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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thank You Lord

As I reflected on the passed year, I'm reminded of the things that could have had a disastrous end, but God was there for me. Then I began to think about the goodness of the Lord and found a song by Walter Hawkins "Thank You Lord for all you've done for me" that expressed just how I felt. I've always loved this song because it reminds me that no matter where I am in life I have so much to be grateful for! 
 Here are the Lyrics of the song:
Tragedies are Common Place. All kind of Diseases, People are Slipping Away, economies Down, People can't get Enough Pay, As for Me, All I can Say Is, "thank You, Lord for all You've done for Me."

Folks without Homes Living out in the Streets and the Drug Habit some say, they just can't Beat. Muggers and Robbers, No Place seems to be Safe, but You've been my Protection every Step of the Way, and I Want to say, "thank you, Lord for all You've Done for Me."
It could have been Me Outdoors - Thank You,
With no Food and no Clothes - Thank You,
Or left alone without a Friend - Thank You,
Or just another Number with a Tragic End - Thank You, 
But You didn't see fit to let none of these Things Be - Thank You,
Because everyday by Your Power You keep on keeping Me 
And I want to Say - Thank You Lord For All You've Done For Me.
I wanna to thank You for Your Love. Thank You for Your Power. 
Thank You for Protection every Hour - Thank You.
Now if it had not been for the Lord who was on our side there is no way that we could have made it. For keeping my family and loved ones safe you know I'm grateful, thank You Jesus.

Having said that, let me quickly add that this song "Thank You Lord" by Fred Hammond holds a special place in my heart. I often listen to it over and over because its message is so strong that it ministers to me every-time.

Thank You, Lord for loving me. I am so grateful for what you have done, and is still doing in my life. So, I just want to say, "Thank You Lord for being there for me."

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Unity Releases Life and Victory

I believe that the Lord is asking that we yield to His divine direction for the upcoming year and that we purpose to live in "concord" or unity with His Word. What does that actually mean? Well, if we observe what God says concerning unity, we realize that it brings life. Psalm 133 is a perfect example of how unity releases life to God's people.

If only we completely understood that when we come into full agreement with God's will and His Word, He actually breathes life into us, as well as our situations. But, there is so much more concerning agreeing with God. Matthew 18:18-19 explains the principle of the power of agreement for spiritual warfare:

Matthew 18:18-19 (ASV) Verily I say unto you, what things soever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven; and what things soever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven. Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father who is in Heaven.

In this passage, Jesus was saying that we have the power to bind the enemy if we will come into agreement with Heaven. The word "agree" in this passage is the Hebrew word sumphoneo, which again implies being in unity or being harmonious.

However, it is connected to another word, phone, which is described as "noise, sound, (and) voice." So, we can say that Jesus was instructing us to come into unity with the sound of Heaven and the voice of Heaven, which is God's voice! Wow! Now this begins to make even more sense when we are binding the powers of darkness, doesn't it?

I want 2011 to be a breakthrough year. I believe it will be if we agree with God's voice. Whatever God is instructing and whatever His Word says, we must come into unity with it so that we can experience life and victory.

Sandie Freed
Zion Ministries

Jesus is the Answer to Cancer

The World Cancer Report said that cancer rates are likely to increase at an alarming rate globally by 50% to 15 Million new cases in the year 2020 (Geneva, April 3, 2003). But we can make a difference by taking action today, because we have an opportunity, to stem the increase by lifestyle changes. 

Speaking in San Jose, California, Prophet Kim Clement is on record saying that, "the medical field and the pharmaceutical world are going to open up to you because there are discoveries that have been held captive for many, many, many decades."

"Cancer will be known as a sickness of the past. Diabetes will be known as a sickness of the past. When the time comes, remember the oak tree, remember the tree. Invest in it, for you will not make millions, you will make billions of dollars. Why? Because this shall be an upright thing that shall be discovered. It shall be from the earth and they shall say, We were walking on it, and the healing came from that simple thing.

"That discovery is about to be made. I give you a secret today: look to the tree. Look to the Oak tree. Look to it in your investments because when it does come forth," God said, "I will cause My people to prosper overnight for they shall bring cures to cancer, to diabetes, to neurological problems, to Alzheimer's," and God said, "they will be known as diseases of the past."

Cancer – Jesus is the answer to cancer. The earth is about to yield scientifically; it will be proven that it is done, it is finished, and it shall produce the cure for these diseases that I just mentioned. And it shall be one of those rapid things that just cleans it up immediately. That's all I can tell you.

Kim Clement:
Prophesied on December 12, 2010 from San Jose, CA,

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Spread Peace This Christmas

"And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men." (Luke 2:13-14)

Christmas is a very important time of the year. It's a time when people are tenderhearted and kind. It is the perfect time to plant seeds of love in the lives of people we meet.

Sometimes those seeds may just take the form of a kind word in the middle of our busy schedule, or it might be a prayer for someone who is hurting.

It's amazing how many people are ready to hear what we have to say when we say it in love. Who knows how many of those small seeds may one day take root and bring one more precious soul into the glorious kingdom of our God?

At Jesus' birth the Angel announced "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth PEACE, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14). At His ascension Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, my PEACE I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid"(John 14:27).

The gift of the Saviour is an expression of good-will or Love to people, and therefore God is to be praised. No words can express the greatness of His love towards us. (John 3:16) Today the world is in need of peace, but true and lasting peace can only be realized when we're in right relationship with God the giver of peace.

Let us celebrate Jesus, embrace and spread peace this Christmas because He is the reason for the season.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Agreeing with God for His Sovereign Power

It is easy to bless what we agree with and what we view as good, but to release a blessing upon someone who is doing wrong or leading a life that is full of things that we don't agree with can be very difficult. We often look at blessing as agreeing with the person that we are releasing it upon. But Jesus spoke of it as agreeing with God to have His way in their lives.
"But I say to you who are listening, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who are cruel to you. If anyone slaps you on one cheek, offer him the other cheek, too. If someone takes your coat, do not stop him from taking your shirt. Give to everyone who asks you, and when someone takes something that is yours, don't ask for it back. Do to others what you would want them to do for you.
If you love only the people who love you, what praise should you get? Even sinners do that! If you lend things to people, always hoping to get something back, what praise should you get? Even sinners lend to other sinners so that they can get back the same amount! But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without hoping to get anything back. 
Then you will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High God, because He is kind even to people who are ungrateful and full of sin. Show mercy, just as your Father shows mercy."—Luke 6:27-36
Doesn't this truth make blessing your enemy far easier? You are agreeing with God for His sovereign power to begin to move in their lives! We spend so much time and energy trying to figure out our next move, thinking of strategies to see our enemies confounded or how to get the prodigal children to return home, when perhaps we just need to bless them! I think we spend a lot of time trying to give the Holy Spirit counsel on how He should move and what He should do.
Let's begin to bless our children who are astray, so that God's Name and Sovereignty would be made known to them. Let's bless our enemies, bless our governments, bless our leaders, bless those we don't agree with, even bless ourselves just in case we are the ones who are in need of His sovereign work in our lives. We do not have to agree with the actions and beliefs of an individual to bless them. 
We need to begin to stand in a posture of blessing as we speak about our leaders and our government. Let us release God to be sovereign in our  Lives, Family, Government and in our nation.

From: I Heard the Spirit Say, "I Want You to Bless Them"
Kathi Pelton
Compassion Arise

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Christian Life and Attitude

One of the most important gifts of all is life, and it was given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.  But sometimes we forget the generosity of a loving God.  After all, He didn’t have to create us in the first place. But He did, and wished to share His blessings by creating us in His own image so that He could shower us with His love. 

As you read this article, take a moment to answer the following question, “Is there a reason for me to be thankful today?” 

As Born Again believers, we're instructed to Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. 

For the Scriptures say, If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil” (1Peter 3:10-12).

Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. 

Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life, and if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. 

Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. 

Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but He died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but He was raised to life in the Spirit.

Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority. (1Peter 3:8-22)

In conclusion, though Christians cannot always be exactly of the same mind, yet we should have compassion for one another, and love as brethren. 

If any man desires to live comfortably on this earth, or to possess eternal life in heaven, he must bridle his tongue from wicked, abusive, or deceitful words. He must forsake and keep far from evil actions, do all the good he can, and seek peace with all men. 

For God, all-wise and every where present, watches over the righteous, and takes care of them; God bless you. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Life of Thanksgiving

"In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

In all circumstances and at all times, we must find something to be grateful for, and remain thankful in the place that God has stationed us.

When God shows us something that He wants to give us and it does not happen immediately, it is easy to become frustrated. But we can rest assured that if God has promised it, He will bring it to pass in His time and in His way.

But while we're waiting let us maintain a thankful heart and trust Him to perform it. Our frustration and anxiety will only hinder God, while Praise and Thanksgiving on the other hand will prove that we're trusting in Him to do the impossible for us.

Therefore, let's heed the admonition from God's word, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known to God. The New Living Translation renders it this way "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).

The presence, peace and power of God are gifts given freely to those who trust Him and do not allow fear and anxiety to remain in their heart to paralyze them. The peace of God will be a guard to our heart, fighting against anxiety and dissatisfaction.

Anxiety has the potential to erode our faith and trust in God, but the peace of God that passes all understanding will produce a thankful heart. I firmly believe that a thankful heart will touch God and enable us to experience His presence anywhere at all times.

Let us show our gratitude to God by giving thanks; God bless you.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

God Will Break The Rules of Religious Productivity

Recently, a counselor friend of mine spoke to a leader who was burned out. The counselor told the leader to stop studying, stop having daily devotions, stop making plans and simply learn to rest in God's presence. None of these things the leader was asked to stop doing were wrong. They are all part of a healthy Believer's life. 
The "spiritual disciplines" of his life had become the places from which he had tried to draw life. An orderly life had replaced Jesus as the Giver of Life. My counselor friend wanted this leader to break the rules of religious productivity in order to come back to the simplicity of faith in Jesus.
God is breaking man-made rules of productivity that tell us "doing more is holy." God desires that we lay down the deception of trying to prove our worth to God through religious duty. Productivity is the language of slaves. Inheritance is the language of God's children.
In 2011 God will ask His people to move into the deeper revelation of friendship that Jesus promised His disciples. In John 15 Jesus told these newly-defined friends that a master does not confide in slaves. Slaves are not receivers of revelation – only friends are. Slaves work from a list of duties provided by a slave master. Each day the predictable drudgery of the slave's list produces a defeated heart in the slave. 
God wants His friends to hear His voice. Some have mentally moved back into the slave quarters of the past and now God is calling them back into friendship and into fresh daily revelation that comes from living in the dwelling place of His presence.

Garris Elkins, Senior Leader

Thursday, November 11, 2010

We Honor Our Veterans

Today is the day we Americans have chosen to Honor our nation's Veterans for their service and sacrifice to our country.
As citizens of this God blessed land we say THANK YOU to all our Veterans. We know the commitment that you have made and the sacrifices both you and your families make are to make America FREE for all of us.
It takes a special person to dedicate his or her live to the service of our nation. It takes someone who realizes there is something greater than ourselves; and recognize the founding principles of this nation are worth fighting for and, if necessary, dying for.
America is a great nation because of you, the men and women, who have given their all for us.  We have our freedom today because you placed your lives on the line to defend it. Here, Veterans share their personal stories about life in combat and hear from Peter, who was awarded a Silver Star.

All America salute you, and God bless these United States.

There is one who gave His only son to demonstrate His great love towards us. God loves us! That is the triumphant message of the Bible and the greatest message we will ever hear.
God wanted us to experience His love for us, so He demonstrated that love at great personal cost. God loves us and we know that because He sacrificed His son (Jesus) so that we could have life. 
Yes, God loves you and wants to give you life! “For God so love the world, that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Prayer for Help

O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my pleading. Listen to my cry for help, my God and my King, for I pray to no one but you.

Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. For each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly for your word.

O God, you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the sins of the wicked. Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence, because you hate lies; and detest murderers and deceivers.

Lord, because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house and worship at your Temple with deepest awe. Lead me in the right path, O Lord, don’t let the enemy overcome me. Make your way plain for me to follow.

Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O Lord, you surround them with your shield of love.

I acknowledge my sin and confess them to you. Show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. Amen. (Psalm 5:1-11, 16:11, 32:5)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Signs of the End- A Look at Saint Malachy's Prophecies

Saint Malachy was an Irish Monk who was born in the 12th century. While on a visit to Rome he had a vision of all the popes who would ever reign. Malachy "saw"-and committed to paper- a series of Latin phrases describing the popes to come. He catalogued each one with an epigrammatic verse, such as 'the tears of the sun'.  
Malachy made the prophecy in 1139 and entrusted it to Pope Innocent II in 1140.  But for some unknown reason it was "lost" in the Vatican for 400 years, only to be "discovered" in 1595 A.D.  
Malachy's predictions reputedly were made in 1139 while he was on a pilgrimage to the Vatican, where he was appointed papal legate for Ireland.  On his last trek to the Holy See in Rome, in 1148, Malachy accurately predicted the place and time of his own death: Clairvaux, France, on All Souls Day, November 2, of that same year.

The late Pope, John Paul II was born on May 18, 1920. On that date in the morning there was a near total eclipse of the sun over Europe. Prophecy - The 110th Pope is 'De Labore Solis' (Of the Solar Eclipse, or, From the Toil of the Sun). The corresponding pope is John Paul II (1978-2005). Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II) was born on May 18, 1920 during an eclipse of the sun.  John Paul II died at the Vatican on Saturday, April 2, 2005, the same day as a partial eclipse, visible in the Americas. 
One of the interesting things about Pope John Paul II is that no other Pope in history ever called for a "New World Order", and this pope waited until he had sat on the Throne of Peter for over 25 years! Why would Pope John Paul II wait for 25 long years before announcing his affinity for the New World Order? 
A "New World Order" is known in the esoteric realm as "the kingdom of the Christ" -- but thought by many in the Bible as an Antichrist (or Antichrist system). Was it because John Paul was senile or carried away with his own desire for ecumenicalism/friendship?
Other things John Paul II did while very old were: he also kissed the pagan Qur'an and said that Islam and Christians had the same God.  Would the God of the Bible agree to tell the lies about Jesus that Islam does?  Islam lies that Jesus never even died on a cross, and Islam also says that Jesus is not divine.
Let us now take a look at Malachy's final words and see what he had to say about the End-Time. In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock among many tribulations; after which the seven-hilled city (Rome, the seat of the Vatican) will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people (Revelation 18:8). Read more...
If the current Pope Benedict XVI is declared an antipope and deposed from the holy seat, which he eventually will, then his name and number (XVI) will not count on the official list of popes. Thus its like he was never even elected.The next pope after him will choose a new name thats never been used in the history of the church like John Paul 1 did in 1978. This new name will be the eighth name since 1798 and 666. 
Consequently, it is view by many that the St Malachy prophecy about Peter the roman occupying the holy seat during a time of persecution in the roman catholic church, will be caused by Benedict XVI and this will wind up getting him deposed and Peter the Roman will step in right in midst of it (666).

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sam and Esther

As I watched this video I was compelled to post it here to grab the world’s attention and appeal for assistance; to raise the resources needed to ameliorate the living condition of these children.

I am appalled at the deprivation and squalor that these kids experience day after day. Where is the love?

We all experience hardship of some sort, health, financial, emotional etc., but when I saw this video, I suddenly felt humbled to know that my problems are all petty and insignificant... The Lord said, "Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me" (Matt. 25:40).

Therefore, I urge you to support the The San Damiano Foundation and save a child.

This video reminded me of The Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31 (NIV).

"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

"The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'

"But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.'

"He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'

"Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.'

"'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.'

"He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"

May God bless you today as you give others hope to live and maximize their potentials.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Footprints In The Sand

God is really great, He never leaves us alone especially when we're in trouble.

Footprints in the sand is a beautiful poem put into song that will strengthen you whenever you are feeling lonely. Just listening to it reminds us of God's unfailing love and mercy toward us. Surely, GOD is with us at all times, especially when things go wrong in our lives.

This song/poem has been source of inspiration for many over the years as its encouraging words uplifts the spirit of those who listen to it.  
May you feel the presence of the Lord as you listen and meditate on how wonderful God as been to you. God bless!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Why Do People Live In Sin?

Why do people live in sin? To answer this question, let us first consider what the bible has to say about our condition before a Holy God. We were created as free moral agents. God could have made us as robots, but He didn’t. We have a choice in the matter, and sin is a direct result of Adam disobeying God's instruction (Gen. 2:16-17).

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Rom. 5:12). David acknowledged that he was born in sin and said, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me (Psa. 51:5). "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23).

There are several reasons why people sin. People sin because: 
  1. "There is no fear of God before their eyes" (Rom. 3:18). They have no respect for God, our Creator.  But the "whole duty of man" is to "fear God and keep His commandments" (Eccl. 12:13).  
  2. There is a lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6). Before we can keep God’s commandments we must know what they are. We must study God’s word (Psa. 119:11). 
  3. We are deceived by sin. "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:8).
  4. There is temporary pleasure in sin. Moses chose "rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season" (Heb. 11:25). But we are also tempted and enticed daily, eg. by commercials.   (Jam. 1:14-15).
  5. "The soul of the wicked desires evil" (Prov. 21:10). They "love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking righteousness" (Psa. 52:3).   
  6. They are deceived by false doctrine.  "If anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let hem be accursed" (Gal. 1:9).
  7. They're influenced by people with whom they associate.  "Do not be deceived: evil company corrupts good habits" (1 Cor. 15:33). We must carefully choose our friends. To protect ourselves from sin we must, "Abstain from all appearance of evil" (1 Thess. 5:22).
We also sin when we don’t do what we should do.  "Therefore, to him that knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin" (Jam. 4:17).  

If we continue willfully in our sin and don’t repent, we will die in our sins and be lost (John 8:24).  Let us not be deceived by sin, because the wages of sin is spiritual death in Hell forever (Rom. 6:23).

"Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said to Peter and to the rest of the Apostles, men and brothers, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:37-39).

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

So you see, God loves us and wants us to spend eternity with Him; "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom. 6:23b). It's a FREE gift, receive it today.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Where Is The Change?

"I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry" (2Tim. 4:1-5).

Wow, powerful! What's your opinion?

An Interview with a struggling christian: I asked Jesus to forgive my sins when I was about 4 or 5. I remember it well. After that, I did most of my growing up out in the world. I hung out with the wrong people and did as the world does including drugs, fornication, and listening to music that wouldn't be pleasing to God. Recently I've been in the Word more than ever and I've felt convicted about what I use to do and stopped doing them, but can I still be saved or am I doomed for what I've done?

No, you are not doomed. You are alive and able to repent and change your life. Jesus had mercy on you and kept you all these years. You could have died in your sins but you didn't. The word of God says that he draws nigh to those who are of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Continue to draw nigh unto God and he will draw nigh to you. I am grateful to hear that the Lord is pricking your heart. I must ask you, have you ever received the Holy Spirit? If so, I would encourage you to continue fighting the good fight of faith.

The world didn't like Christ and he said that they wouldn't like us. Hold on because our Lord is about to return. Let's just be ready and pray for those who seem to be rejecting Christ. If you have not totally surrendered to Christ as Savior; "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?" (Rom. 6:1).

1John 1:9 (NIV) tell us, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." Also, Proverbs 28:13 (NIV) declared, "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy." God bless you.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Man's Perception of God

It's ironic how some people today view God. Do you know that our perception of God will make us or break us. If we don't see God for who He really is then everything that we do or don't do in life will be the result of our view of Him. One view that religion can hold of God is that He is a "hard man."

Let us look at this man's view of his master. "Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours." But his lord answered and said to him, "You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed... So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents" (Matt. 25:24-28).

If we believe that God is "hard" on us and others, we will be the same. This view of God brings an expectation of "punishment" if we miss it with God. This is what has happened with many Christians. Because of this, they end up doing nothing at all; they become lazy, self-consumed and cannot see any bigger than themselves.

They cannot take on a "Kingdom Mindset" because they are so worried they will blow it, miss it and God will punish them for it. Notice that "the Lord of this servant," who is a picture of God, did not excuse his fear but called him a "wicked and lazy servant." Fear is torment and it produces laziness, because it just makes you want to hide away somewhere.

So if God has placed something on your heart and you're motivated to do something in the Kingdom that will bring glory to Him, then go ahead and do it. Don't be like that wicked and lazy servant who blamed God for his fears. Trust God, He will give you the resources that you'll need to get it done.

Let's listen to Chris Tomlin as he sings "Our God is greater. God bless you.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

John Wesley's Holy Club 22 Questions

 It has been over 200 years ago since John Wesley's Holy Club, in their private devotion, asked themselves the following (22) questions as they placed themselves under the microscope of God's word to keep them holy. 

Today, these same questions are even more relevant to us as we seek to consecrate ourselves daily to God.

Let us endeavor to ask ourselves these questions, and die daily to the world and sin:

  1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
  2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
  3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?
  4. Can I be trusted?
  5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
  6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
  7. Did the Bible live in me today?
  8. Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?
  9. Am I enjoying prayer?
  10. When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?
  11. Do I pray about the money I spend?
  12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
  13. Do I disobey God in anything?
  14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
  16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?
  17. How do I spend my spare time?
  18. Am I proud?
  19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
  20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
  21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
  22. Is Christ real to me? 
By John Wesley

What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 

We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:1-4

Sunday, July 11, 2010

God Sees Greatness In You!

The angel of the LORD appeared unto him (Gideon), 
and said unto him,
The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour” (Jud. 6:12).

Recently I read an article by Victoria Boyson “Hope in Love.” It ministered to me in a profound way and I would like to share a portion of it with you. Victoria is an inspired writer and her website Speaking Life Ministries articulates God’s love. Here is an excerpt from that article:

There is Greatness in You! As with Gideon, God sees greatness in you. For much of your life, that greatness may be kept a secret, but it is still in you. God is faithfully preparing you for your destiny.

He is molding you into the person He desires you to be: The kind of person who is bold enough to know that there is greatness inside of them, but humble enough to know where that greatness comes from.

It can be very troubling for you to believe in your destiny when you feel inadequate, but let me assure you – there is greatness in you. And you will, like Gideon, fulfill your destiny in God. He will have His way with you if you place your hope in His unfailing love.

Put your hope in the fact that you know He loves you and that He desperately want what is best for you. He wants to make your dreams come true. He wants to bless you more than you want to be blessed.

Hope in God – hope in love. Let go of fear, for your destiny is in good hands. He is able to do above and beyond all you could ask or hope or dream (see Ephesians 3:20). He is driven by love. His passion is you and seeing you walk in all that He has for you, and He will do whatever it takes to get you there. After all, it was His idea to call you in the first place and He will finish what He began in you.

You are on the adventure of your life, so remember to enjoy the process. Enjoy every aspect of your journey with your heavenly Father who loves you. And praise God with your smile. At a time like this, the best thing to do is smile, because you are in God's hands.

Now you can say “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love O Lord, endures forever – do not abandon the works of Your hands” (Psalm 138:8, NIV).

Pray this with me: Dear Father, help me to see Your love for me and help me to hold on to Your love. I want to see myself the way that You see me. Help me to trust, believe and hope.

My prayer for you: Dear Father, I ask You to bless this dear saint with everything they will need to see the birth of their destiny come to pass. Anoint them for Your purposes and help them to succeed. Help them to know of Your great love for them, and help them to trust in that love. Please send people to them who will represent Your heart toward them.

Victoria Boyson
Speaking Life Ministries

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Poor Wise Man

"There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siegeworks against it. Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man" (Eccl. 9:14-15).

In this passage Solomon gives an instance, which probably was a case in fact, in some neighbouring country, of a poor man who with his wisdom did great service in a time of public distress and danger (v. 14).

There was a little city (no great prize, whoever was master of it); with few men living within it, to defend it, and men, if men of fortitude, are the best fortifications of a city. These few men were feeble, fearful, and ready to give up their city as not tenable.

Against this little city a great king came with a large army, and besieged it, either in pride, or covetousness to possess it, or in revenge for some affront given him, to chastise and destroy it. Thinking it stronger than it was, he built great bulwarks against it, from which to batter it, and doubted not but in a little time to make himself master of it.

This great king needed not fear this little city; why then should he frighten it? It would be little profit to him; why then should he put himself to such a great expense to gain it?

Did victory and success attend the strong? No; there was found in this little city, among the few men that were in it, one poor wise man-a wise man, and yet poor, and not preferred to any place of profit or power in the city.

Places of trust were not given to men according to their merit, else such a wise man as this would not have been a poor man. Now,

1. Being wise, he served the city, though he was poor. In their distress they sought him (Jud. 11:7) and begged his advice and assistance. By his wisdom he delivered the city, either by prudent instructions given to the besieged, directing them to some unthought-of strategy for their own security, or by a prudent treaty with the besiegers, we are not told. However, he did not upbraid them with the contempt they had put upon him, in leaving him out of their council, nor tell them he was poor and had nothing to lose, and therefore cared not what became of the city; but he did his best for it, and was blessed with success.

2. Being poor, he was slighted by the city, though he was wise and had been an instrument to save them all from ruin: No man remembered that same poor man; his good services were not taken notice of, no recompence was made him, no marks of honour were put upon him, but he lived in as much poverty and obscurity as he had done before. Riches were not showered on this man of understanding, nor favour to this man of skill. Many who have well-merited of their prince and country have been ill-paid; such an ungrateful world we live in. It is well that useful men have a God to trust, who will be their bountiful rewarder; for, among men, great services are often envied and rewarded with evil for good.

Great usefulness and excellency of wisdom is a blessing, it makes men acknowledge that Wisdom is better than strength, (v. 16) and prudent mind, which is the honour of a man, is to be preferred. A man may by his wisdom effect that which he could never compass by his strength, and may overcome those by out-witting them who are able to overpower him.

Therefore, wisdom is better than weapons of war, offensive or defensive,( v. 18). Wisdom is better than all military endowments or accoutrement, for it will engage God for us, and then we are safe in the greatest perils and successful in the greatest enterprises.

If God be for us, who can be against us or stand before us?

In our modern world where the poor is being despised, Solomon recommends wisdom to us as necessary to the preserving of our peace and the perfecting of our business, notwithstanding the vanities and crosses which human affairs are subject to.

He advocates this principle, that wisdom excels folly as much as light excels darkness (ch. 2:13), and we ought to love and embrace it, and be governed by it, for the sake of its own intrinsic worth, and the capacity it gives us of being serviceable to others.

This wisdom that Solomon describes, enables us to serve our country out of pure affection to its interests, while we gain no advantage by it, no, not so much as thanks for our pains, or the reputation of it." This is the wisdom which, Solomon says, "seemed great unto him," (v. 13).

Wise and good men must often be contented with the satisfaction of having done good, or at least attempted it, and offered it, when they cannot do the good they would do nor have the praise they should have. Wisdom capacitates a man to serve his neighbours, and he offers his service; but, it is observed that often, if he is poor, his wisdom is despised and his words are not heard, (v. 16).

Therefore, we conclude that private interests and personal resentments must always be sacrificed for the public good and forgotten when the common welfare is served.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Glory of the New Covenant

"The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God ..." 2Corinthians 3:7).

If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life?

So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away.

But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.

But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord.

The Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. (Taken from 2Corihians 3:8-18)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

God's Plan for Your Life

Something is missing from your life, and yes, you know it. You know God's promises, but deep inside your heart you are wavering. You are wondering how you can be sure God will come true for you.

To find the answer to that question, you need more than a kowledge of God's power and promises. You need a personal relationship with Him, and more specifically, you need a personal revelation of His Love.

So what has God provided for your salvation? He has provided His only begotten Son to be the Savior of the world. In the book of Acts 16:30-31, we are told to "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved."

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians wrote that we might "know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullnes of God" (Ephesians 3:19).

My only protector is my Lord King of kings and Lord of lords. The very Word of God became flesh to take the punishment for sin upon himself.

Those who believe in him will not fall into Judgment but will be with the Lord forever Clothed with the Holy Spirit of God. They will have the right to be called children of God.

If you have never known God's unconditional love for you, ask Him for a personal revelation. If you have never ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life, then invite Him in your heart by praying these words:

 "Dear God in Heaven, I confess that I am a sinner without hope of eternal life. I ask for your forgiveness and right now, this very moment invite Jesus into my life as my Lord and Savior. I give myself to you and according to your word, I am now your child and I'm saved. Thank you Lord."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER Proclamation: 2010

President Barack Obama: NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER Proclamation: 2010 We are blessed to live in a Nation that counts freedom of conscience and free exercise of religion among its most fundamental principles, thereby ensuring that all people of goodwill may hold and practice their beliefs according to the dictates of their consciences. Prayer has been a sustaining way for many Americans of diverse faiths to express their most cherished beliefs, and thus we have long deemed it fitting and proper to publicly recognize the importance of prayer on this day across the Nation.

President Barack Obama




Throughout our history, whether in times of great joy and thanksgiving, or in times of great challenge and uncertainty, Americans have turned to prayer. In prayer, we have expressed gratitude and humility, sought guidance and forgiveness, and received inspiration and assistance, both in good times and in bad.

On this day, let us give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon our Nation. Let us rejoice for the blessing of freedom both to believe and to live our beliefs, and for the many other freedoms and opportunities that bring us together as one Nation. Let us ask for wisdom, compassion, and discernment of justice as we address the great challenges of our time.

We are blessed to live in a Nation that counts freedom of conscience and free exercise of religion among its most fundamental principles, thereby ensuring that all people of goodwill may hold and practice their beliefs according to the dictates of their consciences. Prayer has been a sustaining way for many Americans of diverse faiths to express their most cherished beliefs, and thus we have long deemed it fitting and proper to publicly recognize the importance of prayer on this day across the Nation.

Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those suffering from natural disasters in Haiti, Chile, and elsewhere, and the people from those countries and from around the world who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to render aid. Let us pray for the families of the West Virginia miners, and the people of Poland who so recently and unexpectedly lost many of their beloved leaders. Let us pray for the safety and success of those who have left home to serve in our Armed Forces, putting their lives at risk in order to make the world a safer place. As we remember them, let us not forget their families and the substantial sacrifices that they make every day. Let us remember the unsung heroes who struggle to build their communities, raise their families, and help their neighbors, for they are the wellspring of our greatness. Finally, let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those people everywhere who join us in the aspiration for a world that is just, peaceful, free, and respectful of the dignity of every human being.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America do hereby proclaim May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer. I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God’s continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.


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Sunday, May 2, 2010

For The Sake of Our Children We Pray

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chron. 7:14).

This is what our nation needs, prayer for God's intervention to bless and heal our country. We pray for our Families, Neighbors, Friends, Leaders, our Children, the Elderly and the Indigent.

Darkness, in the form of drugs and violence, is stealing our children's innocence and their lives while we as a people struggle to find answers. Let us Pray for Our Children today.

“Righteousness exhalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people”. Proverbs 14:34

Let us join thousands as we lift our loved ones, our nation, and the world to God in prayer.

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