August 20, 2008
It’s so easy to quit; it’s so easy to throw in the towel. It’s so easy to do the wrong thing instead of the right thing, or the God thing. King David said “Help Lord: for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail among the children of men (Psalm 12:1 KJV).” Thus, it was hard for David to find men who were faithful in their service to God. Child of God, we must understand that the Devil desires for us to be unfaithful in our service to God. He desires for us to give up on our ministries; he desires for us to give up on our relationships; he desires for us to give up on our children, as well as, our marriages. However, that’s not God’s plan for us. God desires for us to be faithful in our service to him because if we will be faithful in our service to him, we won’t be so quick to give up on others, neither our children, nor our marriages; and saints marriages are taking a beating in the body of Christ. Child of God, we don’t have the right to be unfaithful, we don’t have the right to give up so easily, we don’t have the right (if we are Christians) to throw in the towel on our marriages, or to give up on loved ones without a real fight. What if Christ would have taken the attitude of being unfaithful toward us! What if Christ had decided at the final hour that he wasn’t going to die on the cross for our sins! What if Christ would have given up on us and the mess we were in since we’ve been saved, where would we be? Therefore child of God, if God is faithful, and we know that he is, we too must be faithful in our service to God, as well as, our fellow man. If we find ourselves in a situation with people or even in our marriage where things seem to be just wrong, the Lord will let us know when it’s time to release and let go. However, before you release and let go be sure you’ve heard from God first.
God Bless You
August 19, 2008
(Matt 25:21) “His Lord said unto him well done thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou in the joy of the Lord.”
The Lord has promised the believer that if he/she would be faithful over a few (or the little things) which he has, God will make him ruler over the much or the many things. Thus, if we would learn to take care of the old car we have God has a way of blessing us with the new car. If we would learn to take care of the apartment which we are living in now, God has a way of putting us in a position to own the home we always wanted. If we would learn to work hard and do what’s right on the Job which we have now, instead of complaining about how we hate our jobs, God has a way of honoring your faithfulness through promotion. If we would be faithful with the spiritual gifts which the Lord has given us and use those gifts to bless the Kingdom of God, more gifts will soon abound in our lives. Child of God, the Lord is going to pour more of him, and more of the blessings of the Kingdom into to those who he has watched remain faithful with the little he has blessed them with. The fact is the Lord is not going to give you a thousand dollars if you couldn’t handle the hundred dollars you had wisely. Furthermore, he’s not going to give more gifting to those who only serve him when they feel like it or when they can get around to it. Hence, it is the faithful servants who will enter thou into the joy of the Lord not only when they get to heaven, but even now they can enter into joy and enjoy the riches of Christ while on earth.
God Bless You
August 18, 2008
(Pro 20:6) “Most men will proclaim everyone his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?”
God can only use those who are faithful in the army of the Lord. To be faithful is to be devoted, loyal, reliable or even trustworthy. Thus, if we can’t be depended upon to keep our word; if we aren’t reliable; if we (as Christians) haven’t devoted our lives to kingdom building God will not be able to use us. It is true that most men\women will proclaim their own goodness. Thus, they will talk about what they’re going to do for God. In fact, if given the opportunity many would stand on the rooftop and tell it. However, many of those who stand and around talk about what they’re going to do for God will never actually get it done because they are not faithful to the vision or the plan of God. But the faithful are willing to stand and be counted; the faithful are willing to stand up and take responsibility for their lives; the faithful are the ones who are not only talking about what they’re going to do for God, but are actually doing it. The faithful are planning their work and working their plan, and they are devoted to the vision which the Lord has given them. However, because God understands that He seems to have more talkers than He does walkers the word proclaims that it’s hard to find a faithful man. As we look at our lives from the Christian perspective can we really say that we have been faithful in our service to God?
God Bless You
August 15, 2008
(Pro 15:29) “The Lord is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayers of the righteous.”
Saints of God if you are walking in obedience to the Father, be encouraged in your prayer petitions before God. He hears and understands our prayers; however, we must be patient as we wait for the manifestation of the prayer. The waiting seems to be hardest thing to do sometimes but it is in “the wait” where we find strength, encouragement and growth. I am reminded of Daniel 10 where he is praying and fasting, and in need of hearing something from heaven and at the time when there seem to be no strength left in him an angel showed up and said “Fear not Daniel: for from the first day thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words (Daniel 10:12).” Thus, the Lord heard his prayer petition from the beginning, but he had to deal with some demonic principalities in heaven first. Not to mention the fact that God needed to probably work some things out in Daniel, because he had literally and physically come to the end of any strength which he had in himself. Thus, when God finally did answer his prayer there was no doubt (in Daniel’s mind) that it was God. Therefore saints, “Whatsoever things ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them (St. Mark 11:24).” However, remember that you need to be praying according to the will and word of God because God desires to answer prayers which line up with where He is trying to take us.
God Bless You
August 14, 2008
At least 50% of Christian’s problems come because they can’t control their tongue. Controlling our emotions has a lot to do with what comes out of our mouth, because you will have what you say. If you keep telling yourself and others “you can’t seem to do anything right” then everything you do just seems to be wrong; if you keep telling yourself “I won’t never be able to do this” then you won’t ever do it; if you keep telling yourself “I am sick and tired of this, that and the other” you can fill in the blanks, then you will always operate in a state of being sick and tired. Saints aren’t you tired of that! It is truly time to live above and not beneath; it is time to be the head and not the tail, and it starts with what you say. Thus, as you speak- your mind and body receives it and will make every attempt to operate through your words. On the other hand, if you begin to speak life; if you begin to tell yourself “I can do,” if you begin to tell yourself “I can get that degree,” or “I can be what God is encouraging me to be; “I will get that job, my kids will grow up to be productive in the community-they will grow up to declare the works of the Lord” then the possibilities are endless and the sky is the limit. King Solomon declared “He that keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction (Pro 13:3)”. Thus, it behooves all of us to control our tongue so we might introduce life into our daily walk with Christ because it’s easy to assume that everyone who claims to be a Christian is doing that. However, we know that many speak destructive things into their lives and the lives of others everyday without giving it a second thought.
God Bless You.
August 13, 2008
(Psalm 139:23-24) “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting.”
There are not too many Christians who would pray this prayer and really mean it. In fact, there are not too many Christians who want God to shine the light of the Holy Spirit on their hearts for real. We don’t mind God dealing with the stuff on the surface of our heart; however, to go to the root of our hearts is another matter altogether. Hence, if we allow God to dig into the depths of our heart he may find some things we don’t want to deal with…such as past hurts; the bitterness and hatred that still live in our hearts because of what momma or daddy may have done to us. Some Christians are still holding things against people (often loved ones-because that’s where most of the hurt tends to come from) they should have let go ten years ago, and they still believe themselves to be Christians. Child of God to pray the prayer of (Psalm 139:23-24) is to allow ourselves to become transparent before God that He might come in and reveal those hidden hurts within us that we still haven’t dealt with yet. It is to allow God to come in and show us those secret sins which we thought we had gotten past. It is to allow God to come in and show a wife that she hadn’t forgiven her husband for something he did, or the husband hadn’t forgiven the wife for something she did, and it’s causing a real strain on the marriage. To pray this prayer is to open ourselves up so God might show us we haven’t forgiven the loved one for the verbal-emotional or even sexual abuse that may have been committed against us as a child. Thus, to ask God to search us is to say to God we are willing to make a radical change in our lives. When we ask God to search our hearts, He will show us the dark areas of our past and present, and bring them to the light at the right time. The truth is many of us may not have wanted to deal with the darkness of the past that continues to bind us. However, as a believer the time is right to receive our healing while the light of the Holy Spirit leads us to and through our past to our freedom.
God Bless You
August 12, 2008
It seems that believers today are trusting in everything and everybody, but God. We trust that our jobs will always be there, we trust that our family and friends will be there in the time of need, and we trust that our finances will be right for certain things we have planned to do. In fact, we trust in the very things that God has allowed us to have, such as our material possessions. However, one thing is certain, God has always meant for the believer to trust in Him above all else. In the unstable times that we live in everything you own can be lost in a matter of seconds; all you have worked for can be gone up in smoke; then what do you have when you are left with nothing? My hope is that your ultimate trust is in God. King David said “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20:7)”. In David’s day if you had an abundance of chariots and horses, then you essentially had a great army and victory in battle was yours. However, David didn’t put his trust in what he could see on the battlefield through natural eyes, he put his trust in the God who is seen only through the eyes of the Spirit.
David is encouraging us to trust God and remember Him above all else. It’s important that we remember the Lord, and what he has done for us; because if He brought us out of a bad situation one time, it’s important to trust Him for the next battle that will come upon us. If we notate and remember what God has done for us in our past battles (down to the smallest of details) then trusting Him in future conflicts won’t be so hard. But we must pay attention to what God is doing in our lives and one of the best ways to do that is to record our conflicts and victories which the Lord has brought us through, so that we will have them for future reference. Thus, saints when it comes to trusting God and walking this word out in our daily lives here are some things we should do with the word: Read it out—Write it down—Pray it in—and Work it out, and leave the rest to God.
God Bless You