December 22, 2008
Luke 4:13, “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”
Even after the Devil lost his battle with Jesus in the wilderness temptation he only gave up for a season, (meaning that he would be back). He was not convinced that he couldn’t get Jesus to fall; he was not convinced that Jesus was as strong as he seemed. In fact, he was not convinced that just because he lost this battle, that he wouldn’t win the next one. And if he didn’t give up on Jesus in his quest to get him to fall, he will never give up on us either. We can never let our guard down when it comes to dealing with our enemy. The Devil is relentless in his pursuit to get us a recliner in hell. Furthermore it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been saved, or how much word you know, or how great of a title you have, or how many tongues you can speak in, or even how well you can sing. In fact, it doesn’t even matter who your pastor is or how much power or popularity he/she has. The fact is we can never get to a place where we believe that we can’t fall or that our leaders can’t fall because the moment we get to thinking that way, we’ve already fallen, and we just haven’t realized it yet, because we fight an enemy that is relentless.
God Bless You
December 19, 2008
In the writings of Proverbs King Solomon says “The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil (Pro 19:23).” Thus, those of us who fear the Lord should be satisfied with the life which God has given us through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. However, we are not always satisfied with the abundant life which the Lord provides. Too often, God doesn’t seem to be enough; too often we are not content with the life which God has given us; too often we complain more about what we don’t have than what we do have. Saints of God to abide satisfied is to be content or pleased with what God has given us which is abundant life, and where God has us at this point in our life. King Solomon seems to be telling us that if we have life in the Lord everything else will work itself out, and this is a man that had it all. But when it was all said and done this man said “Let us hear the conclusion of the matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man (Eccl. 12:13)”. Hence, he wanted us to know that God is more than enough. Furthermore, to abide satisfied in the Lord is to be content with the things we have, however, especially during the Christmas season we have a tendency to want, want and want; when what we have been given in Christ Jesus is more than enough. The Lord gives us things that money can’t buy, things such as life, health and strength, peace of mind, joy in the midst of difficult situations, unconditional love and the list could go on all day. Saints of God, if you don’t receive what you were hoping for this Christmas season, know that you have already received more than enough if Jesus is really the Lord of your life.
God Bless You
December 18, 2008
With the economy being in such a sad state; with the poor becoming poorer and even the rich becoming poorer, many are placing their hopes and dreams in the federal government to bail them out of financial calamity. However, the government doesn’t have the resources to bail out every company, group and bad mortgage holder in America. It even seems that the church is waiting on the government to come through for them; however, the church must trust the Lord who owns all the wealth and resources in America and the world. Asaph puts the Lord’s ownership of all things in perspective when he writes “For every beast of the forest are mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine and the fullness thereof” (Psalms 50:10-12). Thus, as we look for answers to life’s situations look to the one who needs no permission to give us what we need, neither will He expect us to pay it back through our tax return. But what He will expect from us is love, faithfulness and obedient living.
God Bless You
December 17, 2008
(Psalms 50: 15) “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me”
The Lord is a deliverer! He has shown in his word over thousands of years that deliverance is in him only. Thus, it behooves all believers to trust him in a time of trouble. The fact is if he can open up the Red sea and cause the Israelite’s to go through on dry land surely he can deliver us. If he can feed 5000 with five fish and two loaves of bread surely he can deliver us; if he can cause time to stand still so that the Joshua and his mighty men could destroy their enemies in battle surely he can deliver us. If can speak to the elements of earth and even they have to obey surely he can deliver us in a time of great trouble. Saints of God, the Lord is still in the deliverance business today, however, you have to call on him, be patient and trust that he is able to do what he has promised. The Lord is not surprised that many in the body of Christ are going through; in fact, he said “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivereth them out of them all (Psalms 34:19)”. Hence, you may be down now, but the fight isn’t over; you may be in the valley now, however, be patient you will come out; you may be taking some body blows from the enemy right now, however, keep your hands up and your armor on because you are covered by the blood of Jesus which is the most powerful force on earth, in hell and in heaven. The truth is that if you are in Christ you will have to fight for the victory, however, you won’t be in the fight alone.
God Bless You.
December 16, 2008
The gift that keeps on giving is love. If God is known for nothing else he is known as a loving God. In fact, as Christians if we are to be known for anything it should be that we loved people God’s way. You see saints of God, during this Christmas season God gave us the greatest love that we will ever come to experience when He gave us the gift of his Son Jesus Christ. The Scripture says “For 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).” Thus, God proved his love to us by giving us the best gift we could have received, and that was the gift of salvation through the birth, death and resurrection of the one we celebrate on Christmas; the one and only Christ the Lord. Child of God while we are spreading holiday cheer don’t forget to spread the gift that keeps on giving and that’s the love and salvation of Jesus. The love of God is so powerful that the apostle Paul said “And now abideth faith, hope and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love) (1Cor 13:13).” The fact is that charity (love) transcends the realm of heaven and earth; thus, we will need love on earth as well as in heaven because there will be no one in heaven that doesn’t love God. However, faith and hope is only good for this earthly life (or this side of the dirt) because when we see Jesus in heaven as he is faith will be swallowed up by sight; hope will be overtaken by reality, but love will still remain. Thus, the greatest gift we could really give this Christmas season is LOVE!!
God Bless You
December 15, 2008
The Christmas season has become so commercialized that it has become more about what we have under the tree, than it has the one who hung on the tree for our sins. This season for the believer really should be a season of celebration. A time in which we celebrate the birth of Christ, however, for many in the body of Christ it’s actually a time of bondage and high stress. Too often the bondage and stress comes from the financial pressure in which we put on ourselves to be sure that we have something under the tree for our family and friends. However, if you have to go in debt to be sure you have something under the tree for various people I would encourage you not to do it. Don’t allow inward or outward pressure cause you to go in debt behind Christmas; don’t allow the world to dictate to you how much money, if any, you are going to spend during this season. Christmas was never about how much we can spend to be sure everybody is happy on Christmas day, it’s about reflecting on the birth of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. It may even be about us reflecting on our own relationship with Christ. Thus, if you don’t have the money to spend, and if you have nothing to give; give Love; give your time to a local charity or soup kitchen; give to those you love an IOU note stating that you may have to buy for them later. Child of God the word of God says “Owe no man anything but to love one another (Rom 13:8)”. Thus, if you have the money and you can buy without going into debt then by all means go forward, however, if not, don’t let the season of Christmas bind you up because this season was not designed to bind; the bind you feel comes from the world and the inward pressure you feel to please. Child of God, LET IT GO, there will be better days financially.
God Bless You
December 12, 2008
Those who are believers in Christ Jesus must confess privately and publicly that they are born again. Those who are believers are not only to confess it in church on Sunday morning, but it is even more important to confess it on Monday morning. Hence, we must say it on our jobs, in our homes, among friends and family, and even those who may only be associates. Thus, if you are a believer in Christ Jesus somebody other than those close to you ought to know it. The apostle Paul declared “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore we speak (2 Cor. 4:13)”. Thus, Paul was trying to tell us that the believer has a testimony to share and a Gospel message to declare, and this Gospel message must be declared wherever we are. God always affords us the opportunity to share the good news and we must be willing to share our faith. Further, the apostle Paul didn’t discriminate when it came to sharing his faith and neither should we, because the rich needs Jesus just as much as the poor. Caucasian Americans need Jesus Just as much as African Americans; thus, there is no discrimination when it comes to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the good news is we (the believer) has been given the ministry of reconciliation. Therefore saints, if you believe let the redeemed of the Lord say so!
God Bless You.