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
July 25, 2008
(1Sam 15:21) “But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice to the Lord God in Israel.”
King Saul was given a charge by God to destroy all that pertains to the Amalakite’s; hence, when you go to war with them bring nothing out with you. However, after disobeying God and saving the best of what the Amalekite’s had in their land for themselves, he attempted to blame the people for his shortcomings or lack of obedience. And isn’t that the case many times, we often blame others for our missteps; we tend to blame others for the way we are or for the way we behave. It’s easier to blame someone else for the way that we are, instead of looking at ourselves and taking responsibility for our own actions. Some of us are still blaming mom and dad for what they did to us twenty years ago or some other relative, and though it was painful, we must begin to take authority over the blame game mentality in our lives, and begin to seek the Lord for victory and healing. I’m not saying that things which were done to us didn’t have an affect on us, but how long will we allow it to remain. With that said, we must seek the Lord because he will challenge us to take a real hard look at ourselves, and that’s the one thing many people even some Christians don’t want to do because after examining our life through God’s eyes, we must then prepare ourselves for change. Saints of God the problem with blaming others is it allows us to justify our personality and our actions based on what someone else has done to us; thus, allowing them to have some degree of control over us. At the end of the day, the only person we want to have control of us is the person of the Holy Spirit because He won’t allow us to blame others for our actions.
God Bless You
July 24, 2008
As King Saul’s jealousy and envy raged within him concerning his servant David, and the great exploits which he did by the hand of God his one desire was to kill David. He pursued David all over the land with a desire to rid himself of who he knew would be the next king. Though David’s life was constantly threatened by the king when he finally got his chance to slay King Saul he chose not to do it, but said to the 400 that traveled with him “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord (1 Sam 24:6)” Thus, he had the right to slay what everybody perceived to be his enemy, he had an opportunity to take his life; however, he allowed the Lord to avenge him. As Christians we too must understand that we are to never take vengeance into our own hands; we are to never ever attempt to avenge ourselves when dealing with God’s anointed. It’s been said that the greatest hurt among the body of Christ is (Church Hurt) where somebody who we had great love and respect for in the body of Christ (most often a church leader) said or did something that crushed us and it took us years to get over, and for some, still hadn’t gotten over. However, even when something like this happens it’s up to us to heal, forgive and allow God to avenge. Saints of God, when a Christian leader is out of place; when a leader is not doing what he is supposed to do, it will be God who deals with him, and many times the consequences of his actions is more than he wanted to pay. Child of God, at the end of the day it’s up to those who are Christian to heal, forgive and allow God to do what he does; because he said in (Rom 12 :19) “Vengeance is mine; I will repay saith the Lord.”
God Bless You
July 23, 2008
As Christians we must learn to serve God regardless of the situation we find ourselves in. If we are in debt up to our necks we must continue to serve; if we are in the midst of stressful situations we must continue to serve. If we are facing challenging situations on our jobs we must continue to serve, and we must serve the Lord with passion and fervency. The situations and circumstances which we face shouldn’t dictate what heart we are going to have towards God as it pertains to serving him. King David had some men in some pretty stressful situations that had a made up mind to serve God and fight with him regardless of their circumstances. (1 Sam 23:2) says “And everyone that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt, and everyone that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.” Thus, regardless of how hard things was in these men lives, regardless of their individual situations, these men looked to a power much higher than themselves, put their situations in the hand of this higher power ( The Lord God) and pressed through their own issues to follow a man who was serving the true and living God. Hence, saints of God that’s what we must do. We must press through our individual circumstances and situations and serve the living God because at the end of the day he is the only one that is able to fix your circumstances. Thus, if you will handle his business (becoming a living witness for him) he will handle yours. Therefore, let’s serve him regardless of how hard things seem to get because they could get harder. However, the Lord will have the last word.
God Bless You