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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Unique Attributes Of God

Psalm 139:7-8

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into the heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold thou are there.

The writer of this Psalm is expressing the awesomeness of God by asking several though provoking questions when answered correctly looks at God for Him being omnipresence meaning that God is everywhere; God being omniscient meaning that He knows all and lastly God being omnipotent which is being all powerful. God being all three supports the fact that God is unique in His attributes as there is no other God who posses those attributes.
Other unique attributes of God is that He is eternal with no beginning or end, which means He is Alpha and Omega. God is unchangeable which makes Him the same today, yesterday and forever more. All believers can take comfort in knowing that God will never change and whatever He says will come to pass as His Word will not return to Him void.
Another of God's unique attributes is that He is holy and just. What this means is that God is without sin and everyone is treated equally as He loves us all the same.
 Lastly, God is triune which means that He manifests Himself in three distinct persons, but still one God; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit all equally divine with specific roles in the lives of humanity and creation.
The God of all creation is unique as there is no other God like Him.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Be A Fruit Bearer For Christ

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance, against such there is no law.

In Paul's writing to the Christians at Galatia he outlines the comparison between works of the flesh to those of the Spirit and the results of each. Paul makes it very clear that the works of the flesh is in stark contrast to the works of the Holy Spirit. Works of the flesh bring forth all manner of evil and hatred while works of the Spirit bears all manner of good as they represent God's character. Paul makes a profound declaration of the fruit of the Spirit that there is no law against them and cannot be legislated. These character traits are of God who cannot be legislated or regulated because He is God.
With that being said, believers being of God and bearing His spiritual fruit has the God given freedom to bear fruit according to His will and believers are to live so that the world will see the manifestation of God's glory in our lives.
There is a true saying that "a tree is known by the fruit it bears", then all mankind is known by the fruit they bear. If you are a child of God you will bear fruit of the Spirit whereas if one is a child of Satan the fruit of wickedness is what the world will see.
Believers, bear good fruit.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

God's Peace

Jeremiah 33:6

Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.

Everything God created was good and in harmony with each other; this give rise to God being a God of peace. That said we must look at what is meant by God's peace. God's peace is the absent of calamities, distress, and or conflict. Whereas on the other had God's peace means perfect harmony with all creation as well as the feeling of wholeness and well-being. Peace was destroyed by sin which entered the human race by the disobedience of Adam.
Adam disobeyed God's command forbidding him from eating of the tree (Genesis 3:1-7), and for the first time they realized their guilt and shame before a holy God (Genesis 3:8). Sin disrupted God's perfect peace between Him and humanity, and the animal kingdom. Sin also disrupted the harmonious relationship between husband (Adam) and wife (Eve). There is hope that one day God's perfect peace will be restored. This will occur when Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior returns to rule His kingdom that will be established here on earth after the old heaven and earth passes away.
How do we know that Christ will restore God's peace? This evidenced in Luke 2:13-14 when angels and a multitude of heavenly host sang praises to God saying glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, good will towards men.
The question now becomes how do we know and have God's peace until total peace is restored? This is accomplished by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior through His atoning work on the cross, and in doing the indwelling Holy Spirit begins working on our behalf of letting peace rest and rule in our hearts.
There is no peace like God's peace.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Faith And Salvation

Romans 10:9-10, 17

So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God

Much have been written and discussed regarding faith and its essentially to salvation and the Christian life, but for today's discussion our focus is on the word, work, and walk of faith.
Let's examine faith from the three perspectives:
(1) The word of faith is the hearing of the gospel of Christ and believing that Christ is God's Son who died for the sins of the world (you and I) and on the profession of that faith/belief we then are saved. How does one hear the gospel message? The gospel is spread through preaching, teaching and witnessing Christ (Acts 11:14; Matthew 25:18-20).
(2) The work of Faith is the convicting work of the Holy Spirit who convicts the unbelieving heart of the need for salvation and the promise of  God that all believers will be partakers in His divine nature-righteousness (2 Peter 2:4). Christians then are born again into the body of Christ through His atoning work and convicting work of the Holy Spirit.
(3) The walk of faith is made possible by the word and work of faith which allows all believers to walk this Christian journey (2 Corinthians 5:7). How is this so? The Christian prospect must first hear God's Word then believe in his or her heart what he or she has heard while allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way, and then the faith walk journey begins.
Without faith there is no salvation.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

"Show Me Thy Ways"

Psalm 25:4-5

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

Reading this Psalm I concluded it is one where King David was praying for God's guidance and protection. This must be all humanity's desire and especially believers. I say this because believers have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior as well as submitting ourselves to do God's will, live according to His commandments while developing an intimate relationship with Him. Upon establishing a personal relationship with the Lord we get to know Him and His ways.
Desiring to be taught God's ways is a demonstration of believers' devotion to God for His love, grace, mercy and compassionate care. His truth will stand the test of time as He is truth. His righteousness is the standards by which all mankind will be judged.
It is noteworthy to say, being taught God's way incorporates perseverance, godly wisdom and the patience to wait on God as there is no failure in Him.
Being shown God's way, all believers can say with confidence that 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).
Get to know the Lord for He is "the truth, the way and the life" (John 14:6).
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Friday, September 30, 2016


James 4:6, 10; 2 Chronicles 7:14

But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.

According to the Student Bible Dictionary humility is defined as the freedom from pride as well as having the right view of God, self and others, but I would like to add to the dictionary's definition by saying that humility puts into perspective whatever accomplishments and or blessings we have come from God and He is to be given the glory and honor for each.
In the Bible humility isn't considered a weakness but instead a quality of strength as well as showing our trust in God in every situation. Jesus Christ is our perfect example of humility. He never once said "I am God you have to respect me"; He simply informed the Samarian woman that He was the promised Messiah.
Humility is about developing positive relationships with God and others. Allow me to pose this question, what kind of relationship will a prideful person develop as oppose a humble person? If God resists a prideful person then what is the reaction from our fellowman? Resistance has been my experience.
Our scripture text encourages us to refrain from self-exaltation and let God lift us up and receive more of His grace. 2 Chronicles 7:14 outlines four specific requests from God and He promised to heal our land-bless us. Land can be each individual as each one add to the whole.
Humility brings more of God's grace and His exaltation. Be humble.
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Gun Violence: Commentary

In light of the recent African American men being shot dead in the streets by the very people who have been sworn to protect us; this makes me wonder if these killings are a form of modern-day lynching where back in the day Black men were hanged just because. Have we gone back to those days? Is the KKK dressed in three-piece suits, police uniforms and judge robes? How in good conscience can these officers kill the very people they have sworn to protect?  Are these officers being vetted well enough to detect the hatred that is hidden their hearts and is on display with these killings? How convenient body cameras are turned off in many cases when another killing/murder is occurring? Who made these officers judge, jury and executioner? When will the justice system hold these people accountable for their actions? The system is supposed to work equally for all citizens, but we know it doesn't.
If a poll were taken, many if not all would say they believe in God. My question, what God because the God I like vast majority serve a God of peace, love, mercy, and justice. A God who created and sustains all creation; this includes all humanity.
I am fearful for my grown sons as they travel to and from work as well as other daily routines. I carry this same fear for other mothers' sons, husbands and brothers. When they leave home will they return home alive? What are we to do? We are already praying, but violence is not the answer. My feeling is that we must come together and change the system from within on every level.
During this presidential election hatred, bigotry and vitriol has taken center stage; I wonder why is this allowed and where is the love?
Our young boys and girls must understand that education is the avenue to improving their current situation. Do not get caught up in the negative situations around you, because you are better than that.
Love replaces hate, communication and understanding supersedes fear.
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