Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Are We Being The Light?

You are sitting at your workplace and it’s just that type of day.  All the cuss words are coming to your head, all the negative actions you want to take, and basically acts like everything but a child of God.

You’re at a store and the cashier is performing so slowwwww.   You want to entertain murmur.  You want to sigh in hope he/she would pick up the pace.  You even what to let it be known that you just rolled your eyes.

It’s your dwelling place.  Yet there’s everything but a sense of freedom this particular day.   The kids are running around acting like they have no sense.  The spouse is sounding like they’re nagging more than talking.  Even the dog is driving you crazy.

It’s all a part of our daily lives, right?

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burns.  Isaiah 62:1

The truth is that it’s in those moments we can choose to let our light outshine the darkness.  We can choose to react in the flesh or walk in the spirit.   We are called to be the light, yet are we making the choice to be it?

OR OLAM – everlasting light.

See our God is light and if we claim to dwell in Him that makes us the light as well.  So whether it’s at work, chores, or even at home; let us be that light that outshines the darkness.  Let us be the light that overtakes the atmosphere.  Remember in all things, we always have a choice!  Why not decide in those times to give Him glory.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

How Long Must God Plead

A mother pleads with her son not to go out one night as she sensed something wasn’t quite right. That son went out anyway not knowing it was going to be his last night.  A father pleads with his daughter to not have a relationship with that guy as he feels he will not be good for her.  That daughter decides to have a relationship with the guy anyway just to find herself being abused.  Why do people plead with someone anyway?  They plead due to love.  It makes me ponder upon a question, how long must God plead with His people?

Psalms 78 ironically not only shows the state of God’s people then, but also of God’s people now.  Within the Psalm we see a cycle where God would grant their desires and yet his children would rebel into sin.  Imagine God leading you by a cloud during the day and fire at night.  Imagine watching God divide the sea for you to walk pass. Can you see water coming out of a rock in the midst of the wilderness?  You would think there would be cycles of praise and worship from the saints. Yet instead they would constantly complain and sin.  Some would say how could they continue to sin with God doing all those miracles for them?  The same question can be asked of the saints of today.

We too are in a cycle.  The Lord blessed us with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and yet we shut him more and more out of our services.  We desire more for cars, houses, and prestigious jobs then levels of the kingdom.  Verse 39 states:  For he remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that goes and does not return.

How long must God plead with us to turn our hearts towards Him?  How long must God plead with us to get it right before him?  How long must God plead with us to seek first the kingdom of God?  Here’s a deeper question, how long do you think God will continue to plead?

Within the same Psalm it shows how eventually their sin provoked the anger of God.  They had to deal with the consequences of their actions.  Do we not think we won’t receive the consequences to our actions as well?  God is pleading with us out of His love for us.  However, we won’t plead forever.  Selah

Monday, October 23, 2017

What Happened to that Time?

There was a time when people would cross the street when passing a church if they were engaging in negative activity like smoking or drinking.

There was a time when the altar of God was deemed a sacred area not to be played with!

There was a time when we would be on our best behavior when we just entered the doors of the church.

What happened to that time?

Now we are encouraging our youth to go up to the altar and basically “fake shout”.

Now we are on our phones while it’s prayer time.

Now people will not only stay on the same side as the church while smoking or drinking, they will do it right on the church steps.

The sacredness of God has left our midst.  We may ask why and its simple, it’s because we have lost our reverence.

Psalms 89:7
God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him.

Saints, lets turn our hearts back towards our Savior.  Let’s remember that He is not only an awesome God, but a holy God.  He is God that is to be reverence!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Are We Belittling the Holy Spirit?

 A co-worker on our job acts funny towards us and we know we didn’t cause that action.  A spouse comes home and changes the peaceful atmosphere.  A child is acting rebellious. A brother or sister in Christ has offended us.  The government appears to be more about their gain and less about the people they are suppose to serve.  A racial remark was said to us.  You find yourself changing jobs or that position you was comfortable in for so many years.  The thought of going back to school pops up.  You feel in your heart not to marry that person.

What are your reactions?

Do you cry out “why God”?  Do you say I’m saved but I gotta tell this co-worker where they can go?  Do we get all anxious over government matters? Do we say “but God”?  Here is another question, in doing such things, are we belittling the Holy Spirit within Us?

This thought process came to mind as I saw someone be blessed with home ownership and receiving prayer over their new home.  Part of me was happy for them, but another part of me had the “god what did I do wrong in my life” question.  Then I thought why am I thinking this way…can I be belittling the Holy One within me?

Think about Yahweh and who we actually serve!  This is what He reminded me of from the book Knowing God by Name by Mary A. Kassian:

But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain you. How much less this temple which I have built!  1 Kings 8:27 –shows God is NOT LIMITED to space.

For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night.  Psalm 90:4 – God IS NOT LIMITED to time.

Ah, Lord God! Behold, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for you.  Jeremiah 32:17 – shows God in GREAT CAPACITY.

Can you search out the deep things of God?  Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?  Job 11:7 –God HAS NO BOUNDERIES, HAS NO LIMITS.

Did you see that…what a mighty God we are serving!  We can cast even the foolish emotions we encounter from day to day to Him!  So why belittle the greater one within us.  Let’s make it our priority to surrender ALL thoughts, ALL emotions to Him.  We probably end up with a better day for it! 

Stay bless.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

You Sooo Deep...

“You so deep” or “Being all deep”-these are statements that if you are a Christian have encountered in church.  Yet are the statements showing the fruit of God?  In the disguise of liberty, can these statements really be bondage?

Psalms 92:5
How great are your works, O Lord, your thoughts are very deep.

Ephesians 1:17
For I always pray to the God for our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation (of insight into mysteries and secrets) in the (deep and intimate) knowledge of Him. *amplified

See the deepness can equal intimacy with God.  The more we get to know our father, the deeper we have to seek Him!  The more we get to know Him, the less we fear.  There is such a blessing in getting deep with God; the question should be why wouldn’t you want to be deep?

We have to try the spirit by the spirit.  I don’t know about you but I want to be deepJ

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Other Side of that Holiday Table..

It was a different table, a different house, even a different setting.  Yet as I looked upon the blessings of the table with the delicious food displayed, it didn’t mask the heart of my grief.  It was at that moment I realized I was on the other side of the holiday table.   No more hearing my mother say “put a little more seasoning on that” or seeing the joy on her face with all her family together. I was trying to mask something that I couldn’t do.  That something was my grief.

As a child of God I know to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  I know precious is the death of a saint.  We know these scriptures and even quote them at home goings, but to be honest it takes faith to stand on these scriptures when a love one has passed.  Especially if that loved one inspired your life.

Truth is we will grieve.  I never cried so much since my mother transition.  See I gained so much from her wisdom as I got older.  She was yet schooling me even up until her death.  I found myself saying to myself who is gonna teach me now. I have nobody.  Guess what, the Holy Spirit corrected me and said “I’m your teacher, who do you think taught your mother?”  I immediately felt convicted and repented.

I had to be reminded I am never alone.  He said I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.  He said peace I give, not as this world, I give.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  It’s ok for us to grieve, but let’s remember in the midst that we serve a God that cares about everything! That includes our grief.   Every time I call on him, peace immediately hits my spirit.  So no, we are not alone.  God is there to help in our time of need!

I encourage the saints in celebrating during the holiday season; let us remember those who are on the other side of that holiday table dealing with grief.  Prayer is a powerful thing!  Let’s cover one another in prayer that Jehovah Shalom, the God of peace will be with those that lost love ones and are faced with the reality of it during this time of the year.  The reality hurts, but I must confess in the midst of the hurt God shows his beauty from those ashes and I am yet thankful.  It’s just a love that can’t be explained! The key is to remember that the God of comfort is waiting to spread his arms of peace around you within his hug!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Forever Wanting

Look at how the devil has us wasting time.  We get that position we wanted, but now we see a better one.  We get that car we wanted, but now we want another one.  We finally achieved that degree, but now we want a higher one.  We want to feel more special then our neighbor so we show out with those name brands.  Think about it, the road to wants is never ending.  The flesh is never really satisfied.  Yet at the end of our lives, would that wanting road we are on now even be a thought when we close our eyes?

Eternity is what’s truly forever. When you compare our life on earth to eternity, many things begin to seem irrelevant.  Take a moment and search yourself, what have you really been doing to prepare for your eternity? Selah

And now abides faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love 1 Corinthians 13:13

Throughout the New Testament one word is emphasize, love.  Love can cover a multitude of sin. Love fulfills the law, love is patient, we are to love one another, etc.  Ever wonder why one word is stressed so much in the Bible?  God is love.  We have Him within our hearts.  We are to be Christ-like.  We are to be love. Selah

So do we walk in love, or hold grudges?  Do we choose love and forgive, or justify unforgiveness? Do we love our neighbor as ourselves or do we get what’s ours alone?  Just take a minute to think how much better our day can be when we decide to just walk in love.  Notice I said decide to, as there are time we are not going to feel the need to!  Love is part of or eternity. God so loved us, He gave…
Yes, thank God for the job, thank God for the house, thank God for the car, and thank God for the education.  However what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose his soul?  What shall a man give in exchange of his soul?  Let’s stop having our hearts in world time and start having our hearts in God time.  I am finding that true success is really walking in love!