March 31, 2008
The result of the Israelite’s unbelief of God led to their death in the wilderness; hence, the older generation never entered the promise land. In fact, God raised up another generation as the unbelieving generation died. Thus, (Heb 4:2) tells us “for unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them; but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” Thus, they heard the word as Moses preached, but they didn’t believe or receive the word. And many people who confess to be Christians today hear the word which is being preached on Sunday morning; however, they seem to have a hard time believing the teachings. Child of God it doesn’t matter how well we sing or how good we look in our Sunday morning outfit; neither how beautiful your praise dance looks. However, the thing that matters the most is “Do you believe God?” If unbelief kept the Israelite’s out of the promise land surely it will keep us out of our promise land which happens to be heaven. Let us mix the teachings of God’s word with faith and bring forth a spiritual cake which we can present to God as a sweet smelling offering of our lives that we might be able to enter into the “Rest” of God. There is no sense in going to church Sunday after Sunday and walking in unbelief; we are simply wasting our time if we won’t believe.
God Bless You.
March 28, 2008
The Final thing we learn from Apostle Paul in (2nd Tim 4:7) in our fight to obtain heaven is “we must keep the faith.” Thus, the believer who finally hears the Lord say “Well done thy good and faithful servant enter thou into the joy of the Lord” will be those who have walked by faith and not by sight. As money is the currency on earth, faith is the currency in heaven. Faith is what moves God; because anything you believe in you have a tendency to trust and obey. In fact, (Heb 11:6 KJV) says “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Thus, we must keep the faith on earth if we are to live eternally in heaven. We must keep the faith in difficult times, in times of pain, in times of misunderstandings, in times of lack, even in times of joy we are challenged to keep the faith. It’s not always easy; however, it’s a requirement of God’s. At the end of the day my acronym for faith is: Forsaking All I Take Him; therefore the true Christian must decide to forsake all other god’s and willfully choose to walk with Jesus Christ.
God Bless You
March 27, 2008
(2nd Tim 4:7) says “I have fought a good fight I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
The second thing Paul shares with us in our quest to obtain heaven is we must “finish our course.” Hence, we must do the work the Lord has called us to. We must do it heartily as unto the Lord and not unto men. We must do the work with all our might. Whatever work God has called us to in ministry must be performed with the finish line in mind. Jesus didn’t go to be with the Father until the work on the cross was finished; neither will God call us home until we have finished our part in his masterful plan here on earth. Too many believers have given up in the middle of the race; too many believers have decided to quit, give up and throw in the towel right in the middle of what God has asked them to do for various reasons. However, the Lord desires for us to cross the finish line; and it’s not how fast you get there that matters; what matters to God is that you get there in His time and His time can be slow sometimes. Whatever you are doing for God I want to encourage you not to quit, don’t back down and don’t give in; because the prize is not given to the swift or the strong but to them that endures to the end.
God Bless You
March 26, 2008
The Apostle Paul said in (2nd Tim 4:7) “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith.”
The Apostle Paul understood that if heaven was to be his he had to fight for it. Hence, the term “I have fought a good fight;” he understood that the Devil wasn’t going to let him just dance his way into heaven, but that it would come with a price. And we too must understand that getting into heaven for real won’t be an easy task and in fact there is a price we must pay as well. However, it will be worth it, because few will actually find it. If heaven is our goal we must be willing to fight for it spiritually and take authority over Satan, our flesh, the world and even our own mind. The fight for heaven is so real that Paul said “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph 6:12).” All this demon influence is designed to keep us from making it to heaven and in fact destroy the rest of our life in the process. There are levels of demons and unclean spirits set up to keep you from operating in heavenly places. However, if you have the skill-will-desire and of course the Holy Spirit you too can become one of the few, the proud, the heaven bound. But child of God you must fight for it; which means you must obey God, live a life of faith in God, and love-love and love even more. It’s too many pastors out here preaching and teaching a watered down gospel which makes many believe that if I’m relatively a good person and I treat everybody right I must be heaven bound. However, you have to do much more than that and you have to be willing to fight for it.
God Bless You
March 25, 2008
The final blessing the Lord promised to Abraham was “and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Thus, we know that those who are believers as faithful Abraham was are seeds of Abraham; hence, we are blessed. However, as believers in Christ Jesus we may not have the ability to bless all families of the earth, but we do have the ability to bless the families in which we associate ourselves with; beginning with our own. As believers we must first learn to be a blessing in our own household, if we are to bless others. (1Tim 5:8KJV) says “But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.” Thus, let love, life and blessing begin at home, because if it begins in the Christian home then it has the ability to move from the believers’ life into other homes. And having the ability to be a blessing in someone else’s home is not always about money. It’s a blessing to pray for someone and see their household changed; it’s a blessing to see peace, love and prosperity enter a family because of one believer who decided to minister life into a family and that family made a decision to change. It’s a blessing to be able to give some of our time, energies and efforts to a family in need. Thus, saints we may not be able to bless all families, but there are those families we know which need a change and we know the man (Jesus) who has the power to make that change. Let us continue to offer Jesus to families all around us, because the church is built on the family. Take the family aspect out of the church and what you have is absolute chaos. Furthermore, I’m sure you know of a family right now that’s in desperate need of a Jesus fix. Don’t be afraid to tell them about Jesus.
God Bless You
March 24, 2008
In (Genesis 12:3) the Lord continues to talk to us about the blessings Of Abraham. Thus, the fifth and sixth blessing he promised to Abraham was “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee.” Thus, those who would bless God’s man/woman shall be blessed. Conversely, those who would curse (speak evil of or intentionally do them harm) will be cursed. When we do what’s right by God’s servants; when we sow into their lives through various acts of kindness the Lord will reward us as well. In fact, anyone who would bless God’s servants will be blessed, whether they are saved or unsaved, because God is bound by His word. Thus as Abraham’s seed we are blessed, but we also have an obligation to be a blessing. God didn’t bless us so we could consistently bless ourselves; he blessed us to be a blessing. Furthermore, if we are to stay away from the cursed life it is imperative that we (as believers) obey God always and stop bad mouthing those in the body of Christ. It’s not up to us to deal with those who would curse us, it’s up to God; He will deal with those that would speak evil of us. In fact, (Romans 12:19) says “Vengeance is mine; I will repay saith the Lord”. Thus, at the end of the day if we desire to live the blessed life let’s do as Jesus said in (Matt 7:12) “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”
God Bless You
March 21, 2008
The fourth blessing which God promised Abraham was “thou shalt be a blessing”. Even as Abraham was a blessing to many…we certainly know he was a blessing to Lot (Gen 14:14-16). Those of us who are believers in Christ Jesus have the ability to be a blessing to others. There are various ways in which people perceive themselves to be blessed…such as a check in the mail, someone giving them the keys to a new car or new home without the payments of course. Yes, these things can be a blessing; however, if you don’t have the wisdom to understand how to handle and care for these things they can become a curse as well. But the believer in Christ Jesus can bless you in a way which the world can’t. The believer has the ability to pray for you from God’s perspective and see those prayers answered; if a believer is praying for you consistently, they have the ability through the power of the Holy Spirit to share things with you concerning your life that you haven’t even seen yet. The believer has the ability to lead a sin sick soul to Christ. The believer has the ability to introduce you to a man name Jesus, which could set you on a course to be changed for life. Yes, I know when it comes to blessings for many of us money is always good. However, money won’t bring you peace of mind, but having a genuine relationship with Jesus will. Thus, child of God you are a blessing to others whether you have perceived that or not.
God Bless You