Forgive To Be Forgiven

Friday, October 31, 2014

Forgive To Be Forgiven

Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

When we hurt another’s feelings, we quickly expect forgiveness; but if the tables are turned, we become the brother/sister easily not won over to forgiveness after offense, (Proverbs 18:19a A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city). Peter ask Jesus, Lord how many times am I to forgive my brother, (Matthew 18:21). Jesus response to him was of innumerable times, (Matthew 18:22c Until seventy times seven). If we want to be forgiven for our debts, then we must first forgive others for their trespasses, (Matthew 18:35 So likewise shall my Heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses). If God is able to send His only Son, Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, and we be forgiven at salvation, washed in the blood of the Lamb, clothed in His righteousness and stand before God as though we have never sinned. Then we as believers should be able to forgive others and see the best in them; because even when we we lost sinners, God seen the best in us.

Heavenly Father thank You for my forgiveness, I am thankful for my Savior. I praise You Lord that even as a lost sinner in the world, You sought me out to be forgiven because You seen the good in me. I pray to have a heart of Christ and forgive those who come against me, in Jesus name, Amen

Do You Love Jesus? Then Feed His Sheep!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Do You Love Jesus? Then Feed His Sheep!

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

I believe Jesus ask Peter three times if he truly loved Him, because He was in fact referring to Peter denying Him three times. When Jesus arose from the grave on the third day, He was specific on His request that the two women go and tell His disciples and Peter, (Mark 16:7). This verse is a great example of no matter how bad we mess up, we are still God’s child and Jesus can still use us. Jesus called Peter out by His name, like God does with us believers, because He has mighty works for us to do for His kingdom. Jesus referred Peter as “Rock,” because when he ask who is it that you think I am; Peter answered (Thou art the living Christ, the Son of the living God, Matthew 16:15-16). Jesus knew that Peter did not know this by his flesh, but was given to him by His Father in heaven, (Matthew 16:17). Upon this rock I will build my church and no gates of hell will destroy it, (Matthew 16:18,) this verse is the precise moment Jesus calls Peter out to build and lead His Church. Even though Peter would denied Jesus three times, he was still called out and used afterwards by Jesus as the rock to which His church was to be built on. Peter preached at Pentecost and 3,000 Jews were saved that day. At some point in time we have to accept our imperfections, get off the sidelines and get into the heat of battle to win people to the kingdom. We believers are to not only love but feed the sheep of Jesus daily, by our service, teaching of the Word and providing to the poor and sick. No matter what we do as a saint that grieves our Spirit, we serve a God of second chances and our Savior can always use us to bring glory to His name and lost sinners to the foot of His cross.

Heavenly Father I praise You that You called me out from this world by my name. You washed me in the blood of the lamb and have proclaimed me as Your child. I praise You that even when I am not faithful and mess up, You still hold me justified and call me out still to service in Your Kingdom. I pray to be the light that shines to a lost world pointing them to Christ and to not only love; but feed Your sheep as well, in Jesus name, Amen.

Set-Apart

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Set-Apart

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future- Oswald Chambers. To be sanctified is to be set-apart from this world to live for Christ, (Philippians 1:21). We are to die to this world in order to live for Christ. When we were saved, we became sanctified; set apart from this world and justified standing before God righteous by the cleansing blood of Jesus. Followers of Jesus NO LONGER fit into this world. The way we speak, act and treat others should be without evil or vanity. Others should be able to see that we are followers of Christ, without us claiming Christianity. As believers we are to shine for Christ in this lost world, sharing the Gospel with the unsaved and not partaking in the doings of unbelievers, (1 Corinthians 10:21). When we participate as a believer, doing the former things that once kept us from inheriting the kingdom of God; our message becomes unclear to the lost who needs Christ. We believers are Jesus’s billboard to the unsaved in this world, when we are fitting into this world, Jesus message of salvation does not stand out in this lost world!

Heavenly Father I praise and thank You for my salvation. I thankful that even though I am a sinner with a past I am also a saint saved by Your amazing grace. I know that I am not prefect and that I will make mistake but I pray that my life I am living as a believer will reflect Christ to those who are lost, in Jesus name, Amen.

Are You A Jonah or God?

*Note- I have been bless to learn and grow in God’s Word through an amazing opportunity my church provides; (Faith Bible Institute) it is a 3 yr Bible credited college course; I am taking my last year. I have learn so much about God’s Word I never could wrap my mind around by just reading His Word. Jonah is one of those books I never quite understood. Today I was given that mind and heart opening revealing to God’s Word and I want to share this amazing key point of Jonah. When it hit me and the question was left for me to ponder on, my eyes quickly open to why Jonah is an important part of our walk as Christians..our we Jonah’s or are we merciful like God?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Are You A Jonah or God?

Jonah 4: 10- 11 Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night:
And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

God called Jonah to go to the first known terrorist nation of all man kind in Nineveh to preach of repentance and God’s judgment to come. Jonah fled from this calling due to the fact that the Assyrian’s of this time frame in the Bible, was our modern day Nazi’s. They brought on cruel and horrible punishments to their enemies by torturing them in horrifying ways. This better helps to understand why Jonah fled! But our God sees past all the pain, fear and death of innocent victims by the hands of their enemies; God sees deliverance. After being tossed off the ship, swallowed by a whale and vomited onto dry ground miles away from the city He tried desperately to out run God from, (Psalm 139:7-10). Jonah knew that his mission was to go where pure evil reside and preach about the wrath of God’s judgement that would come upon the city of Nineveh if they did not repent and turn from their wick ways. After many days of Jonah’s evangelizing, our God of 2nd chances spared the city and 600,000 souls were saved. But Jonah was angry with God, that He did not rebuke and destroy this great city of horrifying terroristic acts. He knew that those in his city of Tarshish would find out he came to Nineveh and preached and their enemies were spared the wrath of God, (Jonah 4:1-3). (Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?Jonah 4:4) Jonah misunderstood God’s question, thinking He was going to rebuke the city and went to sit on a near by hill to watch the city be destroyed, (Jonah 4:5). God prepared a gourd to shade Jonah, He prepared a worm to destroy the gourd, and God then prepared a east wind and the sun beat upon Jonah’s head, leaving him wishing to die then live with these conditions, (Jonah 4:6-8) God then ask Jonah why he has compassion for a gourd that was destroyed by a worm that once served him as a shade, but he has no mercy for a city filled with 120,000 innocent children and animals who brought no harm and pain, (Jonah 4:9-11). Us Christians can be like Jonah, we want to only share the Gospel in our comfort zone, and ask God’s mercies on those we love, expecting His wrath on our enemies, not seeing the innocent that have no choice of where they reside. In the world we live in, each generation has held it’s own terrorist and enemies to Christians. Many times we have harden our hearts wanting them to be destroyed by God’s judgment, not thinking about the possibilities of salvation and many innocent lives. We need to stop running from but run to, soul winning to spare lives from God’s judgment day no matter the degree of our enemies and terrorist who come against us as a nation or individual Christians. We as Jonah’s are only merciful and kind to those who are not our enemies, but our God loves ALL even the enemies of His children and Himself.

Most gracious merciful Heavenly Father thank You for sparing me as a sinner standing in the line heading start for hell. I once was Your enemy Lord, I once did not abide in You, I once came against Your children, but You Father seen my deliverance and spared me from the wrath of Your judgment. Lord I pray to have a merciful heart to run toward and not away from the lost of this world even my enemies to share the great commission, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Got Will Supply & Provide

Monday, October 27, 2014

God Will Supply & Provide

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

There is nothing we as believers should ever worry about, God will provide. We may not get that brand new car, bigger house, promotion at work, luxurious ten course meal, elegant silky comforters to sleep on, and the latest and greatest technology for our entertainment. But God does provide us with the necessary means that we need to survive. He wakes us to a new day; giving each of us the opportunity to get saved if we are lost, and share the Gospel with those that are lost. Daily He provides us guidance in His Word and allows us 24 hour prayer access. Whether we stand in a food line or store line, God provides us food to eat, water to drink and clothes to wear; we do not need to worry about nothing. ( Matthew 6:27-34.)

Heavenly Father thank You for Your daily provision. I am thankful that even when I worry about tomorrow, You are still on the throne and still in control of all my needs. I praise You in Jesus name, Amen.

Reflecting Christ

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Reflecting Christ

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

When we become Christians, we have turned our will over to the spirit and have taken all authority away from the flesh, (Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.) God is a Spirit, if we are in His image; we are a spirit man, as well. Christians should be Christlike. We should reflect the Light of Jesus in our lives. The Lord can chisel His image on our flawed lives and make us beautiful and useful. Jesus takes each of our sins, pain and loss through the power of His cross; transforms all of our brokenness and shame in order for our lives to exalt His name. Our rough edges must be chipped away to bring out the image of Christ. Paul himself knew personally the transformation God can accomplish in us, (Acts 9:26-28,) but we have to first give the chisel to the Lord in order from Him to skillfully shape us into the image of Christ.

Heavenly Father thank You for my salvation, by the ultimate sacrifice of Christ’s death on the cross. I pray to die to my flesh and live to reflect Jesus. It is an honor to be daily renewed into to likeness of my Savior, I praise You and thank You, in Jesus name, Amen.

God Sees Our Sins NO More!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

God Sees Our Sins NO More!

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

At the very second we received our salvation; God took our sins and cast them as far as the east is from the west. He blotted them out,
and knows them no more. We stand before God justified and righteous as if we had never sinned. What an amazing blessing! Jesus did not only died for our eternal salvation; but His precious blood covers us and cleanses us white as snow. Satan likes to toy with us and bring up old sins creeping them back into our minds; reminding us of who we once were. That is the key word “once” we are no longer slaves to sin or slaves to Satan. We can speak the name of Jesus and demons will flee, (James 4:7.) We have authority over sin and Satan, there is power in the blood of Jesus. When we yield to God and rebuke Satan and sin, the power we process scares even Lucifer himself. It is not us that scares him, it is us realizing just who we are in Christ and how strong we are thorough our mighty Savior. We are victorious and can stand against any sin, demon and giant, because we have a stone that is name Jesus that will bring down any evil that is against us and we will prevail in Christ.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the strength I have through Christ. I am thankful that You have forgiven me not just for my past or present sins but my future ones as well. I am thankful there is not a sin that remains in Your thoughts, and my past no longer has a hold on me. I pray that as Satan comes knocking at the door with my past, I will remind Him of his future, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Partakers Of Christ’s Sufferings

Friday, October 24, 2014

Partakers Of Christ’s Sufferings

1Peter 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.

We know there are trials that face us all. It is not how many trials we have or even how bad the trials are that counts, it is how we handle the trials. If you look through the Bible at all of the prophets and men and women of God, you will find they all faced trials. It is not unusual for trying times to come. It rains on the just and on the unjust. It is important how we handle that problem. The Christian who is persecuted for his faith is a partner in the same kind of suffering Jesus endured suffering for doing what is right. When his glory shall be revealed; Believers who are persecuted for their faith are partakers of the same kind of suffering the Savior endured for obeying and serving God with faithfulness, loyalty and love, (Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.) While Jesus is presently glorified in heaven, His glory is not yet fully revealed on earth. All will rejoice, but especially those who have been persecuted and martyred will more fully understand, (Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.) A Christian who is persecuted for righteousness in this life will have overflowing joy in the future because of his reward, (James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.) Such an awareness of future joy enables him also to rejoice at the present time. These are problems that come from serving the Lord, spoken of here. Paul thought it an honor to suffer for Christ. We should feel the same way. God cannot trust all of us with suffering for Him. Some would fold up under great trials. Others get stronger in that trial. When the suffering is in the name of the Lord, it should thrill us that God can trust us with that big a problem.

Most gracious Heavenly Father I praise You that You find me worthy to suffer for Christ. I know many trails will come against me, it is not the degree of it that will count, it will be how well I maintain during the heat without melting. It is a privilege to be saved, and a great honor to shine for Christ, I pray I can suffer for His name and stand against my enemies knowing when I am weak, You are strong, in Jesus name, Amen.

The Good & Bad Glorifies God!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Good & Bad Glorifies God!

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Life in general is like baking a cake; you need different ingredients in order to make a delicious one. Alone sugar, milk and vanilla taste good; while flour, baking powder and cocoa by themselves taste bad! But when you add sugar warm milk and cocoa together you get yummy hot chocolate. Like our lives as believers we have good moments and bad ones too. The good ones make us smile while the bad ones leaves us feeling discouraged. At the end of the day when the good and bad is mixed together and done, we can lay our head down and go to sleep. Life with the good and bad times holds many lessons that we can take and add to our new batch each day. When I make a new recipe I always make it more then once trying different ingredients in order to find the right taste. This is how our everyday life is, we know that yesterday not starting the day off right with prayer and God’s Word; turned out to be a difficult day of running in circles. Today we got up and start this day off with praying and listening to God through prayer and His Word, then tonight when we go to bed we can reminisce on how great the day has been. No matter what comes at us in life, good or bad, it all comes together for the good and glorifies God. When our life’s lessons and ingredients are all said and done, we will be in heaven in our glorified bodies at the feet of Jesus; now that is a great recipe!

Most gracious Heavenly Father thank You for this new day. I am grateful for my good times and bad, they blend together giving me a great day that glorifies You. I can take from my day and see what I need to change in order to stay on Your path and shine for Christ, in Jesus name, Amen

We ARE Conquers In Christ!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We ARE Conquers In Christ!

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Trials and temptations are two words that us believers are very familiar with; we go through them almost on a daily basic. God is not the one who brings temptations on us, because He is of love and not evil; but God will allow temptations and trials in us, (James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.) God allows those temptations and trails in order to strengthen our faith, and that we may gain patience, (James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.) Though God may not be the one who tempts you, He is the one who enables your ability to overcome those trails and temptations. He has given us believers all the tools we need in order to rise above those snares and be victorious. He has supplied us with our comforter, (John 14:26-27,) His Word, (Matthew 4:4,) prayer, (Jeremiah 33:3,) and strength, (Philippians 4:13.) With a sling and a stone we can face any giant and conquer him in the name of our Lord. There is not a single thing in this entire world that can stand against us, because with God all things are possible to overcome, (Matthew 19:26.) Even death has lost it sting with us believers; because our Savior, Jesus Christ died on the cross at Calvary and on the third day He rose from the grave and with that He conquered death and gave us who believe in Him everlasting life, (1 Corinthians 15:55-57 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.)

Heavenly Father I praise You for my salvation. I am a conquer here on earth through Christ and death has no hold on me, because my final destination is in Heaven! I pray that as each new day begins and trails and temptations come knocking at my door, I will answer it with confidence because the battle has done been won by my Savior! Thank You Lord! In Jesus name I pray Amen.