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