Friday, July 31, 2015

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God;
 the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge. 
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world. 
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. 
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, 
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens 
    and makes its circuit to the other; 
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.
The law of the Lord is perfect, 
    refreshing the soul. 
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, 
    making wise the simple. 
The precepts of the Lord are right, 
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes. 
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold, 
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey, 
    than honey from the honeycomb. 
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults. 
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; 
    may they not rule over me. 
Then I will be blameless, 
    innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Psalm 31

 

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in your righteousness.
Turn your ear to me,
    come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
    for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
    as for me, I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
    for you saw my affliction
    and knew the anguish of my soul.
You have not given me into the hands of the enemy
    but have set my feet in a spacious place.
Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
    my soul and body with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish
    and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,[b]
    and my bones grow weak.
11 Because of all my enemies,
    I am the utter contempt of my neighbors
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
    those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;
    I have become like broken pottery.
13 For I hear many whispering,
    “Terror on every side!”
They conspire against me
    and plot to take my life.
14 But I trust in you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hands;
    deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
    from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine on your servant;
    save me in your unfailing love.
17 Let me not be put to shame, Lord,
    for I have cried out to you;
but let the wicked be put to shame
    and be silent in the realm of the dead.
18 Let their lying lips be silenced,
    for with pride and contempt
    they speak arrogantly against the righteous.
19 How abundant are the good things
    that you have stored up for those who fear you,
that you bestow in the sight of all,
    on those who take refuge in you.
20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them
    from all human intrigues;
you keep them safe in your dwelling
    from accusing tongues.
21 Praise be to the Lord,
    for he showed me the wonders of his love
    when I was in a city under siege.
22 In my alarm I said,
    “I am cut off from your sight!”
Yet you heard my cry for mercy
    when I called to you for help.
23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people!
    The Lord preserves those who are true to him,
    but the proud he pays back in full.
24 Be strong and take heart,
    all you who hope in the Lord.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Submit to the Full Authority of God..........


"Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Job 22:21

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

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I have struggled with the issue of submitting my will to God most of my life. It is not easy to surrender, but after a (long) list of disobedience that ended up with predictable and devastating consequences, I have decided that God's word is true, that His will certainly is "good, pleasing, and perfect." I have come to the place where I finally understand life does not have to be so hard. I decided to live a life as a soldier of Christ. I have learned to resist certain temptations (still struggling with a few but I am winning with Christ' support). I love God and I have decided to start showing it by my way of life.

My dear friend, you can confess your love to God all day long but if you are not living a sacrificial life and start resisting temptation then how much do you really love God? You and I know that love come with certain sacrifices and you have to be willing to make them. The will of God is good and perfect for our lives. His plane is much more important than ours. To love God is to obey Him to submit to His authority. God is omniscient. He knows the plan He made for your life; therefore, there is no reason to resist. You can let Go and let God guide you.

Are you going through the same issues? Are you going in circle? No matter what you are going through today, there is a way out. Christ laid His life down so you and I can have access to the perfect will of God.

Let's pray this simple prayer: Lord, help me accept your will for my life just like you did. I want to love the will of God, embrace the will of God and live the will of God. Lord Jesus, I want to submit to the will of God no matter what the cost as you did. And Lord, I believe you have the power to make it so. I trust you to be the Good Shepherd and I know you will lead me to green pastures. Thank you. for answering my prayer. Amen!

Praise the Lord!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Surrender..............


"Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Job 22:21

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

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I have struggled with the issue of submitting my will to God most of my life. It is not easy to surrender, but after a (long) list of disobedience that ended up with predictable and devastating consequences, I have decided that God's word is true, that His will certainly is "good, pleasing, and perfect." I have come to the place where I finally understand life does not have to be so hard. I decided to live a life as a soldier of Christ. I have learned to resist certain temptations (still struggling with a few but I am winning with Christ' support). I love God and I have decided to start showing it by my way of life.

My dear friend, you can confess your love to God all day long but if you are not living a sacrificial life and start resisting temptation then how much do you really love God? You and I know that love come with certain sacrifices and you have to be willing to make them. The will of God is good and perfect for our lives. His plane is much more important than ours. To love God is to obey Him to submit to His authority. God is omniscient. He knows the plan He made for your life; therefore, there is no reason to resist. You can let Go and let God guide you.

Are you going through the same issues? Are you going in circle? No matter what you are going through today, there is a way out. Christ laid His life down so you and I can have access to the perfect will of God.

Let's pray this simple prayer: Lord, help me accept your will for my life just like you did. I want to love the will of God, embrace the will of God and live the will of God. Lord Jesus, I want to submit to the will of God no matter what the cost as you did. And Lord, I believe you have the power to make it so. I trust you to be the Good Shepherd and I know you will lead me to green pastures. Thank you. for answering my prayer. Amen!

                                 

Praise the Lord!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Child of God...........


We shall be the head and not the Tail..........




"God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord". 1 Corinthians 1: 9


The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Deuteronomy 28:13

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When a child gets adopted by a rich family, it does not matter where he/she comes from; he becomes an instant and accepted member of the family and gain right to the family riches. Unlike the ordinary family who can give up their children or in some cases lose the right to them, when you are saved you belong to God forever. The devil cannot take you away. Your salvation is secured. You are loved beyond measure and protected from generational curses, sickness and disease. In short, as a child of God, you have victory over sins. You have victory over your finances. You have victory over sicknesses and diseases. You have a working marriage. You have children who love and serve God. You have it all by faith. Claim it in Jesus name.


I have heard that nice guys finish last and I am telling you that isn't always the case. The children of God never finish last. We may not have have the victory here on earth. Those of us who know God understand that we are going to spend eternity with Him. It is a win-win situation. Should we live or die? It does not matter. We belong to God and one day we will be with Him. How can we finish last?

Friend, today is the day to start anew. Today is the day you change your thinking and break free from negative thinking. It is important to remember that the devils knows that your salvation is secured. He cannot take it away but he will put the pressure on to shake your faith. You must remain vigilant. You have to remind yourself that all negative situations are temporary they are opportunities to experience the glory of God. You must also remind yourself that you are more than a conqueror through Christ no matter what trick the devil is trying to pull. You must confess the Word of God often: "I shall live and not die and I can do all things through Christ" so on and so forth. Confess until your situation change. oh! it will change! There is power in the Word of God.  You in relationship/fellowship with God who is able and willing to change all situations. Praise God!

My friend, you have been broke way too long. You have been sick way too long. You have been jobless way too long. You don't have to accept the tail.  It is time to be the head! Claim your inheritance. Claim your new life. It's time to break out of your situation. Amen!

Your fellowship with God is extremely important. A partner knows what is going on. It does not mater what you see in the natural you will come through victoriously. It does not matter how you feel. It does not matter what it looks like. It does not matter what people are saying. It does not matter what family members are accusing you of this time. It does not matter what pressure the bill collectors are putting on you.  Listen, it does not even matter what your doctor is saying. You are whole. You will have healing. You will have that dream job. You will earn that degree. You will be married and I don' care if you are 40, 50, or 80 for that matter. The devil is a liar!!! You have power and dominion in Jesus holy name.


You shall be the head and not the tail!

Praise the Lord!


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Child of God.............

We shall be the head and not the Tail..........




"God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord". 1 Corinthians 1: 9


The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Deuteronomy 28:13

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When a child gets adopted by a rich family, it does not matter where he/she comes from; he becomes an instant and accepted member of the family and gain right to the family riches. Unlike the ordinary family who can give up their children or in some cases lose the right to them, when you are saved you belong to God forever. The devil cannot take you away. Your salvation is secured. You are loved beyond measure and protected from generational curses, sickness and disease. In short, as a child of God, you have victory over sins. You have victory over your finances. You have victory over sicknesses and diseases. You have a working marriage. You have children who love and serve God. You have it all by faith. Claim it in Jesus name.


I have heard that nice guys finish last and I am telling you that isn't always the case. The children of God never finish last. We may not have have the victory here on earth. Those of us who know God understand that we are going to spend eternity with Him. It is a win-win situation. Should we live or die? It does not matter. We belong to God and one day we will be with Him. How can we finish last?

Friend, today is the day to start anew. Today is the day you change your thinking and break free from negative thinking. It is important to remember that the devils knows that your salvation is secured. He cannot take it away but he will put the pressure on to shake your faith. You must remain vigilant. You have to remind yourself that all negative situations are temporary they are opportunities to experience the glory of God. You must also remind yourself that you are more than a conqueror through Christ no matter what trick the devil is trying to pull. You must confess the Word of God often: "I shall live and not die and I can do all things through Christ" so on and so forth. Confess until your situation change. oh! it will change! There is power in the Word of God.  You in relationship/fellowship with God who is able and willing to change all situations. Praise God!

My friend, you have been broke way too long. You have been sick way too long. You have been jobless way too long. You don't have to accept the tail.  It is time to be the head! Claim your inheritance. Claim your new life. It's time to break out of your situation. Amen!

Your fellowship with God is extremely important. A partner knows what is going on. It does not mater what you see in the natural you will come through victoriously. It does not matter how you feel. It does not matter what it looks like. It does not matter what people are saying. It does not matter what family members are accusing you of this time. It does not matter what pressure the bill collectors are putting on you.  Listen, it does not even matter what your doctor is saying. You are whole. You will have healing. You will have that dream job. You will earn that degree. You will be married and I don' care if you are 40, 50, or 80 for that matter. The devil is a liar!!! You have power and dominion in Jesus holy name.


You shall be the head and not the tail!

Praise the Lord!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Forgiveness #2

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6: 14-15

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I think the people of God struggle with forgiveness because they do not understand how it works. It is quite simple actually. The Bible gives clear instruction on forgiveness: Forgive in order to be forgiven. My mother used to say that the only possible answer to any of the commands of God is : "yes and amen." God says to forgive then you and I should forgive. The key is to forgive quickly and often before pain sets in our hearts. Listen, people will make mistake and people tend to hurt those they claim to love the most. I can trace back my most painful moments in life to my loved ones, and they often justify their behavior with good intentions. You and I know that good or bad intentions don't even matter when the results cause pain. Still, God instructs us to forgive. I can't even begin to tell you how often I had to forgive people around me. listen, forgiveness is easy when there is true repentance. When someone hurts and ask for forgiveness it is easy for us to do so, but when they don't ask for forgiveness or else they do ask and yet continue to hurt you, what do you do? You continue to forgive because the Bible (The living Word of God) asks us to do so. We must forgive each other even when it isn't easy. My friend remember that it is not about them but it is about God.

To forgive does not mean to be in denial and act like nothing never happened. It is okay to hold people accountable for their treatments of you. It is completely okay to walk away from toxic relationships (the kind that brings nothing but grief). It is okay to take a stand against injustice but you cannot hold any grudge. It is okay to say "I love you but we will not be talking everyday anymore." It is okay to keep a safe distance.  Forgiveness does not mean that you cannot use wisdom. Be wise when it comes to your surrounding. Surround yourself with those who have positive outlook on life. Make sure you are around people who build you up and not tear you down. It is okay to clean up. Separate yourself from those who are negative and bring nothing but pain. You can continue to love them from afar. It is okay to walk away from poisonous relationships. It is not okay to hold a grudge. Remember to release your anger and pain to God. Cultivate a pure heart. Focus on the positive. Be wise!

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
Proverbs 25:2

Praise the Lord!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Forgiveness #1

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6: 14-15

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Has anyone hurt so much that you no matter how much you pray or desire to forgive you just can't forgive? The fact is that at one point or another most of us will get hurt. We are living in an imperfect world. People are insensitive, unreasonable, and bitter. They like to tear others down under false pretenses. I can see why it can be hard to forgive, and if you do not forgive you will not be forgiven. We do not have a choice. We must cultivate forgiveness. Forgive and be forgiven. There is no way around it. God wants us to forgive each other. The Bible has a lot to say about forgiveness: Luke 6: 35-38; 42, Luke 7: 47-48, John 20:22-23, Acts 2:38  Proverbs 20:22, Micah 7:18-19, Matthew 5:24, Mark 11:25, Matthew 5:44-45, Matthew 6:9-15, Matthew 26:28 to mention only a few, but my all time favorite forgiveness verse is found in Matthew 18:21: Then peter came to Jesus and asked. "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."

Wow! Jesus really wants to forgive. Why don't we forgive? We struggle with forgiveness because of pride, because we let our pain dictate our behavior when we should allow the word of God to dictate our way of life.  The word of God makes it clear: forgive in order to be forgiven. There is a major consequence attached to unforgiveness: God will not forgive you. If that does not scare you I do not know what else will. One way or another unforgiveness will destroy you. It is a poison. Unforgiveness is closely related to bitterness and anger and we know that they come from the devil. Remember that the devil wants to destroy you. Try not to let the devil dwells in your life. If you are having trouble with forgiveness you must bring in to the Lord in prayers.

Listen, I have personal experience with forgiveness. I know how hard it is to forgive people who try to suck the life out of you. I know what it is like to be humiliated by family members. I know what it is like to be in toxic relationships rather it is with family members or coworkers. It does not matter what others have done. You can control yourself. Choose to forgive so that you can be forgiven. I think some people do not understand forgiveness. To forgive means to not hold anger against the person who hurt you and to let it go. Do not spend anytime to dwell on the pain. Put your feeling under the control of the Holy Spirit. Remember to not forgive is a disobedience to God. So forgive quickly each and every time you are hurt.  You do not have to keep the people who hurt you in your life but you can release them. Meaning: You can still love them. You can pray for them but you can keep your distance.

 Forgiveness does not mean that you cannot use wisdom. Be wise when it comes to your surrounding. Surround yourself with those who have positive outlook on life. Make sure you are around people who build you up and not tear you down. It is okay to clean up. Separate yourself from those who are negative and bring nothing but pain. You can continue to love them from afar. It is okay to walk away from poisonous relationships. It is not okay to hold a grudge. Remember to release your anger and pain to God. Cultivate a pure heart. Focus on the positive. Be wise!

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
Proverbs 25:2

Praise the Lord!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

All Things are Possible



Jesus said to him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. Mark 9:23

But he was wounded for our transgression, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

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A few years ago, the local college where I used to teach allowed the students to watch the inaugural of president Obama in the classroom, and the common theme in my class discussions was “all things are possible if you believe”. All of a sudden, my students believe that they can now reach mountains and live a life without limitations, it is an attitude that brings me much joy; but my question to them was, all things are possible if you believe.....in what? It is great to make such powerful statement but something is definitely missing from it. Don't you think? It is not a complete sentence. The majority of the adults students stated that the missing part of the statement is "if you believe in yourself." Really if you believe in yourself? Can anyone live a minute longer, if he believes in himself? I think not. You can believe in yourself by acknowledging the magnificence of grace. The grace of God given to you through the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is only through Jesus that all things are made possible. Jesus alone can provide that boost that cross us from a life of limitation to a limitless possibilities.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me." John 14:1

Friend, all things are possible when you believe......in Christ and Christ alone. The doors of impossibilities can only be taken down upon His command. Jesus is Lord!

And Father how grateful we are for the blood of Christ! You love us and we know it. Thank you for guiding us, and teaching us you way. We love you, and we honor you for only you are worthy. Only you are Holy, and only you are God. Amen.

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7

Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Where is the God David Described in the Psalms?

Where is the God David Described in the Psalms?



The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name's sakeEven though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;  your rod and your staff they comfort me.You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord all my life.  Psalm 23

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I know David was not perfect. He was a murderer, but was he also a liar? Is the relationship he so eloquently describes in the psalms really possible? If so, why don't love and goodness follow me every day of my life? Is it possible that a loving father can love one child and despise another? Can God shower one child with goodness while another seems to dwell in poverty, disease ridden, and constant anguish?

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6

Oh! There is no escaping faith. God will be found when we go after Him, and we cannot seek Him unless we believe in Him. To experience the kind of relationship David had with God, we must also seek God with all our hearts just like David did, and just like the Bible says. Listen, we must not allow our circumstances to dictate our relationship with God. Love Him and serve Him feverishly no matter the circumstance. Death may come. Sickness may come. We may lose a job, a car, a house with all its belongings. Friends may leave. The stock market may even crash but God will always be near when we need Him.  Invest in what's important. Friends, it is time to prioritize.  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Dear friend, the God that David spoke about so dearly is alive and well. He still reigns! He loves. He wants a relationship with you. He wants you to know Him intimately in all His glory. Trust Him no matter the situation. I know from experience that life can be challenging but do not let fear or doubt distract you. Know that God has a divine plan for you life. Let your pain be for His glory. Stand firm. 

Once I was young, and now I am old, Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. Psalm 37:25

Praise the Lord!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Principle of Seed and Harvest............



"And He was saying, 'The Kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the ground; and goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts up and grows - how, he himself does not know. The earth produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.'" (Mark 4:26)

The principle of seed and harvest  has been a blessing in my life. God has chosen the method of seed and harvest for this planet and as long as the planet is existence, it will be that way. "As long as the heart endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease" Genesis 8:22

People tend to give up before the harvest. "The word of God is the will of God." Is a quote that we often hear and yet pay no attention to as we should in our lives; when you are filled with the word of God, it will manifest itself. It will produces when it is planted in the heart and the way to plant it is by reading the word of God, it is by meditating the word of God constantly, it is by speaking God's word. Luke 17:6 assures us that if we have faith as a grain of mustard seed we should be able to tell a mountain to move and it shall obey. Those were Jesus words. (Notice, He did not say that the problem should obey God but it would obey "you"). Our problems should listen to us when we order them out of our lives. We were created to have dominion. Genesis 1:26


Don't agree with the word of the enemy. He will tell you that you will not be blessed. You will always be in the same situation. Agree instead with the word of Good. Speak the word of God. "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" John 6:63

Friend, there is life in the word of God. Everything you can possibly need is in the word of God. It is vital that you spend time in the word, meditate and only speak the result expected and soon harvest will come. It will have to come to pass. It is God's will.

Plant a seed. Speak the word of God. Trust God and wait for your harvest. It is the will of God.

Praise the Lord!

Monday, July 20, 2015

He Who Overcomes....

He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Revelation 3:21

He who overcomes what?

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 The goal of the devil is to get us to sin and by doing that we are denying Christ(Job 1:11).When we got saved, we overcame the devil. But the spirit of the world, constantly, tries to influence us to deny Christ, and that is why we sin. It is possible for a believer to resist sins. We do that a lot but not consistently or easily. We have to do better than that, and we can with the help of the Holy Spirit. Revelation 3:5 clearly explains why we must strive to overcome: He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father and before His angels. It is not a secret that the devil's plan is to progressively bring us to the place where we will, deliberately and willingly, deny Christ. Holding to the testimony of the cross, in spite of all opposition, is what it means to overcome.


Why do we sin? Why do some of us fall for the same old tricks? We may not realize it or think of it as often as we should but there is indeed a spiritual war going on. We must win each battle. We already have what it takes (the blood of Jesus). We also have the guidance of the Holy Spirit; that is why the Bible urges us to fight the good fight of faith by taking the armor of God. Jesus does not have a throne for all of us to sit on. I am thinking that it is more a figure of speech meaning that those who fight the good fight of faith and overcome the devil will be in a position of dominion/power with Him just like He is with the Father (and that my friend is a wonderful promise!).

Is there a sin in your life that is becoming a stronghold? Are the trials/tribulations of your life becoming so difficult that you no longer have the strength to pray or to fight the devil? Think of the big picture. God's plan since the creation is for His people to be in perfect oneness (union) with Him, but the fall of man complicated the situation. Thankfully and gloriously the blood of Jesus reconciled us with our creator (and nothing can ever separate us from God anymore), Praise the Lord! Jesus won at Calvary. The devil has no power. He cannot have strongholds in your life. You can fight him successfully through the blood of Christ. Repent, take on the full Armor of God, and rebuke the devil and you shall overcome (the devil) and be with your savior from now on to eternity.

Praise the Lord!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Living By The Word......

       

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

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Do your children believe that the most important in thing in your life is your relationship with God? Do you tell them to live a certain way and yet you live another? Surprisingly, most people do just that. They spend a life time teaching right from wrong and yet the children take the road of self-destruction. They often wonder the cause and the answer is simple: They simply do as you do and not as you say and taught. Your actions speak louder than our words. It is nice to teach your children but they learn the most by watching you. They handle situations as you do. Are you emotional, always ready to lose your temper? Are you a person who thinks before speaking or divulge everything that comes to mind? Do you pray over each and every meal or do you just dig in? There are a million little things that we do that affect our surrounding and we don't even realize. It doesn't matter how many times we tell our children not act as we do because they will most likely do it anyway.

We have a responsibility to teach our children to be good soldier of Christ. Serving God is not a grown up thing. It is not something that they would eventually grow into. It is something you need to teach them as early as possible by both your words and actions. It is the will of God. "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6) This tremendous forewarning and promise is for parents, prospective parents, grandparents, relatives, and anyone else who has a heart for children. It is absolutely reliable, since "all the promises of God in him are. "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God" 2 Corinthians 1:20. The true and living God, who cannot lie, will keep this promise; our responsibility lies in the first word, train. But before we get to that, we must consider the way. Training also includes examples.

Be adults who put God first by your words and actions. Don't fall apart when trouble come, fall down on your knees instead. Let your children see that you believe in God's promise to take care of all of your needs. Spare your children the pain that comes with unbelief, lead them right. Spare them the hurt you experience by resisting God's will for too long. Don't let them go astray, spare them the iniquity. Be a great leader in your family and community by allowing your actions to speak louder than your words and be blessed.

Praise the Lord!

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

My Shield!

   

"When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation". Psalm 91:15-16

You have no need to worry. The word of God gives you great assurance that regardless of your life circumstances you are protected. God is with you. He hears every prayer and he sees every tear. He is willing to change your situation today, if you would just trust Him.

Psalm 91 reminds you that God will protect you to plague. It does not matter what is going on around you, God will cover you and you have many references from the Bible of how protected those who love and trust Him.
. He protected Noah through the flood.
. He protected Daniel from the lion's pit
. He protected Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fire
. He protected Joseph from his brothers.

There are countless examples of the power of Jehovah Nissi. The only requirement is to have a willing/receiving heart. Call on His name and He will come.

There is no need to hide my friend. You can face your trouble head on. You have divine protection. God loves you. His love is profound, unconditional, and eternal. The measure of His love is shown through what He gave: His son and our Savior Jesus Christ. His desire for you is to be blessed with long and prosperous life, will you receive it?

Learn to fight negative thoughts by speaking the Word appropriate to your need. In your darkest hour, when there's no where to go, no one to call, look inside you and you will know that you are not alone. God promised to always be with you. Your circumstances are temporary; they don't own you because you belong to God. They will not last. They cannot last.

. Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, heart Diseases, Liver Disease, MS and/or any disease trying to invade your bodies can't lasts, plead the blood of Christ over your body and your loved ones.
. When your marriage is starting to crumble, plead the blood of Christ over the situation as well.
Claim dominion over all circumstances in the name and blood of Jesus. When call on the Lord your situation has to change because you hat the assurance of God's protection.

My dear friend, there is no need to fear. You have the assurance of God's protection. You are covered by the blood of Christ. You are loved. Be ready to have a blessed day and know that God is changing your situation right now.

Praise the Lord!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Prayers for Healing..............

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We pray because we believe God is able to hear us and change our situation. We pray because we trust God. We pray with assurance that God will never forsake or leave us.


Dear Lord of Mercy and Father of Comfort,

You are the One I turn to for help in moments of weakness and times of need. I ask you to be with your servant in this illness. Psalm 107:20 says that you send out your Word and heal. So then, please send your healing Word to your servant. In the name of Jesus, drive out all infirmity and sickness from his body.

Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May your servant trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let him be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.

Please restore your servant to full health, dear Father. Remove all fear and doubt from his heart by the power of your Holy Spirit, and may you, Lord, be glorified through his life.
As you heal and renew your servant, Lord, may he bless and praise you.
All of this I pray in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen.


                              
   Dear Lord,

You know my friend/family member so much better than I do. You know his/her sickness and the burden he carries. You also know his heart. Lord, I ask you to be with my friend/family now as you work in his life.

Lord, let your will be done in my friend's life. If there is a sin that needs to be confessed and forgiven, please help him to see his need and confess.

Lord, I pray for my friend just as your Word tells me to pray, for healing. I believe you hear this earnest prayer from my heart and that it is powerful because of your promise. I have faith in you, Lord, to heal my friend, but I also trust in the plan you have for his life.

Lord, I don't always understand your ways. I don't know why my friend has to suffer, but I trust you. I ask that you look with mercy and grace toward my friend. Nourish his spirit and soul in this time of suffering and comfort him with your presence.

Let my friend know you are there with him through this difficulty. Give him strength. And may you, through this difficulty, be glorified in his life and also in mine.

Amen.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

When A Loved One is Sick........

Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory."
Psalm 50:15


"What do you mean, 'If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes."
Mark 9:23


Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.… Matthew 7:7

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The word of God has never ceased being true. Through your mountains and valleys God is immutable. He loves you. He is with you. He will never forsaken you. Ask God what you want. Go to Him bodly. Trust that God will come through for you.

The best thing to do for a loved one is the same thing you would do for yourself: Pray. My dear friend miracles are still possible. Do not listen to those who do not believe. Faith honors God and God honors faith. You have two options: worry yourself sick or trust God, the CEO of this world.  From my experience God always comes through. Do not let anxiety gets the best of you. Talk to your Father about all your concerns and then go to sleep. Do not worry. The word of God is still active.

Father, in the name of Jesus, heal your people this moment. Touch the family member that is sick. restore our peace. We honor you for who you are and we give you glory for what you are doing right now. We pray in Jesus name, our Savior and your Son.

Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Joy of Giving.........


I heard this quote once, "What I spent I had; what I kept, I lost; what I gave, I have!"

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:38
"He has given with open hands to the poor; his righteousness is for ever; his horn will be lifted up with honor". Psalms 112:9

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Jesus said, it is more blessed to give than to receive. The word "blessed" means happy, fortunate joyful, prosperous, and successful. In other words, the greater degree of happiness is experienced/found when we give. People often say: where does it say it in the Bible? They are fighting it because most of us like to be on the receiving end of a gift. That is why most of us look forward birthdays. No body ever says: I am looking forward somebody else's birthday or cannot wait to give!.

In the book of Acts chapter 20:32-35 Jesus said: "And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” He didn't make a suggestion. To not give is to disobey God. We need to be believers and doers of the Word of God. Friend, God says it, then it is settled: It is more blessed to give than to receive.

We know that God word is truth and life. We can believe Jesus because He knows a thing or two about giving. "But Jesus loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father." (Revelation 1:5-6). He gave His best by giving His life. Glory! Of all the good things we receive from the hand of the Lord physically and emotionally, none can compare to what we receive spiritually through Jesus sacrificial death and glorious resurrection. So you see, God command us to do something He had done. He gave. He gave Himself. Today, give not only what you have in excess but a sacrificial gift. Give something that you will feel, something of value and be blessed. Our Lord said in Luke 6:38 "Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:17-18

"And Father how grateful I am for your love! You gave me your best: your son Jesus Christ, my Savior and my Lord. It is in His name that I am  asking you to please equip me with the gift of discernment so I can know how to effectively help those around me. I want to be more like you every day and in every way. I want to give freely and happily to those in need. I want to represent you through spirit and in truth." Amen.

Let us believe the Word of God, and let us also comply with it!


Praise the Lord!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

We Serve A Mighty God!


"Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah). So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What are we to drink?" Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet". Exodus 15:22-25

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Now we know the story of how God took the Israelites from slavery out of Egypt victoriously and miraculously (there were the many plagues and the crossing of the Red Sea), and yet His people still did not completely trust Him. After only three days in the wilderness without water they started to turn against Moses, they started to lose faith because they needed water to stay alive. They wanted to go back to Egypt. They even said that slavery was better than being in the desert. Moses cried out to God for help and what did God do? Exactly what He always does. He answered Moses. He came through for them once more. He gave Moses instructions, praise God, and the bitter water turned sweet. It would have been so easy for God to turn His back on them, but again, He gave them an opportunity to see His glory.


The people cried out to Moses, but Moses Cried out to God. You and I need to know who to cry out to in our times of need. Moses could have gone to Miriam or Aaron to find refuge when the pressure was on, but instead he went to the One who had the power to help. Friend, we cannot trust the wrong people. There are those who would appear to sympathize but take secret joy in our miseries. We must learn to turn to God. He cares. He alone loves us unconditionally. Praise God! The story makes me think of the importance of obedience. Moses threw the piece of wood in the water just as God instructed and the water turned sweet. There are rewards attached to obeying God.


Sometimes God is waiting on us to take a minor step to change a situation, we go to church we hear about it. We turn on the television we hear about it. The car in front of us in traffic carries the same messages. The Holy Spirit tries to lead us to the right path and yet we refuse to change and we complain and wonder why we don't get our victory. We need to learn to be more sensitive to the voice of God and live in obedience. We are serving a great God who has the power to change any situation. There are perks to walking in obedience. There is healing, deliverance, victory over sins, and freedom from strongholds in walking in obedience to the word of God. Get acquainted with His word. Read your Bible until you understand God so well that trusting Him is no longer an option but the only choice.

Friend, learn to trust God. It is a choice worth making. Rely on His might and power and soon the situation of your life will change. God is waiting for you to take that simple step of faith. Will you come to Him today? Will you let Him help you? Will you accept His love? I pray that you do.

And Father how grateful I am for your unconditional love! Father in the name of Jesus, help me learn to turn to you. Help me understand that you alone are my source. Only you care about my well-being. I desire that oneness with you more than anything. I am turning my heart to you. Help me stand firm Father. Do not let me stumble. I worship you Father because only you are holy. Only you are worthy, and only you are God.

Praise the Lord!