September 30, 2008
(Phil 2:4) Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Looking out for others seems to be a major problem in the body of Christ today. Too often when it comes to looking out for others we seem to take the world’s mentality, which is “look out for number one because no one else will”. This should never be a way of life for the true believer, because we have been called to pay attention to, and if at all possible, meet the needs of those who are less fortunate or those who have just found themselves in a bad situation. Child of God, there are a lot of people hurting in America today, and we know the poor will always be with us, however, when the poor and hurting is in our own ministry and our own neighborhoods that’s the time for God’s people to step up. Further, helping people doesn’t always have to be about how much money we have. It could be something as simple as having a listening ear, inviting a family to dinner, maybe even giving up some those clothes you have in the closet that you only wore once. In fact, some of us have clothes in the closet with price tags still on them. There are so many things just sitting around our homes which we never use or give a second thought to that can be used to bless someone else. Child of God, there is much we can do to help others, and Jesus was all about looking out for others: For (James 2:15-16 KJV) says “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; not withstanding ye give them those things that are needful for the body; what doth it profit?” In other words, the word of God is good all the time, however, it’s even better when we go to a neighborhood to minister with a bag of groceries in our hand for those who are facing hard times.
God Bless You
September 29, 2008
(Phil 1:27 KJV) “Only let your conversation be as becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;”
The Apostle Paul encouraged the church at Philippi to stand as one striving together for the faith of the gospel. Hence, if the church is going to fight about anything, they need to be fighting the world, the flesh and the devil for the faith of the gospel to be preached and manifested in the earth. It’s time out for fighting against one another in the church over stuff that just doesn’t matter; it’s time out for fighting over positions, power and titles in the church. The church (universally) must come together with one mind, one spirit and a unified focus to see the gospel of Jesus Christ turn the hearts of men back to him. Child of God if we don’t stand together for this cause who will! When we come together as a team there is nothing we can’t do. We must understand that if the enemy had his way there would be no gospel, and it’s not like he won’t continue to try and stop anything which God is doing. The Devil knows it is the gospel of Jesus Christ which causes men to be saved, and he will do whatever it takes to shut it down. Thus, if he can cause God’s servants to sit down and shut up; if he can cause God’s servants to compromise and settle for less than the best; if he can cause God’s servants to begin to focus on their situations instead of what God is calling them to do, he is well on his way to shutting down the gospel in America. We have to come together and struggle, contend and fight for the faith, otherwise, a lot of people, even those who are close to us are going to miss heaven.
God Bless You
September 26, 2008
(St. John 21:15 KJV) Jesus saith unto Simon Peter- Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him yea Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith feed my lambs.
This was the question Jesus asked Peter three times, and Peter gave the same response each time. You see the same way he denied Jesus three times (publicly); he also needed to confess his love for Jesus (publicly) three times as well. Furthermore, in order to prove to Jesus this wasn’t just lip service he was confessing to his Lord and savior, he had to show his love for the Lord by feeding his sheep. Thus, if he really loved God, he wouldn’t have a problem with teaching and preaching the truth of God’s word anywhere or anytime in front of anybody if called upon to do so by the Holy Spirit. And one of the questions we ought to be asking ourselves is: Do we, who claim to be Christians, really love God? And if so, is our love being exemplified through our witness, through our evangelism. Thus, are we closet Christians (those who come out on Wednesday night and Sunday Morning) or are we really prepared to be the everyday in every way Christian (those who prove their love to Jesus through evangelism or feeding his sheep). Those who love God are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; those who love God are not afraid to tell others about this awesome God we serve. Those who love God are not only interested in a private relationship with God, but are much more interested in public relationship as well. Child of God, everybody else is coming out of the closet, hence the believer needs to come on out and be heard as well. Thus, to love him is to share him with everyone around us. Therefore, if we love him then we need to feed his sheep.
God Bless You
September 25, 2008
(Eph 4:11-12) “And they gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelist; and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ;”
The local church must understand that having the 5-fold ministry gifts in our midst is a blessing from God. Therefore, we should always appreciate those gifts. However, God didn’t release those gifts into the church for man/woman to look good. He released those gifts for three reasons according to the text: First the leader who operates in the 5-fold ministry must be prepared to perfect the saints: Thus, they should encourage the believers in their local assembly to live holy, and to grow up spiritually. They must be examples to the flock of what a real Christian is suppose to be; they must teach and live the truth of God’s word if they expect the believers in their local assembly to grow and become real Christians. Secondly, the 5-fold ministry leaders must prepare the believer to do the work of the ministry: Thus, they must teach them to evangelize and serve outside of the 4 walls of the church. They must be willing to share the good news and the love of Christ with someone other than whom they see at church on Sunday morning, hence there must be outreach. Finally, the gifts of the 5-fold ministry leader must prepare the believer to build up or edify the body of Christ. And to edify the body of Christ is a universal work. Thus, because Christ is everywhere there is never a time when we shouldn’t have something encouraging to say to a believer, even if it’s nothing but God loves you. God’s people need to hear an encouraging word, and who better to hear it from than someone who is serving the same Lord, and experiencing some of the same struggles. The role of the 5-fold ministry leader is not a light thing because this work flows from inside the walls of the church, through the community to the world at large and it’s never ending.
God Bless You.
September 24, 2008
The Lord has us on his mind; with all the things that are going on in our world, with all the things the people of God are going through in this world, it’s good to know the Lord takes time out to think of us. In fact, David tells us the Lord is thinking about us when he ask the question “What is man that thou art mindful of him; and the son of man that thou visitest him”? (Psalms 8:4). You see, God pays close attention to our needs and He will visit with us, if we invite Him to come in. The Lord knows and understands our needs, and he hasn’t forgotten about us. Sometimes it can seem that God is nowhere to be found, especially when we find ourselves in difficult situations; however, he is there. In fact, his word says “Call out unto me and I will answer thee show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not (Jer. 33:3).” What a God we serve! Finally, God continues to reveal to us that he is thinking about us when He tells Jeremiah “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you an expected end.” God has thought about us so much that He’s already promised believers peace, and a level of expectation in this life and beyond this life which believers haven’t even expected for themselves. What God is thinking when He thinks of His children is life and life more abundantly, regardless of the economic climate. Our God is not moved by the stock market, neither is he surprised that America is in a financial crisis. As believers our job is to continue to trust, obey and be good stewards over what he has given us.
God Bless You
September 23, 2008
(Eccle. 10:18) “By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.”
As Christians we must take care of the things God has given us. Saints of God, people tell me from time to time “that they wish they had a new car or they wish they had a bigger house”; however, if you won’t keep the oil changed in the old car God has given you why would you expect him to give you a new one. Furthermore, why would he give you a bigger house when you can’t keep the small one clean you have now? Come on people, God expects the believer to take care of what He has given us, and as King Solomon says some of our bad house keeping comes down to being “slothful or idle.” Another word for that is just lazy. Some may say they don’t have the money, but how much money does it take to vacuum the carpet in your home, take out the trash or wash the dishes? How much money does it take to wash the car which hasn’t seen real soap since you drove it off the lot 3 years ago? Some of you may be saying “I just don’t have the time because I’m so busy with church stuff or the job”, however, God always affords us the time to take care of those things, just not on his time…Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights in most houses of worship is considered his time. Child of God if we don’t try to keep up the maintenance on the things God has allowed us to have, eventually those things will fail us at a time when we could most afford it. Child of God spirituality is not only how much bible we know, or how well we can tongue talk, it also incorporates how we handle our affairs and even unbelievers pay attention to that. Therefore, child of God let the Lord know you appreciate what he has given you by taking care of your stuff. Taking care of what God has allowed you to have is a part of training for reigning.
God Bless You.
September 22, 2008
(Eph 2:1) “And you hath he quickened who was dead in trespasses and sin.”
Thank the Lord for the shed blood of Jesus Christ, because without it we couldn’t experience new life in Christ Jesus. There is no doubt that if we have been saved we have been raised from spiritual death to spiritual life in Christ Jesus. Thus, we are not the same men/women we used to be. Those who have new life in Christ Jesus don’t act the same as they did when they were spiritually destitute; they don’t have the same appetites which they had when they were spiritually dead or operating by the rules of the old nature. Those who have new life don’t live under the oppression, depression and suppression of the Kingdom of Darkness. New life means we live our lives in the light of Christ Jesus. New life means we are no longer controlled by the flesh, the world or the devil, but we are controlled by Christ Jesus through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. New life means we have died to the old man and his ways of living and thinking and have come alive to the thoughts and ways of Jesus Christ. Thus, if you have taken on this new life, let not sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in the lust thereof, neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God (Rom 6:11-12). Thus, all that we are, even down to the members of our body should be used for Christ Jesus.
God Bless You