My preacher once said, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” That couldn’t be more true! I had a friend of mine mention how they felt so unworthy but God has made them worthy and then they went on to say, y’all may still think I’m not worthy. I told that person, you don’t worry about what others think, if God says you are worthy, then you are worthy! We have got to get out of the mindset of worrying what others think. Paul is a perfect example of this, in Galatians chapter 1:1 he says this, “Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, Who raised Him from the dead;” I don’t care what God has called you to do, if it is He that has called you then you do not need to behave as if man has called you. Act according to God’s will, His Word, seeking His guidance. For it is He that has called us and not by man, neither are we of man! Keep this in your hearts today and walk boldly in Christ!
Being a Christian we must keep our eyes on Christ, we must seek Him daily. We must do this because there is a battle going on for your soul and the devil is not ceasing his work, therefore now, more than ever, we must be full of God! We need to be full of the Spirit, walking with Jesus, seeking Him.
There are lost that need to be saved, these people need your prayers and your testimony, they need to see God in you because they certainly do not have to look far to see the devil’s handy work. To be a light we must be full of the light! We must renew the oil in our lamps daily, we must polish our armor of God, check our shield of faith, adjust our breastplate of righteousness and, make sure our helmet of salvation is fastened tight!
We must keep tabs on ourselves, we must examine ourselves. 2 Corinthians chapter 13:5″Examine yourselves, whether ye be in faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates.”
How can we help others if our own faith waivers, we can’t, we must stand strong, check ourselves daily and ask for God’s help. We cannot think that we can live for Him and not examine ourselves. If you are not reading your Bible, and you are not praying, you do not know Him. If you do not know Him, like you think you do, you will be condemned to believe a lie, and there are an awful lot of lies being taught and preached today!
But only ONE is true, only ONE is right, and that is our Heavenly Father. Therefore my friends, examine yourself, see if you are where you are supposed to be, seek Him daily, and be renewed and ready for His work!
Just a short blog today my friends, but it is something that I felt I should say.
Beware of false teachings, and those who pronounce themselves as men of God. If ANYBODY teaches anything contrary to the Word of the Lord, they are wrong and do not listen to them. If they proclaim that only the New Testament is relevant, pay them absolutely no heed! If they say that His Word is not the Words of God, you stand on His Bible! Because every word, every if, and, but is inspired by the Almighty God. Every word in the Bible is true, and we will be judged accordingly, and held accountable!
I say this because so many want to twist God’s Word to suit their needs, but it has been inspired by the Holy Spirit, and not one word will fail. Do not be deceived my friends! 2 Corinthians chapter 11:4 “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached; or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” Paul is saying, you’ve been given the True Gospel, and you had better not take heed in any other teaching. He said later on that false prophets, teachings, deceitful workers transforming themselves into apostles of Christ, and that even Satan himself transforms into an angel of light. So you cannot believe what people say, no matter how good it sounds, no matter how they act, no matter what they look like! You believe the Word of God and that only! Study it that you will know it, seek God that you will know Him, and be filled with the Spirit that you can rightly discern and speak mysteries unto our Lord.
Most people know the story of Jonah, God wanted him to go and preach repentance to the people of Nin-e-veh, but Jonah did not want to, so he fled. You may think 💭 why in the world did he do that, he should have known that God sees all, and this is true, and Jonah knew this well, but he was human. He was human and just like us, he didn’t see the whole picture that God sees. Because we can’t possibly know what God sees, we will often slip up and misjudge. So Jonah being human did what humans do, he didn’t trust God enough to leave that town in God’s hands so he disobeyed and left. Maybe he thought that God would get someone else to do it but God wanted Jonah.
So, Jonah boards a ship, and as you know, there came up a great ⛈ storm and those people were scared 😳 to death! They were tossing things over, and then they knew that there must be something or someone that was the cause. Sometimes in our lives, troubles or fears will come our way. We look on the situation with our earthly eyes, and we try to fix it. Trying to solve a Spiritual problem with physical answers will never work.
Finally those guys realized that there was more to the situation, things beyond their sight and reach were going on. They cast lots to see who was the one for which the ocean 🌊 was in such turmoil and the lot fell on Jonah. In Jonah chapter 1:12 Jonah says this, “And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.” Jonah knew what the problem was and it probably made him sick to his stomach, but he knew. We know when we’re not obeying God, but facing it can be troublesome and uncomfortable 😣. See unbelief is a sin, doubting God is a sin, and not putting things in His hands is the root of our problems, and like the men did in verse 13, they continued to try hard in their own strength to solve the problem. Sometimes we don’t want to except the answer that God is giving us, but friends we must, not because He is a strict God that wants His own way, but because He knows what is best!
Verse 15,”So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the raging sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.” We must come to the point where nothing else is important except God, we must cast away all things that are holding us back (and we know what they are), and we must be obedient. Cast them away and throw open our arms to God and fully surrender. When we do the sea will calm and we will have peace.
The story of the birth of Jesus is most precious. Mary and Joseph were both humble people and they completely and wholeheartedly followed what God told them to do. How many knows that we must do the same thing? We must, and actually should, want to do God’s will. We should desire the work of God in our lives.
When you are seeking the Lord an amazing thing happens, His cup of fullness never depletes, there is newness each day, and the hunger for Him grows and is never quite quenched because His goodness renews daily! The longing to be closer to Him does not leave one filling empty because the more you seek Him, the fuller you are with His peace, love, and joy and yet you want to be closer still. That is what God wants from us. Unfortunately there are “Christians,” who put their hand up or draw a line in the sand and will only let God come so far. I’ve been awaken to this fact, and I do not understand. He is the Almighty, the Living God, the One Who made the universe and holds it in His hands, and yet some will only allow Him in one corner of their hearts and lives. Luke chapter 2:7 “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Mary came carrying the Son of God, the Bread of Life and yet nobody had any room for them. And just as Jesus will never force Himself on anybody, Mary and Joseph stayed in a barn out of the way, nonintrusive. I cannot understand why people keep God at arms’ length but they do, and as long as they do they will cheat themselves of all that He can do! God is a big God! There are no limitations with Him, except for the ones that people put on Him!
Oh Lord I want to be like Joshua, when he commanded the sun and the moon to stand still! He knew without a doubt Who he served, he knew in Whom he believed in, and he knew that with God, all things are possible.
Put all that you have in His hands, because there is no better place to keep what you love. Trust and obey Him, don’t say you only have a small corner for Him in your “house,” give Him your whole “house”.
When God is on the scene, things change! Things change and people change! Praise God, He gives us a different pair of eyes, and a brand new goal!
Exodus chapter 34, Moses had been on mount Sinai with the Lord forty days and in verse 29 it says this,” And it came to pass, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.”
Let me tell you something, when you have been in God’s presence, you are going to change! You will have a new song and a spring in your step! When you have been in the presence of the Almighty, you will have a testimony! Moses had literal testimonies in his hand, God gives us Spiritual testimonies and we are to share them! We are to show the world that THIS is God, and THIS is what He does! After being I His presence, growing closer to Him, you have your testimony, and like Moses didn’t know his face shone bright, we shouldn’t have to tell others that we’ve been with God, THEY SHOULD SEE IT! Amen! They should see that you care more for others, they should see the longing for home in your eyes, and hear it in your voice! They should see that you no longer do what you used to do, but you are a NEW CREATURE!
Moses went to the mountain, He communed with the Almighty God, he returned to his people with his testimony! And he shone like new!
If and when you are in His presence there will be a noticeable change! Unwittingly the closer you grow to Him, the more the cares of life drift away until it’s more and more of Him, and less and less of you!
Keep Him first, seek His face, live your testimony and shine with the light get of God! Amen!
I have a couple of coffee ☕️ cups that I absolutely love ❤️, I bought them from places that are dear to me. This morning I was reaching for my cup ☕️ and I thought 💭, I don’t know 🤷♀️ if I should use it because the dogs 🐶 🐶 may break it. (They were especially hyper this morning.) Then I thought 💭, what’s the point of having something you really like if you keep it hid away for safe keeping? I decided I would enjoy 😊 that cup ☕️ for as long as it lasted because I really like it and it brings back good 😊 memories.
Now, there are some people who hold back from working for the Lord out of fear. They are afraid 😳 that they will get embarrassed 😩 or some are afraid 😳 of the commitment. Jesus is the bravest being that there has ever been! He not only left His home in heaven, He totally exposed Himself to mankind and was treated badly! But He did not hide Himself away, He did not call His angels, but He chose to be broken. Why did He choose this?…. Because He ❤️ loves us and He knew it would be worth it! He knew we were worth the saving and the only way to ensure our salvation was for Him to give Himself battered and broken hearted. He knew what was going to happen, yet He did it anyway! Isaiah chapter 53:4,5,10 “Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.(5) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.(10) Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.” Jesus allowed Himself to be used, God allowed His Son to be used, the price was extreme and there was no one else who could have done it! By His name are men saved!
Now I ask you, will you allow God to use you? Will you allow Him to hold you in His hands and guide you? The path may be one that you would have never chosen for yourself. You may be bruised some, but it will be worth it!! Allow God to use you for His glory, no matter the cost!!
People who attend church are not necessarily Christians. Wow 😳, you may say, that’s cold, but it is true! They live the way they want to during the week, and on Sunday morning they attend church, mind you, they don’t go to church Sunday night or Wednesday. These vain oblations as the Bible refers to, mean nothing to God. Do you realize that all over the world 🌎, there are people seeking and praying, and fasting for their god. They have such devotion to a false god and some Christians cannot even muster up enough time to pray and read their Bible, never mind those who are only “Sunday Christians”.
I know this sounds harsh, but it’s based on Bible, as a matter of fact let’s read Isaiah chapter 1:13,16,17 “Bring no more vain (empty), oblations: incense is an abomination unto Me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity(grief), even the solemn meeting.”(16) “Wash you, make you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;(17) “Learn to do well; seek judgement, relieve(righten) the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.”
God desires and longs for a true heart ❤️ from His people. He knows the intent of the heart ❤️, and He knows if we are sincere. So step 1, do away with false sincerity because that means nothing to Him, and He is the One we should please, not man. Who cares what so and so thinks about you as long as God calls you His child. Step 2, realize you are a sinner or that you have grown cold in the Lord. Recognize that it’s been a while since you felt His presence, and ask for forgiveness. Stop ✋ doing that which is coming between you and God, He will help you to do that. Step 3, ask Him to show you how to do well. Ask Him to guide you and live your life devoted to Him! When you put Him first, seek Him, learn from Him, then the next step comes naturally! Step 4 help those who are without, aid the fatherless, guide them because they have no guide. Reprove them with your teachings of God, and I believe this is also intended for those who do not have a Spiritual leader in their home. Physically they have their parents but not Spiritually. So guide those, and help and pray for the widows.
These are some of the steps that separate us from the rest of the world 🌎! You can only achieve these by first seeking God. Seek Him while He may be found my friends, because I truly feel it will not be too much longer before He comes to get His children 🙌🏻👏🏼!!!!
Even so Lord, come quickly!
It is so easy today to become discouraged. Christians may feel that they are alone and that the whole world is against them; that’s why I think it is so important to have God open our eyes and remove the scales so that we may see the Lord’s Army! Who do you think is holding back destruction, Who is holding back the powers of Satan and all of his darkness? It is God, and He is doing so because He has a remnant left in this world! The world counts us as out, but we are not, our Jehovah leads us and protects us. His time has not yet come and He protects His remnant! Isaiah chapter 1:9, “Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Go-mor’rah.” Because His children are in the world He is holding back the powers of darkness and the destruction that will come one day. He judges nations, but He has not destroyed. There were not enough people in Sodom and Go-mor’rah for those places to be spared, therefore God sent His angels to get Job and his family out. Right now, here on earth, God’s people are working they are seeking Him! There are revivals going on and there are more and more sheep added to His flock daily! Therefore, because if His remnant, the world is spared from destruction. But my friends, there is coming a day when He will call all of His children home, and there will be no more remnant, no longer with the hands of darkness be held at bay, no longer will one be free to serve God. But God is so merciful that even in these dark and desperate times, He will reach out once more and those who will follow Him, will be spared and then all will be destroyed! This is real, it IS going to happen! If you are apart of God’s remnant be glad! If you suffer persecution don’t be dismayed my friends. This world is NOT our home, we are His remnant, we will one day be with our Lord!
Being a Christian is not for the faint heart. I remember on the cartoon of Robin Hood, and I believe it was Little John that said, “Faint heart never won fair lady.” He was telling Robin Hood to go for what he desired, he shouldn’t sit back and let things just happen, you have to fight for your beloved. And I will tell you, we must determine in our hearts that we will stand for Jesus, no matter what! We should check our hearts daily, ask for renewed strength and fight the good fight of faith! Now as Paul said, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. We are fighting Spiritual battles and the devil and his crew are pulling out all the stops.
When fighting a battle, I would rather have 500 people totally devoted to the cause, no fear, than a thousand who were not sure where they stood. 1 Chronicles chapter 12:33,”Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of a double heart. The experts of war were rangers, these men were covert, totally prepared, and they knew exactly who they were going to fight! We know our enemy, let us be a ranger for God, fighting diligently, never forgetting our cause. These experts of battle had ALL of their instruments of war! We must use the WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD! Praying in the Spirit and reading God’s Word! Next, these men could keep rank, they knew their plans and they were able to put their plans into action. We should keep in mind our goal and never waiver! Knowing that to live is Christ and to die is gain! And lastly these men were not of a double heart, my Bible interprets this as, having a heart, I think that means they were bold. These men believed within their hearts for what they were fighting for, and their hearts did not fail them! Let us not have weak hearts! We are in a battle, let our hearts draw from our belief in God! He will steady our hearts and we will not faint!! He is our Captain, let us follow Him wherever He leads with unfailing devotion to our Lord and Savior!!!