September 30, 2009
(Eph 5:15-16) “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil.”
To walk circumspectly is to be cautious, to be careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences. Or to put it in Christian vernacular it means that the Christian should live their lives watching and praying. We should examine our conduct to see if it’s in line with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those who walk circumspectly are constantly examining themselves in the mirror of the Holy Spirit. Thus, we not only examine ourselves based on our strengths but we examine our weaknesses as well. And what we should find is that there are a lot more weaknesses than there are strengths when we are looking at our lives in the mirror of the Holy Spirit instead of looking at our lives in the mirror of other people.
Those who walk circumspectly know the only real way to examine themselves truthfully is through the eyes of the Holy Spirit and that type of self examination will always keep us humble, on our knees and pressing toward the mark of the high calling of God for our lives. To walk circumspectly is to live everyday like it could be our last because we never really know when God is going to call us home. Thus, we live our lives as if today could be that day; we live our lives with an eye on heaven even though we live on earth. Hence, we make every attempt to redeem the time because we know the days are short and very evil.
God Bless You
September 28, 2009
In the world which we live there are times when we could start to wonder whether or not God is in control but the fact is that He is in control now, was in control in the past, and will be in control in the future. There were some who had that same thought during the life of the prophet Isaiah, but He shut all that down when He prophesied (Isa: 9:6) “For unto us a son is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” And we who are believers have seen this prophecy come to fruition in the life of Jesus Christ. Thus, we know that our God the Lord Jesus Christ is still in control today to the degree that the Government is upon His shoulders.
God understands exactly what’s going on. God is not surprised by the leaders He has in place, because He knew they would be there from the beginning of time. Thus, because the government is upon His shoulders we can trust that everything in government, everything in leadership is going to be alright. The believers charge is pray for our government officials and trust that the one who is a wonderful counselor, the one who is the mighty God, the one who is the everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace might have the opportunity to speak to a leaders heart and direct him/her in how they should lead because leadership on any level is never an easy job.
God Bless You
September 25, 2009
Every Christian that claims to have the peace of God doesn’t necessarily have it. In fact, the peace of God and peace of mind is a precious commodity these days; however, the lord has given us a path to peace in His word. Thus, the final four attributes in the formula for peace are:
• Delight yourself in the Lord: In other words, take pleasure in Him; enjoy Jesus. Those that delight themselves in the Lord are those who are students of His word; they find themselves consistently and persistently in the word of God. It’s not something they feel obligated to do, but they enjoy reading the word of God. Those who delight themselves in the Lord don’t need others to convince them or encourage them to serve the Lord because they do it willingly and faithfully.
• Commit your way to the Lord: Those who commit their ways (all of their ways) to the Lord are the people whose thought life and direction will be guided by the Lord. In fact, (Prov. 16:3) says, “commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established”.
• Rest in the Lord: To rest in the Lord is to live and experience the promises of God. To rest is not to grow weary or give up in our service to God when adversity or difficult times come, but to cast our cares upon Him, knowing that He cares for us and that He will sustain us, no matter what we face.
• Wait on the Lord: This seems to be one of the hardest things for Christians to do is wait on the Lord, because the world has taught us that we should have what we want right now. We live in an instant society, we have instant credit, instant oatmeal and thanks to the microwave, you can even have your dinner in an instant. Furthermore, you can even get your income tax return done and your refund all in a matter of hours, when it used to take weeks for this process. However, God expects us to wait patiently on Him; for (Psalms 27:14) says, “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart, wait I say on the Lord”.
God Bless You.
September 24, 2009
The Lord gives us an outline, a path, even a formula for peace, for believers that will follow. In this two part series I am going to talk about at least eight steps I have found to be helpful in my pursuit of the peace of God according to (Psalm 37:1-7).
• Fret not thyself: Don’t worry about what the world is doing, or even what the devil is doing. What really matters is what God is doing; because if we understand Him and what He is doing, he will reveal to us the tricks and schemes of the world and the devil. Worry is nothing but a form of negative meditation. When we worry we ponder negative thoughts over and over again which can create destruction and torment in our lives.
• Don’t be envious: Envy and jealousy is not of God. As a Christian you don’t have to be envious of something another man/woman has, because “the earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein (Psalm 24:1)”. Thus, if the earth is the Lords and all that’s in it, you have access to the things that are needful to sustain life and life more abundantly.
• Trust in the Lord: This is a major point in our walk with God, as it pertains to peace. We have to trust Him, and in trusting God we can’t lean unto our own understanding; we can’t lean toward what we think or what we feel or even what we believe about a situation in our life. The only thing that matters is what God thinks. If we continue to serve God our trust in Him will be put to the test.
• Do good: In other words, do what’s right, do it because it’s right and do it the right way. We will never go wrong operating in righteousness…being in right standing with God and man. Thus, we must treat others’ the way the Lord would treat us (with Love).
God Bless You.
September 23, 2009
(Psalms 46:5) “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her and that right early.”
God is in the midst of His bride, which is the Church. Thus, the church shall not be moved. The church shall not follow every wind of doctrine; the church shall not be moved by every new age movement that comes along; the church shall not fail, falter or give up because God is in the midst of her, and if you are a believer you are the church. The church which Jesus Christ is the head of shall not be moved, even though there are times when life is challenging. The church shall not be moved even though life in and of itself can be uncertain, unstable and sometimes on very shaky ground. The church which lives in each individual believer shall not give in even when times are tough because greater is He that is within us than He that is in the world.
The truth is that regardless of what some may say the Church is still here, it’s still vibrant, it’s still very relevant and though we struggle we have help from the Father because the word says “God shall help her and that right early”. Thus, don’t worry about the horse that’s pulling the cart going blind and you never crossing the finish line, you just stay on the horse and hold onto the reins and God will see you across the finish line. Hence, because God is in the midst of us the charge is to hold on to God and let him finish what He has started in us regardless of what our position is in life. He is in our midst and He will help right early. The help may not come when we think it ought to but when it comes it comes just in time. Thus saints, hold on because God is not going to let His Church go under.
God Bless You
September 22, 2009
Jesus understood the power of unity. He understood what would happen if at least two believers came together in His name. In fact, He said in (Matt 18:20) “For where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them.” When Jesus made this statement He wasn’t talking about the saints coming together to sale chicken dinners; He wasn’t talking about the saints coming together to sale Krispy Kremes donuts, although I’m not against it at all. However, Jesus was saying if Christians would get in agreement with His word in prayer, there would be nothing they couldn’t accomplish together. You see the truth is we can get more done together in Jesus name, than we can by ourselves. One Hundred and twenty believers got in agreement with God in the upper room and the Holy Ghost fell and the new testament church was birthed (Acts 2); twelve disciples got in agreement with God and turned the world upside down and one of them had a devil; the Father-Son and the Holy Spirit came together in (Gen 1:26) and said “Let us make man” and declared it was “very good”. Therefore, if we as Christians want to see our school system change, if we want to take our communities back from the thug; if we want to see young men stop killing one another over the colors they wear, we must come together as one and break the power of the devil in the heavenlies first through prayer and intercession, then we must be willing to become visible in our neighborhoods. However, we must do it together; this won’t be a problem our police department can solve, Gods people must be willing to eradicate this problem and any others we face on our knees.
God Bless You.
September 17, 2009
Our heart is central to our being because so many things attach themselves to us through our heart (that part of us where the will, intellect and emotions reside). This heart is so important to Jesus that the scripture says “Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov 4:23). The word also tells us that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt 12:34). However, there is the merry heart that King Solomon speaks about in (Prov. 17:22 KJV) where he says “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones”. Thus, there is nothing like a merry heart for the believer because it’s like medicine for the soul; it’s like an energy drink for a worn out body; it’s like an on time word from an on time God after a long season of trials and tribulations that brings us to a place of freedom and victory.
Hence, because this merry heart is so important for the believer we can’t allow anything or anybody to minister or taint our hearts. We can’t allow the devil to say or do anything he wants to in our presence. We can’t allow anybody to speak things or do things in our presence that’s ungodly because it could be damaging to our merry hearts. Further, in order to maintain these merry hearts we need to have a real strong relationship with God because there are so many things going on in the world that challenges our heart life on a daily basis. However, because we know our heart is being challenged we must ask the Holy Spirit to guard our hearts on a daily basis so we don’t say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing and compromise our witness for God. Thus, our heart can be in one place or another from moment to moment but the goal is a merry heart for it is healing for the soul.
God Bless You