It’s a Season of Favor


Cain was the 1st son on Earth, 1st Born to Adam, and favored by God and His Mother, but when it came time to give God his BEST he gave him mess. Abel gave God his best, which gave him access to favor, Cain was jealous because Abel was favored above him. Cain became complacent and but Abel was consistent. Cain eliminated Abel but did not inherit, nor was there a transfer of Abel’s favor to him. Even after Cain had hidden Abel’s body,
his favor (blood) still cried out from the ground.

Saul was favored of the Lord, but lost his position due to disobedience, so for 17 years he “worked for free” while David was being prepared to take the position as king. Saul was jealous of David’s Favor, because David never stole Saul’s wife, disrespected his home, slandered him, plotted to kill him, or brought reproach to him, yet Saul’s jealousy of who was “next” drove him mad. Like Cain did not dislike Abel, Saul did not dislike David, Cain and Saul disliked the FAVOR and in spirit had an issue with God.

When leaders in ministry, friends, family, and associates who once liked, were impressed, supported you or got along with you; start to dislike you or become upset when you’ve received a revelatory word from God, it’s not YOU they have the issue with it is God. When people have issues with God, don’t worry because eventually they will like Saul fall on their swords, like Judas hang themselves, or like John the Baptist allow their mouths to get them into a deadly situation. Favor is never fair, if you were once on the receiving end of it and now have lost it.

God’s favor is easily obtained through obedience and faithfulness. In Proverbs 8:32-35 (NKJV) the word says, “Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD;”

Brothers and Sisters you should no longer be concerned with those who do not speak well of you, misunderstand, or simply just do not like you, when you are standing on the Lord’s side. James 1:2, says” Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” I encourage you to persevere these next 57 days of 2011, because God is ready to favor your walk with Him in 2012.

*Just Call Me Justified

Pride is Sin Part 1 of 4


Pride is portrayed as a necklace, a crown and fruit in the Bible. The Bible also says it persecutes, testifies, deceives, and brings low. It is often seen as the first sin. It is the sin which caused the Devil to fall from his privileged position as an angel of light. The devil then used the same sin to tempt Adam and Eve away from their fellowship with Almighty God. Satan still tempts us today with the sin of pride.

So what is the world’s definition of Pride?

First, it is the quality or state of being proud, as in inordinate self-esteem or conceit, or a reasonable or justifiable self-respect or delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship (such as parental pride). Secondly, pride is also defined as proud or disdainful behavior or treatment. A third definition is an ostentatious display.

So What are We Typically Proud of?

Here’s a small list:

Spouses Children Good Looks Skills
Where we Live Money we Make Scholarly Degrees Houses we Own
How Smart we Are Schools we Attended Work Accomplishments Sports Teams Successes
Cars, Boats, Motorcycles Fitness or Physical Aspects What we Make or “Create” Awards/Recognition/Titles
Our Ancestry or Nationality Children’s Accomplishments How Much we Give or Donate Our Self-Sufficiency

Hebrew words for Pride

Tip’eret (or tip’arah) Besides pride, it is also translated as beauty, ornament, and distinction. The word represents “beauty,” in the sense of the characteristic enhancing one’s appearance,   and it also represents “honor”  of a nation, in the sense of its position before God. “And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty”  Ex 28:2

Gobah refers to the “height” of things 2 Chron 3:4 and of men 1 Sam 17:4. Besides height, it is also translated as exaltation, grandeur, haughtiness and of course pride. See the “grandeur” of Job 40:10 or the “haughtiness” or “pride” 2 Chron 32:26

Ga’on The majority of the uses of ga’on are negative in that they connote human “pride” as an antonym for humility Prov 16:18. Proverbs puts ga’on together with arrogance, evil behavior, and perverse speech.

Greek Words for Pride

huperephanos -Appearing above others(conspicuous)  Luke 1:51, Rom 1:30, II Tim 3:2, James 4:6, I Pet 5:5
 

tuphoo– To envelop with smoke,to inflate with self-conceit   I Tim 6:4

Let’s See What the Bible Says About the Great Sin

1 Corinthians 4:6

Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not take pride in one man over against another.

What is pride?

This verse shows us that pride relies upon competition, and that it cannot exist without competition. It’s always about you or me against another.

See also Galatians 6:4 and James 1:9-10


2 Corinthians 5:12

We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.

What is pride?

From this verse we learn that You can be proud of someone else and still be in God’s will. When we are outside of God’s will we can boast in what is seen (the physical aspects of life) as opposed to the spiritual.

See also: 2 Corinthians 7:4, 2 Corinthians 8:24


Now Let’s Look at Some Verses for the Word Proud

Luke 1:51

He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

What is pride?

From this passage we see that pride is something in your heart. One can be conceited and never show it outwardly.


1 Corinthians 13:4

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

What is pride?

Since it is not lovely to God, pride is evil.

The Slow and Painful Death Caused by Lack of Faith


We as believers don’t often understand the lethalness of our tongues, or rather what rolls off of it. We switch through mediums of positive and negative confessions, grumblings, and unbelief without even recognizing the power that we have unleashed over our lives. We become agitated with people who seem overly optimistic, or always happy. What we should be doing is fellowshipping with those types of individuals to understand the factors that contribute to their positivity. The Bible solidifies the lethalness of our tongues in Proverbs 18:21(NLT) “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences,” Matthew 12:37(NLT) “The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you,” and Proverbs 13:31 (NLT) “Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.”

Children of Israel After crossing the Red Sea and several events of rebellion and complaints against God came forth, the Israelites sent twelve spies into the Promised Land to check out who the enemy was and to develop battle strategies to defeat them. God was going to allow them to go into the Promised Land, but they first had to defeat and drive out some of their enemies in order to conquer and possess the land. When the spies came back, ten of them came back with a bad report. They said their enemies were giants and that their kingdoms were too well fortified and they would not be able to defeat them. Now mind you, God had just got done delivering them out of Egypt with one of the greatest displays of His supernatural power the world has ever seen with Him throwing 10 plagues against the Egyptians and then parting the Red Sea to give them safe passage into the wilderness. When God saw all of their negative attitudes and their lack of faith and belief in Him and His power, He literally threw up His hands and said that was going to be it. At this point, He tells them that all of the men who are 20 years and older would not enter into the Promised Land due to their lack of faith and belief in Him. He said they would all wander in the desert for the next 40 years until they all literally died out in the desert. God says that their carcasses would fall in this wilderness and that their sons would be their shepherds bearing the brunt of their infidelity towards God. The spies that went in to spy out the land did so for 40 days. As a result of this bad report – God pronounces judgment that they should wander in the wilderness for 40 years to match up with the 40 days that they had spied out the land for.

A 40 year Funeral Service

The Israelites had to endure 40 years of funerals, because of their tongues. They literally committed suicide by just speaking. How many times have you spoken death over a situation, but when it turns out the way you said it would you become upset or discouraged? We often say you are what you eat, well I beg to differ you are what you SAY. We walk around with less than average lives, pitiful attitudes, stumbling over what would, could or should have been, when we made the mess that we are in by talking TOO much and not believing in God. We run around our churches, cry, beg, and plead with God, run to altars to drop things, but yet we walk out of service saying, “It won’t happen for me.” How can God move on your behalf when you don’t do YOUR part which is BELIEVING? There is no gray area to believing in God, your either do or you don’t. I listen to people blame others for what didn’t happen, or who held them back. No one can hold what you speak faithfully about. Imagine how you life would be if you would have just spoken over situations, death, sickness, finances, jobs, education, that business and your families, some of us would probably have entered millionaire status, been married, had children, started business, and ministries years ago if we had just believed and spoke over all those things.

Talk Isn’t So Cheap

In my life 2011 has been declared the year of reaping, and the key to reaping the best is sowing the best. That means speaking positive and being that happy, high-strung, over exuberant, always positive individual. Sowing by giving consistently, speaking positively, bearing the infirmities of the weak and speaking the word of Truth. In the words of John Murray, “I shall have what I decree; yes I believe it belongs to ME. So I’m going to SPEAK into the atmosphere.” So are you preparing for your funeral or the BEST days of your life? Let me know and I will buy a Black Suit.

SPEAK IT!

“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways”:. Job 22:28 KJV

  1. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
     
  2. “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health. The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” (Proverbs 12:18)
     
  3. “Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:13)
     
  4. “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, and from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.” (Proverbs 18:20)
     
  5. “The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.” (Isaiah 50:4)
     
  6. “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Colossians 4:5)
     
  7. “The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.” (Proverbs 10:11)
     
  8. “The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.” (Proverbs 18:4)
     
  9. “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4)
     
  10. “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)
     
  11. “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” (Proverbs 12:25)
     
  12. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.” (Proverbs 15:1)
     
  13. “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” (Proverbs 13:3)
     
  14. “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” (Proverbs 21:23)
     
  15. “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.” (Proverbs 15:28)
     
  16. “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)

 *Just Call Me Justified

I Chose to Give


As I worshipped last night at Covenant Church, the Pastor began to minister to the crowd about first fruits and gifts. He spoke of  Abraham and his tithe to God, and explained that we as the seed of Abraham should be constantly giving, not just money, but our time, prayer, and any outlet that we have to give to others. He explained the significance of  Jesus washing the disciples feet and how they walked with him for three years never realizing He was giving himself to them the whole time. When He was born he GAVE, on the cross He GAVE, during the three days He was dead, He GAVE, and when He resurrected He GAVE. Jesus was likened unto Abraham, because like His forefather He constantly gave. Jesus died on the cross and gave all of Him in our places so we would have the opportunity to GIVE and keep on GIVING.

 

When we suffer or things don’t go as we’ve planned, we become selfish and forget, Romans 8:18-30 (NIV) I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

Jesus suffered in our place, because He saw beyond our sin and saw us operating victoriously in the kingdom. We have let Satan turn our suffering in to selfishness, depression, and anger. The whole principle of suffering is rooted in giving, because when people see you persevere and press through your suffering they are strengthened in their faith, that’s GIVING. Jesus even went as far to give, during his dying moments when he gave eternal life to the thief dying on the cross next to him.  So why can’t we?

I don’t know about you, but I chose to GIVE myself away everyday, whether it be a smile, laugh, money, time, or just a simple prayer, I will GIVE. My suffering, my struggle is working for MY good, because I love the Lord and I am called and purposed by Him. For me pity parties are over, complaining will not be apart of my daily conversation, nor will the word can’t be in my vocabulary.  In the conclusion of Romans 8, Paul made a POSITIVE confession and declaration, that nothing would stop him from GIVING and Sharing his purpose with the world. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

   “For your sake we face death all day long;
   we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39 (NIV)

The following is a personal journal entry of mine I wrote during a “pressing” period of my life. In that season, I chose to GIVE despite my bad circumstances. I remained consistent in my giving and I hope it encourages you to do the same.

Journal Entry

September 22, 2009

“I never thought I would be the person riding on the bus, but after almost a month after totaling my car, I am. Sometimes it feels like I am at my lowest point, and I want to stay in my bed and sleep away. But the drive I have to defeat Satan motivates me to get up every morning to fight another battle. Hundreds of people pass by me everyday, each having their own set of problems and issues to deal with. I notice the difference between myself and them; I have PEACE. My spirit is at peace with riding on this bus. Last night, I walked almost a mile home, but I praised God the entire walk home, even though lighting was flashing across the sky and thunder seemed to shake the ground. This journey that I am on seems like punishment from seeds that I have sown, but my Father always reminds me of the mission that I am on.

 

I realize that this season in my life is not for me it’s for the people I encounter everyday. It’s for the lady who I held the umbrella for at the bus stop because of the rain, the pan-handler who asked everyone on the train for money and I gave it to him when no one else would. This journey is for Ms. Jackson, who said she didn’t know how I did it everyday. It’s for my church ministry to show them that through this I will stand and lift up a standard. It’s for the young men and women that are dealing with the issues of life. This is to make my anointing stronger. This for my Pastor,  to show him that the word from the Lord that he delivers is affecting me. This is for Aunt Evelyn to show her that she is more than a conqueror. This is for everyone that said I wouldn’t make it, the people that hurt me, broke my heart and trampled me under their feet. The enemy should and better be horrified when this season changes, because like the caterpillar goes into a cocoon to transform into a butterfly, I’m coming out. Like the elements that are tried in the fire and come out as gold bricks, I am coming out. This is a womb experience for me. Although I am restricted  to a fetal position, my birthday is coming. This is only a season and I refuse to be weary in my well doing, because my time of reaping is coming if I don’t faint.”

 

 

My life is not my own, to you I belong, I give myself to You.

 

*Just Call Me Justified!

Fear is Holding You Back


Since the recent news reports about bullying have been aired, posted and talked about extensively, I had to open up my own closet and face what has gripped me for years.  Because I was bullied as a child and an adult, I became anti-social and a natural homebody. While my character is reflected well behind this computer monitor, in person I was afraid to face people. Fearing what they would say about me, how they looked at me, or that they would find one flaw in me.  Fear has kept me from forming relationships, friendships, and even kinships.  But today I call that fear of people OUT.  If you’re dealing with fear please don’t stop here. The Bible addresses fear throroughly.

Meditate on these Sciptures deeply. Say them, mutter them, think about them deeply, ponder them, declare them in the first person. They are weapons to defeat that evil demon of fear which is stopping you from doing the will of our Father in heaven.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Genesis 26:24 I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you.

Psalm 91
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Numbers 21:34 Do not fear him, for I have delivered him [your enemy] into your hand.

Deuteronomy 1:21 Look, the LORD your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the LORD God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 3:22 You must not fear them [spiritual or natural enemies], for the LORD your God Himself fights for you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Joshua 10:8 And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.”

Judges 6:10 Also I said to you, “I am the LORD your God; do not fear the gods of the Amorites (the ruling principles and idols of the world hostile to God), in whose land you dwell.” But you have not obeyed My voice.

2 Kings 6:16 So he [Elisha] answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us (angels of God) are more than those who are with them.”

1 Chronicles 22:13 Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the LORD charged Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed.

1 Chronicles 28:20 And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God–my God–will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 20:17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”

Psalm 27:3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.

Psalm 37:4 The Angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.

Psalm 46:2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Psalm 56:4 In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Isaiah 35:4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you.

Isaiah 41:14 “Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you,” says the LORD And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 43:1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.”

Isaiah 43:5 Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, And gather you from the west;

Isaiah 44:8 Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.”‘

Isaiah 51:7 “Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, Nor be afraid of their insults.

Isaiah 54:4 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth, And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.

Isaiah 54:14 In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you.

Daniel 12:2 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.

Daniel 10:19 And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!” So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”

Joel 2:21 Fear not, O land; Be glad and rejoice, For the LORD has done marvelous things!

Zephaniah 3:16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear; Zion, let not your hands be weak.

Haggai 2:5 “According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!’

Zechariah 8:13 And it shall come to pass That just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, Let your hands be strong.’

Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Mark 4:40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?

Luke 12:4 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

Luke 12:7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Luke 12:32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.

Hebrews 13:6 So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Revelation 2:10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Don’t let fear keep you from living, the Lord created FAITH not FEAR!

* Just Call Me Justified

 

Final Examination


Introduction

For every student when the school year ends all the lessons that were taught in the previous semester given back to the students in examination form. Whether the questions are multiple choice, true or false, discussion or essay questions, the students are required to sit through proctored examinations to test each individual’s progress during the school year. Many students have anxiety, feel pressure, or rush to cram all the information they can in order to just pass the class. This is due to procrastination, absenteeism, no time management skills, and poor study habits.  Do you recall the Lessons of Yesterday?  The Lesson “The just shall live by faith”, the lessons of trust, the love lessons, the prayer lessons, and the ministry assignments God has given you. Can stand against the wiles of the devil? {Ephesians 6:10-11}Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” 

Imagine that God has placed you in an isolated classroom, so that He can test what lies in the depths of your heart. He wants to test your work ethic so that He can begin to open more doors for you. {Revelations 3:8a}I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it” 

Join me as I give you the “Cliff notes” or the “Dummies Guide” to this examination

PART A:

   READ the Instructions: What did God tell you to do?

                  A.  King Saul in 1st Samuel 15, the Lord instructed him to wipe out the Amalekites, but Saul did not follow the Lord’s instructions and it cost him his throne.

                  B.  Remember your examination is personal, you don’t need anyone else’s notes, and you have to stop cheating and imitating. {Philippians 2:12b} “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling”  

 PART B: THE TEST

Multiple Choice

1.  Control your emotions: God wants to examine your emotions because He cannot put babies on the front line to do His work.

 {1 John 4:4}You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”                                                                                                                                   {Hebrews 5:14} “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

 2. Strength Test: Can you stand firm in the face of adversity? 

   {Ephesians 6:13} “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” 

   3.  Character and Conduct: Do you posess the character to represent God on the front line? 

 {Ephesians 6:14-15}“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” 

   4.  Essay Question:  It’s time to show your work. Is your faith and trust truly in the Lord?

  {James 2:14} “So also faith, if it hath not works, is dead in itself.” 

{Proverbs 3:5-6} “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, lean not to your own understanding, and in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy path.”

 5. Curve Ball: Do you have a stable mindset and can you bring fleshly thoughts under subjection?  

  {Phillipians 4:8}Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”                                                                                              {II Corinthians 10:5}” Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

  6. True and False: Be aware of the Ishmaelite (the people birthed out of flesh) {Genesis 6:12} describes them as wild people that come in opposition of you. Also be aware of false prophets and deceitful men.   

 {Matthew 24:11} “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”

 

 7. Final Question:  Will you pray at all times?         

  {I Thessalonians 5:17} “Pray without ceasing”                                                                                                                          

 {James 5:16} “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

 Conclusion:   The church at Ephesus was in a very prominent location for trading in Asia Minor. All types of people passed through the region all the time and it was important that the Christians were strong enough to withstand all temptation and walk upright before the people. God is calling us like He did the church at Ephesus. We must be able to control our emotions, be strong in the Lord and His word, have an unquestionable character and remarkable conduct. We must be able to exemplify our faith and trust in the Lord and be willing to be in submission to His will. Our minds must stable in all ways not letting everything enter our ear and eye gates.  We have to be aware of people that will come to deceive us and His people.  And finally we must PRAY at all times.  As I conclude this topic think on this scripture: {Psalm 26:2} “Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.”

 

 

Trust is the Only Option


 Trust-  To expect or confide, commit, have faith, properly build up or support, assurance, steadfast, being obedient or believing.

Often times we are placed in situations beyond our control and we have to trust in someone or something to pull us through. For a Christian we are taught to trust in God, but it seems to be the hardest principle to grasp.

When we board planes, we trust that in the event of an emergency, the oxygen masks will fall down, the seats can be used as floatation devices, and the emergency exits will work. So, during our flights we are ease that the pilot will guide us through turbulence and inclimate weather. But when it comes down to God saying trust him to take care of us we enter panic mode and try to manipulate the situation to work out in our favor or attempt “damage control.”

In Proverbs 3:5-6, The wise King Solomon wrote these words,”Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the LORD in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.”

King Solomon grasped the concept that his “own” way wasn’t reliable and he needed to guidance of God to do ANYTHING. This passage of scripture also serves as a command from God to trust him. For when we trust God it activates our faith and ultimately pleases God. {Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”}

The Message Trust Sends to God

1. When you trust God, you’re simply saying “Father I know that you’re acting as an Agent on my behalf. You will work out the best deal for me and lead me down the right path.”  Just as athletes, actors, musicians, and anyone that requires representation trust their agents/advocates to decide what’s best for them, whether it be for monentary gain, publicity, or to accomplish a goal. We have to trust in God just as we’d trust in our Lawyers, Doctors, etc.

  2.  When you trust God, you give your spirit freedom to operate freely because it is not grieved by the circumstantial. Let’s face it worry is a DIRECT contradiction to Trust. Worrying is straddling the fence between what is visable and what’s invisable. When we worry about a situation that God has confirmed that he would handle we essentially tie up the outcome, making the process longer than it has to be. When you trust God your faith in him causes him to move swiftly. He moves swiftly because your faith makes him a proud father and he would do anything for his baby boy/girl. {Matthew 6:27 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”}

3. Trust is simply God’s protection of his Assets… You.  You are an asset to the Kingdom of God and God will do whatever it takes to protect you. Car accidents, tragedies, death, are all the things God can shield us from if we’d just trust in him totally. We have to believe in the plan for our lives God has set out for us. {Jeremiah 29:11″ I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.”} 

What happens when you don’t trust

1.    We create Ishmael when God already had an Isaac in the making. (Genesis 16) God told Sarah that he’d open her womb and that she’d produce a son, although Sarah believed God for a son, she didn’t believe that he was working fast enough. So Sarah invited another woman into her bedroom to concieve a child for her husband. In the long run Sarah regretted what she’d done and despised her decision. If she’d only waited until God was ready she would have eleviated the pressure she put her husband Abraham under when he was forced to out his son Ishmael and his mother away.

 2.  We worry- {Matthew 6:34 “So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”}

3. We lose strength spiritual and physical. {Isaiah 40:31″ But those who trust in the LORD for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.}

 Conclusion

To be able to live at ease upon the earth, we must trust in the creator of the earth for all that we need. When the enemy attacks us physically and spiritually our faith should activate and our Father will come to our rescue because we have pleased him by trusting him. “Faith isn’t faith until it’s  all you have left”

Trust is the Only Option

*Just call me Justified.