October 31, 2008
The Apostle Paul said “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Eph 5”11). As Christians we have to be careful what we align ourselves with, as well as what we allow our children to be a part of. Hence, we must expose Halloween for what it is and that’s a day to celebrate evil. Yes I know the world wants us to think that it’s a day of fun, games, and costumes. However, why would God be involved in a day that has been set aside as a day when most Satanists’ celebrate this as their high and holy day and even offer human sacrifices to the Devil? It’s also a high and holy day for witches and the Wiccan religion. Halloween celebrations were not celebrated in the early church, but the Druids celebrated this day in honor of Samhain, the “lord of the dead”, and his demon festival. Halloween actually means “holy or hallowed evening.” According to the Roman calendar in which days began at midnight, the evening of (10/31) was the eve before the hallowed day or All Saints Eve: hence Halloween or All soul’s Eve was kept throughout the pagan world. All Hallows Eve, because it was a day before All Hallows’ or All Saints’ Day was a holy day for the Church. It was a time where the Roman Catholic Church celebrated those who had died for their faith. However, during the time of Constantine these two holidays (Halloween and All Saints Day) were merged in an attempt to Christianize the heathen. The church could not prevent these heathen practices, so they thought “taming” them would be the answer. They were of course not to worship their god’s on the church’s “All Saints day.” However, as with all compromises with the Devil, soon the evil overrode the good, and these two days became more about Halloween and evil than they did the Church and All Saints Day; hence some still honor these heathen practices today. Further, why would God be in agreement with a day which presents our children with fear tactics such as haunted houses, scary movies and trick or treat. Saints of God, the Lord is not a trick or a treat to be played with, He is for real, and He is Lord. We have to be careful what we allow our children to become involved in because a little fox will spoil the whole vine. Thus, we might think it’s all very innocent, however, you can open doors to spirits of fear and torment that you are not prepared to close in your children’s life. If they want some candy go buy them some at the local CVS and just give it to them, and Church leaders don’t have Halloween parties at the church.
God Bless You.
October 29, 2008
As Christians we can’t do wrong and expect not to receive our just reward. Thus, we know that we reap what we sow. However, as it pertains to doing wrong the Apostle Paul takes it a step further when he says “But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons” (Col 3:25). Thus, for all the wrong, for all the dirt that a man does there will be a price to pay. When you look at all that’s going on in America today with the mortgage crisis (people losing their homes and there is no relief for them), the economy and the large financial bailout that’s causing the rich to get richer and the poor to be even poorer, some people are going to pay a heavy price for their greed when they meet their maker. And the fact is there is no respect of person with God. Thus, God doesn’t care how much money you make, he doesn’t care what your ethnic background is; he doesn’t care what religion you claim to be or even who your momma and daddy is. The only thing he is looking at is the motives of your heart, and there are some ugly hearts out there that made a ton of money, and sent a lot of people to the edge of the ledge in their minds behind their financial situation. The fact is there will be a big payback. To the believer, unbeliever and sinner we must understand that we get away with nothing and God sees all. Therefore, when you think you have gotten away with something and God is just overlooking your foolishness, think again because it’s recorded in heaven and there will be a judgment day. Your day may not come on earth but after you have inhaled for the last time, how you lived your life on earth will be weighed in the balance and if you are found in the wrong you will have to pay for eternity.
God Bless You
October 28, 2008
“Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous; for praise is comely to the upright” (Psalm 33:1).
The scripture tells us to “rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous”: meaning the believer is to renew their joy in the Lord on a daily basis. With all the challenges and difficulties we face from one to the next renewing our joy or rejoicing is important to our life of praise. Even as the Lord gives us new mercy every morning, our praise for that same morning should be new. Hence, the praise we had on yesterday won’t be good enough to take us through today; we should be seeking God for a new praise. The praise of God is so important in our lives because it is comely to the upright. Thus, praise is a beautiful thing coming from the heart of the believer; praise sounds good coming out of our mouth when it is directed to the Lord; praise looks good on us; praise will change how we look at life, and how we feel about ourselves. Praising the Lord brings the light of God into a dark situation, turns pessimism into optimism, and moves a person from a state of fear and depression to a state of hope and faith. Praise moves us from the state of being conquered by our enemy to more than a conqueror. One song writer said “Yes it is true praise looks good on you”, and true praise is only reserved for the upright. So as you arise from your bed from day to day, as the Lord gives you a new mercy, don’t forget to ask him for the new praise you’re going to need for today, because yes it is true praise looks good on you, and the Devil can’t stand it. However, there isn’t much he can do about it either.
God Bless You
October 27, 2008
(St. John 8:47) “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.”
Being able to hear properly is important in the kingdom of God because how we hear, and what we do with what we hear will define our relationship with Christ. Child of God, when Jesus speaks of the believer hearing; when he says “He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the church” he expects for the believer to line up and obey. Thus, if the lord is telling you to go right and you decide to go left your spiritual hearing is off. If he tells you to be still and know that I am God, but you keep on doing what you want to do then your spiritual hearing is off. As Christians we can’t do what we want to do and live how we want to live, and not expect there to be consequences for not obeying what the Lord has said. It takes me back to a time as a young man when my mother would ask me to do something, and I would act as if I didn’t hear her the first time. After not getting up and doing what she ask me to do, she would say “boy did you hear what I told you to do” I would say “no mom I didn’t”; well she would come in and beat my behind anyway because she knew I heard her the first time, and so did I. And that’s how God is going to begin to deal with us; he’s not going to keep telling us to do something multiple times, he will just allow Satan to beat our behinds until we decide that we are going to line up and obey the word of the Lord. Satan has a way of getting our attention when we don’t want to obey God, because in order to serve God obedience is what’s required.
God Bless You
October 24, 2008
(Pro. 24:16 KJV) “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”
If we keep living failure will happen to all of us at some point in time, even the righteous. Failure is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, we can learn a lot from our failures if we use them properly. Failure is not designed to cause you to give up and quit, it is actually designed to strengthen our efforts and increase our faith. If we are going to do anything great in our lives; certainly if we are going to do anything great for God it will probably require some failure. The fact is that if we tried to do something great for God and we got it right the first time then we would probably assume that it was us, or our own individuality that got it done. However, after failing a few times, and getting up and trying again, we eventually come to the conclusion that we must have had some help from the creator in order to get this done. The text says that “a just man falleth seven times and rises up again: but the wicked falls into mischief”. Yes it is possible that we will fail multiple times, but the good news is we don’t have to stay down, it’s important to get back up, and press into your destiny. Now as a believer, if you fall into sin it’s important that you repent before you attempt to move forward in the things of God because there is no moving forward until you get it right with God. Yes we do fall down, but we don’t stay down, we (Christians) get back up, and finish the work which we started.
God Bless You
October 23, 2008
(Col 2:6) “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:”
To walk it out means to live your life according to the standards of the word of God. Hence, we have to live what we preach. If we can’t live it nothing else matters if heaven is the goal. Thus, at the end of the day, it’s not how good we can minister; it’s not how well we know the church cliché’s; neither is it about how well we look when we are getting our praise on; if we can’t “walk it out” we are missing the whole purpose of the Spirit filled life which was made available to us at the cross of Calvary. Thus, if we have received Christ Jesus as Lord and savior let’s act like we have, and walk it out. To walk it out means we have to talk to people the right way, we have to love people the right way, and we have to show people the way to salvation. To walk it out means we have to learn to forgive people, put our past in the past, and press forward into the destiny which God has for us. To walk it out means we must walk by faith and not by sight consistently, even when we don’t understand or can’t see it all clearly. To walk it out is to obey God, not only when it’s convenient, but at all times. If he lives in us it’s going to show up on the outside in our walk (or lifestyle). Therefore, when people take a look at your walk, if at all possible, let them see you walking it out in Jesus.
God Bless You
October 22, 2008
The seventh and final piece of armor the Lord gives us for victory in the earth is prayer. Apostle Paul says “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Eph 6:18);” thus, prayer is the icing on the cake as it pertains to the armor of God. It’s the egg in the batter if you will. It makes all the armor work more efficiently. You see, what good is it to have knowledge of the word, if you are not willing to speak it out with authority! What good is it to have knowledge of the word if you are not willing to say it back to God in prayer! Child of God, prayer is one of the most important components of the Christian life. Prayer can break strongholds, move spiritual mountains, and bring about deliverance and healing. Prayer was so important to Jesus that He said “Whatsoever things you desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them (St. Mark 11:24).” Prayer is not only communication with God; it also expresses our human dependency upon God. It let’s God know that we are not running our lives ourselves, neither are we self sufficient but our sufficiency is in him. If you haven’t tried prayer in a while give it another shot. In fact, put it in your schedule because if you don’t, you won’t pray.
God Bless You