December 31, 2008
God’s grace is enough to see us through anything. God’s grace or (His unmerited favor) the favor which we didn’t deserve but the Lord gave it to us anyway is enough to strengthen us in times of adversity and challenge. The grace of God was such a factor in Apostle Paul’s life that Jesus told him “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” As a result of that statement from the Lord Paul was then able to say “Most gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2nd Cor. 12:9).” Thus, the Lord’s strength doesn’t manifest itself in our strength; the Lord’s strength is manifested the most in our weakness. When we have come to the end of ourselves; when we have come to the realization that we can’t live this life on our own; when we have finally figured out that we need God desperately that’s when the strength of the Lord is most prevalent in our lives. As long as we feel like we can handle it. As long as we feel like we have all things under control; as long as we feel that we are grown up and we just have to do what we have to do then we operate more in our strength than the strength and grace of God. In 2009 we are going to need more of the grace of God and much more of the strength of God. Thus, we too must confess that the Lord’s grace is sufficient for us because in his grace lies his strength.
God Bless You
December 30, 2008
(St. Luke 3:9 KJV) “And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree which bringeth forth not good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”
The Lord is not going to have trees in His garden that are unproductive. Hence, the tree which the Lord will lay the axe to the root of are those Christians who say they believe; those who say they have confessed and received Jesus Christ as Lord; however, they are fruitless. Thus, in the Kingdom of God there will be no fruitless Christians, because if nothing else the true believer is to bear the fruit of the Spirit. Therefore, if God can see no fruit, the root or the stand of that believer must be cut out of the garden or kingdom of God. Saints of God, the Lord is about reproducing himself in the true believer and because he was a fruit bearer in every aspect we too must bear fruit. We must display real love, we must display the joy of the Lord, and we must display peace and longsuffering…etc. The Lord desires to multiply and add to the gifts and talents which he has given each of us not take them away. In fact, Paul said in (Rom 11:29) “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Thus, when God gives us a gift he doesn’t feel as if he has made a mistake and then decides to take it back. Neither does he take the gift if we don’t use it. If we don’t use it that is our lost and our lack of productivity, but there will be a price to pay for not using and developing what God has given us. With that said, God would love for us to produce; even if it’s in small amounts. We have to do something for God because an unproductive tree must be cut out of the garden.
God Bless You
December 29, 2008
Regardless of who we are or how powerful we are in the Lord, fear seems to come upon us all at some point in time. There are situations and circumstances which come upon us at times when we don’t know what to do and the first or natural reaction is to fear. I know God has not given us the spirit of fear; however, fear still has a place in our lives. King David who was one of the mightiest men of God in the scriptures shows us how to handle fear when he says “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me (Psalms 56:3-4).” Thus, David let’s us know if we want to take authority over fear we need to trust God and believe in the promises of God which are revealed through his word. Saints of God, the strongest Christian may have a moment of fear; however, we don’t have to be overtaken by fear if we would only trust in the promises of God. Saints of God, every generation has faced some difficult times, some times of fear and uncertainty, but God has brought us through them all. Therefore, in challenging times don’t let man dictate how you are going to feel; don’t let the your situation overtake you with fear because when fear shows up rational and spiritual thinking seems to take a backseat to irrational and worldly thought processes which never leads us to a heavenly outcome.
God Bless You
December 26, 2008
(2 Cor 9:8) “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”
Those in the body of Christ who are givers will never lack or be without the thing that’s needed to sustain life and peace of mind. This giver is not only one who pays their tithes but it’s also one who gives of their time, energies and efforts. The fact is that if we are going to operate in kingdom living we must learn to give, and that’s often one of the hardest things for people in the body Christ to do. The true giver in the body of Christ, God has declared “they will have all sufficiency in all things”; the true giver God has declared “he would supply all of our needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19).” Many in the body of Christ love to associate themselves with (Phil 4:19); however, if you go back and read the previous verses in this book Paul was talking to a church of people who were givers. Thus, those who give can only possess (Phil 4:19). Saints of God maybe we have done a poor job in our giving in 2008; maybe we could have done better and we knew it but didn’t do anything about it. However, 2009 is on its way. Let’s become better at how we give because a true giver will never lack; in fact the word says “It’s more of a blessing to give than it is to receive”.
God Bless You
December 25, 2008
This is truly a time to be merry. Whether you got everything you wanted or not if you are in Christ Jesus you got more than enough. Furthermore, if you have your life, health and strength; if you have the activities of your limbs; if you have family and friends that’s alive and well this is a merry Christmas. If you have peace of mind and peace in your home this is certainly a time to be joyous, even excited about the birth of our Lord and savior. Maybe for the kids it’s more about the toys and joys of the season; however, for those of us who do know our God it’s about reflection, pondering and thanksgiving for the things which the Father has done in sending the Son to redeem us from the power and effects of sin. Thus, on this day we celebrate the birth of the Jesus Christ, and I hope you will allow it to be just that, a celebration, a time of giving, loving and fellowshipping with family and friends. Remember, God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him would not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Saints of God be blessed and enjoy the blessings of the Lord during this season.
God Bless You.
December 24, 2008
(1Cor 8:10-11KJV) “And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.”
In this text the Apostle Paul is encouraging the Corinthian Church to finish collecting seed money for the poor at Jerusalem. They had started a push to be a blessing to those less fortunate; however, they didn’t finish the work. Thus, Paul says “you began this effort a year ago, now I need you to perform and finish what you started”. Saints of God, how many of us has promised the Lord we were going to do something for Him only to discover it was just words going nowhere? How many of us have started out with a great zeal to do something for God only to discover some how we got distracted and never got back to the work we started? Child of God the Lord is looking for finishers. He’s looking for those believers who will finish the work they have started for him. The Lord doesn’t want excuses, He wants results; thus, it behooves all of us who have made promises to the Lord that we were going to do this, that or the other to get other people with like minds involved in what we are trying to accomplish for God. Therefore, if we get sick, or God forbid death was to come upon us the work; the vision; the plan of God would continue to push forward. I’m sure all types of things happened to the Church at Corinth to cause them to get sidetracked; however, the Apostle Paul encouraged them to finish what they had started for God, because there is nothing worse than a quitter, or a broken promise to the Lord.
God Bless You
December 23, 2008
There are at least two types of suffering in the body of Christ, suffering for wrong and suffering for right. To suffer for wrong is to pay for the multitude of mistakes and sins which we have committed. Even though Jesus died for our sins and redeemed us from the curse of sin and death, there are still some sins in which we have to suffer the consequences of. In fact (Gal. 6:7 KJV) “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.” Thus, though true repentance may shortened our reaping days, there is still a payment due for sin, and the Devil will make sure he receives payment. Furthermore, there is also suffering for the right or (righteousness): This is the suffering which those who are in the body of Christ face when we are truly living for Christ, and putting our faith on the line for righteousness sake. However, suffering for righteousness sake is not always pleasant. In fact, there are times when suffering for righteousness sake is more about drawing us closer to the Lord than anything else. Job who was a man of God, a perfect and upright man was one of those who suffered for righteousness. Friend after friend paraded themselves in front of him to try and help him understand his suffering. However, after the older men got through talking a young man by the name of Elihu began to speak by the Spirit. He told job “Lo all things worketh God, oftentimes with man to bring his soul from the pit to be enlightened with the light of the living (Job 33:29-30 KJV).” Thus, he was revealing to Job you are suffering because you need to be closer to the Lord; you are suffering because the Lord needs to show you some things that he couldn’t show you otherwise. Thus, saints all of us go through some type of suffering from time-to-time, but while we are in that place we need to have God reveal to us the why and the what of our suffering, because it will ultimately change us.
God Bless you.