Thursday, November 29, 2012

Destroyed And Restored

Amos 9:8 Behold the eyes of the Lord God are on the sinful kingdom. Wow! This is a powerful statement. Basically it says God is watching. If you knowingly commit them(sins) without a care. Without regret. You will have to answer in the end. Of course there are non- believers. There always is. There are also the worst of the worst. The wolves in sheep clothing. Thinking they are pulling the wool over God's eyes. Nothing escapes Gods eyes nothing. Note: if God is watching Satan is too. And for every soul that turns on God guess who pulls them in? The Devil himself. It is awesome when it (sin)is recognized and repented. That is when the rescue squad comes out. That is when you know you are forgiven and should know that Jesus died for all of our sin, our shame and our guilt. He suffered for mankind and his or her sinful ways. We must remember that. Nothing is too great for our God. Nothing. And forgiveness is what he is all about.

Are There Any Bonuses Anymore?

We have become a society who many think themselves "entitled" to everything under the sun. To earn something is too much trouble, too much work. In fact many believe the world owes them something.

Galatians 5:13
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 

We have to remember who we really are. We have to understand who has the power over us. Yes, over us. And that if we do not understand civility. If we do not understand charity, Or unconditional love. Or sacrifice for the greater good. We are lost sheep. God gave us rules to abide by. God sent us a savior. Who in the end will be taking the same position as before(saving souls) but on a grander scheme. Many shake their heads with disbelief and that is okay, because we have choice. However I chose to be on the right hand side of GOD. Where you chose to be is up to you.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

You Wear A Smile Everyday

To know the Lord is to Love the Lord. It is a bold statement and frankly hard for many to understand. To have faith enough to know that God would not put you in harms way especially if you step out on faith. Imagine the over compensation of one's personality when they are really scared to death and are standing with no belief or faith in God? It would be a horrible mess. Because the enemy is so good at his or her game the alternative to faith and righteousness is so well hidden it takes God and his angels to put things back into perspective. Unless one's soul has been sold.

                                                                      Psalm 68:20
Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Leading By Example

In life adults should be looked upon to be the elders, the wise ones. They should be looked to for wisdom and understanding. However in this day and age, there are many adults who have not fully developed wisdom nor understanding. Partially due to them not receiving any wisdom or understanding when they were growing up. Jesus walked this earth walking the walk and talking the talk. He spoke in parables  to further explain his point. He sacrificed for the greater good for everyone. This generation of humankind needs to take note. The world does not revolve around one single human, it revolves around everything and everyone. That respect is due. God so often has shown mankind where vanity, greediness, and the rest of the seven sins will lead them. We need to pray and give serious thought to how we live and what we are living for.

Philippians 3:18-19 
For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I Just Keep Praising Him

When you go through a humbling experience in life, you do one or two things. You either remain humble and cannot thank God enough for his grace and mercy. Or you receive your gift and forget where your blessing came from. The latter is so so sad. Because God remembers. The enemy gets wedged in there somewhere. And instead of going from glory to glory most end up going through something very tragic. We must remember where our blessings come from. And always always thank God for them.

Deuteronomy 7:13 He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock, in the land that he swore to your fathers to give you.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

How Brave Are You? Does It Take Courage To Do The Right Thing?

We tend to go through life either brave enough to take on the world with God's backing or just brave enough so that others can see that we are not outwardly scared to death. Most fall somewhere in the middle. In order to conquer our fears we must put our faith in God. Faith is a powerful entity. It gives you courage where there was none. It makes you brave when you were not. 

Joshua 1:3-9 
I promise you what I promised Moses: ‘Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you ... No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

If There Is Confusion It Is Not Of God

How many times have you been indecisive about something? You tend to remain without an answer as long as you contemplate it alone. If  you do not call on God to help you or nudge you in the right direction, you get confused. And confusion is not of God. God's answers are clear and precise.  And if you are really in tune with God you will get your answers subtlety like a song or a message on television or the radio, sometimes in the form of a person saying or doing something. When it is from God it is confirmed at least three times. So when there is a bunch of "mess" going on in your life it is that of the enemy. He or she always wants confusion in your life. This keeps you away from concentrating on Gods plan and path for you. Know the difference.

Romans 10:17 Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Who Can We Depend On?

David of the bible seemed like he was constantly fighting the enemy. Be it the giant Philistines. Be it Saul. Be it the enemies of the state. Be it temptation. He was always in battle. One constant remained at his side. That was God and God working through people like Jonathan or   Bathsheba. He could depend solely on God always.  We today are constantly fighting the enemy as well. All the time. And as with David we have to rely solely on the Lord to get us through.
Jeremiah 15:5-9
Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

In The Lord I Take Refuge

Psalm 11
In the Lord I take refuge.
    How then can you say to me:
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain.
 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
    they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
    at the upright in heart.
 When the foundations are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”
The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.
 The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion.
 On the wicked he will rain
    fiery coals and burning sulfur;
    a scorching wind will be their lot.
For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

From Dusk to Dawn

It must have been a difficult journey for our Christ to know he had to do the things he had to do. He had to keep his mind focused on the day at hand. He could not think for example that very soon all the nay sayers would get their way and he would be put to death. In life we have to arise with the sun each day new and refreshed. Not concentrating on the night knowing that it comes everyday. No we must make the best of the day. We must focus like Jesus on the lessons and experiences at hand. Do not think oh woes me because the end of the day is drawing near. Be happy to be a part of the day. Be happy that you can change a life. Be happy that God is smiling down on you and leading you on a path of success. Jesus died for our sins but until that hour he taught his heart out.

Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."

To Blessed To Be Stressed

It is a common saying these days. (I am to blessed to be stressed). However stress is something we live with everyday. How many can truly dismiss it completely? No one. We can take a look at each situation and ask the angels and God to show us favor.  To give us strength to deal with what ever comes our way.

Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Play With Fire You Will Get Burned

We go along in life distancing ourselves from safe havens, because we think we are okay and we get lacks in using our instinct. God designed those instincts for our safety.  We get so caught up in depending on something or someone else to protect us. We tend to go slack using this fail safe method of importance. God sometimes allows things to take place to remind us of the scorching flames that if not respected can burn you to no end. There will always be fires. Always. It is how we extinguish them that gives us the power. And truly it is God and his angels that intervene on our behalf when we get too close.
Mark 5:25-34. God needs your faith. Believe God for even the impossible.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Just Ask For Forgiveness

It is said by some that you can forgive but you cannot forget. In weighing such a thing it may be supposed that  this is caused by a deep searing pain. Usually of the heart. It is the only thing that makes one that passionate about something. God intended for us to truly forgive. Harbor no ill feelings. In many ways forgiving does mean forgetting. God forgives in a mighty way. And gives his love freely and unconditionally. He never holds our sins over our heads. We have to repent and ask through, out savior Jesus Christ to be forgiven.

Matthew 6: 14-15 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
 It is not beset upon us to judge, to hold grudges, to love with conditions. We must follow Gods lead as best we can. Just ask for strength and guidance, wisdom and understanding. God will hear you.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Just When You Think There Is Nothing, God Makes Something

Just when you think all the chips are down, you get blessings out of this world. All you can do is thank God. It is amazing what he can do. You have to seek to find. You do have to knock in order for it to be answered. Believe me God sees all. When our inspiration level is at its lowest, God sends us an angel or two just to remind us how very sweet and caring he is. We can sometime get caught up in the harsh realness of it all, but if we have God it is not as scary as we thought. We must know and trust him at all times. Faith does falter but it only takes the size of a mustard seed to be within the standard God has set for us. As said on many occasions in writing these words everyday. We have to go through the fire with God in order to appreciate not letting the flame burn us to death.

Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The World As We See It

Many of us go through our lives thinking totally in the moment. Not giving a thought to other places in time. Not understanding the human hard wired brain. That we are today a very intricate part of our environment.  It has taken hundreds of years to get where we are physically and mentally in relationship with nature. We have as humans become a dominant force to be reckoned with not so much in a good way. It is frightening, because we depend on farmers to grow our food, they grow faster, which may not have a positive outcome in the very end due to scientifically altered food and animals.. We have become so over populated and disrespectful of this planet. We are destroying the only home God has given us.We are led to believe that it is okay for companies to destroy nature because of the demand. That we have to dig for  fossil (old bones) to survive. What would happen if all of these processes were taken away? Would we survive? Some of us would, and some us wouldn't. The same theory goes with the religious entertainment field. It has grown fast, it has become media savvy. You see nothing but dollar signs everywhere. The humbleness of religion has fallen by the way side with all of this mega this and mega that. It ( money and fame) has men and women doing things they should not be doing. The same question applies. What would happen if all of this was taken away? Would believing in God survive ?Yes, it would. God nor Jesus had any of the pomp and circumstance of today. God says: James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord and he shall lift you up.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

You Just Have To Work Through It.

When Noah was to to build a arc he had no idea why he was building it. He and his family just had to get through it. Although there is no definitive time as to how long it took Noah to build the Ark, it is hinted that it took one hundred and twenty years. That does not account for the time it took to gather two of every animal. When most read a story like this, they find it very hard to believe. Because most conceive time like it is today, not realizing that time was totally different back then. The basic thing to remember is that no matter the question as to why something has to be done a certain way as opposed to fast and filled with short cuts. Is the difference in the outcome. When God made his plan for you, it took time. And the steps that are ordered take time as well. You have to remember firstly that lessons can be learned from every experience in life. Secondly if there is no work put in ,why should the expectation be any higher? You just have to work through it.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I Can Imagine How The Prophets Felt

What happens when you have someone telling you that they received a divine message from God himself? That the message said that they should do this in order to receive that. That in order to continue life one must listen to these words because they are going to save your life. But no one believes them. There's always infighting and bickering.These people continually question the words of God. Discouragement sets in. Disappointment sets in. You as the prophet are just doing what is asked of you. It gets really hard when you are really wanting to save these people. They are too busy criticizing the messenger, so the message is never heard, less alone understood.What the prophet has to remember is that his or her objective is solely that of God's messenger. He or she cannot change the thinking of the obstinate ones.We sometimes have to take aback the seemingly rejection of the ones receiving the message and continue our path. We cannot get discouraged because the outcome will be received by someone it may not be many but there are some who do hear.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Obedience Takes Faith & Trust

When you think of what Abraham must have been thinking when God asked him to take his only son up to the place of sacrifice. That must have took some tremendous strength, faith, and trust that God knew what he was asking and that God knew and trusted what Abraham was going to do. The thing to think about is this, when we are going through trials and tribulations. We must remember  that everything has a purpose. Our faith is always going to be tested. It is when we go through the fire that the reward is far better then what we could have imagined. Just like Abraham, God can take us to that eleventh hour. And at that eleventh hour and fifty-ninth minute something so spectacular happens we just have to tip our hats to God. Because he knew it all the time.

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Stepping Out On Faith Does Have Its Scary Moments

Preparation of the mind to do something can be trying. But once you get it in your mind you seem to move in the direction momentum takes you. You seem to be running on adrenaline. It is when that momentum and adrenaline stops you have that quivering moment. That moment that can make you cry. That moment that makes you paralysed with fright. That moment of doubt. Look how it ended in this passage.

Matthew 14:22-32
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Faith is the size of a mustard seed. You must understand it is human to be frightened but like toning for a marathon, the more we practice the better it will be. Faith will be second nature.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Is It Wealth That You Wish For?

  Wealth can be a blessing or a curse, depending on whether it is used as a means to exercise power, or a tool of self-indulgence .Wealth's danger is that it can turn our focus toward our own enjoyment.  Although money and wealth can be used as a tool in a setting of positiveness. It can help to build many things of use to others. On the other hand there are some who possess money  and hold a sacred stewardship. Our resources are not to be privately held and consumed but are to be used as a means of generosity, as a way of showing care for our neighbor. So many abuse the use of money. Less we forget that we are judged by our works, love and charity. As Jesus explains using many parables in the books of Mark, Matthew, John and Luke, money can be the root to a lot of evil.  However if sin is done with wealth and money, man  can ask for repentance and forgiveness. And through Jesus he or she is welcome back into the fold. It is just so important that when a blessing such as money is bestowed upon you that you pray mightily that it does not interfere with a good life.
Luke 16:13 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Lessons Learned

It happens each time we get disappointed with a loved one. A friend. A co-worker. We say I am not going to fall for this again. No not me. But we give in. We say no, this isn't going to take place again. That one isn't going to do that again. And sure as the clock strikes twelve it happens again disappointment. Imagine Jesus' dismay when he sat down to dine with his disciples and he knew who, what and where each of the coming events were going to happen. He had been disappointed so many times by his very own. In the end he found forgiveness for all mankind. When disappointment from someone, that someone could be yourself. Find forgiveness in your heart and move on.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Friday, November 9, 2012

They Spoke In Tongues

When one hears that someone is speaking in tongues they are not referencing the bible scripture where all standing in the house of worship begin to speak in their native tongue and only the children of God understood. It sounded like their native language. 
Acts 2: 1-47

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. .
Now days the controversy stands because man once again has his own interpretation of something  of God. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Our Works, Our Love, Our Purpose

We each have a purpose on this planet. Some have major parts. Some have very minor parts, but all tend to work together for the greater good. With Gods hand on us we are usually steered in the right direction. God sometimes wants us to see the lessons, the down side of things so that we can appreciate and respect the outcome of goodness and mercy. The bottom line is, we need to follow the word of God, Our works shows him the inside of our souls. We all have a purpose in Gods house as long as we extend that unconditional love that he gives us to our fellow man.

Romans: 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Voices Are Heard

Time and time again the aristocratic parts of civilizations are defeated by the voice of the people. Unless a nation slaughters all of the common people, there is a supreme chance that they will rise against injustice and inequality. Note: there is no one walking this earth deemed perfect. Yes, we all fall down. But our God is a God of mercy and grace. He can see the heart of anyone. If one's intention is deceitful and there is no compassion for the people, I am afraid your destiny is short lived. It got so bad on this earth in the past that whole civilizations were destroyed. We may or may not fit that bill as the current civilization occupying this earth. We will see. But we can come together as  mankind should and show charity, love, and compassion for our fellow man. 

To The Extreme

When we get to this point in our civilization we must look back at the others before us. The civilizations that have disappeared were all in their extreme phases of living.  Of course science really cannot explain away why these people simply ceased to exist. God oversees everything. He created the heavens and the earth. He warned many back in the day that disobedience would not be tolerated. That he held the power in his hand to make or break anything or anyone. Some chose to challenge God and things happened. Sodom and Gomorrah.  The forty nights that it rained. The disasters. So yeah things were extreme back then and today in our time are extreme now. Hurricanes. Dryness. Starvation. The list goes on. We have to be mindful of this.  Our God is an extreme God. Trust in him, and believe in him. An individual may not be the one who can stop what is happening today. We all need to pray about it. Know that what is in our hearts is what God sees. This will have a direct impact in those final days before Jesus returns.
Ephesians 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Who Do You Believe?

How many of us would be willing to do this? God does test our faith, but before Jesus the ultimate sacrificial lamb. The people closest to God had to physically sacrifice something of high value. Like the story below.

When Isaac became a young boy, God spoke to Abraham and commanded him to take his son to Mount Moriah and offer him as a sacrifice to God.  This was God’s test of Abraham’s faith.  Abraham loved his son very much, but did not hesitate to follow God’s words for he was a man whose faith in God was strong.  As Abraham and his son reached the place where the sacrifice was to be performed, Isaac said to his father, “Father, where is the lamb that is to be sacrificed?”  Abraham replied, “My son, God will provide the lamb”. 

This type of sacrifice is no longer necessary. Because Jesus died for mankind. We have to believe, have faith, and praise God for doing such a monumental thing.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Unless You Show Him He Will Not Know

 Yes, God knows what is in your heart. No matter what you say or do, he knows from where you are coming from. The thing is though, God like us wants to hear that he is doing a good job with you. A little praise goes a long way.

    Psalms 150:1-6
   Praise the Lord
   Praise God in his sanctuary
   Praise him in his mighty heavens
   Praise him according to his excellent greatness
   Praise him for his mighty deeds
   Praise him with trumpet sound
   Praise him with lute and harp
   Praise him with tambourine and dance
   Praise him with strings and pipe
   Praise him with sounding cymbals
   Praise him with loud clashing cymbals
   Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
   Praise the Lord

We Need The Prayer Of Serenity

The Serenity Prayer

With the tragedies of late, this prayer is very applicable. To all of the victims of the Hurricane. The love and charity needed during this time goes without saying.

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pass The Baton Please

It is noticeable in the Bible. That whole families were involved in everything. The family consisted of a mother, a father, brothers, sisters, aunts uncles.  Things were passed down. Knowledge and Wisdom. Skills to help with family income.It was frowned upon if you did not earn a living honestly.  Father to son. Mother to daughter. We need to take a snapshot of yesterday and how people worked together for the greater good of the family. We need to revert back to that philosophy. Pass the knowledge down. Train up a child to be a good citizen. Teach our young that things are things and that they can disappear as fast as they appear. Life is not based on material worth. Life is based on self worth.

Ephesians 3:19 to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

The Children Are Watching

This time in this world is full of visual this and visual that. It is almost at the point where people hardly talk to one another. With that said, I have to think back to the ancient times. Speaking is what everyone relied on. Stories, messages, invitations all traveled by word of mouth. Children grew up with stories told to them by their parents etc. Now days we rely on an electronic devise to educate our children. This has given way to bad attitudes, no civility. Honor? What is that? An electronic devise has no emotion, no empathy, no love. You have to ask yourself is that what we want to (not ) instill in our children? If we do not show it how will they know? We have taken the easy way out. No work involved. The sad part, is we have generations now without love, empathy or plain and simple morality. It is tragic. And some of the old bitters have entitled themselves to privilege. It is a shame. God has seen many a civilization destroyed because of this very thing. Our children are watching all of us. We should be leading by example.
Titus 2:7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,