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Friday, January 30, 2015

Faithful Believers

Psalm 31:23

O love the Lord, all ye His saints, for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewarded the proud doer.

Faithfulness is a commitment and or dedication to something or someone. God's faithfulness is present throughout the scriptures. Believers' faithfulness is encouraged as we identify with our Lord.
That said, the Psalmist makes a profound statement regarding being faithful to the Lord and the reward for being faithful. Believers are to emulate God who is faithful; therefore, our faithfulness is a precious commodity. Being faithful is a testament to all believers' character as faithfulness is a godly quality. Then too it speaks volumes of the believer's word and or promise.
Being faithful unto the Lord is richly rewarded with heavenly blessings as our steadfast faith will result in us overcoming this world to be rewarded with our heavenly crown of life and dwelling with Christ in the New Jerusalem.
Faithfulness also causes believers to persevere in Christ while on this Christian journey that is likened to a race where victory is not given to the swift but to the one who endures unto the end.
These questions come to mind, is your works evidenced by your faith? Will your faith withstand Satan's fiery darts of wickedness? Faith is our shield when fighting Satan (Ephesians 6:16)? Does your faith motivate you to proclaim Christ to all lost souls of this world? How strong is your faith?
Faithful believers are strong in their faith.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Holy Nation Of People

1 Peter 2:9

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Today's focus discussion is believers as God's holy nation of people. Our scripture text clearly states that all believers are the chosen generation of God, which means that God choose us instead believers choosing God as Lord.

Being members of God chosen nation, we are royal priests, because God is holy and of royalty. Believers are a peculiar people in that we see things as God sees them instead of how the world views things. This is because God's ways and the world differ. God's moral values and standards is what the entire world will be judged, and if God's standards aren't met then all will fall short. Are you living according to God's standards or do the world's values influence your decisions? Remember God is supreme.

Believers, being that we are God's chosen is worthy of constant praises as an expression of gratitude for God finding favor in us. This means that God looked beyond our faults and saw our needs and selected every believer to be part of His holy nation of people for all generations.

Thank God for His love in choosing you and me as His children. Sing hallelujah to His name.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Abiding In God's Tabernacle

Psalm 15:1-5

Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hills? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

Today's scripture texts provide insight as to who will dwell in the presence of our Lord by asking the question who will abide in His tabernacle. King David outlines who will dwell in the presence of the Lord (vv. 2-5) and all who rejects God's gift of salvation will be omitted from abiding in His tabernacle. That said, it behooves all mankind to join God's family and abide in His tabernacle where there is joy, love, peace, grace, mercy and help in the time of need.
There is blessed happiness from abiding in God's tabernacle because (a) our souls have been delivered from a spiritual death to one of righteousness. (b) All who believe is no longer alienated from God our creator and sustainer and can now sing and shout glory hallelujah to His name. (c) Abiding in God's tabernacle, all believers are royal priests and member of His holy nation of peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9). Believers are no longer controlled by Satan and his legion of angels because God's tabernacle dwellers have been separated from this world and its corrupt systems and values while seeing and doing things God's way and aligning our wills with His. (d) Abiding in God's tabernacle means that all believers are in the presence of God and will spend eternity with Him when this life is over.
When you worship do you feel the presence of the Lord in your place of worship?

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

God's Word Our Roadmap

Psalm 119:11

Thy word have I hidden in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Our scripture text makes a profound statement as it relates to the purpose and importance of God's Word as we travel life's journey. Our scripture text also supports verse 105 which states that the Word of God serves as a light which lights our way. 2 Timothy 3:16 also speak to the purpose of scripture as all are given for the benefit of mankind and especially all who want to walk in holiness which is in the light of Christ our Savior.
God's Word contains a set of instructions, laws and commandments providing directions, which is the purpose of a roadmap. One could say that God's Word is a how to manual for holy living. His Word outlines our relationship to Him and one another as outlined in Exodus 20:3-17.
It is a blessing to have God's Word directing our paths which leaves no doubt as to how one is to live. All who live according to God's Word is blessed beyond measure as there is a close relationship between God and the believer (vv 1-7).
God providing His how to manual-His Word is a testament to His love and compassionate cared and when adhered to our way becomes bright and smooth as many of life's pitfalls is avoided.
The benefit of hiding God's Word in our hearts establishes a close personal relationship with our heavenly Father as the heart is one's personal library.
The Bible is our heavenly roadmap.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Christ Our Propitiator

Romans 3:25

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiator through faith in His blood to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.

The term propitiator means doing something for someone else; in our discussion text Jesus Christ is our propitiator through His shed blood for the remission of sin. Through Christ's shed blood He paid man's sin-debt, because man lacked the ability to pay his sin-debt.
Christ's blood is importance to our salvation because Christ's blood was pure and was the purifying agent that cleansed sin and He is God in the second person. His death was sacrificial as He was the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. God the Father did what He did out of love for humanity. Christ willingly wrapped Himself in humanity to pay man's sin-debt. What a loving God!
Christ's blood forgave sin whereas earthly priests sacrificed animal blood that lacked the ability to forgive sin. Christ and His blood met all of God the Father's requirements to atone sin; He was God and man as well as sinless. Christ's blood is the purifying agent cleansing man's soul from sin.
Given all that Christ done for humanity He is our propitiator who redeemed man from sin for that we owe it all to Him and to all I (we) freely give.
Christ atoning works made us free to serve God in true holiness and total devotion.
Christ our propitiator and Redeemer.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

God My Deliverer

Psalm 18:2-6

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies. In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even unto His ears.

Our scripture verses answer the implied question of God being our deliverer because of His ability to provide all that we need as well as His hand of protection. God is our deliverer because He is sovereign and would not have created man in His likeness and image and then leave him to defend himself.
God defends His children being that He is the rock that we can go to when there is nowhere else to turn. A rock is solid and unmoveable so is our God. God as our fortress is a form of protection providing safety from all the hidden snares laid by Satan; therefore, God through His Spirit and Word directs our paths and lights our way. God as our fortress provides a shield that the enemy cannot penetrate. God as our buckler is another from of His protective armor shielding us from hurt, harm and danger. God as our high tower is Him lifting us high above the evil forces of this world that is designed to entrap us in it demonic morals.
In our weakest moments God's strength takes over that allows us to remain steadfast in faith as He is the horn of our salvation where He has brought us safely from a life of unrighteousness to one of righteousness using His band of love cords.
Therefore, He is worthy to be praised, trusted and glorified. He is the God that answers when you call; My God, my deliverer.
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Friday, January 9, 2015

An Enduring Spirit

2 Timothy 2:3-10

Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Christ. Therefore, I endure all things for the elects' sakes that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Today's message is another in a series of encouraging topics to aid in our renewed commitment to Christ designed to raise our faith and our witnessing ministry to a new level on this Christian journey.
That said, there will be many times when we as Christians may suffer for the sake of the gospel of Christ, but remember how our Savior suffered, bled and died providing salvation to all who believe. Therefore, our suffering for His sake is not in vain.
The Apostle Paul suffered many hardships and pain, but he never waivered in his commitment to Christ and His message so that others would see and come to Christ. Believer's mission today remains the same-proclaiming the gospel regardless of circumstances. The early disciples and apostles as well as the early church suffered persecution for preaching Christ, but the church grew as it will today when Christ and His message is preached.
Christ is our perfect example of an enduring spirit because He endured the harshness of the cross and being separated from His heavenly Father as He was the chosen propitiator to take away the sins of the world.
Christ endured it all; therefore, you and I can endure by having an enduring spirit to show our faithfulness to the Lord. 

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Steadfastness In Christ

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 

As we focusing on believer's recommitment to Christ today's focus is our steadfastness in Christ.
In the preceding verses, the Apostle Paul is reminding the believers at Corinth of the changes that will occur when Christ returns. We will pull off corruptible and put on incorruptible as all believers will be changed in the twinkling of an eye.  We have something to look forward to in the coming days. The Apostle Paul's message encourages all Christians to remain steadfast in Christ because great is our reward.
It is noteworthy to say that the brighter Christians let their shine for Christ as we proclaim His gospel message others will hear of His saving power as well as see His goodness and they too will join God's family.
Let me encourage all to remain steadfast in Christ as we travel this Christian journey as we live in a sin-darkened world. We may get weary at times, but rely on the strength of the indwelling Holy Spirit as Christ left His Spirit to aid us in this world.
We are never alone; Christ's Spirit is near; stay in Christ.
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