Saturday, April 18, 2015
Pride, a Spiritual Disease
Proverbs 29:23a A man’s pride shall bring him low
Pride is one of the worse diseases you can ever have, it’s the one and only sickness that will truly rob you of from joy. Pride comes in many forms..it can be pride of beauty, money, strength, possessions, spiritual…etc. We can take something that should glorify God; and quickly make it about us. The devil loves when we become puffed up about a ministry that is suppose to glorify God; but rather we start gloating on how good WE did, taking the focus off GOD. Pride can and will bring out the worse in us; it will truly reveal what is hidden in our hearts. It is the #1 chief sin used by Satan against us, that will cause us to fall and drag down others with us! The only thing we should have pride in, is the Cross of Jesus, (Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.)
Lord Jesus, I am so thankful for Faith Bible Institute and for the many men and women who have put countless and selfless hours into getting Your Word out to all the world. I am thankful Lord that as I prepare my study guide for my upcoming exam, You speak to me and reveal Your truths to my heart. I pray Father that if I have any hidden pride in me that, You will reveal it to me, cleanse and restore me.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
God’s Everlasting Promise
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Praise You Lord! Thank You that I am one among Your blessed children; that will someday soon see You face to face. In (Revelations 22:4,) You speak of Your children being marked upon their forehead; Lord what a great honor it is to no longer be marked by the world, but rather sealed with Your Holy Spirit, (Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.) When I read Your promises in the Word, I am left with pure excitement to know that I will spend eternity with You Lord. The promises of NO more tears, death, sorrow, crying, or pain; is worth every bit of this journey with You on earth, (Revelation 21:4.) You have promised there will be no more darkness, nor any need of the sun, because Jesus will be the only light we will ever need to see all Your amazing glory in heaven, (Revelation 21:23.) When I grow weary day by day, Your promises of my eternal resting place gives me all the peace I need to keep pressing on to the finish line, at the gates of heaven where my soul belongs, (Revelations 22:14.) I can only imagine what heaven is like, and how my heart with burst with joy when I see You and Your everlasting promise.
Father in Heaven I praise You, that I am Yours and You are mine. I am thankful that I am no longer bound or identified by sins, my new identity is found in My Savior Jesus Christ. I look forward to spending eternity in Your arms resting in Your glory, in Heaven that is my home where I belong, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Tuesday, April 14,2015
Pride Only causes a Great Fall
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
This verse brings the book of 1 Samuel to my mind. How David was constantly on the run from bitter King Saul who was out to kill him. Many times David had Saul within his grip to slay him, but he would always remember that vengeances was God’s, (1Samuel 26:9-10.) Paul reminds us of this in the New Testament, “Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” David was forced out of his home and from his wife Michal by his enemy because of jealousy, and remained in hiding till the day King Saul took his own life from being wounded in a battle, (1Samuel 31:4.) Along with the bitter seed of jealousy is pride, and pride always takes our eyes off of God and places them onto ourselves and our reputation, (1Samuel 18:7-8.) David held his ground by respecting the man God placed on the throne, that was his worse enemy and never allowed others to kill him. But Saul fell due to his own haughty spirit and bitter pride causing his own destruction. We can learn a lot from the book of 1Samuel; that God is always in control, and pride is a nasty seed that will only produce bad fruits.
Most gracious Heavenly Father I pray that You will search my heart out, and if I have any seeds of pride or jealously toward another that You will make it known to me. I pray to be cleansed, renewed and restored by You daily. Lord I pray to see my heart in the reflection of Your Word today; I pray that my life will produce good fruits for Your glory, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Are We Ambassadors for Christ or Playing Condemning Judges?
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
The greatest and most exciting news we as Christians should be eager to share; is salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. We should make our message about love that Jesus has for ALL the world to bare our sins and die on Calvary, (John 3:16.) The fear of God, that we as believers and the lost will one day face judgment, should be our second motive to share the great news, (Mark 16:15.) Because there truly is only two destinations for all the world, heaven or hell. Jesus is not sending us out to all the world to condemn, for He himself did not come to condemn men, but rather save, (John 3:17.) Jesus has left us with the great commission and that is to go out into all the world and tell every creature of Christ salvation that is available to all, (Matthew 28:19-20.) My church sermon this morning hit my heart strongly; and I was left with these questions from God. Am I too busy pointing out the flaws of others and beating them with the Bible and scaring them away with condemnation; or am I truly going about my Fathers business, as Jesus commanded, which is share the Gospel. We believers need to stop doing God’s job of judging our saved brothers/sisters for what they don’t do according to God’s Word; as well causing the lost to veer away from God, because we are to busy pointing out their sins, rather then pointing them to the cross. Our job as an ambassadors of Jesus is to share the Gospel with the lost; step back let Jesus do the saving and let God change their heart. We all need to do an evaluation in order to see if we are doing are part for the kingdom of God or are we just playing the judge, (Matthew 7:5) with a huge beam in our own eye. We are all sinners saved by grace with a message to this lost world of Jesus amazing love that is available to all, not to be a condemning judges. The reason why Christianity has gotten such a bad rep, is because we as believers have our fingers pointed in the wrong direction, away from the cross and at sin.
Heavenly Father, this message was hard for me to swallow, today. I praise You that You laid it so heavily on my heart to share. I know that I am a sinner saved by Your amazing grace. You have left me clear instructions in the Bible, to go tell the Gospel of Your available salvation. I am not point out the sins of others. I am not prefect and I daily stumble and fall, praise You Lord that You lift me up, dust me off and guide me back to the path which You have sought out for me. Lord I pray to be in constant renewal each day of my job as Your ambassador, a sinner saved by grace with the message of Christ love to all the world, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Praise God for His Amazing Grace & Loving Mercy
Psalm103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
Praise God, we serve a loving and just God that knows we are 100% human. Grace is such a sweet word that has a strong meaning when used to describe God’s love toward us. Mercy has that same root of meaning with God. It humbles my heart when another believer shares with me their weaknesses, and having full knowledge that it is God’s grace that saved them, and even when they stumble in fall His grace never changes. No grace is not a reason to sin, we as new creatures in Christ main goal should be to not sin. Just like the Israelites not being able to uphold the law; God knows we in this generation are no different, that is why He sent His only Son, Jesus to die for ALL our past, present and future sins. The Bible is our guide while here on earth, God wants us to read and apply it; as well share His truth with others. Again God knows we are 100% human and we will stumble, praise God He is slow to anger, and has plenty of lifetime mercy and grace to give us. How far is the east from the west? It truly is from one of Jesus scarred hand to the other, (Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.) I am 100% human and I am not prefect, I mess up on a daily basic; but praise God I am saved by His amazing grace and His loving mercy for me is everlasting.
Heavenly Father, I praise You for my salvation. I know that my salvation is 100% by Your grace, through my Savior Christ Jesus. I praise You Lord that when I stumble and fall, Your love never leaves my side. I pray that my life will reflect Christ and that daily it will be a testimony of how You guide me each day, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.