April 30, 2010
Matt 26:56 … “Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.” Jesus was having a conversation with the disciples about his eventual suffering and death, and in the midst of that conversation, Jesus, said “all of you shall be offended of me this night, for I will be smited and the sheep will scatter.” However during that conversation, Peter, said “he would never deny Jesus, likewise said all of his disciples.” The disciples obviously believed they had a relationship with Jesus that they really didn’t have; and it was trouble that caused them to see that they were not as close to Jesus as they thought. My question for you today is “how close are you”? In asking myself this question, I have come to the conclusion that I should really examine my relationship with Christ while it is day, (good times), for the night, (bad times) will come when my relationship with Christ will be challenged.
I challenge you not to wait until things get bad to find out where you stand with your savior, make up your mind today, that in good and bad times, Christ is the answer. You don’t want to wait until you really need to get a prayer through to God to find out where you stand, because somebody’s life could depend on whether or not you had what it took to get through to God. Thus, Christ had spent at least three years daily with twelve men who thought they knew him, and when trouble came-they backed up and reverted to their old way of thinking, which was the ways of the world; and for many believers when things get tight in our lives we have a tendency to revert to the way we used to do-to get things done. As I close, do you have a personal relationship with Christ…and if so, how close are you? Is your relationship up close and personal or is it at a distance? Are you so far off that you need binoculars to see Christ? If that’s the case get closer.
God Bless You.
April 29, 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.
April 28, 2010
As Christians we have to understand that saying the sinner’s prayer and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and savior is the genesis (beginning) of the salvation process. In order to grow in Christ, stay saved and maximize our potential in Christ Jesus, we are going to have to constantly remind that old nature of who is in charge. Everyday we must serve notice to the old sinful nature that the Holy Spirit lives in us now and the old nature must submit to the power of God. Too often we like to believe that once we get saved we somehow have it going on. However, if you don’t remind your flesh of who is in control, your flesh (old nature) will rise up and take over when you least expect it; and at the end of the day, we can’t afford to let the old nature have the preeminence. Hence, we must understand that there is a fight going on inside of the believer and to whom you submit to will be the one who reigns victorious in your life. The Apostle Paul understood this fight within us, when he said “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate that do I” (Rom 7:15 KJV). Thus, Paul was saying there were times when he didn’t understand the struggle within; which is a fight between the flesh and the Spirit for the right to control your soul. This struggle sometimes created confusion, tension even anguish in the life of the believer. However, we know that Paul eventually got the victory over the old nature, and we too can have that same victory and win the fight within, if we will submit fully to the will of God.
God Bless You.
April 27, 2010
To be perfect before God does not mean we will always do things the right way; neither does it mean we will never make a mistake. However, it does mean that we should make every attempt to be spiritually mature. It also means that our life long pursuit, once we are in Christ should be about getting closer and closer to him. Thus, the closer we get to Christ the further behind we leave sin. As we become perfect before God we grow up, and we don’t necessarily become sinless, but we should sin less and less. Hence, the sins that used to trip us up shouldn’t have the same authority in our lives as it once did.
If the devil is going to hinder us he has to come with something new or something we haven’t seen before. In fact, those who are perfect before God understand that when we sin the Holy Spirit clutches our heart and leads us to a place called “Repentance” that we might remain in a right relationship with God, so that the devil has no long term victories in our lives. As Christians we don’t willingly or purposefully fall into or remain in sin. The Father was so serious about this perfection, that he told Abraham “I am the almighty God; walk before me and be thou perfect” (Gen 17:1). As a result, because we serve an almighty God, perfection before God is possible. That’s the good news.
God Bless You
April 21, 2010
The Final things Jehoshaphat did after proclaiming that He didn’t know what to do was he told the people: To believe in the prophets. In fact, he said believe in the prophets and so shall ye prosper. Thus, point eight (believe in God) and believe in his prophets work perfectly together to bring about prosperity in the life of the believer. To believe in God’s prophets is to believe in the leadership that God has set over us. It is to trust that God is dealing with the leadership of the ministry in the way He has designed, thus it’s up to us as members to trust and obey the leadership as long as we can see God working through him/her. When we believe in the set man/woman of God in our ministries we put ourselves in a position to prosper; and don’t only think of prosperity as money because prosperity can also be wealth in my health, peace of mind, or the ability to love or receive love.
Finally according to (2nd Chr. 20:22) we must learn to: Praise God in advance for the victory. We need to praise him in the midst of the storm as if the victory has already been won. We need to praise him as if the victory has already physically manifested itself in our lives. We need to praise God as if we have already peeked into our future and has seen God delivering the victory to us, because the fact is that in the heavenlies the victory is already won it’s through our stand and faith in God which causes the victory to be manifested in the earth. Jehoshaphat knew that true praise would cause God to show up and show out; he knew that God inhabits the very praises of his people. He knew when the people of God would get in one place, with one accord all crying out to him that a sound from heaven would come as a rushing mighty wind. Thus, praising him before the victory is given to us physically is what we must do.
God Bless You
April 16, 2010
According to (2nd Chr 20:18) the seventh thing Jehoshaphat did was he encouraged the people to worship God. For God desires such worship. In fact, (St. John 4:24) says “That God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in truth”; thus, He is looking for true worshippers. This word worship come from the old English word which means “Worthship”. So when we worship God we are telling him that He is worthy of our devotion, our adoration and our praise regardless of where we are in our lives. It doesn’t matter what our status is or what our economic status is or our title in the church or the lack thereof, He is simply worthy of our praise.
The next example Jehoshaphat gives us in (2nd Chr 20:20) is we must believe God. Faith and stability is important to our victory in Christ Jesus. Because without faith it’s impossible to please God, and an unstable person will not receive anything from God because unstableness…up today and down tomorrow, having a belief in God one moment but the next you are not sure if you do; always being caught between two opinions; that type of thinking doesn’t exemplify a consistent belief in God. (St. Mark 11:22) speaks it plainly, “Have faith in God” , and those who have this faith, those who believe God will receive from him what is exactly needed when they don’t know what to do.
God Bless You
April 15, 2010
The fifth thing Jeshoshaphat did according to (2nd Chr. 20:14) was the Spirit of the Lord was invoked to show up. You see one of the things we come to understand about God is if you make God your number one priority, if you pray in agreement the right way and if you fast long enough the Spirit of the Lord will show up and do things that we could have never, ever done on our own. And essentially that’s what this King had done up unto this point. Thus, it’s important to have the ministry of the Holy Spirit at work when we are seeking God on how to go about doing anything. The fact is that we operate in the ministry of the Holy Spirit and it was this ministry which came forth and began to give the nation of Judah the instructions of what they should do if they expected to be victorious. And it is this ministry that we must obey and become sensitive to if we are going to be victorious over the enemies of our own soul.
The sixth thing he did according to (2nd Chr. 20:17) was he stood. The text says “set yourselves, stand ye still and see the salvation of the Lord with you”; thus, after you have done all you know to do; the only thing left to do is to stand. Saint’s of God when you have obeyed God you have the right to remind God of his promises. To stand is to stand on the promises of his word; and having done all stand is to remind God, as well as ourselves in the midst of crisis that, “greater is He that is me than he that is in the world”; it is to say to ourselves “No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper”. Thus, it is literally to believe, receive and walk in His promises as you wait for them to physically manifest themselves; so having done all “Stand”.
God Bless You