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Friday, July 20, 2018

Friends: John 15:13


Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Our scripture text provides us with the true definition of friends; Jesus Christ laid down His life for all humanity and those who accept His atoning work is considered His friend.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a friend as one attached to another by affection or esteem. Many of us will say we have friends, but can we measure the strength of that friendship is in need the person is there to give assistance or a listening ear? Proverbs 18:24 speak of friends on these terms; a man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. I was raised with this verse when being taught on what true friendship is. I have lived long enough to have and experience true friendship. 1 Samuel 18:3 is an example of true friendship. Jonathan was friend enough to tell David what his faults were and still the two remained friends.
Lastly, I was taught to choose my friends who are like-minded; in Christ all believers are like-minded--having the mind of Christ; loving all as Christ loved us all and gave His life for us.
What a friend we have in Jesus? A friend we can call anytime day or night. A friend we can tell all of our troubles to. There is no friend like Jesus Christ.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

God's Grace: 1 Corinthians 15:10


But by the grace of God, I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain, but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

How do we define grace? The Student Bible Dictionary (P106) defines grace as the favor (Genesis 6:8); God's free and undeserved love that never quits (Ephesians 2:8). God's grace comes as His free gift that is known as eternal life through Jesus Christ's atoning work on Calvary's cross (Romans 6:23).
Being that we now have an understanding of what grace is, all believers have a personal understanding of grace being God's love, grace and mercy because justice was demanded, but mercy in the form of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior took the place of justice. In addition, we understand that it is by God's grace we are who we are and where we are. Without God's grace, we would still be lost in a world of sin and shame with no hope of eternal life after this earthly tabernacle is over.
We can thank God daily for His favor.  It is Him who wakes us daily; provides for all our needs. When we need a healing; He heals; when we need deliverance; He delivers. As the saying goes, "whatever we need God got it." Yes, I am a child of God because of His grace. We thank God for His grace.
God's grace enfolds because of His agape love.
           
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Rest in the Lord: Psalm 37:1-40


Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

In our world today we are facing many evil challenges from different perspectives; therefore, I urge all to be encouraged, because the evilness that is being pressed upon us will soon comes to an end. I say this because as we trust in the Lord and make Him first in our lives He will deliver us from all the evil and wickedness that we are facing.
Speaking specifically of Trump and his evil regime, God will and is going to bring his administration to an abrupt end. Do we resist this evil one, yes we do praying all the way?
Join me as I pray for the safety of those children who have been separated from their parents. Lord, keep your angels around them. Lord, You reunite them with their parents. In Jesus name I pray amen.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lost Leadership


My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

There are times when we feel that the enemy is winning the war in creating doubt, unrest, and worry in our lives; let me assure you that God is in control and the enemy is a defeated foe.
Many times we look to our human leaders who sometimes will appear to lose or will have lost they way because Satan's job is to seek and to destroy all whom he can. Our leaders are no exception. Jesus Christ our one true leader will never lose His was because He is all knowing who knows the way.
When it appears as though our leaders have lost their way, go to God in prayer asking for deliverance, guidance for our leaders and self. God is true to His word; He will deliver, and His deliverance is timely.
In choosing our leaders to seek God's guidance that He will give a leader who is willing to and will follow God's direction. Jesus Christ is the head of the church and He gives under-shepherds to lead His church, but when leadership is lost, then Christ will remove His under-shepherd because without the head the body will die and Christ will not have a dead church.
Church, look to Jesus Christ because He is the true leader of the church.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Created For Good Works: Ephesians 2:10


For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Our scripture text answers the implied question of why are believers created, which is to do good works of our calling. All believers have a calling on his/her life and are to walk worthy of his or her calling.
Believers are called to serve God with our time, talent and tithe as well as serve those who are in need. Believers are to proclaim the gospel to all humanity of every generation and in every nation. Christ promised His return would be after every nation has had the gospel preached to them. There are some nations where the gospel is not being heard and the people are longing for to hear the gospel. That said, there is much work to do in spreading the gospel to those nations and its people so they too can become saved and spend eternity with God; it is God's desire that all be saved.
Are we working the work that God has called us to do? As a church, are we reaching the unchurched? As a church, are we the city that is set upon a hill calling lost souls to come ashore into the sweet sanctuary of God's salvation? As individual believers, are we being the shinning light of Christ for others to see?
As believers we are created in holiness to do good works.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Victory in Jesus: Isaiah 54:17


No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

The above scripture assures all believers that we are victorious and there is nothing to fear. The Lord assured us that no weapon formed against us will prosper, because He is Lord and will protect His people.
 Believers, we are the righteous of the Lord; therefore, fear not, boldly stand firm on the Word of God in the midst of these trying times. Evil will soon be put down and peace, love and calm will once again be the norm.
Victory in Jesus.