February 18, 2009
There is a hunger and a thirst for God which not too many people experience. It’s a place where we come to the end of ourselves. It’s a place where we are looking for satisfaction and we can’t seem to find it in our marriage, our resources, neither our riches. In fact, it really doesn’t matter how much money you have because after you get enough stuff in your life that’s all you have is stuff, and there still remains a void in the depths of your heart. King David got that way. Here is a man that had it all, yet he found all that he had not to be nearly enough to fill the void in his life. Thus, he said “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is (Psalm 63:1).” Thus, saints of God if we are really going to do something for God; if we are really going to see our homes, communities, workplace and even our houses of worship change for real we are going to have to get thirsty for the presence of God in our lives; because sometimes it’s the thirst and hunger that we have for him that will determine whether we are going to press on for him or quit right in the middle of the battle. Often it’s the thirst that gives us the will and the zeal to keep going even when everything in us is telling us to quit. It’s the thirst for him that keeps us going even when everyone else around us, (even those who we thought were pillars of the gospel) are falling by the way side. Therefore, we must have a King David experience if we plan to stay on the battle field of our Lord and not only survive but thrive in the game of Christian living.
God Bless You
February 17, 2009
(1 Kings 11:6) says “And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.”
King Solomon did a lot of things right for the Lord. He built a temple for God. He asks the Lord for wisdom so that he would know how to rule such a vast kingdom. He walked so closely with God in the beginning that he had kings and queens from all over the region coming to see and hear this wisdom of the Lord. However, with all that greatness the bible records that he did evil in the sight of the Lord because he didn’t go fully after the Lord; and saints that’s where many in the body of Christ are today. They are doing a number of things for the Lord; in fact, some of those things are great things, but their heart is not been fully committed to the Lord and full commitment is what the Lord requires. By the world’s standard ninety-nine and a half percent of doing anything would cause us to be celebrated but ninety-nine and a half percent of a heart for God will only get us a seat in Hell. That’s why the bible says that the “road which leads to destruction is broad and wide and many there be that find it, but the road which leads to life is straight and narrow, and few there be that find it (Matt 7:13-14).” We have to have a life that is fully committed to the Lord and Solomon did not have the same heart toward God as his father David. Thus, as Christians we should be encouraging each other to continue to be soldiers for the Lord and commit fully to him because anything less is unacceptable.
God Bless You
February 13, 2009
(John 10:15) says “As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay my life down for the sheep.
It was real love in the heart of Jesus which caused him to lay his life down for us. And real love is what is required of us if we are to lay our life down for the people we love. Real love challenges us to make sacrifices and do things for those who we say we love which we wouldn’t ordinarily do for others. Thus, it’s time to lay our life down for those whom we say we love. It’s time to lay down those issues that keep us from loving one another for real. It’s time to lay down the judgmental spirit; it’s time to lay down the fussing, fighting and the arguing; it’s time to lay down our own pride, our own thoughts and feelings, and pick up the mind of Christ. It’s time to lay down the past and all of its hurts and begin to walk in the newness of life which the Lord has for us. It’s time to lay down the confusion, misunderstandings, miscommunication, and let us begin to just talk to one another without attitudes and offense. It’s time to lay down what we want and let us begin to ask the Father what does he won’t to do in our relationship with others, as well as, in our marriages? What He wants to do is teach us how to lay our lives down for our wives, for our children, for our friends and associates. However, we must be willing to allow him to do that, because that’s the only way that real love will manifest itself in our lives.
God Bless You
February 12, 2009
(Eph 5:22) “Wives submit yourself unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”
An important part of real love in any marriage is submission. Thus, the wife must submit herself to her own husband if there is to be the love of God in the home. This was not only the case for our parents and grandparents but it is the case today in spite of what the world tries to present to us. To submit is not surrender (surrender is giving up and giving into) but to submit is too willingly and without constraint come under the authority and governance of the husband. Thus, it tends to cause things to run a little smoother in the marriage and it exemplifies the love of God manifesting itself in the wife. Hence, there can never be two heads in the home and God’s order is that the man would operate in that role. The message that a wife sends to God when she submits herself to her husband is God I submit myself to you as well. And anytime we obey God we set our homes up to be blessed. Therefore, wives it behooves you to submit to your husband whether he is saved or un-saved. Often wives don’t want to submit if their husband isn’t in the church and she is. Or if it seems in her mind that she doesn’t have anything to submit to. However, if you really want to display the love of God; keep peace in your home and have any chance of winning him to Christ, yield to his authority anyway.
God Bless You
February 11, 2009
(Rom 5:8) says “But God commended his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”
The Lord teaches us what real love is time and time again throughout the scriptures. In essence Jesus died for us in spite of our sin; in spite of our shortcomings and in spite of our faults. Thus, in every marriage there will be faults. There will be things that one spouse or the other does that may rub either one the wrong way. However, we are still called to love. We shouldn’t allow those faults to cause us to walk away from the marriage so easily. What if Jesus had of taken on the attitude that because humanity is so hateful and sinful I’m not going to die for them? However, it was love that kept him on that cross, and to all those married Christian couples out there it should be the love of God that keeps us in our marriages. We can’t allow the little things to cause us to walk away from our marriages because real love will keep you around; real love will cause you to stay in the marriage and fight for the marriage. Real love will cause you not to give up on the marriage so quickly because real love is the love of God. In fact saints, the only reason for divorce in the New Testament is adultery. Other than that, God doesn’t really allow divorce, and even in that instance God is able to restore if both parties are willing. Thus, for those Christian marriages that end up in divorce for other reasons God will truly have the last word on that. This real love thing is so tight that (Prov. 10:12) says “Hatred stirs up strife: but love covers all sins.” Hence, it sounds as if the Lord is telling us we must become better lovers in more ways than one.
God Bless You
February 10, 2009
(Eph. 5:25) “Husbands love your wives as Christ also has loved the church and gave himself for it.”
The love which Jesus shed upon his bride (the church) also included him giving his life. Thus, men of God if we are to operate in real love it will mean that we too must give our lives for our wives. Now that doesn’t mean that we must die a physical death because Jesus paid that price so we wouldn’t have to. However, it does mean we may have to die to our own agenda, our own thoughts, and maybe even our own dreams for a period of time that our wives might be edified; that they might have a chance to pursue something they have a desire to do. There aren’t too many men who would lay aside something they have a burning desire to do that their wives might be fulfilled in her endeavors. But in essence that’s what Christ did for us. He laid down his heavenly fame and took on a fragile and earthly frame for us, because of his love for humanity. And what he has commanded men to do who say they love God is to take his example and begin to display that type of love at home. There may be some of you out there who believe this is impossible. However, with the Holy Spirit living inside of you nothing is impossible. Hence, all things are possible to them that believe. It’s time to move out of the superficial me first love and begin to operate in real love. Real love can only be accomplished in Christ.
God Bless You
February 9, 2009
(EPH. 5:25) “Husbands love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it.”
As we come up on Valentines Day it’s important to understand what real love is. Our society would have us to believe that real love is wrapped up in a package and given to our spouse; that real love is given in the form of chocolates, diamonds, flowers or whatever that material thing is that she so desires to have. And I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that because I love giving those types of things to my spouse as well. However, after our spouse has received that gift what now. Does it really prove that we love them with the love of God? I submit to you that it doesn’t. Real love encompasses us, as men, to be willing to sacrifice ourselves for our wives. It means to give of our time, our energies and our efforts to strengthen our marriages. It means we must be patient, compassionate, forgiving, and merciful. We must be willing to have a listening ear when it comes to our wives. It also means that we have to take the time to think about and pray for our wives. This is definitely what Jesus did for the church; thus, we must do these things for our wives as well. Jesus did so many things for the church to prove his love for us. Thus, men he is calling us to do the same for our wives. What a task this will be as we walk this marriage out, and commit ourselves to real love.
God Bless You.