Saturday, February 25, 2017

Your Morals

1 Corinthians 6:18 records, "Flee sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside of his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body." It is a fact that temptation will be placed in your path. There will be times when you are tempted to kiss the woman, run off with the guy, and have the fling, but you must remember the spiritual detriment it will bring to you and your house.

I encourage you to maintain your morals or develop some if you find yourself lacking. Infidelity is one of the biggest reasons for divorce today. And unfaithfulness in relationships will break down trust and create a whirlwind of unnecessary ill-fate. Behavior that is less than moral causes you to break promises to those you love because sexual immorality is completely self-seeking. Therefore, when you engage in sexual immorality in whatever form, you sin against your own body and separate a gulf not only between you and your spouse, but between you and God.

Maintain the spiritual ethics taught in Scripture and you will be blessed and have people in your life that look up to you. It is a sad commentary indeed when we willfully lose our families over a few moments of sexual immorality. It's a downward spiral and God is your only hope for forgiveness and deliverance.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Pray All the Time

Jesus prayed all the time. He set the perfect example for those who would follow His steps. He instructed his followers in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without ceasing". Jesus prayed always, without ceasing.

Jesus prayed at the brink of the morning's light, at the gateway of a new day. Jesus prayed when facing crisis, great sorrow, and the pressure of a day's work. Jesus preceded great achievements and miracles with prayer. Before He chose His disciples, Jesus prayed. He prayed always.

Great men and women of God have learned to practice praying. They have learned the importance of pausing throughout each day to pray. They know who holds tomorrow and has the power to change circumstances. Jesus set the example for us. He prayed always even to the end while He hung on the cross; He bowed His head and He prayed, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Be Strong

Ephesians 6:10-11 shouts, "Finally, my brethren, Be strong in the Lord and in power of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can fight against the devil's schemes." We are encouraged to walk strong and tall in God and in His power, not our own. We do this by placing on ourselves the full armor of God. The breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirt, our loins girt with Truth, so we can successfully stand in the power of the Spirit's might.

Often, we think we are big and bad. We have the misconception that we can fight and stand tall. But the truth is: we are nothing apart from God. The enemy desires to sift us like wheat and will lay a trap for our feet. He will cunningly strive to defeat us in the most uncommon and unsuspecting way. We must be careful not to walk arrogantly in our own strength. We need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit of God. Through prayer and our daily commitment to Christ, we are enabled to defeat the enemy and successfully stand victorious - like a warrior.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Moving Away from Evil Influences

Every day when your feet hit the floor, you decide whether or not you will follow God. Will you be influenced by the world around you? Or will you choose to make decisions based on the Word of God and righteous living?
The choice is yours.

James 1:27 declares, "Religion that God accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help, and keeping yourself free from the world's evil influence." We know that we should maintain acts of benevolence toward orphans and widows - that is clear. But often, we fail to read the latter part of this scripture. There is a concise instruction from God to keep ourselves free from the world's influence.

Face it - you are affected daily by the friends you keep, the places you go, the music you listen to and the conversations you have. You must daily choose to follow God righteously. Do not allow the world to influence your views, opinions, language or actions. Choose rather to live according to the Word of God and maintain a heart that is pure and without fault.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Disappointed?

The next time you are disappointed about something, do not panic or act rashly to remedy your situation. And do not give up or become discouraged. Simply, be patient and let God remind you that He is God and He is still in control of your situation. Often, disappointment is caused by unmet expectations.

Remember Scripture spoken by the prophet Isaiah, "My thoughts are not like your thoughts; your ways are not like my ways. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. So you will go out in joy and be led with peace."

You must trust God that your steps are ordered by Him and He has your life in His control.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Your Age - Not an Excuse!

1 Timothy 4:12, "Do not let anyone treat you as if you are unimportant because you are young. Instead, be an example to the believers with your words, your actions, your love, your faith, and your pure life."

Being young does not lower your self-worth or value in the body of Christ. God chose to use multiple young people in Bible times to convey his message, bring healing to the sick, act in great faith, and do miracles. David was approximately eleven years old when he slayed the 9 ft giant, Goliath. Josiah was only seven years old when he became king of Israel, and Solomon was twelve. And a little boy with a little lunch was the conduit through which over 5,000 people were fed on a hillside. God continues to use young people in the world today.

There are no more excuses for how young you are or your lack of experience. The anointing of God on your life will make an eternal impact. So follow God faithfully and be an example, "with your words, your actions, your love, your faith, and your pure life."

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Called by Name

In Isaiah 43, the Lord reminds us that we belong to Him. He purchased us with his own blood and He says to us, "I have called you by your name, you are mine." Your ways used to be navigated by the wrong GPS. You were driven by the enemy, but things have changed and now God is in control. You are living in a new spiritual house and you've got a new owner.

New freedoms await you and you do not belong to your old owner anymore. And once God raises you up out of the past, don't go back, don't think back, and don't gaze back. There's nothing there worth looking back for.

In verse 18, God says, "Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old." Don't wallow in the past, don't talk of it anymore. Your past is over and you have a new testimony now. So consider the fact that today you've got a new name. Walk in that freedom.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

God is a Shield

"But Lord, you are my shield, my wonderful God who gives me courage." Psalm 3:3

No doubt, trouble and fiery darts will come your way. The writer of James said, do not be alarmed or dismayed by the fiery darts of the enemy, but rejoice knowing that your life is hid with Christ in God. Because we live right, we should expect a surprise attack of the enemy. He is out to defeat, discourage, and destroy us. Therefore, do not be shocked when your adversary throws some obstacles in your pathway, but be glad in the knowledge that you must be doing something right for him to come against you.

2 Thessalonians 3:3, "The Lord is faithful and will give you strength and will protect you from the evil one."

Friday, October 7, 2016

Serve the Lord

Colossians 3:23-24, "In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people. Remember that you will receive from the Lord, which He promised to His people. You are serving the Lord Christ." Scripture encourages you and I to do our work and serve as unto the Lord. Whatever we choose to do, whether teach a class, help someone, or physical labor, it would do us well to keep our heart in the right place.

Often, we complain when we begin to work for the Lord. We grow weary and tired, sometimes feeling as if we are the only one working. But Scripture teaches that we serve faithfully for the Lord's sake, not for the praise of others. Then, in the end, our reward will be great and it will come as a direct blessing from the Lord.

Therefore, do not keep record of your work. Do not count others who fail to work. But instead, stay focused on your purpose. Work and serve only for Christ. And He will give you a rich reward.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sufficient in God

"Therefore, I say unto you, whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Philippians 4:19

Sometimes our needs overwhelm us and we must realize that God is our sufficiency. He is everything, all we need. If there is something we desire, we must pray and ask God for it. He desires to give us our heart's desire.

We also must have faith to believe that God will provide whatsoever we ask of Him. In Scripture, He teaches that we have not because we ask not. Often, we think we are so smart we do not need God's help. We seem to think we can work it out, we can fix it, we can resolve the issue. But God says, whatever you desire when you pray, have faith and ask God. He desires to give good things to His children, just as an earthly father desires to give good things to his children.

Pray often, asking God for what is on y0ur heart in faith that God will grant your petitions. Your sufficiency is of God.