February 15, 2008
(ST. John 12:42-43) says “Nevertheless among the Chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”
There were many in Jesus day that believed in him, but because of their position, status, and praise from men, they would not confess Jesus openly, but kept their relationship with Jesus private. As Christians we do have a personal relationship with Jesus, but never a private relationship. Jesus doesn’t save us so we can keep him to ourselves. He saves us so we might open ourselves up to the world and witness Jesus Christ as Lord. As Christians we are not to fear what people think about us, or whether or not we are going to be able to hold on to our positions of power, if we confess Jesus as Lord. Listen, everybody else is coming out of the closet, including homosexuals and men which go both ways. It is now past time for Christians to come out of the closet too, and man up for Jesus. These are critical times that we are facing in 2008, and critical times, requires a powerful savior to move us from glory-to-glory. Let us not operate the way many of the Chief Rulers did in Jesus day, but make the confession, “that I am a light that is sat on a hill, that cannot be hid”… I will let my light so shine before men/women, that they will see my good works and glorify my Father which is in heaven”. Come on out of the closet, with your powerful self.
God Bless You.
February 14, 2008
Just because God doesn’t move when we ask him to, it doesn’t mean he didn’t hear us. Neither does it mean he won’t’ eventually deliver us. Because he is God, he moves in his time; in fact, God doesn’t see time the way we see it because everything with God is in the present time. There is no past or future with God because he knows all-sees all and understands all right now. Thus, saints when you pray and ask God in faith, God will remember you. The life of Rachel (Jacob’s wife) was a prime example of that; Rachel wanted to bear children, but could not. However, she had to watch Leah (Jacob’s other wife-Old Testament) produce child after child. God knew that Rachel wanted to bear children, he knew she wanted to bless Jacob with sons; however, it didn’t happen for her right away. But in the fullness of time, (Gen 30:22) says “And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her and opened her womb.” Hence, God hadn’t forgotten about her request; he hadn’t forgotten about her blessing, and child of God he hadn’t forgot about you. There may be something you have asked the Lord for and it seems as if it will never happen. Well let me tell you something, be patient and wait on the Lord, because the Lord will remember you and come through for you if you remain faithful to him. Don’t give up on your God or your blessing because we serve a God that desires to bless us. Be encouraged.
God Bless You.
February 13, 2008
The Christian should “Rejoice in hope; be patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer” (Rom 12:12).
This is advice which every believer should follow. As a believer in Christ Jesus we should rejoice in hope. Hence, we rejoice in the hope that God will do what he has promised in his word. The believers hope is not a wish that God would do, but an expectancy that if we obey the word of God his promises are yea and amen. Secondly, we are to be patient in tribulation. Thus, we must go through what we have to go through, and we must be patient with God as he shapes, molds and makes us into what he would have us to be through our trouble. King David said “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say on the Lord” (Psalms 27:14). One of the main reasons you would need good courage and a strong heart is to stand and be patient in the midst of trouble as God matures you. Finally, we are to be instant in prayer: In other words, prayer should be a part of our lives. We shouldn’t have to make time for prayer, because prayer for the believer should automatically have a place in our lives. Prayer should be as natural to us as eating; hence, we make every effort to fill our bellies with food daily, and we should make the same effort to fill our spirit man with the words of prayer. Child of God, we can’t make it without prayer, so we might as well get comfortable with prayer… it is our life line to Jesus.
God Bless You.
February 12, 2008
There is a recurring theme which flows throughout Psalms 136. The theme is the “mercy of God”. The mercy of God is his compassion-care-sympathy-forgiveness and even his loving kindness toward us when it isn’t deserved. Hence, the psalmist gives us example after example of God’s enduring mercies in the lives of his people then, and his mercy certainly remains in our lives today. The Lord has given us life, health and strength because his mercy endures forever; he has given us gainful employment; thus, his mercy endures forever. Because of that employment, he has given us the ability to have a roof over our heads, clothes on our back and food on our tables; thus, his mercy endures forever. In fact, for some of us he has allowed us to have things, and go places our parents’ and grandparents’ only dreamed of; hence, his mercy endures forever. When we sit down and examine our lives for real and compare them with many in our world, we don’t have much to complain about. It could always be better, but thank God it’s not as bad as it could be. Child of God, our God has been good to us and we must be willing to proclaim as Israel did in (Psalms 136:26) “O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endures forever.
God Bless You.
February 11, 2008
Many places in scripture (especially in the Old Testament) we find fathers’ speaking blessings into the lives of their children. One place in particular was Isaac speaking blessings into the life of his son Jacob. Never mind that he received the blessing through deception; never mind that his elder brother Esau gave up his birthright for a pot of stew, or a weak moment in the flesh. The fact is, when the father spoke the blessing over the son in (Gen 27:28-29) it came to pass. Thus, to all the fathers’ out there we can learn from the fathers of old and begin to speak blessings in the lives of our sons and daughters’. We must learn to speak life, speak blessings, and speak positive things into the ears and heart’s of our children. As born again believers, God has given us the authority to do just that; he has given us the authority to choose to speak life or death. However, choose life. Saints, our young people have heard enough negativity from the world and us (since we have been saved) because there is still a nature in us, which desires to see failure and say the wrong things. However, when you take on the new nature of Christ Jesus, life-victory and blessings are in you to speak not only to your children, but to other situations in your life. However, let’s begin with speaking blessings into the lives of our children, because they need them desperately.
God Bless You.
February 8, 2008
Those of us who have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and savior are one in the body of Christ. There is no big I or little you, but we are one in Christ Jesus. We may have different gifts, different administrations and even different operations. However, they all flow out of the same spirit, which is the Holy Spirit according to (1 Cor 12). Thus, if we are one, we must act like we are one and come together as one church if we are going to see real change in America. As a body of believers we can’t wait for the politicians to bring about change. In fact, if we expect to see real changes in America, born again believers’ are going to have to lead that change in America. As a body of believers we are going to have to bring our talents-gifts-resources and the Holy Spirit to the table if we expect to see change, regardless of our church affiliation or denomination. We know this change can be realized, because (Prov 29:2) says “when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Thus, as we take our rightful place and come together with a single-minded purpose to see our homes-communities-cities and etc. changed, then our nation has the ability to be changed. Finally, how can we expect a few politicians to bring about change when “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” Hence, on this earth God has strategically placed Christians from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, from the cornfields of Nebraska to the mountains of North Carolina to bring about Change; and it begins on your knees.
God Bless You
February 6, 2008
The Apostle Paul said in (Rom 10:1) “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that ye might be saved.” Hence, in Paul’s mind the most important prayer he could pray to God is that men might be saved; and we too must make this a focus of our prayers, “that men might be saved.” You see the salvation process changes a person’s whole perspective on life; the salvation process causes you to look at things from God’s perspective. The salvation process causes a man to love people as God loved people; and don’t you know we need that kind of love in the world today. Don’t you know if men/women really get saved and stay in Christ, our divorce rate in the church would really go down. The reason the divorce rate is as high in the church as it is in the world is because everybody who claims to be a Christian (or have a Christian based marriage) is not. Child of God, just because you got married in the church doesn’t mean the church (Jesus Christ) is in you or your marriage. Child of God, all of us at some point and time need to go back to the cross and re-examine our salvation, because that’s one of the most important decisions you could make.
God Bless You.