Thursday, December 29, 2005

Goals in 2006

Phil 3:14a I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

I heard a quote before on if you aim at nothing you will hit nothing. I think of 2005 and at the beginning of the year the Lord gave me a message to preach at a watchnight service on things I wanted to do better in 05. I wanted to be a better student of the Word , and the Lord allowed me to learn more about him this last year. I wanted to be a better servant and I tried with the Lord's help to be a better servant. I wanted to be a better soulwinner and I realize I could have done better. Goals in our life our good. Many people set physical goals at the beginning of the year. Like some want to quit smoking, or some want to quick drinking or this is a big one some want to lose weight. These are all good goals but I wonder if you have set any goals for this new year coming up. Not just physical but spiritual.

One goal that the Lord has really burden my heart about is in the area of soulwinning. I want to be a better soulwinner this year. I failed so miserably last year in this area of my life. I want to be able to lead people to Christ. I want to give more tracks out this year, I want to knock on more doors this year, but most of all I want to present the gospel to more people this year. I believe the more we present the gospel the more chances we have of seeing someone saved. The greatest feeling besides being saved is God allowing you to lead someone to Christ.

A Second Goal is I want to have a better prayer life. I want to be a prayer warrior. I want people to count on me to go to his Throne this next year. TO be a prayer warrior I need to be clean. To be clean I need to be in His Word and obey his Word. I want to be closer to the Lord this year than I have any other year in my Christian Life. I want people to see a difference to the point to where they know and can see that i have been with Jesus in sweet fellowship.

A Third Goal is I want to Pastor this next year. I thank God for the training I have had under on my Pastors. I have learned from each Pastor in my life from my former pastors David Hyde, Jim Preast, Nesbitt Odom, and Terrell Hopkins to my current Pastor Ron Brown. I really believe I am ready to go out and make my mistakes as a Pastor. I believe I have the training I need. If you read this please pray for me that the Lord will opened that door up this year if it is his will.

There are so many goals that we can set in our lives. I pray that the next couple of day you will find some goals and right them down in your heart and press to reach those goals with the help of the Lord. If I don't write any more which I may I want to wish all a Happy New Year may God bless you this coming year. Till next time God BLess.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Close to My Heart

I was thinking this afternoon on what to put on my blog and I started thinking about people I love. I love my Pastor and his family and I love my church family and I love my physical family but I was thinking with a new year coming and getting ready to have a fresh start. There are good things I did last year and their are plenty of times I failed the Lord last year but I am not writing to have a pity party. I am glad that even though I have failed the Lord his grace and his mercy has come through everytime. I was thinking of what I want close to my heart in 2006. I pray that you will have something close to your heart next year.

I. Spouse.
I want to keep my wife close to my heart this next year. I love my wife and I would do anything for her. I want to provide for her emotionally physically, and emotionally. I thank God for my wife and I want her to stay close to my heart.

II. Scriptures
I want to keep the scriptures close to my heart. I want to read more of God's Holy Word next year. I love the Word of God. I want to keep it close to my heart so I don't sin as much as I did this last year. I want the scriptures to be more of a lamp unto my feet and light until my path this next year.

III. Secret Place
I want to have communion with my Lord more in 2006 than I had this last year. I want to know my Lord more intimately this next year. I want to be in the secret place for people more next year. I don't want to go one day without going to the secret place next year.

IV. Savior
I want to keep Jesus not only close to my heart but I want him to be on the throne of my heart. Like everyone else there were plenty of times last year that I control things in my life and made decisions without consulting my Lord. The Bible says we should love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind. I don't believe we can do this all the time but I do believe with as much as in me I want to love him more this year than I did last year.

In conclusion just a couple of things I want to be close to my heart this next year. I pray even now that you will find somethings you want closer to your heart this year than last year. Till next time God Bless.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas

The Lord has been so good to us this year. Yes I know we have all had trials and tribulations that we just haven't understood but God has been faithful to seeing us through each trial. The year has flown by I can't believe that next Sunday is the start of a new year. Sometime next week I will be putting a post up on Godly Resolutions that we all may put in our life. I know this Christmas weekend is going to be busy. With all the wrapping of presents and then going to peoples houses, then eating all the food, and then opening all the gifts. ( Just in case someone comes by and reads this that normally don't let me interject something in here. Going to church inspite of all the churches taking the day off.) The closing of the church on Christmas day to me helps exactly what the liberals are trying to do. Take e Christ out of Christmas. The one day out seven years we can go to the house of God and worship him and adore him, and praise him, and tell him how good he is, and thank him for coming many that name the name of Christ will just stay home and opened gifts and spend it with family without even mentioning the Lord's birth. Shame on those Christians. I look forward to being in the house of God on that day. Now that my preaching is out of the way. I wish all those that may read this site a Merry Christmas. And on Christmas day may I give a challenge before you get out and opened the presents may each of us have a personal quiet time with the Lord that morning and thank him for what the day really means to us Christmas. There are many that have lost family this year that it will be the first year without that loved one. There are many that are fighting for are freedom that won't be home celebrating Christmas. There are many that will have no food on the table so much to be thankful for this Christmas. Again have a Merry Christmas until next time God bless.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Where is Christ?

Matt 2:2 Saying Where is he that is born King of the Jews?

I love this time of year where we celebrate Christ's birth. I love everything about Christmas. I love the beauty of Christmas, and I love to give during Christmas. THere is something that saddens me this morning and that is the attack on taking Christ out of Christmas. Society hates Christ today, and I believe the majority of our government hates Christ today. This time of the year people lose the meaning of the season so many times. The lost looks at Christmas just as a time of family getting together and giving gifts to one another. As I sit here this morning I was thinking in our lives where is Christ this morning. What a wonderful time of the year to either get saved if someone is not saved, or to get right with the Lord. I just have a couple of thoughts.

I. Is Christ the Love of your Heart.
THis can entail two things. The first question is are you saved? I know the majority of people that get on this site are saved but maybe a stranger comes by just to check it out and they may not be saved. To be saved and make him Lord in your heart. You must repent of your sins and trust Jesus by faith to be saved. Now what about the Christian this morning is he Lord of our heart or do we have someone else on the throne of our heart. Christ wants to be on the throne of our hearts this morning. He wants us to give him full control of lives but he gives us that choice this morning. This time of year many put family on the throne of their heart. It saddens me that I have family that will not go to church because family is going to be in town. The one day we can serve the Lord on the day we celebrate his birth and many churches and christian will be closed for business that day.

II. Is He Leader of Your Home.
Are we giving him control of our homes this morning or do we have control of the home. If people come to our home who would they find in control today. Would they find A Father who may make mistakes but gets on his knee's before he makes a decision for his family. Would they find a wife before she gets started taking care of the needs of the family in God's presence. Would they find children who honour their mother and father. I am asking if a lost person would follow during the day and see how you act in your home would it bring them to Christ or push them away from Christ. Either the Lord has control of your home or Satan has a foot in the door of your home.

In closing this week before we celebrate Christmas may we all examine ourselves and find out where we are with the Lord. I like many Christians can love him more than I do this morning. I can let him lead and direct me more this morning. I know I can pray more and I know I can read more and i know I can tell more people about Jesus. Where is Christ at in Your Life? Till next time God Bless.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Hardships of Life

I haven't wrote for a few days but I feel that what I put on here tonight will help each that read it. The Word of God tells us that man is born of woman full of trouble. The Bible tells us to count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations. The Bible tells us that God won't let us go through anything that we can't bear. With all this being said what kind of hardships do we face in our lives. We face love ones passing on to be with the Lord. I was able to preach my fathers funeral 4 years ago Sunday. It was a hard thing but God helped me go through it. My father died because of sin in his life but the hardship was trying to help the family cope without a father. Sometimes we don't understand why God allows us to go through a love one dying prematurely but I think that alot of times the reason is for us to put our trust in the Lord knowing that he will help us through. When we got saved we were not promise a bed of roses. People have hardships with sicknesses that sometimes we just don't understand and this effects all in our families. I was thinking why do we go through hardships. I have a couple of reasons the Lord allows to go through things.
Hardships build Character
We go through things to build are character. Our character is what we are when no one is around. We as christians are to have character. When we go through things who do we go to. Everything that happens in our lives is for a purpose many times we don't understand this.
Hardships shows that God wants Control.
God wants control of our lives. He wants to be king in our lives. He wants to control through the Holy Ghost are every moment of the day. SOmetimes he lets hardships come in because He knows this is the only way he can get are attention many times.
Hardships conform us to the Image of Christ.
The reason we breathe today on this earth is to bring honor and glory to Christ. The Lord is the Potter and many times he has to put pressure to bring the vessel where he wants it. Everyday we live we should be looking more like Jesus. We should be talking more like Jesus would and we should be acting more like Jesus would. When we are comforming to the world that is when the Lord has to bring hardships in our lives to get back on track.
I know tonight I am kind of scattered brain but if I didn't get my point cross in what is written then maybe we would understand that we need to thank God for the hardships because that means that he is working on us. Till next time God Bless.

The Hardships of Life

I haven't wrote for a few days but I feel that what I put on here tonight will help each that read it. The Word of God tells us that man is born of woman full of trouble. The Bible tells us to count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations. The Bible tells us that God won't let us go through anything that we can't bear. With all this being said what kind of hardships do we face in our lives. We face love ones passing on to be with the Lord. I was able to preach my fathers funeral 4 years ago Sunday. It was a hard thing but God helped me go through it. My father died because of sin in his life but the hardship was trying to help the family cope without a father. Sometimes we don't understand why God allows us to go through a love one dying prematurely but I think that alot of times the reason is for us to put our trust in the Lord knowing that he will help us through. When we got saved we were not promise a bed of roses. People have hardships with sicknesses that sometimes we just don't understand and this effects all in our families. I was thinking why do we go through hardships. I have a couple of reasons the Lord allows to go through things.
Hardships build Character
We go through things to build are character. Our character is what we are when no one is around. We as christians are to have character. When we go through things who do we go to. Everything that happens in our lives is for a purpose many times we don't understand this.
Hardships shows that God wants Control.
God wants control of our lives. He wants to be king in our lives. He wants to control through the Holy Ghost are every moment of the day. SOmetimes he lets hardships come in because He knows this is the only way he can get are attention many times.
Hardships conform us to the Image of Christ.
The reason we breathe today on this earth is to bring honor and glory to Christ. The Lord is the Potter and many times he has to put pressure to bring the vessel where he wants it. Everyday we live we should be looking more like Jesus. We should be talking more like Jesus would and we should be acting more like Jesus would. When we are comforming to the world that is when the Lord has to bring hardships in our lives to get back on track.
I know tonight I am kind of scattered brain but if I didn't get my point cross in what is written then maybe we would understand that we need to thank God for the hardships because that means that he is working on us. Till next time God Bless.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

He Is Precious

I Peter 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious

A short post today I have been thinking about how precious he is to me today. The Lord the last few days has really been speaking to my heart. There is a song that the preacher's wife sings called Jesus is precious. We come to this time of the year that many kick Jesus out of. The government is trying to kick God out completely. The stores we shop at are trying to kick God out but God will always be uplifted by a remenant of believers because he is precious to them. Last night the Lord dealt with my heart on testifying how precious he is but I disobeyed so I thought I would take few minutes to brag on my Jesus. He is precious in his Wonderful Salvation. He gives us the greatest gift and then we can't lose it that is precious. He came and died a sinners death willingly because I was precious to him that is a Great God. He is precious in the Study to me. I thank GOd that he has shown me over the years how precious he is when I study his Word. I have failed him so many times in studying like I should but when I opened that book with a clean heart he always shows himself precious. You think of the grace he gives us daily in this life, and you think about the mercy he bestows on us and you would have to say he is worthy to be precious in our lives. He is precious in the Secret Place. I thank God that when it seems like I am alone or that I get discouraged that I can go to one that will always be ready to listen. I thank God that I can show him how precious he is to me. We should be willingly to show others how precious he is to us today. He is all we need today if we would learn that what burden would be lifted from our hearts. I asked you How precious is he to you. Mrs Julie since I know you will read this thank you for obeying the Lord in singing that song last night I was going to call and asked you too but got real busy and really forgot but God didn't forget. Till next time God bless you.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

We Need to Be Prayer Warriors

The bible commands to pray in more than a dozen passages of scripture. I was emailing and told someone that the greatest way they can be a servant to the church is by being a prayer warrior and of course the Holy Ghost showed me I needed to be a prayer warrior. Now don't get me wrong I know we probably all pray to the Lord but I asked do we pray until we touch heaven. I heard a message last night on The Power of Praying Church and God convicted me for my lack of praying. I won't go into details on the message because the Lord has given me the ok to either preach or teach the message. As I sit here this morning I asked the question what kind of praying person am I. I realize the church is as strong as its members. We have to have a church that is getting ahold of the Lord on a daily basis. We have all heard messages on the prayer changes things and you know what it does. Some say I just don't have a lot to pray about I have to say we can spend an hour in prayer and still not get everything prayed for. I know that the only way you have power with God is through prayer. I was convicted last night that I know people that have lost family members and I don't pray for them shame on me. I know people that have family out of God's will and I don't pray for them shame on me. I am just telling how the Lord convicted my heart last night. I was thinking when we pray we need to pray several ways. Just a quick outline.

We need to pray Consistently.
We must have a quiet time everyday to pray for the needs of people. We all have needs but we must be an intercessor for our loved ones, and church family. I pray but consistently I can do better in praying for people.
Consistently pray for the church.
Consistently pray for lost loved ones.
Consistently pray for family.
COnsistently pray for the Man of God.

We need to pray Believing.
We need to take God's promises and believe them. I lack faith in area's of my life that God has promised that I can have the victory in. I pray for a loved one's salvation yet many times I pray not believing. The reason we don't have more prayer requests answer is because we don't believe God like we should.

We need to pray Fervently.
We must pray until we get a hold of heaven. We must pray because peoples lives our at stake when we pray. When we pray fervently that is when I believe God really comes through in our prayers.

In closing remember God wants to answer our prayers for us more than we want them to be answered. My question to you as you read this is Are you A Prayer Warrior if not lets strive to be prayer warriors by the grace of God. Till next time God Bless You.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Pursuing God

Phillipians 3:10 Paul writes that I may know him. I thank God that I know him in Salvation today. I am so glad that I don't have to pay for my sins in the Lake of Fire. This is wonderful but I wonder this morning how many Christians are just using the Lord as a Fire Escape. I started reading a book this week that I bought two years ago The Pursuit of God. How many of us today are pursuing after the Lord. This should be the desire of every Christians heart. The man that wrote the book said that many are happy with living the mediocre Christian Life. That is going through the motions. That is just reading the bible, and praying and soulwinning and going to church but never letting God have full control of our lives. God already commanded us in Romans through Paul to present our lives a living sacrifice which is our reasonable service. When we go on this journey of knowing God it is not easy, but I believe that the things we go through are needful in this life. I believe there are three things missing from most Christians lives and the reason we are missing them is because we are not pursuing the Lord. I am guilty have to say in areas of my life.

I. Presence of God.
I wonder when was the last time we felt the presence of God real in our lives. I know he with us always but I am talking about when the Lord is so thick that you can't help to praise his holy name. I am talking about the presence that if you could you would touch God in the prayer closet with you. I am talking about the presence that is so refreshing that it gives you strength to go on. I believe in our young people they haven't seen this presence because many parents have not even been in His Presence.
II. Peace of God
When we get saved we make peace with God according to Rom 5:1. In this time that we live in there are so many Christians that have no peace in their lives. We have preachers, missionaries, evagelists that are men of God committing suicide because they can not find that peace. So many Christians me included wring our hands over the most insignificant things that come in our lives. There are many Christians that are worried over things that God has in control.
III. Power of God.
This is the thing that seperates the majority of Christians from those that are on fire. Most today do not live with the power of God on their lives. As I am reading this book the man that wrote you could tell had the power of God on their lives. This is my hearts desire and let me tell you that old flesh fights this in my life everyday and that is to have a touch of God not to brag but so people can see a difference in me and trust Jesus. That is the reason we are here to bring as many people with us to heaven as possible.
In Closing if you are like me these areas in my life can be stregthen. The only way we can strive to do better is to know are God. He wants us to know him in and itimate way to where He is All we Need. I pray this was help to all who read just a few thoughts from the heart this morning. May the Lord bless you Till next time.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Birthmarks of Salvation

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shalt be saved. Rom 10:13

There are so many people in our churches across America that struggle with the fact if they are saved. I believe most Christians at one time or another in their life struggle on whether they are saved are not. I have on a couple of occasions struggled with this very fact in my own life. We have so much repeat a prayer after me salvations that many believe if they say a little prayer they are going to heaven. I once said a prayer growing up almost every night before I went to bed but never found satisfaction in my Savior. You have preachers that preach if you doubt then you must not be saved. You have preacher preach that you must have some experience that is awesome to be saved. You preachers preach that you must weep, rejoice or show other signs to show that you are saved. The reason we are saved is because of the fact of God's Word. I am not saved by some experience I had but I am saved by what God says in his word. I remember the time I was convicted of my sins, and I remember the time that I knew I was going to Hell and after years of thinking I was saved I remember the peace I had once I got saved. This post is not to make people doubt, but I hope it strengthens the fact that we are saved. There are several birthmarks that are in the scriptures to show us that we are saved.

I. Our Love Changes.
Before we got saved all we loved is ourselves and what we could do to get ahead. When we get saved God gives us the Holy Ghost and the first thing he changes in our love toward this world.
A. A Desire to Love the Word.
Every Christian that is saved as a deep desire to know more about God. A desire to read and study God's Word. A person that is saved and says he doesn't want to learn God's word needs to check up.
B. A Desire to Love and Worship.
Our desire for loving the Lord changes , every born again person has a Love for the Savior.
We have a love for the house of God and a desire to be around God's people. We want to be in church, and we need to be in church. There are many in homes across America that have prayed a prayer yet they sit at home and never go to church. I need church to make it through in this life, and I know this is one area after I got saved that I wouldn't let anything stop me from being in the House of the Lord.
C. A Desire to Witness.
A Christian has a desire to witness to others so don't have to go to that awful place called Hell. We developed a burden for peoples salvation.
A. We have a burden for Family to be saved.
God gives us burden for loves ones to be saved.
B. We have a burden for friends.

II. Our Labour Changes.
Before we got saved all we work for is bettering ourselves but after we get saved we get a new commander and work.
God gives us desire to work in his church and for his name.
III. Our Look on Sin Changes.
Before we got saved it didn't bother us when we sinned. But after you get saved the speech that you used to be ungodly changes. The Lord showed me that I was a new creature one day when I cussed at someone after being saved and it seemed like my heart was going to burst from when the Lord spoke to me about my language. Needless to say he took the vile speech and replaced with godly speech. Many areas in our life that were sinful that the Lord starts changing our look and shows us that we don't have to fall into those sins anymore.
When I have doubted if I was saved God has put these birthmarks there for me to go back to and shows me that I am saved. He gives us a verse to examine ourselves whether we be in the faith, I use that verse alot and do go back often to see if I truly have been born-again. Whenever I have every doubted I go to his Word and pray and asked him to give me a peace in my soul, and he has never failed once. My question is can you go back to a time that you know he convicted you of sin, and showed you your need to be saved, if not then chunk whatever you have and called on his holy name. This preacher believes sadly that there are many that have prayed a prayer that if they don't give saved they are going to hell off a pew. Thank God that I know, that I know I am going to heaven. Till next time God Bless.