March 19, 2009
(St. Mark 5:36) says “Be not afraid, only believe”.
That’s a word for this hour that we are living in today; be not afraid, only believe. If we are going to believe anything let us believe God. Don’t believe all the hype you hear on the news; don’t believe all the negativity which comes out of the media because it is designed to cause us to be afraid; it’s designed to cause us to fear. You see we don’t hear a lot of good news in the media because good news doesn’t sale; however, bad news causes us to stand and pay attention. It causes newspapers and print media to sale. We know this to be true because we see the continued fall in the stock market and this continued fall emanates from a lack of confidence and fear. That’s not to say we shouldn’t be careful with our money, however, we should not allow the fear of what may happen to dictate how we live. Because most of the time the worst doesn’t come. Therefore, instead of walking in fear let us believe God; let us believe that things will get better. Let us who are Christians believe that this economy will turn itself around; let us believe that God is still in control and He knows exactly what He is doing in America. The fact is that there is enough fear and negativity in the air right now for all of us. But for those of us who do know their God, let us believe God for the victory for those who don’t and for those who won’t.
God Bless You
March 18, 2009
(Prov.18:16 KJV) “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”
Saints of God the gift that God has placed in us will be given the opportunity to be used. The Lord doesn’t give us these gifts for them to lie dormant; however, there is timing involved when it comes to using those gifts. What often happens to us when the gift isn’t being used is we seem to get discouraged and frustrated, but we must learn to wait on God and allow Him to develop and season the gift. We must be patient because it’s all timing with God; he knows the gift that’s in us; he knows what he placed in us, and he is not surprised if we are sitting on the bench waiting to be called in the game. But while you wait continue to develop what God has placed in you. Thus, we must continue to study; we must continue to pray and continue to hang around those that are doing what we have a desire in our heart to do. The Lord knows the desires of our heart and if our desire is to do his will, he will make a way for us to do just that. But in the mean time and in between time “Wait on the Lord: and be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14); and while you wait do it without complaining because complaining will only prolong the use of the gift because God does not want to hear it.
God Bless You
March 17, 2009
(Gal 6:3KJV) says “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”
We all know that low self esteem can be bad for you. In fact, if you are a believer low self esteem falls in the sin category. However, the other end of that spectrum is to think too highly of ourselves and that’s just as bad. To think to highly of ourselves causes us to operate in a state of arrogance, pride and haughtiness that God does not approve of. We often see this arrogance come forth in the world by way of money, position, power or popularity. It also happens in the church when some are given titles, position, or influence and they allow those positions to go straight to their head instead of their heart. We most often see it when those who don’t really know who they are begin to get too many pets on the back for their gifting; whether it be singing, preaching…etc. But the fact is we have nothing without the Lord Jesus Christ. We should understand that all gifts and talents flow through him and they are to be used for His glory, but too many times they are used for our glory; and if we don’t catch on to that early and often we will find ourselves thinking way too highly of ourselves and that’s a dangerous place to be as a Christian. Saints of God, there is a balance between low self esteem and arrogance, and we have to find that place in Christ Jesus from whom all blessings flow. Thus, as the Lord grows us up, and elevates us lets encourage one another stay grounded.
God Bless You
March 16, 2009
(Prov. 16:3) says “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
Why are you doing that, and what am I doing? This is a question which the Lord would have all of us who are working in ministry to ask him. The work of the ministry can be difficult at times, and in fact it is supposed to be because we are not expected to succeed in ministry apart from the work of the Holy Spirit in us. Thus, expect to be challenged. However, if we desire to keep our frustrations and discouragements in check we must be willing to commit the work we are doing in ministry to the Lord. When our work is committed to the Lord we come to understand that it’s not our work but it’s his; we come to understand that though the work may be difficult and the challenges are great it will eventually pay off for us, our families and those whom we serve. In fact, when we commit our works to the Lord He has a way of establishing our whole thought patterns. Those of us who are believers have been called to do a work for God in the body; we have been called to get up off the bench and get in the game and there will be times when the ball is in our hand and we will have to decide whether we are going to shoot for the winning basket or pass the ball to another player. Most of the time we have to shoot the ball because God has called us to do the work specifically; however, there are other times where we can pass the ball to another on the team and allow them to get some action. In other words, if you find yourself overwhelmed don’t be afraid to say I need some help, because part of committing our work to the Lord is understanding when we need to shoot (finish the work) or when we need to pass (delegate).
God Bless You
March 13, 2009
(St. Mark 3:26) “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
Jesus was sharing with the scribes and the Pharisees that His works are done by the power of Satan but by the power of God. He was trying to help the religious leaders understand that they shouldn’t blaspheme the work of the Holy Spirit by contributing those works to the devil because two can’t walk together accept they agree. And saint’s that’s one of the fundamental problems in our homes today. Show me a husband and wife that can’t operate in agreement and I will show you a house that is divided. For those of us who are married and trying to thrive in our marriages, if we are going to operate in the power of God and really have our marriages become a marriage which God can use as an example in the earth we are going to have to agree on the things that matter. The two must agree that we are in this marriage for life through the ups and downs; we must agree that the gospel of Jesus Christ must be our instruction manual for our marriage. We must agree to communicate one with another. There are a lot of things we need to agree upon but at the end of the day if you do find agreement the devil won’t be able to come in and frustrate, separate or discombobulate your marriage; because if the wife is going left and the husband is going right the Devil will eventually put so much space between them that they find it almost impossible to come together again. Thus, pay attention to division because it causes a home to lack the foundation it needs to retain its footing.
God Bless You
March 11, 2009
(St. Mark 2:1) says “And again he (Jesus) entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.”
This house that the people heard that Jesus was in was Peter’s house. However, the question I propose to you all: Is He in your house? The truth is that you can tell when Jesus is in the house because of the way the family interacts. When Jesus is in the house husbands and wives talk to each other instead of bickering and fighting. When Jesus is in the house divorce or separation is never an option because the two understand that God hates divorce. Thus, he expects the two to remain one until death do us part. When Jesus is in the house the children are taught not to disrespect or talk back to their parent’s. When Jesus is in the house fathers and mothers find the time to spend with their kids to see what’s going on in their lives. In fact, when Jesus is in the house the family pulls together during difficult times. When Jesus is in the house peace, love and the joy of the Lord abounds. You see saints even as it began to circulate throughout the community that Jesus was at Peter’s house, the same can be said for our own homes today. Meaning that when Jesus is really in our lives and homes we won’t have to broadcast it; we won’t have to walk around with our bible, neither will we have to stand on a street corner and shout it out because people will be able to tell. They’ll be able to tell in how we carry ourselves, in how we conduct our affairs, even in how our children carry themselves. Thus, the light of Jesus will be on display wherever we go. Hence, I conclude with what I started with: Is Jesus in your house? Don’t be so quick to say yes. Think prayerfully.
God Bless You.
March 10, 2009
John the Baptist said “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye and believe the gospel (St. Mark 1:15).”
For those of us who really want our lives to change; for those of us who really desire to make a difference in our world; for those of us who are sick and tired of being sick and tired the Kingdom of God is at hand. Our Lord Jesus Christ is still in the business of saving souls and making people whole even in the midst of a bad economy and an uncertain future. He is not surprised or caught off guard to what’s happening in our world today. Our God still desires to deliver and set free those who desire to be free regardless of our situations, race or economic background. In fact, God is not a respecter of persons, so if you desire salvation, today is a good day for just that. All you have to do is repent of your sins and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here is a short prayer that will put you on the road to salvation: Father I come to you admitting that I have sinned. I choose to turn away from sin to purposefully follow you. I ask you to forgive me of my sin. I ask you to be Lord and king over my life and I receive you as such. I believe that you lived, died and rose from the grave with all power in your hand which gives me a right to new life. I ask that you feel me with your Holy Spirit and be the ruler of my heart, in Jesus name I pray amen.
God Bless You