February 23, 2009
During the time which Jesus walked the earth he spoke eight woes to the Pharisees who were the religious leaders of that time. And anytime God uses the word “Woe” he is announcing deep sorrow, grief or affliction upon those whom He is speaking to. And although Jesus spoke them thousands of years ago those eight woes are still alive and well today. In fact, those of us who are believers need to be careful that we don’t find ourselves operating in these woes today. Because whether we carry a title or not in the body of Christ we still have a leadership role because when we tell someone we are a Christian we will be watched from that point forward and our life will lead and speak to those whom we have shared our faith with. Thus, over the next week or so we will look into the eight woes or warnings that Jesus shared with the Pharisees. The first woe is found in (Matt 23:13) Jesus says “But woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye that are entering to go in.” Thus, I term this first woe (the antagonism of God). To operate in the spirit of antagonism is to become an enemy of God, or an opposing force. Thus, the Lord called them hypocrites, in that they said one thing and lived another. Not only did the Pharisees not make it into heaven but they taught their doctrine in such a way that even the new converts themselves missed heaven because of this false teaching. Though the Pharisees had some understanding of what it took to get to heaven they refused to teach it. Thus, causing enmity and hostility between themselves and Jesus; never let it be said about us today that we as Christian leaders are operating in the spirit of antagonism. As Christian leaders we never ever want to bring about enmity or hostility between us and God, but to teach false doctrine to God’s people and cause them to miss heaven will open the door for that.
God Bless You
February 20, 2009
As Jeroboam began to reign as king over Israel he instituted the practice of idolatrous worship. This worship of idols came about for at least two main reasons and they were that he might live and hold on to the base of his power (or remain King of Israel). Thus, the king took counsel and made two calves of gold and set them up in Bethel and Dan so that the people wouldn’t go to Jerusalem and worship. In fact, he said in (1 Kings 12:26-27) “Now shall the Kingdom return to the house of David If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me and go again unto Rehoboam king of Judah.” Hence, politics and religion have no place in the church because a politician will say or do anything to hold onto his office. The thing which should concern us with Jeroboam is that he was willing to sacrifice any relationship that he or his people had with God for the benefit of his own power base. Saints of God, if God has put us in a position in the body of Christ we won’t have to campaign for it, lie for it, or even cheat for it; and we certainly won’t have to destroy someone else’s relationship with God in order to hold onto it. Because what God gives no man can take it away. Thus, I’m not saying all politicians are bad; however, most of them will lie to stay in power. And Jeroboam seems to be much more of a politician than he was a man of God. His leadership style seems to be much more about himself and what he wanted than the people he was supposed to serve. Sounds like a lot of politicians today don’t it? Thus, saints let’s keep God in the church and politics out because if we don’t we could all end up with leaders like Jeroboam.
God Bless You
February 19, 2009
All of us were born in sin, and because of that sin, all of us did some stupid things growing up. All of us did some things out of self will, pride and ignorance that even to this day we are not very proud of. In fact, if it wasn’t for us receiving Jesus Christ as Lord many of us would still find ourselves involved in foolish things. However, it’s not how we start out that matters it’s how we finish; and we must finish well, because he that endures to the end the same shall be saved. (Prov. 19:20) says “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.” Many people seem to think that as we get older we get wiser but that’s hardly the case because there are a whole lot of 31 year olds walking around who still act as if they are 13. King Solomon’s seemed to be more concerned about how we grow and become what God would have us to be throughout our life as we received counsel and instruction, than he was about how we start out. As Christians we know the best way to start is with the life giver Jesus Christ who has the ability to change our lives if we are willing to receive counsel and instruction from the word of God. Saints of God, all of life’s answers is in the word of God. Every solution to the problems we face as a people is in the word of God. Thus, at the end of the day maybe we didn’t get off on the right foot in life; maybe we didn’t get off on the right foot with God but the good news is we don’t have to stay that way because the Lord desires for us all to grow and become wiser each day until we hear him say “well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”
God Bless You
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