The Furnace of Affliction

December 31, 2009

If it had not been for trouble in our lives many of us would have never turned to God. If it had not been for some serious adversity, many of us would not have even looked Gods way. However, trouble in our lives will cause us to take a look at where we’re going-what we’re doing and where we’ve been. Trouble will make us examine everything about ourselves. And because God knew that we would never look His way as long as everything was going great in our lives, He allowed the enemy to lead us into a furnace of affliction so we would have to call on Him to bring us out. In fact, (Isa. 48:10) says “Behold, I have refined thee but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. Thus, it is in the furnace of affliction where we start looking for God, when it seems all hell is breaking loose in our lives, where the fires of trouble are turned up hotter than we would have ever imagined; where we look to our right and there’s no help, we look to the left and there’s no help, we look behind us and there’s no help, until finally we begin to look to the hill from whence cometh our help, because all our help comes from the Lord which made heaven and earth (Psalm 121: 1-2). God allows our enemy to put us in a place where we have run out of answers and our only solution is God. It is in the furnace of affliction where He chooses us; because finally God has gotten our undivided attention that we now might make the choice to choose Him. Trouble can make us or break us; hopefully it will make us into what God would have us to be.

God Bless You!

Those That Know Him, Obey Him

December 29, 2009

And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments (1 John 2:3).

This particular text of scripture is clear… those who confess to be Christians intentionally obey God. This is the dividing line for those who say I serve Him and those who don’t. You see in order to be a Christian and walk in the power of God it’s not about how well we sing or how well our preaching sounds, or even how well we can speak in tongues. It’s really about how well we obey and the motives of our heart when we do obey. The Apostle John makes it clear when he says “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that says I know him and keeps not his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:3-4). Thus, we know that no liar will have a place in the Kingdom of God. It’s also important to obey God if we want the power of God, because the power of God will only be found where obedience has lived. God would never give his power to someone that has been disobedient, because he/she would likely use it for personal gain or just wrong motives.
Thus the scripture is clear, if heaven is to be ours we must obey intentionally what we know to be right; because he that knows to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

God Bless you.

God Needs a Few Good Men

December 28, 2009

(St. Mark 3:14-15) says “And he ordained twelve that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.

It doesn’t take a whole lot of people to do something great for God; however, what it does take is a faithful few that are committed to the purpose, plan and vision of God. You get a few men/women together that’s committed to seeing people saved, delivered and set free as Jesus was, and people will be saved, delivered and set free. What it really boils down too is what is your focus? What are you passionate about? Are you interested in doing something great for God? Jesus said in (Matt 18:20) “Where two or there are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them”. Thus, if a few people will come together with their minds and heart on Jesus, He will show up. Jesus ordained twelve men to be with him and eleven out of the twelve changed the very course of religion (they turned the world upside down). Therefore, don’t be fooled by the large churches with the large crowd; just because you have a bunch of members does not mean you are doing something great for God. On the contrary, it could mean that you know how to put on a great service. Somehow believers and non-believers tend to associate large ministries with Godly success, when most of the times that is far from the truth. The men Jesus ordained were called to change men /women, and it didn’t take a whole lot of people to shake the foundation of the earth. Therefore, are you being challenged to grow spiritually in the ministry you attend by the man or woman that’s pastoring you? Are you seeing a positive change in you walk with God? Are you beginning to see the power of God emanating from your life into the lives of others? If not you may be in a ministry with little or no power.

God Bless You

Your Heart Dictates Your Speech

December 24, 2009

When the Lord looks at us, he is looking at two things for sure, your mouth and your heart. You can tell a lot about what’s in a person’s heart by the words which come from their mouth. Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who had said something wrong or evil and then they try to cover it up by saying “I didn’t mean to say that”? Well the truth is they did mean to say it because whatever is in your heart will eventually come out of your mouth, because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt 12:34). With that said, King David prayed a prayer to God which said “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Thus, if the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart are acceptable in God’s sight, then whatever comes from your mouth will be holy; and when it’s not holy the Holy Spirit will reveal it to you immediately. Therefore, it behooves us to guard our heart with everything in us and fill it with the word of God; because if not it will take authority over your mouth, and once words are spoken you can never get them back no matter how much you apologize.

God Bless You.