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