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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Holy Spit at Work

During my daily scripture reading and meditation I read other devotionals as well as Heavenly Bred, what struck me on more that one occasion is how the Holy spirit is working through me and other Christian writers as we are most often on the same page on any particular subject matter. Case in point, while reading Sunday's devotional that another Christian writer had written on the subject of "The Persecuted Church" as this was a topic that i paused in my daily reading and meditation earlier while reflecting on this country's freedom of worship without fear of persecution while in other countries Christians are being persecuted for worshiping the true and living God. I paused and prayed that the day never come when Christians in this country are compelled to worship in secrecy. Also, I prayed for the perseverance of the persecuted hat through their faith in God they remain steadfast in their commitment to Him. What came to mind was that we now have our freedom to worship God, but when I witness the attendance in some churches they are half empty then I wonder why? A number of reasons come to mind, is it that we are taking God for granted? Do we feel that we do not need God? Is it that our economy is to the point that many are compelled to save their money for daily necessities? Is it that many do not want to hear what the preacher in saying? Is it that many have lost all hope? Where is our trust in God? Whatever the reasons are I encourage all to remember that God said in His Word that He would never leave nor forsake His own.

Another point of the Holy Spirit working through His people in spreading the gospel message is this Sunday's devotional by this author, her prayers were for those who are being persecuted for Christ's sake. Also, on other occasions we Christian writers in our devotionals have been in the same book of scripture and same topic; for example, prayer, perseverance, patience and faith in God. Just look at the Holy Spirit working!

Believers, join me as we continue obeying the great commission as recorded in Matthew 28:19-20 as we lift the name of Jesus. We are witnessing many sinful lifestyles being spread like a bay leaf tree before our very eyes.

closing thoughts, just as the Holy Spirit speak through me and other Christian writers, He will and does speak through all believers in our obedience to our commission of spreading the gospel message. Satan has no win.

God is going to punish sin, just as He did in Noah's day. Therefore, stand like Noah, he preached it's going to rain for 120 years, but the sinful failed to believe or repent, all were lost.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Heavens Declare His Glory

The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament sheweth his handwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

Several days ago I was reading the Trumpet magazine, and there was an interesting article titled "The Perfect Seat for Viewing the Universe" written by Joel Hilliker. In the article, the writer talks about the Hubble Telescope and its orbiting the earth every 97-minutes while discussing the journey the telescope has made and the wonders of the universe it has discovered and have relayed some amazing pictures back to earth, thus opening the eyes of scientist to the wonders of our creator God. The writer, Mr. Hilliker makes a statement and asks a thoughtful question as both are very profound, which were "The heaven have a message for us. Do you hear what they are saying? Scientists attempts to answer the above question, they came up with more questions, such as, What are the laws of the universe? Where doe it end? Where did it all come from? Why is it there? The last question the scientist raised were why am I here? To answer these questions, first, the message God wants all to know is that there is a God, and it is Him the creator, the giver of live in any form and it is He alone that sustains all that is in the universe, earth and humanity included. God is the only one who can step out on nothing and create something, seen and unseen. The second message is that God is to be worshipped and glorified because if the heavenly bodies can why can't man? The laws of the universe obey God because He is the creator of the universe and in doing so He established the order in which the universe is to operate. Isn't all creation supposed to obey its creator? The universe ends where God say it does, and the origin of the universe is left to God's knowledge because all recorded biblical research on the question comes back with it came from nothing as God in His creative powers created it out of nothing. The last two question can be answered by stating that the universe exist because the all wise God knew in His creative process what He wanted and what was to be. Lastly in my biblical and scientific knowledge is that humanity is here because God wants a relationship with mankind and to manage (have dominion over) what's on planet earth. Therefore, God created planet earth suitable for humanity to live and exist in a perfect world. Although mankind in his effort to be a god has compromised God's order of creations and through God's divine revelation is using the Hubble Telescope telling all who will listen that "I am God, the creator and sustainer of this universe, and there is none beside me."
More importantly, scientist is coming to grips with and is acknowledging that yes there is a Supreme Being and that the universe just didn't happen by luck or the "Big Bang Theory" as so many evolutionist would have you to believe. My question is if the Big Bang Theory was true, which it isn't then how can the universe operate as it does? If man evolved from a one cell animal how did man evolve into this complex structure as we know our bodies to be? Lastly, how did we become a living soul if God is non-existence?
Also, Mr. Hilliker's article points that some scientists refer to the earth as The Privileged Planet or the Goldilocks planet" whatever or however they refer to planet earth it was conceived in the super intelligent mind of someone far bigger than humanity. God in His divine wisdom knew the conditions necessary for man's existences; therefore He set everything just right for man on planet earth.
In closing this dialogue, I can say to the scientist and all others who doubt that there is a God, this believer and I am confident that other believers agree that there is a God who created everything that is seen and unseen (Romans 1:20) and believe the Bible when it states, "In the beginning God created the heavens and earth ('Genesis1:1). Therefore, believers did not need the findings of the Hubble Telescope to reveal the majesty and glory of God, because believers look at what we can see with the natural eye and say "what an awesome God!"
I am very pleased that author, Joel Hilliker acknowledges the work of God and who He is as well as some scientists are realizing that the universe and its majestic splendor is in existence because of God and the universe give glory and honor to Him. What is being revealed is God saying "Yes I exist."
Lastly, if the heaven can declare the glory of God, then so can I.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Our Christian Community

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

While studying and meditating on November's daily devotional and writing a devotional on "The Rapture" and taking into an account what happening in our local churches today cause me to ask this question, what is happening to our Christian community?
Our Christian community is witnessing a drop in attendance among the congregation as well as their offering has declined. There are many activities taking place in many of our churches that is commonly seen in the world. Many local churches are tolerating many sins that are known to be an abomination to God according to scripture.
Looking at the current situation, several questions came to mind, is the stage being set for the coming of the Antichrist? Is the situation for some church congregants that they have to choose between church and saving for basic family needs? Let's discuss the first question, if the stage is being set for the coming Antichrist, then three things must occur, which are:
  1. The "mystery of iniquity" is behind the scenes of the evil powers are at work and will climax when there is a complete ridicule and disregard for Biblical standards. According to scripture lawlessness will cause man to grow cold (Matthew 24:10-12; Luke 18:7; Revelation 2:7). However, a faithful few will remain loyal to God and His Church and they will continue to preach Christ while using the sword of the Spirit as their attack weapon (Ephesian 6:17).
  2. There will be a "falling away" which means a departure or abandon Biblical truths. Falling away carries two dimensions, Theological and Moral apostasy. Theological apostasy is a rejection of part or all of Christ's teaching (1Timothy 4:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:3), while Moral apostasy severs the believer's relationship with Christ and returns to sin and immorality. 1 Timothy 4:1 records how "some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." This means that many will fall away because they prefer deception rather than the truth. Therefore, leaders (preacher and teachers) who distort the gospel will find little resistance in many churches. Another thought on "falling away" is that for appearance sake some leaders/churches will tolerate or comprise on many sins for the sake of money, numbers, success and honor among their peers (1 Timothy 4:1). What does the Bible say about sin? We are to preach and teach Christ and renounce sin to whomever and wherever sin is seen and or practiced. Let's look at the second question of choosing church or saving for basic family needs? Well, that's a faith and personal issue each must answer. God said in His word that He would "supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).

In closing, times may be tough, but let's remain focused on God and His Word as He is our salvation. Lastly, God's standards and His moral laws is what we are to live by. Therefore, modern day society and its humanistic values cannot and will not prevent God's judgment on sin.

The true Christian community (church) is a beacon for all to see as the church is Christ's bride. Stay with Christ!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Obedience is Better Than Sacrifice

Psalm 95; Numbers 20:1-5

In this week's blog I felt the need to discuss last Sunday's Sunday School's lesson taken from the SSPB Sunday School commentary as it relates to Moses and the children of Israel's disobedience.

In reflecting on the lesson study, several thoughts came to mind, which are: 91) the children of Israel wondered forty years in the wildreness due to their constant disobedience and complaining about what they didn't have or the way God was handling things. Israel wondered forty years in a fifty mile radius. (2) They repeatedly made the statement "God brought us here to die and how they were better off in Egypt (partial paraphrase). Had they forgotten their suffering in Egypt and their cry to God for deliverance? He opened up the Red Sea for them to cross on dry land. It wasn't long ago that God had fed them with manna from heaven and provided them water from a rock. Such short memory!

Another thought that come to mind is that Israel's constant whining and complaining to Moses about things no doubt had pushed Moses to the lomits, but this was no excuse for Moses and Aaron to disobey God's instructions. Moses' sister Miriam, who was a spiritual leader (a prophetess) and her actions resulted in her dying in Zin(v1). Miriam had given in to the people's grumbling and she too rebelled against God and his prevented her from entering the Promised Land. This may have played an important role in Moses' disobedience for his sister to side withe the people. Who knows? Is our grungling keeping us from entering our Promised Land?

Another thought is that regardless how God blessed and provided for them they found every little thing to complain about. this shows a lack of gratitude on the people's part for what God had done for them. Also, this was an indictment against God and His love, care and provision for them.

Nevertheless, Moses was God's chosen leader and regardless of how much or often they grumbled Moses' job was to remain steadfast in God and follow His directions. Moses had trusted God and His instruction up to this point so why stop now as this lesson points out that partial obedience is equal to disobedience as Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to the rock as instructed by God. His disobedience prevented him from entering the Promised Land. What a price to pay for partial obedience?

The lessons learned are:
  1. God is too wise to make a mistake and His provisional care surrounds us. If God brings you to a situation He surely will bring you through the situation. Stop complaining and begin to praise God. "As praises go up blessings come down."
  2. Always have a heart of thankfulness for what God has already done and continues to do in the life of all humanity and especially His children. Are you thankful for what God has done in your life?
  3. Obey God and His leaders in spite of what we as laity thinkor feel how things should be or go.
  4. Disobedience carries negative results.
  5. Leaders are to obey all of God's instructions regardless of how loud or frequent complaints get. Trust God at all times as it give rise to His sovereignty for He is trustworthy.
  6. God speaks to His leaders and His leaders are held to a higher standard of accountability.

Obedience carries positive results--disobedience carries negative results. Which do you chose?

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pray For Our Children

Join me in praying for our children as school days are fast approaching and the evil one is on the prowl, and our little ones safety is the reason for this call for unified prayer. At the beginning of each school year there appears to be an increase number of violent incidents with our children; this do not have to be.

It is common knowledge that the prayers of the righteous availeth much and one righteous prayer will put 1000 demons to flight and two or more will put 10,000 to flight; just thing of the number of demons will flee if all Christians prayed for the safety and prtection of our children. Satan you must flee!

With sincere prayer, school and street fights and killings will cease as well as the gang warfare that is raging in our city streets. Christians, we must reclaim our children, schools, our streets and neighborhoods so our children can focus on being children, youth and young adults while they get an education and mature into responsible adults.

While in prayer, let's invite God back into the lives of our children and parents as well as all who interact with our children daily, for God answers prayers.

In addition to our prayers, parents and grandparents let us continue teaching our children as commanded in Deuteronomy 6:7 as well as the Golden Rule of life, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Christians, join me in telling Satan you cannot have my child.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

There is Rest in Jesus

Matthew 11:28-30
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
It has come to my attention that some of my readers are struggling under the weight of difficulties, our scripture text reminds us of Jesus' invitation to come to Him regardless of our problems. Jesus recognized that there were going to be problems in our lives regardless of the cause; whether it's sickness, financial difficulties or family struggles it remains a problem that on one can handle alone, but by coming to Jesus, we are accepting His invitation to take our troubles to Him and cast them at His feet. We have his assurance that He will give us the rest from all our trial and tribulations.
1 Peter 5:7 encourages all who are experiencing anxieties and difficulties to "cast your cares on Him; for he careth for you." God would not have made such declaration if He were not true to His Word. What do you have to lose? The only thing to be lost are the problems. In casting your cares on the Lord, we must do so with a firm conviction that God can and will take care of the problem. Are God's children less than the fowls of the air or the plant/lilies of the fields where they neither toil nor worry about their safety or well being? I think not! God in His divine wisdom has provided for all our needs, cares and concerns.
Allow me to direct your attention to a scripture that I find comforting in my time of trial, which is Psalm 23, which describes the Lord as the good shepherd who cares for all His sheep/man. Shall in verse 1 is our guarantee that whatever we encounter in this life, God is in control of the situation for He is too wise to make a mistake and too gracious to see His children begging bread. Verse 2 coincides with verse 28, meaning that He calms the troubled waters of our very souls. therefore, knowing God for who He is brings Psalm 27:1 into focus where we find an implied question of who or what are we to fear? The answer should be nothing or no one for " if God bring you to it He will bring you through it."
In closing, take your burdens to the Lord in prayer and leave them there for there is rest in Jesus Christ.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Faith in God through Jesus Christ

1 John 5:1-5

In this week's blog we will look at some key lessons in faith as "faith is based on our knowledge of God's Word and His character" (Spirit Filled Bible).
In faith we as believers look forward to the second coming of Christ as we know that we well be transformed into Jesus' likeness when He returns. Because of our faith we are confident in our witness to who Christ is and the love that God, the Father has shown to all mankind as the Holy Spirit bare witness of our faith and love for God and others. In yielding to the Holy Spirit we grow in total obedience to God. Our faith gives us the assurance that we as believers have victory through Jesus Christ as He has overcome the world and as we stand firm in our faith, the world has no control or influence over us. This is the faith that see the eternal realities and as we experience the power of God to the point the world's sinful pleasures, ungodly ways and selfish materialism is of no interest to us as believers.
What principle is applied in a faith-filled practice? Believers practice a daily faith-filled prayer life as this is the believer's communication with God. Through faith we know God hears all our prayers and when our prayers are aligned with the Will of God we get a "yes" answer. God know best and He desires the best for us. This bring into focus our faith and trust in God in all that we do and request of Him.
How strong is your faith?
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Friday, June 12, 2009

Let Go And Let God

1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 23:1-6, Philippians 4:19

This week’s topical discussion is to encourage us to take our problems to God and leave them with Him as He is willing and able to handle all of our problems. 1 Peter 5:7 reminds us of God’s care for us in that He asks us to “cast your cared upon Him; for he careth for you.” God would not make such request if He were not willing or able to handle our problems. Another school of thought is that God is the creator of all that is created and this includes man His prized creation that God created in His likeness and image, then God provide for all our needs, concerns and provides solutions to all our problems.

Reflect with me on Psalm 23 and take an analytical look at each verse and see what God is saying to mankind yesterday, today and tomorrow. In verse 1 God tell humanity that you shall not want (partial paraphrase), meaning whatever the situation He, God is going to take care of it. As you continue analytically looking at this passage of scripture God says, “Yes, you may face some dark days, but I am there with you all the way.” God provides us with His rod and staff, the Holy Spirit as our comforter and that’s not all, God in divine provisional care dispatches His goodness and mercy angels that walk beside us every day of our lives and this protection is provided until we are ushered into heaven. So what the worry?

Remember when Christ was physically in the world He healed the sick, raised the dead, made lame to walk, and dumb to talk, well, Christ said that upon His departure that He would send another comforter, this was the Holy Spirit who resides inside each believer. One of the Holy Spirit’s functions is to bring us comfort in times of distress, but if we pray about our problems and continues to worry then, this tell God that we lacks the necessary faith and trust in Him that He can and will solve the problem. I am reminded of a phrase, if you pray don’t worry, and if you worry don’t pray. This phrase reflects on our discussion topic, but in our humanness we tend to worry and pray, but God wants our complete trust and faith in Him. A reminder is to pray that His Will be done and ask for strength to endure the situation and through the Holy Spirit God gives us the necessary strength we need.

Another thought on our topical discussion is when we encounter adversities our faith is strengthened as we learn to rely on God each time. Lastly, when we learn to let go and let God we establishes a closer walk with Him and completely trust God in every situation realizing God’s goodness surrounds us.

Let go and let God for He is in control.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Words of Encouragement

John 16:33; Romans 15:1; Hebrews 3:13

While reflecting on the grim news that is bombarding our air ways while many are experiencing personal challenges, I felt it was my Christian duty to impart words of encouragement. Allow me to say regardless of personal situation, remember Jesus Christ is present through the Holy Spirit who is our comforter, guide and present help in times like these. Remember God's Words when He promised never to leave or forsake His own, and it has been my personal experience that when God seem to be far away is when He is the closest to us. Also, reflect on the famous poem, "Footprints in the Sand" which depicts two people walking alone the beach with two set of footprints been seen and the two become one; this is when the Lord carries His child through the darkest point in their lives. What a great God?

Romans 15:1 encourage the "strong to bear the infirmities of the weak" which mean those of us who are not experiencing trial and tribulations lend a listening ear or speak a kind word to those who are going through their storm. Be assured that trouble is certain to knock on your door, but the comforting thought is found in John 16:33 where Jesus states that "in the wold ye shall have tribulations: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." Thank God for Jesus!

In closing, allow me to impart these word of wisdom, through it all God is still in control. Remember Job and his situation, Satan had to get permission from God to afflict Job, but God saw job through and blessed him immensely. Satan was not allowed to touch Job's soul, our souls belong to God and He is going to protect what's His. As God protected Job and brought him through He will do the same for you and I. Lastly, through all the turmoil that many are facing, whether personal or public look to God and "cast your cares on Him."
Cheer up tomorrow is a brighter day--God is in control.


Friday, May 29, 2009

Come as You Are

Pondering what to write for this week’s blog, I was led to the above phrase as it relates to God’s invitation to humanity. It is God’s desire that all be saved and He invites all to come to Him without money, or any other baggage that could hinder the unsaved from receiving salvation.
What this phrase is saying that God in His love will do the cleansing through regeneration, sanctification, and justification for all who accept His gift of salvation, but the unsaved must first admit that they are a sinner and is in need of a Saviour. Repenting of ones sin the new convert becomes a born again believer in Christ as this is his/her spiritual birth through regeneration. The new convert becomes a new creature in Christ who has given his/her life to Christ and has been transformed from a life of sin to a new life in Christ.

Sanctification in the new convert’s life is a process where the believer is made holy, consecrated, or separated from the world and all ungodliness. Being sanctified the believer has the ability to live holy lives unto God and love Him with all their heart and soul. More importantly, the new convert achieves sanctification by faith (Acts 26:18) and is in union with Christ in His death and resurrection (John 15:4-10; 1 Corinthians 1:30) and by the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7-9).
During the cleansing process the new convert is justified, which being acquitted or found not guilty of ones sins before God. Justification is a gift of God as no one can make himself or herself right before God as this was seen in Old Testament times.

In closing this dialogue, the invitation “come as you are” is powerful in that God will perform the cleansing getting us ready to spend eternity with Him. More importantly, this invitation speaks to God’s love for all humanity. This reminds me of the prodigal son where the lost son did not have to clean himself, just admit his wrong doing and return to his father. The same principle applies to all lost souls-- God awaits for your return.
Come---God will wash you clean with the blood of Jesus.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Memorial Day

May 20, 2009

Memorial is designated as a time of remembering or reflecting, and as we approach this holiday day weekend, I felt it necessary to take time out to wish everyone a safe, happy and relaxing weekend.

Many will spend the day /weekend reflecting and paying tribute to love ones and our fallen soldiers who have given so much for this country; for this I say my prayers and love are with the families and the soldiers both past and present alike, and well as the families who pay tribute to love ones who have made their transition they too are us in my heart. For those who will spend time together with family and friends, I say love and peace.

Family time together is a beautiful portrait of love, happiness, mutual respect and unity.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Holy Spirit

In preparation for the release my next book (June 2009), An Exposé of the Holy Spirit, I decided that this was an opportunity to provide a brief introduction to the book by looking at the word Pheuma and its meaning and then who He is in relationship to the other members of the Godhead as He is the third person that make up the Trinity.
The study of the Pheuma is Pheumatology which is the study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Pheuma is a Greek word for spirit which is sometimes translated as ghost, but it simply means spirit (Foundational Doctrine Dr. Harry E. Carr). The Holy Spirit is a deity just as the Father, and the Son as the three makes up the Godhead. Upon closer examination of the Holy Spirit, He is cop-equal with God the Father and God the Son as there is but one God operating as three distinct persons. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 referrers to Him as the Spirit of God and in Philippians 1:19 He is referred to as the Spirit of Christ. In Ephesians 4:4 He is referred to as the one Spirit as this scripture talks about unity in the Spirit as each of us has one body but many members that make-up the body as we are one in the Spirit.
Often times the Holy Spirit is referred to as “it” as this can be contributed to false teaching or the lack of understanding of the Trinity, but the Holy Spirit is a person with an intellect, a will and emotions.
For a brief moment let us look at the intellect of the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 2:10 states that “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God.” With that being said, then the Holy Spirit has the ability to think, reason, plan and know as He is God as this is how He can teach all things to mankind. If a person has a will he or she has the power to choose and the power to act on that choice; in Acts 13: we see a choice being made and acted upon with the separation of Barnabas and Saul as they were to preach the gospel of Christ to other nations. Lastly, what are emotions; they are feeling and the ability to respond to those feeling. Therefore, just as humanity has feeling so does the Holy Spirit, as He can be grieved over humanity’s unconfessed sins and we are encouraged not to grieve the Holy Spirit. (See Ephesians 4:30).
In my book I look at the many titles/names, emblem, ministries and works of the Holy Spirit that is associated with Him and supports each with scripture references. In next week’s blog I will provide more insight from the book as it takes an in-depth look at the Holy Spirit in an effort to give a better understanding of who the Holy Spirit is and His interaction in man’s life from creation to the end as the book is designed for good reading, to enlighten, to gain a better understanding about the Holy Spirit, as well as it can be used as study guide, but more importantly it designed for both believers and non-believers.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

A call to repentance

Zephaniah 2:1-3; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Romans 12:2
In light of the daily distressing news, I felt the need to reiterate the call for repentance. I say reiterate because this was the title of my April 30th devotional reading and many didn’t receive the booklet.
American and the whole world need to repent and I make this statement because America and the world are experiencing financial and health crises which is due mainly because of sin in one form or the other. America has been a blessed nation all of its young history and as God blessed America it began to drift farther and farther away from God and this displeased Him. Racism has been a thorn in America’s side that has and continues to cause strife among its citizens and many say there are Christians. How can this be when the Bible says if we say that we love God whom we have never seen and hate our brother who we see daily then we are a liar? Also, America has become so puffed up in its self until it implies that it no longer need to put God first in all that it does. Why? Because America wants to remove the wording “In God we trust” from our monetary system, which raises this question, if we do not trust God then who do we trust? Is it that we have become so modern until we feel that God has no place in our lives? Have we replaced God with our gods? However each person answer, it is God who we must place our trust in because He is supreme and always will be.
Other sinful acts that has brought God’s wrath upon America and the world in that America is allowing same sex marriages, greed is running rampant and self-centeredness has taken center stage in many of our lives. In short man has gone against the Will of God and He is angry.
In this writer’s opinion God has taken a health issue, the swine flu and fanned it across the world like a raging wild fire and it is raging out of control, and only God will put out this fire through His grace and mercy. People, God is angry and unless man repents of his sins we will continue to experience unimaginable pestilence far worse than what were are witnessing. This brings into focus our scripture verses; in Zephaniah 2: 1-3 we see the prophet Zephaniah calling on the nation of Israel to repent and return to God before His pronounce judgment. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 God issued a call to repentance where God asked His people return to Him as God ask mankind to do four things which are (a) Humble themselves, (b) Pray, (c) Seek my face, and (d) Turn from their wicked ways and if man does these four things then God will do three things, which are (a) hear, (b) forgive, and (c) heal. The call remains open for all humanity.
Fellow believers the time has come for an earthly revival which must begin in the hearts and minds of all mankind and through the sincere prayers of God’s people there can and will be a change (a return to God) which is badly needed. It is prayer time.
Believers join me in prayer.
Father God I make this petition on behalf of all mankind, Father I see Your anger and Father I am asking You to touch the hearts and minds of all mankind as we have sinned against You and only You and for this I am asking for forgiveness. Man’s pride, greed and his disobedience has brought Your anger upon this land and Father if You just blow Your breath of healing upon Your created earth, there will be a healing of physical and spiritual sickness on all humanity. Father, I know You can and I believe that You will for this I thank You and will forever give Your name the praise and glory You so richly deserve. In Jesus name Amen!

Friday, April 24, 2009

The mighty name of God

Malachi 1:11

“For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of host.”

Malachi’s prophecy of the time when all people from every nation shall sincerely call on and worship the name of the Lord and given today’s current crisis one may be inclined to believe that those days are fast approaching. When we look at current events that is happening in our world today when man is attempting to remove the phrase “In God we trust” from our currency and remove the Ten Commandments from court houses as this is the work of Satan and his tactics of turning man away from God. Our scripture verse tell us that the name of God will be known around the world as Satan has no win and as prophecy continues to be fulfilled, we will witness churches truly preaching Christ, missionaries going into the far reaches of the world witnessing Christ with boldness given by the Holy Spirit and the whole world will know and acknowledge the name of God. Also, as our scripture verse states regardless of what continent the sun rises or set God’s name will be preached, worshipped, and praised for He is worthy as there is no other name like the name of God (Isaiah 45:22).

In closing, our scripture verse is saying in retrospect that some day “every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess the name of the Lord,” meaning all will know God.

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The Peac of God

Jeremiah 33:6

How does the Bible define peace? First, the Hebrew word for peace is shalom which mean something far more than the absence of conflict whether it is wars, conflicts or upheaval in the home. Shalom/peace address the presence of wholeness, harmony, soundness and well-being in every aspect of one’s life. Second, the King James Study Bible commentary section defines peace in the following manner:
Peace can refer to tranquility in international relationships, as seen between nations that are at war (1 Samuel 7:14).
Peace refers to a settled feeling within a nation during a time of prosperity (2 Samuel 3:21-23; 1 Chronicles 22:9).
Peace can be experienced as wholeness and harmony in human relationships both inside and outside the home (Proverbs 17:1; 1 Corinthians 7:15).
Peace also can be one’s personal sense of wholeness and well-being, free from anxiety and fear, or being at peace within one’s soul and with God (Psalms 4:8; 119:165).

Webster’s (P.651) definition of peace corroborates the Bible’s definition of peace as being “a state of tranquility or the freedom from civil disturbance or foreign war; harmony in personal relationships.”

In Genesis 1-2 we see shalom being describes as the perfect harmony and wholeness that existed in God’s created world. With that being said, a question come to mind, what or who disturbed the perfect harmony that existed after creation? The answer is found in Adam and Eve when they disobeyed God’s command by eating from the forbidden tree (Genesis 3:1-7) as they listened to the serpent as oppose to God. Their act of disobedience introduced sin into the world and disrupted the perfect harmony that existed from creation. We see then that the harmonious relationship between God and man was broken so was the relationship between man and wife (Genesis 3:16). Social conflicts that plague our homes and communities were ushered in with Adam and Eve’s disobedience. Also, sin disrupted the harmony that existed between man and nature. So then, if the question were raised, will peace be restored and if so when? The answer is yes and this will occur when Satan and his power is completely destroyed, which will be fulfilled with the second coming of Christ. Micah 5:5 prophesied of Jesus’ birth as the ruler in Bethlehem by stating “this man shall be the peace.” Also, Ezekiel 34:25; 37:26 prophesied of the new covenant that God would establish through Jesus would be one of peace, and this would be accomplished through the redemptive work of Christ. Therefore, we who believe and have accepted Christ as our personal Saviour have the peace of God that rules our heats as we seek and pursue peace as well as live peacefully with one another.
Therefore, let the peace of God reign in your daily lives as only God can give true peace.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

What does "it is finished" and "He is risen" mean to you?

Matthew 27:50; 28:6; John 19:30

In answering today’s topical discussion question, the phrase “it is finished” tells all believers that Jesus’ work in providing salvation to all is now complete as this was a triumphal shout of victory and not a cry of despair. On Psalm Sunday Jesus road into Jerusalem in triumphal victory; He is now telling the world “it is finished” “victory is won in spite of me hanging here on the cross in severe pain.” It further means that Jesus had completed His earthly mission that was given to Him by God, the Father. It means that Old Testament prophecy had been fulfilled as He was the promised Messiah who would suffer many things for mankind. It mean that He had completed His works of redeeming man as He was the perfect sacrificial Lamb of God who gave His blood as an atonement for sin. In addition, it means that Jesus had now won a decisive victory over Satan and his demonic angels. It means that man is now reconciled back to God and humanity’s broken fellowship is now restored. One final thought on what the phrase “it is finished” mean is that there is nothing to be or can be added to Jesus’ work on the cross in that salvation is now open to all who believe in and accept Jesus and His completed works at Calvary.

Next, let us look at “he is risen” and reflect on the importance of Christ’s resurrection to all who believe in Him. First, Jesus’ resurrection is the truth of the gospel as it proves the effectiveness of His death. Second, Jesus’ resurrection proves without a shadow of a doubt that He is God’s Son. Third, it authenticates scriptures as well as providing proof of judgment that the wicked is sure to face in the future. Fourth, Christ’s resurrection is foundational for all believers as His gift of the Holy Spirit and a spiritual life for all believers as His intercessory ministry is now taking place on the right hand of the father. Sixth, Christ’s resurrection assures all believers of their inheritance in heaven and their resurrection when Christ returns. Seventh, Christ’s resurrection makes available His power and presence over sin that all believers is sure to encounter daily.

Thank You Jesus for Your completed mission of providing salvation to all and proving once again who You are. Your victory gives me victory and a permanent home in heaven.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Psalm Sunday & Passion Week

Matthew 21:1-17; 24:3-25:46; 26:26-30; 36-56

The month of April is widely associated with Psalm Sunday, Passion Week, Good Friday and Easter or Resurrection Sunday as they relate to Jesus Christ.

While reflecting on each event, let’s ask ourselves what does each event mean to me? Are we reflecting with heart felt compassion and adoration for what Christ did for all humanity? As we celebrate Psalm Sunday is it with the full understanding that Jesus entry into Jerusalem was triumphal because He was the prophesied King bringing salvation to all and same crowd that praised Him on Sunday morning saying “Hosanna in the highest” would cry “crucify Him” on Friday. The questions now become, if we were there, how would our conduct be during each event? Would we recognize Him as King? Would we have the faith to believe that prophecy must be fulfilled as these events occurred? Finally, what position would we have taken during Jesus’ trial and crucifixion? Each of us as believers must answer the above questions in our own hearts by saying “to thine own heart be true.”

This brings us to Passion Week also known as Holy Week which is the time between Psalm Sunday through Resurrection/Easter Sunday. The question is why is this week referred to as Passion Week? Because it showed Jesus’ true passion for humanity as He willingly suffered the pains of sin for mankind. The events that occurred during that week were Jesus cleansed the temple for the second time (Luke 19:45-46), and then disputed with the Pharisees regarding His authority. Next Jesus gave His Olivet Discourse on the end times where He pointed to signs of His second coming. Luke 22:7-38 records Jesus eating His last meal (Last supper) with His disciples in the upper room. Then Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray before His arrest by the Roman soldiers where His trials began before the chief priests, Pontius Pilate and King Herod. Following His trial, He was forced to carry His cross to His death. He was crucified that Friday, but the main event occurred early Sunday morning.

In closing, let’s re-ask the question of what does this week and the events that occurred mean to me? Are we passionate in our worship of Jesus and His gospel? Will we spend some time Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday worshiping Him? He is worthy!

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

How do you worship God?

John 4:23-24

In an attempt to answer our discussion question, we must define worship, according to King James Study Bible; worship “constitutes those actions and attitude that ascribe honor and worth to the great God of heaven and earth.” It further states that worship is “God-centered and not human-centered.” Additionally, the King James Bible states that “in Christian worship we draw near to God with joy and gratitude for what He has done for us in Christ and through the Holy Spirit.”

Therefore, believers express their worship in faith, love, and devotion that begins in the hearts of each believer and resonates in our daily lives to God and His Son Jesus Christ, the lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world for humanity’s sins.

Let’s look at the key components that governs our worship and they are:( a) All who truly worship God must do so in spirit and truth as God is a spirit. Also, true worship takes place in the believer’s heart and is manifested outward by the Holy Spirit. (b) The second element of worship contains several components of our worship, and they are (1) participate in the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper. (2) Offer sacrifices of praise to God continually, as it is essential to Christian worship. (3) Christian worship can be seen through the singing of hymns, spiritual songs, and psalms. (4) Prayer is an essential component of Christian worship as believers we are encouraged to commune with God daily through prayer. (5) Scripture reading is also essential to true Christian worship. (6) Confession of our sins is also considered as true worship as it is seen as an admission of our guilt before God. (7) We as believers are to assemble ourselves with other believers yielding to the Holy Spirit.
In closing, let’s worship God in spirit and truth as He is worthy.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Which do you choose the gift of God and eternal or sin and death?

Romans 6:23
Our topical discussion is based on a personal decision that each individual must make when deciding whether to accept God’s free gift of salvation that gives us the inheritance of eternal life or reject God’s gift of salvation and spend eternally separated form Him.
In making our choices we must remember that there is a spiritual warfare that is raging between God and Satan and our choice will determine where we will spend eternity as well as how we live our earthly lives here on earth. If we choose to become servants in God’s army then there are many blessings as our reward. Some of the rewards are: (a) we have accepted Jesus Christ’s atoning death at Calvary and He have become our Lord and Saviour, (b) we become heirs to the kingdom of God, (c) we have the indwelling Holy Spirit protecting us from all danger while leading, guiding, teaching, and sealing us in the family of God, and (d) we have been freed from the bondage of sin and the stigma of death that it carries.
Consider this, we work thirty years for a company, then retire with a pension to relax and enjoy life’s golden years-- spend a lifetime in Christ we get to enjoy God’s goodness in His presence in our after life (golden years).
Finally, in making our choice consider the consequences of our decisions, which is where do I want to spend eternity after my physical life has ended. Therefore, the question remains, which do you, choose?

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Lord, the Good Shepherd

Psalm 23:1-6; John 10:11-16

Psalm 23 is used as a metaphor where God uses this allegory comparing Himself to that of a shepherd displaying His love, care and divine protection to all humanity. Metaphors are commonly used throughout Old Testament writing to paint a clear picture when making a heavenly point. Sometimes parables are used to express similar meanings.

To further expound on the metaphoric symbol of the 23rd Psalm we see humanity, especially believers as God’s sheep and the whole world is His pasture and God Himself is the shepherd providing for all humanity—saved and un-saved alike. Believers are truly counted as God’s sheep and when one goes astray, He will search for that lost soul through the Holy Spirit as it is God’s desire for all to be saved—in the fold. Believers are the affections of God’s love as depicted through His Son Jesus Christ who willingly gave His life for the sins of the world. What a God!

Throughout Psalm 23, we see the Lord’s intentions for all those who follow Him while displaying His providential care for all humanity’s needs. Let’s look at the phrase “I shall not want”, it gives God’s guarantee that what ever our needs are He will supply. If we analyze the phrase it gives two insights: one, believers will lack for nothing as this is the Will of God. Two, believers can be content in God, the Good Shepherd’s provisional care, because during our worst of times, He is there beside us, and for this believers can trust God to keep His promise--never to leave us alone. Just look at God, the Good Shepherd!

More importantly, the entire Psalm talks about the benefits and blessings from being the Lord’s sheep. When the troubles our souls becomes troubled to the point there appear to be no way out, God through His Spirit gently leads us to peace, calmness and contentment. Also, God gently re-energizes our souls through His power and grace. Another blessing from being God’s sheep is, God through His Spirit gently walk beside us protecting us from both seen and unseen dangers so much so that we can conduct our daily lives with confident that God has dispatched His goodness and mercy angles to serve as our protective shields daily and forever more. One final note on the Good Shepherd is that despite Satan’s evil tactics, God continues caring for both our spiritual and physical needs in a sin society corroded so much so that all believers can eat from the master’s table in faith, thanksgiving, hope and fully be at peace because we are protected by the shed blood of Jesus Christ as we are continuously being protected by the Holy Spirit.

In closing this dialogue, God is our Good Shepherd, but we must trust, obey, and commit to His ways all in faith.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

God's provisional care

Genesis 45:5; Psalm 23:1; Philippians 4:19

With all of the grim news that is flooding the air ways these days, I felt compelled to remind us all of God’s provisional care. After God created the heavens and earth He did not abandon His world to run on its own, rather He remains actively involved in His people’s lives and care. Neither can God be looked upon as some masterful watch maker who winds up his clock and leaves it until it runs down; instead our heavenly father tenderly cares for our every need.
If we look at the term provisional it means that God cares for everything that He created which includes humanity both saved and unsaved. With that being said, then in spite of our current economical situation and the distressing news there is hope in knowing that the God of all creation is going to see us through these tough times. Reflect with me for a moment when Jesus reminded us in Matthews 6:26-30 that the “lilies of the fields toils not’, or the birds in the air worry about where they will get their food and the balance of nature remains intact. Are we (mankind) less that plants and animals? I think not! Allow me to direct our attention to some scriptures for reassurances that God is going to supply all our needs “according to His riches in glory which is by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Also note Psalm 23:1 which states “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” This means that whatever man’s needs are He will supply, but we must trust God to supply our needs. Psalms 104 and 145 testify of God’s goodness in providing for His creations. However, in our humaneness when our lives are not operating as a well oiled machine, we tend to worry or become anxious about the situation, but God asks us to cast “all of our cares upon Him” (1 Peter 5:7).

In God’s divine wisdom He knew that there were going to be times when humanity would experience suffering, but this is not to say that things are out of God’s control, He allows suffering under His permissive will and there could be numerous reasons for man’s suffering. Sometimes these experiences raise questions about the reality of evil and its place in God’s plan as it has no place in His plan. Several months ago I wrote an article title “How do we heal our land?”(2 Chronicles 7:14), and it appeared in the Informer magazine and is on my website, as it dealt with four things man must to do then God will do three. God is asking His people to (a) humble themselves, (b) pray, (c) seek, and (d) turn, then God is going to (a) hear, (b) forgive, and (d) heal.

Many times God allows suffering is to carry out His will and or to accomplish His redemptive purposes. With that being said, the crises we are facing there is a lesson to be learned and recognize God as the true source of our blessing. Finally, God is going to see us through these crises because of His love and provisional care.


Friday, February 13, 2009

A Well of life

Proverbs 10:11

In this week’s topical discussion we will answer three questions, what is meant by the phrase a well of life? Who is considered a well of life? How does one become a well of life and what are the benefits of being a well of life?

In our efforts to answer the first question, our scripture verse parallel’s the mouth of a righteous man as being “a well of life.” Why so, because all believers who follow God’s ways will lead others into the full-life given by God as recorded in Ezekiel 47:1-12, where Ezekiel, in his vision sees a life-giving river flowing from the temple. As this river flows it grows both in dept and width (vv 2-5), giving life and causing everything it touched to multiply (vv 9-12). Let’s look at what flows from the river; in verse 9 there is an abundance of fish which is evangelism. In verse 10 we have enduring faithfulness, and verse 12 there is healing; also verse 12 gives similarities to the river that flows from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:8-10), as well as the river of life spoken of in the new Jerusalem which flows from the throne of God ( Revelation 22:1, Zechariah 14:8).

Let us answer the second question which is individualized as recorded in John 4:14 and 7:38 which speaks of the believer who believes on Jesus Christ , “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38), and in John 4:14 talks about the believer “drinking water unto everlasting life.” What does this means? It means that everyone who accepts Jesus as God’s Son have the Holy Spirit living within them thus giving this life flowing water; for the Holy Spirit is the “flowing water”.

Finally, let’s answer question 3 specifically, by stating that in John 3:16 is how one become this living well of water because Jesus gives life to all who believe on Him and it lasts forever; and that is a benefit of being a well of life. On the other hand, believers who have the Holy Spirit, the living water, magnifies Christ, bring others to Christ therefore building the kingdom of God as it is His desire that no soul be lost. Another school of thought is the Dead Sea can be parallel to all those living without Christ in their lives and or the wicked places of this world.

In closing, all believers who evangelize are the fishers bringing others to Christ, and those who remain faithful are the preservers in the faith who may have to endure suffering for Christ’s sake, but as God’s Word go forth there will be healing in the land. Believers—catch fish so God’s river continues to grow.

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Valentine's Day blog

God’s love letter to the world
John 3:16

As America has set aside this day to show one’s love for another, our heavenly Father displayed His love for all the world written in His Son’s blood (John 3:16). It begins by expressing the magnitude of His love for the world and this love surpasses all and endures all (1 Corinthians 13:1-8).

True love emulates God’s love that withstands the fires of life regardless of the difficulties we face. On that note, I send my agape love to all my readers with heartfelt thanks for loving me enough to faithfully read my works continuously.

Love, peace and happiness!

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

In the Presence of God

Exodus 33:1-23

In this week’s discussion we will look at some of the blessing of being in the presence of the Lord; as a background to this week’s topical discussion which is based on the renewal of the covenant with the nation of Israel. This lesson’s setting takes place at Mount Sinai during Israel’s journey out of Egypt as they had become very sinful which caused Moses to intercede for them on many occasions. In verse 1, we see the Lord telling Moses what to tell the people, that He would send and angel to drive out their enemies from the Promise Land that flowed with milk and honey. In verse 3 God reminded Moses of their stiff neckedness and because of their actions He (God) would consume them. God’s conversation continued with Him telling Moses what the people was to do next, which was for them to take off their ornaments so He would know what to do with them; they obeyed. The question now becomes, what came next?

To answer the above question we see Moses taking the tabernacle and pitching it far away from the camp and called it “the Tabernacle of the Congregation”, and all of God’s people who sought Him went out unto the Tabernacle; the people watched as Moses went in the Tabernacle and “there appeared a cloudy pillar that descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle.” God and Moses began their conversation as between two friends, and as the conversation continued, Moses said to God “these are the people you told me to lead out of Egypt whom I have come to know and love, but You have not told me who You will send with me. Now if I have found grace in thy sight, let me know the way. Lord, consider these are Your people.” In verse 14, we see God agreeing to go with Moses and the nation of Israel. This is profound because God considered Moses a friend whom He could with talk face to face. Another point of view on Moses’ relationship with God is that Moses was one with the Spirit of God to the extent he shared the feelings of God, meaning that Moses suffered when God did and grieved at sin like God. This requires a special relationship, one that all believers should seek to have. The question now becomes, how can one develop such a relationship with God? This kind of relationship can be developed through prayer and seeking to know God’s ways and developing a profound union with Him and His purposes, in doing so the believer can become a friend of God.

In closing this dialogue, lets look at the blessing from being in the presence of God; first, we develop a close relationship with God. Second, there is rest in the presence of the Lord. Third, there is protection in the God. Fourth, there is comfort, and fifth, there is salvation in God. What does this mean? It means that through the believer’s relationship with God we can intercede for those who lacks the personal knowledge of God. Finally, if this world is marred in sin, believers must remain loyal to God, His purpose, His holy principles, His ways, and even be willing to suffer for His righteousness.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

In God's House

Psalm 84:1-4

We will begin this week’s topical discussion by looking at the blessing believers receives from being in God’s house. Believers who go to God’s house are seeking His presence, answered prayers (v. 8), a renewed spiritual strength (vv5-7) as well as His grace, glory and goodness (v. 11).

Let’s take a closer look at the word “blessing” as it relates to God’s blessing His people receives as recorded in Luke 24:50, which are:
1. Blessing has the meaning of: (a) a divine gift which causes our work for the Lord to succeed (Deuteronomy 28:12). (b) God’s presence is with the believer (Genesis 26:3). (c) God gives the believer strength, power and help in doing His work and will (Ephesians 3:16). (d) God is working in and through the believer to produce good (Philippians 2:13) for the entire world to see.
2. Genesis 1:28 records God’s blessing on humanity. Also, God sustains His work by blessing it (Ezekiel 34:26). In addition, Deuteronomy 11:26 speaks of God’s blessing and curse, meaning believers must choose whether to obey God and receive His blessing or disobey and receive a curse.
3. Referencing the NT as it relates to the work of Christ as recorded in Acts 3”26, which states “sent him to bless you.” In Mark 10:13-16 we see Jesus blessing little children as well as His followers during His departure from earth (vv.50-51). Finally, Christ’s blessing were an essential part of His apostles ministry (Romans 15:29).

If the question were raised, how do believers receive God’s blessing? To answer this question, let’s look at the essential requirements for receiving God’s blessing; they are (a) believers must always look to Jesus for His blessing in our ministries, lives, and families (Hebrews 12:2). (b) Believers must love, obey and believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Son (Matthews 5:3-11; 24:45-46; Revelation 1:3; 16:15; 22:7). (c) Believers must remove any and all weights of hindrance that prevent us from receiving God’s blessing (Romans 13:12; Ephesians 4:22; Hebrews 12:1).

In closing this discussion, we have concluded that there are blessing from being in God’s house.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Doing things God’s way

Exodus 20: 2-17

Let’s begin this week’s discussion by looking at the Personhood of humans; from this we will note that mankind is the highest and most complex of God’s creation. Genesis 1:26-27 states that God created man in His image and likeness. Because Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God they were able to experience and respond to God’s fellowship, His love, and holiness. Therefore, they possessed a moral likeness to God with hearts capable of loving and wanting to do what was right. This means man possess’ a mind, spirit and a soul; thus authenticating man in the likeness of God as a triunity (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12). From this picture, we see complete harmony between God and man; something happened. Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command by eating the forbidden fruit (tree of knowledge). Their disobedience caused sin to enter the world and the whole human race. Even though sin entered the human race and caused a separation from God, the soul of man remains indestructible and survives death to live in heaven with Him or eternally separated from God. However, scripture does insists that God made humanity stewards over our bodies and we are required to keep them free from immorality and evil (Romans 6:6,12-13; 1 Corinthians 6:13-20; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4), as it is God’s Will for our bodies be dedicated for service to Him (Romans 6:13; 12:1).

With this being said, what are God’s standards on sexual morality? Let’s explore God’s standards on the issue, using King James Bible and its commentary to highlight God’s standards as follows:
· Believers are called in Christ to be morally and sexually pure (2 Corinthians 11:2; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 3:2), meaning free from all that is tainted with lewdness. It further suggests refraining from all acts and thoughts that incite desires not in accordance with one’s virginity before marriage or one’s marriage covenant after marriage.
· Sexual intimacy is reserved for the marriage relationship and is approved and blessed by God (Genesis 2:24; Solomon 2:7; 4:7). In the marriage relationship the wife and husband becomes one flesh according to God’s Will.
· God established the institution of marriage in the Garden of Eden as a covenant of love (Genesis 2:21-24; Ephesians 5:22-33) as He intended marriages to be monogamous, a lifelong relationship and commitment between one husband and wife (Matthew 19:5-9). However, in the context of marriage, God commanded the human race “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28; 9:7), this were to be done in the context of a godly family (between man and woman). God considers a godly family and raising children top priority.
· Adultery, sexual intercourse before marriage, forbidden sensual activity, homosexuality and degrading passions are considered grave sins in God’s sight and they are transgressions of God’s moral law (Exodus 20:14). Such acts are considered as defiling the marriage relationship; not only are they condemned in scripture (Proverbs 5:3), but it places one outside God’s kingdom (Roman 1:24-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:9-21).
· Sexual activity with persons of the same sex is an abomination to the Lord (Leviticus 18:22-23; 20:13; Genesis 19:5 note) as this act is repugnant to God (Romans 1:27). Please note that any nation that justifies homosexuality or lesbianism as an acceptable lifestyle is in an advance stage of moral corruption (Genesis 19:4-9; Leviticus 20:13; Deuteronomy 23;17; 1 Kings 14:24; 15:12; 22:46; Isaiah 3:9; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:10; 2 Peter 2:6; Jude 7).
· Sexual impurity includes not only forbidden intercourse or consummated acts, but also involves any act of sexual gratification with another person other than one’s marriage partner, achieved by uncovering or exploring the nakedness of that person. Contemporary teachings on sexual intimacy among “committed” or unmarried youth and adults is acceptable as long as it stops short of full sexual union, but these teachings are contrary to God’s holiness and Biblical standards of purity.
· Believers are obligated to exercise self-control with reference to all sexual matters before marriage. In other word, to justify premarital intimacy in the name of Christ merely on the grounds of a real or felt love for another blatantly compromises God’s holy standards with the world’s impure ways and justifies immorality.
· One final note on sexual misconduct is the Bible references several terms associated with sexual immorality, given the breadth of its evil and those terms are: (a) Sexual immorality, which describes a wide variety of sexual activities outside of marriage, (b) Debauchery, or sensuality, which is the absence of clear moral principles. (c) Exploiting or taking advantage of another person. (d) Lust which is having a sexual desire and if fulfilled would be in violation of God’s law and the other person’s purity.

Since we have held this lengthy discussion regarding God’s standards on sexual morality and immorality, let’s see the results of society’s free wheeling sexual activities and diminished moral conduct. For one there is an increase in sexual transmitted diseases, increased teen pregnancies, which causes a strain on the family, and our government. Also, abortions increases because of unwanted or unplanned pregnancies. What does scripture say about abortions? God in His divine wisdom thought to protect those who are least able to protect themselves, the unborn child (Exodus 21:22-25; Isaiah 44:2; Ecclesiastes 11:5, 9). God made provisions for every circumstance that may arise from and unplanned or wanted pregnancy. If this unborn life is terminated it is in violation of God’s moral law as recorded in Exodus 20:13, as life begins with conception. Furthermore, God holds all of us accountable for our sinful actions.

In closing this discussion, allow me to say our government is spending millions of dollars in an effort to combat the increased number of teen pregnancies among the 12-18 age groups and those organizations that incorporate the family is witnessing some success. What does this say for the family structure? The family is an important and God established institution, so is marriages between a man and woman and until those principles are upheld we will continue to witness the moral decline in our society. Therefore, to right society’s moral ship we must do things God’s way; according to His moral Laws—the Ten Commandmnets.

Friday, January 16, 2009


Malachi 3:10

This week’s topical discussion is in response to last week’s topical discussion where the question was raised, what should Christian leaders, pastors, and parents be teaching our young regarding the issues of tithing, abortion and homosexuality. Therefore, in and effort to address Biblical teachings on the requested topics, we will begin this series of discussions with tithing and approach the subject by defining tithing, the history of tithing and the benefits of tithing. The definition of tithing is “one tenth of money or possession (2 Chronicles 31:5-6).” “To tithe is to give a tenth of one’s money to God” (The Student Bible Dictionary P.227).

Research and study has concluded that tithing is obeying and worshiping God (Deuteronomy 14:22-29; Malachi 3:10) and anyone who fails to do so is robbing God (Malachi 3:8). According to the King James Bible, “the Hebrew word for “tithe” (ma’ser) literally means “a tenth part.” It can be concluded then that tithing is giving God a tenth of our earnings or possessions. Why? Because all that we acquire or own belongs to God. The question now becomes when did tithing begin? Genesis 14:18-20 is our earliest recorded history of tithing which began with Abraham where he gave a tenth of his spoils from the war of Chedorlaomer. This was Abraham’s display of his gratitude for Melchizedek’s help and grace. The concept of tithing predates the law of giving by more than 500 years.

It was God’s laws that required the Israelites to give a tenth of their cattle (livestock), what their land produced as well as a tenth of their earnings in acknowledgment of God’s blessings. Their tithes were to be used for worship and support for the priest. Another point of view on tithing is our ability to manage God’s resources given that everything belongs to Him, even man; God created man and man owes everything to God. The air man breathes belongs to God and He commands man to return to Him what was His first before entrusting it to man’s stewardship.

Now that we have discussed tithing by definition and the history of tithing, let’s discuss the blessings received from tithing. Malachi 3:10 states “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Giving God His tenth is in obedience and faithfully trusting God’s Word that He will give an abundance of blessings both in this life and the hereafter. Another school of thought is there are more windows in any house than doors; God’s house (heaven) has an abundance of windows. Reflect on the analogy, and then count the windows and doors of your home, and then you will see the many blessings God has waiting to give as result of tithing and being obedient to His Word and laws.

The question now becomes, why is money generally associated with tithing? Money is associated with tithing because it is common in society as in the OT and NT and it contains important principles of our stewardship. The next question is what must believers know and teach regarding our stewardship? Believers must teach and know the following regarding tithing and our stewardship:
1. Everything we have belongs to God and we own nothing but what God has entrusted us with. Therefore we have no rightful ownership of what we claim to possess. It is through His grace, love and mercy that He continues to shed His blessings upon man.
2. Believers must decide within our hearts whether to serve God or money (Matthew 6:19-24; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5). The Bible clearly states that any form of greed is idolatry (Colossians 3:5). It also teaches that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Idolatry is looked upon as anything that is placed before God.
3. We are to know and teach that our giving should be in proportion to our income. Giving less is being disobedience to God’s law and in effect robbing God (Malachi 3:10).
4. We are to give generously and voluntarily. This message is taught both in the OT and NT. What is meant by giving generously and voluntarily? Consider what God done for humanity in giving His Son who willingly gave His life for man’s sins.
5. We are to give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7); our model for giving cheerfully is recorded in 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 for all believers. Let’s briefly look at the model for Christian giving that all believers and churches should follow. They are: (a) We belong to God and what we have is held in trust for the Lord (v.5). (b) Make a basic decision to serve God and not money (v.5; Matthew 6:24). (c) Our giving is to help the needy (v. 14; 9:12; Proverbs 19:17; Galatians 2:10). (d) We give to advance God’s kingdom (1 Corinthians 9:14; Philippians 4:15-18). (e) We give to store up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20; Luke 6:32-35). (f) We give in reverential fear of the Lord (Deuteronomy 14:22-23). (g) As stated earlier, we give in proportion of our income (vv.3. 12; 12 Corinthians 16:2). (h) We give to show proof of our love (v 24) as this is to be done sacrificially (v 3) and voluntarily (9:7). (i) We do not give just money, but our service to reap increased blessings and faith (v 5; 9:6, 10-12). (j) We give to increase our good works (9:8; Ephesians 4: 28). (k) Finally, we give to increase our commitment to God, which activates God’s work in our financial affairs (Luke 6:38).
6. Finally, God has promise to reward man according to how we give to Him (Deuteronomy 15:4; Malachi 3:10-12; Matthew 19:21; 1 Timothy 6:18-19).

In concluding this topical discussion on tithing, it is our prayer that insight has been gained. Next week’s discussion will be on abortion.

Note: There is an article on Biblical Training for Believer go to my website under articles that bring into focus last week’s discussion.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

The lack of sound doctrine

Colossians 2:8

In pondering what to write this week and after much meditation while reflecting on society as a whole and the many false doctrines I felt compelled to talk about the humanist philosophies and doctrines.

In our scripture text, Paul warned the Colossian church to be on guard against all philosophies, religions, and traditions that teaches human existences and functioning independently from God. The false teachings that was occurring during Paul’s day was those teachers wanting to replace Christ’s centrality and His supremacy in creation, revelation, redemption and the church. Also, these false teachers were attempting to refute Christ as God’s Son, and lastly these false teachers wanted to discredit the fruit of the Spirit in the believer’s life once in Christ. This leads to a question, what is one of the greatest philosophical threats to Biblically based Christianity today? The answer is “secular humanism”. It is often referred to as the theory of evolution; it’ has an “underlying philosophy and accepted religion in secular education, government and society in general” (commentary KJV).

In an effort to make clear the humanist teachings, research led me to our scripture text commentary (Quotes and partial paraphrasing commentary KJV); therefore, let’s examine these philosophical teachings in detail which are:
(a) The universe and all that exists is made of matter that happened by chance.
(b) It further teaches that humanity was not created by God but mankind is the product of evolution.
(c) It refutes the belief in God who is personal, infinite and their teachings down play the notion that the Bible was written by inspired men of God.
(d) It teaches that “knowledge come from human discovery and that human reason determines the appropriate ethics of society, therefore making humanity the ultimate authority as it relates to moral choices.
(e) It also “seeks to modify or improve human behavior through education, redistribution of wealth, modern psychology or human wisdom.”
(f) It teaches that moral standards are not absolute but relative and is determined by what makes people happy, bring them pleasure or seems good for society according to the goals set by its leaders, thereby rejecting Biblical values and morals. (KJV Commentary partial paraphrase).
(g) It considers human self-fulfillment and satisfaction to be the highest good in life.
(h) Finally, it maintains that people should learn to cope with death and difficulties in life without belief or being dependent on God.

The question now becomes when did the misrepresentation of the facts begin? The misrepresentation of the facts or lie can be traced to Satan as recorded in Genesis 3:5 when he states in part that “humans can be like God” and they will have the ability to decide for themselves what is good and evil. From that time forward, humanity has been seeking to be “as gods,” and function independently from God our creator. Jeremiah 10:10-11 states, “all those who seek to be gods “shall perish from the earth, and from these heavens.” The antichrist will suffer the same fate as recorded in 2 Thessalonians 2:4.

Closing this dialogue with this question, what should all Christian leaders, pastors and parents be teaching our young people? Biblical facts are what all Christian leaders, pastors and parents should be teaching our young people which are:
(a) There is a God who has existed from the beginning of time. He was there in the beginning and He is Alpha and Omega.
(b) Jesus Christ is His Son who gave His life on Calvary’s cross for the sins of the world and by accepting Jesus as God’s Son in faith they are assured of eternal live.
(c) The Bible is the inspired Word of God and it is infallible, “it is for reproof, it is for correction, profitable for doctrine, and instructions in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
(d) Man did not evolve from evolution as humanist teach, but he was created in the “image and likeness” of God (Genesis 1:26).

Finally, teach our children Biblically sound doctrine that is based on Jesus Christ so they will know the truth.

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