September 16, 2009
As I was reading the 42nd and 43rd book of Psalms, I noticed that King David made reference to the same scripture twice. And anytime someone repeats the same statement more than once you should pay close attention to it because it is obviously important to them. What David said was “Why art thou cast down, o my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him who is the health of my countenance and my God” (Psalms 42:11-43:5). What we see here is David is depressed, he is troubled, and he may even be stressed out. However, he doesn’t stay in that state of mind very long, he has hope in God. In other words, he expects God to move and bring him out of this situation, this state of mind at anytime. You see, though he is down, he is not hopeless; though he is Gods man, he still finds himself in a state of real discouragement. Thus, in the midst of his stressed state of mind, he says my hope is in God, and I will praise Him.
What we learn from David is Christians can and will get stressed, distressed and discouraged sometime. We also learn that in the life of the believer your situation is never hopeless. Finally, we learn you don’t have to stay in that state of mind long, because your praise of God and your hope in God can provide deliverance for you right in the midst of your situation. Thus, for the Christian, deliverance is available to you, and depression, oppression and suppression can be placed under our feet as we place our hope in God and raise a praise to him.
God Bless You.
September 15, 2009
Life in and of itself is short and because of that we need to live everyday like it’s our last. That means we should treat people the way we desire to be treated or better yet for the Christian we should treat people the way God would treat them which means we should treat everyone with love and respect. Saints of God because we don’t know when God is going to call us home or when He is going to comeback it’s important that we examine our relationship with God on a daily basis. However, it’s important that we examine our relationship not based on what we think but based on what God thinks and says in His word. Hence, we need to be in a bible believing and bible teaching ministry so we can get the right understanding of how to live this Christian life. Is the time drawing nigh, sure it is, because every day we live is a day closer to that meeting day with our maker.
Thus, before we attempt to make our calling an election sure, let us be sure that our walk as a Christian is set on a sure foundation. Because there are many who proclaim to be walking in their calling, operating in the titles of pastors, prophet, evangelist…etc, that isn’t even saved. And the one thing that would be sad as a leader is to save others and miss heaven ourselves. Hence, while we know the time is short because (1 Thess: 5:1-2) says “But of the times and seasons, brethren ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night”; then we who claim to know our God must live our lives with an ever watching eye toward heaven because any day now He could crack the sky or call us home but in any case we have to be ready.
God Bless You
September 14, 2009
When we examine the life of Jesus, we see a savior that’s all powerful; we see a savior who has operated in victory all the way to the cross, in spite of His sufferings. We see a savior who feed at least 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish: He raised Lazarus from the dead, cleansed the lepers and opened the eyes of the blind; he even spoke peace to the storm and it stood still. I said all of that to say this, God is more than enough to meet our needs; He is more than enough to fix our situation; He is more than enough to heal our marriages, our bodies, our finances, our job situation, even our relationships with our children all at the same time, because He is God and beside Him there is no other. Look, God told Jeremiah “Call unto me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not”. He also said (Jer 32:27) “I am the Lord; God of all flesh is there anything too hard for me”. You see if you have some issues going on in your life right now, and they seem to be broken, they seem to be beyond repair, believe God for the healing and the change that will come if you would sincerely give your life and your issues to Him. We all have problems and situations going on in our lives at one point or the other. However, many have come to realize that when we do have a problem, it’s not exclusively our problem, because God is with us. Thus, we are not in this thing alone. That’s why David was able to say in (Psalm 23:4) “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”. Thus, if you are born again you are not alone you have a heavenly Father that knows and cares about your situation and will meet the need in His time.
God Bless You!
September 10, 2009
As Christians we know that the kingdom of God is in us, according to (St. Luke 17:21), and because of that we then have access to all that is in the Kingdom of God. We have an inheritance that no man can take away; however, we can give it away. We know that because Adam gave away the Garden of Eden in Genesis to Satan. Jesus came and took back the kingdom because John proclaimed repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Thus for those of us who are Christians our position right now is in the Kingdom of God. In that kingdom we have inherited a number of things such as salvation which opens the door to other gifts like peace, joy, love, faith, temperance…etc. We have also inherited the right to plead the blood of Jesus and use His authority over every situation; we have inherited dominion, we have inherited all that’s needed to sustain life on earth. We must remember, that (Psalm 24:1) says “The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell there-in”. Therefore, if all that is in the world is in the hand of the Father, we then have access to it through the name of Jesus Christ in prayer. (Matt. 7:7) says “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. There are so many things that we have inherited from the Father as kingdom kids, don’t allow the Devil to steal it. Furthermore, don’t give your inheritance away.
God Bless You
September 9, 2009
(Prov. 4:26) “Ponder the path of thy feet and let all thy ways be established.”
Most people spend their lives wandering aimlessly through life with no plan. They tend to wake up day after day and declare to themselves “oh it’s just another day” unless it’s Friday. Most people live their lives wishing for Friday just rushing their lives away. Many work all their lives and never put a financial plan together, somehow believing that they will win the lottery, the checks in the mail or the Lord will provide, and the truth is that if we are gainfully employed right now the Lord is providing us a way to save for a rainy day because the rain will eventually come.
However, as Christians we shouldn’t spend our lives not paying attention to where we are going. We shouldn’t spend our lives just wandering aimlessly in the wilderness without any plan. In fact, we know of some people who spent 40 years in the wilderness wandering aimlessly because they wouldn’t obey God. Thus, those who ponder the path of their feet and allow their ways to be established are those who obey God; those who when they don’t have a plan aren’t afraid to reach out and say I don’t know, I don’t have a plan and I need help in bringing this plan to life. There is a plan and a purpose for all of God’s people and it’s not only what He called us to do in the church or the body of Christ, but it’s also wrapped up in how we handle our personal affairs. Thus, we must write the vision and make it plain even more in our personal lives and not spend some of the best days of our lives wandering aimlessly.
God Bless You
September 8, 2009
If you are a born again believer, God is not through with you yet. You may not be perfect but you are being perfected by the hand of God everyday. Thus, (Phil 1:6) says “Being confident of this very thing that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”. As Christians we must be assured that God is changing us, God is rearranging us and that God is growing us up. Hence, there are ways that we can be confident that God is performing a good work in our lives by examining our word life, prayer life and our overall lifestyle. Don’t allow the world, your flesh, the devil or even your own mind to convince you that God is not maturing you. Child of God you are a work in progress; you are men/women under construction of the hand of God; you are clay in the hand of the potter. Don’t allow people that are not actively praying for you to dictate who you will be or who you are in Christ Jesus. Know for yourself and be assured that you are in Christ and Christ is in you. The Apostle Paul knew how it felt to be a work in progress, for he said “I die daily” (1 Cor 15:31). Thus, everyday a little more of Paul was dying, so that Christ would live; everyday a little more of Paul’s thoughts –ways and actions were dying that Christ’s thoughts-ways and actions might live in him. Therefore, you will have to allow the same things to happen in your life that you might continue to be a work in progress by the hand of God. If he did it for Apostle Paul he will do it for you because God is not a respecter of persons.
God Bless You!
September 7, 2009
The Joy of the Lord is imperative to our lives because without it we will spend many of our days in confusion, frustration and misery. The Apostle Paul says “Rejoice always again I say rejoice” because without that daily renewal of Joy men will wither up and slowly die. Saints of God to wither means to lose vitality, force or freshness; to make speechless or incapable of action; to dry up or become sapless. Thus, we find this trait more often in men than women because women aren’t afraid to give God the praise; women aren’t afraid to talk about their issues and needs; women aren’t afraid to cry out to God.
However, it tends to take us men a little longer to get to that point and some never get to the place where they will praise God openly, or pray openly or cry out to God openly. And when we hinder God’s access to our lives we hinder our access to Joy, and the lack of Joy brings on the spirit of the withering. Joel said it best to the men of Judah “The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomengranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men (Joel 1:12).” Pay attention to your joy meter and if it’s running low raise a praise to the Lord and watch it begin to rise.
God Bless You