May 28, 2010
Most often we think of Memorial Day as the unofficial first day of the summer. We think of vacations, cookouts and just simply a time to get away from it all. However, Memorial Day is much more than that. It’s much more than an extended weekend to play. It’s about taking time out of our sun and fun weekend to pay tribute to our men and women in the armed forces; to pay tribute to those who serve our country selflessly so that we might continue to enjoy the freedom that we so richly have in America. The freedom we have today came at a great price. The freedom we have today has a lot to do with the fact that some young man or woman gave their lives or spilled their blood in foreign mud so that we could experience this freedom. Because the truth is if half of the world had their way America wouldn’t be free to the degree that it is. If they had their way America wouldn’t be the great country that it is, and in fact it is still great. But thanks be to God and our military that have fought and died for those freedoms. Thus, I encourage you today to say a prayer for our men and women of the armed forces. Take time out of your busy schedule to remember their sacrifices, and if you get a chance let them know how much you appreciate them. Let’s take the time out to build, if only for a moment, a small memorial on their behalf.
God Bless You
May 27, 2010
The Christian should “Rejoice in hope; be patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer (Rom 12:12).
This is advice which every believer should follow. As a believer in Christ Jesus we should rejoice in hope. Hence, we rejoice in the hope that God will do what he has promised in his word. The believers hope is not a wish that God would do, but an expectancy that if we obey the word of God his promises are yea and amen. Secondly, we are to be patient in tribulation. Thus, we must go through what we have to go through, and we must be patient with God as he shapes, molds and makes us into what he would have us to be through our trouble. King David said “Wait on the Lord and be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say on the Lord” (Psalms 27:14). One of the main reasons you would need good courage and a strong heart is to stand and be patient in the midst of trouble as God matures you. Finally, we are to be instant in prayer: In other words, prayer should be a part of our lives. We shouldn’t have to make time for prayer, because prayer for the believer should automatically have a place in our lives. Prayer should be as natural to us as eating; hence, we make every effort to fill our bellies with food daily, and we should make the same effort to fill our spirit man with the words of prayer. Child of God, we can’t make it without prayer, so we might as well get comfortable with prayer… it is our life line to Jesus.
God Bless You.
May 25, 2010
The more we stay in Christ and the more we seek God for guidance in our lives, the clearer our walk with him should become. After you have been in Christ for awhile there are clearly some things you know that you shouldn’t do. For (Prov. 4:18) says “But the path of the just is as a shinning light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day.” Thus, as the just prays; as they praise; as they study God’s word and really begin to examine their own lives, the Holy Ghost within them shines the light of God’s glory on the darkness of sin in the believers life (especially the small sins) which we tend to forget about…such as that evil look you gave somebody; or those unkind words you spoke about someone, or even that thought you had which you hadn’t repented of. As we allow ourselves to grow in Christ, our path to heaven becomes clearer because of the light which the Holy Ghost shines in our heart as we walk out this Christian life. However, although it becomes clearer it doesn’t mean it becomes easier. The longer you walk out this Christian journey the brighter the light of the Holy Ghost must shine because the journey never get’s easier only more challenging.
God Bless You.
May 21, 2010
When an athlete steps on the field or the court to compete he/she is playing to win. At the end of the day, no one is playing for second place, because to the victor goes the spoils. When I was in the navy I began to take up boxing. I became so good at it that the ship’s recreation department began to set up fights for me with the marines, because I was beating all of the navy guys. My mindset was to win every time I stepped in the ring. Did I always win when I started fighting those guys in the core? No. However, even if I got knocked down, I always got back up before the count of ten. Thus, child of God we must understand that on this Christian Journey we will get knocked down by life, friends, family and we certainly have an enemy which may knock us down. However, we must be willing to get back up; we must have a mind set to win this Christian race. We must have an attitude that if we are running for Jesus, we are running to win because to come in second place only obtains us a seat in hell. The Apostle Paul understood this perfectly when he said in (1 Cor 9:24) “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” Thus, we are not running this race for a corruptible crown, for things such as money or trophies, etc. However, we are running to obtain an incorruptible crown, which is eternal in the heavens. Our crown is to hear Jesus say “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord.” As you run this race you may get tired sometimes; you may get a little weary sometime; however, hold on to the hand of God as you run and He will lead you to the finish line.
God Bless You.
May 18, 2010
(ST. John 12:42-43) says “Nevertheless among the Chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”
There were many in Jesus day that believed in him, but because of their position, status, and praise from men, they would not confess Jesus openly, but kept their relationship with Jesus private. As Christians we do have a personal relationship with Jesus, but never a private relationship. Jesus doesn’t save us so we can keep him to ourselves. He saves us so we might open ourselves up to the world and witness Jesus Christ as Lord. As Christians we are not to fear what people think about us, or whether or not we are going to be able to hold on to our positions of power, if we confess Jesus as Lord. Listen, everybody else is coming out of the closet, including homosexuals, lesbians and those on the down low. It is now past time for Christians to come out of the closet too, and man up for Jesus. These are critical times that we are facing in 2010, and critical times, requires a powerful savior to move us from glory-to-glory. Let us not operate the way many of the Chief Rulers did in Jesus day, but make the confession, “that I am a light that is sat on a hill, that cannot be hid”… I will let my light so shine before men/women, that they will see my good works and glorify my Father which is in heaven”. Come on out of the closet, with your powerful self and be who God called you to be.
God Bless You
May 14, 2010
The Bottom line for Christian singles is: Think before you say “I Do”. As singles you may not have all the answers. In fact, you won’t have all the answers. However, you should at least have some idea of what you are going into; you should have at least ask the questions that’s relevant to a marriage. Those questions’ being what does God say about marriage? That’s an important question because at the end of the day it was God that created marriage. Marriage can and is a beautiful thing when done the right way. It doesn’t mean you won’t have problems, but at least when you have sought God, asked the right questions and have gotten to know your friend you have at least done what you know to be the best thing.
I started out by saying think before you say “I Do” because no matter how long you have been single marriage will change your life, and it is worth counting up the cost before you make the jump. It’s not something to be rushed and the world would have you to rush in because we live in a right now society. A microwave society of instant, I won’t it right now and I don’t want to have to think about it at all. Or “if it feels good do it right now”. Thus, marriages in America are like fast food restaurants, it’s good going down, don’t cost much off the dollar menu, but it’s not good for you and it doesn’t last long. Fast food doesn’t stay with you like mommas cooking in the kitchen used to. Thus, a Christian single that rushes into marriage is a disaster waiting to happen and the Devil would have you to rush in and not think…count up all the cost before you go in so that he might have a field day with your marriage. Thus, think before you say “I Do”, because done the right way marriage is still a beautiful thing.
God Bless You.
May 12, 2010
Don’t marry someone expecting to change them: If you are dating someone and there are some things that you don’t like about their personality or character now and somehow you believe that once you get them to the altar they are going to change, you are sadly mistaken. There are none of us that are perfect but Christ; thus, there are faults and weaknesses in us all. However, if you know that there are some things that you don’t like about a friend you are dating now, right now would be the time to speak up or forever hold your peace. Don’t wait until you get married to say something when you know that is a problem with you now because you can’t change anyone. The hope is to say something now (while it is day) because night time will come and that thing you hate the most about them will show up again.
Thus, Christian singles it is important to pay attention very closely to the one you may have an interest in before you get married. It is certainly true that when you are dating, men/women tend to put on their best face, they tend to wear their shiniest armor so you have a hard time seeing all the kinks, chinks and wrinkles in that armor. But once you get past being impressed by all the glitter and gold in the armor, pay attention to the things you don’t like and begin to discuss those things; because if the man or woman can’t handle money now don’t expect that they are going to magically learn when you get married because you will find yourselves very unhappy. Change comes when we make a conscious decision to change. Someone may recommend that you change but ultimately change is up to the individual. (James 4:8) says “Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded;” meaning that if we desire real change we have to take the first step and draw nigh toward Jesus. He will not override our wills. Thus, change starts with me.
God Bless You