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