A Broken And Contrite Spirit

November 30, 2009

In the Body of Christ you often hear people say they are seeking the presence, power and anointing of God; but if we want the presence of God to be evident in our lives, we must operate in a contrite and humble spirit. When a Christian operates in a contrite and humble spirit, you want have to look for God because God is actually looking for you. God wants to hang out with people that operate in a contrite {repentant} and a humble spirit {not seeing themselves too high or too low, but as God sees them}. (ISA 57:15KJV) says “For thus saith the high and lofty one that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the spirit of the contrite one”. Those who operate with a broken and repentant spirit are not earthly, but they are heavenly minded; thus it affords God the opportunity to be in their presence, because they have elevated themselves to a place where God and the Christian can become intimate. Also as God sees humility and contriteness He wants to give you more of it, and I don’t know about you but as for me, I can use more of both. Thus, if we are looking for the power of God find someone who operates in a broken and contrite spirit; someone who, when they find themselves to be doing wrong, they will say they are wrong and will go to God and repent and live differently. It’s there where we find the power of God.

God Bless You


Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2009

As we carve our turkeys’s and celebrate this day with family and friends, let’s not forget to give thanks to God for the many, many blessings He has bestowed upon us. And while we are giving thanks let’s not forget to give thanks for our U.S. military because without them we could be fighting wars on our soil and in our backyards instead of on foreign soil. It’s through their volunteerism and sacrifice; it’s through their blood which has been spilled in foreign mud that we are able to enjoy special days like these where the real enemy that would desire to kill us doesn’t have the opportunity because our military has taken the fight to them on their own soil. Thus, it is with great joy that we celebrate this day and the sacrifices that our military and their families have made that we might be able to truly enjoy the freedoms we have and give thanks for this day.

God Bless You


The Father’s Business

November 25, 2009

(St. Luke 2:49 KJV) “And he said unto them, how is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

We hear this term spoken a lot in the body of Christ and in fact, it is a term which the young child Jesus even referred to as He spoke to his mother. However, what does it mean to be about the Father’s business? Well the scripture tells us that in (Matt 4:23) “That Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of disease among the people.” Hence, if that was his business it should be our business if we call ourselves Christians. Our business plan should at least have some preaching, teaching and healing incorporated into it daily. If our Christian business has these three elements in it, it is a plan that will not fail. This business is not just for us to benefit from, even though we should be the first partaker in receiving the benefits of preaching, teaching and healing. But eventually, it should benefit those whom we come into contact with on a daily basis; whether it’s a family member, friend or associate we should all be about enlarging or expanding the Father’s business to the degree that we encourage someone else to share this good news of Jesus Christ. Additionally, this is a business model that will also bring us some success on earth as well, and every Christian wants success but every Christian don’t really want to pay the price for success. But those who are really about the Father’s business will realize success as he/she sees men and women being changed for the better all around them.

God Bless You


Blessed

November 24, 2009

Too many Christians are looking at being blessed from the wrong perspective. Very often when we think of blessings we think of what kind of car we drive or what neighborhood we live in or how much money we have in the bank or maybe even what type of profession we are in. But Jesus said “Blessed are they that hear the word and keep it (St. Luke 11:28). Thus, those who are truly blessed are those that obey the word of God. Those who obey the word of God, the Lord truly has a blessing for us. Those who obey the word of God are not going to leave this earth with God owing them anything because He will truly sow into those who hear and obey the word of God. The fact is that we are already blessed when we obey; however, the Lord will reward our obedience exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ask or think. Saints of God we must understand that faith and obedience moves the hand of God and when He sees it He truly desires to be a blessing to us even the more. But the good news is when we hear and obey we are already blessed, anything else God gives us is just icing on our cake of obedience.

God Bless You.


Married To The Backslider

November 23, 2009

The word that the Lord shared with Israel was “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion (Jer. 3:14)”. Thus, in God’s mind He was married to the backslider. We must understand to backslide is to revert to sin or wrongdoing; to lapse morally or in the practice of religion. Thus, to have backslidden we must have at least been in Christ at one point in time, but for some reason we decided we didn’t want to serve God anymore or circumstances presented itself in such a way that we found ourselves so deep in sin that we didn’t feel that God would ever receive us again as his own.

However, God said He is married to the backslider. To be married to the backslider does not mean that God approves of our sin; it does not mean that God will look past our sin and receive us as we are because He will still allow us to go to hell if we want to go. But what it does mean is if we have messed up; if we have fallen into sin; if we have fallen so far that somehow we believe that we can never get back into a right relationship with God that is so far from the truth. God desires to heal those who were in Christ but walked away. God desires to heal those wounds that caused us to walk away from him; He desires to bring us back into a right relationship with him and He is standing at the door of our heart waiting for us to open the door so that He might be able to return to us if we would only return to him. The backslider doesn’t have to stay in his backslidden state because God is ready, willing and able to heal you.

God Bless You


No Strange Incense

November 19, 2009

(Exo. 30:9) “Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering: neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon.”

The Lord continues to talk to Moses about the consecration of the priest’s and the altar of worship and he tells him “ye shall offer no strange incense thereon”; meaning that God didn’t want any offerings offered unto him that he didn’t recognize as holy. We know that offering strange incense or strange fire to God caused two of Aaron sons Nadab and Abihu to be killed at the altar by God (Lev 10:1-2). Therefore, when we attempt to go in the presence of God we too must pay attention to the offerings we attempt to offer to God. Thus, we shouldn’t try to offer God praise when there is sin in our heart, because (St. John 9:31 KJV) “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” If we would be honest with ourselves we know that we go to God sometimes attempting to offer praise-prayer-or worship and our hearts are not right with him. We must understand that if our hearts are not right with God then our offerings become strange incense to God and viewed by God as unacceptable. We must understand that we can’t offer God any kind offering, on our terms, and in our ways and expect it to be received by God because it won’t be. To go before God with a heart of bitterness-un-forgiveness-hatred…etc, is a waste of time unless you are going to repent. Thus, the believer in Christ Jesus must be in a right standing with God before they can go to the altar of worship.

God Bless You.


A Great Benefits Package

November 17, 2009

(Psalm 68:19) says “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, Even the God of our salvation. Selah.”

Those of us who do know our God also understand that we have been given a great benefits package as a result of salvation. We often don’t realize what a great package of benefits we have and it can lead to us to not be as thankful as we should be. Some of the benefits that God has given us are power, the ability to love and receive love and a sound mind. He has given us peace in the midst of stormy situations in our lives, and peace of mind is not something many people have. He has given us meaningful relationships; thus, to have someone to hold you; pray for you; encourage you and tell you that it’s going to be alright is not to be taken for granted.

He has allowed many of us to stay employed in the midst of a tough economy, and even if some of us have lost our jobs, God has made a way to sustain us in the midst of those difficult and uncertain times. He has given us life, health and strength so that we might be able to get up and go to our place of employment, bring home a few dollars so we can keep the lights on, a roof over our heads and a little something on the dinner table. Finally, He has given us his son Jesus as our Lord and savior and that was more than enough because in Him we have been given all to sustain life; in him we have been given a provider; in him we have been given a strong tower. Thus, this benefits package is second to none and if we live right heaven is our final resting place.

God Bless You