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Friday, September 27, 2019

Angry in a good Way: Psalm 37:1-40

Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
What do I mean when I say be angry in the right way? What I am saying is that yes it is ok to get angry God did and still does. God is displaying His anger in many ways and places. We who stand for right and justice are standing with God because He is the truth and just. He will repay the evildoer with His wrath and reward the righteous. We are to reframe from striking vengeance on the person or persons; in other words, an eye for an eye. We fight back within the confines of the law because no one is above the law. 

Why we do this is because vengeance is the Lord's and what is right He will repay. As a result of these evil forces, we sometimes become discouraged, but we must remember the evildoers' days are numbered and will be cut down like green grass.

Do we stand and fight for what is right, yes we do as we take the Lord God our mighty warrior with us. He will and is fighting our battles as we speak. God is exposing corruption and evil as never before. Yes, we are in a very dark place in our country with political corruption, and every other form of corruption and crime is raining down upon us as if we are in a rainstorm, but have no fear God is our shelter and has us covered under the shadow of His mighty wings (Psalm 91:4 KJV).

We stand and fight in the right way because God our deliverer will deliver us from all this corruption and other forms of unrighteousness; He will restore this country to civility where love trumps hate. God always has a remnant that will and is standing in the face of evil and corruption.

God sees our anger/concern, and hurt; He will deliver us just as He delievered the children of Israel.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Praise God: Psalm 150:1-2

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His power. Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
 Today's message is encouraging all to praise the Lord for He is worthy of all praises, glory, and honor. We praise God for who He is, what He has done, and continue to do in our lives daily. God supplies all of our needs with love and compassion. God gives us an abundance of His favor daily as He hides us under His mighty wings of His truth as our shield of protection.
Nature bows to His greatness; if nature can praise God, why not humanity? Let us praise God and watch His blessings rain down like a rainstorm.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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.
Is America embroiled in spiritual warfare? I raise this question because of the following reasons that have America in a very dark place: 
(a) Wickedness in high places with the masses being betrayed by the people we elect to serve us. Many in high places have become self-serving and have succumbed to the wiles of the Devil and his evil schemes. God is revealing to the masses who our leaders are. We must pray for godly wisdom to select godly leaders. It appears as though right has become wrong and wrong has become right. Right will always be right, and injustice will always be wrong. There is no justification for the switch. God ordains right and wrong.
(b) There is a falling away of the church to the point that there is a decline in church attendance. Financial commitment to the church has declined. There is a lack of commitment to attending worship services. Worship service is a time to reverence God for who He is and His holiness. We are to worship God in spirit and in truth; God is a Spirit and must be worshipped as such (John 4:24KJV). 

(c) The church and America must remember our first love; God. The church also must remember that individually we as Christians are the lit candles shining the light of Christ in this sin-darkened world. Collectively, the church is the city that is set upon a hill calling lost souls to Christ. If we the collective body of the church have succumbed to the world, then our light has become dim. We the church is a called-out people to separate ourselves from the world as it is an enemy to God.

(d) Lastly, We must wear God's body armor daily as we are fighting against principalities in high places, but God, the Holy Spirit, is present with us, and we are victorious. Why? Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33KJV).

Yes, America is we are in spiritual warfare, but all is not lost; turn back to God (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV).

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Friday, September 6, 2019

God Answers Prayer: 1 Samuel 1:9-20

And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.  And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

Today's message is from this weeks Sunday's school lesson, and as I was meditating on what to talk about, I received a confirmation from God to remind everyone that He still answers prayer. I am thankful that He does.
A brief background of today's message is that Hannah was barren, which is without a child. Hannah was miserable and bitter because of her barrenness. Hannah may have at times been depressed, but through it all, she never wavered in her faith that God would answer her prayer.
What are the takeaways from this lesson? 
a)     Faith-Hannah kept her faith in God as she believed and understood the true definition of faith as recorded in Hebrews 11:1, which states "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
b)     Hope-Hannah never gave up and poured out her soul to God in her prayer request. Hope is vital when we are petitioning God for something that to others may appear foolish to others.
c)     Power of Prayer-Hannah recognized that there is power in prayer, and she prayed in faith and from the depths of her heart knowing that God hears and she believed in her heart that He would answer her prayer.
d)     Expression of gratitude-Hannah's promise to give her son back to God when she states "then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head." Hanna kept her promise to God. Two thoughts from Hannah's actions are (1) thankfulness for answered prayer, (2) recognizing that children are our gifts from God, and (3) acknowledging that nothing is impossible with God.
Today's message is to encourage all to have faith, and hope knowing that God is the same today as He was during the Bible days and still answers prayer; therefore, be patient and wait on God.
Prayers of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16b).
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

What is your Favorite Season of the Year? Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
The above question is based on the book titled, Seasons of Inspiration for Spiritual Growth
that looks at life in seasons as they relate to spiritual growth and the handiworks of God. Each discussion topic is centered on a central theme for the month as each is designed for spiritual growth.
In preparing a child for a lifetime of commitment to Christ, which begins at birth and continues to death as the believer never stop growing in Christ. A person's spiritual growth is broken down as such, from birth to 18 years of age is known as the years of preparation (YOP), and from 19-30 years old is known as the maturation years (YOM), and from 31 to death is known as the preservation and perpetuation years (YOPP) (Manual for Nurture for Baptist Churches). However, I prefer to break out the preservation and perpetuation years into two groups to include the winter season of one's life. This incorporates Titus 2 men and women as men are to "be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, charity, in patience" (v 2). While verses 3-4 talks about aged women having the same type of behavior so that they can teach the younger women to be sober and love their husbands.
With that being said, life's seasons parallel that of one's physical life growth. Spring represents new babes in Christ; spring planting occurs in the spring, therefore to make new disciples for Christ matured and seasoned Christians (summer and fall seasons) are to teach and train the new babes as we train our children according to Deuteronomy 6:7 during their preparatory years (YOP). When do we begin teaching our children? We begin at age one, which includes godly teachings as well as secular life lessons. Summer is the growing season in the child life where there is evidence of training in his or her preparatory years. During the summer growth children become strong and healthy in the Lord as well in their earthly lives as they have been prepared to take on adult roles and assume leadership positions. Also, during summer growth watering, feeding and nurturing continues as God's Word is designed continuous feeding and watering. John 6:35 speaks of Him being "the bread of life" and all who eat of Him shall hunger no more, and neither shall the person thirst ever again. While John 7:38 speaks of the ever-flowing river of water that God provides through the Holy Spirit. Eat and drink God's holy word and Grow.
What is the purpose of the fall season? The fall season is for harvesting the crops that have grown and produced the desired fruits--other Christians for God's kingdom. Fall is making ready for the winter season when no physical food can be gathered. In our spiritual lives, mature Christians are to be well indoctrinated in God's Word and His righteousness. As mature Christians we are to represent Christ daily and obey the Great Commission given by Christ Himself (Matthew 28:19-20). Fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are manifested during the fall season because there will be a spiritual harvest and our service record will indicate who we as mature Christians brought to Christ. The winter season is known as a period of rest as the long snowy days have taken hold from the laborious days of spring, summer and fall where rewards of our labor in witnessing Christ and winter Christians enjoy the bountiful harvest crops (fruitful believers). The manifestation of Christ is true Christian growth.
Who is the winter Christians? They are those believers spoken of in Titus 2, who remained faithful to the Lord. Do these servants stop serving God? No, they are looked upon as the age of wisdom as they walk and talk with the grace of God. These Christians/believers have a plethora of life experiences to share with the younger generation on life's journey. The Titus 2 men and women (winter) has lived a lifetime for Christ who can and does speak with a voice of authority as they have first-hand knowledge of God and His righteousness and have witnessed His awesome powers.
The Titus 2 men and women have come to know and accept God's wisdom over that of the world as God's wisdom to the world appears foolish. Accept the foolish wisdom of God over the wise wisdom of the world because God's wisdom is far superior. 
Our lives are in four seasons of growth, and our spiritual lives mirror our physical being, and in doing so, God's mighty hand is ever-present.
We are to reverence God for who He is and what He has and continues to do in the lives of all humanity.
All seasons are one continuous growth cycle.
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