Lip Service

March 31, 2009

(Matt 15:8) “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.”

I have come to understand that people say a lot of things they don’t mean.  People say a lot of things they don’t believe.  But the fact is that God is paying more attention to our actions than He is the things that’s coming from our mouths because you can tell a lot about what people believe based upon how they live.  Thus, if someone tells you they love God but every time you turn around they’re doing things contrary to the word of God then more than likely they really don’t love God because those who love God keeps His commandments.  Jesus understood what lip service was all about during His time as well.  He had a lot of so called followers who said they loved him; he had a lot of followers who said they would be with Him.  However, when the going got tough and the way of Christianity got rough, many seem to just walk away.  Child of God, as Christians the things that unbelievers are watching the most is our actions.  The thing that other believers are watching the most is our actions.  People do really want to know if our words fall in line with our behavior.  Words and actions was so important to King David that he said “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O lord my strength and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).”  Thus, the words that come from our lips should be in line with the issues of the heart, because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

 

                                    God Bless You


Is It Peace

March 30, 2009

When Jehu was anointed king over Israel his number one mission was to destroy sin wherever it lived.  The question that would be asked of him everywhere he went was “Is it peace?”  And he answered, “What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many” (2 Kings 9:23 KJV)?  Thus, in his mind as long as sin was in the region (or his sphere of influence) there would be no peace.  Saints of God that’s the mentality we have to take on when it comes to dealing with sin in our own lives.  We have to understand that we can’t allow sin to live in us; we can’t allow sin to have dominion even in our personal space.  Thus, there can be no compromise with sin, there can be no truce with sin, and there can be no peace in our lives when it comes to confronting personal sin.  It is important that we confront sin in our personal lives because we can’t confront it in anybody else’s life until we deal with our own.  Therefore, if we have to fast a little longer, if we have to pray a little longer, if we have read the word of God with more consistency, even if we have to let some friends and associates go because they seem to want to drag us down an ungodly path, that’s what we must do to rid ourselves of sin; because until we get rid of the things that keep us bound there can be no peace.

 

                                    God Bless You


A Great God

March 27, 2009

(Psalms 77:13) says “Thy way O God is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?”

In the challenging times we live in, it’s good to remember that we serve a great God.  Thus, we must understand that he is great no matter what position we find our lives to be in.  We must understand that there is no failure in God; we must understand that there are no mistakes in God and He knows exactly what He is doing in our lives.  The psalmists ask “Who is so great as our God?” My hope is that we have all asked ourselves the same question and can say without hesitation that there is no one like Him.  Who seems to continually make ways out of no ways for us; who continually gives us new mercies every morning; who continually give us life, health and strength.  Who loves us in spite of our own faults?  Saints of God, it is the devil’s mission to get us to look for greatness in every other area of our lives.  It is his mission to get us to look at our circumstances and situations and to begin to question whether God is great or not.  But the fact remains that generation after generation has come to the same conclusion that true greatness belongs to God alone, and His way is in the sanctuary.  Thus, it’s in the presence of God where we find that He is truly great.  It’s in the sanctuary (the Lords house) where we find out how to live within His greatness.

 

                        God Bless You

 


Can’t Keep A God Man Down

March 25, 2009

There is an old saying that (you can’t keep a good man down).  But the fact is that without God in his life it is possible that a good man (and there are many good men who don’t serve the Lord) with good intentions can fail and actually cause a failure to destroy them, when failure should actually help us grow up in some areas.  However, it’s hard to keep a God man down.  We know this to be true because (Prov. 24:16 KJV) says “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”  Thus, for a man of God, failure is certainly possible but allowing failure to defeat us should not be.  I’m sure failure has defeated a believer or two, but in God’s eyes failure should be the stepping stone towards our destiny.  Failure should make us not break us.  Failure should cause us to seek God even more to find out what went wrong and how do we do it right the next time.  Many of us have fail and that’s okay because if we are really trying to make a difference in the world; if we are really trying to do something for the kingdom of God it’s possible that we could fail again, because the only people who aren’t failing are the people who aren’t doing anything, or those who are afraid to take any risk.  Don’t allow failure to overtake you, overtake failure by trusting and believing in God who understands failure in ways that we have never thought of.

 

                        God Bless You


Promotion Is From The Lord

March 24, 2009

The Lord is very clear about where we are to seek promotion.  Promotion comes through the hand of God.  We know this because (Psalms 75:6-7KJV) says “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.  But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”  Thus, we may be depending upon man to promote us, but who we need to depend upon is God: For those who we thought had the ability to give us a promotion in today’s economy, are finding themselves without a job. Hence let me encourage you to trust God for your elevation; trust God for your advancement.  We have been looking in the wrong spaces and wrong places for elevation, and God desires for us to come and seek him and He will give us this promotion in His time.  What we need to be doing in the mean time and in between time is preparing ourselves for such advancement.  If that means going back to school then do that; if that means more time in his word and on your face then do that.  If that means we have to become better at our craft then we need to figure out what we need to do in order to become better.  Ask God the difficult questions, do your own personal research on what it takes to become better at what you do. In fact, God may even want to move you in a different direction so you want to be sure that you are sensitive to what He is speaking. We can’t just sit around and expect promotion to fall in our laps because even James said “faith if it have not works is dead being alone”.

 

                        God Bless You


If Men Would Pray

March 23, 2009

(1st Timothy 2:8) says “I would therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting”.

 

Praying must come out of a clean heart and be presented and urged with the “lifting up of holy hands”. In other words, it must be strengthened by a life aiming to obey God, to conform to His divine law, and to come into submission to His divine will. Let’s never forget that while life is a condition of prayer, prayer is also a condition of righteous living. Thus, the true believer cannot live their lives without prayer.  In fact, most of what they do is determined by what they hear from God in prayer. Prayer promotes righteous living and is the one great aid to uprightness of heart and life. The fruit of real praying is right living, and when we live right it displays to all that this right living didn’t come by way of our own power, but it came by way of others praying for us, as well as, us praying for ourselves. Thus, as men we need to become comfortable with prayer.  We need to become comfortable with leading our families in prayer.  In fact, because we are called to be the head of our families it is imperative that we seek the Lord in prayer without wrath (anger) or doubt (lacking faith in a particular area when we pray). Therefore if you really want to grow in the things of God, read your bible, live right, and your prayer’s will be right with God.

 

                        God Bless You

 


Witness At Home

March 20, 2009

(St. Mark 5:19 KJV) “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done to thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”

Jesus encouraged the man that was delivered from the devil to go home and share with friends the great things the Lord has done for him.  That’s really encouraging because many times we who are saved would rather witness the goodness of God to strangers than we would our friends and family.  Why that’s the case is sometimes a mystery.  Maybe it’s because we grew up with them and they knew how we were; maybe it’s because we have gotten too busy with our own ministries or lives now, where we don’t have time to talk about the goodness of Jesus to family and friends. Maybe it’s because we don’t believe that we have really changed.  We know Jesus wanted him to share with his family as well because he started out with telling him to go home; and if anyone knows we love the Lord it should be those at home.  Thus, let me encourage you to start talking to your brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, sons and daughters about the great things God has done for you.  Let’s go back and start in our own households because some of the most messed up people are they of our own households, and they too need to know about the great things God has done for us.  Let’s not assume they know because we all grew up together; let’s not assume they understand because we told them last year.  But go home and tell your friends and family again.  In fact, you don’t even have to waste the gas because most of the cell phone companies have hooked you up with friends and family lines, even your favorite five.  Thus, all we have to do is pick up the phone now and talk about the goodness of Jesus.

 

                                    God Bless You