December 20, 2011
(Gen 2:24) says “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother and shall cleave unto his own wife: and they shall be one flesh.
From the beginning of time God expected at least three things to happen in every marriage:
The first thing is that a man would leave his father and mother: This implies that he would leave the parent’s behind and the family he grew up in to take a woman’s hand in marriage and publicly declare his love and union with another. When a husband and wife have made such a declaration, they have a greater reason to give themselves to building a committed relationship one with another.
This also means that they don’t run to mommy and daddy every time they have an issue. What it should mean is that they both run to God or to someone who has an intimate relationship with God…such as their pastor or spiritual advisor to help them see God’s vision for their marriage. There is no shame in asking if you really don’t know. The only shame is seeing a marriage on life support, or worst, divorce because neither spouse sought out help. Now that’s darn shame.
God Bless You
December 16, 2011
The Apostle Paul says in Col. 3:5 “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication,(having sex outside of marriage) uncleanness (moral uncleanness and filth), inordinate affection (all types of lust and sinful desires), evil concupiscence (a strong sexual desire often ending in lust-or an evil impulse), covetousness (greed), and idolatry (anything you put before God); as Christians we have to constantly mortify (kill these things that would try to control our members).
What are our members? Our members would be our hands-we have to watch the things we touch; our feet-we have to watch the places we go; our eyes –we have to monitor the things we see; our ears- we have to monitor who we allow to minister in our ears; and our mouth-we have to watch the things we say.
Every day we have to kill or die daily to something in us that’s not like God.
This is done through the word of God-prayer-praise-submission to Godly leadership, and obedience to the word of God. We have to let go of those spirit’s that we have gotten comfortable with in our past and present, because on any day that you are not trying to discipline or put to death (mortify) those spirit’s that are ungodly in you, those same spirit’s are trying to live in you and take authority.
God Bless You
December 14, 2011
Our society is set up to want more and more. If we have a car we want a newer one; if we have a house, we want a bigger house; if we have a television that still works with a good picture we want the latest version of the flat screen high definition television. It even seems the more money we make the more we spend. The spirit of greed has been loosed on our society and the body of Christ must be mindful of that and make every attempt not to allow the spirit of greed to overtake you. The fact is we seem to never have enough; when the truth is if we learn to become good stewards over the resources which God has given to us we won’t confuse the spirit of greed with the spirit of need.
(Pro 15:27) says “He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house: but he that hates gifts shall live.” Thus, the man/woman who feels they must have more and more brings trouble to their own house. The spirit of greed will cause you to buy stuff you don’t need-max out your credit cards and have you working two or three jobs just to keep up with the lifestyle. Hence, child of God if you are working that much you have little time for God and if you are married you have little to no time for each other; and if you can’t find time for God and your spouse, your relationships will soon begin to deteriorate, and I don’t care how much you tell yourself that everything is good in your house.
On the other hand, those who hate gifts are those who may see something they really want but because they can’t afford it will wait patiently for it and get it in God’s time to keep from being in bondage. Child of God we need to discern between the spirit of need and the spirit of greed, because the latter will put you so far in bondage that it literally takes you years to come out.
God Bless You
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