March 20, 2008
The third blessing God promise to Abraham is “I will make thy name great”. Thus, we know that the promise was fulfilled because we are still talking about what God did through Abraham today. However, it was the name of the Lord that really made Abraham great. The inhabitants of the land in which he and his seed dwelled, came to know about the power of his God. Hence, the Lord wants to make our name great as well; however, it’s not the name in which we were given at birth by our parents. It’s the new name the Lord gave us when we got saved; the name is “Christian”. This term is used very loosely in the world today; everybody seems to be a “Christian”. However, God wants to bring a separation between those who are Christians for real and those who are just playing with it. When we are known more by the name of who we serve (Jesus Christ who is the author of Christianity) and what we stand for (the Gospel of Christ) then our name will be made great. It may not become great by way of fame, fortune or the world’s standard. However, it will become great in heaven; and having your name become great in heaven is where it matters the most. Child of God if our name is in the lamb’s book of life, then our name is truly great in heaven.
God Bless You
March 19, 2008
The second promise God made to Abraham (Abram) was “I will bless thee.” Hence, those of us that are already in Christ Jesus are blessed even as our spiritual father Abraham was. If the Lord has saved your soul and made you whole, you’re blessed. If he has delivered you from the bondages of sin, you’re blessed; if you have a roof over your head some food on your table and gainful employment, you’re blessed. In fact, if God didn’t do anything else but save your soul you would still be blessed. However, we know that God is not satisfied with only saving our soul; he truly wants us to be blessed. The Lord was so serious about our blessing and prosperity that (3rd John 2KJV) says “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as our soul prospereth.” Thus, one of the greatest blessings God could ever give us would be prosperity in our health and prosperity in our soul. Thus, to have wealth in our health and wealth in our spiritual body is more important than how much money we have in the bank; because you can have plenty of money and not have the health or the wisdom to enjoy it. Finally, in the day in which we live in it is truly a blessing to have peace of mind. If you have peace of mind, you know that you are blessed.
God Bless You
March 18, 2008
In Genesis 12:2, God begins to reveal to Abraham the sevenfold blessing (or the covenant) that he and his seed would receive if he were obedient to the call of God. The first blessing he promised Abraham was “I will make of thee a great nation.” Thus, those who would operate in faith to God as Abraham did would actually become Abraham’s seed. These blessings were not exclusively for the Jewish nation but to all who would believe in God. Galations 3:7 tells us “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” Thus, if you believe God you are a part of that great nation which God promised Abraham, and you have the right to receive the blessings that would come forth because of your faith and obedience to God. In order to see that great nation continue to grow and prosper we must be willing to add to that nation by leading men and women to Christ Jesus. God has given us the ministry of reconciliation through the power of the Holy Spirit to add to this great nation of believers. Jesus himself was our supreme example when it came to building a great nation of believers when he says “the son of man came to seek and to save those that are lost (St. Luke 19:10).
God Bless You
March 17, 2008
(Gen 12:1KJV) Now the Lord had said unto Abram, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
In order for God to bless the Christian the first thing we are going to have to do is obey God. (Gen 12:1-3) talks about the blessings of Abraham and his seed. However, before Abraham could ever get to the blessings of God in verses 2 and 3, he had to obey the God of verse 1. He had to move; he had to leave his country, kindred and father’s house unto a place where God would have him to go. Thus, he had to leave the place of comfort, to a city where the builder and maker was God; and many times the hardest thing for God’s people to do is to leave the place of comfort and familiarity to the place of blessings. Hence, we must understand that just because your family grew up in a certain church and went to that church all their lives, doesn’t mean you are to supposed to do the same thing as well; just because tradition dictated the way momma and daddy did things, doesn’t mean you are to do it the same way. Even as Abraham (Abram was his name at this time) did we must do as well; we must follow God and move whenever and to wherever he would have us to go if the blessings of God are to be ours. We must get up and get on the path to fulfilling our destiny in Christ Jesus and not the path someone else hopes we will take. Child of God often family wants what’s best for us and we must always take their whishes into consideration. However, what’s best for us may not be what God would have for us, because I’m sure as Abraham left the place of familiar his family was certainly questioning his motives and actions. However, if you are going to receive the blessings of God for your life, you will eventually have to become sensitive to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church and to you specifically. Don’t allow familiarity, comfort or the wishes of unsaved family member or friends to hinder your blessings.
God Bless You
March 14, 2008
(2nd Tim 3:1 KJV) says “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
Child of God I can’t exactly tell you we are in the last days. However, what we do know is that we are living in perilous times. Hence, we are living in dangerous times. When I was growing up you could still go to bed on a warm night with your windows open; and even if you had forgotten to lock your front door you would still be alright. However, try going to sleep and leaving your windows up and your front door unlocked now and you might not wake up the next morning…if you know what I mean. When you examine the way life is going on a broad scope you have to agree that it’s getting dangerous out here. Thus, when children have no respect or fear for parents, adults or authority figures (police) there is danger in the air. When people will take your life for nothing, without remorse, we are living in perilous times. When those who we have elected to represent us in various levels of government are morally challenged, corrupt and can be bought whether by money or sex, we are living in perilous times. When pastors in the pulpit are beginning to fall like dominoes because of their collaboration with the world, the flesh and the devil, we are living in perilous times. Furthermore, as the economy get’s worse if society doesn’t learn to depend on the Lord, things in America will certainly get worse. Because an unemployed hungry man is most certainly a dangerous man; however, for those who trust in the Lord, David said “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all (Psalm 34:19).” Thus, the body of Christ could see some perilous times, but how we handle them will speak volumes about where our trust lies.
God Bless You
March 13, 2008
You can’t have a meeting with God and not be changed. Anyone who has a real encounter with God will never be the same. The change in you after the encounter will be evident. The bible proves this to us in the lives of various men and women. Jacob had a close encounter with God, and came away with a limp and a new name; the name Israel (Gen 32:25-30). Isaiah had a close encounter with God and said “Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of people of unclean lips: For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of host (Isa 6:5).” Hence, he found out that after looking in the face of God he (Isaiah) wasn’t so clean after all. Then there is the woman at the well, after the Lord finished ministering to her she said “Come see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ (ST.John 4:29)?” Thus, she couldn’t keep him to herself; she went and told everyone “I’ve been with the Lord!” These are only a few examples of those in the scriptures who have had such encounters. However, we need to have those encounters today. Child of God people can tell when you’ve been with the Lord; your attitude changes, your speech and thought life changes; even the way you look to some degree can change. However, people of God it takes seeking, searching and running hard after God to experience this type of encounter. These types of encounters with God don’t happen by chance, but when we set aside the time, rid ourselves of the mind wondering during our times with God, and focus on him alone it is possible.
God Bless You
March 12, 2008
We understand that if we are to live in America we must earn some money. In fact, the majority of Americans report to a job everyday with the hope of earning a few dollars in order to maintain. However, money itself has never been a problem in America or anywhere else, it’s the love of money which has messed many of us up. The love of money will make you do things which you normally wouldn’t do; it will make you take risks which you normally would not. The love of money will make you steal from your own mother; the love of money will make you rob your own brother. In fact, the love of money will cause preachers to stand in a pulpit and tell lie after lie; twist and turn the word of God to their favor, just to fill the house of God so they can gain a name, fame and a pocket full of change. Examine what the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, he said “For the love of money is the root of all evil: while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1Tim 6:10).” Hence, some who started out in the faith, some who started out with God have left the faith chasing a dollar bill and it has brought nothing but sorrow to their lives. Child of God, it’s amazing that such a small piece of paper carries so much power. It’s the love of money which brought about the downfall of major corporations as CEO’S raided employees pension funds for bigger mansions, party yachts and a couple of freaks on the side. It’s the love of money which brought about the sub-prime mortgage crises which we find ourselves in today: and the sad part of it all is some of the people who perpetrated these crimes probably considered themselves Christians. Child of God never let it be said that you sold your soul for a name –fame and a whole lot of change; because at the end of the day, money won’t buy you a spot in heaven and for the Christian heaven is our goal.
God Bless You