November 21, 2008
“Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth” (Job 11:6b).
In this statement alone we know that our God is a merciful and loving God. The fact is because of the sin and iniquity that resides in man what we really deserved was hell and death. However, what the Father gave us was an opportunity for eternal life. In fact, those that have believed and received Jesus Christ as Lord not only have life but life more abundantly. Thus, because of his love for us he has punished us much less than we deserve. He has forgiven us for our sins and has adopted us into his family, whereby we have received an eternal inheritance. We who are believers ought to be thankful for this opportunity which God has given us through the shed blood of his son Jesus Christ. I’m so thankful that God is not like man; you mess up on man and they hold it against you forever; however, with God when you repent and confess your sin before him he forgives and doesn’t hold it against you. I give God the praise for your faithfulness in receiving encouragement from the daily word; however, I will not post a daily word again until the first week of December due to being out of the country on vacation. Thanks and as always may God bless you?
God Bless You.
November 19, 2008
2nd: Cor. 10:13—The Apostle Paul said “But we will not boast of the things without our measure (outside our sphere of authority) but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you”.
God has given us all some territory to win. In fact He told Joshua, that every place that the sole of his feet shall tread upon, He has given it unto him.
However, with all the territory that God has given to us… there is equally an enemy who desires to take all the territory that God proclaimed ours.
As Christians we have to know what territory or (rule of authority) God has given to us, and we need to know where it begins and where it ends. One of the territories that God has given us is the power to control what happens in our homes; we must first win our homes for Jesus, if we are planning to win anywhere else, such as our jobs, communities and schools. As a Christian it should be our desire to take back the land that the Devil has stolen from us. Take back our homes, our children, our finances, and our communities. God has placed the power in us to make a difference wherever we find ourselves. For example, if the devil has been showing out at my brother’s house and I show up there, at least while I am there the devil is going to have to submit to the power of God that is in me; but rest assured if I haven’t gotten the victory in my own house over the enemy, then victory at someone else’s house is impossible. Listen, win at home first, then other territories will be available for you to win. God needs us to get the victory in our on lives, so we can start winning victories on someone else’s behalf.
God Bless You
November 18, 2008
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” (1 Cor. 6:12).
The Apostle Paul let’s the church know that just because something is good to you it doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Fried chicken and banana pudding may be good to us, but too much of it is bad for our health. In fact, too much of anything other than God has the ability to be bad for us. It also has the ability to have dominion in our lives. It’s like a man who knows that he has a problem already with porn who decides to take just one last peek at the internet porn sight and promises himself that it will be the last time he does it, when the fact is we all know that it now has a hold on him. Or a woman who has a problem with shopping who says she’s only going to buy this last pair of shoes then she’s going to put the credit card away until she can get control over it, when the fact is that shopping and the credit card has control over her. Saints of God, if we are going to be dominated or brought under the power of any, it must be Jesus Christ because to be brought under the power of anything on earth is to be brought into bondage. And the Devil loves to use at least three things to bring us to a place of bondage on earth; they are money, food and sex. The fact is we need all three to sustain life, however, they shouldn’t become our focus; they shouldn’t become that which we place ahead of our relationship with God because if they do they become the very thing which binds us up.
God Bless You
November 17, 2008
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance” (Psalms 42:5).
King David found himself in a depressed state of mind. He recognized that his soul was in a down-trodden place. I’m sure many in the body of Christ can identify with David. In the state that the economy is in and many in the church either unemployed or under employed it’s easy to find your soul in a state of depression. However, the thing which brings our soul out of a state of depression is having hope in the Lord Jesus Christ that He will come through for us if we continue to live for him. You see David recognized that the very thing which will move us from a state of depression to a place of peace is to hope in the Lord and to praise him any how. Saints of God we can’t hope that man is going to come through for us because he may not; we can’t hope that the next politician is going to come through for us because they may not. In fact, you can’t hope that just because somebody calls themselves a Christian that they will come through for you. We must put our hope in the Lord. Listen saints, I don’t talk to you as though I haven’t been in the unemployment line; I don’t talk to you as though I haven’t had to make some very difficult decisions when I was unemployed for almost 5 months not that long ago. However, there was no one there to see my family through other than Jesus. I had to put all my hope in Christ and him alone. I’m sure there were those in the body of Christ who wanted to help, and whose heart probably hurt on my behalf, however, at the end the day all my family had was Jesus. Therefore I say to you, when your soul is cast down and all hope seems to be gone, hope in the Lord and lift up a praise in the midst of your circumstances and he will come through. He always does.
God Bless You.
November 14, 2008
A healthy Christian lifestyle is the result of a healthy Christian belief system, not the other way around. For example, the Bible tells us to “stand against the wiles of the devil” (EPH 6:11). But how can we hope to stand firm against the devil if we don’t understand that God has already raised us up with Christ and seated us victoriously with Him in heavenly places (EPH 2:6)? How can we rejoice and be strong during trials (ROM 12:12) without the confidence of knowing we have been made right with God by faith and enjoy peace with Him through Christ (ROM 5:1)? If what we believe about God is shaky, then our day-to-day behavior will be shaky. But when our belief system and our relationship with God are based on what He says is true, we’ll have very little trouble working out the practical aspects of daily Christianity. The fact is, as Christians we need to let God’s word be true and mans word be a lie. Child of God, don’t get caught believing the lie; don’t get caught up believing what the Devil says or what the world says about us. We need to learn what God says and begin to believe, receive and walk in that which God has said. Otherwise, we will always be up and down or in and out in our Christian walk. Belief before behavior is important because if I believe God for real there will be consistency in my walk and relationship with Christ.
God Bless You.
November 13, 2008
In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus says to the Pharisees “why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition” (Matt 15:3)?
The Pharisees or religious leaders were used to doing things a certain way; for the most part their way, during the days that Jesus walked the earth.
They were used to ceremonial laws, oral laws and having synagogue services the way their forefathers did it. Jesus came to let those religious leaders know that there is a new way of doing things now and the way you’ve been doing them was okay for that time, but change has come. Which leads me to this thought, the leaders of the Cup of Salvation won’t do it the way momma and daddy did it, we won’t do it the way our bishop or pastor’s of the past did it, [have church or church as usual], but we will get it done. We will serve God, we will love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength; we will worship Him in spirit and in truth, but it won’t be with the tradition of men. It is that tradition which has killed many churches in the past. The Cup of Salvation can only afford to minister God’s way, and because of that, many, including other ministries won’t understand us. They won’t understand why we fast so much, they won’t understand why we pray the way in which we do, they won’t even perceive why we have core values; but understand this we love God, we will serve Him until the day we die, and we will change the region by the power of the Holy Ghost. You won’t be able to serve without a level of accountability and in many churches that is what’s missing. Thus, the Lord is challenging all ministries and leaders in the Body of Christ not to get caught up with the tradition of men, but be willing to hear God, drop those man made programs and become sensitive to the Spirit of God. Saints of God, just because it was done a certain way when we were growing up doesn’t mean God can’t or won’t change it. We just need to have a listening ear and a willing heart.
God Bless You.
November 12, 2008
(1 Cor 3:3) “For ye are yet carnal: for where there is among you envying, strife and divisions, are ye not yet carnal and walk as men?”
The apostle Paul shares with the church three enemies which will destroy any teamwork in ministry: The first enemy is envy. The spirit of envy is a spirit which every team that is attempting to do anything for God must be on the lookout for, and should be prepared to remove it out of the camp ASAP. In this text envy actually opens the door for the other spirits to form a stronghold in the midst of the church. Thus, envy causes a team member (or members) to resent or desire someone else’s role or gift on the team instead of them operating in the area where God has them at a particular time. Envy causes those on any team to start doing and saying things to others on the team which shouldn’t be said, and envy opens the door to another spirit called strife. Strife on any team brings about dissension and bitter conflict; even fights and struggles which should never reside on any team that is trying to do something for God. Strife must be immediately dealt with and must be removed from the midst of the team if they are to go forward. If strife is not dealt with it often brings about the third enemy of teamwork which is division. Envy and strife on any team will manifest itself through division; thus, the Devil’s idea is to separate or break the team up. Strife is always looking for a few friends, thus if strife can get a few people on the team agreeing with him, then strife can begin to divide and conquer. And at the end of the day saints, the Devil wants to divide and conquer anything that God has joined together, from a marriage to a ministry team it doesn’t matter to him. Therefore, be on watch for these three enemies of teamwork because they are devilish.
God Bless You