July 30, 2010
(Prov 14:26) says “In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge”
Christians who fear the Lord (those who have a healthy respect for the Lord, those who love the Lord, those who obey His commandments) are those who have confidence in the Lord. In fact, they not only have confidence, but they have strong confidence. You see there is a difference between the two. To be confident as a Christian I may believe that God is able to take me through another day. However, strong confidence in the Lord says, no matter what happens today I will start my day in the Lord and I will finish my day in the lord; strong confidence in the Lord causes you not to break or splinter under the pressures of the world or the devil; strong confidence causes you not to give up when everyone else is telling you to quit because there must be an easier way; strong confidence in the Lord says there is hope when it looks like hope is gone.
Thus, strong confidence in Jesus encourages you not to run from the storm, but to understand that in the midst of the storm you have a place of refuge. A place of refuge would be a shelter, a covering, a place of safety right in the middle of the storm you’re facing in your life. Thus, the hurricane can be wreaking havoc all around you, however, Jesus has you standing right in the eye of the storm, and in the eye of the storm is peace. Finally, your peace in the midst of the storm is dependent upon how confident you are that the Lord can take you through the storm, because the storms will come, otherwise, why would you need a place of refuge.
God Bless You.
July 29, 2010
As spoken on yesterday we come to understand that fear is not of God, because he has not given us the spirit of fear. However, he has given us power, love and a sound mind. Those three elements are important when it comes to getting the victory over fear. Power is important because Christians have power over the spirit of fear in the name of Jesus. In fact, (Isaiah 41:10 KJV) tells us “Fear thou not for I am with thee, be not dismayed for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with my right hand of righteousness saith the Lord. Thus, the expectation from heaven is that we will trust in the power of God when fear comes upon us. Saints of God it’s not that we won’t experience fear, because even as a Christian fear comes upon us all, however, we don’t want fear to grip us in such a way that we can’t hear from God and make the proper decisions when fear attempts to rise up.
The Lord also gave us love. Love is important in the midst of fear and the daily struggles of life because when we are going through hard times; when we are going through things that may cause us to fear it’s good to know that someone loves us. We know that God loves us but it’s also good to know that we have family, friends and church members that care for us as well. When we know that we are loved it causes us to continue to push and press our way through those things that would cause us to fear.
Finally, God has given us a sound mind. Thank the Lord that we are not crazy! Hence, in the midst of difficult situations God has given us a mind to make not only the right decisions when fear attempts to rise up in our lives, but he has also given us a mind to make the Godly decision. And if we are in our word he has given us 66 books of the bible to help us make that decision when fear comes upon us; because fear desires for you to make decisions based upon his leading, not the leading of the Spirit of God.
God Bless You
July 28, 2010
(1Tim. 1:7) says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.
There is a fear of the Lord that is certainly healthy for all Christians to have. But the fear that’s being talked about in this text does not come from God, and anything that God doesn’t give you, you don’t want to receive anyway. Thus, for Paul to say to Timothy “that God hath not given us the spirit of fear” is a sure sign that for the Christian having a spirit of fear is never good. Child of God the thing about fear is that it paralyzes a Christian; meaning that it makes us powerless, even ineffective. It destroys or prevents us from becoming who God said we could be. It keeps us from walking in our divine destiny and fulfilling the true purpose that God has for us. Fear will keep us in poverty when God desires to bring us into prosperity; fear will keep us from applying for that Job we have been wanting because we are listening to the spirit of fear tell us that we can’t do it, or we aren’t qualified for it, or we don’t look good enough.
In other words, fear will tell us anything to keep us from being who God said we could be, when all we really need to know is Lord is it you? Fear keeps us in the place of comfort and safety when God is saying launch out into the deep and try something you always wanted to do but were too afraid to do it. Fear will have you saying to yourself… I should have tried it but it’s too late; I’m too old; I’m married with kids and I will never be able to go back to school and get that degree. Saints of God don’t let the spirit of fear paralyze you to the degree where you are looking back on your life ten years from now wondering… God what if I had stepped out on faith and truly gave that dream in my heart a shot, where would I be?
God Bless You
July 27, 2010
In the 29th book of Psalms it speaks in great detail about the voice of the Lord. It talks about the voice of the Lord being powerful; the voice of the Lord being full of majesty, and the voice of the Lord breaking cedars…etc. We know when the Lord speaks things begin to happen immediately. For he spoke to the wind and the sea and said “Peace be still” and the elements immediately fell inline. At the genesis of time He said let there be light and immediately light obeyed. It’s amazing that the elements and all forms of life obey when God speaks but man in all his wisdom has a hard time recognizing the voice of the Lord. It’s expected that the unsaved won’t obey when God speaks but the saved, the born again believer should obey when the Lord speaks. In fact, (St. John 10:4 KJV) says “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. Thus, it is expected that those who are sheep of the chief shepherd Jesus Christ are to obey when he speaks.
However, we must know his voice. We come to recognize his voice in many ways. One of those ways is through the word of God which is found in the holy bible. Another way we come to know his voice is through the leaders that God has placed over us if you are a part of a bible believing, bible teaching ministry. Those leaders would be those that are a part of the five-fold ministry, such as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. It is imperative that we who call ourselves Christians come to know his voice and obey when he speaks, whether it is the read word of the Gospel or whether it is taught or preached on Sunday morning. Hence, the difference between those who will make it in and those who won’t will be those who will hear his voice and after hearing his voice makes a decision to obey completely.
God Bless You
July 22, 2010
As Christians we must learn to be content (or satisfied) with the situation we find ourselves in. It’s not always easy to be content with your situation, but we must learn to be. The Apostle Paul teaches us this when he tells us “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content” (Phil 4:4). Thus, if you are living in a state of abundance be content; however, if you are living in a state of need be content as well, because God is able to deliver you. In fact, He wants you to have a need in your life so that He can show you that He is your provider. Learning to be content keeps us out of trouble; for example, when we are content with the car that we have (that’s paid for and still runs well) we don’t go out and buy a new car with new payments, understanding that freedom from debt brings about freedom in Christ. We don’t go out and buy that new thing (whatever it is) and charge it to our credit card, when we can’t afford the credit card payments we have now. We don’t go out and buy a bigger house when we couldn’t afford the smaller home we lived in. There used to be a saying “the rich just wanted to be richer, and those who had much wanted even more”, and child of God as long as God provides it for us, we shouldn’t have a problem with that. However, if you are becoming enslaved to the lender unnecessarily, you need to learn to be content with where you are and wait on God. In fact, when you find yourself in a hole the first thing to do in order to get out of the hole is to stop digging.
God Bless You!
July 15, 2010
After Eli the priest had died, his son Phinehas was slain, and the ark of God was taken from Israel by their enemies, Eli’s daughter-n-law named her child I-chabod. I-chabod means: The glory of the Lord has departed. And in many New Testament churches today the services could very well be named after this child, because the glory of the Lord has departed. When our services are more about style than they are substance the glory of the Lord has departed. When our services become more about entertainment than they are a heart change for God then the glory of the Lord has departed. When our services become more about celebrity preachers and celebrity entertainers than it does the one and only celebrated-never duplicated Jesus Christ our savior then the glory of the Lord has departed.
It seems as if our pastors today are under attack to bring the world’s influence, and their way of doing things into the church. Many pastors have come to the conclusion that the only way they will keep their members; the only way they are going to get larger is if they bring (if only so slightly) a little of the world into the church. We must be careful with that because a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Child of God, if Jesus can’t draw them; if the word of truth can’t draw them; you never had them anyway. In fact, you probably won’t be able to keep them because they joined under the pretense of style and not substance. I challenge the leaders in the body of Christ today to preach the truth of God’s word and let him add to the church daily. Anything other than the truth of God’s word is I-chabod. (Ref. 1 Sam 4:21)
God Bless You.
July 13, 2010
(1Tim 4:12) says “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
The two final traits Paul shared with Timothy that a Godly leader must exemplify are faith and purity.
These traits must be evident not only in a leader but in a Christian. We know this because the bible tells us “That without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Heb. 11:6 kjv).” No one will know the Lord Jesus Christ without it. No believer will be able to go through life without their faith being tested. In fact, Hebrews 11 demonstrates to us over and over again those who gave their lives and went through various trials and tribulations by and through faith.
Finally, we must operate in purity; for it is the pure in heart that will see God. Thus, we must separate ourselves from anything or anyone that will keep us from living our lives in purity. We must examine any sin in our lives, repent of it and become truly free of the sin that so easily besets us. We must sanctify ourselves through the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and it must be evident in our daily walk with him. The Lord has an expectation that we will live our lives with intent to be pure, and it is the pure in heart that He will receive as an offering unto him. We know this is true because throughout the Old Testament when the children of Israel brought him a sacrifice it had to be without spot or wrinkle, it had to be their very best. And it is no different today. Jesus may receive you initially into salvation as you are but if we are to be received into heaven one day we can’t remain as we did the day we received salvation. We must grow, and we must purify our lives through the righteousness of Christ.
God Bless You