April 29, 2009
(Eph. 5:11) “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
The body of Christ has gotten so used to people sinning in their presence that we like to tell others “don’t be so quick to judge” or the bible says “judge not that ye be not judged”, when the truth is that the apostle Paul told us that we should reprove, which means to condemn, disapprove or expose sin. Thus, we have to be willing to call sin out when it’s in our presence, whether it be a friend, family member or otherwise. Not only did Paul tell us to expose it, but he also said that we should have no fellowship with those who are practicing sinning, meaning that we are to come out from among or separate ourselves from those who really don’t want Jesus. And if you hang around someone long enough you will find out whether they really want Jesus in their lives or not. Too often we want to justify the sin in someone’s life because we (as Christians) like hanging out with those who really don’t want God; we like being around them; in fact, some would rather hang out with the world than they would those in the Church who are genuinely trying to live for God. But the fact is if there is someone that we (as Christians) are spending copious amounts of time with and we know they are living in sin we have a duty to call it what it is and we have a duty to help them come out of the sin they are in if they have a will to do so. However, if they decide that they want to continue to sin and not seek a real change then we (Christians) must come out from among those that would hinder our walk and growth with Christ Jesus.
God Bless You
April 28, 2009
(Prov. 28:20) says “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”
One of the characteristics of being a Christian is we must be found faithful. We must be people who are steadfast in our allegiance; those who are loyal and true to what and who we believe in. A faithful person is one who can be depended upon, one who can be trusted to do what they promised to do. When a faithful person tells you they are going to do something you won’t have to go back and check to see if it was done because they have a tendency to do what they have promised. A person who is faithful is also one who is full of faith in God, hence the word faithful. Thus, they tend to lean heavily on the promises of God. With that said, no wonder a faithful man/woman will abound in blessings, because the Lord blesses those who are faithful to Him. In fact the writer of proverbs said that the faithful shall abound (or increase) in blessings: meaning that the Lord looks to bless the faithful, to the degree that you are almost surprised by some of the things God does in your life from one day to the next. Jesus even said in (Matt 25:21) “thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou in the joy of the Lord.” Thus, if we will be faithful over the little we have God will bless us with the much.
God Bless You
April 27, 2009
It’s good to know that when things get rough; when the challenges and adversities of life weigh us down we have a place of security even a hiding place. The psalmist says “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust (Psalms 91:2).” Thus, if He is going to be our refuge we need to confess that He is and then we need to live our lives as if He is. To be our refuge is to be a place of protection, a place of shelter, a place of security. To be our fortress is to be a fortified place, a stronghold, a place where we can go and spend with God and no demon in Hell can breakthrough when we are in that place. The truth is that every one of us should have a hiding place in our homes; a place where we can go to be alone with the one who protects us from danger. A place where we can go to receive instructions on how to live this life victoriously; a place where we can go and pour our hearts out to Him in good times and in bad. Therefore, when the storms of life seem as if they are getting the best of you, when the wind and the waves seem as if they are overtaking you, and it seems as if you are sinking in the quicksand of life just know that you have a hiding place where you can go to get peace of mind and that hiding place begins with the word of God.
God Bless You
April 24, 2009
(Phil. 4:4) “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice.”
To rejoice is to be glad, or to feel joy or great delight. However, the prefix in the word rejoice is “re” and to “re” anything is to do it again or to anew. Thus, for the believer to rejoice means we must renew our joy on a daily basis. We must ask the Lord again to give us a joy for the day we are going to face today. We can’t ever believe that the joy we had on yesterday will be good enough for today because even Jesus said that each day in and of itself has enough evil (Matt 6:34). Thus, we need to re-new our joy for the new evil which comes on a daily basis as well. To rejoice, certainly in the midst of adversity isn’t natural it’s supernatural. The world tries to tell us if there are bad things happening in our lives we somehow have a right to have a pity party; we have a right to be pessimistic; we have a right to let everyone know why we are miserable. But the people who do know their God understand that because God is in full control of our lives; because God knows what He is doing in our lives; because God has the ability to bring us out of any situation we find ourselves in we still can and will rejoice in the midst of difficult situations. The fact is saints, after you have prayed and given the situation to God what else is there left to do other than give God the praise due him. Worrying isn’t going to help the situation, being angry isn’t going to help the situation, therefore, we might as well rejoice in the Lord and give him an opportunity to work out whatever the situation or circumstance is.
God Bless You
April 23, 2009
(Prov. 28:12) “When the righteous men do rejoice there is great glory: but when the wicked rise a man is hidden.”
Another reason for the believer to rejoice is that it brings forth great glory or the glory of God. Thus, if you want the glory of God in your lives rejoice; if you want it in your homes rejoice. If you want this rejoicing to rub off on someone else rejoice. Rejoicing in the Lord can become contagious; hence, if you always show up with a smile; if you always show up with a kind word, people can’t help but to find themselves responding in kind, they can’t help but to want to be in your company. Child of God real rejoicing is not dependent upon how we feel or our circumstances. Our joy comes from what Christ has done, and it is consistent. Thus, people don’t have to wonder what type of attitude we’re going to be in from one day to the next, they don’t have to wonder if we are going to be in a good mood or a bad mood, they don’t have to wonder if they can talk to us today or wait until we are feeling good about ourselves because those who really rejoice in the Lord pull people into their space. Thus, when righteous men/women rejoice great glory doesn’t only fall in their lives but it also has the ability to fall upon those they pray and intercede for; however, when the wicked rise a man is hidden because they have a propensity to be about themselves and no one else. The wicked tends to only want to bless themselves and no one outside their sphere of influence. Therefore, the apostle Paul said “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say rejoice.”
God Bless You
April 22, 2009
This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalms 118:24).
Child of God because each day is so full of evil, starting our day with a positive or Godly confession is so important. Hence, because our destiny is often created by the words which we speak it’s imperative that we start our day rehearsing in our hearts what God has said in his word. I tend to start my day with (Psalms 118:24) because this is the day that the lord has made and I will choose to rejoice and be glad in it. The fact is whatever joy we had on yesterday won’t be good enough for the today’s circumstances; therefore, it’s important that we renew our joy in the Lord daily. If the Lord gives us new mercies every morning and we know that He does according to (Lam. 3:22-23) surely He has the ability to renew our joy every morning as well. In fact, the psalmist said “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning (Psalms 30:5).” Thus, with the start of a new day comes the chance for a new way of thinking, a new way of seeing our lives from God’s perspective, an opportunity to have a better day than what we had on yesterday; and it often starts with how we think and what we confess.
God Bless You
April 21, 2009
(Psalm 118:24) “This is the day which the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Rejoicing in the Lord on a continual basis is not always easy. It doesn’t matter who you are, what your title in the church is or how long you have been saved, some days of rejoicing in the Lord are better than others. However, if we make up in our minds that the above scripture is going to be our daily confession it has a tendency to set our day in order. To make this confession early in our day sends out a proclamation to the ears of God, Satan and our own minds that no matter what we face today we plan to face with the joy of the Lord. Thus, no matter what happens on our jobs we will rejoice and be glad in the Lord; no matter what’s happening with our finances we will rejoice and be glad in the Lord; no matter what happens between ourselves and a family member ultimately the goal is to come out of the situation rejoicing in the Lord. This rejoicing is important because the joy of the Lord is our strength and without the strength of the Lord it’s hard to stand and deal with the curve balls that life will throw at us through various circumstances and situations. The fact is saints’ everyday on this side of the dirt is a good day if we have our life, health and strength. Thus, if you can inhale and exhale without the assistance of a life respirator it’s a day to rejoice; if you can open your mouth and tell God thank you it’s a day to rejoice; if you can get yourself up out of your bed, dress yourself and drive yourself to a place of employment it’s a day to rejoice. Child of God start looking at what you already have instead of what you don’t and the joy of the Lord will come alive in you.
God Bless You