Saturday, October 1, 2016

Light and Darkness, Sweet and Bitter Fruit

Good Morning! When I woke up this morning it was still dark outside, and as I watched the dawn begin to break, the light of day chasing away the darkness, I began to think about how the truth of God clears the darkness out of our lives. We've all walked in the dark until the light of Jesus entered our lives to show us a better way to live, and then I also began to think about those who proclaim to walk in the light by doing good deeds, and helping the poor, and feeding in hungry, but they are still harboring secret sins and disobediences in their lives, and that's what I would like us all to think about today.

We can do all the things that look good to the outside world, but God looks at our hearts, and when He gives us the light of His Son Jesus to change our hearts and to turn from the sin in our hearts and lives and we chose not to let go of the darkness, we will be left with our good deeds, but not Jesus. Only those of us chose to be washed in the blood and walk in the light will live with Jesus forever.

There are people who think they are good people by the deeds that they do for others, and even by their knowledge of Christ that won't go to heaven, and that's scary, because the word of God teaches us that only the people who choose by choice to walk in the love and obedience of God by accepting Jesus will live in the light for all eternity. (The fruit will be known by the tree from which it came.)

I was having a conversation with a friend not long ago, and we began to disgust a relationship between myself and someone else, it was not at all that it appeared to be from the outside; Are there any people in your life that by appearance that looks like you both have a healthy relationship together, but there really isn't one? Well if we all belong to Christ there should be love abounding through and from us all to one another because God is love and unity. And that's what we will be judged by in the end when we are before Him, not on the deeds that we performed for others to see.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. On judgment day many will say to me, 'Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.' Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Read Matthews 7:21-23. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and exult in the surrender of my body, but have not love, I gain nothing. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.

Let us live in the light, let the light and love of God through Jesus expose the darkness in our lives so that we can be changed today because we may not have a tomorrow because tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Jesus is today, let the light shine today, so that our fruit will be tasted for the sweetness of the light of Christ, and not the bitterness of the darkness. Have a nice day....

Friday, September 30, 2016

While We Think We are Waiting on God's Promises, God is Really Making Things Ready for Our Arrival

Good Morning! If you have a sure-nuff promise from God, be patience in your waiting for it. I've been writing to encourage people for over six years now, as directed by our Lord since June 2010, and this year of 2016, my writing has been sporadic, missing a few days here and there while I was going through training in a new city for a new job, and then I've missed over two weeks this month in September. But I'm back now.

We all go through transitions and transformations in life which will shake up the flow of our rhythms and regular routines in the way we are used to doing things. I would think about writing, meaning God would remind me what I was supposed to be doing, and yet I would not get up earlier to do like I've done in the past. I also started to lose focus on why I was at my new job. I simply didn't want to be there anymore. Even though I know why I was placed there, for His reason and season, I simply didn't want to be here, no not at all. Even when God had sustained me for six weeks and five days alone, running the office and holding things down and putting things in order. I knew what I was supposed to learn, and I knew that I was also to leave a mark of God on the place, I still was ready to go.

The other day while I getting ready to go the Uniontown Hospital to receive my badge for the Pastoral Care Volunteer Team, Joel Olsteen started encouraging the church not to despise their small beginnings of where they were at in their lives, it's all a part of God's plan. Those words caught me right there in my heart; I immediately repented before the Lord and I told Him that I was sorry, and I asked His forgiveness. For it was the Lord who opened this door for me and helped me when I was running the business alone.

When we know we have our promises about to manifest, we have to keep our hope alive, all the while God is blessing us and developing us in other areas of our lives. We can't jump and get ahead of the promises before God makes us ready. What I learned on that Tuesday morning in late September 2016 was that I was already in the promise, I was just at one area of it's many stages.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand." (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the LORD that search all around the world.) Read Zechariah 4:10. I am not saying this out of need, for I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Read Philippians 4:11-13.

The sun dawns before high noon, and the tide line is low before the wave brings in the waters of the oceans back to shore. So as it is with us and our hopes, while we think that we are waiting on God and the promises, God is really making us completely ready for all His blessings from the very beginning that's why we must not despise their beginning stages. Have a nice day....

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Loving Our Children

Good Morning! Open your eyes praising the Lord, put you and your family in His hands first thing in the mornings for we trust His will for them all. I don't know if you have any children or not, but not all children are perfect, just as we are not, but when we put our children in the hands of the Lord early, we can be sure that God will work things out in their lives evenually. We parent are called to pray for them, even if they are wayward. Jesus is the answer for them, not all families are picturesque as the pretty picture looks. After all look at the first family, our parents Adam and Eve and their son's Cain and Able, and also the prodigal son.

We, parent, are called to pray for our children, we love them through their faults and shortcomings because God has implanted that love within our hearts for them just as Jesus loves all of us. We are to have patience with them as they are still finding their way to the Lord. There are too many children young and old alike that are still confused in their lives by thinking they know it all, and they are stumbling in their own limited wisdom, and until they find the right path in life and follow the obedience of God, it will be our prayers that will cover them. We intercede for them, and God will answer our prayers. It is vital that we pray for our children always, otherwise, they will pass on their faulty ways, (sins) on to the next generation. We are all born into sin, but the sins of parents will be repeated in the next generation if not broken by the blood of Jesus. So lift your family up before God first thing in the mornings and trust God with lives of those you love.

My son, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother; bind them continually on your heart; tie them around your neck. When you walk about, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk to you.
Read Proverbs 6:20-22.

We are to train, teach and and pray for them. Some parents like myself never raised their own children so we never had the chance to teach them ourselves, so all that we can do it continue to pray, and love them as God does and all will go well with us in the end. Have a nice day...

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