August 19, 2009
Here is a young man by the name of Joseph who finds himself thrown into prison due to false accusations that he attempted to rape the wife of Potiphar, who was an officer of Pharaoh. During his time in prison there came a chief butler and a chief baker who were sent to prison by the house of pharaoh. These two men began to have dreams which they couldn’t interpret and Joseph by the power of God interpreted these dreams for them. In the process of time the chief butler was raised up to serve Pharaoh again and the only thing Joseph asked of him was (Gen 40:14) “But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and show kindness I pray thee unto me and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house”. In other words, when you make it big don’t forget about me. Well we know how that went because the chief butler did forget (Gen 40:23). The butler didn’t seem to remember until Pharaoh started having dreams, and when his dreams aren’t interpreted people start dying.
Thus, what Christians should learn from this is people will be all up in our faces when they have a need. When things really get bad in their lives they want you to pray, they want you to fast, and they want you to cry out on their behalf. But when they hit the big time; when they have made it over, you will seem to be the furthest thing from their mind until they need you again. Thus, the chief butler remembered Joseph only after the problem with dream interpretation came to the throne room. With that said, the challenge for every believer is to be there when we are needed, don’t worry if they ever look back to say thank you, and know that there is one thing that is for sure man may forget about you, but God never will.
(Ref. Gen 40:41)
God Bless You
August 18, 2009
As Christians, if we are going to overcome the enemy of our souls, if we are ever going to experience victory, we must do it through the blood of Jesus. For there is power in the blood, there is peace in the blood, there is salvation in the blood, and there is certainly deliverance in the blood of Jesus. (Rev 12:11) tells us “That they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death”. We also find another component at work in this quest for victory over the enemy and that is the (word); we have to learn to speak and believe what God said in his word about our situations, and in fact, speak the word only, (as Jesus did) when dealing with our enemy, our mind and even our flesh.
Finally, the last component of this scripture is the death of their own lives; people who are really creating havoc in hell for the gospels sake, are people who have died to the life they once knew, and have become alive to the work-purpose and mission of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul said it best in (Col 3:3), “For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God”. In other words, your life as a Christian is no longer your own.
God Bless You
August 17, 2009
(Psalms 138:8 KJV) “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hand”.
Those of us who are in Christ, who have received him as Lord and savior know that we are a work in progress. We understand that we have not arrived and everyday there is an opportunity to be changed even more into the image of Jesus Christ. In fact, the only place that Christians should be concerned with arriving at is heaven when we hope to hear him say one day “well done thy good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord”. Thus, if we are to really make it to heaven there is some unfinished business that God still needs to attend to in our lives; there is still some perfecting that must take place in our lives. Maybe some of that unfinished business is allowing God to show us how to be more compassionate or loving. Maybe we need to allow God to show us how to be more forgiving and patient with people. Maybe we need to get some things from our past worked out with those that have hurt us in some way so that we can begin to really walk in our future. Whatever our situation is, and wherever we find ourselves the good news is if we will allow God to finish perfecting us; if we will allow him to finish shaping, making and molding us; if we will allow him to finish the business that he started in us He will finish the work and maybe those of us who really allow him to have his way in our lives might actually get to heaven one day.
God Bless You
August 13, 2009
(Rom. 13:10) “Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law”.
The Apostle Paul spends quite a bit of his time telling us what the love of God is and is not in (1Cor. 13), and with that understanding we get an idea that love does not attempt to bring any ill will to his neighbor. Thus, Love is not out to hurt us purposely. Love doesn’t look for reasons to bring about pain and anguish to our lives unless its purpose is to draw us closer to God.
Love is the fulfilling of the law because if we love one another as God said to love, then keeping the Ten Commandments won’t be a problem. The law says “Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”… when we love everybody as Christ did, [because he died for us all], then committing these type of acts will not be possible in our lives because of the love of God inside of us. Thus, love is the root of the fruit of the Spirit and all the other fruit of the Spirit flow out of the love of God, because God is love. Therefore, without the love of God in our lives there is no real joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness…etc; yes there can be temporary peace and even joy, but nothing that really last. Therefore, we must make sure that our love walk is right with God and the fruit of the Spirit should radiate from our being.
God Bless You
August 12, 2009
(MATT 6:10), Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.
As a Christian, God desires for us to manifest the kingdom of heaven on earth. He takes that which is visible (the believer), and brings to past that which is invisible to the natural eye (the kingdom of heaven), through the heart of the believer. That’s why Jesus instructed the disciples in prayer, to pray “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. What a responsibility for the believer, to allow God to use us to bring that which is in heaven down to the earth to be seen and felt by all mankind. And in the days and times we live in, the kingdom of heaven on earth needs to come quickly. As Christians then, what should we be expecting from the kingdom to be released in the earth? We should expect God to use us to bring about love, joy , peace, forgiveness, consistent prayer-praise and worship, comfort to weary souls, and deliverance from the bondage of sin, just to name a few. Remember God wants to move through us to bring the kingdom of heaven down to earth so that our days on earth would have a taste of heaven.
He even left us a word in (ST. Luke 17:21), “Neither shall they say lo here, or lo there, for behold the kingdom of God is within you”. All our days on earth may not be like Sunday morning, but they don’t have to be hell either, look on the inside of you, there you will find a taste of the Kingdom.
God Bless You.
August 11, 2009
(Gen 30:22) “And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her and opened her womb”.
Here is the story of a young wife who desperately wanted to bear children with her husband but could not. As she patiently waited for God to deliver she had to endure as she watched her sister Leah and her handmaid bear children. She even watched her own hand maiden bear children, however, she was barren. But in the fullness of time God remembered Rachel, opened her womb and allowed her to conceive one of the most powerful men in the scriptures by the name of Joseph. I said all of that to say this, sometimes we can become jealous or even envious (Gen 30:1) as we watch others being blessed even as Rachel did during her time of barrenness. But if we live our lives in obedience to God; if we wait patiently on him and believe him for our own tailor made blessing God will come through for us. He may not come through when we think He ought to, he may not even bless us the way we planned; however, when he does come through it’s better than what we could even ask or think. God understands our pain; he knows what challenges we face, but he also knows we must go through what we have to go through to learn what we have to learn. However, in our going through remember that God hadn’t forgotten about us and as one songwriter said “Your blessing, blessing is coming through”.
God Bless You
August 7, 2009
(James 2:26) “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also”.
Even as the spirit of man separated from the physical body brings about physical death, so faith apart from works is dead also. Faith is an action word; thus, true faith in God will display itself by the way we live. If we have true faith in God it will display itself in our obedience to God, it will display itself in how we treat our fellowman, it will also display itself in how we love one another, and it will also display itself in how we handle our affairs. There can be no real faith without some Godly works. There can be no faith without Godly behavior. Hence saints, what we do or not do does matter; how we carry ourselves does matter, and what we really believe will be displayed in our behavior.
Our faith must be a living, breathing and active faith, to the degree that people can tell you have faith simply by the way you live. James went on further about this faith when he said “show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works”. That statement was important because people say a lot of things that they can’t live; people say a lot of things that they can’t back up, but it’s those who can live it that matters. It’s those who can display that work of faith that really makes the difference. Thus, true faith has got to do more than just talk it out; true faith must walk it out.
God Bless You