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Friday, August 27, 2010

Believers Are Living Sacrifices to God

Romans 12:1-2

Given that Jesus Christ is now seated on the right hand of the Father where He has prepared all believers/Christians heavenly home begs the question what must we do while anticipating His return to take us home? Taken into account all that the Godhead has done and continues to do mankind must do the following; first, all Christians must accept Jesus as Lord and Savior; second, Christians must have a renewed mind to live for Christ. Third, all believers/Christians must present his or her body as a living sacrifice to God as it must be holy, and acceptable to God through our service, dedication and commitment to Him.

An expression of gratitude for God’s grace, goodness and mercy is witnessed through our lives of holiness, holy worship and sincere devotion to God. What this means is that believers have separated themselves from the world and no longer conforms to its morals and values. This is because all believers are a consecrated people that have been set apart to a lifetime of worship and services to God.

It is noteworthy to say, believers offer their bodies as living sacrifices to God because all believers have died to sin with Christ and rose with Him and the believer’s body are instruments of righteousness and temples where the Holy Spirit resides; for He is God and will not reside in an unholy place.
Believers, live so God can use you in His kingdom building. Make the sacrifice—Christ did.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Stand Fast in Christ

2 Thessalonians 2:15

In Paul’s writing to the Thessalonian believers he provides instructions concerning the day of the Lord from different aspects on how to live and what to expect when Christ returns. In verse 3, Paul warns the Thessalonian believers when the time would come when there would be a great falling away as he encourages them to refrain from being deceived by “the son of perdition”—the antichrist. The great falling away means that many will depart from the church and or profess any connections with the church because of deception. There will be both moral and theological apostasy during those days.

Therefore, in verses 13-17 Paul outlines his encouragements to the Thessalonian believers in their stand for Christ as only God and His righteousness will last. It is important for all believers both then and now to remember we have victory in Christ as this was won on Calvary’s cross. Revelation 19:19-21 records the events of the war where Christ will defeat the antichrist and all the ungodly as this war will end quickly with the antichrist’s destruction.

How must believers to stand fast in Christ when sin is raging? Believes have the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide aid and protect all who yield to Him in faith from Satan’s demonic tactics. The believer’s prayer life is vital on this Christian journey as believers are engaged in a spiritual warfare as all believers are to put on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). Stand for Christ---victory is assured.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Nehemiah 1:4; 2:4

For my weekly discussion I felt the need to talk about prayer and the power of prayer. This is due in part to the prayer group (The Association of Christian Teachers) led by Sister Yvonne Anderson out of Georgia that the Lord led me to. During our prayer sessions our country, schools, teachers, children and leaders in this country and the entire world is lifted up in prayer. I feel God's blessings moving in that direction. I am a firm believer in the power of prayer because I have many personal testimonies of God answering my prayer. I am very fond of II Chronicles 7:14 because it talks about the promises God made and if His people would humble themselves and pray what He will do. I am a living witness God never fails or failed to keep His promise.

Throughout the Bible and the history of the nation of Israel we see the power of prayer. When prayer warriors went into prayer, then God moved with answered prayers. Our scripture text is an example of God moving as the outcome of prayer. Nehemiah was a righteous man and sought the Lord in prayer before undertaking the task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. The result of Nehemiah's prayer was God moved with favor on the task given to Nehemiah. God will do the same today for you and I. Jesus prayed so did King David and Solomon. Solomon prayed for wisdom, what happened God answered with much wisdom.

What is prayer? Prayer is communicating with God, simply talking to God asking Him for what you want or saying what is on your mind. God knows before hand, but He wants His children to come to Him in honesty and sincerity. God promised to hear and answer your request.

It can be concluded that sincere prayers are powerful weapons against Satan and his attacks on all humanity. Pray! Pray! Pray!