October 29, 2009
(Gen 3:12) “And the man said, the woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”
This is the statement Adam made to God after eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (the forbidden tree). He attempted to blame God and his wife for the problem he now finds himself in. Thus, it is so easy to blame someone else for our problem; it seems so easy to point the finger at someone else when we find ourselves in a mess. Therefore, I submit to you that the majority of all marriages that end in divorce all started because one or the other spouse in the marriage placed blame on the other instead of looking at themselves first. In our understanding of God we know that if Adam would have told God that he was sorry or that he messed up or God forgive me, I have to believe that God would have found a way to keep at home in the Garden of Eden. However, blaming his wife for his troubles brought about expulsion from the garden and separation from God; and when a husband or wife starts finger pointing in their marriage, separation won’t be far behind. The lesson we can all learn from this text is if you messed up be man/woman enough to say “I messed up”, and take responsibility for your own actions. Secondly, unless you are perfect don’t be so quick to say it’s all her fault or his fault; take a good look at yourself. In fact, you may want to ask the Lord to change you and help you see this issue from His perspective. Finally, never point the finger at God and say things like “if it were not for that woman/man you gave me”, because you need God’s help to bring you out; it’s never God’s fault because He is perfect. We could all think if it had not been for the other person I would have been better off, however the truth is you could be worse off.
God Bless You.
October 27, 2009
A true friend is one that will love you in spite of. A true friend will be there for you during the good and bad times. A true friend can talk to you even when the conversation you all are about to have is a difficult conversation indeed. In fact, a true friend will tell us the truth about ourselves when everybody else is afraid to because others are afraid of hurting our feelings. But the truth is that God knows that if we are going to become what He would have us to be sometimes our feelings will need to be hurt to get us to look at the truth about ourselves. Thus, we ought to thank God for real friends. True friends don’t come around often; true friends are not found in very many places, thus, if you got one don’t forget to say thanks for the good, as well as, the hard conversations, because it’s in the hard conversations where we find whether our friendship is true or not.
It’s true that there is no friend like Jesus but though we feel him in our hearts; though we know He is real, He is not someone we can reach out and touch, and sometimes we need someone we can touch, someone that will put their arms around us and tell us it will be okay, and then give us the tough love we still need to hear. In talking about this true friend the writer of (Proverbs 27:5-6) put it this way “Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Hence, be a true friend; don’t give someone a kiss on the cheek and tell them how good they look and how well they are doing only to turn around and blast them in the company of someone else, because that’s not a true friend that’s a so called friend with a Judas kiss which will eventually become the kiss of an enemy.
God Bless You
October 26, 2009
(2 Cor. 5:20), says “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God”.
An ambassador: is a political appointee whose job is to represent and speak for his/her government before the rulers of other countries. As the word “ambassador” is defined, that is our role as Christians. We have been charged with representing and speaking for the kingdom of heaven on earth. An ambassador never shares his own point of view, he only shares the point of view of the government for which he represents, and as Christians we represent the Kingdom of God. In fact, (St. Luke 17:21) says “Neither shall they say lo here, or lo there, for behold, the kingdom of God is within you”. We have been charged by the God the Father, to represent Jesus Christ, and say only what He said and do only what He would do. That’s why as an ambassador for Christ, it is important to know the rules and regulations of the Kingdom for which we represent. Those rules are found in the bible. Thus, we must know the rules to be an effective ambassador if we are going to change the kingdom of earth, into the kingdom of heaven. Furthermore, the kingdom of earth will only become the kingdom of heaven when that which we speak from the word of God, is lived out in the earth. Remember, the Apostle Peter said we were “strangers and pilgrims on this earth”; and David said in (Psalms 119:19) “that he was a stranger on the earth”. This is not our home if we are Christians; we are citizens of heaven first. Therefore, we should represent the Lord as such.
God Bless You.
October 23, 2009
The disciples asked Jesus “who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven”? Then Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said “verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matt: 18:1-3)
What Jesus was trying to show the disciples is the parallel relationship of a child to his parents and the relationship of a child of God to his heavenly Father.
In the relationship of a child and parents on earth there are at least three characteristics that a child shows to his/her parents to communicate need.
1. Dependence: a child depends on his/her parents for provision; until that child is an adult they are looking for their parents to provide food, shelter, clothing, direction and discipline; their total dependence is upon their parents.
2. Trust: it seems no matter how hard we are on our children, for the most part, they continue to trust us throughout the relationship. We discipline our children and they are mad about it for a little while, but eventually their love and trust of us comes back around.
3. Child like humility: a child wants to be a child; they want to play with plastic men and toy dolls; they want to watch power rangers, and the Children’s Network; they want to wrestle with daddy in the middle of the living room floor. Little girls want to play in mommy’s hair so that one day she can learn how to do her own. In fact, they have a desire to be around their parents when they are children. The thing that has happened in most Christian households is that we have tried to raise our kids too fast, instead of allowing them to be kids. We introduce them to sin way too early; many of them are watching rap videos before they are barely out of diapers, we introduce them to violent play station games before they are out of elementary school, and then we wonder what happened to my child! Well you grew them up too fast.
But Jesus said that we had to become as little children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven… Jesus is looking for those who would come to Him with the understanding that they are totally dependent upon him (He is their provider). He is looking for those who would trust Him no matter the situation, and finally He is looking for those who will come to Him with child like Humility. God is looking for those that want to be held in his arms, those that want to be picked up, even as our young children would want to be. He wants us to trust and depend on Him even as our children had to trust and depends on us for provision.
God Bless You
October 22, 2009
(Rom 13:8) “Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”
The Lord has encouraged us in various places throughout the scriptures to come out of debt. He has encouraged us to do so because debt is designed to bind; it’s designed to keep us from doing for God what we would really like to do. In fact, it keeps the body of Christ talking more about tithes and offerings than it does the real power of God because most people sitting in the pews are worried more about how they’re going to pay the light bill than what God wants to do. In fact, the world has even told us that there are such things as good and bad debt, when the fact is that all of it (even your mortgage is just debt) and with debt comes risk. Not to mention, that debt takes away our ability to build wealth now for the days of retirement, because if we keep living there will come a day where we can’t work, then what do we do? If God has provided us with income the last 20-40 years he has already provided us a way to build wealth we just didn’t handle it properly.
However, there is one debt that we who are Christians can never repay, and that’s the debt called love. Paul told us to owe no man anything, but to love one another. Thus, we can never love someone enough. We will never get to the place where we can say we loved someone more than enough. Love is a debt that can never be repaid. No matter how much one has loved he/she is still under obligation to continue to love. Oh yes the cars, the credit cards, the finance companies and even the mortgages can and should be paid off but love will never (as long as we are on this earth) be repaid. The Apostle Paul put it this way “Now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” Thus, don’t be afraid to love because God is love.
God Bless You
October 21, 2009
In the world in which we live in today, man (which includes woman as well) seems to think they know what’s right for their lives. They seem to think they have the majority, if not all of their lives figured out; somehow the thought is “I know what’s best for my life”. However, God is not impressed with our autonomy (independence); God understands that without Him we are headed down a dangerous path. He knows that we were not created to govern ourselves, because He told King Solomon in (Prov. 14:12-16:25) “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”. Thus, without the Lord Jesus Christ leading our lives (for real) we could possibly believe we are headed in the right direction, when in fact, we are headed in the wrong direction. All of us have made this statement at one point and time in our lives “if I had the opportunity to do it all over again, I would have done it differently”; that’s because when we had the opportunity to do it right the first time, we didn’t ask God what He thought about it. We didn’t count up the cost of what we were really trying to do, thus, we wasted years of our lives trying to accomplish something that God was never in agreement with, and this is happened since we’ve been saved. In essence, man needs to see his life from God’s perspective. Listen, I don’t speak to you has one who has arrived, because I have tried to operate in a way which seems right (outside of the will God) only to find out later on that I was just wrong. Therefore, I have decided to follow the God who knows my down-sitting and my up-rising; the God who knows my thoughts before I think them; the God who knows the words that will come out of my mouth before I speak them; the God who is acquainted with all my ways. The God who created me and told me I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
God Bless You.
October 20, 2009
(1st Thess. 2:18) “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.”
Saints of God we must understand that anytime we are attempting to do something for the Kingdom of God, Satan will do all he can to hinder (stop, impede progress or delay) that work. We see his hindering spirit at work as he attempts to keep Paul from visiting with the saints at Thessalonica; we see it also in the book of Nehemiah as he uses men in an attempt to hinder the work of rebuilding the wall. We also see it in his attempt to distract Jesus from the work He was called to do after His wilderness test of (Matt 4).
Thus, we know if Satan would attempt to hinder their work for the kingdom we too must expect the same. However, the hindering spirit won’t get the victory over those believers who have a made up mind to serve God. The spirit of the hinderer won’t stop those who have a hunger for winning in the name of Jesus; it won’t stop those who have made it their mission in life to do something great for God before they die. If our goal is to do something for God outside of seeing ourselves saved then we can expect the spirit of the hinderer to rise up, but we must declare that it won’t have a resting place in our lives nor our ministries because if we let a hindering spirit live with us we will spend our lives getting things done late or not at all. And that’s just the way the devil would have it, either getting it done for God out of season where it has very little affect or not getting it done at all is what he would really prefer.
God Bless You