Pastor’s Blog 2.13.19

Psalm 37:3-8
3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret — it only causes harm. NKJV

So many people in church culture today have trust issues, why? I believe it boils down to the fact we put people in an unrealistic position. I have come to this conclusion: I don’t put that much trust in people, but, instead put all my trust in the Lord. He alone is wise, perfect, and completely trustworthy. My expectations for people in no way match my expectations for God. They shouldn’t.

I guess you could say I have a lot of hope in people but my faith is in God.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. NKJV

Isaiah 30:1-3
30:1 Futile Confidence in Egypt or (people of the world) “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the LORD, “Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin; 2 Who walk to go down to Egypt, And have not asked My advice, To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, And to trust in the shadow of Egypt! 3 Therefore the strength of Pharaoh Shall be your shame, And trust in the shadow of Egypt Shall be your humiliation. NKJV

I can’t find all the verses that tell us to trust in people can you? But the scripture is full of direction to put our trust in God.

I was talking to someone a while back and they had just suffered a serious betrayal from a lifetime relationship. He was relaying his side of the story and said “if you don’t want to be my friend anymore I understand, this goes against everything I have believed and taught”.

I responded, “One thing I have learned is you don’t have to do anything wrong to be betrayed. Just ask Jesus, He has been betrayed by us all to one degree or another, and He has never sinned.”

I was talking to Prophet Kevin last night and these words popped out of my mouth, “shame never takes the blame”. A victim will never take responsibility for their own failures, they have to blame someone else. They may wallow in some self-pity but seldom take responsibility for their own actions.

Years ago I decided to own my failures. I won’t take the blame for another’s actions, but I will for my own. I am delivered from shame and own my mistakes. That is a healthy soul’s perspective. If you ask me, self-righteousness is the foundation of the shame deception. I make my boast in the Lord. I had two people text me last week and told me I was a “great man”, “No I am not, but I know a great God”, was my response. I giggle at the thought of my own righteousness.

Bottom line, rejoice in all the good we see people do, but don’t put your faith in man, put your faith in God!

This weekend we are going have a great time in the presence of God with Prophet Kevin, I know we will be challenged and grow! I encourage you to make the extra meeting Tuesday and Wednesday nights and soak and get your batteries charged!

1 Timothy 4:9-16 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. 10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 These things command and teach. 12 Take Heed to Your Ministry Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. NKJV

Be blessed!

Pastor’s Blog 2.6.19

 

Years ago I read a book that absolutely changed my thinking about walking with God in daily life. It was a book by E. Stanley Jones called the “Unshakable Kingdom and Unchanging person”.

The main thought of the book was the fact that revival comes in the heart when a person grasps the concept or revelation that the Kingdom of God is not just an “Ideal”, but real. How simple  yet profound! Most people believe in God  (and Jesus), but in our culture, He is an ideal,  not real in their lives. They don’t live moment by moment considering God’s position on the matters of life and decisions they are making.

 

Luke 17:26-36

26 And as it was in the days of Noah , so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:  27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.  28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;  29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.  30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.  31 “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back.  32 Remember Lot’s wife.  33 Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.  34 I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left.  35 Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left.  36 Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.”   NKJV

 
Matthew 24:37-39

37 But as the days of Noah  were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,  39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  NKJV

 

In Matthew’s rendering it says, “they did not know until the flood came”. I don’t want to wait until I am drowning to find out the water is real!

The difference between something being real or ideal in your life can be reduced down to simple obedience. You will obey what you really believe. There is a difference between acknowledging something and obeying it. Most of society acknowledges God… movie stars and sports heroes thank Him after their victories, politicians mention Him in their speeches, but how many actually govern their daily moments in life by His word and power?

 

How many people do you know who attend weekly church services and live carnally throughout their lives? I’m amazed at the politicians who demand the right to kill babies and redefine marriage, but also call themselves Christians! I want to live every moment of every day as if Jesus is coming in the next moment.

The wise preacher said it best, Live like He is coming today and plan as if He’s not coming for a thousand years. Wise words indeed. Oh He is coming, and it’s closer than yesterday.  Will it be in my lifetime? I don’t know but I want to live ready!

 

Luke 12:35-48

35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;  36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.  37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.  38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.  39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”  41 Then Peter said to Him, “Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season?  43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.  44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.  45 But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk,  46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.  47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.  48 But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.  NKJV

 

Amen!

Pastor’s Blog 1.23.19

Matthew 6:22-24
22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. NKJV

How can light be darkness? As a young student of the Bible, this passage of scripture perplexed me for many years. “If therefore the light that be in you is darkness…” But as I studied and searched, more and more it became obvious. There are two kids of light. Light gives ability to see and without light there is no sight. Just as natural light in a room gives you the ability to see what is in that room, there is a spiritual light that gives us the ability to see what is in the spirit realm.

John 1:1-5
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. NKJV

The Lord told Adam and Eve the day they ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil they would die. However the day they ate they didn’t die in the natural, did they? So what happened? They died in the spirit. They lived from that day forward by the light of their senses and reason. They chose to become their own god, they chose to obey their own desire, like most of the world does today.

Either God is your light or your own reason is your light.

What happens to mankind when he lives in the light of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?

Isaiah 5:20-23
20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: 23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! KJV

Social justice has become the new light of the world, it is the platform from which to call good evil and evil good. It is where a person who embraces and accepts immorality, is championed and the person who stands for moral righteousness according to God’s law is demonized.

Proverbs 17:15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. NKJV

Malachi 2:17 You have wearied the LORD with your words; Yet you say, “In what way have we wearied Him?” In that you say, “Everyone who does evil Is good in the sight of the LORD, And He delights in them,” Or, “Where is the God of justice?” NKJV

Sometimes I find myself thinking it has never been this bad before, but then I read the history of the scriptures and realize every generation must contend for the truth and fight for the true light to shine in our hearts. God’s silence from the heavens is not his acceptance but His mercy giving full time and space for repentance, for He truly desires to see all mankind saved.

Malachi 3:14-18
14 You have said, ‘It is useless to serve God; What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, And that we have walked as mourners Before the LORD of hosts? 15 So now we call the proud blessed, For those who do wickedness are raised up; They even tempt God and go free.'”
16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, And the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name. 17 “They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18 Then you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him. NKJV

Don’t be fooled by the leaders of this dark world, God will not be mocked – whatever a man sows that will he also reap. The Lord knows whose are His and will fully bring judgment upon the rebels who refuse His way and live in their own light. I am comforted by the promises of His word and 6000 years of human history has taught us that God always wins! Hallelujah!

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