understand that for Lot’s wife to look back, was to look back on the days of evil, wickedness and sin in Sodom and Gomorrah. Her prosperity was in front of her, she had her kids, her husband and her God in front of her. We often think that those days of sin were good, but if we examine those days verses the life which we live in Christ Jesus now, we will find that life in Christ is so much better. Child of God every now and then we peek into our past because it allows us to be grateful for our present; however, your best days are in your present, your best days are in your future. In fact, your best days in Christ Jesus are yet to come. Therefore, don’t waste a lot of time looking back at your past (and all the mistakes you made) because those who spend too much time looking back at (sinful days) are no good for kingdom work. Even Jesus said “Any man having put his hand to the plough and looking back is not fit for the kingdom of God” (ST. Luke 9:62). Therefore, saints let’s live in our present and walk with God into our future.
God Bless You.