Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Church that Makes God Sick

As was planning on teaching this last Sunday But God had a change of plans. We find our passage in Rev 3:14-21. Today we live in a society where many Christians live a defeated life. We are told in scripture that we have victory in Jesus. I find myself at times even living a life that at times seems even void of God. Of course when people get this state normally they have slack off in their quiet time with the Lord. I want to give a couple of points this afternoon on a church that makes God sick. I will not develop them as much as ususal since I may preach on this Sunday.

A Comfortable Church.
In our passage it says that God wants us to either be hot or cold, but the majority of the church is lukewarm. They are comfortable. They come in to church with none of the following.
They come with no expectation. They are there out of obligation instead of wanting to see God move in a mighty way.
They come with no excitement. I know you can not build a church on excitement but it sure does help when there is excitement. I wonder if we can remember a time in our life where we were excited to go to the house of God. We couldn't wait to see what God was going to do. Oh how those days are few in number now.

A Carnal Church.
I still believe with all my heart God wants his people to live Holy lives. I know everyone of else can probably in our life find an area where we could live more holy. The church has become so worldly. As I said in the previous post they bring people in for excitement and there is no power of God. The reason there is no power of God is because the Holy Spirit is grieved by how many people live their lives. They watch the wrong stuff, listen to the wrong stuff, and go to the wrong places.

To close this short post today we need to examine the facts that God has laid out and see if we are making God sick to his stomach because of the way we are living. I don't know about you but I want to please my Heavenly Father everyday even when I have shortcomings I want to get those confessed so I have the presence of God. I have a couple more points but felt the Lord would stop us on these two today. God Bless till next time.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Oh How the Church Has Forgotten

Jer 2:32
Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
Ps 106:21
They forgat God their Saviour which had done great things in Egypt.

I went to revival last night and I have heard this song that Bro Ricki Akinson and Bro Lance wrote called I have not forgotten. As I have been meditating on that thought the Lord gave me a few thoughts that may challenge us or encourage us this morning. Oh how we live in a nation that has forgotten God. We know the sin that is running rampant today in our nation and that God I believe is sick to his stomach. I believe one of the reasons why we have not been judge severly yet is because the church has tried to reach the world with the Gospel of Christ. We kicked God out of schools, most Christians have kicked God out of their homes but the filth they allow into their home, and sad to say that the church in general has kicked God out of the church. We live in the Ladociean age spoken of in Rev 3. The church where God is on the outside knocking to get in. We have replaced God with entertainment such as Christian Rock, Christian Rap, Contemporary Christian music, because their is no power of God in most churches. Churches have dropped their standards of Holy Living because they can't draw crowds because their is no power in church. How sad but you would have to admit most places don't see the power of God move like it should. Church has become a bore to most people they come sing the congregations, take the offering up ,have a couple of specials, a preacher gets up and preaches his heart out, while many in the church are thinking about bills, work, or where they are going to eat at. I still believe God has not changed, he still can do great and mighty works. What have Christians forgot.

They have forgot the Grace that Saved Them.
Many Christians forget where God brought them from, I know in my own life I have forgotten at times where my God has brought me from. Oh how sad. Let me remind us today that God brought is up form a horrible pit. Sin had a strangle hold on us and would not let go. We had no desire for the things of God, but God in his grace reached down his hand for us and set us on a Rock and established our goings what a blessing. It was his grace nothing that I did. He found me, convicted me, clean me up and changed me. What a wonderful Savior we have.

They forgotten the Goodness of God that Sustains Them.
God has been so good to this preacher this morning much more than I ever deserve. We allow circumstances whether with our health, our family, or our finances to forget how good God truly is. I don't know about you but sometimes the only thing that gets me through a hard times is I remember the Goodness of God and it sustains me.

They have forgotten the Growth that Stabalizes them.
I thank God that we don't have to be a Christian that is up one minute down the next. We don't have to be a Christian that is tossed to and fro. When we grow we are stable. We are stable in our walk, our worship, our witness, and our work for the Lord. When we stop growing we sometimes forget what God has done in our life and therefore we end up on that sea tossed to and fro.

To conclude I thank God this morning that I am not same as I used to be because of Calvary, however I am not content where I am at spirtually I want to reach a more devoted life to Christ. The only way this happens is we don't forget his grace that leads us everyday in our lives. May God bless you till next time.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Good Shepherd

Before I give the post the Lord has on my heart. I just want to let every know that I am still blogging. I have been having some difficulties between me and the Lord concerning the ministry. As a preacher sometimes I go through a little season of discouragement why God hasn't given me a church to Pastor when I am 110 percent sure that is what he wants me to do. So when I go through those periods my study of the Word suffers and therefore no post because I don't want to put anything up on this blog that does not help me first. I am doing better now and with the Lord's help I am going to try my best to at least post twice a week if not more than twice.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Ps 23:1
This last Friday I had to preach a funeral of someone I didn't know at all even though I knew some of the family so I started meditating on this scripture and gave a couple of thoughts at the funeral to the people. As I meditated the Lord gave me some thoughts to share on him being our shepherd to the blog readers.
I am so glad that this shepherd wants to have a relationship with each one of us. I am glad on Aug 10 1993 that I entered into a relationship with the shepherd. Now before I got saved I had religion with the shepherd which I believe many professors have. This shepherd thank God sought out this lost sheep to come into the fold. I want to give a couple of thoughts about the shepherd that I pray will be a help and blessing to you.
The Shepherd Cares for Me.
I am so glad that when I get to the point where I think no one cares I am reminded a shepherd that does care for his sheep. I am so glad that he loves me tonight. I mean when I am in his will he loves me, and when I am out of his will hel loves me. This is truly unconditional love. He died for us on Calvary and then he came our way and showed us how much he cares for us. Sometimes I get to the point where I wonder if any person on this earth really cares, but even if they don't even though they do the shepherd cares for me.
The Shepherd Comforts Me.
As I preached this mans funeral this last Friday much of the family was lost. Many our letting alchol, drugs, immorality to fill that void, but I tried to plant a seed that Christ will comfort them if they let him. I am so glad that when I am sorrowful, or hurt that this kind shepherd comes and picks me up and comforts my heart. When my dad died I remember when I was in my prayer closet that it seem like the shepherd came and put his arms around me and showed me he would comfort me.
The Shepherd Corrects Me.
I am so glad that the shepherd will not allow me to get far away before he starts to correct me. The word is chastisment. The Bible says it shows that the shepherd loves us if we are chastized. If there is not chastizment when we are out of his will we need to make sure that we are not a bastard because that is what the Bible says in Hebrews12. Are you not glad the shepherd cares so much for you that he will not allow you to get out of the fold with out correction.
As we close this short thought I am so glad that this kind shepherd lives in my heart and wants to direct my ways. I believe it is whole lot better if he directs than if I do. A whole lot calmer in my life. Till next time God Bless.

Friday, May 04, 2007

A few verses to help in time of need

Just a Few Verses to Help
We all go through times when we are in trials, or when it seems like the world is caving in on us. I have learned the greatest way to make it through anything is by going to the Word of God. I don't feel led this week to put a message or a blog up but I thought I would share this with my readers something I came across this morning I hope it is a blessing.
What to read when you are:
Discouraged: Isaiah 51:11; I Peter 1:6-9; & Galatians 6:9
Worried: I Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:6-7; & Isaiah 26:3
Lonely: Isaiah 41:10; John 14:18; & Deuteronomy 33:27
Depressed: Psalm 30:5; Isaiah 40:31; & II Corinthians 1:3-4
Dissatisfied: Psalm 34:10; Philippians 4:12-13; & Psalm 103:1-5
Confused: I Corinthians 14:33; James 1:5; & Proverbs 3:5-6
Angry: James 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:26; & Proverbs 15:1
Tempted: I Corinthians 10:12-13; Psalm 119:11; & I Peter 5:8-9
Afraid: John 14:27; II Timothy 1:7; & Psalm 56:11
Grieving: Psalm 23; Psalm 147:3; & Hebrews 4:15-16
Troubled: Nahum 1:7; Psalm 4:8; & Psalm 138:7
In Financial Need: Psalm 37:25; Matthew 6:31-33; & Philippians 4:19
Deserted by Loved Ones: Psalm 9:10; Psalm 27:10; & Romans 8:38-39
In Doubt: I Thessalonians 5:24; Psalm 18:30; & Isaiah 59:1