May 28, 2009
(Col 3:2) “Set your affection on things above, not on things of the earth.”
As Christians we should spend most of our time thinking about heaven and the things that concern God than we should the things of the earth. What we spend most of our time thinking about says a lot about where we are spiritually. If our minds are so consumed with the things that are going on in the world and how they affect us then we may be too encumbered by the flesh. However, if we give those worldly things which affect us in this world to God and ask him for the solutions to those issues then we may be on the path to spiritual thinking. Yes we know we are in the world but after we give our lives to Christ we are not of the world. Thus, we must begin to think on heavenly things. In fact, as kingdom saints the apostle Paul told us what our kingdom thought process should be made up of when he said “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Phil. 4:8).” Thus, kingdom saints have their head wrapped around kingdom thoughts.
God Bless You
May 26, 2009
(Prov.15:2) says “The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from the hell beneath.”
The word “wise” in this particular text is translated the believer or Christian, because those that who are truly wise, trust in the one who has all wisdom, which is, Jesus Christ. As Christians, if we are going to have life and life more abundantly, we need to look up; when the bills are past due-look up, when your body is racked with pain, look up, when the children won’t seem to listen, look up; when your job seems to be a dead end job, look up; when relationships with the one you love seems to be broken, look up. King David, taught us this when he said “I will look to the hills from whence cometh my help, for all my help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”
So if you want to depart from the hell beneath, including the hell on earth that we face sometimes…LOOK UP!!! Because, looking up and seeing God in the midst of your situation, changes your situation completely.
God Bless You
May 25, 2009
As we celebrate the Memorial holiday let us not forget to remember the sacrifices our service men and women make on our behalf everyday. They put their lives on the line that we might continue to enjoy the freedom that living in America affords us. This freedom didn’t come without thousands of Americans spilling their blood in foreign mud that we might have the right to pursue happiness and success under the covering of a free country that was built on the phrase “In God we trust”. With that said, I would like to encourage you to stop for just a moment today and say a prayer for the men and women in uniform because we know that our prayers will save lives in the war torn areas of Iraq, Afghanistan and lands we aren’t even aware of where the battles are raging.
God Bless You.
May 22, 2009
If we who proclaim ourselves to be Christians are going to be able to get into the presence of God; if we are going to be able to touch the holiness of God and experience Him in a way we never have before, we are going to have to be sanctified. To be sanctified is to be set apart for the service of God; to be sanctified is to have the purity of God in our thoughts, ways and actions. King David put it this way “create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me”. Without this sanctification, without this clean heart and right or righteous spirit within us we won’t be approaching the Holiness of God. In fact, that’s what the Lord told Moses to tell the children of Israel in (Exodus 19:10:11) “Go unto the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, and be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai.” This sanctification process is an ongoing process; it’s not something we have a handle on today and all of a sudden we got this thing. No! It’s a process where we have to be conscience of how we are living our lives daily, and be ready to deal with all sin in our hearts at a moment’s notice, because the fact is that where sin resides God does not unless the sinful heart is in a state of repentance. Hence, if we are planning on approaching the holiness of God we have to live our lives the way God desires, we have to worship Him the way He desires to be worshipped and offer Him a sacrifice upon the altar of God that’s worthy of His fire falling and consuming our sacrifice.
God Bless You
May 21, 2009
(Exo. 17:12) “But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”
Even as Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands in the battle with the Children of Israel and the Amalekite’s until victory was assured, there aren’t too many men that will stay with you until the battle is won. Oh yes, they may start out with you, but as the fight gets tougher, as life begins to get the best of them, as the leader begins to take their own beatings and struggles in life many will leave you right in the middle of a heated fight. But God is looking for some Aaron’s and Hur’s, men/women who will stay with us until the battle is won. Saints of God it’s like a Christian ministering salvation to a drug addict: Yes you lead them to Christ, but salvation was only part of the fight. Are you willing to stay in the fight until they get free from drugs? Are you willing to take the late night phone calls when they are being tempted to snort again but they call you for prayer? Are you willing to get them the help they need when it’s beyond your level of expertise to handle the situation? Are you willing to sacrifice your own personal time, efforts and energies to see the brother/sister not only get saved but get delivered from the grip of drug addiction? Are you willing to stay with them until the victory is assured? In essence that’s what Aaron and Hur did in Moses’ life. They were his support staff, and they remained until victory was won. We need Christians that will stay until the battle is won! We need Christians who will stay with the leadership in good and bad times unless you clearly hear the Lord saying to do otherwise! We need Christians that will translate sinners from the prayer of salvation to deliverance, because getting a man saved is only half the battle. It’s deliverance that will set him free and keep him free.
God Bless You.
May 20, 2009
As Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the wilderness where there was constant murmuring and complaining about the lack of food, water and anything else they could think to complain about I’m sure there were times in his own mind if this work was of God or not. In Exodus 17, the people complained about being thirsty and how Moses had led them out of Egypt to kill them in the wilderness. However, as Moses cried out unto God, the Lord said to Moses in (Exodus. 17: 5) “Go on before the people, and take with thee the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand and go.” Thus, what really sticks out in that scripture is the words (Go on before the people); hence, whether the people believe that what you are doing is from God or not, if you know the work has been ordained by God you must continue to go before the people and lead them? As leaders we can’t let what looks to be a bad situation keep us from doing what God has called us to do and that’s lead the people. We may have to go to God and cry sometimes as Moses did but after the crying is over the next thing the Lord expects from us is to dry our tears and get up off our knees and lead. There will be times that the people won’t understand what you are doing; there will be times that the people won’t see the vision the way you do, it might take a while but the fact remains that God expects for us to do what He said. Therefore, saints of God when things seem to get a little rough in ministry if you need to cry out to God go ahead, but after you finish crying get up and lead because it’s required of you.
God Bless You
May 19, 2009
Often times when we think of God we tend to think of Him as a loving God, a just God or a merciful God, and He is all of those things. However, our God is a fighter as well, to the degree that (Ex. 15:3) says “The Lord is a man of war: The Lord is his name”. Thus, if God is a man of war and we have this man of war living on the inside of us, we too should have a fighting or warlike mentality. I’m not talking about using the weapons of man in order to display this fighting mentality, but I’m talking about using those spiritual weapons of prayer, praise and worship, and obedience to God’s word to display this fighting mentality. This fighting spirit causes us not to be so quick to throw in the towel or quit when things don’t go the way we planned. This fighting spirit causes us not to run and hide when things get tough but having done all we stand in the face of adversity on the promises of God that victory is yet assured whether it looks like it or not. This fighting spirit in us is a yes and amen spirit when the Devil is constantly trying to tell us no; no you can’t, no you want, no you will never be, but that fighting spirit in us is saying yes through the power of the Holy Spirit you can and you will be all that I’ve said you can be because at the end of the day “greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.”
God Bless You.