I-chabod

June 30, 2008

After Eli the priest had died, his son Phinehas was slain, and the ark of God was taken from Israel by their enemies, Eli’s daughter-n-law named her child I-chabod.  I-chabod means: The glory of the Lord has departed.  And in many New Testament churches today the services could very well be named after this child, because the glory of the Lord has departed.  When our services are more about style than they are substance the glory of the Lord has departed.  When our services become more about entertainment than they are a heart change for God then the glory of the Lord has departed.  When our services become more about celebrity preachers and celebrity entertainers than it does the one and only celebrated-never duplicated Jesus Christ our savior then the glory of the Lord has departed.  It seems as if our pastors today are under attack to bring the world’s influence, and their way of doing things into the church.  Many pastors have come to the conclusion that the only way they will keep their members; the only way they are going to get larger is if they bring (if only so slightly) a little of the world into the church.  We must be careful with that because a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.  Child of God, if Jesus can’t draw them; if the word of truth can’t draw them; you never had them anyway.  In fact, you probably won’t be able to keep them because they joined under the pre-tense of style and not substance.  I challenge the leaders in the church today to preach the truth of God’s word and let him add to the church daily.  Anything other than the truth of God’s word is I-chabod.  (Ref. 1 Sam 4:21).

 

                                    God Bless You.


He Wouldn’t Come Down

June 25, 2008

Matt 27:42) “He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the king of Israel, let him come down from the cross, and we will believe him.”

 

When Jesus was born of a woman and of the Holy Ghost, he came, lived and died for us.  He knew before he was wrapped in a womb of flesh that his main focus was to redeem man, and it would only come through the blood of Jesus.  Thus, when he finally went to the cross his mind was already made up to go all the way for humanity; would that men would have the same attitude about Jesus.  As Jesus was on that cross he was mocked, challenged and even encouraged to come down off that cross, however, he wouldn’t come down.  Could he have come down?  Sure he could.  Could he have called legions of angels to deliver him?  Yes.  However, he loved humanity so much that he wouldn’t come down.  The truth is that nobody will ever love you like Jesus does.  He came and died for us; he took the nails for us; he went to hell for us, and prevailed for us, that we might become the righteousness of God.  At the end of the day, he became us that we might become him.  Child of God it is finished, it’s up to us now to walk in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

 

                                    God Bless You.


When God Is Not Enough

June 23, 2008

In Genesis 3:1-6, we see Eve, having a conversation with the devil, essentially about what trees they can and can’t eat from.  One thing Eve, certainly knew, was that she could eat from every tree in the garden, except the fruit from the tree in the midst of the garden.  She knew that if they (her and Adam) ate from that tree, they would surely die.  Eventually the serpent (devil), presented the eyes of her heart with enough information that she began to see that the tree in the midst of the garden was good for food, pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise, and she fell for Satan’s lie.

Eve simply became a woman where her man and her God was not enough, and it set the course of the destiny of all humanity.  Eve’s relationship with her husband and with her God was not enough to satisfy her needs.  And when your spouse is not enough and your God is not enough, Satan will make you believe that he is enough.  Everything that Eve needed, God had provided for her in the garden, including his presence.  Satan just began to activate what was already in her (lust), desiring that which is forbidden by God, or needing something else other than God; neither her husband nor her God was enough for her.

For those of you out there that are married today, and your marriage doesn’t seem to be working out…allow God to be enough in your marriage, because he is able to restore and strengthened it in time.  For those of you that are single and you may be seeking a spouse…allow God to be more than enough in your life, and let Him present you with your lifetime spouse, because one thing we do know is that her hunger for something else changed their marriage.

Finally, when God is not enough, sin say’s I’ll be whatever you need me to be in your life; and we know that sin takes you further than you want to go-cost you more than you want to pay-and keeps you longer than you ever intended to stay.  At the end of the day, we all must decide that God is enough because that is the only way that heaven is guaranteed.

 

                                    God Bless You


Being There During The Rough Times

June 20, 2008

(Matt 26:56) “But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.  Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.”

 

Jesus was about to be delivered into the hand of the religious leaders to be crucified.  Thus, he was getting ready to face some of the most difficult hours of his ministry, and it was at that time that the scripture says “The disciples forsook him and fled”.  As the ministry of Jesus got more difficult those in his inner circle began to disperse, they began to back away; they began to look for other things to do.  Saints of God if we are going to grow up in Christ, we must stand with our spiritual leaders when times get rough, because in ministry times will get rough.  We can’t expect ministry to be easy when we are dealing with an enemy who desires to steal, kill and destroy our lives, and the work which the Lord has called us to.  The measure of a believer is not what he/she does when times are easy, but how do you handle yourself when times are hard?  If you have a leader that loves God, one who lives upright before God, and one who seeks after the heart of God it would behoove you to stay with them during the rough times of ministry.  Often the need is greatest between the pastor and his congregation when times get hard in the ministry.  Although Jesus didn’t condemn the disciple’s for leaving, he did understand who was with him during his time of greatest need, and that was the Father.  Furthermore, though it was good to know that the Father was with him, it would have also been nice to know that the people who served with him for a few years would be there for him as well.  Therefore, when times get rough in ministry, let’s be there to support one another because it says a lot about who we are in Christ.

 

                                    God Bless You.