Pride, a Spiritual Disease

  

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.

Jesus My Representative

 

 Friday, April 17, 2015

Jesus My Representative
Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

We may never fully know how many times Jesus has interceded on our behalf. Even now, at this very moment, Jesus may be speaking to the Father in our defense. How awesome is that thought?

 Jesus is more than just our Savior, He is our heavenly lawyer that sits at the right hand of God and intercedes for us daily. The great thing about Jesus, is He is also the Son of our Judge, God. When the devil goes accusing us before the throne of God, Jesus says, “it’s under the blood.” Praise God we have a Savior who did not just take our place on the cross for ALL our past, present and future sins; He is also our representative. These are the four reasons that us believers can never be found guilty; according to (Romans 8:34.)

1. Christ died for our sins. 

2. He rose again. 

3. He sits at the right hand of the Father. 

4. He is constantly reminding God that He died to pay the cost for our sins, as our intercessor. I don’t know about you, but I am thankful that I not only have a Savior who paid in full my debt to sin I could never pay. I am also thankful that free of charge He is constantly interceding for me before the judge (God) and against the devil my adversary. We should never use Jesus grace or interceding for us as a reason to sin. When we do sin knowing that He represent us is comforting and brings peace to mind. 

Lord, I praise You that You are more than just my Savior, King, High Priest; but that You are also my intercessor. When Satan goes before  the throne of God to accuse me, I am thankful that You boldly speak up and say, “no that is my child and their sins have been covered by my blood.” I pray to not use Your grace as a reason to sin; but rather a reason to share with others the amazing intercessor they too can have representing them at the right hand of God, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

God’s Everlasting Promise

 

 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. 

Pride Only causes a Great Fall!

 

 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. 

My Shepherd Provides, “I shall not want.”

 

 Monday, April 13, 2015

My Shepherd Provides, “I shall not want.”
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23 is a prayer often used at funerals; it is a song written by King David. This prayer is considered as most famous, along side the Lord’s Prayer, (Matthew 6:9-13). David penned that the Lord is his Shepherd, he specifies that, “I shall not want,” (Psalm 23:1.) When David’s soul needed a spiritual refreshment, the Shepherd provided green pastures, (Psalm 23:2a.) When David’s soul was weary, the Shepherd provided still water, (Psalm 23:2b.) The Shepherd provided restoration, when his soul needed a revival, (Psalm 23:3a.) When King David’s soul needed guidance, the Shepherd lead him on the right path, (Psalm 23:3b.) When his soul was threaten by death, the Shepherd was with him, (Psalm 23:4.) When his enemies came against his soul, the Shepherd provided his victory table, (Psalm 23:5a.) When his soul was wounded, the Shepherd anointed his head with oil, (Psalm 23:5b.) When David’s soul needed companionship, the Shepherd appointed goodness and mercy to accompany him, (Psalm 23:6a.) When King David came to the end of his life here on earth, the Shepherd provided a permanent resting place for him in heaven, (Psalm 23:6b.) Our daily walk with Christ is just like David’s prayer as believers. We are in constant need of refreshing our spirit, we grow weary and need strength. Our souls are always in needing of a revival. We seek daily the Lord’s guidance for His path of righteousness. There is no telling how many times we have escape death, due to the Shepherd redirecting us. When others come against us God gets the glory for our victory. When we are wounded Jesus is our healer, and is always with us as our greatest companion. There will come, some sweet day, when God will call us home to the place that Jesus has prepared for us. We can look back and truly see that we have a great Shepherd who was always caring for us. When I become drained and grow weary, feeling like the whole world is resting on my shoulders; The Lord always directs me to (Psalm 23.) Because He is my great Shepherd and He wants me to remember that He provides, guides, gives rest, restores, protects me & keeps me safe, he heals me and is always with me. His greatest promise to me is that He has a permanent resting place for me and that one day soon He will call me home to an everlasting life. 
Heavenly Father I praise You for the greatest Psalm penned to remind me of how loving my Shepherd is; and that He provides for me daily. I praise You Jesus that You are always guiding, restoring, helping, healing, protecting and keeping me safe daily. I am thankful that when my temporary life here on earth is over, You have awaiting me on the other side of Jordan a permanent resting place. Thank you Lord, I love You and praise You, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Are We Ambassadors for Christ or Playing Condemning Judges?

 

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. 

Praise God for His Amazing Grace & Loving Mercy 

 

 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.