Monthly Archives: May 2011
A CALL TO SHAKE THE NATIONS & THE FAMILY
Matthew 10: 33-39
“But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
Do not think that I came to bring peace (or even prosperity) on earth; I did not come to bring peace (or even prosperity), but a sword (war with My word of Truth).”
“ For I came to set a Man against his Father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter in law against her mother in law; and a man’s enemies will be members of his own household.”
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” (Emphasis mine)
Our walk for God isn’t an easy one. Sometimes we have to go places that are not comfortable and that surely make no sense at all. I have read these verses many times and thought that this was a prophecy seeing that Moms and daughters, fathers and sons (alike) sometimes don’t get along well this had come to light. Remembering my own volatile relationship with my mother is probably the reason I thought this way; but this is not what God is saying here at all.
We have some rough stuff dealing with our families don’t we? I have been prepping my 12 year old to love a righteous life, been taking (sometimes dragging) her to church; urging her to read the word. At school encouraging her to stay focused, helping her to prepare her mind for higher learning, talking to her about the best high schools here, and the college she will attend(she has some say in all these), because she has a voice; always encouraging her to make sound decisions for herself. Amen.
So it was surprising when she came home the other day and said, “Mama, I don’t want to go to college when I finish high school!”
This was a surprise because ever since elementary school she had made it known to all who would listen was that she wanted to be a Heart Surgeon, Amen. She has the mind to help people and I can see her in that field. Well, she came home that day and exclaimed to me that she no longer wanted this, because she didn’t like math or school and that she wanted to be a movie star. Unfortunately, I didn’t take this too well, and told her after she had completed college and medical school she could do what she wanted with her life; that she could go to New York and learn to be an actor or whatever it is they do, but that she would have a stable livelihood until this happened for her; she agreed. But the reason she agreed was that I explained how hard it is for actors to break into that business, some of them take jobs like everyone else to survive; and still some never get in. We know that Persistence is key when dealing with our children.
But what about the child that came home one day and told his parents that he/she is gay or lesbian what is there to do in a situation like this? Of course if we are Christians and actually living for God, we know that this type of behavior is not of God…Amen. Many of us are facing this now, and still others have family members who live this life style. Even now some families have been torn apart because the child has felt abandoned and unaccepted because of their choice. What are the parents to do? We love our kids don’t we? This is a hard pill to swallow for any parent, and as a result their children have left their families and cut off all ties. But what does the word say about any sin…
What about our children having sex unmarried? The question now becomes do we trust God and deliver the word without thought that we maybe rejected by our children? What about those of us who allow our children’s or any family member to influence us into giving in to them? I don’t drink so do I allow drinking and drunkenness in my home because they are my children, No! This makes me guilty as if I had done it! If God says it’s wrong to be drunk with wine then why would I allow it in my home? am I going along with them in their drunkenness and other deviant behavior to keep peace? Then I may as well get a glass and share in their folly, because I have denied God’s word in this and allowed it to happen. Wow!
This is not an easy word to see or grasp, because some say that, “whatever they do they will do with or without me!” and they say, “I would rather let them do it here then elsewhere!” Sure we want them to be safe…but what does the word say?
It says, “come from among them!”(and their behavior) It does not say, except when it’s my family. Wow! Sin is sin no matter who does it. We are called to speak the word no matter who it is, but this is where the problems come. Because some of us haven’t been on good behavior in front of our kids and have done some stuff. So in all likelihood we don’t say anything because we don’t want to hear those inevitable words, “You did it!”
But God says, to “be bold and courageous,” So this is where the rubber meets the road.
Bear arms and speak the word….it will save them! Boy, this is a good word for all of us…hope it helps!
I was ministering to a woman while shopping for my daughter’s dress last week. She was feeling down, she said, because she thought that her fiancée’ was cheating on her; some of us have been there, right? Well anyway she went on to say that she had been married before, and from what she told me there were 10 bridesmaids and all the fixings that made for a great wedding celebration….married in a church before God and man. But she went on to say that they were no longer married…she said that he had cheated on her and(like so many) didn’t want a cheating man. Her husband was a cheater and now the one she is engaged to is cheating as well…somethings wrong, I thought.
I want to tell you that I had to ask her was she walking with God, I said, “Are you saved?” I asked.
She said,” Yes, I go to church sometimes, but I ain’t no Christian or nothing!” She wasn’t saved because we aren’t saved because we go to church–not by works…(Ephesians 2:9)
Well Ladies and Gentlemen there is a red flag here, because we need to first have an understanding of who we are and whether we are saved or not before making life decisions. The world won’t tell us that but another Christian in their walk will.
Another thing is that if we don’t know who we are how will anyone else? We need to have our identity in Christ! Meaning if we have no idea of what salvation means for us then how can we lead someone else to it; this should be our goal, not to marry and then expect they will change or try to make them change. Many of us have ended up marrying without the Holy Spirit (unsaved) and even if we were saved we didn’t know the word and therefore ended up with people who hurt us deeply or either we ended up walking out before the Lord could help; some of us just left without praying, or seeking counsel of any kind.
This is not at all God’s plan for the marriage, he wants us to be happy; but he never said that we would be happy all the time. It isn’t wisdom that thinks any human can keep us happy if we aren’t trying to be happy ourselves. What does this mean? Walking in the Spirit in your marriage, because if this is our ministry above all ministries we involve ourselves with.
If we are dealing with difficult people what does the word say about it…
“I hate divorce,” says the LORD God of Israel, “and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment,” says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith. (Malachi 2:16).
So that when we see this is what God hates, should our first choice be going to divorce instead of seeking God’s counsel, his word on the situation? It is appalling the excuses that people give as to why they don’t want to be married anymore….marriages of years being ended because of someone’s selfishness. WOW! But I tell you just because the law makes this easy and it is within your rights….it is wrong in God’s eyes.
I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:9).
Even now in my marriage there have been times when I have blurted out to my husband that I want a divorce…maybe I thought that he had wronged me in some way, but being a woman of God and if I want to be obedient then of course I haven’t divorced him…why? Because I want to be blessed and stay in the will of God. If my husband says, “We can work it out,” surely we can.
I heard someone say once,”Remove the Quit Button,” and that won’t be an option. Hear this word Ladies and Gentlemen and think today:
What am I willing to pray for in my marriage? I want to live holy…what does the word say for me and my husband to do in our ministry to each other?
I pray this helps someone…it’s helping me greatly!!! Amen.
Take comfort in this.
Redemption: Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; (Psalm 103:4)
To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. (Isaiah 42:7)
My reputation has been ruined, murdered by the enemy who hates me. Ignorantly, I played a hand in my own demise because I didn’t have the word in me. So it was that I thought it was all in fun…doing everything that I was big and bad enough to do…living the life of a sinner. But I thank God for resurrection of life, not the old life…but of new life in him…now my walk is of spirit and not unto sin which is death… God has breathed the breathe of life into my nostrils, once again I am given the chance to live the life that he planned for me…on of peace, of hope, to bring me to an expected end(Jeremiah 29:11).
Now then since I know the word and the word is in me…I am without excuse. When the enemy comes to me and attempts to brand me with his lies I speak to my life, I act in hope that God will do exactly what he has said…he loves me. Amen! Glory to His Name!
Today I rise…
Don’t you quit…
Today: Right this minute to quit is not an option.
May I remind you that God has said in his word that you Oh Mighty Men and Women of God can do all things, and that you are more than a conquerer. But you say that you can’t go on…what are you thinking? Your Father sees you as blessed! He says you are blessed, He calls you His friend; yes you are His friend.
No! Don’t look behind you your past is gone…what are thinking Oh Sons & Daughters of the King….
You can make it you have His word,
Stay In His Presence…
Genesis 1: 31
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.”
Good…the world can’t understand the goodness of God–He is Good,
There are some who will say and who claim, “why if God is so Good would he allow such bad things to happen to us?” This is the question too that even some believers face as well, “God took my child, God is punishing me, Why me, I’m doing all I can to serve you God but still I have trouble!”
definition of Good:
1. of high quality: of a high quality or standard, either on an absolute scale or in relation to another or others
2. suitable: having the appropriate qualities to be something or to fit a purpose
3. skilled: possessing the necessary skill or talent to do something
4. virtuous: having or showing an upright and virtuous character
5. affording pleasure: affording pleasure or comfort
6. undamaged: having undergone no deterioration or damage
7. ample: sufficiently large, or providing more than enough of something
8. honorable: worthy of honor or high esteem
9. valid: acceptable as true or genuine and sufficient for the purpose
10. helpful: helping somebody to organize thoughts or make decisions
there’s more but we can see that when God made us and the world we live in he made it right and liveable, and peaceful and there was no sorrow…amen. Man was to rule and his wife was to help, there was nothing evil about it…until the fall.
Man was good? Yes man was good, and had good in him because he had God’s spirit…his breathe of life…God is Good and there is no presence of evil concerning him. So when I see that God is Good and that he made me good I can see that even though I have a hindrance which is sin…I am good because God said it about me. He said, “It is Good!” He says, “My daughter Kayla, I made of high quality, she is suitable for the purpose by which I made her to do, for my pleasure and my glory. She is skilled for I have gifted her with those gifts and that she will use to bring forth admonishment and praise to my name, she is a woman of virtue, and as my woman she is honest and has integrity. I made her for my good pleasure to bring praise to my name. She is perfect in my sight, honorable and worthy and you Oh Man of God are to love her as I love her; for I made her to help you. She is to be validated, appreciated, and kept close to your bosom for she is flesh of your flesh and bone of your bones….amen!!!
This is an awesome picture of God’s goodness towards you Oh man/ woman of God…never allow the enemy to tell you different. No matter what your situation or circumstance looks like; you were created from the GOODNESS OF THE FATHER. AMEN. He loves you more than you can ever imagine!!!
Woman, A Lover, and A friend (Ephesians 5:21-33).
I’m not too thrilled to hear or even look at this text. Why? One word, “SUBMISSION,” and to be honest it’s upsetting. I try so hard to do the things of God…but this thing has me going crazy. See I believe myself to be God fearing, and successful when it comes to overcoming. I guess that I had become haughty in a way…I don’t do drugs now, I try to the best of my ability to be honest, I have integrity(so what you see is what you get), and until now I’ve been obedient…Ladies I’ve missed the mark.
Don’t get me wrong…I’m not beating myself up, because I’ve been trying, but I’m extremely uncomfortable now! Instead of a nudge it’s a push that I’m getting…strong willed people don’t like it…oooh I need help!!!!
When I look at the text I see something a bit different than when I looked at it last, I see what God is saying to the husbands also, take a look:
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
He has to love me, so that his job is even more difficult. This revelation has just brought to forefront and shown me that I’ve been very selfish, unforgiving, ungrateful, and sometimes just down right mean. Men have a hard enough time taking care of us and then to be met with all this…
“As Christ loves the church,” and it must be so hard for God to love us…difficult, hard headed, wanting to do our own thing, selfish… but yet he has unconditional love…
I’m going to do better Lord, pray for me Daughters.
Thank you God for allowing me to see it through your eyes..
If I cannot be honest I cannot live for God!
I remember a time in my new found walk that I didn’t have a job but wanted to get a new stereo for my apartment.
During that time God had just begun orienting me in His word, so needless to say that He had much work and still has much even now…amen. Anyway, being that I had no job I thought of this plan to make receipts on the computer that would show that I worked and earned enough money to get the stereo. Here is where God thwarted that plan for me before I did something stupid and would probably regret later…The moment I thought it, he spoke, “Clever,” into my hearing. Now some may take that as a compliment and it is as such, but at that time I was shocked that God heard it, knew and heard my thoughts…that was new to me and as a result I didn’t do what I thought to do…how I wish I had gained that wisdom earlier in life.
I now know that God doesn’t like that kind of activity at all.
He says, “16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”
So I see that my plan according to verse 18 devises wicked schemes and although it was smart and clever and intelligent I was going to use it to be dishonest….lying(v.17)…both of these God hates.
That’s how God gives us a new heart by changing our thoughts…amen. Hope this helps someone– it sure helps me. Amen to the hearers and doers of God’s Holy Word!
Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
I was a rebel, broke the law…because of sin in me. So that I did what was contrary to the law; crime. We make excuses here in this area, because even though some have not been caught at illegal acts they sometimes ridicule and cast stones at those who have. It is no different with higher governmental offices..we can be quick to justify, throw stones for their mistakes and work they are doing or failing not to do. But the bible says the same at each election, at each office and even the most devout Christian puts their mouth on the elect…they do it to the Prophets of God and they do it to the President…no different.
Christians and sinners cheat on their taxes..stealing money every year from the government and then justify it by saying that the politicians are crooked and steal from their states each year…take kickbacks and other things…Even the poorest of citizens have an excuse for lying and stealing selling foodstamps, lying to get them, stealing claim insanity to get their hands on checks each month…robbing peter to pay Paul…excuses from a lawless society; why? Because they say their government has wronged them…and they are fed up! WOW!
But the word is clear that if we are called by Christ to respect those in authority over of…governing officials. Like a child to parent he doesn’t say to do it if they are right, He only says to do it…and it will be well with us. God promises never to leave or forsake us…he says the righteous nor their seed will beg bread…he says that Vegeance is his and that he will repay…amen. Do it as unto the Lord is the mindset to have here…hope this helps Amen.
“5 Dark am I, yet lovely,
daughters of Jerusalem,
dark like the tents of Kedar,
like the tent curtains of Solomon.[c]
6 Do not stare at me because I am dark,
because I am darkened by the sun.
My mother’s sons were angry with me
and made me take care of the vineyards;
my own vineyard I had to neglect.
7 Tell me, you whom I love,(Song of Songs 1:5-6)
Believe Daughter that He loves you no matter what you’ve done, even when you don’t feel it, when you it seems that life has you beaten, he will give you strength to fight one more round for today…stand Oh Daughter for He promises He will keep you…stay in His presence..accept His gifts for you of Mercy and Grace for today…amen Love ya sis!!!!
To accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior requires simply to believe..but many come to say that Repentance is part of the package.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have ever lasting life.? That’s all it takes to be saved..”belief.”
But then the work begins and there is much of it because at before salvation we were so full of sin that it drove us to seek God to get us out of some mess in our lives…we are so sorrowful that we begin to confess those sins, unto repentance.
People should know that sin doesn’t go away by itself; therefore even saved folks need to have continued confession of our sins daily. There is no walk unhindered by sin so it needs to be dealt with and given up.
Our hope is God who gave us the Holy Spirit to lift us when our loads get heavy…amen. Remember prayer and confession is good for your soul…take advantage of the priviledge to confess your sins before God often….