There are things around us we have no control over, time, life or death, the actions of others, we have a hard time controlling our own thoughts and words, let alone the world around us, when will we realize that all things are in the hands of our Sovereign God.
He rules over everything and everyone, all from His throne and He does so with mercy and grace.
The Bible says that He has set eternity in the heart of man, that He takes what is meant for evil and turns it to good, that there is a time we are born and a time we are to die and those days are pre-ordained. The Bible also says that God is at work conforming us into the image of Christ, always chipping away the outer man the shell of Adam, so Christ would shine through us to reach others.
I don't know how much time or what time you or I am living in, that is are we in the last days? I sure would hope so our world seems evil and lost, and has no desire to turn back to God.
I trust God, I know we are in the hands of the one who created all things, including time, He holds time, He makes time stop or move, He is not bound by time but binds time up at His will.
One day time, this life as we know it, this old world with sickness, sin, death, and despair will all be dissolved and the things we worry about, dwell on and carry, will no longer matter, what will matter is where we and our loved ones spend it for eternity, will we spend it living in the presence of God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit?
Or will we be separated for all time into the darkness the abyss created for the devil and his angels?
Jesus came to save us from the constraints of sin and death, He said if you believe in me you will have everlasting life, but if you reject me you have condemned yourself.
We need to get a grasp of time, for our days are truly short. One day we are here the next we are gone, what is remembered of us by those who know us is not where we lived, worked, or what we kept, but how we lived and who we lived for.
God’s word says this:
“There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing; a time to search and a time to count as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to tear and a time to sew; a time to be silent and a time to speak; a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace. What does the worker gain from his struggles? I have seen the task that God has given the children of Adam to keep them occupied. He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but no one can discover the work God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the good life. It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts. I know that everything God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of him. Whatever is, has already been, and whatever will be, already is. However, God seeks justice for the persecuted.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 CSB
“Remember this and be brave; take it to heart, you transgressors! Remember what happened long ago, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and no one is like me. I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: my plan will take place, and I will do all my will.” Isaiah 46:8-10 CSB
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.”John 3:16-18 CSB
“Then I saw a great white throne and one seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. Then the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them; each one was judged according to their works. Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15 CSB
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more because the previous things have passed away. Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give to the thirsty from the spring of the water of life. The one who conquers will inherit these things, and I will be his God, and he will be my son. But the cowards, faithless, detestable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars — their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:1-8 CSB
Faith and prayer are interlocked, if we say our prayer life is weak, check your faith; if we say our faith is weak, check our prayer life.
Are we greater than God?
Do we know more than God?
How about things we have, are they greater than God?
Are we praying about all things? Seeking God's wisdom in prayer and in His word about all things?
Giving thanks to God for all He has done? And He Is Doing?
Are we asking humbly, seeking Him or are we demanding and advising God on how to do things?
Are we willingly accepting Gods answers and walking in obedience?
In all things we must seek God and His wisdom not our own, there are two ways to pray in faith, first is focusing on God, second is focusing on us and our wants and desires.
With us things are impossible.
With God Nothing is impossible.
Prayer is not a way for man to change the will of God, but for God to change the heart of man.
Jesus taught us to pray to our Heavenly Father, personally, corporately, most of all intimately, seeking Him, His ways, His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Isn't it time we surrender our prayer life, our faith, our all to Him?
God’s word says this:
“You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:2-3 CSB
Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”James 4:7-8 CSB
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring — what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes. Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So it is sin to know the good and yet not do it.”James 4:13-17 CSB
“He was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.” He said to them, “Whenever you pray, say, Father, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone in debt to us. And do not bring us into temptation.” He also said to them: “Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I don’t have anything to offer him.’ Then he will answer from inside and say, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I have gone to bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he won’t get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his friend’s shameless boldness, he will get up and give him as much as he needs. “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”Luke 11:1-13 CSB
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.”Romans 12:1-3 CSB
Man can try and redefine sin, by changing its name, or legislating it and calling it legal, or by just believing themselves that it is not a sin, we can do all kinds of things to justify our rebellion call but God does not see it that way to Him when we sin it is sin, He has never changed His position on sin for anyone.
James 4.17. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
We can call the slaughter of innocent babies, abortion, but it is still murder, we can call pornography a form of art but it is sexual sin it leads to lust, fornication, and defilement, we can say marriage is for all but God has designed it between a man and a woman, period. We can live together outside of marriage and it is fornication. We can try and justify drunkenness, idolatry, adultery, living together, cheating, lying, gossip, witchcraft, swearing, hate, pride, but we can not justify any of these for God is Holy and demands us to be Holy.
Our sin is the only thing that separates us from God, we should never negotiate with sin, we will lose every time, sin takes us farther than we're wanting to go, always.
It is time for repentance, Christ alone paid the price for all of mankind's sin and He alone has the power to forgive, redeem and restore our relationship with God the Father.
The law says we are guilty of sin, the penalty is death for sin. No one is above the law, everyone must either choose to be judged by the law or ransomed by Christ. The law says you break one law and you're guilty of breaking all the laws.
Christ says come to me for I have fulfilled the law and in me alone, you will be free from the guilty verdict and the penalty of the law and I will give you eternal life.
God’s word says this:
“Jesus responded, “Truly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever. So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.”John 8:34-36 CSB
“A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”John 10:10 CSB
“Everything is permissible,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up. No one is to seek his own good, but the good of the other person.” 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 CSB
“Indeed, if you fulfill the royal law prescribed in the Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well. If, however, you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the entire law, and yet stumbles at one point, is guilty of breaking it all. For he who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder. So if you do not commit adultery, but you murder, you are a lawbreaker. Speak and act as those who are to be judged by the law of freedom. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has not shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:8-13 CSB
“But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching to which you were handed over, and having been set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness. So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? The outcome of those things is death. But now, since you have been set free from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification — and the outcome is eternal life! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:17-23 CSB
There does not seem to be very many days that are trial free, there are no days that are pain-free, trials seem to sneak into our lives, and can screw up our days. No one wakes up thinking bring on the trials, I’m ready!
My trials seem insignificant in comparison to so many, I’ve seen death, unemployment, failed relationships, bankruptcy, uncurable sickness, and abuse, in my life and with family and friends.
Finding joy amidst these trials is often the last emotion we expect, and sometimes never find.
When we come to recognize and understand that God is over and in these trials, it becomes easier to press on for we know God will see us through, and these trials serve to test or prove our character, faith, holiness and trust in God, they give us a different perspective to the “why me?” question.
Through trials in my life, I have learned to be steadfast, and trust God always, I realize that there is still joy every day knowing that in Christ I can and will endure and that my character will reflect Jesus more than it did before the trial if I walk in obedience with Him.
Ultimately, no matter the circumstance, we are told to continue to reflect the joy of Christ.
My prayer is that no matter how big or small a trial comes across our path, we would seek comfort in Jesus alone and reflect the joy He alone can give.
God’s word says this:
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.”Proverbs 18:10 CSB
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials so that the proven character of your faith — more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire — may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. If you appeal to the Father who judges impartially according to each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in reverence during your time living as strangers. For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb.” 1 Peter 1:3-9, 13-19 CSB
“But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them as dung, so that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ — the righteousness from God based on faith. My goal is to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead. Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Therefore, let all of us who are mature think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you. In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained. Join in imitating me, brothers and sisters, and pay careful attention to those who live according to the example you have in us. For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory is in their shame. They are focused on earthly things, but our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly wait for a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of his glorious body, by the power that enables him to subject everything to himself.”Philippians 3:7-21 CSB
When is the last time we stopped looked around and saw all that God has blessed us with? Our hearts should be filled with gratitude to God for all He has blessed us with if they aren't let our hearts return to Him, and may we live lives of gratitude and grace in His presence daily from this day on.
As Americans, we are born into a society that has been blessed beyond what the world knows. We have been given blessing upon blessing by God above not because we are as special as we believe we are, rather because God is good to us and has used us and given us innovation and blessings to change the world.
As Christians in America, we have taken this fact for granted, and are ungrateful in how we live, if we were grateful we would be influential in our society instead of being influenced.
But day after day we hear complaining and grumbling, we hear insults and slanders, we fight amongst ourselves like spoiled children, we focus on things, we want more instead of focusing on God and all we have been given already.
We are consumed with being privileged, yet ungrateful for all we have.
We need to have a national day of Repentance, a return to God and His word, His ways, His truth, our hearts need to be His and we need to be living gratefully, thankfully in all that we do.
As a child of God, we have a responsibility to live this way, for the world watches and waits, and right now we have been a stumbling block, but with God’s help we can be the light He has called us to be.
God’s word says this:
“Let the whole earth sing to the Lord. Proclaim his salvation from day today. Declare his glory among the nations, his wondrous works among all peoples. For the Lord is great and highly praised; he is feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place. Ascribe to the Lord, families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; let the whole earth tremble before him. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken. Let the heavens are glad and the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” Let the sea and all that fills it resound; let the fields and everything in them exult. Then the trees of the forest will shout for joy before the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever. And say: “Save us, God of our salvation; gather us and rescue us from the nations so that we may give thanks to your holy name and rejoice in your praise. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting.” Then all the people said, “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.” 1 Chronicles 16: 23-36 CSB
“Each person should do as he has decided in his heart — not reluctantly or out of compulsion, since God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work. As it is written: He distributed freely; he gave to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. Now the one who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will also provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the proof provided by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone. And as they pray on your behalf, they will have deep affection for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:7-15 CSB
How burdened are we for our families, neighbors, friends, communities, the nation, or the world?
How desperate are we for God?
Do we seek God, His wisdom, His strength, His Holiness, His grace, His companionship? Are we asking Him to do great works in us and around us, to continually change our hearts so we may see those around us as He does?
What could God do through us and in us if we seek Him and His strength, instead of trying to go this on our own?
Does our hearts desire to be drawn into a deeper relationship with Him and others? Is our desire to please God and see others come to His saving knowledge of grace?
Are we willing to surrender our own ambitions, our wills, maybe even our lives to see God advance His kingdom?
Nehemiah was such a man who could answer yes to these questions, he was captive in a foreign land, but his heart was burdened for God and his people.
Nehemiah prayed, he repented of his sins and his nation, he wept and was broken. God heard and answered him because Nehemiah was willing to do what God had planned for him.
God’s word says this!
“Give thanks to the Lord; call on his name; proclaim his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him; sing praise to him; tell about all his wondrous works! Honor his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wondrous works he has done, his wonders, and the judgments he has pronounced,” 1 Chronicles 16:8-12 CSB
“I said, Lord, the God of the heavens, the great and awe-inspiring God who keeps His gracious covenant with those who love him and keep his commands, let your eyes be open and your ears be attentive to hear your servant’s prayer that I now pray to you day and night for your servants, the Israelites. I confess the sins we have committed against you. Both I and my father’s family have sinned. We have acted corruptly toward You and have not kept the commands, statutes, and ordinances you gave your servant Moses. Please remember what you commanded your servant Moses: “If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples. But if you return to me and carefully observe My commands, even though your exiles were banished to the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place where I chose to have my name dwell.” They are your servants and your people. You redeemed them by your great power and strong hand. Please, Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant and to that of your servants who delight to revere your name. Give your servant success today, and grant him compassion in the presence of this man. At the time, I was the king’s cupbearer.”Nehemiah 1:5-11 CSB
“After I made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the great and awe-inspiring Lord, and fight for your countrymen, your sons, and daughters, your wives and homes.” When our enemies heard that we knew their scheme and that God had frustrated it, every one of us returned to his own work on the wall. From that day on, half of my men did the work while the other half held spears, shields, bows, and armor. The officers supported all the people of Judah, who were rebuilding the wall. The laborers who carried the loads worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other. Each of the builders had his sword strapped around his waist while he was building, and the trumpeter was beside me. Then I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people: “The work is enormous and spread out, and we are separated far from one another along the wall. Wherever you hear the trumpet sound, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us!” Nehemiah 4:14-20 CSB
“You, Lord, are the only God. You created the heavens, the highest heavens with all their stars, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them, and all the stars of heaven worship you. You, the Lord, are the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and changed his name to Abraham. You found his heart faithful in your sight and made a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, Hethites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and Girgashites — to give it to his descendants. You have fulfilled your promise, for you are righteous. You saw the oppression of our ancestors in Egypt and heard their cry at the Red Sea. You performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh, all his officials, and all the people of his land, for you knew how arrogantly they treated our ancestors. You made a name for Yourself that endures to this day. You divided the sea before them, and they crossed through it on dry ground. You hurled their pursuers into the depths like a stone into raging water. You led them with a pillar of cloud by day, and with a pillar of fire by night, to illuminate the way they should go. You came down on Mount Sinai, and spoke to them from heaven. You gave them impartial ordinances, reliable instructions, and good statutes and commands. You revealed your holy Sabbath to them, and gave them commands, statutes, and instruction through your servant Moses. You provided bread from heaven for their hunger; You brought them water from the rock for their thirst. You told them to go in and possess the land you had sworn to give them.”Nehemiah 9:6-15 CSB
God demands our minds as he does our hearts. He wants our thoughts as well as our feelings. The present trend of feelings, emotions, experience, and entertainment in the Church has done much more damage and stunted the healthy growth of Christianity.
Instead of influencing society, we are being influenced by culture, there is now not much difference between believers and non-believers.
Materialism is the god of our age and the church is following ancient Israel example. Not all churches but most. Most Christians focus more on 401k’s and investments than they do living their lives for the sake of Jesus Christ, Jesus seems to fall in place somewhere near the bottom when it comes to our lives, and our mission.
We have to show our neighbors that we are not chasing empty hopeless dreams, that we are not satisfied with or attracted to the things of the world. Not that we are better than them, but we are focused on Heaven and not Sodom. Retiring to Florida is not what we are called to do, we are called to live out our short lives on this earth in servitude to Jesus Christ. But somewhere along the trip, we started focusing on all the glam and glitter of Sodom and forsaking our call.
I am compelled by my love for each of you, my friends and family to share the word of the Lord with you all,let it be known to you all, and to all the people, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who was crucified, and who God raised from the dead, and by Him was made whole, that there is NO salvation in any other, for there is NO other name under heaven given among men than Jesus Christ of Nazareth, by which we must be saved.
Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me., and Jesus said in John 3:18-19 "He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. "And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
Do not believe that there is any other way to heaven, there is not. If anyone rejects Jesus Christ, they have condemned themselves to eternal damnation, whether they be my child or ANYONE who believes different. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and I can promise you I am chief of sinners, but God’s grace is greater than any sin, except denying Him.
You have seen the truth, you can reject it or accept it, that is your choice. My choice is to tell you that Jesus loves you, and I love you, and that is why I have shared this today.
Let's turn our hearts away from Sodom, let's turn them over to Jesus and see what He will do, where He will lead, whom He will save through our obedience to Him.
Gods’ word says this:
“Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev — he, his wife, and all he had, and Lot with him.
Now Lot, who was traveling with Abram, also had flocks, herds, and tents. But the land was unable to support them as long as they stayed together, for they had so many possessions that they could not stay together, and there was quarreling between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. (At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land.) So Abram said to Lot, “Please, let’s not have quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, since we are relatives. Isn’t the whole land before you? Separate from me: if you go to the left, I will go to the right; if you go to the right, I will go to the left.” Lot looked out and saw that the entire plain of the Jordan as far as Zoar was well watered everywhere like the Lord’s garden and the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose the entire plain of the Jordan for himself. Then Lot journeyed eastward, and they separated from each other. Abram lived in the land of Canaan, but Lot lived in the cities on the plain and set up his tent near Sodom. (Now the men of Sodom were evil, sinning immensely against the Lord.) After Lot had separated from him, the Lord said to Abram, “Look from the place where you are. Look north and south, east and west, for I will give you and your offspring forever all the land that you see. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust of the earth, then your offspring could be counted. Get up and walk around the land, through its length and width, for I will give it to you.” So Abram moved his tent and went to live near the oaks of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the Lord.” Genesis 13:1, 5-18 CSB
“Write to the angel of the church in Ephesus: Thus says the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who walks among the seven golden lampstands: I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil people. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars. I know that you have persevered and endured hardships for the sake of my name, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet you do have this: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. “Let anyone who has ears to hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:1-7 CSB
“Jesus told her, “Believe me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that the Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ ). “When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Jesus told her, “I, the one speaking to you, am he.”John 4:21-26 CSB
“I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with arguments that sound reasonable. For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ. So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude. Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ. For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, and you have been filled by him, who is the head over every ruler and authority. You were also circumcised in him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, when you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive with him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it away by nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; he triumphed over them in him.” Colossians 2:4-15 CSB
We all know that life is not fair and balanced, it is not always good from our perspective and that it has as many ups and downs as there are canyons and mountains that cover the earth.
Joe Walsh wrote this in his song, entitled “Life’s been good”
Lucky I'm sane after all I've been through(Everybody say I'm cool, he's cool)I can't complain but sometimes I still do Life's been good to me so far.
How true are these words?
Are we lucky there is any sanity in this world?, Do we sometimes complain about something or someone?
Our part in this life though as Christians have nothing to do with us, but only how we respond so others can see Christ, we can play the victim or take on the role of the victor, no matter what we can survive in fear, or we can truly live in faith.
If you’re waiting on life to be fair, or good in a way that is different than it has been, then you’re in for a long wait or a never happy ending.
I am not trying to be a downer but it’s the truth, life is not what we make it, the things that happen in life help shape us, and if we forget we are in the hands of God our attitudes and perspective are bent and warped towards the world's and not Gods’.
Living a good life is learning to surrender all things to Christ who is good, God who takes all that comes our way in life, turns it into good for us and others and for His glory. Life’s challenges have been overcome by Christ, He has authority over all things, so all things must surrender to Him.
This means sickness, disease, poverty, prosperity, sin, death, finances, families, jobs, words, thoughts, worries, all things spiritual, physical and mental, all things that are extinct, all things now and all things to come are under His power.
This is freedom for us to know that Christ is in control, I do not need to worry about the things to come, for Christ has these things in His control.
This does not mean that bad things happen because He caused it, this means that whatever happens He is with us, this also does not give us the right to live and do as we please, it gives us the clarity and confidence to trust Christ Jesus in every part of our life, and when we do then we can truly say, “Life’s been good to me so far “ and as long as I am with Christ it always will be, for He alone is good always, no matter what.
God’s word says this:
“Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.” Matthew 28:18CSB
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” John 1:1-4CSB
“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare his own Son but offered Him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39CSB
“What should we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! For he tells Moses, I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then, it does not depend on human will or effort but on God who shows mercy. For the Scripture tells Pharaoh, I raised you up for this reason so that I may display my power in you and that my name may be proclaimed in the whole earth. So then, he has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy and he hardens whom he wants to harden. You will say to me, therefore, “Why then does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, a mere man, to talk back to God? Will, what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” Or has the potter no right over the clay, to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor? And what if God, wanting to display His wrath and to make his power known, endured with much patience objects of wrath prepared for destruction? And what if he did this to make known the riches of his glory on objects of mercy that He prepared beforehand for glory — on us, the ones he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? As it also says in Hosea, I will call Not My People, My People, and she who is Unloved, Beloved.” Romans 9:14-25 CSB
“If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and returned to life for this: that he might be Lord over both the dead and the living. But you, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God. So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.”Romans 14:8-12 CSB
I love the stories of faith we read in the scripture, each one shows me what God can do with someone who will love Him and listen to Him.
I also love my brothers and sisters that God has given me and I see God work in their lives as He did in the lives of those we read about, faith is given by God to each of us, and when we ask for more, we are committing to God our love, ability, obedience, and trust, that no matter what happens He is able to do all things, for us, with us, through us.
As children of God our spiritual desire is to please our Heavenly Father, to live as He has called us and walk in obedience to His word in faith every day, but our natural desire is to do things on our own, we must each day determine in our hearts that we will not defile ourselves with sin, that we will walk in the spirit and not the flesh.
It is impossible for us to do this with unconfessed sin in our lives, we must first repent and then ask for God’s help and direction, spend time in His word and fellowship with other believers, who love us enough and we love them enough to keep each other accountable.
Daniel is one of those men in the scriptures who sets the example of a surrendered life to God, I wonder if he asked God to increase his faith? All that he did pointed back to God and what God did, how great God is, and that God’s kingdom will last forever.
Daniel set the example of how we are to live in a godless society, where wickedness rules and mankind hates us for who we believe in. Daniel lived an unwavering life in these times, how much more should we live this way in our times?
We are without excuses, we don’t face death, just ridicule, we don’t face the lions just the liars, it is time we step up our faith, if you have never asked God to increase your faith, today is the day to do so, but be warned you will be entering the belly of the beast, for you will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you will journey through the wilderness, and you will carry your cross, but thanks be to God, you will not be alone, for Christ is with us every step, every breath to the ends of the ages.
God’s word says this;
“Daniel determined that he would not defile himself with the king’s food or with the wine he drank. So he asked permission from the chief eunuch not to defile himself.”Daniel 1:8 CSB
“Daniel distinguished himself above the administrators and satraps because he had an extraordinary spirit, so the king planned to set him over the whole realm. The administrators and satraps, therefore, kept trying to find a charge against Daniel regarding the kingdom.
But they could find no charge or corruption, for he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him. Then these men said, “We will never find any charge against this Daniel unless we find something against him concerning the law of his God.”
So the administrators and satraps went together to the king and said to him, “May King Darius live forever. All the administrators of the kingdom, the prefects, satraps, advisers, and governors have agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an edict that for thirty days, anyone who petitions any god or man except you, the king, will be thrown into the lions’ den.
Therefore, Your Majesty, establish the edict and sign the document so that, as a law of the Medes and Persians, it is irrevocable and cannot be changed.”So King Darius signed the written edict.”When Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went into his house. The windows in its upstairs room opened toward Jerusalem, and three times a day he got down on his knees, prayed, and gave thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Then these men went as a group and found Daniel petitioning and imploring his God.
So they approached the king and asked about his edict: “Didn’t you sign an edict that for thirty days any person who petitions any god or man except you, the king, will be thrown into the lions’ den?” The king answered, “As a law of the Medes and Persians, the order stands and is irrevocable.” Then they replied to the king, “Daniel, one of the Judean exiles, has ignored you, the king, and the edict you signed, for he prays three times a day.”
As soon as the king heard this, he was very displeased; he set his mind on rescuing Daniel and made every effort until sundown to deliver him. Then these men went together to the king and said to him, “You know, Your Majesty, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no edict or ordinance the king establishes can be changed.” So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you continually serve, rescue you!” A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den.
The king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of his nobles so that nothing in regard to Daniel could be changed. Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting. No diversions were brought to him, and he could not sleep. At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. When he reached the den, he cried out in anguish to Daniel. “Daniel, servant of the living God,” the king said, “has your God, whom you continually serve, been able to rescue you from the lions?” Then Daniel spoke with the king: “May the king live forever. My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths; and they haven’t harmed me, for I was found innocent before him. And also before you, Your Majesty, I have not done harm.” The king was overjoyed and gave orders to take Daniel out of the den. When Daniel was brought up from the den, he was found to be unharmed, for he trusted in his God.
The king then gave the command, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and thrown into the lions’ den — they, their children, and their wives. They had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones. Then King Darius wrote to those of every people, nation, and language who live on the whole earth: “May your prosperity abound. I issue a decree that in all my royal dominion, people must tremble in fear before the God of Daniel: For he is the living God, and he endures forever; his kingdom will never be destroyed, and his dominion has no end. He rescues and delivers; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for he has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.”Daniel 6:3-28 CSB
“The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,” the Lord said, “you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. “Which one of you having a servant tending sheep or plowing will say to him when he comes in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? Instead, will he not tell him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, get ready, and serve me while I eat and drink; later you can eat and drink’? Does he thank that servant because he did what was commanded? In the same way, when you have done all that you were commanded, you should say, ‘We are worthless servants; we’ve only done our duty.’”Luke 17:5-10CSB
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20CSB
When I look at the world around me, I don’t see what most people see for God keeps changing my perspective to be more like His.
I don’t see people of different nationalities or people of different religions, I see people and this I know Christ died for them as He did me, it doesn’t matter where they are born, who they are born to, what they have done or will do, what matters is Christ died for them, rose from the grave for them offers them salvation, He is calling them to Him and we need to let them know.
There is no person beyond the grace of God, beyond His loves reach, for Christ died for all, salvation and forgiveness are available to all of mankind, for all who ask Christ to save them.
Let’s not be entangled in the things of this world, they are temporary, let us enjoy all God has given us, be good stewards of the all blessings we have, let us focus our time, talents and treasures on the things of God that have an eternal meaning, while there is light let us walk in Christ so others will come to Him.
We are not long for this world, but this world consumes our hearts, minds, and souls, we don’t dwell on eternity for we cannot fathom the depths or length of it. Let's not love the world, let's love God, each other and others so they can see the love of Christ in us.
Each day we are one-day closer, Christ will soon return and what will matter then is not what we do or did to glorify ourselves, but what we did and do to glorify Him.
God’s word says this:
“You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of civilian life; he seeks to please the commanding officer.”2 Timothy 2:1-4 CSB
“Besides this, since you know the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep because now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is nearly over, and the day is near; so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk with decency, as in the daytime: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and don’t make plans to gratify the desires of the flesh.”Romans 13:11-14 CSB
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; on that day the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the earth and the works on it will be disclosed. Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, it is clear what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness as you wait for the day of God and hasten its coming. Because of that day, the heavens will be dissolved with fire and the elements will melt with heat. But based on his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. Therefore, dear friends, while you wait for these things, make every effort to be found without spot or blemish in his sight, at peace. Also, regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our dear brother Paul has written to you according to the wisdom given to him. He speaks about these things in all his letters. There are some matters that are hard to understand. The untaught and unstable will twist them to their own destruction, as they also do with the rest of the Scriptures. Therefore, dear friends, since you know this in advance, be on your guard, so that you are not led away by the error of lawless people and fall from your own stable position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.”2 Peter 3:10-18 CSB
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming; even now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world. Therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Anyone who knows God listens to us; anyone who is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception. Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his one and only Son into the world so that we might live through him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent his Son as the world’s Savior. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God — God remains in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. In this, love is made complete with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as he is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears is not complete in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And we have this command from him: The one who loves God must also love his brother and sister.”1 John 4:1-21 CSB
We don’t know the complete plan God has for our lives, each of us though, God has a plan for.
We might not understand why He leads us through the fire or valleys, but He leads us through, we might not understand why death takes the young, or disease overthrows our bodies and minds, or why we suffer through this life, but we know that God leads us through the shadows of death that His rod and staff comforts and protects us.
We seek answers from God’s word from God, from others, we don’t always get the answer we are looking for, but God is still there with us. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us, this promise is not based on our ability to live a holy life, this promise is based on the fact that God alone is Holy.
Our human condition is one that is fallible, our minds and bodies are failing, we are susceptible to disease and death, only through Christ Jesus can we overcome sin and death, this does not mean we’re not going to be sick, suffer, or die, this does not mean we are not going to sin , this means that none of these things have power over us, rather we are safely tucked into the hands of God were He holds us, comforts us and stays with us always.
Troubles come, diseases may overtake us, death may visit us but we are always, and always will be in the hands of our creator, and there is nothing we should fear, for God alone is our shield, protecter, and salvation.
God’s word says this:
“For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.”Jeremiah 29:11-13 CSB
“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! I say, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the person who seeks him. It is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.” Lamentations 3:22-26 CSB
“Now this is what the Lord says — the one who created you, Jacob, and the one who formed you, Israel — “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine. I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, and your Savior. I have given Egypt as a ransom for you, Cush and Seba in your place. Because you are precious in my sight and honored, and I love you, I will give people in exchange for you and nations instead of your life. Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west.”Isaiah 43:1-5 CSB
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”Ephesians 2:4-10 CSB
There are two tests in the life of a Christian; one is adversity, the other is prosperity, the challenge in adversity is don't give in to despair, or doubt God's love, the challenge in prosperity is never forget God, or become self-sufficient and proud.
I can tell you in my life it’s in the valleys of adversely I learned the depth of God's grace, it is in my poverty I learned the riches of God's grace, but it was in my sin, I learned the need for God's grace, every second, every day, my separation from God's holiness drove me to my knees, and to repentance God's grace and love lifted me up, and holds me close each and every day.
To put the perfectness of God’s grace, love, and mercy, into words is impossible for any word in any language will fall short of God’s glory, just as we do.
My prayer is for you to receive God's free gift of grace, salvation through faith and know His love and know Him today so you may live in Christ.
God's word says this
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments and untraceable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? And who has ever given to God, that he should be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:33-36 CSB
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.” Ephesians 2:4-10 CSB
“This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming; even now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world. Therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Anyone who knows God listens to us; anyone who is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception. Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his one and only Son into the world so that we might live through him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another.
And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent his Son as the world’s Savior. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God — God remains in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. In this, love is made complete with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as he is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears is not complete in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And we have this command from him: The one who loves God must also love his brother and sister.”1 John 4:2-11, 14-21 CSB
There is nothing new under the Sun that is happening, will happen or has happened. Because the enemy of man, lucifer and his myriad of demons cannot create things only pervert them, they still use the same lies, deceptions, and misdirection today as they did in the garden of Eden.
God’s word tells us that things of this world are perverse, people are fallen, depraved, and lost unless God changes their hearts they will never change.
If you have been born again into Christ it is your duty to study the word of God, to seek Him and know Him, if you don’t, you will fall for the same lies and deception the world does, and when you fall for them you will follow them.
When we don't study the word, pray or fellowship we are opening our minds and hearts up for the enemy to come in and build a stronghold, cause doubts and fears, we can't decipher God's word and ways from our own or the worlds.
Don’t let the enemy build a stronghold in your heart and mind!
Surrender both to Christ! When we say I can’t, we should remember Jesus can, take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ!
The devil can plant thoughts, but we are responsible for how we respond to them.
Our job is to dismiss them, by taking them captive, before they take us captive.
God will hold each of us individually accountable for what we have done with what He has given us.
Don’t look to the world for leadership, look and pray to God alone to lead, guard, and provide for you and your family, He is our strength, hope, and peace.
God’s word says this:
“All things are wearisome, more than anyone can say. The eye is not satisfied by seeing or the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun. Can one say about anything, “Look, this is new”? It has already existed in the ages before us. There is no remembrance of those who came before; and of those who will come after there will also be no remembrance by those who follow them.”Ecclesiastes 1:8-11 CSB
“If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don’t be astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials protect them. The profit from the land is taken by all; the king is served by the field.” Ecclesiastes 5:8-9CSB
“Then he said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: They don’t sow or reap; they don’t have a storeroom or a barn, yet God feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the birds? Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying? If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest? “Consider how the wildflowers grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. If that’s how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will he do for you — you of little faith? Don’t strive for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. “But seek his kingdom, and these things will be provided for you. Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom.”Luke 12:22-32 CSB
“Be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. Avoid irreverent and empty speech, since those who engage in it will produce even more godlessness,”2 Timothy 2:15-16 CSB
“For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ. And we are ready to punish any disobedience, once your obedience is complete. Look at what is obvious. If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, let him remind himself of this: Just as he belongs to Christ, so do we.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-7 CSB
If we need music, sermons, fellowship with others to even think about God, then He is not who we are worshipping, we are worshipping a god we have made and visit weekly, an idol in our hearts.
Don’t take the following statement wrong ,for I too love worship music, old hymns, new praise songs, old hymns with new tempo, I love corporate worship in the word of God as we come together weekly to be encouraged and moved by God’s word and fellowship with other believers, we all need this to press on and grow in God’s grace and knowledge.
But; the problem is this to most in the world especially here in America these times are the only times they think about God or worship God or speak His name or, to Him.
Here we have so many objects to remind us of God that we have lost reverence for Him. We have forgotten He is Holy, majestic, righteous, loving, and merciful. We have also forgotten that He is jealous, He has given us laws to live by and His Holiness demands us His children to be holy.
God’s presence should consume us, He should be on our hearts, on our minds always. His praise should be with every breath we take, His grace should show in every word we speak, His love should reach through us in every deed we do.
We should live as sons and daughters of God, the creator of all things.
First we must submit to God’s grace and gift of salvation, second we must submit to God’s authority over all of our lives, third we must ask Him to empty us of us and fill us with His Holy Spirit, we must want God more than anyone, than anything, He alone must rule our hearts.
Oh God, my Father, may your fire consume all of me from this day forth until you call me home, may others see your flames of love, grace, mercy, peace, joy, and strength and may your Holiness shine upon my face that others will know you alone are my God.
Gods’ word says this!
“Lord, there is no one like you among the gods, and there are no works like yours. All the nations you have made will come and bow down before you, Lord, and will honor your name. For you are great and perform wonders; you alone are God. Teach me your way, Lord, and I will live by your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear your name. I will praise you with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor your name forever. For your faithful love for me is great, and you rescue my life from the depths of Sheol.”Psalms 86:8-13 CSB
“Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you, and make an idol for yourselves in the shape of anything he has forbidden you. For the Lord, your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. “When you have children and grandchildren and have been in the land a long time, and if you act corruptly, make an idol in the form of anything, and do what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, angering him, I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that you will quickly perish from the land you are about to cross the Jordan to possess. You will not live long there, but you will certainly be destroyed.”Deuteronomy 4:23-26 CSB
“Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness — without it no one will see the Lord. Make sure that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and defiling many. And make sure that there isn’t any immoral or irreverent person like Esau, who sold his birthright in exchange for a single meal. For you know that later, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, even though he sought it with tears, because he didn’t find any opportunity for repentance. For you have not come to what could be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, gloom, and storm, to the blast of a trumpet, and the sound of words. Those who heard it begged that not another word be spoken to them, for they could not bear what was commanded: If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned. The appearance was so terrifying that Moses said, I am trembling with fear. Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God (the heavenly Jerusalem), to myriads of angels, a festive gathering, to the assembly of the firstborn whose names have been written in heaven, to a Judge, who is God of all, to the spirits of righteous people made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which says better things than the blood of Abel. See to it that you do not reject the one who speaks. For if they did not escape when they rejected him who warned them on earth, even less will we if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven. His voice shook the earth at that time, but now he has promised, Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens. This expression, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what can be shaken — that is, created things — so that what is not shaken might remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”Hebrews 12:14-29 CSB
God made it clear when He gave us the law how to live, He set in stone a moral code for all to live by, the problem is we keep adding to it and changing it to suit our own selfish ways, even though we see the end result violence, and chaos we have never gone back to God's way.
The truth is we don’t need more laws, or more government control we need more self-control, we have removed consequences for choices people make, and now we live in a society that is undisciplined, ungodly and out of control.
We have gotten so far away from God many will never find their way home.
It is time we turn back to the law of God's word and walk in His ways and not our own, now is the time to return to the truths of His word.
When we make God first, then others we live in victory.
God’s word says this:
“When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test him: “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”Matthew 22:34-40 CSB
“I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I am warning you about these things — as I warned you before — that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”Galatians 5:16-25 CSB