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Friday, December 23, 2011

Jesus The Christ

John 20:31; 1:29; 4:42; 28:20 Matthew 20:20; 8:8; 16:16; Isaiah 9:6; II Peter 3:18

Today's discussion answers the month-long discussion which was focused on the titles associated with Jesus as Christ our Savior; therefore, let's close our discussion with the following titles for Jesus, and they are:
¨ Jesus as the Son of God: All who believe that Jesus is the Son of God have life everlasting as the believer have accepted Him as his or her personal Savior (John 3:16).
¨ Jesus as the Son of Man: Jesus is portrayed as the Son of Man because He was both God and man. Jesus as the human sacrifice atoned humanity's sins. Jesus fulfilled all requirements as He was sinless as a man but fully God. The phrase "ransom for many" includes all mankind I Timothy 2:5-6).
¨ Jesus as the Lamb of God: It was Jesus' death that provided for the removal of sin, its guilt and power it has over the unbeliever. Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world in that God the Father knew His Son would have to sacrifice His life for sin.
¨ Jesus as Lord: What makes Him Lord? Simply because it is Jesus who provided salvation through His death, burial and resurrection. All must confess his or her sins and believe within their hearts that Jesus is Lord having power, dominion and authority over all.
¨ Jesus as Savior: The word Savior means one who saves and Jesus fits the requirements because of what He did on man's behalf.
¨ Jesus as God: The belief that Jesus is God is the foundation of all Christian beliefs as scripture identifies Jesus as God's Son who came as God in the flesh. Jesus as God is the second person in the Godhead.
¨ Jesus as the Christ: The term "Christ' means the Anointed One, the true Messiah anointed as God's Son who was chosen for an important purpose-providing salvation to all who believe on Him. Jesus is the Christ as He is the Savior of the world anointed from the beginning of time for just such purpose.

Christmas mean Christ because without Christ there would be no honored celebration, no salvation nor hope for tomorrow-everlasting life.
Jesus is the Christ.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wo Is Jesus?

Luke 13:33; I Timothy 2:5; John 1:1; 1:7; 14:6; Isaiah 14:6

In our month long discussions of the titles for Jesus as we have discussed several; however over the next two days we will conclude our topical discussion of Jesus' titles. Today's focus is Jesus as Prophet, Mediator, Wonderful Counselor, the Word, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Jesus as Prophet: Luke 13:33 portray Jesus as the Prophet who came out of Jerusalem and Jesus lamented over the conditions of Jerusalem and their stubbornness to accept God's gift of salvation.
Jesus the Mediator: I Timothy 2:5 states "For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." Jesus was the Mediator who bridged the spiritual divide between man and God. It was through His sacrificial death that covers man's sins that we as believers can come boldly to God's throne of grace.
Jesus as the Word: John presents Jesus as the "Word" of God who was made flesh to live among men as He was present with God in the beginning. Being the "Word" Jesus relates to God Himself, humanity, and the world as it was through Jesus Christ that the world was created.
Jesus as the Way, the Truth and Life: Again John 14:6 tell of just who Jesus is in relationship to our salvation. No man can come to the Father accept they enter by Jesus because it was Jesus who shed His precious blood to atone our sins.
Jesus as Wonderful Counselor: Isaiah prophesied of the coming Messiah who would have the world on His shoulders. Jesus as our Counselor comforts when the need is there. He delivers us from the many snares we find ourselves in. He wipes away tears and He provides for all our needs and cares.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Jesus The High Priest

Hebrews 3:1

Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.

The term priest is one who speaks or relates to God for the people of ones self, whereas a prophet speaks to the people for God saying "what thus saith the Lord." Moses, Jeremiah and Isaiah are examples of prophets in the Old Testament who spoke to the people for God. The office of the priest in the Old Testament was from two major lines and they were Aaronic (Exodus 28:1) and Levitical (Hebrews 7:11; Leviticus 6:2-5). The priests of the Old Testament made sacrifices to God for the people and even taught them the law and they entered into the holiest of holy place in the temple or tabernacle to met with God (Leviticus 4:26; Ezekiel 42:13-14; Luke 1:8-11).

What makes Jesus our High Priest is that His one-time sacrifice cleared the way for all believers to enter God presence and this can be done as often as we the believer feels the need. Jesus' sacrificial death removed to the need for repeated ceremonial sacrifices made by the priest and they themselves had to get right with God before making atonements for others. Jesus had no sin to atone for because He is God in the second person and is holy. Jesus as our high Priest continues to make intercessions for us to God. Lastly, when God looks at sinful man He sees the righteousness of His Son because through Christ's blood our sins have been pardoned.

Jesus our high Priest because He paid our sin debt.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Chrief Shepherd

I Peter 5:4

And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

In a previous discussion we discussed Jesus as the Good Shepherd, but today's focus discussion is on Jesus as the chief Shepherd. If there was any doubt as to why Jesus is the chief Shepherd let's reflect on a few of Jesus' qualities that makes Him the chief Shepherd. First, He is the head of all and in all even the first born form the dead. Second, He is the head shepherd as He is God's Son who was in the beginning with God and all things that exist were mad by Him. Third, He is the head of the church as it is His bride and He will return one day to take her to heaven with Him. Jesus being the loving, caring Shepherd that He is has a crown of glory as a reward waiting for His people.
While Christ's church remains in the earth His under shepherds (pastors, apostles, evangelists, teachers and prophets) have the responsibility of feeding His people the word while guarding over their souls. These leaders are to possess a Christ-like spirit as they represent the Chief Shepherd-Jesus Christ Himself.
Jesus Christ is the chief Shepherd caring for His people as a loving father cares for his children. He is God.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Good Shepherd

John 10:11

I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep

Today's lesson study is the fourth in our study series of the names associated with Jesus. Herding sheep was a popular occupation during biblical times and the shepherd's responsibilities was to care for all the sheep's needs this included their safety.

In a pictorial description of Jesus He is pictured as the Good Shepherd; therefore, when Jesus describes Himself as the Good Shepherd who willingly laid down His life for the sins of the world. What Jesus is really saying is that "I love mankind to the point of death. I came into this world to die so that all who believe in me shall have everlasting life (John 3:16). I am the way back to God the Father in bridging the spiritual divide caused by sin. I provides for all man's needs as I rock them (mankind) to sleep each night and tenderly wakes them each morning". Jesus as the Good Shepherd displays His tender love and devotion to His people--believers.

Jesus describing Himself as the Good Shepherd coincides with Psalm 23:1 which states, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want", which means Jesus' presence is near at all times providing, loving, and protecting as we His sheep go about our daily activities. The remainder of Psalm 23 describes the qualities and responsibilities of the Good Shepherd-Jesus Christ.
What makes Jesus the Good Shepherd is His uniqueness in being God-man as He was in the beginning with God and through His virgin birth He became humanity for the purpose of making a one-time atonement for sin.

Jesus as the Good Shepherd is a comforter when needed, a warrior in time of battle and most of a Savior as all mankind needed a Savior. What a Good Shepherd who came to give life more abundantly for all who believe (John 10:10). Have you come into the fold of Jesus Christ relying on the everlasting protection of the only shepherd who has no beginning and no ending? Jesus the Good Shepherd-God's Son and man's Savior.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Chief Cornerstone

Ephesians 2:20

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone;

When we look at the name Chief Cornerstone for Jesus what come to mind? Do you see a chief cornerstone as the head of something, a sure foundation? Is the chief cornerstone something/someone from which everything rests? Do you see the chief cornerstone as being reliable as there is no failure in the head? What comes to my mind is that Jesus is the foundation of all life as all that exists has its beginning and ending in Him. This includes both physical and spiritual life in that all who have accepted Jesus as his or her personal Savior is assured of spending eternity with Him. When I look at Jesus as the Chief Cornerstone I see Him as my personal Savior who knew from the beginning of time that I would be born and in need of salvation. Jesus the Chief Cornerstone as He is the one who meets all my needs and loves you and I unconditionally.
What makes Jesus the Chief Cornerstone? Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone because He was present during creation and will be present when all who persevere to the end will see Him. He is the written Word as His is God (John 1:1). Jesus is the one who bled and died on the cross for the sins of the world as He was the only one found worthy to meet God the Father's requirement to atone sin. Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone because He is the firstborn from the dead. All who believe in Jesus died to sin with Him and was raised with Him to live forever. Jesus is the only one who you and I can take all our problems to and get an answer.
Another point on Jesus being the Chief Cornerstone is because Jesus is the foundation of the church and all churches who have Jesus as its foundation have committed themselves to following the doctrines of the New Testament teachings and revelations concerning Christ and the gospel (Acts 2:42). It was Jesus who established the New Testament church as He told Peter and the rest of the twelve disciples that Peter's faith confession that "He is the Christ" is what Christ's church were built and not even the gates of hell would be able to destroy His church. What a foundation!
To reject Jesus as the foundation is rejecting Jesus as Lord (John 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 14:36-38; Galatians 1:9-11). This holds true for all who fails to accept Jesus as Lord of his or her life.
Let's close this discussion by saying Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone as there can be no surer foundation in which all things are built--physical and spiritual.
Any house that is built on Christ is solid.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Jesus The Bread Of Life

John 6:35

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

What was Jesus saying to His audience and all who have a need for spiritual food? What Jesus was saying to His audience is that just as man needs physical bread and water to sustain ones physical life spiritual bread and water is a necessity for spiritual survival and Jesus is the spiritual sustainer. Also Jesus' statement of Him being the bread of life further authenticates that He is the incarnated Christ sent from God the Father to provide the way back to our heavenly Father.

Jesus reminded His Jewish audience of their forefathers who ate manna from heaven and is now dead (v 49), but all who eat of His body shall live forever. Why simply because He is the "Bread of life" (v 48).

The question becomes, How do we eat and drink of this spiritual food? Verse 54 provides the answer, which is by believing in Jesus Christ and accepting Him as our personal Savior and sharing in the redemptive benefits of Christ's death on the cross (Romans 3:24-25; 1 John 1:7) and all believers will be raised with Him in the end. It is noteworthy to say that all believers remain in fellowship with Christ and His word through daily Bible reading as it is the written Word of God (1:1-5); therefore, believers eat of His flesh through the written Word of God and obeying His Word (v 63).

It is worth mentioning that we are saved by God's grace and the Holy Spirit's regenerating power when we first hear God's Word and adhere to the Word. Our salvation continues through our reading, obeying and absorbing the Word's truth in our hearts (1Timothy 4:13-16; James 1:21).

Jesus the bread of life, what a spiritual food provider!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Jesus Alpha And Omega

Revelation 21:6

And He said unto me, It is done, I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the foundation of the water of life freely.

As we head into the Christmas season, I felt led by the Holy Spirit to begin a brief study of the names/titles that is associated with Jesus according to scripture. Some of the names we will be focusing on in the coming weeks in addition to Jesus as Alpha and Omega are:

(a) The Bred of life, (b) The Chief Cornerstone, (c) The Good Shepherd, (d) The Chief Shepherd, (e) the High Priest, (f) the Prophet, (g)Mediator, (h) the Word, (h) the Way, (j) the Truth, (k) life, (j) Wonderful Counselor, (l) the Son of God, (m) the Son of Man, (n) Lam of God, (o) Lord, (p) Prince of Peace, (q) the Son of God, (r) Savior, (s) God, (t) the Christ.

Looking that the above names associated with Jesus and ask this question, What do these names teach us about Jesus our Lord and Savior. It is my mission to end these discussions with a unanimous agreement that all names associated with Jesus points to Him being the Christ the incarnated Son of God.

In today's discussion our focus will be Alpha and Omega which tells us that Jesus is the beginning and ending of all things. The other point to be made on Jesus as Alpha and Omega is that He was in the beginning with God as He is God and the world was created by Him (John 1:1-3); therefore Jesus had His beginning long before His virgin birth. It is noteworthy to say that God used the spoken Word in creating everything that was created both seen and unseen (Colossian 1:16); therefore, when John presented Jesus as the eternal Word of God authenticates Genesis 1:1. It is also noteworthy to say that the Godhead, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were present during creation as the Holy Spirit had an active role in creation as He is seen as "moving" over creation (Genesis 1:2) preserving and preparing creation for God further creative works/activities.

Let's close today's discussion by saying, Jesus was in the beginning (Alpha) and He will be present in the end (Omega) when all God's children who have dranked form the foundation of eternal life will spend eternity with our Savior.
What a blessing it is to have a God who has no beginning and no end! Glory to God!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving, Esxpressions Of Gratitude

Psalm 100: 1-5; Psalm 103:1-2

For this holiday celebration these questions come to mind, How will we express gratitude of thanks to the Lord for all He has done and continues to do in our lives? Will we come before the Lord with song of praise while acknowledging who He is and recognize that He rules over all? Will we let adversities or difficulties we maybe experiencing hinder our thanksgiving of praises to the Lord? Will we say, "in spite of all I am going to praise God for His goodness and mercy all the days of my life because "His mercy is everlasting and His truth is endureth for all generations" (v. 5)? Whether we praise God in private or public He is worthy of all praises for He is good and He never fails. God is our creator and it is God who sustains us in good and in difficult times.
Let all who has breath praise the Lord for He is worthy of all praises.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sing Praises To The Lord

Psalm 34:1-3
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth…O magnify the Lord, with me, and let us exalt His name together.
As we approach the Thanksgiving season join me in singing praises to the Lord for just being who He is and His goodness. Let's magnify the Lord with praises like never before as He is worthy and because of His goodness we can shout songs of praises because we have victory. Yes we have victory because the Lord of host is mighty in battle and His wonders are to behold and they are majestic for all to see and say Yes the Lord of host is like none other. The Lord of heaven and earth is worthy to be praised!

The Lord in His goodness has dispatched His protective angels who are encamped around us protecting us when we are not aware of their presence. All who reverence the Lord He has promised to protect His own and promises God keeps. So, why not sing praises to His holy name?

Other reasons to sing praises to the Lord is that He protects us, provides an abundant life, He redeemed our souls from sin and Satan, He delivers us when we cry out to Him and hears our prayers, He is a comforter when in need and provides for all our needs. What a mighty God!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Praise Him! Let all who has breath praise the Lord

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thank God For His Goodness

Psalm 92:1-4

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High; To she forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.

There are numerous reasons to be thankful to the Lord for His goodness as one can look no further than God waking us up each morning with His internal alarm clock and we have movement in our limbs and are in our right minds is enough to say "thank You God for another day." Each morning when we rise from our beds of slumber and sleep is another opportunity to tell somebody about the goodness of the Lord. He provides for all our needs both seen and unseen. God's grace is as fresh as the morning dew each morning when we rise to the dawning of a new day. It is God's grace and mercy that keeps us as we slumber and sleeps each night as the Holy Spirit has us cradled in His love of protection. Just those two are enough to sing praises to His holy name and He is worthy of even more praises given what the Lord has done in providing salvation to all only if you believe.
Thank You Lord for all that You has done and continues to do and Yes I will sing praises to You holy name.
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Ephesians 6:18

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Oftentimes we begin an endeavor, such as a called to the ministry or even a new occupation an even starting our own business, and if we do not have a dedicated resolve when obstacles come our way we tend to give up. Just as Christians are encouraged to persevere in our Christian walk we must do likewise in our daily activities whether business, ministry or job occupations.

In every endeavor we are sure to face obstacles, but we must persevere if we are to succeed in the undertaking endeavor. Obstacles come our way for different reasons, such as being tested to see just how deep our resolve is in the endeavor. What one must do is recognize the obstacle as a test and say "I will persevere unto the end." If God has called you to the ministry or open the door to a new opportunity He wants to see if you are committed to obeying His call or grateful to His blessings. See, God knows your limits and He steps in right on time. Job remained committed to God even when his wife wanted him to give up on God. Paul persevered in spite of his many afflictions, being beaten and jailed for preaching Christ.

Let me close by encouraging all to persevere to the end because "a quitter never wins and a winner never quits" (author unknown).
Perseverance holds the key to victory.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Seeds Falling On Good Soil

Matthew 13:23

But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some and hundredfold, some sixth, some thirty.

Today's discussion topic focuses on the different kinds of soil where God's Word (seeds) will be planted (vv. 1-22). Our discussion verse looks at the good ground where God's Word is planted and how it takes root and grows and the growth that comes forth from His Word is in the thousands and hundred of thousands. What this tells me is that God's Christian warriors are committed to preaching Christ even if it takes them to the remote parts of the world. This is obedience to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).

The other fact in this verse is that regardless of Satan's efforts the Gospel is being spread and people are coming to Christ by the thousands and the impact if being felt in numerous ways. Entire nations are hearing the Word of God and many are coming to Christ as the Word is being preached. Young children lives are being impacted by hearing and accepting God's Word and they too are joining God's kingdom. Through the preaching of the gospel of Christ, many who had no hope now live with a new found belief and hope in Christ Jesus and are accepting Him as Lord and Savior. Thanks to modern technology in aiding in spreading the gospel of Christ.

Allow me to close this discussion by encouraging all of us to stay on the wall for God because He has listeners who are eager for the gospel of Christ to be preached and they want eternal life.
Pray on, preach on and teach on because God's Word is taking root.
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Friday, November 4, 2011


Leviticus 19:28; 1 Corinthians 6:19

Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you; I am the Lord….What? Know ye that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own (6:19)?

I felt led to raise some questions regarding tattoos because I see a very large segment of our population has at least one tattoo. With that being said, these questions come to mind, What are the real reasons for the tattoo? What are you advertising? Has it ever occurred that at some point it will be made public that the die used in making tattoos is harmful to the body? Has it ever occurred that the human body is beautifully and wonderfully made as God does not make junk? Do you believe that all humanity was created in the image and likeness of God and He breathed the breath of life into us and we became a living soul (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7). Being that God breathed His breath into man He lives inside of us through the Holy Spirit (Ghost) and God cannot and will not live in an unclean temple. Did you know that your body is the temple of God? (1 Corinthian 6:19). Did you know that you were bought with a price the precious blood of Jesus Christ our Lord? Therefore, our bodies are to glorify God because we belong to Him (1 Corinthians 6:20).
It is noteworthy for me to say that the above questions are designed to do the following (a) to raise awareness of ones actions, (b) for the person to weigh the consequences of his or her actions, and then (c) answer why am I doing this? Is it because it is popular or is it because Satan has clouded my judgment? Whatever the reason or the answer to the above questions, God loves you and so do I.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jesus And The Holy Spirit

Luke 11:13

Today's discussion focus is on Jesus and the Holy Spirit and His activities in each scenario.

First, we will answer the question, Who is the Holy Spirit. He is God in the third person and was active in creation as He is seen as "moving" (Genesis 1:2) over creation, preserving and preparing it for God's further creative activity. With that being said, the Holy Spirit and Jesus were present during creation as John 1:1 declares Jesus as the Word of God who was in the beginning with God and all things were made by Him. Two of the gospel writers explicitly declare that Jesus came to this world through the miraculous deed of God the Father and He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:27). Jesus is the prophesied Messiah God's Son.
Second, Old Testament prophets prophesied about the coming Messiah-Jesus that He would be empowered by the Holy Spirit. This prophecy was fulfilled during Jesus' earthly ministry.
Third, the Holy Spirit was present during Jesus' baptism. He made His appearance in the form of a dove who descended on Jesus' shoulder (Matthew 3:16-17). It was at Jesus' baptism that all members of the Godhead were present; God the Father, God the Son Jesus and God the Holy Spirit.
Fourth, the Holy Spirit was with Jesus during His stay in the wilderness while being tempted by Satan (Luke 4:1-2). The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus giving Him the power to withstand Satan's temptations.
Fifth, Jesus being both human and divine, in His humanness He was anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel to the poor, mend broken hearts, set free the captives by preaching deliverance and give sight to the blind (Luke 4:18). In Jesus' humanity, He relied on the power of the Holy Spirit who enabled Him to live a perfect sin free life.
Sixth, the Holy Spirit came as promised by Jesus after He ascended back to heaven. The Holy Spirit empowers believers to boldly witness Christ the world over (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4). On the Day of Pentecost three thousand souls were saved.
Seventh, it was through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was raised from the dead thereby vindicating Him as the true Messiah.
Eight, Jesus is near His people through the indwelling Holy Spirit who leads, guides, teaches and brings into memory all things. He also makes believers aware of Jesus' love, blessings, help, forgiveness and healing powers. Also, the Holy Spirit draws the believers' hearts closer to God through prayer and worship in Spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
It can be concluded then that the Holy Spirit is an active force in the lives of all humanity and has been since creation and will continue until Christ returns and establishes His earthly kingdom. The Holy Spirit convicts hearts and bring the convicted heart into the realization the need for salvation and Jesus is the on who saves all who believes.
The Holy Spirit is God in the third person.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Led By God's Sprit

Romans 8:14

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

If the question were raised, Why is it important to be led by the Spirit of God? God's Spirit lives in each believer to lead, guide, instruct and protect us.

In each of the Holy Spirit's functions has a specific purpose in the lives of all believers, and they are (a) the Holy Spirit leads believers by prompting believers to do God's will and mortify the deeds of the body/flesh (v. 13) and oppose sinful desires that can and will cause the believer to stumble. (b) He guides believers to live in harmony with God's Word and His instructions are designed to teach us how to live according to God's Word. God's Word is designed for reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Believers are to live according to God's righteousness and standards. (c) God's Spirit will aid the believer in persevering in faith and protect believers by warning them of Satan's hidden snares that will result in the believer falling away. Lastly, God's Spirit protects believers from all hurt harm or danger as He sees what's ahead.

Believers are led by God's Spirit by allowing Him to become an integrate part of ones lives through daily scripture reading, meditating and applying God's Word to ones daily life as well as desiring and valuing the manifestation of His presence.
Yield to God's Spirit as He leads the way.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Uplifting Insights: A Time Of Harvesting

Uplifting Insights: A Time Of Harvesting: Revelation 14:14-20 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golde...

A Time Of Harvesting

Revelation 14:14-20

And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

What is the meaning of these verses? The phrase "like unto a man" represents Jesus Christ Himself who is preparing to reap the harvest of the earth. Some popular beliefs is that in verses 14-16 represents God's wrath on the earth while in verses 17-20 is a different harvest because it make mention of another angel. God's harvest of judgment is the greatest as it will be His judgment on all who followed the beast as described in chapter 13. The grain harvest in this section is the great end-time harvest of salvation (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43).

Verse 19 further explains the judgment that will take place during this time as it talks about the great winepress. From Biblical OT reading the treading of grapes is used as an illustration to express how the execution of all unbelievers by God Himself. They will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternal damnation.

What all this means is that all believers who have remained steadfast to Christ will be included in the grain harvest and will rule with Christ when He establishes His kingdom on earth.
The time of harvesting is near; which harvest will you be in?

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Lord's Supper-Communion

Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Corinthians 11:2-28

Today's topical discussion takes another look at the Lord's Supper which is commonly referred to as Communion. Partaking of bread and wine is in commemoration the night Christ and His disciples were eating before His betrayal. They were eating the Passover meal and "Jesus took the bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins" (Matthew 26:26-28).
We know that Jesus came to earth to be man's propitiator through His shed blood on the cross of Calvary. We also know that man's sins had to be forgiven before man's broken fellowship could be restored and Jesus was the only sinless person who could atone for the world's sins. Jesus' death on Calvary's cross made forgiveness possible. In order for forgiveness to be received, true repentance, having faith in Jesus Christ and confessing ones sins.
With that being said, What symbolism and importance does the bread and wine have in your life? Bread and wine symbolizes the death and resurrection of Christ as the source of spiritual life for each believer and the Christian church as a whole. The bread represents the broken body of Christ's life in the redemptive sacrifice He paid. The blood represents Christ's blood or the bruising by the divine wrath of God, which Jesus Christ took on because man lacked the ability to die for his sins; as God had found the whole world guilty (Romans 3:10-18). In a word, bread and wine represents the sacrifice of Christ's life. As a memorial to Christ's death it is the believer's renewed obedience to the will of Christ while acknowledging that our salvation rests solely on Christ's broken body and His shed blood.
The question now becomes, How must one partake in the Lord's Supper? According to scripture, all those participating in the Lord's Supper must be regenerated by grace and that the communicant must be living a life consistent with the commemoration of Christ's death. It is also noteworthy that each participant examine his or her faith before participating in the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). Also, our scripture verses states that communicants living obedient lives while refraining from deliberate sins opens one self to a more intimate fellowship with Christ (1 Corinthians 11:28).
Allow me to close today's discussion by summarizing the significant of the Lord's Supper as it relates to the past, present and future.
1. The past significance is the remembrance of Christ's death in redeeming all who believe from the condemnation of sin.
2. The presence significance is the fellowship with Christ and a participation in the benefits of His sacrificial death on the cross at Calvary.
3. The future significance is the foretaste of God's kingdom and His heavenly banquet feast prepared for all believers (Matthew 8:11; 22:1-14; Mark 14:25; Luke 13:29; 22:17-18; 30; Isaiah 55:1).
Given all that Christ has done for mankind the question is worth repeating, How are you partaking in the Lord's Supper? Is it in true faith, with a repentant heart, sincere prayer and a renewed commitment to God, His Word and will? However it is, He is worthy of our best and total commitment.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Revelations From God

Ephesians 1:17-18

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory in his inheritance in the saints,

The term revelation mean to uncover what was hidden or making known the unknown (Romans 16:25). God has revealed Himself through His written word-the Bible and His Son Jesus Christ who was the final revelation of God the Father. With that being said, Paul's prayers for the Ephesians believers is that God through His spirit of wisdom and revelation make known just who He is and His will and purpose for His people. It is important that all believers know the will of God and His redemptive purposes for salvation and to experience a more abundant power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of all believers (vv 19-20).
Each believer has been given a specific calling in Christ's church and with the revelation of the gift through the Holy Spirit and His power then believers become more effective in the believer's ministry building God's kingdom. As recorded in Acts 1:8 we receive power to boldly witness Christ with such effectiveness that souls will be saved. Another important factor in receiving revelations from God is that believers come to know that God has outfitted each with His body armour for this spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:11-18).
God reveals His will and purposes for man.
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Importance Of Biblical Training

2 Timothy 2:2; 15

And these things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
To answer the implied topical discussion question of why is Biblical Training so importance there are several reasons that come to mind such as one cannot teach what one doesn't know neither can one lead where one doesn't go.

However, our scriptures texts provide the answer in that what one has learned of God must be shared with others so they too will have a firm foundation in the Apostles and New Testament doctrines. We hold to the fact that the Bible is the final authority as it is God's holy word that was written by inspired men of God (v. 16). Also, verse 15 records why we are to study to show ourselves approved unto God's Word as His approval of our works are superior to that of man. It is important for the trainer/teacher to know God's Word so when training others they too can and will rightly divide the word of truth. When the truth of God's Word is taught the hearer/student will have a firm foundation on which to stand thus preventing them from being swayed by false doctrines.

With that being said, the church has the responsibility of training current and future believers in the truth of God's Word so that believers both now and new converts can and will live accordingly without compromise or becoming corrupt by society's way of life. If the question were raised, Where should Biblical Training occur? It should occur in the church, home and school. Biblical training becomes more effective when taught in all three institutions. Therefore, Satan wouldn’t have a fighting chance.

Let us look at some of the benefits derived from Biblical Training, and they are
1. Biblical Training entrusts the gospel of Christ to believers so they may know the truth, guard against false doctrines, and teach others the truth and knowledge regarding God's righteous standards (2 Timothy 3:15, 2 Timothy 1:14, 2 Timothy 2:2; Romans 6:17).
2. Biblical Training instills in believers the necessity of contending for the faith to deflect Satan's fiery darts of wickedness and all false doctrines that will be encountered (Acts 20:31; 1 Timothy 4:1; 1 Timothy 6:3-4; Titus 1:9).
3. Biblical Training lead students in continual growth in Christ and a better understanding of God's Word and godliness (1 Timothy 6:3; Matthew 28:20; Psalm 1:2-3).
4. Biblical Training strengthen the believer and promotes Christian maturity to other believers as the current believer reflects Christ-likeness, and thereby the overall church grows (Ephesians 4:11-16).
5. Biblical Training motivates students to commit themselves to evangelizing to others/lost souls in obedience to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
6. Biblical Training brings students into a deeper understanding of God and His kingdom and the spiritual warfare that all believers are engaged in (Ephesians 6:10-18). It also deepens the believer's/students experience of Christ's love, develop a personal fellowship with Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit's presence as the student/believer has been baptized in the Holy Spirit (John 17:3, 21, 26; Ephesians 3:18-19). It also teaches believers/students how to pray, fast and worship God with all sincerity (Matthew 6:9, 16; 2 Timothy 4:8; Titus 2:13).
We can conclude that there are many benefits to be received from Biblical Training as it is vital to Christian growth and kingdom building. With that being said, let's continue teaching.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Uplifting Insights: Intercessory Prayer Purposes

Uplifting Insights: Intercessory Prayer Purposes: Genesis 18:22-23 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before the Lord. And Abraham drew...

Intercessory Prayer Purposes

Genesis 18:22-23

And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before the Lord. And Abraham drew near, and said, With thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

The background of today's lesson study is that sin and wickedness had become so prevalent and perverted that God was going to destroy the entire city of Sodom. Abraham a righteous man who was very concern for his relative Lot and other righteous so much so that he went to God in prayer asking Him not to destroy the entire city (vv. 22-23). God answered Abraham's prayer by sparing the city and destroying the wicked that was within the city.

From our illustration, an intercessory prayer serves specific purposes made by God's people. With that being said, then our intercessory prayers serves a purpose in that God-fearing believers pleads with God to turn aside His judgment (Genesis 18:22-23). Intercessory prayers help to restore God's people (Nehemiah 1; Daniel 9). Intercessory prayers deliver individuals from danger (Acts 12:5, 12; Romans 15:31); also, intercessory prayers are prayed to bless God's people (Numbers 6:24-26; 1 Kings 18:41-45; Psalm 122:6-8). There are intercessory healing prayers (1 Kings 17:20-21; Acts 28:8; James 5:14-16), prayers for the forgiveness of sin, Christian growth, for the Holy Spirit's power to come, effective leadership and ministry work, salvation of others and for people to offer praises to God.

Therefore, intercessory prayers are both powerful and purposeful; prayer warriors-pray on because your prayers are making a difference.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Results Of Unified Payer

Acts 1:8; 2:1-4

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth…And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Two factors are at work in our lesson study, and they are (a) the promise of the coming Holy Ghost/Spirit as Christ followers were gathered together in one place on one accord praying. God kept His promise of sending the Holy Spirit so that Christ's earthly ministry could continue winning souls for Him. The second factor at work here is that the Holy Ghost came and manifested Himself in three ways; (1) audible, (2) visual and (3) speech manifestations. The results of this group of believers, they received power to boldly witness Christ, drive out demons, and anointing to heal the sick. Believers today have the same power to boldly witness Christ the world over so lost souls can be saved.

Bold witnessing power weren't just given to believers during the time of Pentecost, but to all who come together in unified prayer with a sincere heart for God and to do His will. It is noteworthy to say that as prayers of the righteous come together in unified prayers things change. Just as Daniel (9:3) prayed for the sins of his nation so are believers today praying for the conditions of our nation and the world.

Prayer changes things--believers lets continue in prayer

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Effective Prayers

Mark 11:24

…I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

If the question were raised, What make for an effective prayer? The best answer to the question is that one must first believe with sincere faith in what we ask God our Father for that He will grant our request. Our scripture text supports this answer as expressed by Jesus Himself. To further authenticate that faith holds the key to effective prayers is stated in Mark 9:23, "All things are possible to him that believeth." Allow me to clarify something on the "all things" phrase is that the prayer of faith must be based upon the will of God; meaning not "asking amiss" (James 4:3).

As stated in Hebrews 10:22 that we draw near to God in prayer with a true heart in full assurance of faith is another ingredient to effective prayers. What this is saying is that faith is necessary in coming to God in prayer and believing Him for His goodness (Hebrews 11:6). God plants faith in the hearts of faithful believers who live faithfully according to His will. Another ingredient to effective prayers is never waver in our faith (James 1:6 cf. 5:15).

To conclude this discussion on effective prayers is to say that we must believe in sincere faith, align our will with God's will, and ask in Jesus name (John 14:13-14).
Faithful prayers are effective prayers.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Uplifting Insights: Purification

Uplifting Insights: Purification: Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, ...


Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Purification is the process of making clean or removing corruptible; in today's discussion the focus is on purification of man by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

Let's look at what Jesus' blood did in the purification process; first His blood was shed on the cross at Calvary to redeem us from all wickedness as it cleanse us from all the negatives brought on by sin. While in this state of mind we had a desire to deify God's law and His holy standards (1 John 3:4). Once the believer is redeemed, sanctified, and justified those desires changed from disobedience to obedience. Also, there is a heart-felt love and devotion to God as well as a desire to live to please Him by being living sacrifices unto Him.

The second act in the purification process was to make us a holy nation that is separated from the world and its systems. We became a people consecrated to God as His own possession. As a consecrated people we have the seal of the Holy Spirit who keeps us in the family of God. In purification we become a holy people who will stand and tell the world "yes I have been born again."

Thanks God for Jesus and His precious blood that cleanse my soul from sin and iniquities and have washed me wither than snow.
Jesus our purifier; His blood the purifying agent in the purification process.

What a purifier!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Is Prophecy Being Fulfilled?

Revelation 1:3; Isaiah 1:3-4

While listening to NBC world news on last evening and the segment concerning the staggering costs from this year's natural disasters alone is in the billions and the cost from hurricane Irene alone is 1 billion and counting. The fear that FEMA would deplete its allocated funds that covers these disasters; Congress has allocated additional funds to cover the costs of these disasters for now. What going to happen when winter come and the storms that is associated with the winter season?

I raise the above question in light of the many natural disasters that have occurred this year in the USA as well as having red books and magazines on prophesy, The Trumpet Magazine, The Prophesied End-Time and some of Nostradamus prophecies. The Trumpet magazine raised the awareness on such times as these and that these natural disasters would occur so rapidly until they would deplete our resources. Who can forget the devastation from hurricane Katrina and ask has this area been fully restored? How long will it take for places like Joplin Missouri or Alabama, Mississippi or Georgia and will these places ever be restored? What is the human cost of these tragedies?

Other issues that were raised in this magazine were that this country was founded on godly principles which overall we have gotten away from. Also, this country was once a proud and powerful nation revered by all, but not any more because we have forgotten our creator and sustainer and become wise in our own deceit.

The overall prophecy is that this country will fall because we have broken our covenant relationship with God and He states very plainly in scripture that He is a jealous God and we are not to have any other god before Him (Exodus 20:3,5). So, what have we done? We have disobeyed His commandments. We have destroyed His institution of marriage. Several states have sanctioned same sex marriages and this is not of God. When God instituted marriage it was between man and woman, not two men or two women. There is a great falling away of the church (2 Thessalonians 2:3), because many are being deceived. We see greed on every hand; a murdering spirit is raging across these United States. The less fortunate is being taken advantage of when God made provision for the poor and needy (Amos 5:12-14; Matthew 6:1-4). We have placed our understanding before God's; we have a rational answer for everything when Proverbs 3:5-6 encourage us to trust God and refrain from depending on our understanding.

Allow me to close today's discussion by saying, there are many who feel that the rapid occurrences of these natural disasters are the evidence of God's anger and there are numerous us who are praying constantly for the healing of this nation (2 Chronicles 7:14). While God is longsuffering, He does get angry. Join with me and others as we continue to pray for the healing of this nation for we know that prayers changes things.

Lastly, prophecy maybe fulfilling, but thanks be to God He is in control. We are never out of His reach and His love surrounds us.
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Uplifting Insights: Witnessing Power

Uplifting Insights: Witnessing Power: Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in...

Witnessing Power

Acts 1:8

But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the world.

The writer, Luke explains what happens after receiving the Holy Ghost (Spirit) and the power in which believers will perform the task of witnessing and where. Believers will be baptized in the Holy Spirit to effectively witness Christ to the entire world as they will witness with such boldness as never before.

The Holy Spirit gives believers the power to witness about the righteousness and truth of Christ in both words and deeds. Additionally, the believer has a personal testimony of the saving power of Christ and the convicting work of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Believers can testify of the personal presence of Jesus and the intimate relationship with Him. Through this personal relationship with Christ, believers can also testify of the love for and of God and the desire to live holy unto Him and honor Him as the believer become more Christ-like.

The reason for witnessing is to carry the message of Christ to a lost world so that the unsaved can be saved. Being saved is the result of witnessing the good news of Christ. What is the good news? Christ's death, burial and resurrection. Just look at what God done for us; therefore, stand up and be a witness for the Lord.

Witness! Witness! There is power in witnessing Christ.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Grace Of God

Psalm 84:11

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

In an earlier discussion "Growing In God's Grace" was discussed and it was determined that God's grace is His unmerited favor that we didn't deserve. However, in His grace we share in His holiness, we experience His love and compassion, protection and He provides salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

Today's lesson text support the findings of God's grace as it can be expressed as love in action. The Lord being a "sun and shield" is saying that God's glory shine brightly in all and through all who have decided to live in obedience to His righteousness. All believers have a right standing with God through the atoning works of Jesus Christ. The Lord protects "shield" His obedient children from all evil and wickedness that we will encounter.

The last phrase of our lesson text is directed to believers who have decided to live godly and righteous lives before Him. This allows His purposes to be fulfilled in our lives. If the question were raised, What is our responsibility in receiving God's grace? Believers' task is to walk upright before the Lord, then trust God to provide for all our needs, physically, spiritually, temporarily and eternally. God is faithful to His promises and His mercy endureth forever (Psalm 23:6).
God's grace is sufficient.
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Unity Among The Brethren

Ephesians 4:3

Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace

The focus of today's discussion is unity among believers as this unity is patterned after the unity of the Spirit-God's Spirit. Unity among the brethrens is made possible through the indwelling Spirit of God. Just as the Godhead operates in perfect togetherness so must the body of Christ-the church. There is unity among the brethrens because of the oneness of God; one faith, and one body. Each member has his or her distinct calling for the edification of the body of Christ (vv 4-5, 12).

It is noteworthy to say that God in His divine wisdom made provisions for any disharmony that may arise by instilling His Spirit in each believer to bring peace. God is a God of peace, love and harmony not confusion. Therefore, each believer is to operate in the Spirit of God thus assuring unity as we witness Christ to a dying world. Allow me to say that neither human efforts nor organizations can bring unity among the brethrens without the Spirit of God. With that being said, all churches operating in harmony has God as its head and His Spirit as its guide.
Church, we have our example for unity-the Godhead.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Uplifting Insights: Holy Living Brings Growth

Uplifting Insights: Holy Living Brings Growth: Jude 1:20-21 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of Goo...

Holy Living Brings Growth

Jude 1:20-21

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of Good, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

If the question were raised, What is holy living? Let's answer the question by saying holy living is living according to God's standards and His righteousness. This is because it is by God's standards by which all humanity will be judged. Isaiah 64:6 states in part that "all our righteousness is as filthy rags."

However, our righteousness is in Jesus Christ who shed His blood to give all believers the right standing with God the Father. Another point to holy living is that believers can live holy in that we have been sanctified by God as a called out people to live in holiness to Him. Holy living is achieved by daily Bible reading, mediating on His Word and with the aid of the Holy Spirit believers has the ability to refrain from conforming to this world and its standards. The world's standards are contrary to those of God. Therefore, all believers are mandated by God to live in holiness.

Living in holiness the world will see Christ manifested in each believer as we are lights shinning in a sin darkened world. As we submit ourselves to God's ways we grow in our faith walk with Christ.

Holy living requires a willing heart and a humble spirit.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Safety In God

Psalm 91:1-8

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust; His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day.

As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11 when tragedy struck our shores; this day will always be remembered for the deviant act by those who made a decision to bring hurt and harm to many who didn't know them nor who would have purposely sought to destroy them or their country and countrymen. As I sat and watch in horror as those planes flew into the twin towers I couldn't help but wonder what was happening as many other Americans asked the same question. This cowardly act brought America together in many ways. Prayers were being prayed, heartaches were being felt and acts of kindness were being shared, but through it all we (Americans) have withstood this cowardly act as measures are taken to ensure safety.

Leaders and those who protect our borders and provide many other forms of safety are to be praised for their efforts. We know that evil still exist and many are still trying to wreck havoc on us and this is not of God. We know for certain that overall America is a God-fearing nation and reflecting on our scripture text we know that true safety is in God. As we continue abiding in the secret place of the Almighty we can be assured of safety from His almighty wings. Why, because He is our refuge and fortress. It is noteworthy to say that prayers of the righteous availeth much and I know for certain there are prayer warriors who are praying for peace and safety the world over. Just as God transcends all boundaries so does prayers.

Lets pray, LORD thank You for Your protective angels that You have dispatched to watch over us. For this I say thank You. In Jesus name Amen.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

God's Workmanship

Ephesians 2:10

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

Reflecting on this weekend's holiday, I wondered how we value our work efforts and ethics in both secular and the Christian Community. This reflection took me back to my days of teaching in the public school system where I was a substitute teacher after having spent years in secondary education. The public school system was a culture shock to me. In other words I hated this job not realizing at first I was placed in this position by God to be a blessing to others by imparting life experienced wisdom and knowledge. I was blessed by others as well. After asking God for strength to adapt to my new surrounding the job became easier.

What am I saying? I am saying that God places each of us in positions for His designed purposes. As stated in our scripture text we are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works and glorify Him. Before we were created He knew where each of us would be place to give Him glory and honor whether in the secular or Christian Community.

The question that comes to mind is how are we to serve? We are to serve with diligence and a willingness that pleases God as each of us is making a contribution to the strength, prosperity and well-being of others, self, communities and our country in both arenas.
Each position is an honored one selected by God-so serve well.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Believers' Spiritual Warfare

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.

Christians are in a spiritual warfare against Satan and his army as this spiritual conflict is known as the warfare of faith (v. 12). God knew that whom He called to be His servants that the battle lines were drawn in the sand-earth and He prepared His warriors for battle.

If the question were raised, What is the believer's battle armour? God dressed His warriors with the helmet of salvation, He girded our loins with truth-His truth as this is the only truth that will stand against Satan and his attacks. God covered His warriors with the breastplate of righteousness as this is His righteousness by which all mankind will judge. Believers' feet are shod with the gospel of peace as believers are to carry the gospel of Christ to a lost world. Believers are outfitted with the shield of faith so that we can withstand all Satan's fiery darts of wickedness that is designed to shake our faith. The last piece of body armour given by God is His sword-the Bible which is His word and with this offensive weapon we take the fight to Satan and his demonic schemes.

In the believer's warfare we remain in constant communication with our Commander-in-Chief-God through constant prayer.
Believers, fight on because we have victory.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Spiritual Separation

2 Corinthians 6:16-18

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hast said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

If the question were raised, Why must Christians separate themselves from the world? The answer is simply as stated in our scripture text that we are the "temple of the living God" and God has no dealing with idols. Also, believers are the dwelling place of God-the Holy Spirit who cannot and will not dwell in an unholy place. Most importantly, this is a requirement of God as He is holy and all believers are to be likewise-holy.

With that being said, then separation is required because righteousness and unrighteousness cannot co-exist in the believer. Man is no match for sin in his own strength, but with the aid of the Holy Spirit believers have the power to live righteous lives before God and refute worldliness. On the other hand all believers who refuse to separate him or herself from sin loses fellowship with God (2 Corinthians 6:16).
Believers separate yourselves; God lives in you.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

God's Anger On Display

Romans 1:18-32

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;….when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imagination, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

In light of the recent natural disaster that occurred in a place out of the norm according to man, but these occurrences are under God's command and control as the Bible spoke of such occurrences in different places and times.

Our scripture text makes a profound statement of why God's anger is on display because of sin and unrighteousness. God is revealing His anger from the heavens in many different ways, such as torrent heat, storms, sand storms, earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes. In a sailor's terminology God is sending warning shots across the bow of humanity and if we fail to get His message and repent, then judgment is certain. His judgment is going to be swift and harsh because God cannot and neither will He continue tolerating the ungodliness we see in today's society. Get right and adhere to God's warning.

Scriptures has recorded for our benefit of God's actions against prolonged sin and wickedness; remember the flood during Noah's days. These questions come to mind, Do we feel the Bible is just a love story? Do we believe the events actually occurred as written in the Bible? Do we in today's society feel we are exempt from God's judgment? Has self-wisdom caused us to become foolish in our own thinking believing that the natural disasters are just the forces of nature? Nature is under God's control too.

Let me close this discussion by saying, God is angry; it's time to repent and turn back to God.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Humnaity God's Unique Vases

Job 10:8

Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about….

Pondering what to write for today's discussion, I took a reflective look at nature and compared humanity to the many species of flowers with the array of colors so beautifully arranged in God's flower garden-earth.

All humanity is God's vase as each of us is uniquely shaped to display His glory as we are the clay and He is the potter (Isaiah 64:8) for we are shaped to be a blessing to others as we are blessed (Genesis 12:2) and implanted with His love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). We are commanded to love one another as Jesus have loved you and I (John 15:12). Consider the peace and harmony that each flower exist in God's flower garden so must mankind.

All humanity is shaped to smile at God (Isaiah 35:1) as He smiles on each of us daily with His many blessings. Notice how nature (flowers) smiles at God each day as He provides for their needs. He provides for all our needs as well. Each flower serves a specific purpose for God; humanity likewise. Lest we forget that mankind was created in the image and likeness of God; therefore, we posses the character traits of our heavenly Father. Display them!

Let's close today's discussion by saying God made room for humanity in His flower garden, let's make room for God in our house-lives. Therefore, live to glorify God as we are His beautiful array of flowers meticulous planted in His garden.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Live In Holiness

1 Kings 2:4; Psalm 119:33-40

…If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.

Today's discussion is an adaption from this month's devotional where our overall theme for the month is God's chosen leaders where we have looked at several of His leaders and their character which is to say they walked closely with God.

If the question were raised, How do one live in holiness? The writer of 1 Kings, David encourages all to take a careful look at your lifestyle and stake heed to it and then walk in true holiness by obeying God's commands. David learned this painful but valuable lesson of walking closely with God as it opened the door to God's blessing and His truth. When David failed to walk according to God's commands he suffered, but David would go to God in sincere prayer and with a repentant heart asking for forgiveness.

You and I today can live in holiness by living according to God's Word as we have God's Word the Bible and the indwelling Holy Spirit as our guide. It is noteworthy to say that holy living requires a willing heart and a humble spirit; in doing so we give honor and glory to a Sovereign God.
The world will see God in you through your holy living. Live holy!

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Friday, August 12, 2011

God Promises A New Heart

Romans 11:26; Ezekiel 36:26

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.

In Tuesday's discussion we answered the question Can these bones live, for today we will look at God's promise to Israel of a new heart one that will become soft as flesh and one that will cause a change in direction that is focused on Him. The promise of a new heart depicts both a physical and spiritual restoration for the nation of Israel and believers under the new covenant, which was established by Christ (Jeremiah 31:31-34).

A new heart was necessary because God's people had turned their backs on Him forgetting all that He had done for them. Their hearts had become waxed cold as they were doing all manner of evil in God's eyesight so much so God referred to them as dry bones (Tuesday's discussion).

However, we see God getting ready to make a change in the people's condition as His prophet were to preach His Word and He would do the rest, which was a heart transplant one which obeys His Word and walk according to His statues.

Why a new heart because it is the epicenter of all man's actions either good or bad. With this new heart and God's spirit living within people will be saved, both then and now "all Israel/believers." Why? Because when God's Word is preach it has a positive effect on the hearer.
A new heart one that is obedient to God.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Can These Bones Live?

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley, which was full of bones.

Our topical discussion today is focus on Ezekiel's vision where God used an analogy of dry bones to show the depth of the nation's sins. Ezekiel was to preach God's Word to a sinful nation who had become so sinful until they were likened to dry bones in the valley. God asks Ezekiel "can these bones live?" God knew the answer because He knows all and His prophet would obey His command to preach even if the people were as dry bones.

The vision continues to the conversation between God and Ezekiel with instructions been given to preach and God would cause the bones-people to hear and repent (v. 5). In verse 6 we see Ezekiel preaching and the results is flesh coming on these bones-people coming alive by hearing God's Word and repenting.

This scenario brings these questions to mind, given the magnitude of today's sins can our nation be considered a valley of dry bones? Are we listening to God's preachers? There is power in the Word of God; it brings a spiritual healing from ones sin sickness. There is salvation in His word. There is joy in His word; there is peace in His word.

Preachers preach because these bones can live and the valley of dry bones becomes a valley of living souls.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

God Call Special People For A Specific Service

Judges 17:6

In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

The spiritually depraved conditions that existed during the time of this scripture writing is a direct result of what happens when Israel and man as a whole turn from God.
The book of Judges records Israel's history when there were no king and "the cycles of apostasy, foreign oppression, servitude, their crying out to God in their distress and His deliverance through leaders anointed by His Spirit" (KJV Commentary). This is the period of the judges where God anointed special judges to lead His people. God chose judges who were spirit-filled and would obey His commands.
God in His compassionated mercy is ready to forgive and deliver them from adverse situations and conditions. The need for deliverance is the result of men doing what they perceive as right which is normally wrong in God's eyes (2:11; 4:1; 6:1; 10:6).
The spiritual apostasy that existed during this period in Israel's history is prevalent in today's society. This is because man is doing what he thinks is right according to his understanding and is overlooking God's laws.

It is noteworthy to say just as God called special people to speak a word for Him in biblical times He still has special people preaching His Word to heal our land.
Believers, be a leader of one and tell a dying world about a risen Savior.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Praying Nation

Ephesians 6:18

This nation was founded on godly principles with God as its first love; somehow between then and now we have forsaken the Lord and have replaced Him with other gods. God is a jealous God and will not tolerate other gods before Him.

Conditions in this country are turning people back to God. These conditions have become so perilous economic, climatic and spiritual until there is a call for a national day of prayer this Saturday. Some that are spear-heading this call is political leaders. Needless to say many in the Christian Community have been praying for a healing of this nation and people turn their hearts back to God.

The point of this discussion is that those prayer warriors who constantly make intercessory prayer that God is answering and as more of this nation's leaders and laity see the need for prayer and turn back to God our nation can and will be healed. Conditions will change economically, physically and spiritually.

Join with me and others as we continue to pray for the healing of this nation.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Believers Have Eternal Life

1 John 5:1, 11-12

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him…And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hat not the Son of God hath not life.

Our scripture text makes it very plain the reward for believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior, which is eternal life. Eternal life carries the benefit of living forever in the presence of God. To have this eternal life one must first come to Christ by genuine faith that He is God’s Son who came to earth to die for the sins of the world. The other connotation is love for God as all believers are begotten (born) of the Father-God. Love is a necessary commodity in this relationship because God first loved us when we didn’t love Him. With that being said, then faith and love are inseparable commodities in being born of God. The question now becomes, How does one get this love? Romans 5:5 provide the answer by stating that believers receive God’s love from the Holy Spirit who is God.
Allow me to say that eternal life has an intertwined relationship as the believer abides in Christ He abides in the believer (John 15:4).
Eternal life is in Jesus Christ abide in Him.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

know The Will Of God

Isaiah 53:10

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
The Will of God is sometimes defined as the law of God, sometimes referred to as His perfect will and sometimes referred to what God permits or allows to happen, which is often time referred to as His permissive will (KJV commentary P 1066).

Let us look at the Will of God and His law as it relates to His instructions for man's godly living. Theses instructions can be found in His Word-the Bible. The Ten Commandments are perfect examples of God’s law as they are designed for us to live by.
The perfect Will of God is what He desires for His people. His perfect will is that all mankind be saved (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9); although He knew that many were not going to be saved as they will refuse to hear and adhere to His word.

Lastly, the permissive will of God is what He allows to happen as He made man a free will agent; meaning man has the right to choose salvation and spend eternity with God or refuse salvation and spend eternity separated from Him. The continuance of sin is God’s permissive will and He will eradicate sin at His appointed time.
We know God’s will through studying His Word and responding to His Word.

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Friday, July 22, 2011


John 3:3

….Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God;

Regeneration is the spiritual rebirth for all believers as this is the foundational teaching of the Christian faith. Our scripture text tells us that without regeneration we cannot see the kingdom of God; therefore, regeneration is necessary for the believer to enter into God's kingdom.
Why is regeneration necessary? Let's look at the following:
1. Prior to regeneration we were all sinners and were spiritually dead because of sin (Romans 6:23) and lacked the ability to live for and pleasing to God. The regenerated believer has been freed from a life of bondage because of sin to a life of spiritual freedom where heaven is now the believer's final destination.
2. Regeneration represents a repentant heart one that have turned to God as there has been a transformation (Romans 12:1-2). Regeneration restores a broken fellowship between the believer and God; therefore, the regenerated believer can now live in obedience to God and His commandments.
3. The regenerated believer have accepted Christ as his or her personal Savior (v. 16) and His atoning works and now have the indwelling presence of God-the Holy Spirit residing in each of us to aid in our faith journey.
Rebirth is a new beginning; have you had your new beginning today?
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Redeemed

1 Peter 1:18-19; Titus 2:14

The term redeem means to buy back, to free from something or someone, or to pay a price for (1 Chronicles 17:22; Galatians 3:13), but for today's discussion we will focus on Christ's redemptive work on behalf of mankind. Christ's death on the cross at Calvary paid our sin death which freed us from the bondage of sin where we were destined to spend eternity separated from our creator God the Father. Thank God for Jesus Christ and His atoning work that freed us so that all who accept Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior have spiritual freedom as our destination has changed from eternal separation from God to eternal life with God. What a difference?

Titus 2:14 tell us that Christ shed His blood on Calvary's cross for these reasons (1) We are redeemed from all wickedness which changed our desire to defy God to one of obedience to God, which includes living according to God's holiness. (2) Christ redeemed us so that we become holy and a peculiar people who have separated him or herself from the world and its wickedness. (3) Lastly, the redeemed become members of God's royal priesthood as we are sons of God.

Let the redeemed of the Lord sing praises unto His holy name because we have been bought with the precious blood of Christ-our redeemer.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Justified By His Grace

Romans 3:24

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus;

What does it mean to be justified in Christ Jesus? It means that through God's grace and Christ's death on the cross all who believe have been found not guilty of his or her sins. This is because when God looks at His children He sees the righteousness of Christ in us.
All believers' justification is grounded in Christ's finished work at Calvary and it is through His redemptive blood that believers are made right with God. Our justification by God is directly related to His forgiveness of our sins (Romans 3:23), and Christ's atoning death and resurrection (Romans 3:25) and we have been given eternal life (Romans 6:23; 8:1-3).
Therefore, our justification cost God His Son and Jesus His life in redeeming us back to the Father, but thank God for Sunday morning and a risen Savior-Jesus. Our Savior is now seated at the right hand of the Father making intercessions of us.
I am free, I am free, thank God I am free! Christ's atoning works has freed me from sin.

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