In-between the Promise Spoken and the Promise Fulfilled

March 31, 2010

(Genesis 12:7) “And the Lord appeared unto Abram and said unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto he Lord, who appeared unto him.”

At the time this was spoken unto Abram it was just a promise, for it had not come to past as of yet, but Abram believed God and it was accounted unto him for righteousness. God promised Abram (Abraham) a son, an heir, someone that would come from his loins; he made him this promise of a son when he was only 75 years old. However, it didn’t come to past until Abraham was 100 years old. How many of us would have waited for 25 years for God to come through? How many of us would have believed God for the promise and not stagger at what God said, because in the book of Romans Paul said Abraham was fully persuaded that God was able to perform what He said.

Thus, the point is God has made us all some promises. His word is full of promises, but for many of us there are some specific things which we believe God has promised us; some things where we haven’t shared them with anyone or very few people at all. Well it’s very possible that the promise spoken may not come to past in our lives for 20 years, and if that’s the case are you willing to wait? Are you willing to believe God during the in between moments? Are you willing to do as Abraham did and just believe God is able to perform it, thus causing you to give God the glory for it not only when it’s promised but during the in between moments, when the promise may be still years off. Because saint’s of God it’s during the in-between moments when God is going to find out whether you believe the promise of God or not. Therefore, let me encourage you as David did me “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the Lord.” No matter how long it takes wait, believe and serve the master and the promise shall surely come.

God Bless You

Your Heart Dictates Your Speech

March 30, 2010

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 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. In fact, let’s not only ask God to fill our heart’s but let’s also ask him to fill our mouth’s with what He desires to hear from them. He told Israel in (Psalm 81:10) “I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide and I will fill it.”

Praise Is What I Do

March 26, 2010

As Christians, praise is one of our instruments of war. It is our life line to the Kingdom of God, and for many of us it is how we make it from one day to the next. As one song writer said “praise is what I do when I want to be close to you”, thus as Christians we can’t make it without deliberate and consistent praise unto God. King David made a decision to give God the praise due to Him no matter what happened in his life because in (Psalm 34:1) he said “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth”. Therefore, I have to ask you, have you made that decision? Have you made the decision to give God the praise no matter what you face? If you are sick will you praise Him? If you are lied on, talked about or persecuted will you praise Him? If you are homeless will you praise Him? Because bad things do still happen to good people, and in fact, bad things still happen to God’s people. When the bills are not only due, but past due is there praise in your heart?

Often-times, child of God the only thing between your sanity and insanity is a hallelujah praise that needs to be released from your belly. The right praise song, the right hymnal, even the right psalm unto to God will change your life, your attitude, even your whole perspective. Yes there are still rainy and cloudy days that show up even in the life of a Christian, but even on those days we can still praise God because we know that on the other side of those dark clouds the SON (Jesus Christ) still shines with brilliance. Therefore, make up in your mind that praise is what you do, and go ahead and release a thank you Jesus to God right now, I guarantee you that you will feel differently shortly thereafter.

God Bless You!

Master Your Sin or Your Sin Will Become Your Master

March 25, 2010

(Gen 4:7 KJV) says “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well sin lieth at the door, and unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

This is the statement God made to Cain after Cain had gotten so angry with God because God would not accept his offering. In fact, he got so mad with God that he killed his brother Abel because Abel brought God an offering that He was pleased with. God was actually reaching out to Cain to help him to get the victory over his sin. God was saying “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not well sin is crouching at the door (ready to pounce on you as if you are prey) and its desire is for you, but you must master it (NASB).” Saints of God, the Lord desires for us to master our sin; he desires for us to get the victory over our sin and He desires for us to do it today. The Lord understood what Cain was going through even as He understands what we are going through when sin seems to be getting the best of us.

However, He also knows that you are going to have to be willing to give your heart to him and that sin which so easily continues to get the best of you. What is that sin, or that thing which continues to get the best of you? What is that sin which you keep saying to yourself “I Am Not Going To Do This Anymore” but you find yourself doing the very same thing you said you wasn’t going to do anymore? Whatever it is God desires for you to master it. He desires for you to stop playing with it and get free of it right now and he is the one who can free you of it. Don’t wait to do it tomorrow; don’t say to yourself I am going to do it this one last time and then I will give it to God, because the last time could really be your last time because God is not playing with us neither is Satan. Master your sin today before sin becomes your master.

God Bless You

Wisdom Above Silver and Gold

March 23, 2010

It seems as if everyone is chasing the all mighty dollar. From the world to the church, from the priest to the politician, from the young to the old, the chase doesn’t have a name or a number. And we all know that we have to have it to sustain life, certainly in today’s economy but it doesn’t have to have us. In fact, having us is the very thing that keeps many of us from growing in Christ Jesus. We seem to place more value on our silver and gold than we do the one who gives us power to get the silver and gold. It’s nothing wrong with having a few dollars. In fact God would love for us to have some wealth. However, to have wealth and not have the wisdom or understanding to use it wisely is a very dangerous place to be in.

King Solomon said “How much better is it to get wisdom rather than gold! And to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver (Prov.16:16). Here is a man who had some money. He had so much money that the scriptures declare that He was the richest King to ever live, but he tells us you can have some wealth but if you don’t have some wisdom and understanding a fool and his money will soon depart. Instead of us asking God for more money, how about we ask him for the wisdom to handle the money that comes through our hands better. If we will do that; if we will ask him to show us in his word how to be wise with our resources the increase will come in time. Saints, God wants to bless us, but his desire is to bless those that would bless him and be good stewards over what God has given to them. Thus, in order to be good stewards over what he has given us we must start with seeking after the wisdom and understanding of God in all things not just the areas we think we need.

God Bless You.

Life Is In The Vision

March 19, 2010

Show me a church with no vision, and I will show you a church that is dying; show me a family with no vision, and I will show you a house that is not a home. Show me a husband with no vision, and I will show you a wife and kids that are walking in the blind. (Prov. 28:18), says “where there is no vision, the people perish.” It’s the vision God gives a pastor that keeps the church moving toward Him; it’s the vision God gives a man that leads his family that gives the family purpose and causes them to keep pressing toward the mark. In fact, even a single person/parent should have a vision from God for his/her household, because without the vision the people perish. The vision is important to those who lead because there is life in the vision, your passion, and your destiny is often tied up in your vision; your vision gives you purpose a determined path and often excitement about life.

When God gives you a vision, you don’t allow anyone to deter you or pull you away from that vision. The majority of men/women that have experienced greatness in this life started with only a vision. What’s your vision for your home-life or family? Write it down–read it out–pray it in and work it out, don’t just live life from one day to the next, know your purpose, because it starts with your vision. Without the vision that God gives, you will become that person who is constantly saying to himself “Oh it’s just another day” when the fact is that when God gives us a vision for our lives it’s never just another day, it’s a new day toward fulfilling the purpose and vision in our lives. Thus, it’s of challenge, purpose and excitement.

God Bless You

Trusting God In Bad Times

March 18, 2010

As Christians we can all trust God when things are relatively good in our lives. However, if we keep living, we will have to deal with some bad or certainly very difficult situations. It’s in the bad times where you find out what your faith is made of; it’s in those bad situations where you find out whether or not you really trust God. Well in (Hab. 3:17-18) the prophet Habakkuk found himself in a bad situation. Hence, he declared by faith that “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cutoff from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will trust in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”

Hence, Habakkuk knew things were about to get bad, so he made a declaration of faith before God and Satan that no matter how bad it gets, “I will trust in the Lord.” As Christians we too must learn this lesson of faith, that regardless of the circumstances, regardless of what we suffer or lose-“we will rejoice in the God of our salvation.” Saints of God, we live in a world that’s rapidly changing, and it’s not getting any better; however, the one thing we can take from this prophet is whether you are on the mountain top or in the valley you will eventually have to draw a line in the sand and declare who you will trust, because situations and circumstances will demand that you make a decision.

God Bless You.