Saturday, May 27, 2017

Raising Your Children for Blessings

Deut 6:1-2 declares, "These are the commands the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children, and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping the commands that I give you, so that you may enjoy long life." Parents need to verbally teach their children about God and spend time with their family speaking of spiritual matters.

Time is required for a group of people to actually become a family. Today, many are families in name only and spend absolutely no time together. They think that they are family because they bore children and they share the same bloodline, when becoming a family is so much more. Healthy families make a point to spend time together. And strong families consistently reflect three basic traits: trust in God, teaching/training, and togetherness.

Raise your children in the commands of the Lord that you may enjoy long life and happiness.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Who is Fighting for you?

When David was just a young boy he taught us how to handle our enemy. Scripture records in 1Samuel 17:45, the bold words of David and how he spoke to his enemy. "You come to me with a sword and a spear and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Whom you have defied." Here we find that David reminds his enemy 'Who God is'.

Then, in vs. 46, we find strong words from David to his enemy, "This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand...and I will give the corpses to the birds..." David although young in maturity, frail in physical frame, stood tall against his enemy and spoke firmly and directly to his enemy. He stood in an unprecedented anointing of the Holy Spirit. In a nutshell, David told his enemy who would win the fight before it ever began.

You and I, although sometimes we may feel immature and frail in emotional and physical frame, should stand valiant in power of the Holy Spirit. We must stand firm against the schemes of our enemy and speak to him directly and tell him precisely WHO is going to win the fight.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Cross

It was the cross that made the difference. And the ground is level there inviting all mankind to kneel and accept Christ.

Galatians 6:14, "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Everything in your life hinges on your personal relationship with the Christ of the Cross. It is but the Cross that makes the difference between light and darkness, good and evil, success and failure. And it is Christ through the power of the Cross that has changed my position.

I was an enemy, but He made me a friend (Ephes 2:14-16). I was in debt, but Christ settled my account (Ephes 1:7). I was a slave & in bondage to the world of sin, but He made me free (John 8:34-36). I was an outsider, foreigner, and stranger, but he made me a fellow citizen (Ephes 2:19).

Because of the Cross, you were redeemed and bought with a price- the precious blood of Jesus (1Peter 1:18-20). Now, you only have to confess and repent of your sins and accept Christ as your Savior. He takes you as you are and makes all things new.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Heart of Gratitude

God has Sovereignly watched over you and guarded your life. He has given you favor and He has protected you from harm and danger. He knows your downsitting and your uprising. We should therefore, be thankful for the goodness of God. And because of that gratitude of heart, we should in turn do good and generously bless others that are strategically placed in our lives. "And do not forget to do good and to share with others for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." (Hebrews 13:16)

On every turn and every crossroad, God has a plan for you. He has opened doors for you and He has situated people in your life 'on purpose'. Jeremiah 29:11 - His plan is not to harm you, but to give you hope and a future.

God has generously given you wonderful friends and a family that loves you. But even if you never had a father or a mother, were orphaned, or homeless, you certainly have a heavenly Father to which you can cry out in times of need and comfort. God said He would be your Daddy, your parent. He promises He will be there for you (Jehovah-Shammah) and He desires that you talk with Him everyday in prayer.

Often, we take our blessings for granted and complain about our present circumstances. If things do not go our way we talk way too much about how they should be different. But if we look around we will always find someone that is hurting and less fortunate. We must press ourselves to be willing to share our blessings and our benefits with others, reflecting a daily thankfulness in our heart toward God for all He has given. Father, thank you for being my Daddy! I am grateful for Your Incredible Love.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What is: the Will of God?

When we give thanks, we move in obedience to God's principles. 1 Thessalonians 5:18, "In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." So when we give thanks, God in turn blesses us with more blessing, as a result of our obedience and grateful heart.

Think on this Scripture and ponder it; it is God's Will that you give thanks. God created this vast universe and chose to make us a part of it. He formed us from dust and made us in the likeness of His Image. God has given us His Son. For God so loved the world that He Gave. And He placed a mantle of anointing on our life. He chose you to serve Him and walk upright.

And God has given us answers to prayer. God has given us the provision of daily needs, a job, a car, a home, a family. He told us that if we walked in obedience, we would never have to worry about temporal needs ~ that He, in fact, would provide food, shelter, and clothing. He promised that we would never lack if we walk with Him and fellowship with Him, and place His Word in our hearts.

He has given us so very much to be thankful for and He instructs us to, "Give thanks in everything for this is the Will of God.". Therefore, when we are obedient to Scripture, the result is blessing upon blessing; more blessing, abundant blessing. Blessing too big to handle.

God has blessed us beyond measure. And when we give thanks, we operate in the very will of God; we open the miraculous to come to our house. As a result of that obedience, God pulls back the windows of heaven and pours out more blessings. So when we are thankful with a pure heart, we act in obedience and we are doubly blessed; Blessed, and then, blessed again. Whatever we ask of God, is ours!

We can place our trust in the Lord because He is a God of great benefits toward His people. "For the Lord God is a sun and shield, the Lord bestows favor and honor, no good thing does he withhold, from those whose walk is blameless. O' Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you." (Psalm 84:11-12).

Monday, May 22, 2017

Excellent is the Name of the Lord

The Psalmist uses numerous descriptive terms in the course of his writings to depict the glory of God. In Psalm 8:1, Scripture declares: "O Lord, our Lord, How Excellent is Your Name in all the earth; You who set Your Glory Above the Heavens!"

When you realize in your life Who God is then you will understand His Excellence. No one can explain His Glory to you, but you must experience His Glory and His Excellence for yourself. Once you see His splendor then you are able to comprehend how incredible and excellent God truly is.

If you pray and ask God to place you in a right relationship with Him, then you can ask God about things that trouble you and situations you would like to see change. Once you walk in that covenant relationship with Him, you can see His Excellence at work in your personal life because no problem is too large for Him to solve. His Glory is Far Above the Heavens and is so vast, no one can grasp its depth, its height, its length and its width. But to know the love of God personally is to experience the excellence of God.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

God is the Author of My Faith

Hebrews 12:1-3, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

First, Paul encourages: Keep Going! Run with perserverance! When the race gets tough, sometimes it's just hard to keep going, keep pacing, keep breathing, keep taking strides. But no matter what, we must keep on going.

Second, Paul shouts: Focus! Fix your eyes on Jesus! It's easy to lose our focus and be distracted with many frustrations in life. Paul instructs us to keep our focus on Jesus and our personal relationship with Him regardless of the circumstances.

In Summary, Paul gives us this wisdom: If we perservere and focus, on Jesus the result will be, "that you will not grow weary and lose heart!" I have never seen so many discouraged in the church as now.  Apparently, we've had some priorities out of line. Let's take a check today and get re-focused on what's really important, insomuch that we will not be discouraged or be weary in well-doing, but will keep our faith strong in God. Remember: God is the pioneer, the author and the perfector of our faith.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Obeying God

In the beginning, in Genesis 8:22, Scripture discusses the principle of sowing and reaping. The Word teaches that if you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. Therefore, you and I need to develop a lifestyle of hearing and obeying the voice of God.

If we truly want to see prosperity in our lives, we must understand the principle of sowing and reaping, hearing and obeying.

Abraham was a great example of a godly man who heard the voice of God and obeyed. He believed God, listened to God, and followed God's instructions. As we listen and hear God speak to us, we are led by God in all of our daily decisions. And our way will be prosperous and successful, if our hearts are turned toward God.

This is God's Promise. You can count on biblical principles because they work. If you honor God with your tithe, your finances will be blessed and stretched. If you sow good seed, you will reap a blessed harvest. God's principles hold true and never fail.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Shift in Thought

Sometimes, our thought must shift from conjuring up excuses to avoid our calling.... to thinking of creative and impacting ways to fulfill our calling in Christ Jesus. When Jeremiah was young, he tried making some excuses to God. He told God that he was too young to be a prophet, but Scripture shows us that God rejected Jeremiahs' excuses. Moses had a deep calling on his life, yet he made excuses also. He told God he was inadequate and could not speak with eloquence. But God's calling was sure.

God spoke to Jeremiah and told him, "Don't say that, for you must go wherever I send you, and say whatever I tell you. And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you." (Jeremiah 1:7-8 NLT)

You've been running for too long now. It's time to really live. Time to accept the commission of your calling. Time to DO what God has called you to do. His Hand was upon you right from the start. And the only way to find your true purpose and significance in life, is to pursue God's Will. Because,  "Only those who throw away their lives for my sake, and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live!" (Mark 8:35 LB)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Show Me Your Glory

We are living in a time of Divine Acceleration and Christ is almost ready to pull back the eastern sky and return for a people who have seen the Glory of God. America is in crisis and we need a fresh move of the power and glory of God.

The prophet said, "In the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, your sons and your daughters shall prophesy..." This Scripture also talks about the Glory and the Presence of God being revealed. I want to stand in the Glory of God, therefore I pray as Moses, "O' Lord, Show me your Glory."

And when the Glory of God is revealed people are changed, people are healed, people are delivered from bondages and addictions that have held them in captivity, but it is only through the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is through the blood of Jesus and the power of our testimony that victory is won in our lives. The bible records, "there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved." It is God and God alone. It all goes back to what Christ accomplished on the cross for us. And I want to see His Glory.