February 26, 2010
The fourth attribute we discover as a result of being justified is we become a dwelling place of God. (Rom 5:5) says “And hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Thus, the living-breathing-active Holy Ghost is inside of us. The love of God is inside of us and this love needs to be shared with others. Thus, our love is to be on display daily. To have the Holy Ghost dwelling in us is to be led and guided by the Spirit on a daily basis as we submit to His will. To have the love of God in our heart is to be able to proclaim “greater is he that is in me, than he that is in the world.” The love of God will only be shed abroad in our hearts as we allow Him to have every part of our being. In fact, (Acts 17:28) says “For in him we live and move, and have our being;” thus, without the Holy Ghost we are dead men walking; in fact, without the Holy Ghost living on the inside of us we are none of his. Hence, one of the characteristics which display that we have the Holy Ghost on the inside of us is our love for others; others being not only our family because we tend to love those but also neighbors, who would be everyone else not named a family member. How do we love them?
God Bless You.
February 25, 2010
The third attribute we discover as a result of being justified is: hope in God. (Rom 5:3-4) says “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience experience; and experience hope:” Thus, as believers who are justified all our hope is in Christ Jesus; and this is not a hope from the perspective of wishing that certain things will happen for us, but this hope is defined as having an expectation. Hence, we are to have hope in the fact that God will do just what he said in his word if we obey. Those who only have hope in this life are most miserable; however, the believer has hope in this life and beyond. The good news is no matter the trial or the trouble the believer finds himself/herself in we are to glory or glorify God in the midst of it, because we know that no situation is too big for our God to solve; thus, there is never a hopeless situation. For the believer to say they are in a hopeless situation is to say that the problem is too hard for God; and we know there is nothing too hard for God.
God Bless You.
February 24, 2010
The second attribute we discover as a result of being justified is: access to God. (Rom 5:2) says “By whom we also have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” This access which we have to God is not like the access which the Old Testament saints had, where they had to go through the priest in order to hear from God or feel his presence. Because we are justified through the shed blood of Jesus Christ we (New Testament believer) are priest and kings unto God. Thus, if we want to feel God’s presence; if we want to be changed; if we want to talk to God in prayer, we have a direct line to him through Christ Jesus. The Lord Jesus Christ ushers us into the presence of God. The veil of the temple which separated God from man and man from God has been ripped into, and those who are believers in Christ Jesus have access to the Father and all that the Father owns; which is everything. In fact, “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 24:1). However, this is not to say you don’t need Godly leaders to lead you, because you do; however, you don’t have to wait on them to get into the presence of God as the (OT saints) did. Thank God for a better covenant.
God Bless You.
February 23, 2010
In studying Romans 5, I have discovered at least five attributes of being justified through Christ Jesus. First we must define what justification is: it is God’s act of declaring and making a repentant person right with him. In other words, The Father and he alone through our repentance and the shed blood of Jesus Christ can declare us justified (or right before God) just as if we had never sinned. Thus, the first attribute the believer has is peace with God. (Rom 5:1) says “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord and savior Jesus Christ; and that’s good to know saints, because peace with God brings about the peace of God which passes all understanding. In the times we live in and the challenges we face, we must have peace with God. This peace is the peace which takes us from faith-to-faith; this peace is the peace which takes us through trial-after-trial; this peace is the peace which gives us calm in the midst of the storms of life. This peace is the peace which causes us not to fear whether we are in the valley of our lives or on the mountain top. Hence, this is not the peace which the world gives because anything the world gives us is subject to be taken away. However, the peace which God gives will take us from earth to everlasting. Be blessed and stay encouraged.
God Bless You.
February 18, 2010
Some of the most powerful times of a Christian’s life; some of the most intimate times with God are when we are going through times of adversity. A great example of this is David’s mighty men of valor who joined him in service to God in the midst of difficult times. (1 Sam 22:2) says “And everyone that was in distress, and everyone that was in debt, and everyone that was discontented gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.” Thus, these men understood that they had problems, they understood that they had multiple situations going on in their lives but they joined themselves to a man who was seeking God, who loved God and who at least early on had the solution to their problems, and that solution was to serve God regardless of your trouble.
If anyone had a reason to quit and throw in the towel it was David. For this was a man that was on the run from the king; this was a man who was running for his life. This was a man who was on the most wanted list simply because he was anointed and appointed by God, and the jealousy and rage in King Saul wanted him dead; but nevertheless David served God with all his might, and it was that faithful service to God in the midst of his circumstances that caused others to join him in his quest for God, not to mention they became powerful men of God in the process. With that said, let men encourage you to continue to press your way and serve the Lord even in the most difficult of circumstances because it’s that press and service that will cause others to stand up and take a stand based upon how they have seen you live.
God Bless You.
February 17, 2010
St.John 6:2) says “And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.”
Many people follow Jesus expecting to receive and never to give. Many so called believers want the miracles-signs-wonders-healings and financial blessings; they want the gifts of the spirit, but not the fruit of the spirit. As Christians we must understand that before we can ever get the blessings that so many of us desire, we must apprehend the character of God. Everybody wants to be blessed, but not many want to do what it takes to truly be blessed and that’s to walk in love-joy and the peace of God. You see in (St.John 6:2), the people followed Jesus because of the miracles he was able to perform, not because of their love for him or service to him.
Furthermore, if the Father didn’t do anything else for us, sending his Son to die for us would still be sufficient. Let’s get back to serving him for who he is, and not for what he is able to do for us because if we get back to serving him for who he is, then the other things will take care of themselves. In fact, we know this is true because Jesus said in (Matt 6:33) “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” God is not going to allow us to do a work for him and let us go without. We must come to believe that if we take care of his business he will help us take care of our business as well. Be blessed and to God be all the glory, honor, dominion, power and majesty both now and forever, amen.
God Bless You
February 16, 2010
As the Lord prepared to rain fire and brimstone on the wicked city of Sodom and Gomorrah, he commanded Lot and his family to leave if they wanted to live. As they were leaving he told them “look not behind thee” (Gen 19:17); in other words, don’t look back. However, we know his wife didn’t heed the word of the Lord, and as she left the city she looked back and became a pillar of salt. Hence, child of God we too must heed the warning of God, “don’t look back” especially looking back and reminiscing and celebrating sinful times. We must understand that for Lot’s wife to look back, was to look back on the days of evil, wickedness and sin in Sodom and Gomorrah. Her prosperity was in front of her, she had her kids, her husband and her God in front of her. We often think that those days of sin were good, but if we examine those days verses the life which we live in Christ Jesus now, we will find that life in Christ is so much better. Child of God every now and then we peek into our past because it allows us to be grateful for our present; however, your best days are in your present, your best days are in your future. In fact, your best days in Christ Jesus are yet to come. Therefore, don’t waste a lot of time looking back at your past (and all the mistakes you made) because those who spend too much time looking back at (sinful days) are no good for kingdom work. Even Jesus said “Any man having put his hand to the plough and looking back is not fit for the kingdom of God” (ST. Luke 9:62). Therefore, saints let’s live in our present and walk with God into our future.
God Bless You.