January 29, 2010
There is so much going on in the life of the believer today that sometimes we can get overwhelmed by all that’s happening. We have things going on at our jobs, we have things going on in our homes and if you are leader in the body of Christ there are multiple challenges to deal with in the Church as well. Thus, there are times where we feel as if we are overwhelmed, where we feel as if we are being overpowered by superior forces, and in fact, sometimes we are. But the Psalmist said “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2). Thus, when those feelings of being overwhelmed come we must go to the rock which is Jesus Christ our Lord.
We must cry out to him to help us to rise above those feelings of being overwhelmed because if anyone is going to help us to breakthrough it will be Jesus. We who are leaders must get a breakthrough because there are so many others depending on us to be there for them. Therefore, our cry unto the Lord must be a cry of longing for him, it must be a cry of desperation for him to come in and heal the feelings and emotions of being overwhelmed. David’s cry unto the Lord wasn’t a five minute drive by prayer that released his heart of seemingly being overpowered by life. It was a cry of desperation that it feels like I am being overpowered by something I hadn’t faced before and I have a desperate need God for you to heal, deliver and set me free from the spirit of being overwhelmed. Thus, when we are over whelmed let us go to the rock immediately.
God Bless You
January 28, 2010
(Prov. 28:13) “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
Somehow we have come to believe that we will get away with wrongdoing. We have come to believe that what we do in the dark won’t come to the light. We know this is true because we see sin and corruption coming to light every day from the house of God to the house of government at every level. But the fact is when we see ourselves falling into sin, when we see that we have our hands into some corrupt stuff we need to deal with it immediately because sin and corruption that goes unchecked will come back to hurt us in a major way. In fact, it often comes in ways we would never expect because the Devil likes to get us to our highest plateau where everyone can see us then he plays a hand that’s unbeatable. This hand doesn’t only cause us to fall but it affects so many more around us, such as our family, church members and close friends.
Thus, it behooves us all to confess and forsake sin and corruption at the moment we see it, because sin is nothing to be played with; and whether we are Christian leaders or simply government officials when we find ourselves in sin and corruption it causes tremendous damage to ourselves and the office or position we hold. At the end of the day, sin takes us further than we want to go, cost us more than we wanted or thought we were going to pay, and keeps us longer than we wanted to stay. Thus, sin and corruption loves company, don’t let it be named among you.
God Bless You
January 27, 2010
(St. John 8:29) Jesus said “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
Jesus was able to make such a statement because he knew as long as he did the things that were pleasing to God that God would always be there for him. As Christians our number one goal should be to do those things that always please God. Just think about how different our lives would be if we did those things that pleased God. We would be more productive on our jobs, we would organize our time better so that we would be able to spend quality time with God throughout our day, (study-prayer and praise), and we would certainly be more serious about church attendance and ministry. Also our compassion for others would become a priority; our love for our fellowman would become much greater, and we would seek God in prayer about every decision made in our lives, whether those decisions were great or small.
However, we know that Christians don’t always do those things that please God but we should, and when we don’t there is a gift called repentance that we should use more often. Furthermore, as it pertains to seeking Him about life’s decisions, God probably doesn’t get 25% of our prayers lifted up to Him, because even Christians are still doing what they want to do without any advice from God. What we must do is go back and look at our lives and really examine if we are doing those things that please God. Are there areas where we could do better? Well let’s do it then; because how many times do we not need God in our lives…that’s what I thought? So if we want God to be with us, we must do those things that please Him.
God Bless You
January 22, 2010
(Rev. 12:11) “And they overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
The Christian has three elements at their disposal which they must use in order to overcome the enemy of their souls. The first element we have is the blood of the lamb. The blood of the lamb is the most important element we can have in order to defeat our enemy because there really is power in the blood, there is peace in the blood, there is healing and wholeness in the blood; there is deliverance in the blood, there is joy in the blood of Jesus, there is a place of refuge in the blood. In fact, without the blood of Jesus there is no salvation and we need salvation to enjoy all the other attributes the Lord has to offer.
Secondly, there is our testimony. Saints of God it’s always good to have a testimony in our heart concerning how God brought us out. How we would not have made it if it had not been for the Lord who was on our side. There are times when we are going through that we have to go back and re-visit what the Lord has done to keep us pressing toward the prize in our future because it gets rough sometime. Also, our testimony is good because there may be others who need to know how we made it over so they may be able to as well. Our testimony is required in order to win.
Finally, our lives can no longer be our own if we are to overcome the enemy of our souls. Thus, we must do something for God. We must begin to live our lives based on what God would have us to do in this life, based on what God thinks about how we are living. We must begin to let go of what we think, what we feel and what we want to do and begin to ask the Lord what you would have me to do. We can’t expect to overcome a spiritual force such as the devil doing it our way because he would beat us to a pulp. We could never have victory trying to defeat the strong man on our own; thus, we must all get to know the stronger man which is Jesus Christ the Lord.
God Bless You.
January 21, 2010
(Rev.3:5) “To them that overcome, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”
What an honor it would be to have Jesus receive us into heaven and confess our name before the Father and the angels of heaven. However, this honor only belongs to those that are over-comers. Saints of God there won’t be anyone in heaven who hadn’t had to overcome something in their lives if they lived for any amount of time. In fact, for the majority of us overcoming something in our lives is a prerequisite of heaven becoming ours. Thus, true over-comers have to have some circumstances, they have to have some issues; some of us may even know it as trouble. If Jesus had to overcome we have to as well. Some may ask what did Jesus have to overcome. He had to overcome the death on the cross. It couldn’t be easy for him to die on the cross! It couldn’t be easy to take on the pain and suffering He had to endure for us on the cross! In fact, we know this because as his hour to die drew near he prayed for strength to endure the cross when He said “Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt (St. Mark 14:36)”. Therefore, if He had to overcome we must as well. We all have to overcome that three letter word in our lives, which carries a lot of weight called sin. Whatever yours is we have to fight the urge to give in to it daily. We have to be willing to have a winners attitude when it comes to sin. We have to be willing to overcome what we say, think and do that’s not of the righteousness of God, so one day we might hear the Lord confess our name before all in heaven.
God Bless You
January 20, 2010
As spoken in part 1 of this series God has already determined that victory over our enemy is assured if we will trust in Him because He told us that greater is he that is in us (the believer) than he that is in the world (the world being a representative of the devil). Thus, in our overcoming there is a wrestling match going on in the heavenlies. For (Eph 6:12) tells us “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” There is a fight going on (it’s more spiritual than physical though) whether many want to believe it or not but this victory over our enemy has already been written, it’s already been scripted, if we read our bibles we already know who is going to win the wrestling match.
In my mind it’s almost like professional wrestling; those of us who grew up watching the sport understand that the outcome has already been determined. We know that in professional wrestling it’s already been written; it’s already been scripted, there are those in the profession who already know who’s going to win the wrestling match before the first body slam takes place. So it is in the natural it is in the spiritual, those who do know their God, those who do trust in the Holy Spirit that’s on the inside of them, those who obey the written word of God already know that the victory is theirs before they even begin to wrestle with principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness because the bible tells us that “He that endures to the end shall be saved”. Hence, those of us who overcome will be those who endure to the end so we might experience some heaven on earth and then experience it in its fullness when we take our final breath on this side of the dirt.
God Bless You
January 19, 2010
(1 John 4:4) Says “Ye are of God little children and have overcome them because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.”
To overcome is to get the better of; to gain superiority; or simply to win. Thus in order to overcome the enemy of our souls we need God. In fact, based on the power of God inside of us; based on the Holy Spirit that lives inside of us the Lord has already proclaimed that we have the victory over the Devil before the battle ever starts; before we ever get in the ring with the Devil God has already proclaimed us to be a winner, to be an over comer; to be a victor and not a victim because what we have inside of us (Holy Spirit) is mightier than anything the world has to offer.
However, we who are believers in Christ Jesus have to come to the realization that we have this power and nothing but ourselves, nothing but our lack of belief can hinder our victory. You see the Lord tells us that “Ye are of God little children and have over come” that have overcome is past tense, meaning that before we ever get into a wrestling match with the enemy (and we do wrestle) God says I have already seen the believer winning, but what we see is what really matters. What we see must line up with what God sees or we are doomed to lose the battle and the battle does not have to be lost because the battle is not ours all by ourselves it is the Lord’s. Thus, seeing the battle from God’s perspective through his word is what really matters.
God Bless You.