Speak To Me...
"Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine." 1 Timothy 5:17
Be inspired and moved by the word of God as we minister to you through this inspirational expounding..."Speak To Me" Be Blessed!
Ye are the salt
of the earth: but if the salt have lost
his savour, where with shall it be salted?
It is thence forth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be
trodden under foot of men. -- Matthew 5:13
Ye are the salt of the earth.
Ye are the salt of the earth. You
are the reason the earth has any flavor at all.
You are the reason salvation remains. You are the reason the earth is
preserved. You are the reason. You are
the reason, because you carry the seasoning of the Holy Ghost. Tell somebody “I’m salty”
So significant was this word salt in the word of God it is
mentioned some 41 times.
The definition of salt is as follows:
1. a crystalline
compound, sodium chloride, occurring as a mineral, a constituent of seawater,
used for seasoning food, as a preservative
2. An element that
gives liveliness, piquancy, or pungency.
As a seasoning salt adds flavor to the blandness of
food. But in the spirit the flavor of
the Holy Ghost adds flavor to the lives of the saints. It preserves us. The flavor of our salt should be use to bring
in new disciples and keep flavor to those who have already tasted of the Lord
and found him to be good.
As salt we are a preservative, we are seasoning, we are the flavor
of the earth.
In the natural salt has the ability to make things taste
better. So is it in the spirit. The more you ingest the word of God, the more
you praise God, and the more you develop your relationship of worship with
God, the more richness in flavor you
become. The more God can use you to
sprinkle your seasoning on those who need to get a taste of Jesus.
Tell somebody I’m salty.
Jesus charges the saints to salt the earth. To spread the seasoning of the word of God to
all they came in contact with.
Many of us have fallen down this assignment. We only want to share the flavor of God with
those that already know him, i.e. other church folk. We don’t really move out of the four walls of
the church so we continue to shake salt on each other. Transferring salty
residue one to another, in this God is getting no glory.
The good news of the word of God must be made available to
all men by the seasoned voices of the saints of God. This means watch what you say and how you say
Colossians 4:6 – Let your speech be always with grace,
seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Remember you are the salt.
But too much salt can leave a bad taste in the mouths of others. Too
much can cause natural problems and too much can cause spiritual problems;
don’t let the salt you sprinkle be the contaminated kind. Let God flavor you.
What good are you if you have lost your savor/flavor? How will others be salted if your salt has
ceased to carry any flavor? How can I maintain my saltiness? How can I keep the flavor of God alive in me? The answer is a daily dosage of prayer; A
daily dosage of the word; A daily dosage of praise; And a daily dosage of
When you pray – You maintain communication with God.
When you read his word—you maintain daily instruction from
When you praise him you maintain your adoration and
thankfulness of God
But when you worship- you maintain your love for him.
You keep you flavor, by your worship.
Lose your worship, Lose your joy
Lose your worship, Lose your peace
Lose your worship, Lose your connection with God
Lose your worship, Expect calamity
Lose your worship, Lose you flavor.
Lose your flavor and you are good for nothing but to be cast
out and trodden under foot of men.
Saints maintain your flavor.
Don’t let the enemy, circumstances of this world, life’s situations keep
you from being the salt you were created.
And if you think you might be losing your flavor, get back on
the altar and let the Lord give you another dosage of the Holy Ghost.
"Don't Lose Your Flavor!"
“The Nameless Woman-Don’t Be Afraid To Move Into Your Future.”
:“And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? Son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
For we will destroy this place, because of the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hat sent us to destroy it.
And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him; and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:
Behold now, thy servant that found grace in thy sight, and thou has magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou has spoken,
Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou become thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;
And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. - Genesis 19:12-26
Vs 26: But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Want to talk about the character of a nameless woman. - “Lot’s Wife”
What was the significance of this nameless woman being mentioned in the bible? I challenge you to think that it was more than just the consequences of disobedience. Anybody who has attended a bible believing church has heard or read the story of Lot’s wife. You also know that she was punished for disobeying a commandment from the angels of God concerning leaving or moving from a city destined to be destroyed.
When the command was given to Lot for them to go and not look back. In that era women were subservient and really didn’t have any say about decisions made by their husbands. The only thing they could do was follow. Lot didn’t take the time to have a conversation with her about the plan; although, he went and had a conversation with his intended son-in-laws, but not his wife. She was expected to follow and obey without question or consideration.
Like many women today, Lot’s Wife was very comfortable where she was. She was the part of an elite family. Her husband had power and some authority. There was the relationship to Abraham that also gave that family some clout. She was an important figure in that family. Lot was able to do the many things he did because there was a Lot’s wife at home, tending to everything. As with so many women we encounter today.
They are home makers or business women who have taking on the responsibility of doing and caring and making sure that the home is properly prepared and ready not just for a husband, but for themselves and for guest. She built relationships with her neighbors. She shared gossip and stories with them as she tended her garden, prepared meals or simply rested under the stars after a long day of heavy, menial work. She had friends. She attended social gathering of the wife. She gave birth and reared children; all in this God forsaken city.
However Sodom, with all its imperfections and the wickedness of the men of the city, this was her home.
What would make her look back? Although a command was given, what would make her look back? There are many things that she could have been looking back for: She could have looked back at the life she would no longer have. She could have looked back at the only thing she had ever known. She could have looked back mourning for the friends that were swallowed up in God’s wrath who were no more.
She could have looked back to say goodbye to all the daily rituals and routines that marked her life and provided meaning for her existence. We may never know what was going through her mind when she looked back, but we do know that she was swiftly punished by the hand of God.
God provided a new future for her. Did she not trust him enough that he would restore everything she lost? As I was looking and studying this text, I realized that on so many occasions God has instructed people to move, or change the order in which they have been doing things or conducting business, but because of comfort and being comfortable in where we are we have not obeyed the voice of God.
Thank God he hasn’t decided to inflict swift judgment on us. Most of us would already be salt pillars.
We cannot be afraid of what lies ahead for us. If God is instructing you to set order in your homes, personal lives, work, family, spiritual walk with him, don’t be afraid of where that might lead you. You’re going to have to let some things go, some people go, you may even have to physically go, but don’t be afraid of the future God has for you.
God has already provided what you will need. He is waiting on you to flee the city. He’s waiting for you to flee the Sodom and Gomorah of your life. He has been speaking to you for some time to get things in order because he is moving you to a new level in him and you have been dragging your feet, but today is the day.
Hear his voice and harden not your heart. He has calling you to flee your city of despair and move into your city of joy. Move from your city of despondency into your city of hope. Move from your city of depression and dejection into your city of grace, milk and honey. Move to your city of abundance. Don’t worry about what you have to leave behind. Rest in the assured and the insurance that God got everything covered.
This nameless woman could have had everything restored and renewed had she not disobeyed and not been afraid of her future.
Don’t become “Lot’s wife” and turn into walking and breathing salt, because you won’t move forward in the things of God for your life.
“No one placing their hand on the plow and looking at the things behind is worthy for the reign of god” (Luke 9:62)
I'm Ready To Withdraw"
Scripture: 2 Kings 12:7-9 and St.Mark 12:41-44
(7) Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? Now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house.
(8) And the priests consented to receive no more money of the people, neither to repair the breaches of the house.
(9) But Johoiada, the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one cometh into the house of the Lord: and the priests that kept the door put therein all the money that was brought into the house of the Lord.
(10) And it was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king's scribe and the high priest came up, and they put up in bags, and told the money that was found in the house of the Lord.
(41) And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
(42) And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
(43) And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
(44) For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living
Are you ready to withdraw from the Kingdom Treasury. We realize the importance of storing up Praise toward Christ- a daily spiritual diet of the word of God puts you in a better position with your request to him. The need to function with full potential is important for survival while here on earth. Key principals are in place, a call to live Holy is required for claiming Spiritual rewards from the Kingdom treasury.
We as kingdom heirs must be aware of the importance of Depositing and Withdrawing, along with the consequences you will face by not following GOD'S plan. By not truly worshiping him in Spirit and in truth you can damage yourself. Following people that seeks validation from man will cause you to stumble and fall- losing your entitlement to the treasury.
Churches are perishing, losing their rewards by following leaders that misconstrues what the bible says. The word of GOD is not to be used as leverage. The Bible is right all by itself....It should be instruction for our daily living.
There are “Natural and Spiritual” deposits and withdrawals.
Deposit means anything laid away or entrusted to another for safekeeping. So that means if I deposit something it is held till I get ready to withdraw it out. Paying taxes is an example and a form of deposit. Paying taxes is a calculation of your salary that is deposited into the government's treasury.
Pay taxes or paying tribute were a custom, and it was practiced in the bible days. Jesus participated while in the land of Capernaum, the bible records Jesus, demonstrating his wisdom on giving tribute. The Leaders tried to trap him by questioning Jesus on paying tribute to the Cesar. But Jesus knew their custom for he covered his debt and the debt of his disciple.
Protection of your deposit is important. A Treasury- is a building, room, chest, or other place for the preservation of treasure or valuable object. We often referred treasury as a hiding and secured place where no one could find it, there're many stories on treasures that was buried. By burying treasures it meant that someone had hidden, concealed and covered their valuables with earth.
Spiritually, we practice the same concept of hiding and covering up what we don't want God to see. The bible says, a good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil treasure brings forth evil- That means God sees the unseen. How? God looks at the inner qualities and not the outer parts of one physical anatomy.
We must deposit something greater, more consistent, and pleasing to God; securing our Prayers, Worship and Praise towards heaven. In order to live in the overflow of the promises of God we must store up deposits daily. You must learn how to decree blessings from God by saturating the atmosphere with praise; declaring the blessings of God and knowing that manifestation will happen.
Its’ yours if you want it. You will receive what's deposited if your deposit was sealed with a stamp of Devotion and Worship.
But Devotion alone isn't going to allow you a withdrawal from the Kingdom's treasury. God wants you to have a relationship with him, giving him your total Praise. The bible states that God inhabits the praises of his people. If your praise is not deposited correctly you will not reap a rewarding blessing.
You're only going to receive what you deposited. Small deposit of Praise will only get you a small increase. Your increase could be greater if you would establish a relationship with God. Your mind, body and Spirit must be in agreement when depositing praise to him. This allows you Spirit-man to push forth the worship key that will open up the kingdom's treasury. These treasures will have no choice but to fall abundantly and overtake you.
But there are times where the season of withdrawal could be wrong. When you're Spiritual immaturity, and you remove what you deposited to soon, your will fall to self-destruction, how?
By not allowing God to have his way- your touch leaves a stench of sin which allows circumstances to take place; cycles are repeated, causing you to lose the value of an abundance of wealth from the Lord's treasury.
The poor widow women knew the value of supporting the house of the Lord. By casting what she had she unlocked the Lord's treasury. She spoke no words nor made any motions but gave all she had.
Following the ordinance of God is a requirement for all Kingdom heirs- the manner of giving is govern by one's attitude for God loves a cheerful giver.
The sound of your giving isn't what pleases God- but the silence of a submissive heart and living a lifestyle that pleases him will speak words of faith-that will fill his ears.
Are you ready to withdraw your deposit from the kingdom treasury?
"I'm Determined to See the King"
Scriptures: Esther 4:1-3, 7-16
This story of Esther is not unfamiliar to many of us, but just in case there is someone who does not know—here is a brief synopsis of the story. Esther was an orphaned virgin who was adopted by her cousin Mordecai. During this time many young virgins were sought and brought into the presence of the king to be prepared for marriage to the king. These young women would undergo twelve months of beautification and stayed in the king’s harem. When a woman’s turn came to become the wife, the queen she was given anything she wanted to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace. Esther was part of this process and the king found favor with her and chose her.
During this king’s reign he promoted and demoted men at will. The King promoted a man named Haman over all of the nobles- this office made him the powerful official in the empire. The king had commanded all his officials to bow down before Haman showing respect whenever he passed by. But Mordecai refused and was question by others- Haman realized that Mordecai would not bow down and he was filled with rage. Haman wanted to kill Mordecai. In addition to wanted him dead Haman’s racism was so severe when he learned that Mordecai was a Jew he decided it wasn’t enough to kill Mordecai; he looked for a way to destroy all the Jews throughout the empire. Haman plotted a scheme and told the King about the disloyalty to his commands. So the King issued a decree that all would be destroyed if any race of people refuses to obey his law. The price was set for 10,000 large sacks of silver.
This brings us to the reason we are talking about Esther’s determination. Esther was charged with saving her family and the race of Jewish people. Some would say she was planted in the king’s court for this reason alone.
Determination is the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose. In the text Esther 4:13-16
(13. Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews. 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? 15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.)
Esther had to become the one God would use to save the people. As like Esther many of us have been chosen to help others come out of a dark place so that we can live a life pleasing to God.
As the saints of God we must have an earnest and strong desire to do the things that pleases God. Many churches no longer operate using Spiritual direction. Just know that when you're directed spiritually your attitude is different, you align yourself with your destiny and God who is bound by his word responds to your need and grants your request. So many of us forget that we are the church and we lose our focus and our determination turns into desperation.
In this new age of Christendom we have developed a new concept. It is called the “I Want rule”. I want, what- I want, when- I want it; seeking OUR own best interest and not what God has in store.
God is moved by faith. God prefers our mind to operate with determination on what’s believed rather than what you see. Faith pleases God, he has already granted you the keys to an abundant life and is waiting on you to set your priorities, strategize your goals, and set your plan for a future that pleases God. Following his plan for us places us and keeps us in his will and purpose for our lives.
This world has treasures and benefits, and we seek them all to fulfill our desires. We don’t realize the consequences behind some of our desires. Fame and fortune has changed our focus, we’re not pushing forward to gain Kingdom rewards, but, our determination is for validation, validation from Kings without a Kingdom. The pit-falls of life leaves us empty, and afraid on what reality may say, determining whether we accept our fate or march forward fulfilling the call. The sound writer sang it best- I’M PRESSING ON THE UPWARD WAY NEW HEIGHTS I’M GAINING EVERYDAY, STILL PRAYING AS I’M ONWARD BOUND, LORD, PLANT MY FEET ON HIGHER GROUND.
Now accepting your fate doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set a standard for your life, or achieve any personal goals. You should present a plan to God and earnestly seek that purpose in which God has called you.
The bible says in Ecclesiastes 6:10: Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny. You level of determination must be a life that seeks the approval of God.
In the definition of “determine” the word direction is listed. A directional mind has power. A determine mind when applied- could block issues or create circumstances, circumstances that could attach to your plans to succeed.
We must not allow our mind to be compromise with fleshly thinking. A compromised mind is a mind that’s not renewed; no plan or goals set with the purpose in which Christ has called you- that’s when you fail. We must live a life that is fitted for the kingdom. A life called by God, a Holy life that’s ordained by him. When we see the king we have to be in a place where the king will be happy to see us. Our determination should be to fulfill the purpose given to us. The life we chose dictates whether we die or live. Our selection is weighed in by our determination. We must ask ourselves, what will I give up to see the King?
Esther had a determined mind. She didn’t rush into battle nor call for warriors to fight, she said go, go gather together all the Jews and fast for three days.
In our churches we need determine leaders; Leaders with a relationship with God; Leaders that realize the importance of planning and strategizing their visions. We don’t need any more controlling and insecure leaders that cause the people to perish and wander around in the wilderness.
When there's a call on your life you must have a prayer life. Your relationship With God will help you to achieve your goals. We must earnestly seek his face and not his hand. There’s a word that clearly define the word determine- it’s called Faith. With Faith you have power to move mountains; with Faith you can speak life and not death, and with Faith you have no worries for if you perish, you perish be determined to see the King.
"I Don't Look Like What I've Been Through"
1. O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O lord, thou knowest it altogether. 5. Thou has beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8. If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10. Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the light shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou has covered me in my mother’s womb. 14. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. - Psalm 139
I want to tell you that you don’t look like what you’ve been through. I don’t know all of your struggles and all of your circumstances, but I can tell you that what I see before me is fearfully and wonderfully made by the Almighty God. Clap your hands and give him praise for that right there.
This 139th Psalm is a prayer for God to examine the heart and see its true devotion. It is David’s desire and trust in the awesomeness of God to ask him to examine him. Not only his life and what he has accomplished or did, but his soul. How many of us really want God to examine us in our soul. Would he be pleased at what he finds.
This is so profound to ask of God when you are fully aware that he already knows all things. He formed the in the womb. Like Jeremiah he fashioned you and put in you what he wanted. He knows your going and coming, ins and outs, up and downs. He knows when you wanted to give up, when you wanted to throw in the towel, when you wanted to smack somebody and cuss somebody else. He knows when you’re angry and even when you are angry with him; yet to have the confidence and faith in him to ask him to examine me.
Throughout this passage he talks about the wonder of God’s greatness. He talks about not being able to hide from God. There is no place or nothing that is hidden from God. No matter where you go or what you’ve done God knows all.
God put us together in the womb and ordained the span of our lives before we were born. He examines our inner man and determines that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I don’t look like what I’ve been through. Some of us have been through hell and high water. We’ve had things and people snatched out of our lives some needed and we suffered, and for some it aged us and caused us great grief, but we don’t look like that even happened to us.
Some have been hungry and without food, but we don’t look undernourished, or famished, because God didn’t see us that way. He saw us as his fearfully and wonderfully made creation. He would not let the enemy get any brownie points but letting everybody else see you in a messy way. He fixed your circumstances so you could rightly represent him.
Abused, vilified, disgusted, homeless, husbandless/wifeless, moneyless, sickness all the things that could cause me to look like I didn’t belong to God, he fixed me so that somebody would see what he sees.
When my soul suffered at the hands of the leadership of churches, he didn’t see me as the abused He saw me victorious.
You might view me one way, but put your spiritual eyes on and see me the way God sees me. I am the apple of his eye. His baby girl, His anointed His example of his greatness. I come to tell you today. Not only don’t you look like what you’ve been through, you don’t have to. God is a keeper, a sustainer, a provider, he is all you need.
We’ve been through the storm and rain, but I don’t look wet and beat down.
Suffered through hurt heartache and pain, but I don’t have the look of depression.
Why, because God, my deliverer….Did just that delivered me.
Why, because with all that I was going through, I didn’t give up. I remained faithful, I hung in there, I stuck it out, I continued to exalt his name, I continued to bless him in spite of what I was going through and today I don’t look like what I’ve been through.
What the devil meant for my evil…God turned it around for my Good.
Why because I blessed his name through all my adversity. I praised his name through trouble. I praised his name though pain. I don’t have to look like the devil had a field day with my life and my soul...because have a God. And you may not see it, and you may not know it, but he sees me perfect.
I want to encourage you, God sees you as his wonderful, special and blessed creation. Take time and give him praise for how he sees you and how you should see yourself.
"Who are you trying to impress?"
1.Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2. Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3. All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6. And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7. And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. - Matthew 23:1-11
First impressions count for most things in life. We are living in a world that created its own golden rule--“How to Judge a Book by its Cover”. The translation to this statement: “the world looks at how attractive, and measures the strength of the outer appearance while disregarding the qualities within”. People are guilty of doing this every day, finding fault with someone after making an observation of their appearance.
In knowing the world’s opinion on judgment of others- it is pretty sad that the church has adopted similar values. A passage of scripture in the book of Matthew states, “Judge not lest ye be judged”- the church tends to shame fellow Christians when they exhibit poor behavior, morals and values, not recognizing their own faults. The bible is clear in Galatians 6:1 which states, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” The world’s doctrine has entered into the churches causing our leaders to label themselves more then what God called them to be. Elevating and creating titles and images of grandeurs to present themselves as more in the eyes of people. Having a form of Godliness, but deny the power of God. This trend has become a bad stench in the nostrils of God.
Church leaders are seeking new territory, and seeking approval from man to validate them, not God. It’s not enough to be called with purpose while holding on to Gods promises, man seeks the extra, recognition. Some leaders overlook the wisdom of God—leaning on their own understanding; not waiting for God to appoint them to the next level of their ministry. Moving faster than God, this will only result in imminent failure. The Bible states “it was God who gave some to be Apostles, some to be Prophets, some to be Evangelist, some to be Pastor and Teachers”.
Growing up in the church we were trained to obey Father and Mother and respect our Elders. Within the church body protocol was set; membership followed the direction of the Pastor seeking his/or her spiritual guidance and council, and to never stray too far from the camp without being seen. The level of control exercised by leadership can become a hindrance to some, building insecurity; lack of confidence and self-doubting. All of these can be used by the enemy as good leverage to infiltrate the minds and manipulate the doctrine when trying to remove people from the kingdom and the new comers from the ways of Christ.
How many times you heard- “do what I say and not what I do?” Are you learning from your mistakes or are you covering them up not to be seen by man? God sees all and knows all. Now, something else is being added within the church, selfishness, what’s that? “I can have- but you can’t” or spiritually speaking “I’m anointed and you’re just playing church”. The blessing can only come through the preacher and no one else. Preachers are competing, “who has the largest Ministries” or “whose sermon is better; are they televise?” Our leaders are no longer following God’s design for their ministries. Our leaders who we have trusted to watch over our soul are compromising the doctrine of the Gospel, adding their personal views and confusing the people of God. How are you confusing the people of God? You are speaking the word, quoting the word but not living the word. Leaders are becoming the largest contributing force of hindrance to the body of Christ and the church growth by teaching their views and not the instructions given from the word of truth.
In the text Jesus was talking to the crowd and his disciples. He gave instruction on following the law given through Moses but warn them not to follow the ways of the teachers and Pharisees. A good leader will lead by example and never put his followers in harm way. Jesus never changed any laws or commands given by God the father but followed them, never modified or altered them but kept it in original content for the hearers, and be fulfilled by the doers. Christ wants his people to live a life befitting God’s kingdom. Your garments will only allow people to identify who you are supposed to be your actions will let them know for sure who you are not. Your garments don’t make you an effective leader- it just makes you a super hero.
"They're Not Playing My Song"
1. Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 3. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4. Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, 5. That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: 6. And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 7.Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. - Daniel 3:1-7
In church today our praise and worship has been traditional in how we gather in celebrating Christ. We make loud noises by clapping our hands, dancing, leaping and shouting. Down through the year’s churches would use different instruments like the “tambourine” made from skins of animals and the “wash board” that was used to wash clothing to expressing themselves towards God. Others would just listen to the sound of worship and allow the joyous presences of the Lord to enter. The powerful sound of anointed music would minister to our soul, and the atmosphere would change allowing God’s anointing to descend with strength, and power that could break through the strongest strongholds.
We were told stories as children how a song could soothes the savage beast. The bible records a King name Saul that was overtaken by an evil spirit, a spirit that was soothe by a musician name David. Praise and worship is a honor. It is also a dangerous task. Depending on how you approach and enter into the atmosphere of worship you can open God’s presence or a portal for enemy to enter. Timing is important in ministering a powerful song. You want the presences of God to manifest to his people, and the power of worship to repel the presence of the enemy. We need the superstars to be on T.V and not at the church during worship time. The church is a place for healing and safety, a place to gather together while lifting up Holy hands to God.
When a song of worship is played or song the atmosphere is saturated with the presence of God. When we worship a distinct sound is made allowing a spiritual connection to enter between the worshipper and God. The goal during worship is to create an atmosphere that is conducive to an undeniable relationship with God. The Worship Leader including the instrumentalist must select songs that does not disconnect or intercept the connection between the congregation and God. Songs that are selected with worldly melodies can distract the spiritual flow- allowing an unspiritual domain to enter, attacking and confusing God’s people.
The church must understand that “praise and worship” is not entertainment. Some church attendees just want to hear a song by the choir or to hear a familiar tune by the musicians. We must have devotion with him, profound dedication in worshipping Christ.
This King, Nebuchadnezzar wanted the people of Babylon to bow down and worship his golden image after the instruments had sounded. Nebuchadnezzar wasn’t concerned about God’s command in worshipping other gods but wanted self gratification. Gratification in the church has become a powerful tool for the enemy to use to separate the leaders from hearing and following God’s directions. Preachers are hearkening to what sounds good and not delivering what’s required for the people. As followers of Christ we must not respond to the sound of the world. I know that many people use many devices to get the people into the church or even to hear the word of God. But it is with that same drive to increase the church that we must increase our worship to and with God. The world sound should not be the same as the church sound. The world sings destruction; that song should not be the same song we hear as we adorn the altar of God. We must hear the sound of praise; We must hear the sound that glorifies and honors God. We need the sound that will cause us to bow down before him. We must sing the song for the one and only God-- The only one we should be gratifying!
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. John 16:21
We have entered into the year 2012 and many have made resolutions, set realistic and unrealistic goals, made promises of change to their lifestyles and decided this would be the year that all will go well with them. Some of us left 2011 with ministry impregnated in us. We left with the promises of God still fresh in our minds and our spirits, yet not materialized or manifested. The time has changed, and the year began and we are still carrying the seed of the word in our womb. We are aware that men in the natural don’t get pregnant, however because we are spiritual beings having natural experiences, and because there is no gender identification in God, we can all be pregnant with the ministry, blessing and commandments of God our father.
During 2011 there were ministers that were impregnated with their ministries; there were entrepreneurs now impregnated with their business plans; there were couples who were impregnated with the gift of marriage and increases in their family structure; there were those who were impregnated with the gift of wisdom, and knowledge; and some who were overdue on their delivery. So many people and inseminations were given during the year of 2011. We are now in 2012. Those things we were impregnated with have been in the incubator of God’s anointing, of God’s word and of God’s power. They are growing and beginning to take on a life of their own inside of the men and women of God. Be assured that this will be the year of birth. Be assured that we will have to suffer through the agony of swollen feet and tired legs because we are pressing toward the mark of the high calling. We will have pressure on our bladder of common sense. We will have to go back and forth to the house of the Lord for regular prenatal checkups. We will have to be spiritually restored and refilled in order to carry this baby to full term. We will have to come to terms with suffering so hard, praying so hard, cutting off soul ties that have kept us bound to their desires; detaching ourselves from many; feeling lonely and sometimes misunderstood, but when the expectation comes...the suffering, the pain, the agony, will have all been worth it.
In the text above we are like the woman who travails. We will suffer the pain of the labor. We will go through the near death experiences. We will just about lose our minds waiting for this great expectation of the birth of God’s gift through us, but be assured that your wait will not be in vain. Expect the greatness of God. Expect the promises of God. Expect the over shadowing blessings of God. Expect the favor of God. Expect your business ideas to blossom. Expect your ministry to take flight. Expect your family to grow in grace, knowledge and truth of God. And expect the enemy to be mad. He will be mad because you have achieved what he has been trying to kill in you before the beginning of your life. The enemy will be mad because you have overcome apprehension. The enemy will be mad because you are praising and worshiping God with vigor, unashamedly. Just know that the warring angels that have been assigned and dispatched to you can only work when you put voice to the word of God. Speak the word so that the angels of God can move on your behalf. One swipe of his wing and the devil has lost.
Be confident in knowing that the joy of the birth of your blessing outweighs the pain of the travail. Keep expecting your delivery is soon to come!
What Are You Expecting?
"Don't Forget The Baby"
18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23. Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:18-23
Soon we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. The Bible teaches us that a women named Mary, a virgin, (virgin means a person who has never had sexual intercourse), was the one selected to carry the baby that would grow into a man; Have the government on his shoulders; Be called Wonderful Counselor; Mighty God; Everlasting Father; and the Prince of Peace.
Pregnancy comes naturally when a man and a woman shares sexual relations with each other. A child is conceived and the process of pregnancy begins. During the time of conception and continuously through child birth the process is one of extreme emotionalism. It is wonderful and painful, fluids are lost, fleshly tissues are torn and the body is left naturally week and the mind mentally and emotionally exhausted.Many steps are taking before a child enters this world. Preparing their room, stocking up on formula and buying pampers are just a few of the items a baby would need.
During this Christmas season as with many others, some parents will tell their child, "If you're not good- Santa won't bring you any gifts." In years past this would cause a great positive behavioral change in the child because they were expecting old Saint Nick to drop by their house putting toys under the Christmas tree. For years parents would dispel the myth of Santa clause and parents not maliciously gave power to fairy-tales, bribing their child by promising rewards for doing what's requested of them. The problem occurs when the child gets older and will now only do well or exhibit good behavior if some reward is giving.
Tell your neighbor: "A Lie holds power- but the truth can set you free..."
Some of us will exchange gifts symbolizing our love and compassion towards each another. The world has adopted a lifestyle in which the system is to "receive" rather than to "give"; selfishness- looking out for oneself and no one else. But God cared more about us in that he gave to us the greatest gift – Himself.
Society’s celebration of this day –the day the Messiah came upon the earth—has turned it into a 50% off sale; a buy one get one free event; while watching cartoon-characters float down the street. Instead of rebuilding faith in the true meaning of this season; and/or living a life of the righteous; declaring healing and preparing souls for sanctification; we are shopping. We get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas and not the blessing of the gift given to us on that day.
When sin entered the world God ordained a plan, a plan for his son to reunite his people to him through a baby called JESUS. As with anything that God ordains the devil has a plan as well. And way back then the enemy sought to kill this baby. There were some that didn't want the baby to live. Just like today there are men and women killing children before they can ever establish themselves, receive their inheritance and realize their purpose. At time men and women kill them naturally, emotionally, and spiritually. In the text a king name Herod in Jerusalem had heard that a child was born in Bethlehem, and was troubled, he requested for his Chief Priest and Scribes to find this baby that the prophets called Emmanuel. He set a plan in motion to destroy the baby. He set a plan in motion to kill a promise. He set a plan in motion to change the course and the purpose of this great birth. King Herod didn’t know that what he tried to do only solidified and validated that the blessing and plan of God to reunite his people would be fulfilled. God’s plan was to redeem us back to himself. The enemy’s plan is to destroy any and all things that would cause you to realize your destiny in God. The enemy will say anything to get close to you; anything to STEAL, anything to KILL and anything to DESTORY YOU! This is especially the case when God has placed a calling on your life. The devil begins to ride you, get in your car and promise to buy you things of this world, before you begin to see the purpose of God in your life. And for this cause God’s ordained Leaders and parent we must never give up. We engage in warfare on your behalf. We pray and don’t compromise our anointing with the enemy on your behalf. We feed souls by the Word of God. And we don’t forget the purpose of this great gift. We don’t forget the baby. We hold fast to what the gift of the baby represents in our lives today. We won’t forget why the baby came. We honor the blessing of his birth and realize that without the birth of this baby we would still be lost.
People of God…Don’t Forget the Baby!
"Thank You Lord..."
O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good:...Psalms 118:1a
God we thank you today for all that you have done. You are so good. And as simple as this statement may be...we really want to say thank you. WE realize today that we never couuld have made it without you and we are grateful. Thank you for calling us, choosing us, redeeming us and loving us enough to give of yourself to ensure our salvation. There is none like you. Today WE give you praise. Today WE honor you. Today WE know that you are a mighty good God. Today WE love you. Today WE say thank you LORD! Be Blessed!
"The Process of Recovery"
11. And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12. And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into is fields to feed swine. 16. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and not man gave unto him. 17. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18. I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19. And ma no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21. And the son said unto him Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23. And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat and be merry: 24. For this is my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lots, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25. Now the elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27. And he said unto him, They brother is come; and they father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again and was lost, and is found. --Luke 15:11-32
Everything in life comes with a process. A baby must crawl before it can walk; a seed must be planted before a tree can grow; you must sin before you know there is salvation. Each stage of life and each life experience is part of your process or testimony or as many of us view it as just life. In life there are times of great distress, trouble and uncertainties. There are also good times, peace, enjoyment and growth. In the text we learn the importance of money management; growth and development; realizing your errors; taking action to correct your mistakes, repentance, recovery; haters and the witnesses to your breakthrough. Those that knew you when. And the How you like me now.
Looking at this young man’s life he had everything he could have wanted…Daddy’s rich, servants, land and a lot of the amenities we only wish to enjoy. What he didn’t have was patience. He couldn’t wait to get of age and get what he considered belonged to him. History repeats itself for many people who are of the Mcdonald’s age we want it now; Fast food, and fast money, but we’ve taken no time to consider or plan the most accurate way to develop what we have or what’s coming to us. But this parable is all about getting back to where you belong.
Step One: begins when you come to yourself as the bible says about this young man he came to himself. You have to first admit God I have a problem. You have to admit there is trouble in your life. You have to admit…Lord how did I get here. Lord this is not where you want me to be. This is not what you called and predestined my life to be. Lord what am I doing down here in the muck and mild with the swine. Why am I living beneath what you promised me? When reality starts to set in you begin to ask the question Lord. What is my problem?
Step Two begin to take action to correct your mistake. After you come to yourself you have to prepare to fix what you have wronged or pulled out of sequence. Taking Action requires movement. You have to do something in order to get something
Step Three is the biggest and the easiest. Repent. Say Sorry. Tell God and some of the people you wronged, that you are sorry. Not that fake apology, like you don’t know you did something, but be precise. “Father I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and I’m no longer worthy”… I don’t deserve to be blessed based on what I have done. But I thank you for giving me the opportunity to repent and say sorry. Forgiveness on the part of God or a father doesn’t take long. The moment you asked for it—It’s done. Have you asked your father to forgive you? If not, what you waiting on?
Step Four restoration and recovery…Bring out the best of everything for the one who has said sorry. Let’s celebrate the return of one soul. Earlier in this text we see that the angels in heaven rejoice over one soul that repenteth. So this father rejoiced over his son so does God your father rejoice over you.
Step Five Be aware of your haters that don’t want to see your recover.
Step Six witnesses to your recovery. The servants; the people you grew up with; those your were in the muck and mild with; those who knew you when, and can see God’s greatness on you now.
But the bible says: In I Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, and settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Step One: - Come to Yourself
Step Two: - Take Action To Correct Your Mistakes
Step Three: - Repentance
Step Four: - Recovery
Step Five: - Haters
Step Six – Witness to Your Recovery
Get on the Process of Recovery.
"Be careful how you use his name"
16. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 17. Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. 18. Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: 19. And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. 20. And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. 21. But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. 22. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. 23. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.--Ezekiel 36: 16-23
When we are born- we are naturally giving a first and last name. Your name will follow you for a lifetime identifying who you are and what kindred you're affiliated with. Often time's sons are named after their father and daughters are named after their mother allowing the generations to remember the life of their parents. Your FIRST name identities- you and establish you as being a particular person- calling you individually and personally; but your LAST name signifies the relationship between you and your progenitor.
When a man and woman are united together in matrimony it’s customary for the Minister to introduce both parties as one person announcing them with the first and last name of the man which signifies a new family structure. They are introduced to a body of witnesses- and after the formalities have been completed the officiant would announce the wife’s new last name clearly identifying her relation with her husband. The bible says- When a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and become one flesh. (Note: Be careful who you give your name to—What or Who is attached to your name?)
We allowed this world to call us by the names that are not destine for us; but by names that imprison us- keeping us bond with worldly chains. Derogatory words like, “Nigger”, “Monkey”, “Jigger Boo”, were terms used by White Americans to identify African Americans to the nation in the early 1800's. Now in 2011 those same names are being used not only by White America but by African Americans against ourselves. These terms are used to identify us as being rebels; outcast, and then developing a system to keep us from growing. The Bible says we are called, a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a people that belong to God- so why do people call us out of our name if we are called and destine for Royalty? Let’s take a closer look at why names have such significance for our lives.
Nick names are now being used in this new generation of parenting. Some young mothers are using nick names to express love for their child- the Bible records that Hannah named her son Samuel because she asked of him of the Lord. Samuel was named because his mother felt the pain of not having a child; not having the gifting of motherhood and the stress of being the one in the camp without a child. Rachel died giving birth but named her son Benoni, (son of my affliction). His name was later changed by his Father so that he would not have the stigma attached to his life as a person of affliction. And there are many others you can research. Children were named based on the feelings or circumstances of the parents; sometimes not considering what naming that child might mean for that child.
Some parents select their child's name while fantasizing of a life not destine for them. Parents need to stop marking their children- identifying them with names like "boo boo"- calling our young women "peaches or candy"- referring our young man as "Big Mike or Anaconda". Stop calling your children stupid or crazy- pulling them down to destruction and killing their spirit before they have a chance to develop their potential.
We must name our children names fitting the kingdom. If our father is a king and his father was a king that means I am heir of my father's kingdom. Our heritage follows us throughout our lifetime. Unfortunately, there are times in our lives when we shouldn't carry on in our family name and we need to get a name change. We must stop generational curses that may lead to our death and destruction that are attached to a name.
In this text we find the anger of God kindled at the children of Israel who were living in the land that was giving to them by God profaning the name of God. The profaning of God’s name was identified as the uncleanliness of a woman. The seriousness of living a righteous life is very important. We must REPENT for every sinful action committed before God. The bible says- we shall not take the Lord name in vain; stop swearing- people of God it's time to clean- up your language; STOP using GOD'S name for the base of your personal gain.... God is tired.
God is tired of his people misusing his name. We must never take GOD'S name lightly- we call his name for everything but to talk to him. We ask God to deliver us from our fiery trials- to remove us from pain and strife, but when he does; our unfaithfulness to our promises puts us right back where we started- for we hinder ourselves.
How can you say "God said it" if your ears are shut? God is about to "mute" you just as Gabriel said to Zechariah ", you will be silent and unable to speak. "Preachers you’ve had enough time. Trumpet blowers—you’re on your last breath. White wash hypocrites—your garments are not Holy—it’s just a costume. Stop using the name that has all power when you don’t want to really experience its power. Stop wasting God’s time by calling his name when you’re not ready to hear him. Use his name wisely, in reverence, and adoration. His name is the most important name you will ever call. Don’t call it in vain.
"You must Know The Difference"
(9) But there was a certain man, called Simon, which before time in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: (10) To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. (11) And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. (12) But when they believed Philip preaching the things conceding the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. (13) Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Phillip, and wondered, behold the miracles and signs which were done. -- Acts 8:9-13
There is an amusement park in New York named “Coney Island”. It’s a place of fun, games, family time and food. For many families it is a great inexpensive getaway that cost no more than a train ride, a ham and cheese sandwich and enough money for a bag of cotton candy. Some years ago, not sure if it is still a practice today, but pastors would take their baptism candidates to the beach shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Coney Island, and baptize them in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. People came from miles around just to visit this place.
Not only was Coney Island a fun place, it was also a place where people would go and seek out fortune tellers and soothsayers to tell them their deepest secrets and desires in the hopes that they can answer questions about their past, give direction for their present life and hope for their future. Soothsayers or Fortune Tellers are people who believe they can make predictions about the future. And for a price these people would ask you a series of questions concerning your life—looking for particular factors that suggest what you would likely be or do in the future—Making statements, reading palms and lines in your hands, rubbing a crystal ball and naming general characteristics that are specific to most people making a determination based on the information you provided. For example: “A bill is coming to you in the mail—you’re going to need money to pay your bill”—(You think). For some people this was just a fun stop at the amusement park for others it was part of their life and they really listened to the advice and words of these people and governed their lives by what was said to them. They failed to go to their manufacturer, their creator, their builder, the rock of salvation God to get the answers to the questions of their lives.
In the first verse we are introduced to "sorcery" as it was introduce to the people of Samaria. Sorcery is the art, and practice, of witchcraft spells used on others by a person who exercises supernatural powers through the aid of evil spirits; black magic or witchery. Everyone great and small in Samaria believed in Simon and called him "the great one-the power of God". As with the people of Samaria, the same is true with so many people today. We believe so strongly in the pastors, prophets, ministers and people of authority and often we talk too much. We give ourselves away telling all our affairs- writing novels and memoirs of our past and our lives; exchanging views; asking others, "What do you think about this?” or “How should I handle that?” Never asking God or seeking God’s great counsel. We fill out credit card applications, surrendering our life history giving the world ammunition to use against us. We must learn the difference between voluntary and involuntary information. In most instances we need to live our lives with others on a need to know basis"- that means mind your business!
In some instances we’ve done exactly what the Samaritans did. We put all our faith and trust in our Pastors, Prophets, Preachers and Teachers and given servants too much power and authority. Many times clergy gets it wrong. They get it wrong because they have lost sight of their callings and have really started to believe the hype about themselves. And they have forgotten what the word minister/servant means. The word Minister means to serve- as ministers of the Gospel it is our duty to serve the people of God; to instruct them, help lead them utilizing all spiritual resources and gifting that the spirit of God has ordained. When we lose focus that power does not come from a name or from a title we damage people. Power comes from God! When we start to allow people to believe that a man holds the mysteries of the kingdom- or a man can snap his fingers and miracles can be carried out- then my friend you have been bewitched and you have been conquered.
The Word of God declares that HE will pour out his spirit on all flesh- young men shall see vision and old men shall dream dreams; male and female servants, HE will pour HIS spirit and they shall prophesy. God doesn't have a respective person- he doesn't have a favorite, we all are entitle to his promises, but our disobedience blocks us from receiving the full totality of our gifting. Don't be like Simon- a foolish man that believed he had supernatural powers. How long you think you can last speaking against the Power of the Holy Spirit?; Claiming power you were never giving; making a show of his name- God is tired! And his word through the Prophet Ezekiel warns: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and haven't seen anything! Pastors, Prophets, Preachers and Teachers should be sure not to damage the people that you were chosen and called to serve. Speak what God gives you to say and not that of your own mind. Teach your people to know the difference. Teach them not to follow every word of a visiting prophet. Teach them to know the voice of God by studying his word. As Simon believed and was changed after witnessing the true Power of the Holy Ghost—so shall the people we minister to if we maintain the power of the Holy Ghost in us. Make sure you know the difference!
Spiritual Warfare Series
Under the influence of the Holy Ghost we present these anointed words of wisdom, practical principles, and strategies of real-time warfare. We pray that you will be blessed by what you read, fortified for the journey and victorious in your walk with God. Be Blessed!
"God Said To Recover All...Don't Negotiate!!"
When going out on the battle field remember to LOCK-UP the camp, for the enemy is trying to steel your inheritance. Lock up your stuff Zion for a robber is loose! Lock your doors and close all open windows for he's searching for a open vessel to enter. He's trying to untie your tassels before you can sound the alarm. Shepherds and watchers remember the sheep while on the field.
I heard your cries and answered; saw your tears and I dried them. Have you not ears to hear when I speak? Eyes to see when I lifted my hands against your enemies? Hear this Zion- Promotion in doubt!!! You have listened to everyone but me. You will remain a faithful soldier following orders from the captain of the army. You will walk ...the same path yet again, repeating your steps- tripping over your feet until you hearken to my words. But if you keep my commands then I will elevate you to a mighty warrior and send you out to destroy the camps of your enemies- nothing shall stop my favor. And I will restore all that was lost. You will recover ALL. Not only will you receive the spoils of war, but the extra benefit that comes from winning.
Why are you mad? You will lose- Many will come and question your strategies and actions taken on the battle field. This is not the time or the place for reasoning; stop fighting for things YOU can't change and finish the process! If the lesson isn't learned the first time we will repeat the course. Battles are long at times, they com...e when going through storms; they form when we are fighting against blockages, blockages that hinders our inheritance- HATERS sees what God is doing and is trying to stop us, how? Speaking nonsense; showing us worldly desires; what man wants and not following what God has. Stop listening to every one that claims "God said"! bring glory to themselves and not the King of Glory. The enemy is trying to change your direction by their words; words uttered to your love ones, church family and co workers- he (the enemy) will use anyone that's willing. Don't expose your next course of action for the enemy has a counterattack. Someone is speaking to him and giving him intel. Stay focus, wait and don't move- God will handle them.
"Prepare For Ambush..."
I hear it moving but I can't see; I hear the wind blowing but can't see the branches moving; I hear a heart beating; I hear the archers drawing their bow's. What is it? The enemy changing colors like a Chameleon. A Chameleon not only afraid of what they see- they're afraid of what YOU may SEE, fear- keep watching cause they're watching you. How can you see a Chameleon (enemy) if they camouflage themselves with their surroundings? - look them (the enemy) in their eyes their eyes don't change.
Along the battle field you WILL encounter sheep grazing across the field; sound of the bush rubbing against their white coats- be aware for they're not sheep! They're wolfs in sheep clothing. The enemy is using a different tactic- the art of reasoning; manipulating you to believe the battle is over, don't lower your shield soldier. Their voice has a tingling sound; symbols thrashing with great power but lacking anointing- Guard your hearing.
"Watch Your Diet..."
I hunger for.....
Spiritual nourishment MUST be a part of our diet. As soldiers we need the Word of God constantly- we must be careful of what we eat while on the battle field. We can't wait for someone to feed us we MUST feed ourselves. We must remember our beginning stages- as young sheep in Christ we drank milk to coat our stomachs; now we're eating solid food fully seasoned with the power of God.
Don't allow the enemy to bamboozal you; filling your stomachs with hocus pocus, spooning you poison. STOP eating (not Naturally but Spiritual) from everyone. Leaders are cooking with dirty hands, look under their nails! Whitewashed! Shepherds are scattering the sheep and prophets following their own spirit.
STOP! Your giving the enemy power; your giving the enemy ammunition. The enemy has studied you and forming weapons. Be patience- by not waiting for God you allowing the enemy to move in closer. Stop blaming and giving the enemy credit for what YOU did wrong. He watching you; every step; listening to your prayers and assigning inexperi...enced imps to wear you down. Inexperienced imps? Immature followers that are assigned to watch and hear. Barriers are forming and soldiers will be placed in strongholds. Are you surrendering? Did God not tell David to pursue, overtake and recover all? The enemy wants you to feel abandon by allowing the pressure of the battle to overwhelm you.
Have you not prayed asking God for a blessing? Have you not cried asking God for a break through? God has given YOU power over your enemies; given YOU authority to speak over your situation, BUT you blame the enemy for YOUR misfortune? You delayed your blessings not the enemy- your wandering (wilderness) is because of your disobedience; you made him (enemy) strong by attaching him to your problems. You're walking in a circle. This fight (battle) is different- you're not just fighting with the enemy you're fighting with yourself. Who do you think is going to win?
Today you must examine your opponent carefully while on the battle field- he has studied you and has seen you emotional. Its ok- you're a man. Pull it together for I have chosen you. Your weapon of choice will be God's Words. Weakness is NOT a option.
Why are you slowing down soldier? There are other soldiers on the battle field. Some are lost wandering looking for help or/ and guidance. You may have to administer first aid (minister) to them- do it quickly and waste no time for the enemy is on your back. The enemy will use diversions to trick you into believing someone needs help; giving them time to gain ground- stay focus.
The word of God will encourage you while on the battle field. We quote scriptures with power; showing our authority as we march proclaiming victory over our enemies. Some recite words of the prophet Isaiah, "No weapon formed against you shall prosper". After interacting with the enemy we must then have process time to evaluate the ba...ttle. Reason of Process (ROP) is important and must commence after the battle ends. Every action; every injures and every weapon used must be reviewed and learned. The enemy will use the same weapon believing he will have better success in defeating you the second time around. We must know and learn the trickery and devices of the enemy. Some may ask, how long will my battle last for? There will always be battles as long wars exist; by you staying saved and sanctified you are calling the devil a lier.
"The Silence of War..."
What's the one thing you don't want to hear while on the battle field? Answer- silence
Does a silent battle mean God has abandon you? Or does it mean that God has removed his favor and purpose over your life? A battle is a struggle that can either make you strong or hold you captive. Silence is a tactic the enemy may use to keep you guessing- watching you as you prepare your next move. We must learn every battle formation including moments of silence. Never tell your next course of action while on the the battle field. Don't allow the enemy to steal and sabotage your blessings by talking too much. The secret is out!
"The Seasons of War..."
As we make our way through this difficult terrain of the battle, we MUST be prepared for the enemy's sneak attacks. Our armor can protect us from the enemy's devices, BUT what about the weather?
Seasons change, (storms/trails) and famine (drought) may occur impacting us while going through the battle. Your body must be conditionally fit and ready for a long journey- a daily diet of the WORD can build a strong resistance to the elements that you will encounter on the battle field. When the weather changes the atmosphere is different, your foundation can be loosen by doubt and fear. The heaviness of a storm may change your course leaving you vulnerable to the enemy's attack. Although, we have our armor that protects us from the weaponry of the enemy- our eyes are not protected; our ears are left open. The enemy can uses these entry points by allowing you to see the severity of the storms and convincing you that there is no hope or way of escape. A trap is set for you to fail and doubt God!! How can I fight what I can see? S. O. S. Need back up. This is when trust, faith and hope in our unfailing God is our visual we should rely on.
"The Pain of War The Power or Praise..."
The PAIN we endure while on the battle field--We allow ourselves to be captured by not moving quick enough after hearing the battle cry. What's taking you so long? Have you not been trained for battle? We rejoice for winning previous battles but the enemy has studied our battle techniques. He knows that the the cares; the worldly desires and fleshly ways- loving our mess only allowed us to become casualties of war or a Prisoners of Worship (POW).
We must ask ourselves why? Why are we crying? We love what we do; we love the way it feels and the attention it brings. However, we hate to be beaten, punished and disciplined. We don't want to pay the price for our sanctification. We only want to surrender to Christ when it's convenient for us; prostituting God for a quick hit- feeling good for the moment and putting on a show for the troops. How would you learn victory if you never were defeated? As a member of God's army you are equip with artillery that the enemy can't overcome, prevent or capture- the weapon of PRAISE. Are you willing to praise your way out?
"We Have Already Won..."
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 the right hand of my righteousness. – Isaiah 41:10
Although, we are assured to have won the war we must be diligent in conquering the battles. We as people of God will always encounter battles on various battlefields.
What are the battlefields you ask? Your mind, your environment, your family, your occupation, your relationship; anything that can draw your attention away from God and his plan and purpose for your life.
While in battle it is not important to win because we have already won. It is important however, to recover from the possible wounds. You will be wounded if not physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. There will be something that you have to recover from. You will come out with battle scars as a result of the fight. We must learn from our wounds. First allow them to heal. Keep them clean and free of debris and residue from the falling principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places that you as a member of the army of God have just defeated.
"And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall i pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all. - 1 Samuel 30:8
While on the battle field there are many preventive measures we (believers) must understand before confronting the enemy. These measures are important and you must be aware of all the enemy’s tactics.
1. Prayer-- Your prayer life is of the utmost importance. We must seek God’s council and allow him to fortify us with His wisdom and His love.
2. Intel –Know your opponent – the enemy may use immature weaponry against you; foolishly…and devise tactics that can make you weary and faint, allowing them the opportunity to prepare for a greater secondary attack. If you are aware of the enemy’s devises you can better prepare yourself for the battle.
3. Counter attack –A counter attack may not be necessary. When we destroy strongholds it must be DESTROYED. Overtaking and recovering may be a part of the enemy’s plan. Decoys are used to distract us allowing them to get closer and closer to their goal of defeating us.
When we take these measures and pray in/with the anointing the yoke is destroyed, enemy defeated, and we move on to the next level in this great journey with God.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." - Ephesians 6:16
I’ve learned that my praise and my prayer life have changed the course of ALL darts and/or arrows that the enemy has projected towards me. Many times the darts/arrows are not aimed directly at you - but for someone who is attached to you. Have you ever asked why? Why has the enemy taken aim at me and mine? The answer—you are so strong... that the enemy can’t defeat you in a head to head attack- but if he can get in the children; the church members; the co-worker; the administration, he can break you down slowly.
However, when God moves you to a higher place in him--all darts/arrows must fall down. Some of us claim to be “dart or arrow proof”, we’ve had the Holy Ghost so long that we think we don’t need to be renewed. But we must consistently fortify ourselves in the Word of God. We must realize that when the enemy is desperate he shoots wildly into the air with faith--believing he will hit his target; But for him it doesn’t matter who he hits everything around his intended target may be killed in the process.
Be mindful that the enemy has disguised himself as a soldier in God’s army; He is waiting for the right time to attack. Be sure before going into a fight you have checked your OWN armor. What happens when your armor bearer is compromise? YOU HAVE BEEN DEFEATED!!! Make sure you have studied your opponent and have devised a plan of attack. The bible clearly states in Ephesians that we are to put on the whole armor of God and prepared for battle. We don’t have to fight but we must be prepared. We must be confident that God will fight for us!
"Let's Get Dressed"
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the firery darts of the wicked. And take the the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.- Ephesians 6:11, 14-17
All soldiers are required to wear a uniform when in battle. Your uniform determines which side or camp you belong to. The variation in the uniforms within the troop depends on your ranking, i.e. captain or lieutenants. As a member in the army of God we all have the same uniforms with different degrees of service.
In getting dressed for battle, we are trained to adorn ourselves a certain way. We have covered our loins/pelvic area with truth. Our breastplate which is our chest is covered in righteousness. Our feet are shod/covered with the preparation of the gospel of peace—ready to walk, run and carry the good news of peace to all. Our head is covered with salvation; the place where acceptance of Christ happens first in the mind. And in our hands is the sword of the spirit which is God’s word. Notice our backs are not covered, why? Because God has covered our backs and with his covering there are no sneak attacks. No one can remove his covering or distract him from covering us.
So we are dressed and prepared to do battle and the almighty God covers all of our exposed areas so the enemy can’t get under or into an area that is not part of our uniform. When you wake in the morning, always put on the armor of the warrior; make sure it is fitted for you and not another. And God covers your back.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow – Psalms 51:7
We must cover ourselves fully by completing all necessary steps before putting on our armor. We don't realize the importance of spiritual cleansing. We must first be naturally and then spiritually clean- our filthiness will cost us the victory. The smell of anger; the smell of sin; the fleshly desires and the ways of the unjust will leave us dead on the battlefield.
The enemy knows the smell of fear; remember to wash with bloody water and scrub with hyssop. A great king said, “Purge me with hyssop and I shall be whiter than snow. The smell of anger; the smell of sin- the fleshly desires and the ways of the unjust will leave us dead on the battle field. The enemy knows the smell of fear- remember to wash with bloody water and scrub with hyssop. A great king said: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be whither “
"Sound The Alarm...There's An Enemy in the Camp"
O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, Because you have heard, O my soul, The sound of the trumpet, The alarm of war. Jeremiah 4:19
Do you hear the alarms? Do you hear weeping? Do you see the strongholds forming? Sound the ALARM!! It's time to get dress!!!
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"Jesus Is Worth It All!!!"
"We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. We faithfully preach the truth. God's power is working in us. We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything." - 2 Corinthians 6:3-10
Hey family, have you ever heard someone's testimony and said to yourself, "I know how you feel--I've been there." I was reading what Paul said to the church of Corinth concerning hardship and ministry, and this thought came to mind--JESUS IS WORTH IT ALL!
We face many challenges in life. We are perplexed, distressed, and even ridiculed. And just like Christ our authority is questioned, our love for Christ is put to the test daily. Yet despite all of this--JESUS IS WORTH IT ALL!
I want to encourage you today. No matter what is going on in your life...stay connected to your source. Your reward is great! Not only the reward of eternal life with Christ; that is the ultimate goal, but there are reward benefits that you will receive here and now. Stay close to God. Stay diligent in worship. Stay faithful to the cause of Christ. Despite the attacks, despite the abuse, despite the angry mobs who don't understand your worship, who doesn't understand your praise, who don't understand why you are blessed the way you are and exhibit jealous reactions -- stand firm...JESUS IS WORTH IT ALL!
Continue on in the faith. Continue on in Grace. Your harvest is here. Reap the benefits of your labor. - JESUS IS WORTH IT ALL!!!
"Our God the Comforter…."
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”… “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be trouble, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:16-18, 26-27
We set aside time this weekend to honor those military men and women who have given their lives for the freedom of this nation. We also honor those who are no longer physically with us. This is a one day celebration for the world. But for many it is an everyday occurrence. Something you see, smell; or some passing conversation brings to mind the person or people who have been significant in your life who are now gone on to be with the Lord. These memories can cause you to smile, cry, pray or all of the above. These are very natural reactions to the natural emotion of grief. We just want you to know that you are not alone. God has provided you with the ultimate cure for your grief—himself; our God the comforter.
In the above text, prayer was made for us, for the comforter which would abide with us forever. He stated that the comforter would dwell with us and be with us because we know him. The comforter will teach us all things. He would bring all things to our remembrance and help us get through these moments. To be comforted means to be relieved from pain or anxiety or to be in a state of being comfortable and relaxed. God our comforter provides us with the ultimate pain reliever and he allows us to breathe again. He then gives us peace. He gives us his peace which will not allow our hearts to be troubled, and which will not allow us to be afraid of the unknown. We can rest comfortably in God our Comforter.
As we take time to reflect on the memories of those who are physically no longer with us during this Memorial Day holiday, let us be mindful of our God the comforter who is here and who will never leave us.
"The Thirst Quencher"
Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? – John 4: 4-11 NIV
There is nothing like a cold glass of water on a hot and humid day. I remember as a child going to camp, I was so thirsty and there were no cups to put water or juice in. In science class we learned that the body is roughly made up of 70% of water. At birth, water accounts for approximately 80% of an infant’s weight. Water is important and highly recommended. Eight cups of water is recommended per day, not all water must be consumed in the liquid form. Nearly every food or drink item provides some water to the body. From the beginning, God created water and brought it forth abundantly (Genesis 1:21).
In this text we see Jesus although being God; he’s a natural man that was tried and thirst for a drink of water. Although he was naturally thirsty Jesus saw a greater need for this Samaritan woman. He needed to fulfill her thirst. He is a compassionate and loving God always denying himself for his people. Jesus has two distinct natures, human (natural) and divine (Spiritual) (John 1: 1, 14). He encountered many natural reactions as he ministered to his people. The Bible records events such as his hunger after fasting for 40 days in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13); crying after the death of Lazarus (John 11: 1-16).These events testify that Jesus was all man and all God.
The Samaritan woman didn’t understanding the importance of the spiritual water that gives life but, focused rather on the natural water that quench the thirst. Some of us today are still looking in the natural trying to find the answers to the many question of life. We try to solve our difficult equations, situations while questioning our very existence and still not willing to accepting God’s thirst quenching plan and purpose for our lives. We as children of God must understand the Word of God not question the gifting; never to put limits on God’s power but embrace it. I encourage you Brethren to put all your hope in God, not looking to your own reason for support (Proverbs 3:5). But to seek Jesus, he will quench your thirst every time.
“I Have A Plan For You...”
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29: 11-13
Have you ever heard someone say, “You’re just a no body” or “I could have been better off without you”? People can say the cruelest words in describing their feelings. Some think they can control who comes or goes; or have the final say over life and death. Brothers and Sisters God wants the best for us in every way. However, we hinder ourselves by not staying in line with God’s purpose. We must understand that we were, are and will always be created to worship Him (Rev 4:11) and must do so in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We are naturally punished for not obeying the instruction of our elders; drifting away from the plan that was set before us, and feeling the spiritual pain from our decision causing our journey in life to be longer than expected.
In this text Jeremiah wrote a letter from Jerusalem to all the people who had been exiled to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He encourages them to remain and be faithful in the land; not be fooled by the trickery of the enemy. The enemy has plans for your life; plans to kill steal and destroy. It’s imperative for all God’s children to know that the thief comes for death and not for life. In this day the king wanted to be recognized and receive glory. But Jeremiah the Prophet spoke the words of prosperity and encouraging them to plan for the season
As a child of God we are his sheep and we know the voice of our shepherd. All his decisions are made with love, devotion, and fulfilling our every need. God placed natural and spiritual parents to guide his children (Eph 6:4) by discipline and planning (Heb 12:8). Operational planning comes from God which gives us purpose and fulfillment. We must live life fitting for the kingdom. As heirs we must embrace the plan which he called and chosen for us. Some may say, “Is there a plan for me?” or “How do I know there’s a plan?” God has a plan for all his children; he told Jeremiah that he knew him before he was formed in his mother’s womb (Jer 1:5); his (God) plan was for Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations. We must put all our trust in God’s plan and not man; for his thoughts are not our thoughts neither our ways his ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). God’s plan is not hidden but available by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and savior; by reading the word of God and following his commands.
Beloved understand that wisdom is a gift from God and is the foundation of all truth. Don’t question the plan nor lean to your understanding, but pray. Stay on the battle field for he is only a prayer away.
“I Give Myself Away”
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable, unto God, which is your reasonable service. – Romans 12:1
In this life there are so many things we give away. We give our time; our money; or minds; our bodies; our hearts and most of the time ourselves. And for many of us these are things (maybe not money) that we give selflessly; Sometimes without thought or weighing the cost. But what does it mean to give? There are several meanings: 1, to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow; 2, to grant (permission, opportunity); 3, to place in someone’s care.
Many of us have enjoyed the newest worship song, “I Give Myself Away” and have been blessed by the intimacy and purity of this worship. But this song is the epitome of the ultimate sacrifice. Giving ones self away for someone else to use is the greatest sacrifice one can give. To relinquish control over yourself to the will of God is the ultimate obedience as well as your reasonable service.
Giving ourselves over to God’s usage guarantees us a life of unending blessings and the outpouring of God’s favor. As children of God we must not give our bodies to be used by undeserving men and women; we must not give our money and time to be used inappropriately by others; and most of all we are in direct disobedience to the word of God if we give our hearts to anyone. For the word of God says, “Love the Lord with all Thine Heart…” Of course we have the right to choose what and who we want to love, but I believe if we give ourselves to God we have a better return on our investment.
Paul’s instructions to the Roman church were to present their bodies. To present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; but not just any kind of way, but a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God. Who are your giving yourself away too?
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. Matthew25:1-13 (NIV)
Every young girl’s dream is to one day be married and have a long white dress. This is usually a carefully planned event ensuring the safety and budget of both parties. Some even fantasies of having a picture perfect Cinderella wedding, a handsome prince, and many friends and family to witness this occasion. We can’t wait to hear the high piping organ as the musician plays; HERE COMES THE BRIDE……. ALL DRESSED IN WHITE. What a blessing as the Man or Woman of God announces, “this man and this woman be joined together in holy matrimony” (Mark 2:18-22). In the day of the Old, God found it necessary for man not to be alone; he (God) made woman and brought her to man. The prophet Isaiah spoke of a bridegroom that will be coming in the latter days (Is. 54-5).
In this parable we find ten women desperately waiting to meet the bridegroom and were equip with lamps preparing them for darkness. Only five wise women were prepared by having a supply of oil for their lamps. I could only imagine the determination and excitement as they eagerly awaited the arrival of the bridegroom. The other five women foolishly disregarded any extra precaution relying on poor judgment that would cost them dearly. These five women didn’t prepare themselves for the wait time. Since they didn’t know the exact time of arrival of the bridegroom it should have prepared themselves for the long haul.
This parable addresses areas of faithfulness and readiness as we wait for our Lord and savior to return. Let’s not be foolish, not preparing our soul; letting our lifestyle anchor us down; becoming foolish and blind by not believing that Jesus is coming back. Beloved, let’s stay on line with the promises of God, and not detour by making foolish decision that causes us to sleep missing out on his goodness. The word of God states, “No one knows about the day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, not the Son, but only the Father” knows when Jesus will return. Jesus will soon be knocking on your door. Let’s be ready to hear him; welcoming him with our trimmed lamps with fresh oil at the ready to hear the sound of the trumpet (1 Corinthians 15:52).
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Many thoughts come to mind as we go through different stages in our lives. It’s hard to accept reality when we mourn a love one. The pain of being alone feels unbearable at times, and no matter how long a love one has suffered we are still never prepared. When a life comes to an end, we still wait for that phone call; that tap on the shoulder; that smile or loving words we need and have grown accustom to while going through a storm. We could always depend on them to lift us up and encourage us; dusting us off and helping us to move on to the next level. Often times we turn to the church, comforting words from the Spiritual leader or even songs from the church choir like, "Precious Lord take my hand, lead me on- let me stand". Still loneliness surrounds us as we look for a way of escape.
As you read the word of God with understanding you will find that's it is alright to mourn. The Bible says, "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep (Romans 12:14). In this text we find Jesus speaking to the multitude from the mountain, speaking a series of blessings. He understood that there would be many challenges in life; being poor; needing more mercy and even being persecuted. He said we are blessed for mourning, and we "shall" be comforted. Jesus is a true friend that understands, comforting us by giving us the comforter from the Father.
Beloved brethren we all have to perish one day. Let's live a Godly life; following his commandments; being born again so we can enter the kingdom of God. Be encouraged and enjoy your season for everything has purpose under the heaven.
"Jesus Is On The Main Line…"
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Growing up in the Pentecostal faith church I learned many songs which expressed praise and worship toward our Lord and savior. These songs helped and encourage me while going through difficult times in my life. This one song entitled, “Jesus is on the main line, tell him what you want…Jesus is on the main line now”, was tremendous in my development of a prayer life. What is the main line? The main line (or pray line) is the connection in which we the believer have with Jesus Christ. There are three (3) basic steps you can follow to stay connected to the main line. First, establish a good connection by fortifying your prayer life daily as you commune with him. Second, be willing to make changes in your life ensuring no interruptions; repositioning yourselves; not allowing your ways to hinder or delay your petitions. Thirdly, realize that God holds great importance and must be reverence at all times, we must decrease ourselves and allow God to increase in us. (John 3:30)
In this text God spoke to King Solomon after the completion of the temple. God heard Solomon’s prayers as he stood faithful and obedient. God assured Solomon that he (God) will hear the cries of his people, but they had to remain faithful; keep all his commands and statues. We must follow this example by doing what’s necessary to please our Lord and savior. Brethren, by keeping an open “prayer line” you are building a relationship with him, seeking his face not just his hands. Apostle Paul said to the Corinthian church, “I die daily” (1 Corinth 15:3). We must be willing to denounce ourselves, change our tone; and our ways, When petition our prayers to God we must realize it’s not all about us- it’s about JESUS.
"Just Another Day…"
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" - 1 Corinthians 2:9
For years many of us have heard the song, “Just Another Day That The Lord Has Kept Me.” As children of God we only have today. Each day we are given is an opportunity to give God our best. We represent our savior daily and our assignment is to bring others into the knowledge and wisdom of Christ. The things which God has prepared for us because we love him have not yet been revealed to our natural man. His word says eyes have not seen nor ear heard… So we live by faith, knowing that God has his hand on us and is preparing us to receive the riches and blessings from his storehouse. We know that all things work together for the good to them that love God and are called according to his purpose; so we are assured that God has a plan for our lives.
So this is “Just Another Day” to be grateful; “Just Another Day” to give him praise; “Just Another Day” to help somebody; “Just Another Day” to bless God with our substance; This is “Just Another Day” to rejoice and be glad. Children of God -- What are you going to do with today?
"Every step counts…"
Have you ever tracked how long it took you to reach home from work? Or maybe from a friend or relative house that lives in the next town. In today’s world we depend highly on our vehicles, public transportation or inventions to cover many miles in just minutes. In the New Testament we find the gospel of Jesus Christ was introduce to nations by just walking proclaiming the powerful words of God. Jesus fulfilled many prophecies while ministering on foot, healing and rebuking evil spirits throughout the country. During our celebration of Passion Week (Holy week) which commemorates the last week of lent and the week before Easter; We must never forget all the steps Christ made for us; his steps have allowed us access to the tree of life (Rev 22:14). Jesus didn’t complain but showed great love and determination for all his people by traveling over 3,000 miles teaching to a great multitude of people.
As believers we must never forget the price that was paid for our salvation by the means of the cross (1 Peter 1:18-19). Let’s not celebrate this season traditionally or lose sight of the purpose why Jesus walked to Golgotha. Brethren be encourage while walking this Christian journey and not allowing this world to succeed by placing stumbling blocks that may change your course with Christ. Let’s make every step count; walking with power; walking with authority and keep a standard of living a save life.
"I Feel Like Going On…"
29. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31
There will come a time in our lives when we feel like giving up; like throwing in the towel; like why Lord why; why do we have to go through so much and we are your servants? Why won’t the people believe that you are their source, their healer, their strength? Lord how do we remind the people who you made them to be? When faced with those challenging question, we submit to you the Word of God which admonishes us that he will give us power and HE will increase our strength. We are more than conquers through HIM and we can do all things through HIM. Our responsibility is to go on. Go on delivering the word HE gives us to say; Go on telling men and women how to be free from the bounds of sin; Go on witnessing and spreading the GOOD NEWS of the GOSPEL; Go on loving HIS people and living a life pleasing and acceptable unto the Lord.
God’s promise to us is simple…If we wait upon the Lord he shall renew our strength, we shall mount up with wings as eagles, we shall run and not get weary; we shall walk and faint. We know His promises are true and we can hold him to his word. For He is God and cannot lie. Go on though trials come. Go on though pain may be in your body. Go on though your finances may not be what you want it to be. Go on if the people hear you or not. Go on because God is your strength. And He will reward you for all you’ve done.
We come to encourage the people of God – Don’t Give Up. ..Go On!
"I'm next in line"
23. And the LORD said unto her, two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. 24. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. 26. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them. 27. And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. 28. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: 30. And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. 31. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. 32. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 33. And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. - Genesis 25:23-34
What is an inheritance? An inheritance is something that is or may be inherited; the genetic characters can be transmitted from a parent to an off spring. When we hear the word 'inheritance' the first thought comes to mind is receiving something that someone has left behind after death. From the beginning of man previsions was established, after death of the owner their entire possessions were inherited to the first born man-child. This process took place allowing the off spring of the decease to receive all their wealth or property in order of birthright.
In this text we find that Esau gave away his birthright to his brother Jacob and was removed from receiving his father's blessing. We as God's children must realize that we are heirs of his kingdom. What God has in store for us is priceless and must never be taking lightly. At times we negotiate ourselves; our anointing; our power and our love for the materialistic rewards other than spiritual rewards. Some of us position ourselves and debate with God on worthless and meaningless requests which will only last for the moment. Beloved, Christ paid the ultimate price for us to be connected to God the father. Let's not be over looked from inheriting the gifts Jesus promised us by selling ourselves short for just the thrill of what this world has to offer. The enemy wants to strip you leaving you powerless and with no authority. The devil is a liar! If there is anything to be giving away it's all the issues that have been blocking you from receiving our inheritance.
"Guard your Hearing"
9. Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness. 10. For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right. 11. For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD. 12. Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 23: 9-12
What is a Prophet? A prophet is a person who speaks for god or a deity, or by divine inspiration. There are many positions and titles in the church today. Paul recorded in the book of Ephesians that some was giving to be Apostles, Evangelist; and some Pastors, and some Teachers. Christ has called and chosen spiritual leaders as watchmen over his children. To be called for leadership or to preach the Gospel of Christ you must first understand that God will hold you accountable for his service in which he called you (Heb 13:17). In accepting the call we must denounce ourselves presenting our entire body a living sacrifice which is holy and pleasable to God, realizing that everyone is not called for this service of ministry and we must be on alert by guarding our hearing on what the world is saying.
In this text, Jeremiah, (the weeping prophet) was used to deliver God's word to the False Prophets. Jeremiah's words were painful and vigorous to the ones pronouncing the word of God falsely. Spiritual Gifts are giving to the ones who are willing to be fully used by God to proclaim His words. There are no respected persons in the manner in which God selects a person. God selects willing, trustworthy and obedient soldiers who stand s firm and His word and doctrine. One of the major roles of the prophets of the Old was to warn God's people. They were used to warn them of their unfaithfulness and their disobedience and departure from the covering of God’s favor, mercy and grace. Others were giving direct instructions by God informing His people to change from worshiping idols, and causing judgment to all evil doers. Many prophets found it difficult delivering God's message and ran from this service.
In today's church there are many questions on the words uttered by prophets. We question ourselves, how they know about me? Some react and receive all that a prophet utters, and there are those who believe that a prophet has all the answers and proceeds to follow their every word; not discerning or tarrying to receive clarity from the word of God. It is the responsibility of the believer to hear and receive the completed/whole answer or direction from God. The believer must understand all the mysteries of the kingdom, not just as a reader but a doer. The bible states, the knowledge of a prophet is partial and incomplete in which the gift of prophecy reveals only in part. The full revelation comes from your relationship with God, teachings and reading of God's Word. Understand that your ears are entry points to the mind which leads to your heart. We must guard our hearing; our ears are keen and sensitive. We must understand and receive the true voice of God. Brethren let our ear be keen to the trumpets; the sound of victory; the sound of praise and worship and the sound of God’s glory filling our hearts and our minds with his presence. Those that have ears let them hear.
“God is Shaking the Tree”
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5
People of God this is a good time to be connected to the vine. As with natural fruits and vegetables they are connect to the vine or the root of the tree. The tree has deep roots in the earth and the seed and nutrients needed to bear fruit are within the DNA of the tree. The same is with us, the people of God. The nutrients and ingredients needed to bear fruit are within our DNA. Our DNA has been changed from its natural state to that of the DNA of blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The scripture of John 15 describes our relationship to God as branches to the tree. God is standing over the tree and we are at the base of the tree with baskets. We have been planted. We have taken root. God has given increase. And as a result we are now bearing fruit.
We want you to know today that people at the base of our trees looking to be blessed by our fruit. God is shaking the trees and the fruit is falling down into our baskets. Gather your baskets and collect your fruit and be blessed.
It’s Harvest Time!
God we thank you for another day. We realize that you are the God of unchanging love, abundant mercy, unwavering grace, and unsurpassable peace. Today we pray hard for our brothers and sisters in Japan. Only God can heal and restore the country and the people of Japan. God we pray that we will be ready to assist them and help with the healing. If only a word, a smile, a prayer, whatever is needed, God make us ready. We are obligated to your word. And your word teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Today we offer not only prayers for that ravished nation, but also for individuals whose lives have been ravished by the hand of the enemy. Help them to press their way through their, pain, through the crowds, and through the clouds of their lives to see the ray of light you give. We prayer this prayer knowing that our God will not fail us. Bless us this day in Jesus Name. AMEN.
God Our Master...
Father in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, We thank you for allowing us to see this day. Thank you for giving us the opportunity today to give you praise, worship your majesty and exalt your name. We are grateful for every blessing. We thank you for your grace, your mercy, your favor and your love. God, as we lift our voices and our hearts in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Japan, we know that you can take care of them. We realize that even through this disaster and devastation, you are God. We know that you have the power to heal, repair and restore. So today we are praying that every resource be made available, leadership will operate with your direction, and that the hearts of the people will turn to you for guidance and peace. Help those who are available to assist your people to do so willingly, lovely, and in the spirit of meekness. Bless them with strength, and knowledge to rebuild. Not only to rebuild the land, but God rebuild and restore their hearts. We pray this prayer knowing that you cannot fail. And We thank you by faith. AMEN.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. –Proverbs 3: 5, 6
When getting onto the train, or a plane, or even the elevator—you trust that the motorman, the pilot and even the mechanics of the elevator are all capable of conducting their individual roles; driving the train, flying the plane and taking the elevator up and down on command. Without a second thought we just operate in total trust and belief that these individuals or mechanically devices will work. This is a good thing that we trust in the natural things of this world. However, why is it so hard to trust in the creator of this world?
God, who provides everything; God, who takes care of our emotional needs; God who decided to leave his throne and come down and dwell among us to be equated with our infirmities; God who gave man the wisdom and knowledge to create and accomplish the things we enjoy of our world today; Our God who knows everything there is to know about us. Why is it so hard to trust him?
The bible says trust in the Lord with all thine heart. Your heart is the most important part of your body. Its function is to pump oxygen throughout your body and keep you alive. It should not be entrusted to any person or thing. (i.e. I love you with all my heart) The only thing your heart should trust in is the Lord. God is the only one who can sustain your love, and will not hurt you in the process. As believers we must redirect the way in which we allow our heart to trust. We can be lead astray by allowing our heart to trust in anything other than God.
This day vow to trust in God with all thy heart and allow him to direct you in the way he wants you to go. Be Blessed.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24
When you pray believe you have what you are asking for even before you finish the prayer. Don't doubt, and don't worry. Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles; it takes away today's peace. We'll pray for you and you pray for us and lets watch God change things.
"We Are In The Hands Of The Potter..."
The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 18:1-6
God is the potter we are the clay. He takes his time and molds us into the vessels he desires to use. There are times when we are overwhelmed with the cares of this world and we forget that we are in the hands of the potter. There are times when we feel broken down and in need of repair. Those are the times that the potter has spotted a default in his vessel; He is putting you the clay back on the wheel and making you over again. Take the beginning of the year and allow God to make you over. Let Him take out any defaults, cracks, blemishes that would cause you not to excel in the kingdom of God in 2011. Tell God the Master Potter to "Work On ME Lord!"
"New Love, New Mercy, New Me, New Year,"
As we celebrate the entrance of a new year and many of us make New Year resolutions and vows to make changes in our lives that we have not done the year before—we want to admonish you to consider the following three things as part of your brand new start.First consider obtaining unconditionally agape love from Christ that can be shared with others. Develop the characteristics of love and share it. I Corinthians 13:4-8, is the scripture which describes the characteristic of Love. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Second, consider being thankful for the new mercies that God gives you daily and apply that same mercy to those whom you have chosen not to forgive, or pardon for a wrong that may be been don to you. Lamentations 3:22-23 talks about the mercy of God. It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Third, consider accepting Christ, putting the past behind you and asking God to transform you from the state of complacency you’re in—into the new creation he wants you to be. 2 Corinthians 5:17 declares--Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.
Let God be the beginning to your 2011.
The Smallest Prayer...
Lord Help! Thank you. AMEN
Sometimes that is all you can say; and sometime that is all you need to say.
God Our Protector...
God we are so grateful to you this day for your unmerited favor and abundant grace. We thank you for giving us the power to conquer fear. We know that fear can hinder us for accomplishing our goals and reaching our destiny. However, we know that you have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. Your perfect love in us cast out all fear. We will not fear what man has said or done in an attempt to keep us living beneath our potential and our privilege. We know that this is not your plan for our lives. Today we surrender our mind, body and souls to the wisdom of your word, the strength of your love, and your matchless power. We thank you for building us up in faith, drawing us with your love, and keeping our minds in the perfect peace you provide. Thank you for being our Father. Thank you for showing us the ultimate sacrifice by sending your Son, Jesus, to this world to redeem us from our sins. God we thank you for loving us even before we knew how to love ourselves. You are the best father ever. We love you this day. AMEN.
God Our Provider…
Our Lord and our Savior…Thou who sit high on the throne and looks down below—we thank you for hearing our cries, and answering our supplications. God you are great and greatly to be praised. You have done exceedingly, and abundantly above all we could have asked or even thought about and you are still blessings us. We magnify and exalt your name. Your greatness is unmatched; your love is unconditional; and your mercy is everlasting. Thank you for loving us. You have caused us to prosper and be in health even as our souls prosper. You have made ways out of no way, opened doors that were closed, and created rivers in our desert. You are God our provider. All honor and glory belongs to you. We have made it this far by your mercy and your grace. You have provided everything we need and because you love us-- you give us some of the things we want. God you keep blessing us over and over and over again, and your blessings never run short. We are assured that you are Jehovah Jirah our provider, our shepherd who teaches us not to want. We are indeed grateful. AMEN
God Our Comforter…
Father God, which are in heaven, we come boldly to your throne first to give you thanks. Thanking you for who you are; how you take care of us; and how you provide. Our confidence in you is unshakable. You are the source of our strength and the strength of our lives. We will lift holy hands in worship and adoration to you and your greatness. Thank you for never leaving or forsaking us. Thank you for being our comfort in sorrow, our strength in weakness, our joy in times of sadness, our peace in confusion. God we realize that you are everything and without you we are nothing. God, you have never failed us. Even when we have failed you, you never gave up on us. We are confident that you and you alone are our sustainer. In the times when we feel alone, left out, and without hope, thank you for teaching us to build our hope on nothing less than your righteousness. God on this day we return to say thank you. Thank you for everything. AMEN
God Our Friend...
Father God in the majestic name of your son our Lord Jesus Christ, we are indeed grateful for all that you have provided us with. We are thankful that you are our keeper, our friend, our protector, our healer, our guide and our strength. We recognize that without you we are nothing and with you we can do all things. Thank you for never leaving or forsaking us. We thank you for loving us when we don’t love ourselves. When we do things that are against your will and your way you still love us and get us out of our many scrapes, situations, and circumstances. We realize today that with you on our side, we need not to worry or fear what man shall say and/or do. You are our redeemer. God we know that if you are for us, you alone are more than the whole world against us. God you make the difference in our lives. God we commit that nothing will separate us from your love. We will not let our day to day lives, persecution, mistreatment or any other thing keep us from your love for us and our love for you. God keep us this day with our minds on you. Today we will cast our cares upon and take our burdens to you, because you are the only one who can see us through. Help us to help others today. We pray in the name of Jesus. AMEN.
Father God in the name of your son Jesus Christ, we want to thank you this day for your saving grace, your omnipotent power and your omnipresence. Thank you Lord for forgiving our sins, washing us clean and giving us another chance. Every day we awake, Lord you provide us with another opportunity to get our lives in order, forgive each other for words or deeds that we’ve committed which were not like you, wipe our slate clean and start over. God you have forgiven us our trespasses and we will forgive those who have trespassed against us. If we confess our sins, your word states that you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We thank you for the strength you are giving us to begin the process of forgiving those who have hurt us and asking forgiveness of those we have hurt. We give you thanks and praise for allowing us to start again. AMEN.
God Our Healer…
Father in the Name of your Son Jesus Christ, we come first to say thank you. We are thankful that you have showered us with your love and kindness; your tender mercies and your abundant grace. You are an awesome God; a mighty ruler and the King of kings. There is none like you. If we have done anything in word or deed that would prevent this prayer from being heard, we ask that you would forgive us our trespasses and try us again. Thank you for your healing power. Thank you for sending your word that heals all our diseases. Thank you for the stripes that you bore for our healing. We continue to pray for the healing of our minds, souls and bodies. We realize that you are the only one that can regulate our minds, provide peace to our souls and keep disease from our bodies. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. Thank you for giving us your peace which passeth all understanding; thank you for healing our infirmities; and most of all we thank you for your love. God, keep us in perfect peace; keep our minds on thee and our hearts full of your love. AMEN.
We give you thanks this day for your continued love and care for us. Thank you for being our helper, providing us with knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Thank you for lifting our hung down heads and encouraging our hearts. We are so appreciative of your love. We no longer fear what man shall do or say to keep us from reaching our full potential. You are our help. God you keep us from falling, and you are able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can ask or think. Thank you for making us the head and not the tail, the lender and not the borrower, the first and not the last. On this day we exalt your name and we bless you for encouraging our hearts. God keep us and we shall be kept. Bless us and we shall be blessed. Continue to shower your love on us and we will keep your praise in our mouths. Now unto him that is able to keep us from falling…
Our God in Heaven…
We give thanks to you this day for all you have done and all you will continue to do for us. Thank you for the strength you are providing us with at this very moment of our lives. Thank you for every mountain you’ve brought us over, for every valley you’ve brought us through. Thank you for showing yourself mighty and strong in every situation in our lives. Thank you for your grace that is sufficient and your strength that is made perfect in weakness. We are grateful that we can be strong in the face of adversity. God, we thank you for being our God and we will forever sing your praise. Bless us your people as we bless others for the remainder of the year and beyond. We pray this prayer in the name of your son Jesus Christ. AMEN.
During this season of giving, sharing and caring we are most grateful to God for the gift of his Son, whom we celebrate. Because God loved us enough he gave himself to us to redeem us and bring us back into relationship with him.
The holiday season brings a wealth of emotions; feelings of joy, elation, and happiness for some and for other sadness, pain, and stress. We at KAW Ministries want to share some scriptures which will encourage you through whatever state you may find yourself in. Read whichever one applies to you and share it with others.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1
And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. – II Corinthian 12:9, 10
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. – Hebrews 13:6
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us, -- Ephesians 3:20.
Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. – James 5:14, 15
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows, yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. – Isaiah 53:4, 5
And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying I repent: thou shalt forgive him. – Luke 17:4
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. – Colossians 3:13
WORRY AND STRESS
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God. That he may exalt you in due time: -- I Peter 5:5, 6
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. – Hebrews 13:5
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth or rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through not steal: -- Matthew 6:19, 20
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and love, and of a sound mind. – II Timothy 1:7
May you find comfort in these words… Happy Holidays from the family of KAW Ministries.
December 1, 2010
"Stop Looking, Let Him Find You..."
(22) Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord. (5) Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? -- Proverbs 18:22 and Ruth 2:5
Beyonce coined a song sometime this year that stated, “If You Like It Then You Should Have Put A Ring On It”. For some this was a great dance tune; for others it was a statement of woman power; and for some men it was I better do something or my milk is getting ready to dry up. But the message of the song was profound in its simplicity. The message--any man that really desires to be with a woman would do all he can to develop and secure a relationship, honor and enjoy the companionship, protect, proclaim and provide for the woman he has found. The key to this is him finding you and not the other way around.
Sometime as women of God we take on the persona of a man to fortify ourselves in the “boys club” of ministry. We negate our womanhood, forget our sensuality and take on the manlike forcefulness to fit in. This is not what God requires. He poured out his spirit upon all flesh, men and women. He didn’t make you into a man by doing so—His Spirit should have enhanced your womanhood.
In the book of Ruth, we are invited to follow the journey of a woman who was selfless, giving of herself to the ministry of her mother-in-law--that in and of itself is a tremendous blessing. Many women today suffer from society’s dictation that mother and daughter in laws are not supposed to get along. Ruth is the example that it’s not supposed to be that way.
There are several principles Ruth followed and she was rewarded. (1) She denied herself to honor someone else. (2) She was loyal and her love was genuine for God (3) She was at the right place at the right time to receive her blessing. Ruth was doing what she had been doing all the time, gleaning in the field. Ladies you must know whose field you are picking a harvest from. Don’t just glean anywhere; be sure that the harvest is plentiful. Glean in a harvest where God has planted blessings for you.
When Boaz discovered Ruth she was in the place God needed her to be. As women you have to know the place that God has for you and be in that place at the right time. God will send you not only what you need but what you desire.
In Proverbs 22 the man findeth the wife, he finds a good thing, but he also obtains favour of the Lord. There is no doubt that Boaz found favor with God. The charge to women—Get to the place God wants you to be. Be there at the right time and the Boaz you need, will find you. Stop looking, because you could very well end up with Bozo. Let him find you and obtain the favour of God to keep you.
November 30, 2010
"The Bells Are Ringing..."
(18) And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; (19) I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. (20) Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (21) And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. (22) Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. (23) And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. (24) But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. (25) But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. (26) And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: (27) And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. (28) And I will give him the morning star. (29) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. - Revelations 2: 18-29
Jezebel as described in the book of I Kings, was the wife of king Ahab of Israel who brought the worship of Baal from Sidon. She tried to destroy all God’s prophets in Israel so that the prophets of Baal and Ashera. Jezebel threaten to kill Elijah, and was labeled the one who had “stirred up” Ahab to wickedness (I Kings 21). She was just an evil woman. Jezebel’s name became so associated with wickedness that the false prophetess in the church at Thyatira was labeled, “Jezebel”, (Rev. 2:20). As we can see Jezebel was a wicked individual. In this text the sins of the prophets caused them to be labeled as Jezebel, not the woman, but the behavior.
For the purposes of this message we just want to call them bells. The bells of our life ring sometime louder at one time more than the other. What are the bells? Bells are the things that seduce us to not follow the call of Christ; Bells causes us to commit fornication and adultery; and Bells causes us to worship idols and place things before God. There are times when the bells are ring loud in our world. And there are other times when it’s a low trance like ringing which causes us not to react but to think about what that bell is toning for.
There are bells which causes us to have STD’s. S-Spiritual Adultery, (Compromising Truth with False Doctrine); T- Transgression – Violation of God’s Law; D-Deficiency – Incompleteness, as a body of believers we have experienced each component of the STD, but God cleared up our Spiritual Adultery with the Truth of His Word. He forgave us our transgressions by the power of His salvation. He covered our deficiency by his grace which is sufficient to keep us.
When the bells start ringing in your life remember the grace of God that will sustain you and keep you in all of your ways. His grace will keep you from stumbling so don’t be afraid. God can stop the ringing of the bells in our lives and clear our STD’s. If we let Him make us clean inside-- He will give us power over nations.
November 28, 2010
"Don't Get Hung By Your Tongue!"
(3) Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. (4) Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. (5) Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things, Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! (6) And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. -- James 3: 3-6
What is the tongue: The usually movable organ in the flour of the mouth in humans and most vertebrates, functioning in eating; in tasting, and in humans, in speaking.
The tongue has many usages…But today we will focus on the power of the tongue to speak.
Freedom of speech is given to us by the Constitution of the United States of America. However, you can’t yell fire in a crowed movie theater. Such a thing could cause major damage, trampling, and destruction. What we choose to say can either, hinder, destroy, help or edify ourselves and/or the body of Christ. Your tongue has the ability to set order or create chaos. Your tongue can keep your blessings further and further away from you or you can speak life into the things that have died and watch God manifest them in your life. What are you speaking into or out of your life?
In the text we are given the analogy of the horse and the bit. A horse can weigh anywhere from 800 to 1,000 pounds, yet it only takes a lit bit in the horse’s mouth to control the movement of its whole body. As with the bits in the horse’s mouth, so is the usage of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit will bridle our tongues and teach us what, when and how to use our tongues and control our bodies.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” You have a choice. You have options. You can speak life or you can speak death. Which do you chose to speak into your life? Don’t allow your tongue to hang you and hold up your blessings. Sometime we blame the enemy for things he has nothing to do with. We just spoke the wrong thing out of our mouths. It is our responsibility as believers to not allow corrupt communication to come from our mouths, Ephesians 4:29.
Beloved, don’t get hung by your tongue. Allow the Spirit of God guide your tongue to speak of His grace, mercy and favor in your life and in the lives of others. Speak Life!!
November 27, 2010
(5) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (6) For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: (7) In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. (8) But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. (9) Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; (10) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: (11) Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. -- Colossians 3:5-11
In the text above, Paul admonishes the church to mortify themselves from the things that caused their corrupt nature. Mortify means to humiliate or shame, as by injury to one's pride or self-respect, in the NIV translation of the bible the word mortify is stated as put to death, the amplified translation says so kill. In essence Paul instructed the church of Colosse to kill the worldly desires that lead to corruption, destruction and damnation. Paul told them to kill off the very things that would cause them to lose focus on God and revert to their sinful nature.
What did the church of Colosse need to do to maintain their salvation? They had to renew themselves in the knowledge of God their creator. And this did not just apply to the church folk. This was for everyone that accepted the Lord Jesus Christ.
As with the church of Colosse, so is it with the people of God today. At times we tend to embrace our sinful nature as something we never turned a loose. We must realize that we are spirit beings having a natural experience. We are not of this world. So we must therefore denounce the things of this world that would take us further and further away from God our Father. The bible says that we must die daily. In order to kill off the things that will hinder our progress and growth in God we must be willing to renew ourselves daily in the Word of God, practice the principles of the Word of God, and study the Word of God. We are not to focus on the sinful desires that we gave up; but cast our sights on the blessings that we have received since taking on the nature of God.
Check your life and make sure that you are not harboring sin in your nature. Be sure that you are killing off the things that are not of God. If what you do offends the God in you, kill it.
November 26, 2010
"I Made Up My Mind"
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. -- Romans 12:2
When we first came to Christ we accepted him as our Lord and savior. We came to him just as we were-- messed up. Some of us had issues, problems or sickness; and the only one that could deliver us was Jesus. Nobody understood us, not our friends, family, not even ourselves. Christ knew we needed peace and answered our plea.
Some of us after Christ saved us, filling us with his love and power, back fall. We allowed our issues and circumstances to deplete our faith. This causes us to question what God and what he is doing in our life. As believers we received the gift of the Holy Ghost which Jesus promised, (Acts 2:4, 38), and we did not utilize him as our guide. We just received him and stored him away. We believed what the world offered which caused us to fail, lose focus and confidence in his word. This is not the plan of God for our lives. It is Satan’s job is to plot against God by attacking your mind, and your faith in God. People of God it is time we get our minds back.
Our text commands us not to conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. What does it mean to renew? Renew means to begin or take up again; resume; (2) to restore or replenish; (3) to make, say, or do again; (4) to revive; reestablish; (5) to recover (youth, strength, etc.); (6) to restore to a former state; make new or as if new again. This definition applied to our mind may seem like a very hard task. However this is done easily by fortifying ourselves in the word of God. In some instances we need to do our first work of salvation over. God’s word is the restorer of our mind. All the answer we need to life situations can be found in the word of God. We must renew our mind by believing God's words are true and that they will accomplish what he set and sent them out to do. We are in the world but not of the world so our mindset must be different from that of world. The transformation of our minds helps us to prove the three wills of God, good, acceptable, and perfect.
Once your mind is made up and you are determined to live by the principles of the Word of God you are now empowered to empower others to change their minds. In the words of Pastor Donnie McClurkin’s song, “I’ve Got My Made Up. And I Won’t Turn Back; Because I Want to See My Jesus Someday.” Is your Mind Made Up?
November 25, 2010
O Come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. 2. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. -- Psalms 95: 1-2
What is Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment of benefits or favors, an expression of thanks, a public celebration in acknowledgment of divine favor or kindness, a day set apart for giving thanks especially to God.
As children we perceive thanksgiving as a day off from school, and eating a lot with family and love ones. American history records thanksgiving as the English Colonists, (Pilgrims), and celebrating days of thanksgiving as part of their religious practices. This was initially a day of prayer, not a day of feasting. The Pilgrims did not call this harvest festival a “thanksgiving” although they gave thanks to God. Thanksgiving is an important element of Christian worship. As Christian thanksgiving is our lifestyle. We express it thanks in everyday life, as well as during Worship services. We understand that giving thanks to God for His blessings and acknowledging his benefits and favor will pave the way and open the door for God to do more.
King David the writer of this psalms was a mighty warrior, musician, worshiper, lover of God and of women, murderer and adulterer, yet described as “a man after God’s heart”. He knew the importance of giving thanks. David knew and expressed all his love and thanksgiving towards God. He was confident that God would take care of him through all of his troubles. Even when he did feel the presence of God with him, he knew God was still worthy of his thanks, devotion and praise (psalm 29:2). As like David, we must be diligent in our thanks, praise and worship to God. God inhabits the praises of His people and he will meet our need(s) while we worship.
How do we show thanksgiving—in words, action, and attitude? We show or thanks in words by saying, “Thank You”. We show thanks in action, when we praise and worship, singing, dancing and making a joyful noise unto to our Lord. (Psalm 98) We show thanks with our attitude, when we selflessly help others. We must always be mindful that we are created to worship God with every action, every day of our lives. Why do we show God thanksgiving?—because God is holy, loving, and worthy of all our worship, devotion and thanksgiving. He’s our Father. Today take the time to tell your Father God…Thank you.
Thank you for being our God. Thank you for loving us in spite of ourselves. Thank you for allowing us to come together for this occasion of thanksgiving. Thank you for all you have done for us. Lord provide a way for food to be given to all who are hungry; shelter for those who are homeless; healing for the sick and comfort for the broken-hearted. Bless the food we will eat today, the hands that prepared it, and use it for the nourishment of our bodies. Thank for the family and friends we will share with today. We realize owe everything to you and we are blessed. Thank you for it all in Jesus’ Name we pray this prayer. Amen.
From the Family of KAW Ministries to your family, Happy Thanksgiving…
November 24, 2010
"All In His Hands"
1. The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2. Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 3. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4. And the vessel that he made from clay was marred in the hands of the potter; so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 5. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 6. O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. -- Jeremiah 18:1-6
Do you remember the song, “He’s got the Whole World in His Hands”? If so, what did the song mean to you? This song was designed to bring confidence and security to all that heard it. It reminded us that God was, is and will always be in control of all things. We face problems, and trouble on every side, perplexed, and persecuted but God has not forsaken us. We are confident in the knowledge that with all that could be wrong in our lives, God still has the whole world in his hands. All our problems the ones we identify as big or small can be placed in the master’s hands and He will take care of them all.
God spoke to Jeremiah, (often called the weeping prophet), a young man concerning the children of Israel; and he was instructed by God to go down to the potter’s house to hear his word, while the potter worked with the clay. Clay is a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired. Mud: water soaked solid; soft wet earth. A potter has to use his hands to create, form, and mold the clay into the vessel he needs. The clay represents us--the children of God.
God identified himself as the potter; working on a wheel transforming his children (clay). As like clay we sometime become marred by our free will and bad decision making. We become weak losing shape and hardness and our potter, God has to reshape us, and fire us up again so that he can perfect his clay vessels. The lesson: God has you on His wheel. Don’t give the enemy credit for everything that does not seem to go right within your life. Some things are happening because the potter is choosing to redesign his vessel. We must realize that God is a
God of second chances and when we need reshaping for the next level of worship and ministry, God places us on the wheel, reviving us again with his caring and loving hands.
After all is said and done, God our potter still has the whole world, you and me, brother and sister, in his most capable hands. Trust our God to make us his clay-- the vessels He uses for His glory.
November 23, 2010
"The Power Vested In You"
19. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. -- Luke 10:19
Many children fantasize of being a superhero; maybe a Batman, a Superman, or a Spiderman. Most parents spend an enormous amount to time during a child’s development reminding them that they are not the superheroes they see on television. As a child you are made aware of the power of the superhero and the enemy. As Christians after that the Holy Ghost has come upon us we obtain power and our enemies become more prevalent in our existence. People of God we must be clear about what kind of power we posses and what is power. Power is the ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something; the possession of control or command over others; authority. You must realize that power and authority has to be giving to you. Also be aware that your power is always in jeopardy—the enemy always wants take your authority and reduce you to nothing. As you see in the text, Jesus gives you power; power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy. The power that Jesus vested to his disciples came in three forms, Physical (physically demonstrative; strength), Mental (Mental powers; mind) and Possesses (occupy, dominate, or control).
Jesus started a three year ministry in which he recruited twelve men and they were called disciples (student). He selected these men to continue his work, fulfilling and to establish the churches throughout the nation. These men were called to follow Christ. As close companions to Christ they witnessed many miracles, signs and wonders. Jesus could have giving his followers the power and authority to perform many signs and wonders immediately, but he didn't until they proved faithful, loyal and ready. When they were ready Jesus sent them out to do great exploits. Not only did he vest power in them, Jesus then appointed others, seventy-two men were sent out two by two healing the sick and telling all that the kingdom of God in near.
Beloved we are his disciples. Our relationship and faithfulness to God qualifies us to be called anointed, and appointed to preach the gospel, lay hands on the sick and they recover, open blinded eyes, walk on serpents, scorpions and the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt us. Stay under good leadership as the disciples did. Learn the principles of the Word of God from the instruction of your leadership. You are being discipled; you are the apprentices of your leaders. The power that Christ displayed as he ministered on the earth will be vested in you. You will not only be the student but it will be your responsibility to disciple others and become the teacher. By the Power Vested In You – You can conquer the enemy of your souls and maintain victory. Are you ready for the Power?
November 22, 2010
11. And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13. And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18. There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. -- Luke 17: 11-19
As a sign of appreciation we use the words "Thank you" which means: to express one's gratitude or thanks. Saying 'thank you' is a thoughtful act or complement for helpful love and support. It shows how much we appreciate something or someone. These two powerful words display good manners, which should have been taught to us from childhood. Expressing good manner and etiquette represented good home training. Saying thank you, please, and excuse me were indications that you were reared properly. This is however, something that we experience less of in these days and times. (That’s another speak to me).
The bible records Jesus’ travels through Samaria and Galilee. Ten men there cried to him with a condition of leprosy. Leprosy is primarily a granulomatous disease of the peripheral nerves and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract; skin lesions are the primary externalsign. Leprosy in the Old Testament was seen as a physical and spiritual pollution which requires one to be excluded from the community, much like HIV/Aids today.
These men were healed by their obedience to Christ and their ability to move by faith. At Christ’s instruction and command to Go and then show, themselves to the priest they were healed as they walked by faith on their journey. These ten men pleaded with Christ and he answered. He healed them as they walked, but only one realized as he was walking that his condition was gone. That one turned back to say thank you. His ability to practice good manners and etiquette allowed him not only to be healed, but to be made whole. His obedient walk provided him healing, his faith return made him whole.
Beloved, if we want to be healed and get the totality of our blessings and be made whole, we must always give thanks to our Lord and savior for what he has already done. When someone performs a service we must acknowledge them giving them full recognition. However, it's easy to neglect the people closest to you and not tell them thank you for the things they do daily. Let them know and let God know how thankful you are for the things they have done, are doing and will continue to do. When you take the time to say thank you—you move from healing to whole.
In the words of The Chief Apostle, Johnnie L. Anderson, Sr., “Lift your hands and tell the Lord Thank You.”
Love you Bishop, Your Son Little Wallace
November 21, 2010
"The Power Of A Tear"
7. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the hours of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat. 10. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. 13. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved but her voice was not hard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 17. Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. -- I Samuel 1:7, 10, 13, 17
Tear(s) - Liquid product of crying to clean and lubricate the eyes. There are three basic types of tears: The Basal Tear—In healthy mammalian eyes the cornea is continually kept wet and nourished by basal tears. They lubricate the eyes and help to keep it clear of dust. Tear(s) contains substances that fight bacteria. Reflex Tears—Irritation of the eye by foreign particles or from the presence of irritant substances such as onion vapors. Reflex tears attempts to wash out irritants. Crying or Weeping (psychic tears)--Tears as crying or weeping is increased lacremation due to strong emotional stress, suffering mourning or physical pain. It is not restricted to negative emotion. These tears a brought on by emotion and have a different chemical make- up. They contain a natural pain killer.
Tears are an important part of our lives and everyone will cry at some point. And we all will shed each type of tear. Many of us don’t like to cry because it is perceived a sign of weakness, but as with all things tears have a purpose.
Basal Tears help keep our eyes moisturized and lubricated and clear of dust. Normal eye care requires that some level of wetness in the eye is maintained. These tears fight bacteria and keep the eyes clean. It is important as believers that not only our natural sight and vision is clear but that our spiritual sight is maintained as well.
Reflex Tears identifies irritants and foreign substances that make their way into our eyes and causes focus to be distorted. Just as God has created natural reflectors to keep foreign agents from destroying our sight he has done the same spiritually. Sin, circumstances and situations can cause our sight to be distorted. Therefore a tear of reflex is needed to remove the foreign substances from our view. Anything that causes you not to see God as your deliverer is foreign to your spirit and needs to be cried out.
The Crying or Weeping tear is what Hannah in our text cried. Hannah wept before the prophet because she wanted a child. She was emotional stressed, and in torment- her womb was baron. Hannah used her weeping tears and moved the heart of God. Have you ever wanted something so bad that you couldn’t do anything else about it but cry out to God? These are the tears that are used when you have tried ever earthly thing to no avail, and so you now have to cry out to God for deliverance. When you cry out before God, you surrender your will to him. You are in a vulnerable state and in need of relief. Just as Hannah’s tears were answered in verse 17, God hears every teary you cry. God will provide the relief you need; send the help you desire; and grant your request according to His will.
Go--get your cry on…
November 20, 2010
"I've Been Changed"
31. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren. --Luke 22:30-31
How do you know you’ve been changed? When has change taken place in your life? At what point do you believe that God has worked in you and brought about your personal change?
Peter was a follower of Jesus Christ and had been with him since he called him from the fisherman’s boat. Jesus knew the importance of Peter’s ministry although; Peter really didn’t have a clue. Peter walked with Christ and believed that he was the Messiah sent by God. He recognized the deity of Christ before any of the other disciples. Jesus knew that Peter was called to be the disciple who would develop the churches after the promise of the Holy Ghost had come. (Acts. 1:4, 8 ;) Jesus was also aware that the enemy, Satan would try to capture/destroy (sift) Peter before he reached his potential and carried out his purpose. Knowing this Jesus prayed for Peter.
The lesson: God knows your name, who and whose you are and the purpose of your life in him. The enemy is also aware of the potential damage you will do to his kingdom if you reach your destiny in Christ. His job is to sift/stop you before you ever get started. But God…your father has already prayed for you. Not only did he pray for you, but he prayed specifically for your faith not to fail. There will come a time in the lives of believers when the challenges and circumstances of life will cause your faith to waver and your strength to fail. But God…your father has already prayed for you. This prayer for Peter came before he was converted. Peter still had some issues that he had to be delivered from. And when you begin to walk your journey with God there are things within you that you still have to be delivered from. Peter smote the ear of the guard, he denied Christ, and he ran away, this after having been an avid supporter of the ministry. Jesus knew that Peter’s current behavior was not the called behavior and Peter was allowed to repent. God takes you through the same process before you are converted/changed. God knows that your current status is not your called status. He knows that your process of change is still happening. He is aware that the things you have to surrender to complete your walk with him requires time and he gives you time to effectively and completely become a part of Him. Although, God can do instantaneous change, you need to go through the process of conversion to appreciate the greatness of the call.
Jesus prophesied in Peter’s life “…and when thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Jesus knew that Peter would be the preacher who would substantial add membership to the kingdom. (Act2:37-47) As with Peter, Jesus has already prayed for you. What have you been doing since your conversion?
November 19, 2010
"Your Water Is Troubled..."
2. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 5. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7. The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. – John 5:2-9
Have you ever wanted something so bad that nothing else mattered? How long did you, have you or would you wait to receive it? What would you give? When you are determined to accomplish your goals, you will work as hard and as long as it takes to achieve the desired results. Nothing was more important to the man at the pool than to be healed. He waited and watched while others received their healing. He sat there hoping that someone would have compassion on him, forfeit their healing and assist him with getting his—but that didn’t happen. So he remained in a helpless position until the time for his deliverance came. Although the season for the water to be troubled had come—it was not yet his time.
Have you’ve ever wondered why the people who carried him to the pool didn’t put him in when the water was troubled. They had to take him back and forth daily. He couldn’t do it on his own, Why lay him at the side when you could be there at the troubling and put him in? The lesson: It is your responsibility to get what God has for you. You can’t rely on anyone else to do it for you. You must be determined to do it for yourself. You can’t make excuses…“nobody helped me,” “I didn’t know what to do,” “It’s not my fault.” This kind of ignorance will stop your growth and hinder you from reaching your full potential and receiving the things that God has for you.
You may be in a paralyzed position right now and unable to step into the pool to heal thyself. Things may look like they won’t change or get better, and this may seem like the longest wait period of your life, but Jesus is passing by the gated pool of your life and making you whole.
How bad do you want to be made whole? Are you willing to stand still and wait patiently for God to trouble your water and make you whole? If your willing and obedient to his command you shall eat the good of the land. “Lord whatever your doing in this season, please don’t do it without me.”
November 18, 2010
"Could You Be Convicted?"
Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands - Acts 12:5-7
If you asked believers, would they suffer for Christ? Some will say yes until the test comes, others will accept what God has in store. Many trails and tribulation arise in the building and testing of ones faith, obedience and/or correction. At times we stumble and God chasten us by realigning us with his purpose. Realignment, correction and chasten does not feel good. It is however necessary. As with suffering for Christ, the trail doesn’t feel good, but it is necessary to make us strong in God.
Prison(s) are any places where persons accused, and /or convicted of criminal activity are confined and persons so confined or those captured in war.
Peter witnessed Jesus performing many signs and wonders; and was thrown in prison and bound in chains for preaching and teaching the gospel of Christ. Herod added to Peter’s suffering by placing him between two soldiers. Peter never stops seeking God in pray and meditation. While Peter prayed the saints of God were praying as well. Everybody was on one accord praying for the same thing—Peter’s release. Please note that during the time of Peter’s trail there came a peace over Peter, because the angel had to smote Peter on the side to wake him up to tell him to leave the prison. This indicates that even in the midst of a storm you can have peace and rest. The bible says we will all suffer as Christ has suffered (I Peter 4:1).
We as children of God must be willing to follow Jesus all the way. We are assured that all things are possible through Christ which, strengthen us. Beloved, understand in the midst of your suffering God is still faithful. The power of prayer made way for the light to shine in the prison, and the fetters (chains) to fall off. That same power is able to break the chains in your life. We must be ready when God shows us a way of escape. Don’t doubt, only believe--Prayer is the key and faith unlocks all doors. Could you be convicted?
November 17, 2010
3. “And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4. What man of you having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5. And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” -- Luke 15:3-7
1. Transgression of God’s known will or any principle or law regarded as embodying this
2. Any serious office, as against a religious or moral principle
3. Any offense against a principle or standard
4. To commit an offense (against a person principle, etc.)
Many teachers of the law complained that Jesus was associating with sinful people, even at times eating or dining with them. Jesus spoke to those Pharisees in parable using the example of sheep; which in those days represented their money and livelihood. Jesus questioned the Pharisees on their compassion for a sheep that was lost in the wilderness. If you were a good shepherd, why wouldn’t go rescue the sheep which strayed away? We have all strayed at one time or another, and the shepherd of our souls had to come and get us? Or are we still wondering in sin? We were born in sin and shaped in iniquity. We don’t have a choice as to the state in which we were born, however we have a choice not to remain in sin.
In the New Testament the Apostle Paul recorded faithful words about Christ, “Jesus came into the world to save sinners”. There is only one way to be saved and that is to do what Jesus Christ preached, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel”. God planned for his people to be reconnected to him – having the messiah pay the sin offering with his life. We are the sheep and Christ is our shepherd. He is concerned about all his people, believers and non-believers. Jesus defined his ministry calling sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32).
Beloved, God is a loving father and all his children matter. We are responsible to fulfill all requirements to unite us to God. So for those who already know the way of salvation we must bring that knowledge to those who are lost. The bible says in Romans 10:9 that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Jesus says, Rejoice, for the heavens have joy that one sinner repenteth more than ninety and nine just person which need no repentance – let that one be you.
Today you can have salvation if you want it. Pray this prayer, believe in your heart, and get yourself into a bible believing, faith based ministry to help you grow in the grace and in the knowledge of Christ.
Dear Lord, I believe in you and that your word is true. Have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you I’m nothing.
I believe in my heart that you, Lord God, raised Jesus from the dead. Forgive me Lord, for every sin I have ever committed or done in my heart, come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior right now. I surrender my life to you; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ.” Amen.
November 16, 2010
"It's Morning Time"
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. -- Psalm 30:5
Beloved, understand the differences between "night" and "day". Night is a period of darkness between sunset and sunrise; and morning is the first or early period of anything beginning. There are times when we as believers go through some dark periods in our lives and walk with God. In those times it is hard to see the light or the morning at the end of this dark time. But because our faith is built on the promises of God we are assured that this trouble or dark time in our lives won’t last always. At some point there is a morning time. There will come a time when the light will shine; when the early light of the beginning of our victory will shine through. We cannot stop mid-tunnel or mid-way the process. We must journey through until our “Morning Time” comes.
The words of praise spoken by King David in this text as he dedicated the temple expressed God's discipline and his faithfulness. The bible states that David was the apple of God's eye; whatever he asked God for it was granted. But there was a time in David's life when God was silent. As children of God our father has to chastise, rebuke and correct us. This in no way means that he doesn’t love us. In fact this is the evidence that he does. The bible is clear in Hebrews 12:7 that God deals with us as a father dealeth with his children. And when discipline is happening God does not always talk. Sometimes he is just quiet leaving you to ask are you there? As believers we will endure many challenges; but we must continue to be steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord. You are confident that morning time is coming. And when it comes it will come with our victory, new mercy, and full of God’s grace.
Brethren when you're going through your darkest hour be encouraged, for God will never leave you nor forsake you. His silence is only for a moment, your trouble will not last, your storm is passing over and your weeping is only for the night. Your joy is here. Your morning time is here. Wake up and see the light of His Glory in the morning of your life.
November 15, 2010
"Worship--The Fear Killer"
1. It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle. 2. Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi. 3. And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. -- II Chronicles 20:1-4
Fear has four factors. Fear is 1. uneasiness of the mind, 2. terror, 3. danger and 4. dreadfulness. Many of us are faced with this emotion daily. There are times when life circumstances causes us to fear. In the text Jehoshaphat faced one of the greatest trials of his life. Three separate nations came against him. Jehoshaphat’s fear was a natural reaction to his current situation. Often times we approach our enemies using the natural reaction of fear. Our situations causes us to rationalize with our mind instead of using our God given tools to conquer fear—Worship.
Jehoshaphat the king of Judah was an able ruler and a faithful worshiper of God. Because of his disastrous behavior: he made alliance with Ahab, king of Israel, and the results as recorded in the bible states that three nations came up against Him. It was not just a fear that came upon Jehoshaphat, it was a great “fear.” When you understand the four factors of fear, you can imagine what Jehosphat felt in his heart. He was responsible for an entire nation. This was not a personal battle but it affected all the cities of Judah. It forced them to seek the lord. There are times that our families and life situations are impacted and we allow our fears to control us. We tend to forget that God did not give us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and a sound mind.
When King Jehoshaphat understood the power of his worship, fasting, and praying he led the children of Judah into worship. He realized that their praise was their weapon. The bible states that God inhabits the praises of his people. The King realized that he needed God to get him through this battle. We have the same power of worship. And we must realize that some battles we face can only be moved by the power of God. When we worship God, He sits on his throne and dispatches angels to move on our behalf. God heals, delivers and sets free through worship. Worship is our weapon!!
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. – II Chronicles 20:18
November 14, 2010
"I'm Expanding Your Territory"
9. And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. -- I Chronicles 4:9,10
The bible describes Jabez as an honorable man, more than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because he caused her great pain. This area in the text indicates that enlarging territory requires some painful transition. Your body, your mind, your heart, and your soul stretches and reshapes itself and provides for the increase that is to come.
The text indicates that Jabez had a personal relationship with God. A relationship in which he could boldly petition God and be assured that his prayers were going to be answered.
In a real relationship with God you can follow the principles of the word of God which state that if ye seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matt. 6:33) Jabez’s request to God was bold and powerful, he wanted God to expand his territory. Jabez knew he needed God’s help and permission. Beloved, understand you can build a relationship with God through prayer. Start seeking his face and not just what’s in his hands. You can’t get to the next level without God. There are principles that must be followed and the word of God provides you with the tools you need to not only have your territory enlarged but maintain the blessing once it comes.
Brethren, God can maximize your territory if you are trustworthy, faithful and obedient. Be encouraged and remain a faithful servant of God and watch your boarders increase.
November 13, 2010
"The Wilderness Experience"
1. And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. 2. And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: 3. And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. -- Exodus 16:1-3
As the congregation of the children of Israel entered the wilderness they entered a lonely place, an uninhabitable land of drought and deep darkness. And instead of trusting the God that just delivered them out of the hands of Pharaoh, they murmured against Moses for not have any food to eat. But God is a faithful God and supplied their need.
We as followers of Christ experience many diverse situations. Our day to day struggles, problems, and life tasks can cause us to murmur. Murmuring and complaining keeps us from focusing and hearing what God is saying. God gives us the necessary tools to deal with our situations. Christ told us in Matthew 11:28-- to come unto him, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and He would give us rest. If we want to be relieved of our burdens we are to go to him and give them to him. He can handle what we cannot.
At times we are tested to see whether we will follow God's instruction. We find ourselves roaming in the wilderness until we are ready to obey his commands. The children of Israel wandered for many years as a result of disobedience, which displeased God. Beloved obey God's every command. There is joy in facing trials, James says, "count it all joy, when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. The wilderness is an experience. It separates you from your problems and consecrates you toward God. We will all experience some wilderness moments—don’t get stuck in the wilderness allow God to get you out.
6. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1 Peter 1:6-7
November 12, 2010
"Safe In His Arms"
1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2. I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. -- Psalms 91:1-4
This psalm expresses the protectiveness of our God. Faced with the struggles of life, the uncertainty of our society and the spiritual stronghold-we can be assured that our God is our refuge and our strength. God is our fortified defense structure when engaged by the enemy. At all times we are assured that Christ as our fortress. He covers us with his feathers. There is trust under his wings. But most of all He shields us with his truth. There is safety in the arms of God.
Jesus states in his word in John 10:10 that "the thief cometh not, but for to steal, and kill, and destroy. Our opponent, the adversary, Satan, has set his sights on destroying the people of God. He only has the power we give him. God gives us spiritual tactics to use while in battle. He admonishes us to put on the full armor from head to toe. And don't run away from the battle run towards his arms and dwell under his shadow.
The lord is thy keeper: the lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. -- Psalms 121:5
November 11, 2010
"I Want To Be Effective"
11. "And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12. So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. 13. Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16. And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. -- Act 19:11-16
As heirs of the kingdom we have a responsibility to live a Godly life. We are governed by the principles of the Word of God which was declared from the beginning. We must realize that we were called and chosen before the foundation of the world. Our obedience to adhere to the voice of God resulted in the gift of salvation for ourselves. Knowing that we must fulfill the call and purpose that God has for us, and not covet the gifts and anointing of others we prepare ourselves to be effective in ministry, and life. At all times we must be effective. At times we want a life that we were not destine for, thus stopping our progress and our ability to achieve what God has for us. This renders us ineffective.
In this text, Luke records an example of how the Vagabond Jews (wandering or irresponsible person) thought they could cast out an evil spirits as Paul did. They did not have the power or the authority to do these things. These men were ineffective and caused more damage to themselves. The lesson-- when we are walking or operating outside of the call and will of God in our lives we are essentially ineffective and give place for the enemy to gain territory.
To be effective we must first maintain focus, fast and pray, know and obey the voice of God which speaks into our lives daily by his word. Be effective in your relationship with God and your relationship with his people. This will make us ready for what he has for us.
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
November 10, 2010
"The Upper Room Experience"
13. "And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren." Acts 1:13-14
The upper room experience starts with you. As Christians we can recall our first experience with Christ and how excited, wonderful and life changing it was. However, we sometimes forget that it took some people praying, believing, fasting and encouraging us to develop and maintain our personal relationship with God. Although each of us will have our own upper room experience it is imperative that we share this experience with the members of the body of Christ.
The bible records a Sabbath's journey away (about half mile) to Jerusalem, his followers gathered together in a "upper room." In the upper room they prayed in unity until they received the promise of God. The unity and power of prayer leads to His blessing. Beloved we must always remember God's faithfulness, his love and his commitment to us. His promise never to leave us, nor to forsake us. When they were all together and on one accord, the promise of the holy spirit fell. And just as it fell in the days of old it falls today as the body of Christ assemble together, prays without ceasing, and tarry (wait) -- God delivers on his promises.
Always remember your "upper room" experience. It is the gate way to your blessings.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. Acts 2:3
November 9, 2010
"Something Has To Die, For Us To Live"
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him.- 1 John 4:9
Beloved brethren understand Jesus paid the ultimate price with his life so that our sinful nature would not keep us separated from God. A sacrifice has to be given as an intercession for our sins (Heb 7:25), without it we would not have the ability or power to die daily and kill off sin.
Because He died we now have the power to "kill" the sinful nature, the very thing that keeps us from living the life that God has for us. We stop our own inheritance by holding on to situations that are not in God's will for us. Don't suffer with it; let it die and so you can live in the over flow.
Who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
1st Thess. 5:10