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.

Merry Christmas

December 23, 2009

Depending upon where you are and who you are addressing this term can be very offensive. As a young man growing up my mother would tell me that Jesus is the reason for the season and in a Christian home you didn’t give it a second thought. But in today’s society Christ has been taken out of Christmas, even in some of the churches where they claim to know Jesus as Lord and savior. Today we don’t call it the Christmas tree we call it the holiday tree or the community tree. Today we are told that we should greet one another with (happy holidays) instead of Merry Christmas because there are so many religions in our nation today. But the fact is we can’t allow the world to tell us that Christ is not as important during this season; we can’t allow the world to tell us we need to put Christ away for now and do as others are doing because if we are challenged to put him in the background of the holiday season now, we will be challenged to put him away during every other day of the week.

Yes I have come to realize that for many Christmas is more about what’s under the tree than what or who hung from the tree; yes I have come to realize that it’s more about commercialization and making money than Christ Jesus. However, the fact remains Jesus Christ birth is celebrated during this time in America and we need to take the time to remember the precious gift that He gave the Church during this season and that is the gift of His only begotten son wrapped in a womb of flesh, bringing with him a gift called salvation. In fact, (St. John 3:16) says “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Thus, let us who do know our God never take the Christ out of Christmas because He is still the reason for the season.

God Bless You

A Right Now Help

December 21, 2009

For the believer it doesn’t matter what we are going through God is a right now help. He said as much in (Psalm 46:1) “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in the time of trouble.” Thus, He has the ability to bring us out while we are still in. He has the ability to bring us out and deliver us right in the midst of our situation. Maybe we have a big problem and it just doesn’t seem as if God has come through yet because the problem is still physically there. The thing that’s so amazing about God is that even though the problem is still stirring us in the face the power of God has the ability to give us peace even though the problem remains. He has the ability to give us strength to handle the situation until deliverance comes. He has the ability to take the worry that’s been driving us crazy away until He delivers. He has the ability to cause us to look at the problem as not ours alone but co-ownership. We know this to be true because (Psalm 55:22) “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Thus, God desires to be the solution to our problems; he desires to be that ever present help even in the midst of our tears; he desires to be that right now help which is so desperately needed in the lives of us all today. Thus, somebody may find themselves in desperate need of this right now help today; the Lord is waiting on you to open your heart to him so the void in your heart can be filled with his presence.

God Bless You.

A Standing Ovation

December 18, 2009

In the book of Acts Chapter 7 we find Stephen witnessing to the religious council the words of the kingdom, and because of these words of truth he is literally taking a beating, even to his death. But in the midst of his suffering he looks toward heaven and the word says in (Acts 7:55) “But he being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God;” thus, because of Stephen’s witness; because of his stand in the midst of a hostile crowd; because of his willingness to forgive in the wake of his own suffering and death we witness Jesus not sitting at the right hand of God but standing; thus, what we are witnessing is Jesus giving one of his own a standing ovation.

Most of the time in the scriptures we see Jesus seated at the right hand of God, but very rarely do we see him standing. Thus, we have to surmise that Jesus was marveled with his sons stand and his level of forgiveness and love for those who meant him harm. For Jesus to stand on our behalf when we obey there could be no greater honor except the entrance into heaven itself. For someone to give us a standing ovation is to say I love what you did; I appreciate your gift and talents, and it is something that they remember always. However, it is my belief that it was Stephens level of forgiveness that got Jesus up out of his seat though, because one of the hardest things for anyone to do, including the believer is to forgive for real. Thus, we may not see it or know it but when we really forgive someone when they have hurt us; when we really forgive someone when they have ripped our heart out the Lord gives us a standing ovation and if we continue to live right one day when we get to heaven we will see it.

God Bless You