The Kingdom of God is in you

November 30, 2011

(Rom 14:17) says “The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost”.

The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink (or those things we need to sustain life in our flesh), but it is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost; and because the believer has the Kingdom of God residing in them, righteousness, peace, and joy should be manifested in our lives daily. Now be honest with yourself, when people look at you, do you believe they see the Kingdom of God on display? Do they see the righteousness of God, the peace of God, and the joy of the Lord?

If the answer is no, then you must examine your walk with God to see why that is. Because if unbelievers are going to see the kingdom, it must be seen in the life of the believer; and you can’t display what you don’t possess. The Apostle Paul told the church at Corinth, “Ye are our epistles written in our hearts, known and read of all men” (2Cor 3:2).

An unbeliever may never read a bible, but the minute you mention you are a Christian, your life becomes a living, breathing, moving bible for them to read. The question is what will they see? This is not to say that we don’t have challenges or difficult times because we do, but don’t allow the devil, life or even your own mind to steal your Kingdom inheritance, because you never know who is watching… looking for the Kingdom of God in you.

God Bless You

PVM

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Continue In Well Doing

November 29, 2011

(Gal 6:9) says “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Christians must continue in well doing even when it’s difficult. We must continue to obey God and serve him at the greatest level we can. We must continue to love when others have stopped loving, we must continue to give of ourselves when giving seems to have run its course. We must continue to be compassionate when others have given up on man. We must continue to exemplify the glory of God in our lives even in the midst of a crooked and perverse world.

Continuing to do well is often difficult because there are times in our lives where we too want to faint. There are times in the life of the believer when we face some very difficult challenges, to the degree where we feel like if we could drop the well doing and do it our way at least this one time, that things would somehow turn out better.

However, those who continue in well doing, those who will obey God no matter what, those who have decided that they will not faint (give up) will reap a harvest from the Lord in due season. Thus, due season is God’s time not ours. Therefore, hold on saints and don’t give up in well doing.

God Bless You

PVM


Belief Before Behavior

November 25, 2011

A healthy Christian lifestyle is the result of a healthy Christian belief system, not the other way around. For example, the Bible tells us to “stand against the wiles of the devil” (EPH 6:11). But how can we hope to stand against the devil if we don’t understand that God has already raised us up with Christ and seated us victoriously with Him in heavenly places (EPH 2:6)? How can we rejoice and be strong during trials (ROM 12:12) without the confidence of knowing we have been made right with God by faith and enjoy peace with Him through Christ (ROM 5:1)?

If what we believe about God is shaky, then our day-to-day behavior will be shaky. But when our belief system and our relationship with God are based on what He says is true, we’ll have very little trouble working out the practical aspects of daily Christianity. The fact is, as Christians we need to let God’s word be true and mans word be a lie. Child of God, don’t get caught believing the lie; don’t get caught up believing what the Devil says or what the world says about us.

We need to learn what God says and begin to believe, receive and walk in that which God has said. Otherwise, we will always be up and down or in and out in our Christian walk. Belief before behavior is important because if I believe God for real there will be consistency in my walk and relationship with Christ.

God Bless You

PVM


Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2011

In Psalm 136 the writer praises God for what He has done, is doing and will do. Thus, there is a recurring theme that runs through the book that says “O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good for his mercy endureth forever.” And on this special day that we set aside to give thanks, let’s do just that. Let us give thanks today unto to Lord for His Love, grace and mercy that He has bestowed upon us.

Let us who know our God, give thanks for the opportunity to give and receive love from family and friends. Let us take out some time to share the love of God around the dinner table with family and friends. Let us thank God for our US military who give their lives on the battlefield all over the world so that we might have the right to celebrate this day so freely.

Finally, let us thank God for the family and friends that passed on to the other side, and who rest in the arms of the Lord. Let us thank God for having the opportunity to know them, love them, and to laugh with them. There are so many things to thank God for everyday, however, don’t let this day get away without saying thank you to the Lord for something; for the word of God says “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

God Bless You

PVM


Blessed-6

November 16, 2011

(Matt 5:8) says “Blessed are the pure in heart: For they shall see God.”

This word pure in the Greek means clean, clear or pure; thus only those who have a clean heart shall see God. All will certainly see him from the perspective of judgment, however, only the pure in heart will get to see him in the fullness of his glory, and have the opportunity to bask in that glory in heaven. Sin in the heart of man will never stand in the presence of a Holy God, that’s why David said “Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10); because the heart of man must be pure.

And unlike man, who looks on the outward appearance, God looks directly at our hearts and He knows who is pure and who is not. There won’t be no talking your way into heaven. There won’t be no begging your way into heaven; there won’t be no boasting about our good works because God is looking for purity of heart and he won’t be fooled. Therefore, if you want to see him, prepare your heart for victory while you on this side of the dirt because once you close your eyes for the last time it will be too late.

God Bless You

PVM


Blessed-5

November 15, 2011

(Matt 5:7)Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy

The believer who is merciful shall obtain mercy. This word merciful in the Greek means compassionate. Thus, it’s sympathy with a desire to alleviate. Hence, it’s easy to say I am compassionate to someone but are you compassionate to the degree where you not only feel their pain but are you willing to help someone through their pain? Are you willing to stay with them until God releases you? Are you willing to stay with them until victory comes?

The merciful shall obtain mercy because God needs people who will not just say I’m there, but will actually be there for someone above and beyond what they thought they could do; above and beyond what they thought they could give. The merciful from Christ perspective are willing to go the extra mile for others expecting nothing in return but the love that only God can give.

God Bless You

PVM


Blessed-4

November 9, 2011

Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (Matt 5:6)

Jesus continues his “Beatitudes Sermon” and he says blessed (happy) are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness desire the presence of God in their lives more than anything else. They have a longing, a thirst and a yearning for that which only God can give and that is salvation, that is peace in the midst of a storm and that is a place of protection from the hand of the enemy.

The desire for righteousness is so great that nothing else matters. They desire a right standing with God, an intimate relationship with God, to the degree that their spirit man cries out for his presence. It’s a cry of desperation. King David demonstrates this desperation to us when he says “O God, thou art my God: early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and a thirsty land where no water is (Psalm 63:1 KJV). It’s those who cry out as David did who will be filled with the righteousness of God.

God Bless You

PVM