July 21, 2009
(Prov. 21:16) “The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.”
For the Christian it’s always important that we seek to understand God; that we seek to understand his ways, his thoughts and his acts because without that constant seeking we could find ourselves in the congregation of the dead. To be in the congregation of the dead doesn’t mean that we have fallen to a physical death; however, we could be spiritually dead and not even realize it. Thus, we who believe that we are close to God could actually be separated or further apart from God than we realize all because we don’t seek to understand the God we say we serve on a continual basis. To understand God is a lifelong journey and because it’s such a journey we can never get to a place where we believe we understand him enough; thus, this journey keeps us on our knees, it keeps our hands lifted up to him in praise and it keeps our face pressed to the pages of his word. God desires for us to understand him so much that the writer of (Proverbs 4:7) said “Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” It’s been said that wisdom is not what you know but it’s how you apply what you know. However, it’s understanding that directs us to apply that wisdom properly and righteously. Therefore, seek to understand.
God Bless You
July 20, 2009
Luke 4:13 says “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”
Even after the Devil lost his battle with Jesus in the wilderness temptation he only gave up for a season, (meaning that he would be back). He was not convinced that he couldn’t get Jesus to fall; he was not convinced that Jesus was as strong as he seemed; he was not convinced that just because he lost this battle, he wouldn’t win the next one. And if he didn’t give up on Jesus in his quest to get him to fall, he will never give up on us either. Don’t ever let your guard down when it comes to dealing with your enemy. The Devil is relentless in his pursuit to get us a recliner in hell. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter how long we have been saved, or how much word we know, or how great of a title we have, or how many tongues we can speak in or even how well you can sing. In fact, it doesn’t even matter who your pastor is or how much power or popularity he/she has. The only thing that matters is what we are able to live. Saints of God,we can never get to a place where we believe we can’t fall or that our leaders can’t fall because the moment we get to thinking that way, we have already fallen, we just don’t know it yet, because we strive with an enemy that is relentless.
God Bless You.
July 17, 2009
Saints of God the word of God is good by itself but change doesn’t come in our lives until we take what we have heard and mix it with faith. Thus, if we want to enter into the rest of God we have to believe what His word says. You see this word is like a good tasting cake mix, when all the right ingredients are placed into the mix and baked just right you come out with a cake that you just can’t get enough of. And that’s the way the Gospel is, we take the word of God and mix it with faith, prayer, praise, obedience and love, and the Gospel in the life of each individual believer comes out as a sweet smelling savor unto the Lord. But it starts with a system of belief. In fact, that’s what the writer of Hebrews told us when he said “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it (Heb. 4:2).”
Therefore, it behooves all of us to believe God, and believe what He has said in his word through the mouth of the prophets; because to go to church Sunday after Sunday and not believe will be unfruitful for us and we will not enter the rest of God. There were many in the early church that never entered God’s rest simply because they didn’t believe, don’t let that be one of us. If we haven’t fully believed there is a rest of God that we haven’t experienced yet, therefore believe God.
God Bless You
July 16, 2009
(Prov.15:28) “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.”
How many of us have spoken something from our mouth and wish we could get those words back immediately. Yes, that would be all of us. But God expects the Christian, the righteous to really think about what they are going to say before they say it. As Christians we must learn not to be so quick to give an answer, especially if the thing spoken is going to cause irreparable damage to someone’s heart, or if the thing spoken is going to damage our witness of Christ. Words are so damaging to humanity that it can take a lifetime for someone to get past something that was said to them, and the fact is once the words go out we can never get them back. Yes we can ask for forgiveness; yes we can say we are sorry but the damage is done, and if Jesus doesn’t come in and deliver the person whom we offended we could lose a mother, brother, sister or friend for life. Christians are to study to answer because we don’t want to be named among the wicked whose mouth pours out evil things. We don’t want to be those who speak out of turn or out of season; we don’t want to be known as those who speak more discouraging words than we do encouragement and we don’t want to be those who are known for getting hung by the tongue all because we wouldn’t allow Jesus to speak to our heart’s first before we say anything.
God Bless You
July 15, 2009
One of the things the Lord expects from Christians is that they become light carriers. Thus, we are expected to bring the light of Jesus Christ into dark places and dark spaces. Wherever there is darkness, when the believer shows up light should enter the room and expose the darkness. Jesus said as much when He said “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house (Matt 5:14:15).” Hence saints, are we lights in our homes? Are we lights on our jobs? Are we lights in our communities? There should be a distinct difference between the true believer and the world, to the degree that the world has to stand up and testify that there is something very different about us. When the light is evident the world can’t help but recognize that Jesus lives in us.
However, for many of us we have gotten to comfortable with the world and it’s hard to tell the difference between who and who is not on the Lord’s side. We have allowed hard times, difficulties, trials and tribulations to break us instead of make us. We have sought the easy way out or the alternative way instead of God’s way out of the mess we find ourselves in. Saints the hard times shouldn’t dim the light that lives in us it should cause the torch that’s in our hearts to burn even brighter because David said “Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivereth them out of the all (Psalms 34:19). Thus, at the end of the day the Lord has warned us that trouble would come but he also promised us deliverance or you can say victory.
God Bless You
July 13, 2009
We have often heard the phrase you look just like your daddy, or you’re going to be just your daddy was. Thus, if daddy was a womanizer it’s possible that we could be, if daddy was a alcoholic there was a possibility that we would become the same, if daddy was no good it was a distinct possibility that would be our plight. On the other hand, if momma or daddy loved God, if momma or daddy were people of faith it’s also possible that the gift of faith and a love of God could be instilled in us as well. In essence that’s what Apostle Paul saw in young Timothy, he saw a young man of faith. He saw a young man who had a mother and grandmother that deposited some Godly values in this young man from a very young age. In fact, he says to the young Timothy “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first with thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded with thee also (1 Tim. 1:5).”
What Paul was really testifying to was he saw how well Timothy’s mother and grandmother raised him because he was a man full of faith, and he saw this faith first in generations before him. Thus, his parent’s were more concerned about instilling Godly values in him than they were of who his new girlfriend is, or whether or not he got the latest toys to play with, or whether or not he got everything he desired. Thus, Parent’s I leave you with this: Are you instilling the right values in your kids while you still have time because once they leave your house you will never have that type of control again. Therefore, get in agreement with God now about what you should be instilling into the hearts of your kids because the things that will last and cause them to be successful is how much of God are they placing into the equation of their lives.
God Bless You.
July 10, 2009
(Heb. 4:15) says “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
The Lord understands our pain. He understands the challenges and difficulties we face in this life. He understands how it feels to be hungry, to be thirsty, even to go without certain things in our lives for a time. The reason why he understands our pain and the feeling of our infirmities is because he was one of us, he put on that robe of flesh and lived a life of humanity on earth that he might feel what we feel; he became us that we might become him. However, the good news is that he was able to do it all without sin. Thus, in all the challenges, difficulties and issues which came against Jesus, not to mention a Devil as well, he faced them all without once submitting his life to sin. Thus, what should encourage us is though we were born in sin we don’t have to continue to live our lives in sin. If we are in Christ and Christ is in us we too can face the challenges of life without submitting our lives to sin. We too can get to a place where sin doesn’t control us but because of the Christ in us we have the ability to take authority over sin. We have the ability to take authority over our thought life, words and actions because we have a high priest who did it; we have a high priest that was our example in getting the victory over sin; we have a high priest who understands our pain and even in difficult times desires for us to stay sin free.
God Bless You