Praise Him

We all know David was a serious worshipper. David said:
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,
and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!” – I Chronicles 16-31-34

Let us take moments today to remember the greatness of God, and praise Him for all that He is to us. Thank you, God for being our provider, for being with us, for being our shelter, for being our peace. Thank you, Jesus, for being our salvation! Let us take time today and praise Him as the song says, in spirit and in truth. Selah!

Changed

“Old things are passed away
All things are new
I’m not the same
Yes I’ve been changed, Yeah
It’s true I found my life in you
All things are new
I’m not the same
Yes, I’ve been changed.”

In Tuesday Night Bible Study, we’ve been reading Acts and Romans, discussing the importance of the birth of new church after Jesus Christ’s resurrection and ascension to heaven, where He poured out His spirit to guide the believers in the spreading of the Gospel.

We discuss the importance and necessity of the Holy Spirit operating in a true Christian’s life. What are the signs that you have the Holy Spirit? Is it a feeling? Or is it something more? One clear evidence that should be visible in the life of a believer who is guided by the Holy Spirit is a change in character and temperant. Christian should be going through a process to become bearers of the fruit of the Spirit. Our worship should reflect the transformation in our minds and the dying to our flesh every day.

This song is a declaration that yes, you have been changed. You are not the same and that is only made possible by the Holy Spirit!

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Free Indeed

Happy Independence Day, America!

The power behind worship is that it is a choice. No matter your circumstances, you can choose how to respond to your situation. You can choose to be miserable during hard times, or choose to let go and trust God. Ultimately, you decide whether to live a life in bondage or be a free child of God. Worship is an act of your will.  This song simply says:

“I’m free indeed, in Christ I’m free indeed. No chains are holding me, its who I choose to be…I choose to be free!”

The bible says in Romans 8:

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who[a] do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son…Yet 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 principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our freedom, and Jesus died for us out of His love for us, that we may not be held in the bondage of sin but have freedom and everlasting life through the gift of salvation. All we need to do is choose Jesus. Choose to live a life of obedience to the Word, renouncing sin out of our lives. All we need to do is willingly lift up our hands in worship, declaring that in Christ, we are free indeed! Selah.

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Again and Again and Again

First, take a minute to LISTEN TO THIS ENTIRE SONG!

When has God never been there for you? Even when you think you are alone, God is there! And He will solve all your problems. He will heal all your pain. He has the PERFECT plan for your life. When are you going to praise God like you REALLY trust Him? When are you going to truly give up on trying to things on your own and allow God to be GOD in your life? I mean, when are you going to let Him be first and foremost, let Him guide you and take care of you and let the endless depth of His love pour over you? Stop worrying and praise the King of kings! He is the Lord of lords! He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

Psalm 113 “Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.
3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.
4 The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high,
6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
7 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
8 That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.”

AND IF HE DID IT BEFORE, HE WILL DO IT AGAIN! That difficult thing you are going through? GIVE IT UP TO GOD!! LET HIM HANDLE IT! Be empowered! Get up and praise Him now! Selah.

He’s faithful God
He’s an on-time God
He’s a healing God
You will come through once again!
Just in the nick of time!
Satan is defeated!
You WILL come through once again!

He’s a wonder, He’s a wonder! He’s a mighty God!

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The Truth Be Told…

The word is in your mouth. God spoke His Word out into the dead world, giving it life and fulfilling His will.

Words are spirit; and when spoken, a word will search for a body to be established, because it cannot return. The preacher has to establish the word in himself; until the word is established in a body, the word remains spirit.

When we speak a word that comes from God, it is intentional – there is someone with a certain situation who is meant to hear and receive. That’s why it’s dangerous to listen to gossip, and listen to garbage; it will influence what we preach – it weakens discernment. It is also very important to function under the unction of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore the speaker becomes the carrier of the Word, which is the Holy Spirit established in us (The life I live not I that live but Christ that lives in us), if we are given the authority to speak the Word, then we are also given the authority to unlock any barrier to the establishment of the word. Until the word is established it remains unfulfilled.

The word needs to become flesh. If our hearts are not right, the word will not germinate and produce. The word is not the problem, the ground of our hearts is; until we fix our hearts to receive, we will remain a un-fertile ground. The word is powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, it will accomplished the task it sets out in the lives of whoever has prepared themselves to receive.

What soil are you?

The Truth Be Told…

The truth be told: A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9)
We often wonder why we have to deal with so many challenging situations. Why do I have to deal with so many problems? I am a good person and yet I have this weight carrying. That’s what’s wrong, the weight I am carrying. A problem is defined as an unintended deviation from a plan or objective. Without complete trust in the leadership of the Blessed Holy Spirit, it is very difficult to identify and appropriately deal with the devil’s traps. His traps are specifically and meticulously designed to cause problems for US. The devil’s goal is that we end up living in our deviation not or destiny.
So, brothers and sisters, I implore us all to put the weight down, without which we will never be able to objectively run this race to a successful conclusion.

The Truth Be Told…

The truth be told:  A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9)
Leaven : (A pervasive influence that modifies something, or transforms it for the better)
This is a wonderful use of metaphor. There are things (Especially ones we consider small and harmless) in our lives that are modifying and transforming God’s plans for our growth and development (blessing) and causes us to focus on our ability to acquire (prosperity). These can be people, habits, misguided desires, works of the flesh (Gal 5), and poor choices.  The scriptures teach us to lay aside every weight and sin. Today we are talking about weight, and how God will not take away any weight we don’t first lay down.(Heb 12:1)

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Perfection.

Do Not Judge.

Matthew 7:1-3 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

Its simple, when you are perfect, cast the first stone. Followers of Christ live their lives chasing after Jesus and learning to live in His truth. However one of the things we constantly fail to realize is how much we are not like Him.:

How many of us would really lay down our lives for anyone?

How many of us have mastered forgiveness?

How many of us love unconditionally?

So, how many of us are worthy or righteousness enough to judge?

Its simple, none of us. The Bible is full of ways for us to improve ourselves, yet one of the biggest stigmas on Christian culture is how judgemental we are – that we know what is best for others. In reality, the only thing we know for certain is that Christ died on the cross in the hopes that all would come to repentance and have eternal life. We also know that while he was on Earth, He spent a majority of His limited time with people, showing them the love of God and the value they have within themselves.

Chasing after Jesus means that we Christ left the Holy Spirit with us to give us power beyond our weaknesses, and being filled with the Holy Spirit is the closest to perfection that we will ever reach on earth. This not to say that we shouldn’t be held accountable, but being a Christian takes going so much furter. It takes consistent, daily transformation of our own lives. That is what our focus should be — filling our entire lives with the light of God…then we can be a beacon of light to draw all men to Him.

The Truth Be Told…

John 6:26: “Jesus answered them and said, “Verily, verily I say unto you, ye seek Me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye ate of the loaves and were filled.”

The truth be told, we don’t serve God because we love Him, but because of what we think He can do for us. Jesus said, “If you love Me keep my commandments.” The world is not impressed by your attire, the car you drive and the expensive accessories you adorn yourself in. People want to see the Jesus we serve and He has to be seen in the life we live. We cannot love God and despise one another.

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Rom 14:17)

Spiritual.

There is a battle between the spirit of love and the spirit of evil.

Its in the small things. It encroaches on our peace and turns the tide quicker than the moon.

Romans 14:17 says: “for the Kingdom is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

In life we learn to prioritize certain things, especially those that edify our bodies. As children, parents work to make sure we are well dressed, clean and healthy. To the best of their ability, they work to ensure that we learn basic skills such as ready and writing and math; they send us to school to further enhance those skills – thinking that this will lead to our success. As we grow, we learn to take pride in ourselves and our presentation, developing our style along with our personality – so that when people see us, they know who we are. And its true; certain success is statistically more attainable when these standards are in place. There many factors to ensure success in the world.

Yet, the Bible is constantly getting us to shift our focus from the temporary success in the world to spiritual edification [the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually]. Why? Because the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven, is a spiritual place. It is our ultimate goal in life, it is our eternal destiny – if we are so willing. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that our fight is not against flesh and blood, but spiritual principalities and powers. Romans 8: 6 tells us that a carnal mind leads to death but a spiritual mind is life and peace.

So why do we focus so much on eating and drinking, neglecting the opportunities to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit?

One of the reasons I believe is because of what I stated earlier: its in the small things. Its in the tiniest details of our life, but is those details that make up our life. What I mean is, it is natural and normal for us to take care of our bodies – and the Bible says that we should honor the temple God has given us. But what we tend to forget is that our natural state is not only our most familiar, but it is at odds with the Holy Spirit. Our natural desires conflict with the will of God.

Salvation reconciles us with God, and baptism fills us with the Holy Spirit – and we are commanded to walk a spiritual life. Condemning our flesh should be a daily occurance.

Remember Luke 9:23-24: “23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,[a] and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost.”

Sin separates us from God. That is the entire purpose of sin, and separation from God is death. Our flesh is cursed by sin to death, but Jesus overcame the power of that death and separation by walking blamelessly on the earth. He did it so that there would be a path to  God, to righteousness, so that salvation can happen to our souls despite the unchangeable condition of our flesh.

In Christ, we are new creatures – we are spiritual beings. Before salvlations, we were zombies. We would edify our flesh by being consumed with desires that had nothing to do with the kingdom of God. We were walking around feeding and cleaning and clothing dead, rotten flesh. But Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice to that we could live our life filled with the Holy Spirit and surrounded by the kingdom of heaven.

As humans, we can’t escape the condition of our bodies on earth – but we OVERCOME it with the power of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is left up to us to ensure that we are constantly reading our Bible – hiding it in our hearts and staying in prayer – developing and strengthening our relationship with God.

It is up to us to live a life that is spiritual. Amen.