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Entering into the New Year 2012

Posted on 30 December, 2011 at 17:33 Comments comments (0)
James 1:2-4, My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (KJV)
 
James 1:2-4,Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (NLT)
 
We are now closing out 2011, and entering into a brand new year 2012.  For many of us, 2011, has been a very trying year; job issues, finance issues, rent/mortgage issues, family issues etc. Know that in all you have been through in 2011 were opportunities to test you faith in Christ… in His Holy Word. The test and trials you have been through were pruning you, transforming you, and strengthening you to enter into 2012 stronger, better and wiser to continue in the race of faith. Making you ready and equipped to handle the new exciting endeavors God has for you.
 
In spite of it all, you have experienced the goodness of God in 2011 and shall experience new heights and depths in God in 2012. This does not come without cost, (tears, frustration, feeling of loneliness, persecution, misunderstood mistreated, talked about etc.) but it does come with the Lord being your front and rear guard, protecting you, His Holy Spirit teaching you and talking to you, walking with you and when you get weak – carry and strengthen you.
 
“To walk in the anointing of God is not free, it will cost you something, but if we hang on in there, the good reward from the Lord, in this life, is greater and better than all our struggles.”
 
There are some test and trials in life that we don’t understand, but must experience to be able to fulfill the plan and purpose God has predestined for our life. I’ve learned that without the test and trials (testing of my faith) I will not be equipped to carry out the predestinated (destiny) divine plan for my life.
 
Surly our test and trials are not over, but what we have experience in 2011, seeing what God has done for us, and bought us through will undoubtedly be the catalyst to sustain and keep hope alive in us in 2012 to fulfill God’s divine purpose in us and through us.
 
Be mindful of who you keep company with in 2012, some whom you have kept company with in 2011 may not be able to keep company with you in 2012, but continue to show them Godly love.  Where God is taking you everyone can’t go. Do not let anyone or anything hinder your growth, relationship and ministry in Christ Jesus; in all things Pray, be Persistent, and Persevere with Patience.
 
Let this be of consolation to you: the grater your struggles and hurt, the greater God’s anointing will flow through you touching the hearts of many and ultimately draw them closer to your father which is in heaven that they too may glorify your heavenly father giving them the light of hope. So, let your light shine brighter in 2012, that people may see it and glorified your father which is in heaven!!!
 
 
HAVE A HAPPY, JOYFUL AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!!
 

God's True Fast

Posted on 30 December, 2011 at 7:30 Comments comments (0)
                                     Isaiah 58
 
Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins. For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. Why have we fasted,’ they say,‘ and  you have not seen it?  Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’ Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers.
 
Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.  Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself?  Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
 
Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
 
Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.  If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
 
“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
then you will find your joy in the Lord,
and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.
 
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We all desire for God to hear our prayers when we seek His face and call upon Him for help. Fasting is a sacrificing, very humbling and intimate way in calling upon and seeking God.  God is requiring for us (believers) this day a “True Fast” not just a fast that we deny ourselves of earthly pleasures to show God that we are serious in hearing from Him and seeing His divine intervention on our behalf, and then afterwards, we return to our own pleasures and our own way of doing things.  This is what the Lord was saying to the ancient Zion in the biblical days, and now today, the modern branch of Zion. The Lord says, “this is not the kind of fast that I desire for my people; but rather, the kind of “True Fast” whereby you humble yourselves (deny yourselves) daily as you seek my face and call upon by name: forgive your offenders, be kind and just to one another, feed the hungry, help the homeless and those whom are less fortunate than you, and do not forsake your children (family).
 
This is the kind of "True Fast" that the Lord desires for His people in Isaiah 58:6-7,
as it relates to the modern branch of Zion today:
 
6“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
 
Today, God desires for every believer to live in a constant state of a “True Fast”. 
 
 
 

"Giving God Praise and Thanksgiving in Strange and Troubled Times"

Posted on 11 November, 2011 at 11:13 Comments comments (0)
1 Peter 4:12-13, Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
 
As I reflect on the goodness of God, His divine protection, His loving kindness and tender mercies, His grace, His unmerited favor, His unfailing and unconditional love for me - my soul  becomes full of praise and thanksgiving!!!
 
Life can be full of ups and downs, some good days and some bad days.  But for certain, when you are in Christ Jesus, you shall experience more ups than down, and your good days shall always out weights your bad days.
 
In this life, you will face trials and troubles of many kinds. If you focus solely on your problems, eventually you will believe that disappointment is your destiny. It is not. Jesus has overcome every evil obstacle.  If you focus on God’s power, love, glory, grace and mercy, you will begin to realize that all great things are possible with God.
 
Many believers in Christ Jesus, thought that their troubles will be over and/or they will no longer be confronted with opposition.  This is far cry from the truth. The Apostle Paul attests to this claim in
1 Peter 4:12-13.  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
 
Peter declares that it is not a strange or unusual thing for the people of God to experience trouble and be persecuted for righteousness sake.
 
As an active believer through faith, you become a threat to the kingdom of darkness. Therefore, the kingdom of darkness (Satan and his imps) will rage war against you because you now represent Christ – the kingdom of God.  The kingdom of darkness will always attempt to kill, steal and destroy every good work of Christ and every regenerated soul in an attempt to win back your soul and ultimately win the souls of all mankind, as a continued defiance to God, unto all eternal damnation.
 
His (Satan and his imps) primary tactic to wage war against you is often through the ones that you love, the ones that are the closes to you – when they give him an open door to operate through them to get to you i.e. unforgiveness, resentment, envy, jealousy, hate etc.  You must pray for their deliverance from the snare of Satan who has taken them captive to do his bidding.
 
Satan and his kingdom of darkness are already defeated foes of Christ Jesus. This is why Jesus admonishes the believers in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
 
We are a spirit, that posses a soul and lives in a body.  The bible declares that no one is except from trouble.  Therefore, we shall experience a vast range of emotions from time-to-time i.e. sadness, frustration, disappointment, anger, betrayal etc.  Experiencing these various types of emotions does not indicate any weakness or distrust in Christ Jesus.  What it demonstrates is that you are a spirit, that posses a soul and lives in a body in a wicket and fallen world. 
 
We must always be in a state of prayer, repentance, praise and thanksgiving; always seeking the face of God in all things: for his wisdom, knowledge, direction and revelation.  We must be willing to obey the voice of God by our act of obedience through faith.
 
1 John 4:4, You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world!
 

EXAMINING YOURSELF/SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Posted on 5 November, 2011 at 7:12 Comments comments (0)
 
2 Corinthian 13:5,Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?
 
In 2 Corinthian 13:5, the Apostle Paul admonishes the church of Corinthian to examine themselves because there were some irregularities and disorder among the body of Christ (church) in accordance with the “Word of God”, the foundation of their faith.  They professed one thing and yet did another.
 
It is necessary and good for Christians to subject themselves to a spiritual examination to see if they are in the faith and for personal spiritual growth, often.  This is extremely critical in the lives of Christians. The life of a Christian is based and founded on the works of Christ, His life, death and resurrection power, by faith.
 
We examine our own hearts and lives, by a diligent comparison of our views, beliefs, thoughts, actions, and speech to the “Word of God.”  A true examination can only be tested under the pressures, trials and opposition etc. in our daily lives.  We ought to be able, in all truth, to question our own souls to see if we are true Christians or deceiving ourselves.  Unless Christ is in us, by the indwelling of His Holy Spirit and the working power of His love outwardly, our faith is dead, and we have therefore, deceived ourselves.
 
Throughout the Holy Scriptures, the Apostles and early Christians were not in doubt of their faith nor the working power of the love of Christ working in them and through them:
 
“I know, says the Apostle Paul, whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to him (2 Timothy 1 :12), “We know, says John, speaking to the body of Christ, “that we have passed from death unto life;” (1 John 3:14); “We know that we are of the truth” (1 John 3:19); “We know that he abideth in us” (1 John 3:24); “We know that we dwell in Him” (1 John 4:13); “ I know that my Redeemer lives, and that He shall stand in the latter day upon the earth (Job 19:25).
 
The early church (body of Christ) expressed their faith not only in speech, but also in deed.  While under severe trials, pressures, afflictions and opposition they remained committed to carrying out the gospel of hope - the gospel of eternal life in Christ Jesus without wavering.
 
A person desiring to plant a rose bush, first must obtain information on how to plant one i.e. instruction manuals, books etc. and then put to test what he has studied by going out in his/her yard and  labor by planting a rose bush. 
 
Likewise, we as Christian can never measure/examine our faith by just studying the “Word of God” alone (head knowledge) and through our profession, we must experience and endure trials and oppositions of life, as a good soldier, with faith, by exercising the “Word of God” while continuing in the work of Christ.
 
After examining yourselves, whatever area you discover that you have failed the test, know that God is there, through His Holy Spirit, to guide you in the right path and to help you overcome any obstacles and hindrances in your walk and faith in Christ Jesus.
 

Psalm 27 - An Exuberant Declaration of Faith

Posted on 3 November, 2011 at 11:20 Comments comments (151)
1The 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? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord.
 
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When thou said, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. 9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. 11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
 

"IN THE MEANTIME"

Posted on 1 November, 2011 at 12:11 Comments comments (2)
Proverbs 3:5-6,Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV)
 
What are we to do “in the meantime” while we are in expectation for God to move in our situation on our behalf?  While we are in the middle of affliction, temptation, persecution and despair?
 
The psalmist tells us to “Trust in God.”  Easy said than done… true.
 
In the meantime, while the bills are continually piling up, still at odds with our spouses and/or children, trouble on the job, health failing, no money in the bank… etc. in the meantime.
 
In the meantime… keep hoping, keep believing and keep trusting in the Word of God.  To trust is to believe, to believe is to act on faith.
 
In challenging times, instead of leaning on our own understanding of our situation, which often times, is a faulty understanding, this is why the psalmist admonishes us to  - lean not to our own understanding.  Why?  It is because, a part from Christ, the bible declares that the heart is naturally deceitful and desperately wicket.  We need to always be in a state of prayer.  Praying correctly, with the Words of God; learning how to listen to the voice of God… through the channels His Holy Spirit  also uses to answer our prayers.
 
But to know God is to know His Word and to be a doer of His Word as well as a hearer. It is difficult for some to hear the voice of God when going through life difficulties.  This is why it is so important not to isolate yourself during these times.
 
We need the comfort, encouragement and fellowship of immediate family, our Christian family and friends.  Although it is important to learn how to encourage ourselves as well, the Word of God declares in Proverbs 18:1, whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.
 
The bible declares that one can put a thousand to flight, and two can put two thousands to flight.  It is more strength and power in numbers with Christ being our front and rear guard and in the center of our endeavors.  There is strength and power in unity in Christ Jesus.
 
Even now, myself, I have to ever be so careful in recognizing the difference when I’m being tempted to fall into isolation from spending quiet time with God. For I too have slipped into isolation without even recognizing it.  This is a deceptive tacked from the deceiver, the father of lies, satan himself.  He desires to kill, steal and destroy, to divide and to conquer; to keep us from fulfilling the call of God in our lives.
 
Therefore, “in the meantime”, whatever, you do don’t isolate yourself; isolation can turn into a state of deep despair and depression.  Keep praying; keep seeking the face of God, always putting God in remembrance of His Word – His promises to you.
 
In the meantime, fellowship with one another, seek divine counsel, wisdom and strength to run this race of faith; this is needed to keep us moving forward in doing the things that we can and should be doing while depending and trusting upon God to do what we cannot do for ourselves.
 
God will see us through as a victor and not a victim!!!
 
 
 
 
 

Tested by Fire

Posted on 20 October, 2011 at 0:46 Comments comments (144)
1 Peter 3:7, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
 
As Christians, our faith, the Word of God we profess. will be tested in the fiery furnace of affliction.  Why? Because as children of God our spirits are saved but our soul is constantly being renewed day-by-day.  As long as we are living in this falling and perverse generation we are subject to to fall prey to the negativity we see, hear and are surrounded by daily.  Therefore, we will always need to be refined and pruned from time-to-time.  Just as gold is refined in heat to remove the impurities so that the true beauty, color and value can be seen, so it is for the saints, the refiner’s fire of affliction and humiliation shows us how much we are not in control, our shortcomings, our weaknesses and how much we need God’s grace and mercy in our daily lives.
 
Why fire? Because it is only when we are under pressure we can truly see if we believe and live the word of faith that we confess.  How easy it is for anyone to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ when everything is going well,  but, add a little fire under the feet… and listen… are you hearing more words of faith or defeat?  Are you moving in faith or paralized by fear?  The fire allows us to see where we are in our faith; are we going to succumb to the affliction or are we going to trust in God?  Are we passing through the fire of affliction and suffering with fear of man or faith in God?  Are we fighting the good fight of faith with diligence or defeat? Are we practicing what we preach?
 
I became very fixated on the word pruning.  It led me to research why roses need pruning as I equate it to why believers need pruning:
 
Why roses need pruning:
·         Encourage new growth and bloom
·         Remove dead wood
·         Improve air circulation
·         Shape the plant
Why believers need pruning:
·         Encourage spiritual growth- to be a tree planted of God to bring forth good fruit
·         Remove areas of sin in our lives that so easily besets us
·         Improves our lives by removing sin and living a holy life
·         Reshape our lives to look more like Christ
 
The heat of the fire does hurt burning off impurities/sin, but it will not destroy us.  Just as gold and silver is refined in the refiners fire, when it reaches its set time, he brings it out of the fire, if there are traces of dross/impurities/imperfections he places it back in the fire again;  he may even need to increase the temperature and timing for a desired shape/purification.  When he is pleased he takes it out of the fire and places it on display; so it is with Christians, when we are in God’s refining fire, understand that in our affliction and suffering God is there with us; He will never leave us nor forsake us.  When we become the mature transparent saints He desires us to be, He brings us out and causes us to come forth pure as gold willing and able to do His good pleasure as He created us to be.  If need be, we will be placed back into the fire, not to kill us but to refine us, purify us for the Glory of God – for His good work. 
 
Embrace the testing of your faith.  Hold on to the promises of God.  Depend not on your own strength, but the strength of God.  His strength is made perfect in weakness.  You shall come out pure as gold... better, stronger and wiser.
 
 
 

COMING OUT OF LO DEBAR

Posted on 4 September, 2011 at 14:19 Comments comments (105)
 
What is Lo Debar?  The Hebrew word – Lo meaning nothing and Debar means no pastor – Root word of Debar is No Promise.
 
Lo Debar is a physical place and/or state of mind when a person is in constant  fear, perpetual feeling of loneliness and depression, feeling unloved, unwanted, forgotten, worrying, feeling of being unsuccessful, unappreciated… to name a few… feeling of being trapped with no way out, exiled and cutoff.
 
Modern term of Lo Debar is any belief system that is contrary to the word of God which leads to strongholds; a state of despair without hope. 
 
Lo Debar has no respect of persons to enter into its captivity.  People of all walks of life have entered into Lo Debar. Christians, Preachers, Teachers, Kings, Queens, Politicians, even Children.  Lo Debar has no respect of persons to take its hold on you.
 
The story found in 2 Samuel 9:1-13, is about a covenant (a promise) made between David (soon to be King David) and Jonathan (King Saul’s son). The bible records that Jonathan loved David as himself even though his father Saul was at war with David (his protégé) because David gained popularity with all the people at such a young age by killing Goliath single handed with the anointing of God upon Him.  Saul was in fear and jealous of David’s victory over Gliath through his own weakness and inferiority, that he sought to kill David. David remained respectful to Saul’s position and the call of God on his life.  David did not seek to retaliate. What Saul did not realize was that David was anointed to be the next King of Israel long ago for an appointed time. Saul made a statement in anger and his insecurities “Now what more can he have but the Kingdom”.
 
Later in the story, King Saul and his son Jonathan died in the battle of Gilboa (2 Samuel 1).  David became the next King of Israel as it was appointed to him by God by the anointing of the Prophet Samuel long ago.
 
In 2 Samuel 21:1-9, you will find that David spared Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth life as an atonement to the Gibeonites (to remove the three drought for Israel) for the slaughter of Saul against them and the broken covenat. Seven sons of Saul’s house were given unto death.
 
As the story would have it, King David was thinking upon the friendship and covenant he had with his friend Jonathan and:
2 Samuel 9:1-13, David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
2Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They called him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”
“Your servant,” he replied.
3The king asked, “Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet.”
4“Where is he?” the king asked.
Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”
5So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.
6When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.
David said, “Mephibosheth!”
“Your servant,” he replied.
7“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”
8Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”
9Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)
11Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons.
12Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica, and all the members of Ziba’s household were servants of Mephibosheth. 13And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table, and he was crippled in both feet.
 
This blood covenant between David and Jonathan equates an even greater Blood Covenant that God made with man through and by Jesus Christ crucifixion.   Jesus shed His blood on the cross for all the sins of the world; God does not desire for any to perish, but for all to be reconciled to Christ.  Christ became sin for us; yes, He bore all our sins upon himself before we were yet born into this world; God’s only begotten son Jesus Christ.
 
Just like David and Jonathan Covenant made between them for their future descendants that weren’t even born yet, God through Jesus Christ has made a Blood Covenant with us on this day if we will accept His invitation of salvation by grace through faith in Christ. 
 
This Blood Covenant was made even before our physical existence in this world; God foreknew us; God foreknew that everyone would be born in sin and shaped in iniquity by the sins of Adam and Eve.
 
This is the Blood Covenant of Christ:
1 Col. 12-14, Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
 
1 Col. 21-22, And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven.
 
There is a way out of Lo Debar:
God is not calling you and inviting you into a personal relationship with Him to lessen your life, but that you may have life and life more abundantly by excepting His invitation and placing your trust and hope in Him and Him alone. Repent and seek His face whole heartedly!
 
 
 

A Chosen Vessel of God

Posted on 2 September, 2011 at 0:31 Comments comments (209)
Genesis 50:20, But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
 
"A Vessel used by God to bring about Deliverance"
 The picture depicts Joseph making himself known to his brothers after he became second in command to pharoah.
 
I am reminded of the bible story of Joseph (Jacob’s son).  Joseph had 11 brothers and one sister. Joseph was hated by his brothers.  He brought to his father report of his older brothers wrong doings while out shepherding. They hated Joseph, too, because his father loved him best of all his sons because he was the child of his old age.  His father made him a beautiful coat of many colors, a long garment with sleeves. Joseph also had dreams, which he told his brothers, and they hated him for those dreams. What were his dreams? They are recorded in the following bible verses:
 
Genesis 37:5-11, Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”   His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”   When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
 
Joseph’s older brothers hated him so much and thought to have prevented his dreams to come to pass, and make them of none effect; to have taken away his life; and to have made him a slave all the days of his life.  How jealous and hateful Joseph’s brother were towards him. They threw him in a pit, sold him into slavery and faked his death.
 
I could only imagine how Joseph was feeling down in the pit, betrayed, unloved and hated by his brothers; he had to be very angry and bitter towards his brothers at that time.  But as the story goes on, in spite of the evil works towards Joseph from his older brothers, his dreams the visions that God gave him came to pass.
 
Some of us have had evil spoken to us by family members and non-family member alike, saying that you will never amount to anything, or be anything, spoken of negatively, persecuted, and plotted to do you harm… BUT GOD!!!
 
The bible records that God made Joseph a father to Pharaoh and the second-in- command to Pharaoh.  God’s favor was with Joseph in Pharaoh’s house, in the field and when he was even put in prison falsely. 
 
When the land of Canaan was struck with famine, Joseph’s father sent his brothers to Egypt to buy food; the only rich country around - through Joseph’s Godly wisdom to preserve for such famine; not so much for Egypt, but for his family as well, the very ones that mistreated him.
 
Now Joseph could have held a serious grudge towards his brothers and made them suffer and starve to death like they treated him; but because Joseph understood that out of the evil and wicket hearts of his brothers, God foreknew his brother’s plot against him was meant for his harm, but God meant it for his and their good.
 
The moral to this story is although you may have been mistreated, spoken evil of, persecuted (falsely accused), by family and non-family members alike, will you hold grudges, harbor unforgiveness, or will you have the spirit of Joseph?   It may very well be that God will use you to bring about deliverance.
 
Readers, I had no idea the Holy Spirit was leading me here.  He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying.  Amen!
 
 
 

From Rags to Riches...

Posted on 28 August, 2011 at 14:00 Comments comments (0)
Zechariah 9:16, The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.
 
"From Rags to Riches; From Self Righteousness to the Righteousness of God"
 
Isaiah 64:6, But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (KJV)
 
Zechariah 3:3, Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. (KJV)
 
Mathew Henry’s Concise Commentary:
Zechariah 1-5 The angel showed Joshua, the high priest, to Zechariah, in a vision. Guilt and corruption are great discouragements when we stand before God. By the guilt of the sins committed by us, we are liable to the justice of God; by the power of sin that dwells in us, we are hateful to the holiness of God. Even God's Israel are in danger on these accounts; but they have relief from Jesus Christ, who is made of God to us both righteousness and sanctification. Joshua, the high priest, is accused as a criminal, but is justified. When we stand before God, to minister to him, or stand up for God, we must expect to meet all the resistance Satan's subtlety and malice can give. Satan is checked by one that has conquered him, and many times silenced him. Those who belong to Christ, will find him ready to appear for them, when Satan appears most strongly against them. A converted soul is a brand plucked out of the fire by a miracle of free grace, therefore shall not be left a prey to Satan. Joshua appears as one polluted, but is purified; he represents the Israel of God, who are all as an unclean thing, till they are washed and sanctified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Israel now were free from idolatry, but there were many things amiss in them. There were spiritual enemies warring against them, more dangerous than any neighbouring nations. Christ loathed the filthiness of Joshua's garments, yet did not put him away. Thus God by his grace does with those whom he chooses to be priests to himself. The guilt of sin is taken away by pardoning mercy, and the power of it is broken by renewing grace. Thus Christ washes those from their sins in his own blood, whom he makes kings and priests to our God. Those whom Christ makes spiritual priests, are clothed with the spotless robe of his righteousness, and appear before God in that; and with the graces of his Spirit, which are ornaments to them. The righteousness of saints, both imputed and implanted, is the fine linen, clean and white, with which the bride, the Lamb's wife, is arrayed, Re 19:8. Joshua is restored to former honors’ and trusts. The crown of the priesthood is put on him. When the Lord designs to restore and revive religion, he stirs up prophets and people to pray for it.
 
My thoughts:
When we often hear the idiom “rags to riches” we may automatically equate it to a mundane sense – a person going from poverty to wealth.  But from a spiritual perspective, the idiom “rags to riches” is referring to a person no longer justifying himself through his own failing self righteousness of good deeds which are consider filthy rags to God, to one who’s righteousness is justified by their believing faith in the works of Christ on the cross.
 
It is something truly profound to think upon how God views an individual’s life achievements and charitable contributions as filthy rags outside of His righteousness, the righteousness of God, which is faith in Christ compared to how the world at large in its own self righteousness highly esteem those according to the world’s belief  and reward system.
 
There is a reward of eternal life for those whom are made righteous through faith in Christ; there is also a reward of eternal damnation for those who place their faith in their own self righteousness.
The just and unjust alike are subject to these present perilous times.  The different is the just/believers whom are made righteous through faith in Christ, have a comforter, whom is the Holy Ghost; He comforts us in all things and the redeeming power of Christ blood cleanses us from all sin and unrighteousness. We have an advocator, Christ Jesus, who sits on the right hand of the Father and intercedes on our behalf.
 
The unjust/non-believers/unsaved have no savior, no comforter and no advocate. They will stand guilty and condemned of everything our accuser of the brethren, which is Satan, accuse them of before God because they have no saving grace because they made a decision through out there life here on planet earth to not chose /accept the free gift of salvation.
 
No one, absolutely no one, can live in this dying world without breaking God’s law; this is why God sent His son Jesus through forty and two generations to be the propitiation for our sins. The word of God records in 2 Corin.3:6, … “the letter (10 commandments) kill, but the Spirit ( Christ – Spirit of God ) gives life.  The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God (which is His son Jesus) is eternal life.  The law (10 commandments) was given to show that we are all guilty of sin, no one is exempt, and that we all need a savior.  We are all to adhere to the 10 commandments, but under the new covenant, which is Christ, we are no longer under the curse of the law, which was death if anyone broke any part of the law. Under the new covenant, which is Christ, love fulfills all of the law. That is the true meaning and attributes of love found in 1 Corin. 13.
 
If we all wait until we get our selves together before coming to Christ, than no one would come to Christ. If we could get ourselves together, we would have a long time ago. But the truth of the matter is this - we can never save our own souls… only through accepting Christ in your life can save your souls from a burning hell.  It is the truth that makes us free.
 
You have been given freewill to choose this day life or death… choose life.
 
 
 

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