June 2, 2009
(1Thess. 2:18) “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.”
Apostle Paul had a desire to come and see how the saints at Thessalonica were doing; however, Satan hindered his plans. And saints of God that’s what the Devil desires to do as it pertains to our walk with Christ, he desires to hinder (impede, delay or slow our progress). The devil’s ultimate goal is to stop us from serving God, but if he can’t stop us then the next best thing is to hinder our progress. Satan is encouraged when he hinders our relationship with God. If he can keep us from being who we are supposed to be, in the timing of when God said we would be, then his hindering tactic is working. Thus, if we know that we are suppose to meet with God at a certain time, in a certain place for study and prayer but it seems like something is always getting in the way of those meetings then you can guarantee the hinderer (Satan) has a hand in it; because the less time we have with God the more time Satan has with us. The Less time we have with God the less time we will have to grow, develop and become who Christ said we could be. Hence, there is no Christian growth apart from God. Therefore, if you have set aside a time to meet with God, make sure it is scheduled, because if it’s not totally scheduled the hinderer will make sure the meeting either never happens, it happens for a shorter length of time or that it happens at a time other than when God said, and if it happens at a time other than when God said, though you met with God you won’t get nearly as much out of the meeting.
God Bless You
June 1, 2009
1 John 3:16) says “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life”.
God loved this world so much that he gave the world the best he had, and that was the life of his son, Jesus. We know it had to be his best because who or what could have died for us, that we might have the right to everlasting life. The truth is Jesus became us (a sinner), that we might become him (a son of God). Knowing that God has given us his best, we ought to give our very best to God. When the Israelites brought an offering to God it had to be without spot or wrinkle…It had to be their very best, or it was unacceptable to God. So our challenge today is to give our very best offering to God. Give him the best of our time, our money, our energies, our efforts and certainly our worship. We should give him our best when it comes to Christian living, as it pertains to our marriage, children, friends, family and yes, even those who seem to rub us the wrong way. Allow the life of Jesus to emanate from your being that more of him might be seen and less of you. Saints because God gave us his absolute best, we ought to strive to do the same for him. To give anything less could be unacceptable; that’s why it is called an offering, this word “offering” implies that something is being offered to him, and he can either accept or reject the offering. With that said, we should always allow our offering to God to be our very best, and it doesn’t have to only be money that is offered, in fact it is your whole way of life that is ultimately an offering to God.
God Bless You