June 25, 2009
(Prov. 25:25) “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country”.
As cold water to a thirsty soul is refreshing to the body, so is good news in the body of Christ. There is often so much bad news being released in the world and the church that to hear some good news from time to time is absolutely refreshing. We know that the good news is ultimately the gospel of Jesus Christ but every now and then the body of Christ needs to talk about the good things or the blessings that God is bestowing upon us, and He is still in the blessing business. Those types of reports are truly refreshing to the soul of man.
Thus, every now and then we need to tell it if God blessed us with a new job; every now and then we need to tell it if God blessed us with a promotion on our job, if God blessed us with a new house, if He healed our bodies, or if He is blessing in our marriages and families; because if the Lord blessed us it encourages others that maybe there is hope for them to receive their own blessing from God. And we must understand that everyone in the church won’t celebrate our blessing; in fact, there will be some that will hate the fact that you even shared. However, good news brings about refreshment to the soul. We often spend so much time talking about the bad and what the devil is doing until we forget what God has done and is doing in our lives. The fact is we can always find some bad news, and we all need to learn how to process that news, but good news can encourage us to continue to hold on and believe.
God Bless You
June 24, 2009
As Moses was spending time with God and seem to be delayed in getting back to the children of Israel the people seem to get very anxious. They seem to get to a place where they needed a god to worship other than the true and living God, and they convinced Aaron the priest to make them a golden calf, or an idol god. (Ref. Exo.32)
The problem with that is the Lord will have no other gods before Him and Aaron should have known better. However, this tends to happen to many Christians when we forget who we are and whose we are which are Christ’s. When we forget who we are we tend to compromise what we believe and our values. When we forget who we are we tend to go with the flow, follow the crowd or role with the majority. When the fact is if you are on the Lord’s side you are the majority.
When we are on the Lord’s side we can be in a room with a hundred people voting one way and God still sees us as the majority regardless of the physical numbers. The problem arises when our minds are not made up to be on the Lord’s side, and for a short span of time Aaron decided to be on the side of the people than the Lord’s side. Saints of God we must remember who we are because in that split second that it takes to follow a crowd, a fad or a person going in the wrong direction we may not only be jeopardizing our lives but also the lives of others.
God Bless You
June 23, 2009
(Psalms 116:17) “I will offer unto thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.”
There seems to be so much going on in our world today, and if we listen long enough to voices around us we may agree that it all seems to be twisted and turned toward a negative slant. We know that things are worst for many than they have ever been, from low employment to no employment; wars from one side of the world to the other, not to mention that the 24 hour news media seems to be giving us the rest of the bad news. Families are struggling to maintain their marriages, their homes, their children and even a grip on their sanity.
However, for the Christian our refuge, our hiding place is in our attitude toward our God. In the difficult times of life can we remain thankful? Can we press our way and our spirit’s through all the trials, tribulations and situations of life and be ye thankful. There are times when we may not feel very thankful, there may even be times when we feel we don’t have anything to thank the Lord for. The situation may seem so bad that we can’t seem to pry our lips open to give God the thank you He deserves but nevertheless the sacrifice of thanksgiving is in thanking the Lord anyway.
Thanking Him when things are good, as well as when they are bad. Thanking Him whether we are in the valley or the mountain top of our situation. Thanking Him because He is God and if we are ever going to get delivered from the mess we are in it will most certainly come through Him. Thus, we must press our way through all the difficulties of life and tell God “Thank you” anyhow and call upon the name of the Lord for our deliverance.
God Bless You
June 22, 2009
(Exodus 25: 8) “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them”.
This sanctuary that God was talking to Moses about in the Old Testament was a sanctuary which was made and fashioned after the hands of man. A place where God could dwell among them; however, God desires for the New Testament Christian to build a sanctuary unto him as well, but it is not fashioned after the hands of man. This sanctuary, otherwise known as our heart is created by God, but this heart is birthed in sin and shaped in iniquity. Thus, this heart must be prepared by us through the power of the Holy Spirit if we are to be a sanctuary for God to dwell in. This heart must be pure and holy; this heart must be submitted to the power of God if we are to become a sanctuary, even a dwelling place for God to reside. Saints when we become a sanctuary for God it changes the way we think, the way we act, and even the way we speak. Instead of being a pessimist we begin to think optimistically. Instead of thinking on an earthly level we begin to think on a spiritual level; instead of living our lives with a spirit of ungratefulness, we begin to walk with an attitude of gratitude. Instead of complaining about what we don’t have we become content and thankful for what God has provided. If there is any doubt that we have been called to be a sanctuary for God the Apostle Paul tells us “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are (1Cor 3:16-17).
God Bless You
June 19, 2009
Finally, we can demonstrate to God that we are investing in our marriage by the way we Love one another (St. John 3:16) “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life”. You see when we love someone we tend to give our very best. We tend to give the best of our efforts to the marriage, the best of our energies, and the best of our time.
The Father proved his love for us by giving us his very best, which was His only son. Are we giving our very best when it comes to offering up a marriage that’s pleasing to God? If we really love one another, spending time with one another won’t be a problem. If we love one another divorce or giving up on the marriage won’t be a part of our vocabulary. In fact, we need to make some decisions about our marriage early and often. One of the decisions we need to make is that divorce is not an option because God hates divorce and for the Christian we should do everything we can concerning our marriage to please God. Thus, this should be the foundation that we start with when it comes to committing our lives to each other. Of course that foundation may change as the two of you grow in Christ Jesus, but giving up one another should never be taken lightly, and love should always be at the forefront of the marriage because love covers a multitude of sins. Therefore, saints if you haven’t sowed anything into your marriage account lately please consider ways in which you can do that; because good investing reaps major rewards.
God Bless You
June 18, 2009
The second way we can show God that we are investing in our marriage is: We must spend some time together. (St. Mark 3:14) says “And he (Jesus) ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.
The part of the text that sticks out is “He ordained twelve that they should be with him”; listen Jesus needed to get to know these men before he could release all this power and authority into their hands. He needed to know who these guys were that were going to be hanging around him and taking on the name Christian.
By the same token some of us don’t know our spouses because we don’t take the time to really be around one another. We don’t ordain a time in our schedules to spend with our spouse just hanging out, talking, listening, laughing, loving and praying for one another. We don’t set aside that time to get away from it all. We don’t set aside quality time for each other anymore. We don’t take the time for walks in the park, walks around our neighborhood, talking and enjoying each other’s company. In fact, we don’t even sit together at dinner time and discuss our day because everybody wants to watch their own TV show on separate televisions in different rooms. Everybody seems to be so busy doing everything else that they forget about the one laying next to them in the bedroom.
Listen saints we can’t spend all our time raising the kids. We must take some time out for one another because if all our time is spent running the kids to dance practice, football practice and music lessons; if all our time is spent making sure they have every need and want we will wake up one day look across the table at the one we said “I Do” to and not even know them; because one day the kids will be grown and gone then we will have to face our spouse, and to be strangers in your own house is challenging. Therefore, let’s really get to know the one we lay next to every night because God would really have us to know one we said “I Do” to.
God Bless You
June 17, 2009
As Christians we need to look at our marriage like our 401k plan. When we invest in our 401k plan with an eye on retirement and long term growth, we don’t stop investing in the plan because the market takes a fall. No. We hang in there because eventually we know the market is going to make a comeback. During those down times in the market we may try to move some money around to a different fund, or we may not invest as heavily in one fund verses another, but we don’t just quit, because ultimately we will be the one to pay the price for that. So it is with our retirement portfolio it should be with our marriages, we can’t decide to stop investing in our marriages when times get bad; we can’t stop praying for our marriages, we can’t stop talking to our spouse; we can’t stop loving one another. No, we must stay with it; we must be patient and wait on God to turn it around because the bible says “weeping may endure for a night (and sometimes that can be a long night) but joy does come in the morning”, and when you feel like you are about to let go, know that you are on the verge of your morning. If there is nothing to hard for God, and we know that there isn’t; if we know that God is sovereign, and we have found that to be true as well; if He can cause the Israelite’s to cross the Red sea on dry land; if he can raise Lazarus from the dead, surely He can breathe life back into our marriages if we decide not to give up.
God Bless You