July 7, 2008
As Christians our life should display the life and light of Jesus Christ. Our life shouldn’t be hidden from the world, but it should be open for all to see and witness the goodness of God. The Christian life shouldn’t only shine before the world but it should be a burning light as well. Thus, we should be excited about the Lord; we should be zealous for the Lord; we should be a burning light for the Lord. We are the fire of God in the earth. If there is going to be a burning candlestick for God it will be in the heart of the believer. God did not save us for us to hide our salvation under a bushel, a bed or anywhere else. He saved us so that our lives might be seen and even felt by others with the hope that those who would see and feel the light and fire of God would see Jesus in us, and ask the question “what must I do to be saved?” For (Mark 4:21) said, and he said unto them, “Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed; and not to be set on a candlestick?” Saints of God if this world is too be brought to the Lord Jesus Christ it must be done through the life of the believer. Therefore, we are to be that burning candlestick.
God Bless You.
July 3, 2008
As the Philistine army was bearing down on Israel, the fear and self will in the heart of the king caused him to operate in an office which he wasn’t called to. King Saul attempted to operate in the role of a priest unto God. This was a disobedient act which essentially caused him to lose the kingdom. Further, God also told him he would raise up a man after his own heart. His lack of patience with God caused his eventual downfall. As Christians today the thing we can learn from King Saul is we must first know our place in the Kingdom of God. It’s important that we know what God has called us to do, and not attempt to flow into another mans gift or calling. For us to attempt to operate in an office which God hasn’t called us to is to cause us and those who would follow us to become a set-up for the devil. Not to mention, that there are some sins we commit that even though we repent unto God, we still find ourselves paying the price for that sin years down the road; that’s what happened to Saul. His seed never had authority over the kingdom again. Finally, we must be patient with God: King Saul became impatient and fearful as he waited on the return of the prophet Samuel. Thus, the King decided to do Samuel’s job for him. As Christians we want to be in the place where God can use us, and he can’t do that when we are out of place. Saints of God know your place, stay where God has called you to and allow God to settle the rest. (Ref. 1 Sam 13:1-14)
God Bless You
July 2, 2008
How can we know that we are walking in the Spirit? It’s simple really. We must monitor our lifestyle. We must examine whether we are displaying the fruit of the Spirit or the works of the flesh. We have been led to believe that if we know a little word can speak in tongues and can pray a little that we are walking in the Spirit. That’s not at all true. That’s not to say that these things aren’t important; however, you will be known by your fruit. Thus, if you display love, joy, peace, longsuffering…etc, you are walking in the Spirit. It is not only the hearer of the word that matters, it is equally important that we do what we have heard. Conversely, we know that we are walking in the flesh when we operate in things such as: adultery, lying, idolatry, strife, hatred…etc. To walk in the Spirit is an ongoing relationship with God. Thus, the more we come to know God; the more we seek him through his word and prayer; the more we experience his presence in our lives, the closer our walk with him in the Spirit should become. The walking in the Spirit is a daily pursuit of his presence in our lives, and as God reveals himself to us, as he opens himself up to us this walking in the Spirit should be changing us. This change should not only be evident to us, but it should also be evident to others. Thus, this walk is not something we make happen it’s something that God makes happen because we have finally made up our minds to obey. Therefore, “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Gal 5:16).”
God Bless You
July 1, 2008
(Rom 2:11) “For there is no respecter of persons with God.”
This is one of the many things I like about God, and that is: God does not show favoritism. God loves the poor the same as he does the rich; he loves all nationalities with the same love. He doesn’t prefer a man over a woman as it pertains to the love of God. Yes, he does love us all; however, that doesn’t mean all of us are going to heaven, because heaven is only reserved for those who are living according to God’s standards. It’s good to know that God is not impressed with the riches of man or the wealth of resources he possesses. Neither is he impressed with the status or celebrity of man. However, he is impressed with a man/woman who will give their heart to him. The fact is, God will receive anybody into his family who will believe and receive his son Jesus as Lord and savior, and he doesn’t care who you are, what your background is or where you come from. We should all be excited that God is not like man because man (even a Christian man) will prefer one believer over another. It happens everyday in the body of Christ.
God Bless You.