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