Rejoice Always

December 9, 2011

Rejoicing always is not easy to do. With the uncertain times we live in, with the world and the media presenting us with the fear of losing everything; when you look around and there seems to be trouble on every side, not only in the world, but in the life of the believer as well, to be in a constant state of rejoicing seems to be impossible. In fact, it is impossible without the Lord being resident and evident in your life. However, as a believer, as long as God is still on the throne, and I believe that He is, it is possible to live in a state of rejoicing.

As Christians do we experience pain? Of course we do, but we don’t allow the pain to dominate us such that we can’t rejoice in the Lord in the midst of pain. The Apostle Paul said “Rejoice in the Lord always again I say rejoice” (Phil 4:4). Thus, those who are in the Lord have the capability to rejoice continually, in fact when you look at the prefix “re” in rejoice it means to do again or go back to the original state. Whenever we “re” something we back up; therefore everyday you have to re-joy, you have to re-new your joy again.

The joy you had on Sunday won’t be good enough for Monday. Thus, (Psalms 118:24) says “This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it”. Everyday child of God we have to arise with a new joy, a joy for today’s date, and because Gods mercies are new every morning, He is ready to release your new joy for today. Therefore as you arise from your sleep, don’t forget to ask the Lord for your dose of joy for today because the only reason you don’t have it is because you didn’t ask, and the bible says “you have not because you ask not” (James 4:2).

God Bless You

PVM


Transfigured

December 8, 2011

(St Mark 9:2) “Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter, James and John and brought them up to a high mountain by themselves, and he was transfigured before them.”

Even as Jesus was transfigured (changed) we too must be changed if we are to make heaven our final destination. As Christians we must continue to grow in Christ; we must continue to die to ourselves daily; hence, we must be willing to do the things which the word of God tells us in order to make the change. Our change must be a change that happens on the inside in our inner man before the change can be manifested outwardly.

Thus, when the change is real you will know, God will certainly know, and the people around you will certainly be a witness that a change has come over you. If heaven is to be ours we can’t be satisfied with the fact that we at least got saved, we must be willing to move beyond the day we got saved into the growth and maturity of God. Meaning that our actions should be changing, our words should be changing, our love for people should be increasing, and we should begin to look more like Jesus from an internal standpoint.

Thus, our character should exemplify the character of Jesus. Child of God the truth is that “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things have passed away, behold all things have become new (2Cor 5:17).” When you are in Christ you are not who you used to be; the old you is dead and Christ has now come alive in you. Thus, if there has been no noticeable change in you since you proclaimed Jesus as Lord, then you must go back and examine your salvation again because there must be a change.

God Bless You

PVM


A Broken And Contrite Spirit

December 7, 2011

In the Body of Christ you often hear people say they are seeking the presence, power and anointing of God; but if we want the presence of God to be evident in our lives, we must operate in a contrite and humble spirit. When a Christian operates in a contrite and humble spirit, you want have to look for God because God is actually looking for you. God wants to hang out with people that operate in a contrite {repentant} and a humble spirit {not seeing themselves too high or too low, but as God sees them}.

(ISA 57:15KJV) says “For thus saith the high and lofty one that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the spirit of the contrite one”. Those who operate with a broken and repentant spirit are not earthly, but they are heavenly minded; thus it affords God the opportunity to be in their presence, because they have elevated themselves to a place where God and the Christian can become intimate

God Bless You

PVM


Perfection 2

December 6, 2011

Perfection in Christ was never about being faultless or flawless because God knew we were very flawed and full of faults that’s why He sent his son Jesus to die for us. However, perfection is about maturing in Christ; it’s about growing up in Him.

Those of us that are being perfected in Christ do not stay the same as we always were. We don’t continue to let the same sin plague us day after day and year after year. We find the power, grace and strength to overcome those sins that so easily beset us. Thus, if you are not overcoming some stuff you are probably not growing.

I liken our growth in Christ to our growth throughout our child hood. When were born we came into this world as an infant, but we didn’t remain an infant. We eventually became a toddler, then a preteen, a teenager, a young adult…etc. In other words, we didn’t remain the same and neither do we remain the same in Christ as we press for perfection. Jesus has perfection on his mind when he says “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect (Matt 5:48).”

God Bless You

PVM


Perfection

December 5, 2011

As a people we all love to see someone chase perfection. Many of us were in awe of the New England Patriots as they chased perfection a few years ago, only to come up short (Go Giants). Many are in awe this year of the Green Bay Packers chase of perfection, however, the outcome is yet to be told. We love perfection and so does Christ because He is perfect and he challenges us to be. We have heard it said that as long as we are in this body we will never be perfect; however, it depends on how we define perfection.

Webster defines perfect as being entirely without fault or defect, that’s not us. It’s defined as flawless, that’s not us. However, there is one that comes close when it simply says we are (Complete). And for the Christian we are complete in Christ Jesus.

When we find ourselves complete in Christ Jesus then perfection is what we strive for, thus we may not be sinless but sin living in our daily lives becomes less and less of a problem because we don’t practice it and we think about our actions before we do them, and we think about how our words may affect someone before we speak them. King David certainly thought he could be perfect when he said “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

God Bless You

PVM


Serve The Lord With Gladness

December 2, 2011

(Psalm 100:2) says “Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”

As Christians, do we serve the Lord with gladness (pleasure, delight, joy, satisfaction) because that is one of the requirements? Or do we find ourselves most often serving in sadness (grief, unhappy, often dissatisfied)? Many serve God out of fear, because at the end of the day, none of us want to go to hell. However, when we begin to serve God out of our love for him, we will have an ability to serve him with gladness of heart and that is what’s required.

Serving him with gladness will have us singing in his presence regardless of the circumstance, whether you can carry a tune or not. Serving him with gladness will cause us to smile even when we are in pain; serving him with gladness will cause us to serve him even harder when we are in the valley of the shadow of death. Serving him with gladness give us purpose and reason to live life in him to the fullest extent possible and cherish every day on this side of the dirt.

Take a moment and examine how many days are you really glad about serving the Lord verses the days you are sad or just serving out of fear instead of love. It may tell you something about your relationship with Christ.

God Bless You

PVM