July 9, 2009
(Psalm 119:89) “Forever O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”
God’s word is forever settled in heaven, meaning that His word won’t change; it won’t be tailored to fit our thought process, our desire, neither will it be changed to fit where we are in our lives now. If we desire to be different, if we desire to be changed, we must tailor our lives to line up with the word of God. His word won’t be added to or taken away from; in fact (Rev 22:18-19) says “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city and from the things which are written in this book.” People may try and twist the word, or alter the word to fit their lives, and may even have others fooled into believing that what they say makes since, but the Lord will never be fooled when it comes to the word which He created. The word of God has stood the test of time; it has moved from generation to generation and has been found to be true, accurate and worthy of all praise, and when all else fails the word of God will still be tried and true. Thus, if we really want change obey the word of God.
God Bless You
July 8, 2009
Everything we do or say in this life is sown to one of two accounts. It is either credited to your fleshly account or credited to your spiritual account, but it is credited to your account with your name on it. You see when it comes time for us to be judged, God won’t have a hard time figuring out whether heaven or hell is ours because all He will have to do is pull up our account, and based on which account has the most credit or capital (money), will determine your destiny. If you have been doing a lot of ungodly things in word or deed-then your fleshly account will be plentiful. On the other hand, if you have been doing Godly things in word or deed, your spiritual account will be plentiful. As Christians when we stand before God we want our fleshly account to have “insufficient funds,” this is the only time that you want your checks to bounce.
Some of you may be wondering whether or not this makes since. Well (Gal 6:7-8) says “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Therefore understanding the breakdown of this scripture leads me to believe that there are two accounts that we sow into everyday, and every hour of the day, those are the flesh and the Spirit; and we are either sowing to corruption (hell)-or life everlasting (heaven). Have you checked the balance on your account today? One of the ways you can do that is to examine your lifestyle thoroughly.
God Bless You
July 7, 2009
The world has gone crazy over the death of Michael Jackson. The world from the U.S.A to England, to Russia, China etc…are excited about anything MJ, from music, memorabilia and even image. But saints of God just think for a moment about what the Lord could do in the world if the body of Christ was that excited about their savior Jesus Christ. The excitement in Christ alone could truly turn the world upside down. The fact is that it’s not only the world that’s excited about MJ, some of that excitement is coming from those who are a part of the body of Christ, who hadn’t ever or at least in a long time been that excited about Jesus.
Don’t get me wrong now I grew up listening to his music, emulating his dance moves and even making sure the afro was tight; but as a Christian I don’t dare give MJ more of me than I do God. Thus, we should pay our respects to a man which brought a gift in his music to so many people, but if we (Christians) are to be excited about anyone let is be Jesus Christ alone, because at the end of the day even MJ has to give an account to Jesus.
When we think of those in the bible who were excited about their savior it was the early Church of the book of Acts that truly exuded excitement about the Lord, to the degree that thousands were saved and many more were healed, delivered and set free. We need to get that type of excitement back into our churches, communities and hearts; and there is no doubt that we can because people really do get excited about something or someone they care for, and for the Christian the excitement should be about Jesus.
God Bless You
July 6, 2009
As Christians we need to learn to put a little money aside when things are good because if we keep living tough times will come. Thus, if you employed right now don’t spend everything you have put something away for a rainy day because rain falls in everyone’s life. We can take a lesson from the ants in (Prov. 6:7-8KJV) “Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” Thus, the ant doesn’t wait until things get bad to save, the ant gathers while life is good because life sometimes presents us with lemons instead of lemonade. There are some who would say that times are so tough they can’t find a way to save but there is always a way. Maybe we bring our lunch to work instead of eating out, instead of going out to the movies maybe we stay home and rent a DVD and watch a movie and do some microwave popcorn. Thus, we need to find ways to be creative when it comes to saving money. In fact, if we are to save we can’t go and grab that money for anything, but it must be for an emergency. An emergency would be deemed to be something we didn’t expect to happen, or something beyond our control such as transmission on our car going out, not we needed to buy a new flat screen so we pulled it from the emergency fund. Saints of God, the Lord is in control and He is a healer, a way maker and all powerful, but He is also the one who has given us His word and if we follow it line upon line, precept upon precept we will find that He too expects us to save something so that everything in our lives doesn’t become a panic when it comes to dealing with money.
God Bless You
July 3, 2009
Finally, the enemy uses the weapon of Distraction to keep us from giving God the praise He desires. Distraction means to turn aside; to draw or direct (ones attention) to a different object or in a different direction at the same time.
Distraction is a powerful enemy because you can be in prayer and not be praying; you can be in a powerful worship service and not be worshipping at all. You can sing unto God, clap your hands and stomp your feet in praise and not be praising Him at all, because your heart is not in it. It’s like the Ojay’s sang back in the day “Your body is here with me but your mind is on the other side of town you messing me around.” And the truth is some of us are just messing around with God when it comes to our praise because our bodies are here at the church but our minds are somewhere else. Maybe our minds are on what we going to do when service is over; maybe it’s own our favorite TV show, maybe it’s own that girlfriend or boyfriend; maybe it’s on our financial trouble but whatever it is God doesn’t want us distracted, He wants our mind on Him; because (Isa 26:3) says “thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.”
David showed us how important it was to stay focused on God when he said “One thing I desire that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple (Psalm 27:40). Thus, he had one desire and that was to be in the presence of the Lord; and because that was his one desire distractions wasn’t a problem for him. However, the question remains for us all, is God our number one desire? When He becomes number one distraction becomes less and less of a problem for us when it comes time to give God what He deserves.
God Bless You
July 2, 2009
The second weapon the enemy uses to keep us from giving God the praise He deserves is Disappointment. Disappointment means to fail to meet the expectation or hope of; or to frustrate. Do you believe that Moses was disappointed in Pharaoh when He promised Moses time and time again that if Moses prayed unto God that the plagues would be lifted from the Egyptians he would let the Israelite’s go; only to discover that pharaoh would not let them go! Sure he was (Ref Exo.5-14). The Devil knows that a disappointed saint can’t give God the praise He deserves. Notice I said (we can’t give God the praise He deserves). Thus it doesn’t mean that we can’t or don’t praise the Lord in disappointment, it just means that we can’t give God all of us because part of us desires to praise the Lord but the other part of us is living in disappointment.
But the fact is saints we must understand that because we live in an imperfect world and we deal with imperfect people we are bound to be disappointed by some of them; we are bound to have our heart’s broken. In fact, those of us that are trying to help people in ministry win their marriages back; win their kids and families back and win their freedom back in Christ Jesus are bound to be disappointed because often times we as leaders put more into restoring marriages and homes than the couples do themselves and that’s very disappointing.
Thus, we must recognize that there is a good possibility that associates, friends and especially family may disappoint us, however, we can’t give up on them and we must trust the Lord… in and through disappointment, because a disappointed saint can’t give God the praise like He really deserves it.
Furthermore, we need to understand something about praising God. There are many ways to praise the Lord. As we praise Him some of us might dance, walk, raise our hands to the Lord, or fall on our knees. Some might sing, shout, cry or even laugh in the presence of the Lord. But what’s really important is that a believer finds a way to open up and express themselves to the Lord. There is no right way or right position as it pertains to the praise of God. The only thing that must be right is our heart before God, ready to praise Him from the depths of our soul.
God Bless You
July 1, 2009
The enemy often uses three specific weapons to keep us in bondage or to keep us from praising God the way He really deserves to be praised.
Those three are discouragement, disappointment and distraction. The one that will be discussed today is discouragement.
Discouragement means to deprive of courage or confidence or to become disheartened. The devil knows a discouraged man can’t give God the praise He deserves so God continually tells us to be strong and of a good courage. In fact, he told Joshua after Moses’ death “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid neither be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest (Joshua 1:9KJV).” Thus, there is no doubt that discouragement happens to us all but we can’t let discouragement build a home in our lives regardless of how bad it gets, and it can get really bad. That’s why God commands us “to be strong and of a good courage.”
Thus, discouragement may come, we may be discouraged about something going on in the ministry, we may be discouraged by all the bad news we are hearing in the media day after day (to the point where we say don’t nobody bring me no more bad news), we may be discouraged by the lack of money or the no money we have in our pockets, but the fact is that God is still in control; God is still on the throne, and God still has all power in his hand and He is not through with us. He is not finished shaping, making and molding us into a finished product. So when discouragement starts creeping up on you let him know he doesn’t live here anymore. When discouragement even acts like it wants to show up start praising God immediately because praise will turn discouragement into encouragement and we all need to be encouraged.
God Bless You