November 11, 2008
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Cor 1:10).
The apostle Paul shares with the church his idea of team ministry. He gives us three key components for success in team ministry. The first one is we should speak the same thing: this doesn’t mean that everything which comes out of our mouth will be the exact same words as someone else on our team. However, there should be some critical components of the team, that when spoken by each member of the team, those that hear, who are not on the team, would walk away with an understanding that those Christians on that team are speaking the same thing. Thus, their doctrine is the same; their beliefs are the same…etc. Secondly, the apostle Paul states that there should be no divisions among us: meaning that we who are on the team trying to accomplish something for the Lord shouldn’t allow anything to come between us or separate us. If there is a problem we should be able to talk about it, and come to a conclusion where God is glorified and we all grow from it. Finally, that we be perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgment: thus, my definition of that is we must be unified in all things. We can’t allow the world, the flesh or the devil to divide and conquer. In fact, we must be willing to defend each other and not allow lies and false accusations to come against team members. We must be willing to support each other. It doesn’t mean we will always agree, neither does it mean we will always get our way, however, the things which are core to the team we must agree.
God Bless You
November 10, 2008
If we (Christians) are going to do anything for God we have to do it by and through faith. The scripture tells us that we walk by faith and not by sight. As a result, no matter how hard times get we must be strong in the faith; no matter the adversity, heartache, or pain we must be strong in the faith. (1 John 5:4) says “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”. Thus, our faith in God will get us through difficult times. Our faith in God will cause us to get the victory through tribulation; our faith in God is the only thing which keeps us sane and holding on to God often times. Through our faith in Christ Jesus we have the ability to overcome the things we face in the world. In fact, through our faith in God there is nothing we can’t get through. That’s not to say that things will be easy when we face difficult situations; however, it’s much better to go through adversity with God by faith than to go it alone. I have tried that and I didn’t like the outcome. Therefore saints of God, be strong in the faith because without faith it is impossible to please God.
God Bless You.
November 7, 2008
Earlier in this series I talked a little about Job being the standard when it came to dealing with the devil. However, what was the standard which caused God to use Job to such a degree? The standard was fourfold: According to (Job 1:1) Job was a man who was perfect: to be perfect doesn’t mean he was sinless but everyday sin became less and less of a problem for him as he got closer and closer to God. Thus, perfection in God’s reality is really someone who is growing in Christ Jesus and the change is evident in their lives. Those who operate in perfection do not practice sin and when sin is evident they repent immediately. Secondly, Job was upright: meaning that Job did what was right, did it because it was right, and did it the right way all to please God. To be upright is to have your vertical relationship right with God and your horizontal relationship right with man.
The third thing we can identify in Job’s life is he was one who feared God: Thus, he didn’t play with God; he had a healthy respect for his Lord and savior. There was no playing church on Sunday and living like hell on Monday with Job. It was living for the Lord all the time, even to the degree that he worshipped the Lord on behalf of his children. Finally, he eschewed evil: Hence, he hated evil, he shunned evil, as (1Thessalonians 5:22) says He “abstained from all appearance of evil”. If it wasn’t God, Job wouldn’t be found in the midst. The fact is saints of God, we can all do better in these four areas of our lives, and if we intend to be a standard bearer on the earth we must do better.
God Bless You
November 6, 2008
In order to become the standard in the earth which God is calling for us to be our instruction manual is the word of God; thus, for the Christian it imperative that the word of God is followed consistently. The word of God is not something we should live when we feel like it, neither is it something in which we have the option to live the parts in which we think we can live. The goal is to attempt to live it all, and those parts in which we find ourselves failing in we need to ask forgiveness and seek the Lord to help us live up to the standard of the word of God. King David said “Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). Thus, saints without the word of God living on the inside us, we have no chance of living up to the standard of God, neither do we have a chance of obtaining heaven. It does get hard sometime to keep up the standard; however, it is worth it. Everybody won’t be doing it, even those who sometime confess that they are because people want to do what they want to do; and in Christ you can’t just do what you want to do because there are rules and regulations in Kingdom living.
God Bless You
November 5, 2008
In order for us to be the standard in the earth which God is calling for we have to live our lives above reproach? We have to believe and obey God. As Christians we can’t be those who say one thing and live another. We have to be living, breathing and walking epistles of God. To be men and women of standard is an honor but it’s not easy. This Christian walk has never been easy that’s why we need the Lord Jesus Christ to lead and guide us if we are going to be that standard. The Prophet Isaiah told the people during his time, “Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders” (Isaiah 49:22). Thus, this was a time for Isaiah to share with the Gentile nations…the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters what the standard is if they are to live lives pleasing to God. This was a time to make those people who may not have grown up with the Law or the word of the Lord as others had, see that living for the Lord is possible. Thus, we too must realize that it is possible to be that standard for God in the earth; it is possible to love even when the world says we shouldn’t; it is possible to have joy when everything around us says we should be in mourning. It is possible to have peace in the midst of total chaos. It is possible to love even when we are being talked about, persecuted and even hated. Thus, it is a sign that we are becoming the standard in the earth which God is calling us to be through the power of the Holy Spirit.
God Bless You.
November 4, 2008
The Lord proves to us that we are his standard when it comes to confronting our enemy in the book of Job. There was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also showed up. The Lord basically said to Satan “Where you coming from”? Satan said, “From going to and fro in the earth, and walking up and down in it” (Job 1:6). Thus, Satan was looking for a challenge, and the Lord said unto Satan, “Hast thou considered my servant Job” (Job 1:8). From that point on the conversation continued and the war was on. What God did was let Satan know that He had a man with certain standards that would stand against him and not fall. He had a man that would trust Him no matter what Satan threw at him. In fact, He was willing to put the Kingdom on the line so that Satan might understand that God has all power. If we continue to read (Job 1) we find that the enemy did come in like a flood against Job. Was it easy for Job to get the victory over his enemy? No. But when it was all said and done victory was his and God trusted in Job enough to allow him to be the standard. Saints of God, it’s not many of us that could handle that type of trouble, however, whatever trouble comes your way, know that God has caused you to be the standard bearer in your circumstances and with God victory is always assured. That doesn’t mean that victory is going to turn out the way we think it should; in fact, many times it doesn’t. However, we know that victory over trouble brings about a change and growth if we allow it to. David said “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of the all” (Psalm 34:19).
God Bless You
November 3, 2008
(Isa 59:19) “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”
First of all when you think of a flood you think of power, destruction or overtaking everything in its path. Thus, in this text what the Lord was trying to tell us is that the enemy is a powerful foe; he is nothing to be played with, and if you are going to stand against him you better be full of the Spirit of God. When he shows up in our lives he often brings a flood of issues with him. However, though he is powerful he is not all powerful, all power belongs to God and because we are His children we have access to that power. Thus, as men and women of standard when the enemy comes in like a flood the standard that God is going to present the enemy with is us. The question is are we ready? God uses his people to come against the works of the devil! Hence, if we want to see our communities change we must be the standard to bring about that change; if our young people want to see their schools change they must be the standard to bring about that change; if we want to see our homes changed we must be the standard to bring about that change. If we want the City of Medicine become the City of our God we must be the standard to bring about that change. It’s not so much what we are able to do that matters; it’s about what the Spirit of the Lord is able to do through us that matters. Thus, saints are you ready to see change come forth? Then you be the change through Christ Jesus, don’t wait on the next president or politician to bring about change because what they often bring is more of the same. The fact of the matter is change comes when we infuse God into the situation; otherwise it’s just more of the same which is more of the Devil.
God Bless You