Abide In Christ
1 John 1: 7-9, Ephesians 4:22-23
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Today's focus discussion is Abide in Christ. Our scripture texts answers the implied answer question of how can we abide in Christ.
Abiding in Christ begins with the person/believers confessing his or her sins and turning to Christ our Savor who suffered bled and died on the cross atoning the sins of the world. Upon accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior then the person becomes a new creature in Christ and the old man have died to sin and the new spirit man takes over. This is the results of a transformed mind with a commitment to live in total devotion to God as we present our bodies as living sacrifices unto Him.
These questions come to mind, are you abiding in Christ in your Christian walk? If so, does the world see the light of Christ in your walk? Prayer and daily Bible reading must be part of our walk with Christ as we abide in Him?
Abide in Christ and He in you.
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Dr. Willie White
Friday, July 31, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.
If the question was raised, how do we know God wants to hear from us as believers? Our lesson text answers with a resounding positive answer by stating that God delight in the prayers of His people. Our scripture text is supported by Psalm 109:4 which states in part, "I will give myself over to prayer." The Bible records a plethora of scriptures that talks about prayer and the Lord our God delightfulness in communing with us through prayer.
There is power in prayer so much so that the sick is encouraged to call for prayer from the elders of the church and prayers of the righteous availeth much (James 5:15-16).
It is noteworthy to say that believers' effective and fervent prayer cause Satan to flee as prayer is part of the conflict that believers are engaged in with Satan and his army. This is because when Satan see believers in constant prayer he knows that there is an unbreakable bond between God and the believer.
Let me say that as believers grow in his or her prayer life then our relationship with God grows, which leads to a closeness where the person can go to God and ask Him anything with assurances that God will answer. If God hesitates with His answer, He is preparing the prayer to receive the request. We can be assured that God will give what best for us in answering our prayers.
Pray on and keep believing in your prayers. God is waiting to hear from you.
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Friday, July 24, 2015
...Brethren look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom; whom ye may appoint over this business.
Today's discussion is the conclusion of several topical discussions on church leaders that occurred over the past several days. We begin by posing this question, why was it necessary to appoint trustees for the church? The early church was growing by leaps and bounds and seeing to non spiritual affairs of the church became too much for the apostles. There was a murmuring among the widowers of the church of being neglected, which necessitated the appointment of seven men full of the Holy Ghost and honesty was chosen.
Our scripture text provides the qualifications for the office of trustee and when one is selected what is to happen; prayers are made and the laying of hands on the person. Being full of the Holy Ghost meant that the person remained connected to God and His righteousness while being constantly filled with the Spirit to effectively serve/minister in the office of trustee.
Ordaining a person to the office of trustee serves as a witness to the church that the person selected perseveres in faith to do the work as assigned. This should be done with humility, honesty, in faithfulness and trustworthiness. The office of trustee entails caring for the welfare of the church, which includes the church's finances and its upkeep.
Godly wisdom is very important when serving as a trustee because it requires the care for our church home. Applying godly wisdom is evidence of being led by God's Spirit as the trustee work in close communion with the pastor and the deacon board.
Trustees, the pastor is God's under shepherd you follow him as he follows God.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
1 Timothy 3:8
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre.
Continuing our discussions on Christ's church leaders and helpers; today's focus is deacons and tomorrow's focus discussion is trustees, which will conclude our discussions church leaders. The intent of these discussions was to focus on the moral fiber of our church leaders and helpers as they are to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
From our scripture text the qualifications for bishops/pastors and deacons are similar as both are to be of moral character, devoted to God in faith and righteous living as well as being faithful to one's spouse. In doing so, they set righteous standards for the congregation manifesting the righteousness of Christ our Lord and Savior.
It is worth noting that a strong deacon board that is Holy Ghost filled is a church where praise and worship reverberates throughout the congregation.
The church is the bride of Christ and is to be without blemish; therefore, its leaders and laity are to walk in the light of Christ manifesting His righteousness. Upon Christ's return it will be for the pure church one that remained faithful to Him.
Deacons, as you wear the righteousness of Christ you are to setting godly, because you maybe the only Bible someone in your congregation is reading.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.
Today's discussion focus is the Holy Spirit working through church leaders. Peter, John and the other apostles kept doing great works through their empowerment of the Holy Ghost which gave credence to the risen Christ and His message. The same Holy Ghost is still empowering church leaders and laity today to do great works in God's kingdom as we continue carrying the good news of the gospel as we preach and teach Christ.
Also, our scripture text being into focus Acts 1:8 which speaks of receiving power after the coming of the Holy Ghost. Believers will have the power to boldly witness Christ, and be able to perform signs and wonders. This is what the early apostles were doing. Today, believers have the power to boldly witness Christ and some have the gift of healing. God gave and gives special gifts as He saw and see fit; therefore, every believer leader and laity is to use his or her God-given gift to edify the body of Christ.
Leaders, we have been called, commissioned and set aside by God for His special purpose; therefore, we are encouraged to let the Holy Ghost work through us in fulfilling that purpose-leading His people in truth and righteous living.
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Friday, July 10, 2015
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; than will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Tuesday's focus message was Moral Correctness, and it was determined that moral correctness is obeying and abiding by God's moral laws; therefore, today's focus is a Spiritual reawakening which incorporates obeying God's laws and recognizing that His laws is right are just and holy.
A spiritual revival comes from acknowledging that yes we need a Savior, and a deliverer. God is the answer who can and will save and deliver. God asks us to do four things; (a) humble ourselves, (b) pray, (c) seek His face, (d) and turn from our wicked ways, and then He will do the rest. God never fails and is faithful to His promises.
The question now becomes, why do we need saving and delivering? Sin is the culprit as it is rampart. It appears as though there are no God-fearing people; I am confident there are more God-fearing people than there are sinners. This question comes to mind, how do we get spiritually revived? This is achieved by humbling one self before God, praying, and seeking God's face while turning from evil. In doing so there is a renewed commitment to God and His moral standards, which is what all humanity will be judged.
It is noteworthy to say that from personal knowledge many of in the Christian community is steadfast in our faith to God and His ways as we continue praying for a healing of this nation. God answers prayers. "The effectual fervent prayers of the righteous man availeth much" (James 5:16). A spiritual revival is on the way.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Today's message is a series of reflective questions that is inspired by the latest immoral events that have occurred in this country over the two weeks, but began some time ago. Several years ago (2008) I wrote commentaries which asked the following questions: (a) has America lost its moral Compass? The question was raised because it appeared back then that what was wrong had become the new norm and today that perception is more prevalent than ever before with the Supreme Court ruling that same sex marriage is protected under the Constitution of this country. This contradicts God's law which states that marriage is between man and a woman, not two of the same sex. These questions come to mind, did these decision makers ever consider the institution of marriage implemented by God according to Genesis1:27? How did we get to this point when our leaders and or appointed officials feel that they have the final say or of the highest authority? There is a God and He is going to rain down judgment on this country. I have been taught and believe that the Bible (the Holy Scriptures) is the highest authority because it is God's holy Word and this country was founded on godly principles. Scripture also teaches that when man's law contradicts that of God, then we are to obey God's law.
(b) Has America become the new face of Sodom and Gomorrah? I think so because we are witness all manner of sin and evil. Prayer was removed from schools and in walks Satan. The family structure has been compromised, where society has basically taken the man out of the house, and with this same sex marriage it is ok for two of the same sex to marriage and raise children. What kind of mind set these children will have as adults? What is being taught about God? Does exist, or is He just an imaginary figure? Our religious freedom and rights are being eroded when a business owner cannot refuse services to same sex couples because of his or her religious beliefs and or persuasions. Racial hate is making it impossible to attend church for worship. What is next in our immoral society?
(c) Is God angry with America? When I wrote this article was after Katrina and I felt strongly this was a warning from God, which was His attempt to get America's attention and for her to change her evil ways. There were many other disasters here in this country and around the world to me signifies God's anger. Things have only gotten worse. Please note there are many of God's people constantly making prayer intercessions for the conditions of this country and the world.
God is going to rain down His judgment on America and sin everywhere because He sees all and records are being kept (scripture references Amos 8:1-14; Hosea 11:1-7). All participants (corrupt leaders, laity and false prophets) get ready your day of reckoning with God is near because He has no tolerance for sin. His longsuffering is giving man time to repent.
Moral correctness/laws is what God' says it is as described in scripture. God's moral and standards is what all humanity will be judged.
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