February 26, 2008
As Christians we must learn how to control ourselves. We must learn how to control our actions, thought life and certainly our tongues. Show me a Christian without temperance (self control) and I will show you a person who opens himself/herself up to all types of demonic influence which will attack their lives. In fact, (Pro 25:28) says “He that hath no rule over his spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.” Hence, if your spirit is not under the influence of the Holy Spirit daily, then as a confessed born again believer, you are subject to say or do anything. Without the Holy Spirit ruling over your spirit, your spirit is left unprotected, vulnerable and open to the things of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Let us be sure that everyday we live, we have submitted our will and our spirit to the will of the Holy Spirit so we don’t get caught up in ungodly situations. Saints of God be blessed and have a wonderful week. I will be away celebrating my 20th anniversary with my wife for life and the queen of my dreams. Thus, I will not blog during that time.
God Bless You.
February 25, 2008
As the Lord moved the children of Israel out of Egypt, he placed them in groups of three and had them encamp around the tabernacle. There were three tribes on the north side, three on the south side, three on the east side and three on the west side. The interesting thing about this encampment is the tabernacle or (the presence of God) was right in the center or the heart of the camp. In other words, the Lord was the heart beat of the camp. Without the heart the Israelites’ were blind, without guidance and dead. This is a picture which all Christians should pay close attention to, and that is without the Lord at the center of our lives we will never be what God would have us to be as Christians. Even as he was with the children of Israel he desires to be with us, which is at the very center of our lives. He desires to be the heartbeat of our lives; he desires for us to consult him in everything. People who place God at the center of their marriages have an opportunity to have successful marriages. Those of us who place God at the center of our jobs understand that it’s not the job which makes us who we are or defines our success; it’s the God which we serve that defines our success. When the Lord is at the center of your life he becomes the focal point; he becomes the one which you talk to daily, praise daily and meditate on daily. The Lord is so serious about being the center of your life that He told Moses in (Ex 20:3) “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Saints that command will stand the test of time. Let’s put the Lord back into the center of everything we do, we won’t regret it.
God Bless You.
February 22, 2008
The Lord has made the believer numerous promises in his word. In (Psalm 91:14-15) the Lord shares with us some of the “I will” promises when he says “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” However, it all starts with our love for God. If we will love God, and love what he loves, there are promises throughout his word which have to manifest themselves in our lives. That’s why love is the root of the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit all grow out of love, and the promises of God manifest themselves through that love. Furthermore, when God makes a promise he never says “oh my fault, I didn’t mean to say that;” hence, when God makes a promise and we line up in obedience to his word, the promises of God have to come to pass. Therefore, if the promises of God hadn’t been fulfilled in your life, don’t blame the Lord; take a look at yourself because the Lord always comes through.
God Bless You.
February 21, 2008
All leadership is ordained by God whether good or bad. Thus, from the president of the United States of America to your local city mayor they were all placed by the hand of God. However, if Christians desire to see certain people in office it behooves us to vote because God has given us that right. We know that leadership, whether saved or unsaved is ordained by God because (Rom 13:1) says “Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained by God.” Hence, it’s not our responsibility to complain about our leaders. However, it is our responsibility to pray for them. It is our responsibility to pray that God would touch the heart of that leader so he/she would lead in the way of righteousness. It is up to the believer to intercede on the behalf of our leaders because if we don’t no one else will. Child of God, it’s easy to sit back and second guess the decisions of our leaders (spiritual or secular). However, until you have sat in that seat or walked in their shoes, you will never-never understand neither the weight nor the responsibility of the call or position which they are in. Therefore, pray saints-pray.
God Bless You.
February 20, 2008
The more we stay in Christ and the more we seek God for guidance in our lives, the clearer our walk with him should become. After you have been in Christ for awhile there are clearly some things you know you shouldn’t do. For (Prov. 4:18) says “But the path of the just is as a shinning light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day.” Thus, as the just prays; as they praise; as they study God’s word and really begin to examine their own lives, the Holy Ghost within them shines the light of God’s glory on the darkness of sin in the believers life (especially the small sins) which we tend to forget about…such as that evil look you gave somebody; or those unkind words you spoke about someone, or even that thought you had which you hadn’t repented of. As we allow ourselves to grow in God, our path to heaven becomes clearer because of the light which the Holy Ghost shines in our heart as we walk out this Christian life. However, I said it becomes clearer not easier. The longer you walk out this Christian journey the brighter the light of the Holy Ghost must shine because the journey never get’s easier only more challenging.
God Bless You.
February 19, 2008
Praise is one of the most important things a Christian can do if they wish to be close to God and free form the bondages of the world. However, there seems to be a misunderstanding in the body of Christ about what praise really is. To praise God is an act of worship or acknowledgement by which the virtues or deeds of another are recognized or extolled. Our praise to God is the means by which we express our joy to the Lord, because the joy of the Lord is our strength; hence, we display that joy back to God through our praise. We are to praise the Lord for who he is and what he does. Praising God for who he is… is called adoration; praising God for what he has done is called thanksgiving. Our display of praise unto God may be in song or prayer, individually or collectively, spontaneous or prearranged. Our praise unto God originates from the emotions of the will. Hence, you must be willing to freely give God praise. Psalm 150 shares with us the where-why-how and who of praise. The psalmist says God should be praised in his sanctuary and the universe (firmament of his power); he should be praised for his mighty acts. Thirdly, he should be praised with every instrument known to man. Finally, he should be praised by every living creature; which most certainly includes man. God gave man everything he needed to praise him at birth. He gave us a mouth to sing-hands to clap-and feet to tap. You don’t need an instrument to praise God; instruments enhance our praise. However, it shouldn’t be the focus of praise.
God Bless You
February 18, 2008
If Christians believed that God was always watching them, don’t you think they would be more mindful about the things they say and do when they are alone? Even in our most personal and intimate moments, God is watching. God said to the prophet Ezekiel “Son of man have thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in his chambers of his imagery? For they say the Lord seeth us not; the Lord has forsaken the earth”. Somehow the Israelites believed that their secret sins, their secret abominations, their secret idolatrous worship went unnoticed by God. However, nothing get’s past the eyes of God, because his eyes go to and fro throughout the whole earth. And for those who believe they can say and do all the right things on Sunday morning, but can live a secret life of sin and deception at other times, there will be hell to pay if you don’t change. Hence, it’s not the big foxes that will get believers in trouble; it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine (little sins). Furthermore, it’s not what you do in the light, when everybody is looking that defines your Christianity, it’s what you do when nobody is looking, and it’s just you and the almighty that defines your Christianity and character. Who are you when nobody else is looking? Michael Jackson said it best in a song he recorded years ago, when he said “I always feel like somebody is watching me”; that is the truth, there is someone watching us all the time, recording our deeds and words, for such a time as judgment day. Ref. (Eze. 8:12)
God Bless You