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
May 19, 2008
There is so much in this word that we are missing. There is so much that we don’t see or know. There is so much more to this portrait called the Gospel which we have yet to figure out. The truth is that it will take a life time to figure it out, and even then some things about the word of God we won’t capture until we get to heaven. However, King David said “Open Thou my eyes that I may behold the wondrous things out of your law (Psalm 119:18).” Thus, David was saying there is more to this word than what I see on the surface. Hence, if we are going to see this word as God would have us to see it, we are going to have to study, meditate, fast and ultimately ask the Lord to let us see the wondrous things out of His law. As we go into our bibles to study our word our prayer should be “Lord let me see-let me see what you need me to see.” Saints of God if we can begin to look at the whole portrait of the Gospel instead of the part of the picture that suits us, we will become powerful people in the Lord. Thus, I say again “Lord let us see, because when we see as you see our spiritual sight will become more sensitive to your Spirit.
God Bless You.
May 16, 2008
Child of God if we desire to be whole, our wholeness lies in our faith. Those Christians who would dare to believe God are those who are made whole. To be made whole: is to be complete, or containing all parts. Thus, the believer is complete in Jesus regardless of his/her circumstance. Jesus told the woman with the issue of blood “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith has made thee whole (Matt 9:22).” Jesus ask the blind men in (Matt 9:28-29), “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” They said to him “Yea Lord”. Jesus said unto them according to your faith be it unto you.” Therefore, if we are walking in obedience to the Lord, and we find ourselves needing deliverance from issues such as healing, restored relationships, maybe even some financial help in today’s economy, we must believe that God is able to deliver us. The Lord is more than enough for us; we are complete in him, and through our faith in him he is able to bring wholeness to our mind-body and soul. Therefore, saints if you desire to be made whole start and end with faith in God. The Christian life is a life which moves from faith-to- faith. In fact, we are called to walk by faith. Does that always happen? Probably not; however, that is the goal which we must reach. So remember, your wholeness begins with your faith in God.
God Bless You.
May 15, 2008
(Ex 20:21) “And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.”
This is an account of the Lord’s attempt to approach the children of Israel that they might come to know him. However, because of the power and majesty of God in (VS 18), the children of Israel decided that it would be better if Moses stood in the gap on their behalf or become a mediator between God and them. Thus, the children of Israel seemed only to want to know God through the eyes of Moses. This attitude of asking Moses to mediate on their behalf kept many of the children of Israel standing afar off from the Lord; it kept them and God at a distance. Hence, their relationship with God was not what it could have been because they kept God at a distance. However, you see that same attitude in many churches today. Instead of the individual believer pressing into God in order to build a personal relationship with him, they would rather have the pastor do all the praying on their behalf; they would rather the pastor make all the sacrifices on their behalf; they would rather have the pastor pressing into the things of God that they might get a word from the Lord. Thus, this type of attitude keeps many believers standing afar off. It is true that we need the 5 fold ministry, but the 5 fold ministry can’t build your relationship with you and the Lord. You must be willing to draw nigh to God on your own; you must be willing to take time out of your personal schedule if you are to have an intimate relationship with the Lord. In fact, (Heb 4:16) says “Let us (all believers) come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Don’t let it be said that you are standing afar off when it comes to your relationship with the Lord, because the only thing standing in the way of you having an intimate relationship with the Lord is you.
God Bless you
May 13, 2008
(Ex 19:22) “And let the priest also, which come near to the Lord, sanctify themselves, lest the Lord break forth upon them.”
In order to stand or operate in the presence of God we must be sanctified. To be sanctified is to be set apart for the express purpose of being used by God. When the Lord tells us “to be ye holy for I am holy”, what he is telling us is to be sanctified. Thus, if we are to be in his presence, we must be right, or more importantly, we must be righteous. No one is exempt from sanctification if they plan on serving God for real. This is the very thing Moses was trying to convey to the priest in Israel. It was important that they examine themselves before trying to approach God with sin on them or in them, because sin in the presence of God would bring immediate death. Therefore, as modern day Christians we too must understand that we can’t attempt to serve the Lord or approach him with sin in our heart’s unless we are bringing a repentant heart which cleanses all sin. We can’t approach the Lord the way we want to or on our own terms, it must be the way the Lord has commanded. Thus, it must start with sanctification. It doesn’t matter what our title is or how gifted we are, if we are not sanctified our attempts to approach God is futile, and at best we are a dead men (spiritually) walking. Thus, it behooves all of us who would claim to be a Christian to be sanctified.
God Bless You
May 12, 2008
Serving God is not easy; this Christian walk is not easy contrary to what some may say. The Lord Jesus Christ knew this journey wouldn’t be easy because He told the disciples “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself take up his cross, and follow me”. As Christians we are going to have to learn to say “no” to ourselves; we are going to have to learn to say (no) to our flesh-(no) to many of our wants and ideas-(no) to our own agendas. In fact, we will have to tell our own mind (no), I can’t think like that. When we are standing in the mall looking at that new thing and our credit card is saying go ahead and charge it, when we know that we can barely make the minimum payments now, we are going to have to say (no) to the credit card lifestyle if we are ever going to get out of the bondage of debt.
Furthermore, in order to be a Christian and operate in victory in this life, often we are going to have to say “no” to ourselves and every-time we are going to have to say “yes” to God, because He is the one that made us and knows what is best for us. There was never a time that Jesus told the Father “no” because had He told the Father (no I won’t do that) then He would not have been victorious-but we know that every reply to His Father was YES and AMEN. Hence, that should be our response to the Lord. Then there is this cross that we have to bear, no matter how much we love God, no matter how much He loves us, if the Lord suffered and we know that He did, we will have our own trials and tribulations (or cross to bear). However, Jesus told us in( ST.John 16:33), I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace, in the world you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world”. Therefore, if Jesus overcame the world we can too, because His spirit lives in us.
Finally, in denying yourself, and standing on the promises, power and the word of God, then are we able to follow Him, not only in this life but right on into the gates of heaven. Bear your cross-because the power to do it lives in you.
God Bless You
May 9, 2008
(Ex 17:11) “And it came to pass when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.”
There was a battle going on between the children of Israel and the army of Amalek (or the Amalekite’s); and as Moses stood at the top of the hill with his hands up the children of Israel prevailed. However, as his hands began to become weary, he would lower them and the Amalekite’s would prevail. What this scripture should say to us as Christians is that there is victory in raising our hands to the Lord in praise and thanksgiving. When we raise our hands to the Lord it’s a sign of surrender; it’s a sign of praise; it’s a sign of victory. In your time of praise don’t forget to raise your hands up to him. The next time you find yourself in a difficult situation- raise your hands to the Lord. The next time the enemy shows up in your life- raise your hands to the Lord as a sign that you believe the victory is already yours. The next time the boss man gets on your nerves- raise your hands up to the Lord. When the kids seem like they are too much to handle take a pause-stop yelling-and raise your hands to the Lord. Child of God we may not understand all that raising our hands to the Lord means; however, he knows exactly what to provide for us when we put our hands up.
God Bless You