July 22, 2008
The most hated sin in the Kingdom of God is idolatry. The reason for that is because whatever becomes your Idol becomes your focus or purpose for living at the present time; not to mention, that God is now in second or third place in your life. There are many examples of this…if your finances are what you spend the most time thinking about-it not only becomes that which worries you but it has also become your idol. If you are single and most of your thought process is spent thinking about getting a spouse, that has become your idol. If you are a parent and all of your time is dominated with trying please your kids or make them happy, that has become your idol. Furthermore, people who constantly think about the material things they possess in this life, such as a house or cars-etc, these things can also become your idol. In fact, your favorite TV show, if it takes away from your God time, can become your idol. (1 John 5:21), says “Little children, keep yourselves from idols, Amen”. When God spoke this word to Apostle John, He wasn’t speaking to the world; He was speaking to Christians, because believers were focusing on every-thing but God. We have all been guilty of this at one time or another in our lives, but as we grow in the grace of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, it must not continue to be something that’s practiced in our lives because our God is a jealous God, and a consuming fire, and he will have no other God before him.
God Bless You.
July 18, 2008
(St Mark 9:2) “Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter, James and John and brought them up to a high mountain by themselves, and he was transfigured before them.”
Even as Jesus was transfigured (changed) we too must be changed if we are to make heaven our final destination. As Christians we must continue to grow in Christ; we must continue to die to ourselves daily; hence, we must be willing to do the things which the word of God tells us in order to make the change. Our change must be a change that happens on the inside in our inner man before the change can be manifested outwardly. Thus, when the change is real you will know, God will certainly know, and the people around you will certainly be a witness that a change has come over you. If heaven is to be ours we can’t be satisfied with the fact that we at least got saved, we must be willing to move beyond the day we got saved into the growth and maturity of God. Meaning that our actions should be changing, our words should be changing, our love for people should be increasing, and we should begin to look more like Jesus from an internal standpoint. Thus, our character should exemplify the character of Jesus. Child of God the truth is that “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things have passed away, behold all things have become new (2Cor 5:17).” When you are in Christ you are not who you used to be; the old you is dead and Christ has now come alive in you. Thus, if there has been no noticeable change in you since you proclaimed Jesus as Lord, then you must go back and examine your salvation again because there must be a change.
God Bless You.
July 17, 2008
Child of God because the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; it behooves us to allow the Lord to minister to our hearts. The truth is that we can never ever get to the place where we believe that we can control the thoughts and intents of our heart apart from the leading of the Holy Spirit. This issue with the heart was such a problem during Jesus days that he said “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man (St. Mark 7:21-23).” Thus, because mans heart is not under the influence of the Holy Spirit it’s not hard to see why he does some of the things he does. If you have been keeping up with the news lately, there have been a lot of husbands killing their wives. It’s hard to fathom that things could get that bad in a relationship. However, if you are not getting a steady diet of the word; if you are not allowing the Lord to minister to-and -through your heart through his word and the beauty of life; if you have taken for granted the one you are supposed to love, then there is no doubt that bad things can and will happen. Child of God, we really need to pay attention to our hearts, be honest with ourselves about what state our hearts are in , and get the help we need in order to bring our hearts in cadence with the word of the Lord.
God Bless You
July 16, 2008
As Christians we must be careful how we handle offense. First we must understand that offense means: a cause or occasion to sin; a stumbling block or a cause to anger. Thus, to be easily offended is to fall into the trap of sin. To be easily offended is to allow sin to become a stumbling block in our lives. We must learn to control and deal with our emotions when it comes to living this Christian life. We must take authority over sin through the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, when it comes to dealing with being offended, King David said “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them (Psalm 119:165).” Thus, because of the peace of God that the Christian has; because they understand that there is a peace which God gives that passes all understanding, they don’t allow themselves to be easily angered. Neither do they allow sin to become a hindrance or stumbling block in their lives. Christians don’t allow sin to be a stumbling block to the degree that it keeps them from getting to heaven because they have learned not to be easily offended. If we are to be angry or offended by anything it should be the fact that sin seems to be rampant in the world (which it should be because it is the world). However, it is also raising its head more and more in the body of Christ today. Hence, our anger or offense if you will should be a righteous anger against the Kingdom of Darkness. If we focus our energies and efforts against hell we won’t be so easily offended.
God Bless You
July 15, 2008
After King Saul’s acts of disobedience, God told Samuel that he would anoint another to be king from the line of Jesse, (Sam 16:1). As Jesse paraded his son’s before Samuel, the prophet thought he saw who God wanted to anoint as the next king right away. He looked upon Eliab and said “surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” However, he didn’t see what God saw right away because God told Samuel “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Sam 16:7)”. God was looking for a young man by the name of David to anoint as the next king, and although David wasn’t perfect, we know he was God’s man. As Christians it’s important that we see what God sees. It’s important that we see ourselves, our families, and others from God’s perspective. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what others may say or what others may think; what really matters is what does God think? The Lord desires to be the eyes, ears and heartbeat of the Christian. For he said in (Psalm 32:8) “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Thus saints if we are going to be successful in this Christian walk, then we must understand the heart of God, and understanding his heart comes from studying his word, prayer, praise and worship, and listening to the heart of your pastor as he/she ministers the word of God.
God Bless You
July 9, 2008
(1 Sam. 15:22) “And Samuel said, hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offering and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
After King Saul had been found by God to be guilty of disobedience, the king attempts to tell the prophet Samuel that the people disobeyed, and took the best of the flock in order to make sacrifices unto the Lord. Certainly that was a good excuse; however, God is not into excuses or willful disobedience to his word. In the eyes of God “to obey is better than sacrifice!” Thus, it doesn’t matter how much word we know; it doesn’t matter how much we tithe; it doesn’t matter how well we can praise the Lord. Neither does it matter how well we are able to preach, if obedience doesn’t precede all of this other stuff, it’s all vanity. God is looking for those who will operate in obedience to his word before he ever looks at how good you sound standing behind a pulpit. In fact, he said in (Matt 7:21) “Not everyone that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” We must be doers of his word if we expect it to count in heaven. Don’t get me wrong now, sacrificing for the Lord is good, but sacrifice must be accompanied by obedience. Child of God, our sacrifices won’t buy us favor with God because the currency in heaven is faith-love and obedience.
God Bless You.
July 8, 2008
When God tells us to do something, he expects us to do exactly what he said. It’s not up for discussion, neither is it up for debate; he expects complete obedience and anything less is sin. Thus, would to God that King Saul had recognized this, because he was told to take the army of Israel and “utterly destroy all the Amalekite’s (1 Sam. 15:3).” Hence, he was to leave nothing alive. However, King Saul decided to do his own thing and spare the king, the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs and all that was good (1 Sam. 15:9). Therefore, the decision to disobey brought about sin and judgment into the camp of Israel, which the king would ultimately have to pay for. Saints the God which we serve expects us to obey his word in its entirety. Thus, because our God is a God of excellence he will not let us get away with obeying the parts of the word which we think we can live. He won’t let us get away with living the parts of the word which suit us, this is not a buffet line where you get to pick and choose what you want; we must eat and obey all of God’s word. In fact, (James 2:10) says “For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” Furthermore, it would seem that obeying all of God’s word would be difficult for us to do, and the truth is that it is. However, that’s why he put the Holy Spirit in us because he knew we couldn’t do it alone. Therefore, because we have the Holy Spirit and the gift of repentance, obeying God fully is very possible, and it is a requirement.
God Bless You.