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