April 30, 2008
The Lord would not have any man/woman to die and go to hell. With that said, it is the Lord’s will that all would be saved. Some challenge whether or not hell is real because the belief seems to be that we serve a loving God so how could he send anyone to hell? The truth is that the Lord sends no one to hell, it’s a personal decision made by our choices. Secondly, the Lord doesn’t want anybody to experience hell because (2nd Pt. 2:9) “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men would count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Thus, he’s looking for humanity to give their lives to him before he returns. However, it’s up to those of us who are saved and have experienced this love relationship with the Lord to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with sinners. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise of a second coming; he could come now if he chooses to. But if he did there would be so many departing from his presence that the Lord himself would be disappointed with the outcome; even those who confess to know him. The Lord is longsuffering toward those who have not given their lives to him yet. To the sinner out there, to the unbeliever or non-believer out there, he is waiting on you to come to the cross with a repentant heart before he returns.
God Bless You
April 29, 2008
(Prov 28:20-KJV) “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
Faithful in this text would be one who is devoted and loyal to his/her Christian faith; or one who is devoted to Christ Jesus. Thus, a faithful man/woman shall abound with blessings. Often when we think of blessings we think of money. However, there are many, even more important blessings than a dollar bill. As faithful believers in Christ Jesus we should be thankful for blessings such as peace of mind; peace in your home because very few people have it; life-health and strength is also a blessing which young people deem to be a right of passage; however, it is often taken for granted. Another blessing of the faithful in Christ Jesus is the ability to give and to receive love; not to mention the saving of our souls. Thus, child of God there are many blessings which are more important than the size of our bank account. In fact, the scripture goes on to say “But he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” Hence, as a faithful man/woman in Christ Jesus attaining riches (monetary gain) should not be our primary focus. If we are to be rich in anything, let us be rich in the righteousness of Jesus, with an understanding that God will provide for the needs and even some of the desires of the faithful.
God Bless You
April 28, 2008
The believers who are suffering for Christ are few and far between in America. There are not many who can truly say they are being persecuted for Christ sake. Most Christians are suffering because of the sin and bad decisions they have made, not what they are doing for Christ. Is that to say we can never get to that point; absolutely not! However, the Christians who are being persecuted for Jesus sake are those who have gotten beyond worrying about what they want, or how they feel and what other’s think. The Christians who are suffering for Christ already understand that life doesn’t revolve around them and in fact is not about them at all. The Christians who are suffering for Christ have moved from carnal thinking and carnal ways into spiritual thinking and spiritual ways. The scriptures tell us that it is an honor to suffer for Christ; however, not many really desire to do that. Ask the average Christian to turnover their plate and fast for three days on behalf of Christ and watch their response. They will look at you as if you are speaking in an unknown tongue, but we know fasting is of God. The Apostle Peter sums it up beautifully when talking about suffering for Christ; he says “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf (1 Pt. 4:16).”
God Bless You
April 25, 2008
(Ex 9:5) says “And the Lord shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all the children of Israel.”
It’s truly good to have the favor of God upon our lives. Israel had such favor as well, as the leaders of Israel were battling with the God of Egypt (Pharaoh) for their freedom. God had demanded through Moses that Pharaoh let the children of Israel go, but Pharaoh continually refused. Therefore, God began to show this king that he truly favored the Israelite’s when he told him if you don’t let my people go “on tomorrow I will begin to kill the cattle of Egypt, but the cattle of Israel will live.” Thus, the Israelite’s were shown favor by the hand of God. Those of us who are believers in Christ Jesus are shown great favor as well. We know this to be true because (Psalm 91:7) tells us “A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee;” that certainly sounds like favor to me. In fact, have you ever wondered why something happened to someone else, but it didn’t happen to you. For example…a storm comes through your neighborhood and destroys your neighbor’s property and leaves yours untouched; that’s favor. There are various examples of favor that God has shown each of us at one time or the other where we all have to say “that was nothing but God”. Child of God even if we look at our lives today we have to confess that things aren’t as bad as they could be. Though the price of everything is going up, God’s people are still up; though the enemy of our souls would love to destroy us, he can’t do what he would like because we serve an all powerful God. If we take stock of our lives again we will find that the Lord has shown us the favor of Israel, if not more as a New Testament believer.
God Bless You
April 24, 2008
(Rev 2:13KJV) Jesus said this to the Church at Pergamos “I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and has not denied my faith;
Jesus was saying to this church, I hear you calling my name, you’re even talking about how much faith you have, but I recognize that Satan has a seat (a place) in your church. I need you to understand that there are a lot of churches claiming Jesus Christ as Lord, but Satan still has a spot in their ministries. An example of this is Pastors that will allow secular artist to come and speak or entertain at what is supposed to be a spiritual event-Satan has a seat; when pastors collaborate with rappers that are unsaved, which also degrade women and use foul language in their music-Satan has a seat; when pastors start believing that they have to bring the world’s way of doing things into the church in order to draw crowds-Satan has a seat. Whatever happened to “be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? (2nd Cor. 6:14)
The sad part of this is that pastors are not only asking these unsaved athletes, musicians and entertainers to come to their churches to speak or perform, but they are also paying these people with God’s tithes and offerings to do so.
Finally, we know Satan has a seat in many ministries, when the pastor can sleep with the members of their congregation (men and women) become addicted to porn, and still preach on Sunday morning.
Jesus said to the Church at Pergamos over 2000 years ago “yes I know where Satan’s seat is” and he is still saying it today in a lot of ministries, but the pastors aren’t listening, because the only thing they can hear is the sound of the cash register….cha ching-cha ching
God Bless You
April 23, 2008
As Moses was praying for the plague of flies to be lifted off the Egyptians, Pharaoh begins to submit to the request of Moses. His request was “let my people go and sacrifice unto the Lord”. However, Pharaoh didn’t mind the Israelite’s sacrificing to their God he just wanted them to sacrifice in the land of Egypt (Ex 8:25). Of course Moses didn’t agree with that so Pharaoh said to Moses in (Ex 8:28KJV) “I will let you go that you may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away; intreat for me”. Thus, Pharaoh was saying you can go but don’t go too far. Saints of God that’s just how the devil is when it comes to our relationship with Christ, he expects us to compromise. He doesn’t mind us going a little ways with God, but just don’t go all the way with God. The devil doesn’t mind us having our fund raisers, selling chicken dinners or even having praise and worship, he just doesn’t want us to start living holy. We must understand the devil doesn’t mind us having a form of Godliness as long as we deny the power thereof. He doesn’t even mind you becoming a carnal Christian; he just doesn’t want you to become a spiritually minded Christian. Because spiritually minded Christians grow in Christ Jesus; spiritually minded Christians come against the kingdom of darkness; spiritually minded Christians don’t compromise with the devil. Saints of God compromise doesn’t work when you are serving God because God’s word is never to be compromised or watered down to suit Pharaoh or the devil.
God Bless You
April 22, 2008
When God called Moses to return to Egypt to deliver the children of Israel, Moses made excuse after excuse of why he couldn’t do it. We know this to be true because (Ex 3-4) records his conversations with God. After the Lord said to Moses “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt”; Moses begins to make excuses. His first excuse was “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh; his next excuse was “the people won’t believe that you sent me”. Finally, he says in so many words “Lord I am not an eloquent speaker”. Saints of God we must learn that if God called us to do a work for him, he already knows that we have what it takes to get the job done. There is no sense in making excuses because the only thing the Lord wants to hear is “I will obey”. Making excuses causes us to never realize our full potential in Christ; making excuses causes us only to prolong the inevitable, because God will get the work done with or without us. However, many Christians stunt their own growth because they would rather make excuses about why they can’t do for God, than just doing it. Furthermore, if we turn our back on God when he asks us to do something for Him, we never know if we will ever get the chance again. Therefore, let’s pay attention to what God is calling us to do and be quick to rid ourselves of excuses-excuses and more excuses.
God Bless You