July 31, 2008
“And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments (1 John 2:3).”
This particular text of scripture is clear… those who confess to be Christians, intentionally obey God. This is the dividing line for those who say I serve Him, and to those who don’t. You see in order to be a Christian and walk in the power of God, it’s not about how well you can sing or how well your preaching is, or even how well you can speak in tongues; it’s really about how well you obey, and the motives of your heart when you do obey. The Apostle John makes it clear when he says “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that says I know him and keeps not his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him (1 John 2:3-4).” Thus we know that no liar will have a place in the Kingdom of God. It’s also important to obey God, if you want the power of God, because the power of God will only be found where obedience is living. God would never give his power to someone that has been disobedient, because he/she would likely use it for personal gain or just wrong motives.
I think it’s clear, if heaven is to be ours- we must obey intentionally what we know to be right; because he that knows to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
God Bless you.
July 30, 2008
Anytime you are trying to do anything for God there will be opposition from the enemy of your soul. The prophet Nehemiah was a prime example of that (Ref- Neh. 4). God had given him a vision to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem; however, there were a couple of guys by the name of Sanballat and Tobiah who tried to hinder the work, those who tried to keep the work from coming to pass. Thus, I said all of that to say this, when you are trying to make a change for righteousness sake, when you are trying to bring about a change for God in your home, in your community, in your workplace or even in your own life you can expect opposition. The Devil doesn’t want anybody trying to live right, he wants fear not faith, he wants hatred not love, he wants chaos not peace, and he wants strife not reasoning. However, as Christians we must follow Nehemiah’s model and fall on our knees and pray and seek God for answers when opposition, adversity and challenges arise in our lives. The Lord has the solution to any problem we face, and we have to be willing to seek him out and obey his instructions in the face of opposition. Child of God when opposition comes your way don’t allow it to destroy you, don’t allow it to keep you down, don’t allow it to cause you to give up, just set your face toward heaven and keep pressing toward finishing what God has called you to do, because (Jeremiah 32:27) “Behold I am the Lord God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?” The answer to that is a resounding “NO”.
God Bless You
July 29, 2008
(St. Mark 14:38) “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”
As Christians we must be mindful to keep the eyes of our heart open to things that are going on in the world around us. We must try to see this world and everything that’s happening in it through God’s eyes. One of the ways we can do that is through prayer. Without a consistent prayer life it will be hard for us to see from God’s perspective; without a consistent prayer life it will be hard to keep ourselves from falling into temptation and the snares of the enemy. Thus, without a consistent prayer life it is more likely that we will find ourselves getting caught up in the cares of this life. The spirit man which God placed in us from birth is truly ready to serve God, the spirit man in us is truly ready to be led by the Holy Spirit; however, there is another member attempting to gain control over us and that is our fleshly man or (the old man) the man we used to be before we got saved. There is no doubt that if we are not people of prayer the flesh will gain a stronghold in our lives, and it does not matter how long you have been saved, the flesh always desires to be in charge of our lives. The Apostle Paul said it perfectly when he said “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members (Rom 7:23).” Thus, child of God that which brought him into captivity to the law of sin was the flesh which continually fights against the law of God for supremacy in our lives, and the flesh is weak to the things of the world. Therefore, we must strive to get closer to God each and everyday.
God Bless You
July 28, 2008
(St. Matt 26:11) “For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
This is the word Jesus spoke to the disciples as Mary was anointing Jesus in preparation for his burial. Thus, he was trying to convey to them that I won’t always be here; however, the poor will always be around. When he made this statement he wasn’t only talking about the sinner, or the unbeliever, he was also talking about the believer. There has been a move in the body of Christ for years which pastors have been teaching that everybody in the body of Christ should be rich, that everybody in the body of Christ should be well of financially; however, the only ones that have been getting rich are the pastors themselves, who preach the name it and claim it, blab it and grab it prosperity gospel. Thus, if you are waiting for your riches you will be waiting until Jesus comes. The fact is everybody won’t be rich. This prosperity gospel has gotten way out of hand, to the degree that people will give their hard earned dollars to a television ministry before they give to their local church. Saints of God, we work too hard to be throwing away the money that God allows us to earn. Child of God, I’m not saying that God is against us operating in wealth and financial prosperity; however, he is more concerned about the riches and prosperity of your soul than he is your wallet. The Lord understands that if he gives some of us financial prosperity we would probably never serve him faithfully again, so he allows many of us to make just enough money to keep us dependent upon him. Therefore, child of God let’s give to our local churches faithfully, let’s give to those who are less fortunate than we are, let’s continue to be wise with the money we have, and let’s continue to trust God for provision during the difficult times; because at the end of the day, the majority of us will never be independently wealthy, because 99% of the wealth belongs to 1% of the people.
God Bless You