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Friday, August 18, 2017

Hate



Proverbs 6:16-19

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief;  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.


In light of all the hate that is being spewed I felt the need to talk about it and see what scripture has to say. From our text we see that God does not condone hate, but instead condemn hate. Our scripture texts make it very plain hatefulness is an abomination to God. We have seen all of the above forms of hate that have been played out in our country and it has no place in our society.
The question now becomes, what do we as law abiding, God fearing good-hearted and caring citizens do to combat hate? We are to condemn hate and the initiators of the hateful acts and stand up for what is right because we are all of God's creation and are linked through His Spirit as we all breathe the same air. Do we hate the person, no we do not. I know it is a fine line between the act and the actor, but it can and must be done.
I have lived through the hateful acts during the 60's and was told about the racial hate that occurred before I was born, but we as a nation we have achieved so much together and will again as we tell hate "you have no win" because: (a) we are stronger together; unified in peace and love as there is strength in numbers, and (b) love is far greater than hate.
We overcame other turbulence and we will overcome these.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Fiery Trials Of Life Produces True Faith



1 Peter 1:7; 4:12

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: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

Today's message reminds us that in this life we will face trails and they are to produce true faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
If the question was raised, are the trials we face necessary? Yes they are in that they are purging us of our sins that can and will cause believers to carry unnecessary weight while running this Christian race.
It is noteworthy to say, unless we have been tried in the fire of life, then we as believers lack the knowledge of how strong our faith is neither is there a testimony of how the Lord brought you through the fire.
The fiery trials of life give believers additional reasons to praise God for His goodness, grace and mercy. This is because it is the Lord who brings us through these trials, and with each trial if purifying us so that at the end of life's journey we will come forth as pure gold.
The fiery trials of life are looked upon as the hand of God shaping us into that smooth pottery of clay. He is the potter and we are the clay.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Our Protector



Psalm 91:1-16

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High God shall abide under shadow of the Almighty God. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God, in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver me from the snares from the noisome pestilence.

If we were to sub title today's message it could be God our Security Blanket, because this entire Psalm describes God providing protection for His people.
Given the kind of protection God provides, believers can walk boldly proclaiming the message of Christ even in the midst of a hostile environment. Verses two through four supports the above statement by stating that God is our refuge, our fortress and He covers us under His mighty wings as His truth shall be our shield and buckler. With that in mind, believers are assured of His deliverance.
It is worth noting that even when surrounded with sin and all manner of wickedness, and we are, we are to have complete confidence and trust in the Lord as there is no failure in Him. Why? Because God promised never to leave nor forsake His own and all promises are kept. Reflect on Daniel in the Lion's den and Daniel using the lion as a pillar-complete trust in God. There are other notables in the Bible where God's protection was on display. All believers can testify of God's protection on his/her lives.
God the Holy Spirit is our protector.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Holy Spirit Frees Believers From Sin




For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Our scripture texts explain how the law of the Spirit frees all believers from the law of sin because the law of the Spirit forgives sin whereas the law of sin could not. Forgiveness is in Jesus Christ who died on the cross for the sins of the world. His death restored the broken relationship between man and God the Father that sin caused and the result of this separation man was destined for to spend eternity in hell.
It is worth noting that the law of the Spirit of life is the presence and power of the Holy Spirit operating in believers as we have yield control of our lives to Him.
That said, with the indwelling Holy Spirit, believers have the power to live in holiness to God and His righteousness. Believers are no longer slaves to sin and its demonic powers, but are now freed to a life of righteousness and holy living.
Life in the Spirit means that we live and walk in the Spirit.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Fear God



Psalm 27:1-2

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? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

In light of the mayhem that is filling the airways with gloom and doom is enough to cause some to become fearful as if there is no way out of this hateful situation. Let me be clear God is in control and He is the only one to fear and that is with a fear of reverence.
We are being bombarded with hateful and evil doers as if they are in control and what's wrong is right, but we who know the truth know that right is right and will always be right. Take note to the words of David when he said " When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell." Why, because God is in control and He will protect His people. "He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler (Psalm 91:4). Yes we may be weeping now (night) but joy is coming; therefore, stand firm and proud; be encouraged and take the fight to Satan. He has no win. He is a defeated foe and he knows that. This is why things are done under the cover of darkness, but wrong comes to light.
When we reverence God by putting Him first there is nothing to fear; then we can shout victory, victory is mine. Tell Satan he has to flee.
Fear no man; only God.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Living In Union With Christ



John 15:4-5

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

Our scripture texts explain how one is to live in union with Christ; by abiding in Christ as He is the vine and all believers are the branches. The two must remain connected as the branch cannot survive on its now.
Abiding in Christ the person is establishing an intimate relationship with the Lord, which is what the Lord desires. A tree branch will remain alive as long as it remains connected to the vine, but that connection is severed, then the branch dies. This principal is true for the believer and Christ. This is because Christ is our supply line and without Christ supplying all our needs we too will wither and die.
We remain connected to Christ through His Word by daily scripture reading, meditating on the Word and then daily prayer. Those who are bearing fruit sometimes get pruned to bear more fruit, which is doing even greater things for the Lord.
Are we connected to our supply line? Can the world identify us as godly fruit because of the fruit we are bearing?
Living in union with Christ the world will know what fruit we are.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Enduring Unto The End



Matthew 10:22

And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake; but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

The setting for this text is Christ talking to His disciples informing them that as the gospel go forth they will be hated and have to suffer for His name sake, but never give up because: (a) He would be there with them through His Spirit, and (b) just as He suffered we as believers must suffer also.
Our suffering brings into focus the conversation Paul had with his listeners, when he told them that it was profitable for him to die because he would be in the Lord's presence.  Paul also warned all believers that this Christian journey is a race that in order to win we must endure unto the end. This is because the race isn't given to the swift, but to those who endures. Consider a marathon race where runners must endure many miles to constant running and the race isn't complete until the runner crosses the finish line.
That said, when this Christian race is over believers will be in heaven with the Lord where there are many rewards waiting for us.
Enduring this Christian journey one must be spiritually fit by eating spiritual food daily, which consists of daily Bible reading and meditating on the Word, daily prayer and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Christian journey is a long-term investment in salvation-our eternal lives.
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