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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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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Preaching To A Stiff Neck People



Ezekiel 2: 3-4

Then He said to me, "Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day."I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, 'Thus saith the Lord."

Throughout Biblical history we have seen the stubbornness of the nation of Israel and how the Lord God would constantly send prophet after prophet to preach to them, but they refused to hear the preacher. This scenario is prevalent in today's society, but like the prophets in the Old and the apostles in the New Testament we are to continue saying what thus saith the Lord.
Ezekiel 3:5 answers  an implied question as God said, whether they hear or whether they refused, they will know that there has been a prophet in their midst (partial paraphrased). That said, we a preachers and teachers are to water the ground; proclaim the word, and let God give the increase because in God's own time He will cause the people to hear and adhere to His Word. Every knee is going to bow and every tongue is going to confess that yes Jesus is Lord (Romans 14:11).
Reflect on Pharaoh and his stubbornness and refused to let the nation of Israel go, but when God finished sending plagues Pharaoh's heart soften. God can and will soften any heart.
When preaching to a stiff neck people just preach God has the tools to cultivate and soften their hearts.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

God's Help



Isaiah 41:10-11

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. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded; they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.

Today's topical discussion focus of God's Help is another discussion deigned to give encouragement while in the midst of the storm as the result of society's values filled with hate and immorality. We sing songs of encouragement have early morning and midnight talks with God through prayer knowing that God hears and answers prayers and keeps His promises. He promised never to leave nor forsake His own. All promises made are kept and keeping this promise is no exception because we serve a God who changes not. God being true to His word is praiseworthy and gives us the confidence we need to trust Him.
Our scripture texts also give us the assurances we need to trust God in every situation because when He says I am with thee believe Him. When He says I will destroy your enemies, again believe Him. When God says He will uphold you with His hand of righteousness, believe Him. It is His righteousness that all other righteousness is measured; there is no righteousness except the righteousness of God.
Philippians 4:19 support today's texts of providing for all our need; take God at His word. Reflect on God's history of being faithful to His word; you will find no failure in Him. He made a highway in the Red Sea for the Israelites; He fed them with manna from heaven, and water from a rock. He won many battles then and now.
God our helper is near.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dressed For Battle



Ephesians 6:11-18

Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

These are powerful scriptures in that they give a clear picture of the powerful forces believers are fighting against. Evilness begins in the spirit realm and then manifests themselves in the natural.
Therefore, God being love and made provisions for man would leave us defenseless in a sinful world. God knew that man is powerless against sin; therefore, He dressed believers in the necessary battle armour to be successful in this spiritual warfare. Take note of the weaponry, and they are: truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation all are defensive except one, which is the sword of the Spirit-the Bible. We are encouraged to pray always because prayer is our close communication with God and when Satan sees believers praying he knows there is a close connection between the believer and God.
Let me encourage all to wear your body armour proudly because it is of God with victory written all over it, and then commence to wheel your sword, take the fight to Satan and his army even in high places.
We are victorious warrior because Christ defeated Satan at the cross of Calvary and now we can sing Victory is mine; I told Satan get thee behind me; because victory is mine.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

An Assured Hope



Psalm 34:18-19

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

If the question was raised, why are you talking about hope? It is because our nation is in chaos. It appears as if wrong have replaced right and there seem to be no end in sight. Lies are everywhere and the truth seems to have disappeared from the minds and hearts of man. Let me assure all truth is still the truth and will resurface as never before and all men will hunger for the truth.
Another school of thought on hope is that many in the faith community and others are calling on the name of the Lord while knowing that our true hope rests in the Lord. In God's own time He will bring all this foolishness to an abrupt end. I and many others across this nation have been praying for a healing of this nation (2 Chronicles 7:14) with assurances that God will answer our prayers.
It is noteworthy to say as I interact across social media I am seeing more and more inspirational postings. What this tells me is that people realize that yes there is a God who is supreme and is in control. He allows situations to occur to get our attention. Our nation's current situation is no exception, but the end is near as there are many who still hold to the truth and believe it is right to do what is right.
Another thought is that all of us are not shame to tell the world of our faith and where our true hope is-Jesus Christ.
Let me close by saying, our assured hope is in Jesus Christ as we take the fight to Satan who is wearing three piece suits (Ephesians 6:11-18). Let's stay involved as we continue the fight because the battle is already won. Satan, you have to flee.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Obedience



Acts 5:29

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God rather than men.

Growing up as a child I often heard the phrase, "obedience is better than sacrifice"; I learned the true meaning of this phrase and as I matured in my faith it became more meaningful to me. What my mother was teaching me was to obey her and God's laws instead of what man may say. This teaching is supported by scripture as noted above.
Early in my teaching career, I taught Critical Thinking, which incorporated the philosophy of obedience because life is about choice and when one make an unwise choice it has consequences whereas making a wise choice there is a reward. It is wise to give thought to a decision or action before making either. God has laws that are given for our benefit and are to be obeyed. There are civil laws that are to be obeyed and when broken there are consequences, but when man's laws contradict God's laws then His laws is what we should follow.
Therefore, Peter's sound advice to his audience then and for generations to come has a profound effect when followed. This is because God is supreme and knows all. His ways are best as is His thoughts are far better than those of man.
We are to live holy unto God and obedience is the beginning to holy living.
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Courage



Psalm 31:24

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

If we were to define courage it could be defined as being brave and having valor or the ability to stand strong in the face of a storm.
The writer of this Psalm encourages all to be of good courage because on this faith journey we will face storms in our lives that look like giants. The Psalmist also state that the Lord God will give us the strength we need to stand firm and strong. This is because our hope is in the Lord who is an assured hope. It is in Christ that our anchor holds.
The Bible records instances where the victor displayed courage, such as David when he faced the giant Goliath with noting more than a sling shot and three stones, which represented the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. David needed only one rock which can be representative of the Godhead.
The three Hebrew boys and Daniel showed courage, faith and valor in their situation and place all their hope and faith in the Lord. They were delivered and their testimony lives forever providing encouragement for others in all generations.
These questions come to mind, how courageous are you in the face of extreme adversity? Do you have enough hope in the Lord believing that He will provide the strength you need in every situation?
Deuteronomy 3:16 encourages all to " Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, He [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."

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Friday, June 2, 2017

A Daily Walk With God Through Prayer



Nehemiah 1:1-12

And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven. And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love Him and observe His commandments.

In light of the sinful conditions this world is in I felt the need to remind all that we stand tallest on our knees. This is our daily walk with God through prayer as He hears and answer. We know that When God's people pray and or come together in prayer God hears and answer. That being said, we need a spiritual revival because of the sinful conditions facing our world. We are witnessing all manner of wickedness worldwide. The church is being persecuted in foreign countries to the point that many are being murdered for worshiping Christ and many are being imprisoned for the same reason. In this country, it appears as if God's people are being overtaken by sin and there seems to be no stopping it, but be encouraged sin and Satan is a defeated foe.
These conditions bring into focus 2 Chronicles 7:14, which states, if  my people, which are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
All this week there has been a national call for prayer and as we come together in prayer as well as praying individually God hears and answers. Prayer has been and continues to be an integral part of believers lives the world over. Prayers of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16).
Keep praying, keep believing, because God is moving and it is being witnessed through nature. A healing is on the way.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Healing Of This Nation



2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people,  which are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

I know I have written on this topic several times as I prayed and continue to pray for a healing of this nation. Today, I can tell you that I am witnessing more and more people lifting up the name of Jesus and praying as I interact across social media and in other venues. I am not asserting that people weren't praying before, but are openly proclaiming that yes there is a God who is in control of every situation.
Let me remind all of these facts: (a) there is power in prayer. Remember the midnight prayer meeting Paul and Silas had while locked in prison; the church went in prayer for Peter while he was in prison; the results were the same. They were released unharmed. (b) James 5:16 state that prayers of the righteous availeth much; therefore, when believers pray things change. (c) What happen when the people marched around Jericho, the walls fell down on the seventh march.
There is strength in numbers and when believers come together in prayer this nation and the world will see a difference as it is now. Praying for the healing of this nation has been part of my and other prayer warriors' nightly prayers for over two years. What do we see? Resistances all over this nation and in other countries around the world joining our efforts and praying as we resist.
We cannot allow our democracy to be destroyed by satanic controlled people who has made it their mission to harm too many good people.
A healing of this nation is occurring; prayers are being made and feet are walking by faith knowing truth and right will succeed.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Godly Mothers Are Angels Among Us



Hebrews 13:2

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Hebrews 13:1 encourages believers to continue in brotherly love as this type of love that stems from our relationship with God the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ as it is common to greet one another as sister and brother in Chris. Several questions come to mind, and they are, when there is a stranger in our mist whom we do not know to be a fellow believer or are what man considers as the derelicts of our society how do we as Christians greet or treat this person? Is the person greeted in brotherly love as our scripture verse reminds us that we should as it we may be entertaining an angels unaware? Are we as Christians practicing cultural Christianity? If the person has a physical need do we address that need without judging? Are we as Christians following in Christi’s footsteps in addressing a physical need in order to meet their spiritual need?
Christians are taught to treat everyone with love and respect because Christ loved and died for all humanity even while we were enemies of God. This is because Christians are simply saved sinners saved by God’s grace and all who have accepted Jesus Christ in faith as your personal Savior is being kept by the power of the Holy Spirit. Another school of thought on entertaining strangers among us that sometimes God will send society’s less fortunate to us to see where we as Christians are in our Christian growth and walk with Him. Finally, God judges the heart of man not his/her appearances because we all may be different on the outside but the same on the inside.
Be mindful of the angels among us.



Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Virtuous Woman



Proverbs 31:10-31

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no deed of spoil.

Our lesson text asks a profound question as it relates to true mothers and Christian women. A virtuous woman is one who puts family first as she seeks to ensure that their needs are met. She emulates the love of God for her family (husband and children) as well as the community in which she lives. She seeks to do good for others while taking no thought for her own welfare, because she leaves that to God with the full understanding that God will supply all her needs.
Our scripture verses outlines the qualities and character traits of a virtuous women as I have seen these qualities on display by many of the women and especially older women that I have encountered in my lifetime. The one character trait these women had in common was a reverence for God and love for man.
Our scripture verses also state that a virtuous woman is a precious commodity and should be cherished and rewarded for her faithfulness and love for family and community. She speaks with wisdom (v.26) even when she is offering corrections to her children, a love one or someone in the community.
The value of a virtuous woman is priceless and more precious than rubies and gold. She is as beautiful as a rose.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

A Midnight Talk With God



Psalm 119:62; Acts 16:25

At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

Today's topical discussion is reflecting on the power of prayer and the results of prayers being made to God. Acts 16:25 gives a vivid reminder of the power of prayer; when Paul and Silas was bound in prison they held a midnight prayer meeting and God sent an earthquake as His method to free them. In doing so the jailer and his household were saved.
There are several lessons that can be learned form Paul and Silas' prayer meeting, an they are; (a) take all your troubles, burdens, and concerns to God in prayer with an assured belief that God will deliver. This brings into focus 1 Peter 5:7; we are to cast all our cares upon God. We are to leave the situation in God's hand. (b) If you are going to pray then don't worry, if you are going to worry after you pray is showing a lack of trust in your prayer. (c) God is the deliverer and He delivers His people.
Let me to close by giving a personal testimony; I was facing heart surgery; that night around midnight I prayed and asked God to take His holy finger and open my arteries. I proceeded to go to sleep; on the morning of the surgery the doctor told me I didn't need the surgery because the artery was open and for me to go home. This was almost twenty years ago. My current prayer is that next year I still will not have to have heart surgery to replace a valve. I praise God constantly and will continue praising and thanking God for His deliverance.
I understand why the Psalmist was continually thanking God for His goodness, grace and mercy, because He surrounds us daily with His everlasting love.
Yes, there is power in prayer whether you pray at midnight, early in the morning or even at noon, just pray knowing God hears and He will deliver.
There nothing like a midnight prayer meeting.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Shinning The Light Of Christ



II Corinthians 4:4

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Our scripture text makes a profound statement as it relates to the god-Satan of this world and how he has blinded the minds of the masses in our society today just as he did during the writing of this text. Let’s be very clear, Satan is a defeated foe and his control on society is temporary. All humanity is encouraged to get right with God, accept His Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and spend eternity in His presence instead of being tormented for ever after this life is over. Believers are to walk in the light of Christ because we are of His righteousness.
It is Satan’s mission to destroy God’s kingdom by deceiving as many as he can. He does this by spreading false truths and or lies while making them very believable. What we as believers must do is to know the truth for ourselves and stand firm on the truth of God’s Word. We shine bright the light of Christ by standing firm on His word, living a godly life in word and in our walk. Knowing the truth of God’s Word comes from studying His word so we can rightly divide the word (2 Timothy 2:15).
Prayer is an important component in the Christian life as it our communication with God. When Satan sees believers in constant prayer he knows there is a strong relationship between the believer and God.
Believers, we are Christ’s lit candle so let your light shine for men to see Christ in you.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Christ Is Alive



Revelation 1:18

I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

If the question was raised, how do we know that Jesus Christ is alive? On Crucifixion Friday He was crucified and on Resurrection Sunday when Mary Magdalene and others went to the tomb, Christ’s body was not there for He had risen as promised. All who believe died with Him on Friday and rose with Him on Sunday morning and as He live so do all believers.
We can make this our personal testimony and say, Christ is alive in my soul; as He live I live.
All believers serve a risen Savior.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Jesus’ seven last words



Jesus’ seven last words
Luke 23:34; John 19:26-30, Mark 15:34


Friday being what is commonly referred to as Good Friday; however, I prefer to refer to this day as the day my Lord was crucified fulfilling prophecy. Reflect with me if you will on the last seven words Jesus spoke and consider what they mean to each of us.
Let’s begin with the phrase “Father, forgive them”, Jesus is asking His father to forgive the persons carrying out this treacherous act. Consider this thought for a moment, Jesus asking the Father to forgive all humanity for our sins. What love! Jesus was nailed to the cross from 9AM to noon suffering excruciating pain while bearing the sins of the world expresses pure love. His second words “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise” (v 43) speaks of salvation to all who trust Him as Lord and Savior. This peak to the issue of some will recognize Jesus for who He really is and accept Him while desiring to spend eternity with Him while others will not make the connection or refuse to accept Him as Lord and Savior. Jesus’ third words speak of love when He utters “Woman, behold thy son…Behold thy mother” (John 19:26-27). What is being displayed during His dying hours is Jesus expressing concerns for the welfare of His mother while leaving her in the trusted hands of someone who would care for her every need. Also, these words give children the responsibility caring for their dependent parents.
According to scripture during the three hours of darkness from noon until 3 PM Jesus spoke no words. During those hours of darkness history records that all of the elements of nature went out of control as we know them to operate. The earth acted as if it was drunk, the sun refused to shine; you could say it turned its face toward heaven and looked at the Father, saying “I cannot watch Your Son die.” The moon hid itself. About 3 o’clock Jesus began to speak what is considered spiritual words on this order, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; Matthew 27:46). This phrase depicts the separation Jesus experienced from His father as the sinner’s substitute. These words can be looked upon as the apex of Christ’s suffering for a lost world and the Father could not look on His Son dying for all humanity’s sins. The thought of Christ dying forsaken so mankind would never be forsaken should make us all shout Hallelujah! Thank God for Jesus!  Next Christ addresses His physical need, again fulfilling scripture by saying “I thirst” (John 19:28); they gave Jesus vinegar to quench His thirst. From this we see again prophecy being fulfilled according to Psalm 69:21. Christ’s victory/triumph over death and sin states “It is finished” (John19:30). This phrase states that Christ’s earthly mission was complete. He had fulfilled all prophecies. He had completed the redemptive work as the sacrificial Lamb of God by shedding His blood as atonement for sin. He had won a decisive victory over Satan. He had reconciled man back to God bridging the spiritual divide that once existed between humanity and God. Finally, when Christ stated “It is finished”, He committed Himself to the Father when He stated “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). At this point Jesus gave His life over to death and His spirit went home to the Father (Psalm 31:5). Therefore, no one can say that they took Jesus’ life because He came to earth to give His life as a ransom for humanity and through all the physical agony He experienced Christ remained on the cross until the end. Jesus may have died on Friday, but the Savior Jesus Christ rose on Sunday (Resurrection) morning with all power.
I am glad He did what He did! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
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