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