The Furnace of Affliction

August 31, 2009

If it had not been for trouble in our lives many of us would have never turned to God. If it had not been for some serious adversity, many of us would not have even looked Gods way. However, trouble in our lives will cause us to take a look at where we’re going-what we’re doing and where we’ve been. Trouble will make us examine everything about ourselves. And because God knew that we would never look His way as long as everything was going great in our lives, He allowed the enemy to lead us into a furnace of affliction so we would have to call on Him to bring us out. In fact, (Isa. 48:10) says “Behold, I have refined thee but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. Thus, it is in the furnace of affliction where we start looking for God, when it seems all hell is breaking loose in our lives, where the fires of trouble are turned up hotter than we would have ever imagined; where we look to our right and there’s no help, we look to the left and there’s no help, we look behind us and there’s no help, until finally we begin to look to the hill from whence cometh our help, because all our help comes from the Lord which made heaven and earth (Psalm 121: 1-2). God allows our enemy to put us in a place where we have run out of answers and our only solution is God. It is in the furnace of affliction where He chooses us; because finally God has gotten our undivided attention that we now might make the choice to choose Him. Trouble can make us or break us; hopefully it will make us into what God would have us to be.

God Bless You!

The Need Is Met In Him

August 28, 2009

As Christians we must understand that everything we need that pertains to life is found in Jesus. If we need healing it’s in him; if we need peace of mind it’s in Jesus; if we need abundant life it’s in him. If we need a miracle it’s in him; if we need patience it’s in him, joy it’s in him. Every gift and talent we need to excel in the way of righteousness is in Christ Jesus. However, what He requires from us in order to receive those blessings is obedience, faith in God and a seeking knowledge of more of him. We know that all things are in him because (2nd Peter 1:3) says “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and Godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”.

Thus, the question must be asked, what is it that we find ourselves in need of? Whatever it is Jesus is more than capable of providing it. He is more than enough. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. He is the sustainer of life and the author and finisher of our faith. If we have a need and it hasn’t been provided for the failure is never in God, it’s always in us. It’s either something we have or have not done, or it could be something as simple as waiting on God to come through for us. But God always shows up. Maybe not when we think or how we thought He should but he always does. Thus, all needs are met in him.

God Bless You

Fight Back

August 26, 2009

Real Christians have been taught by God how to war. They have been taught how to take a licking and keep on ticking. They have been taught how to get back up after being knocked down time and time again. Ultimately, the Lord has taught the believer how to fight back. In fact, David said “Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war and my fingers to fight (Psalm 144:1)”. Thus, it’s not the physical fighting that impresses God it’s the spiritual fighting that he desires for us to perfect. Those who fight back are those who don’t quit when adversity comes; those who fight back are those who don’t run when faced with a challenge but will get on their knees before God as long as it takes to get the victory. If that means praying all night they are willing to do it. If that means praising him a little longer they are prepared to do it. If that means taking our fingers and searching through the word of God looking for answers to the problem they are up to the task. Thus, to teach our hands to war and our fingers to fight is to lift those hands up high in praise to God as a sign of worship and surrender to him that He is all and all, and that we are helpless without him. Hence, child of God we don’t allow adversity to cause us to faint, quit or become less than what God said we could be. What we do is we fight back in prayer, praise, word and worship because those elements will cause God to fight on our behalf. Therefore saints, encourage yourself to fight back when you are faced with the trials and tribulations of life.

God Bless You

Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord

August 25, 2009

(Isa. 2:3) “And many people shall go and say, come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem”.

This text was talking about the coming of the Lord’s Kingdom but I think it’s still relevant for today in that we all need to be consistent in showing up at the house of God if we expect to be taught the Lord’s ways and to be taught how to walk in his paths. This house of God that I’m talking about is the one Christians call their church home, the one where we claim to be members at. It seems today that going to the house of God on Sunday mornings is something that was good for our parent’s and grandparent’s but not as important to us. It seems as if many of us believe that we can be taught the way of the Lord sitting at home on the couch watching the televangelist; it seems as if many believe they can learn to walk in the path of the Lord without ever showing up to the house of the Lord.

The truth is that if we are really going to grow up in the things of God; if we are really going to learn to walk in his ways and follow the path of the Lord properly we can’t do it alone. We must find our way to the house of God consistently to see, hear and feel what God is doing in the lives of others. We must be taught the ways of the Lord through the mouthpiece of God (his leadership) by going to the very place where they will be found on Sunday morning which is the house of God. We won’t get all we need from God through our own thought process of him; neither will we get the encouragement to stand at times on our own. Thus, it behooves all of us who claim Jesus Christ as Lord and savior to get to the house of God the house of Jacob’s God to be taught to walk and talk in the way of the Lord.

God Bless You

3-Sexual Communication

August 24, 2009

The third form of communication is sexual communication. Making love can only be done by a husband and his wife. Thus, because God is love, then making love is created by the one who is love and that’s God. Anything outside the marriage bed is just sex and sin, it is within the marriage where love is created, and in a Christian marriage, if you want love to be manifested throughout your home, it must start in your bedroom; make love and love will be created in your home. Conversely, if you don’t make love in your home then love won’t be created. I know some out there may disagree but the Apostle Paul said “Let the husband render to the wife due benevolence: and likewise the wife to the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body but the wife” (1 Cor. 7:3-4). To render due benevolence is to have consistent sexual encounters with your spouse. To abstain from making love is to bring about friction in the home, frustration in the home, temptation in the home and even fantasy; because if a spouse can’t touch and love what they have at home, they are going to touch and seek attention in other places, because we were made to love.
Finally, to withhold your body from your spouse is sin and it is an open door for Satan to come into your home and once you invite Satan in he will not want to leave without a fight. If your marriage is important to you at all don’t forget to communicate verbally, non-verbally and sexually. If you are having problems in those areas don’t let pride tare your marriage apart, get you some help, such as a counselor or pastor. Because your marriage is bigger than just you two, there are other’s that are depending on you not only to survive in your marriage but to thrive in your marriage.

God Bless you.

2 Non-verbal Communication

August 21, 2009

The second form of communication in marriage is non-verbal communication. The old saying is that actions speak louder than words, and if you have been married for any length of time you can watch the body language of your spouse and know when he/she is happy, mad or sad. However, to all the wives out there today, who believe that you have talked-talked and talked some more but seem to be getting no where, God said if you want to win your husband without saying a word just live a holy lifestyle. (1 Pt. 3:1) says “Likewise ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that if any obey not the word, they may also without the word be won by the conversation ( lifestyle) of the wives”; Peter continues with this flow in (3:4) of the same book , when he says “to win your husband let it be with the hidden man of the heart, that which is of a meek and quiet spirit”. Our Father in heaven believes that if the wife will love God, speak well of their husband, support him, submit to him and pray for him, that victory in your marriage is possible. That’s not to say it would be easy, but it does come down to what you want and whether you believe God for the victory as well. Non-verbal communication is important on behalf of both parties in the marriage, it’s not only important to speak well but it’s also important to live well.

God Bless You

Verbal Communication

August 20, 2009

There are at least three forms of communication in a marriage, and over the next few days, I would like to talk a little about those three. The first form of communication to be discussed is verbal communication. If Christian marriages are going to be strong, if they are going to be marriages that God can use to strengthen other marriages, husbands and wives must talk to one another. It’s important that you talk not argue, for (Eph 4:29) says “ Let no corrupt communication proceed from your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers”. As husbands and wives talk to one another, allow your speech to be such that it builds your spouse up and not tare them down; allow your speech to be such that your words minister grace into the ears and heart of your spouse (to minister grace is to put your spouse in a position where he/she can hear and receive what you are saying); because it’s not only important what you say, but it’s also equally important, how you say it.
To all the men out there, it’s been said that men are poor communicators when it comes to talking to their wives and on some level there is some truth to that, because we can talk to anybody about our favorite sport and favorite player, but we still don’t know what it takes to bring a smile to our wives face. However, it’s time to get past that and begin to really start talking to our wives because if we don’t talk to them, Satan surely will. Remember, Satan hates marriage because it is ordained by God and he will use whatever means necessary to destroy it, and lack of communication is a good start.

God Bless You.