May 23, 2008
(Exo. 28:29) “And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually.”
When Aaron went before the Lord he had to take the burdens and sins of his people before the Lord. He essentially had to have a prayer burden for his people. As it was then it is today the pastors who are leading God’s people today must have a prayer burden for the congregation. He must be one who prays for the congregation continually. He must be prepared to take the names of all the people in the ministry which he leads before the Lord in prayer. If nobody else is praying; if nobody else is interceding; if nobody else is bringing God’s people into the presence of God the pastor must at least be sure that he is. Thus, the people of God should be engraved in his heart. Any pastor who is not praying for the people whom he leads is not pastoring at all, but he is simply a hireling. Many times the thing which separates the true shepherd from the hireling is his level of prayer concerning the congregation in which he leads. Now I am sure that Aaron the priest of Israel had a copious prayer burden because he was leading a congregation of two million or more. However, that’s not many pastors problem today; in fact, the majority of congregations in America are certainly less than a thousand members. Somehow Aaron found a way to pray and take the names of his congregation before the Lord. Therefore, the question is: If you are a leader of God’s people what is it that’s keeping you from praying for the congregation that you lead?
God Bless You.
May 22, 2008
Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field (Matt 13: 44).
The hidden treasure which this parable is talking about is heaven. When a man/woman actually finds this hidden treasure they are willing to give up the world for this treasure. Thus, when sinful man finally finds the Lord and realizes that what he has in his relationship with the Lord is better than anything in this life, he let’s go of the world and the things in the world and sells out to the Lord. As a result of selling out to the Lord man forsakes the flesh, the devil and the world in pursuit of a wholehearted relationship with God. It would be nice if more men/women found this hidden treasure in the earth and take on the attitude towards God as the parable speaks of. Too often, we get saved and we never really sell out for the Lord; we never really go all the way for the Lord. However, selling out and giving our all for the Lord is what he requires. A half-hearted service to God won’t be enough to get us into heaven, and ultimately our plan is to go to heaven if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior. Therefore, to those who have found the hidden treasure (Jesus Christ) let us serve him with our whole heart because that’s the requirement.
God Bless You
May 21, 2008
As Christians we should never put ourselves in a position where we are quenching the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is the ministry that is leading us, guiding us and teaching us on the earth, and we must be in a position where we are able to hear the voice of the Spirit at all times. To quench the Spirit is to extinguish, put out or to pour water on. Thus, to extinguish or pour water on the fire of the Holy Spirit is to extinguish the flame or light that burns on the inside of us. As Christians we must be willing to yield fully to the Spirit of God; we must be willing to let God have his way as my grandmother used to say. In fact, letting the Holy Spirit shine from your life was so important to God that (1 Thess 5:19) “Quench not the Spirit”. As Christians we want this light of the Holy Spirit to shine daily, not just on Sunday morning during the praise and worship, or when it’s time to preach the word, but it is just as important that it shines on your job, in your home and in the community at large. Child of God we don’t want to quench the very thing which gives us life, and when our attitude is not right the Spirit is quenched; when our heart is not right the Spirit is quenched, and when we operate in disobedience to the will of God the Spirit is quenched.
God Bless You
May 20, 2008
In (Exo. 25-26), God gives Moses the blueprint or the pattern of how the tabernacle should be built. The Lord gives Moses the pattern down to the smallest of details, and if the pattern is not followed to the letter, God would not meet the priest there. Hence, his presence would not be there because the tabernacle must be built to God’s specifications. As Christians the thing which we can learn from this is we too must follow the pattern of God. This pattern must be duplicated down to the finest of details. This pattern which the Lord has created for us cannot be changed based on our feelings; it cannot be changed based on what we are going through today, neither can it be changed based on what carnal minded folk may think; thus, it is what it is. The pattern (the model or the original) must be followed to the letter. Child of God it won’t be the big sins that keep many people out of heaven (drinking, cussing, fornication) it will be those sins which many Christians believe to be small that will keep many out…such as that little white lie you told, or that little extra which you added to your income tax to increase your refund or that little extra something that you took from work without checking with your supervisor to justify that raise which you thought you should have gotten. Child of God we must be willing to obey God down to the smallest of details, crossing every (t) and dotting every (i) because that’s what God requires in order to get to heaven.
God Bless You