Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Is He Real to You?

remember when I heard Bro Tony Hutson preach that he said when his Dad was dying that he pulled to the bed and said Son it is real. Christians that claim to be saved will stay home and not go to church. Some because they are just too lazy and some because they have been hurt. The sad thing is their is a lost and dying world out there watching our every step and they see when a Christian don't go to church how real the Lord is to them. I really don't want to take it from that point of view. I want asked you a question How real is he to you this day? Other people worship their Jesus, or their God and they are very sure that what they have is real but it is not. We worship the true God and many Christians live their life like he is not real.
When you wake up how real is he? I am guilty in what I am about to say but is the Lord the first person we talk to in morning thanking him for another beautiful day, and thanking for another day to live on his earth to be a blessing to someone. If he is real to us like he should be he will be the first one we talk to in the morning.
When you go to church is He real?
Is his presence flowing out of you that you are anticipating what the Lord can do. He wants to show himself so real in our services but we hinder him. We hinder by not obeying the voice of the Lord. That means if we have sin in our lives we will not obey his voice, but how about when he wants us to testify of his grace do we obey or when he tells us to sing whether with music or without do we obey him. The only way God can do want he wants in the church is when the members have been obedient to all the Lord has said.
When we are in the valley his he real?
I know when he drops blessing in our life he is real, but what about when we go through the hard times is he still real. Many people have turned their back on the Lord because they went through a hard time. It may have been a lost of a love one, or it many have been a financial lost, or someone may have done us totally wrong. Remember every thing that happens in our life the Lord allows. Sometimes it is to get us back in line and sometimes it is to help us just grow a little closer to our Lord. There have been many valleys that I thought I am not going to make it the Lord is no where to be found and then suddenly he shows up and makes himself real in my life.
In closing so many other areas of our lives we can talk about but the one thing I know is I want people to see God real in me. There have been times people have but I hope from now until Jesus comes back people by the grace of God can look at my life and say God is real to him and in him. May that be all our prayers. Till next time God Bless.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Slow To Speak

James 1:19 Wherefore, My Beloved Brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.

The Bible has a lot to say about are tongue. It has a lot to say about are speech. We are to be careful in what we say. Our brother James took the whole third Chapter to talk about this. Some things about this tongue.
It is powerful.We can build people up or we can cut them down. We have that ability with our tongue. How many times have we said something that we regreted? You may be more spiritual but I have many times. It says no man can tame the tongue. Sometimes we are sarcastic or blunt and we don't think about what we say. Remember slow to speak.
It is poison Sometimes things we say tear people's character up. What I mean is usually when use are tongue wrong someone else is sharp to speak back which leads into arguments and sometimes it brings worldly people to fighting.
How do we control the tongue?
Realize we Can't.We can not control the tongue. So many times we say I can control what comes out but we can not. We must realize that no man can tame it. All the animals in the world are tame.

Respond Cautiously.Remember slow to speak. When someone berates us or lies about us or gets on our nerves we MUST be careful in how we react. Jesus is our example. He was slow to speak always.

Rely on the Comforter
God gave us the Holy Spirit. He is the only one that can control our tongue. We must yield to the Spirit if not then we will get in the flesh and what comes out most of the time is not good.The Lord just reminded of this today. I believe we can have a godly speech at all times. Maybe I am just carnal in this area. I am not talking cursing I am talking about being mean with are speech, joking about people, cutting people being sarcastic. If no one get help I did. I hope this is a challenging post. Lets do a better job at being slow to speak.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Servant of Christ

Phil 1:1Paul and Timothy the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi with the bishops and deacons.I will again be short tonight. I was just sitting here and thinking about what Paul started some of his letters out with. He said he was a servant of Jesus Christ. Paul probably the greatest Christian in the Bible said this. I was thinking are we really servants of Christ. I was just thinking for a person to be a servant they must have a greater love for the Master than anything else in this world. Do we love Jesus more than any other. The bible says we either serve God, or mammon. Just a couple of thoughts on being a servant.I. We must be Humble.If there is one thing that I believe the Lord wants us to do in our lives that is is humble ourselves. To Many people are prideful. The only way God can use us is when we are humble. When we enter the throne room of Grace we must come humbly before the throne. Are you humble?II. We must be Honoring.We must bring honor and glory to our Savior in our daily lives. The bible tells us Whether therfore we eat or drink or whatsoever we do. do all to the Glory of God.I. We must honor him in our habits.II. We must honor him in our homesIII. We must honor him in our hearts.III. We must be HelpfulWherever you see Jesus he is trying to help people. There are many people crying out for help tonight. A servant helps others.Souls Cry out for Help.People are dying every second and meeting God in the judgment.Sliders Cry Out for Help.The backslider most of the time is crying out for Help. They may like living in the sin for a season but I believe they are always looking for away back to God.Saints Cry Out for Help.We need one another in the Body of Christ. We all need people that will rejoice with us, cry with us, and just be there for us. I believe this is being a servant.Are we a servant tonight. After you read this really think about it. Because remember what Jesus said. Well done thou good and faithful servant. The greatest words we can hear when we get to heaven. God bless you till next time.

Monday, June 04, 2007

God is Keeping Track

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints and do minister.

As I begin this blog this evening this verse is so helpful in my life. I had the opportunity to go to a old church I served in last night. I served in this church for 3 years. I had a lot of high times, and some very low times. God called me away from the ministry mainly because I believe I needed to go to a little church in Rex, Ga to be a help to a Pastor that needed it. I served my purpose at this church and I am so glad that God did not forget my ministering at this church. I got to see a young lady who the Lord allowed me to get their family in church to sing in the chior last night and she did a tremendous job. I got to see several young adults that were in my youth group still serving the Lord. Sometimes as a preacher of the gospel you never know how much influence you have had a group of people until the Lord moves you, nor do they know what kind of influence you were to their life. Even better than that seeing this on this earth is that God in heaven is still keeping track and there are many rewards I believe the Lord has a result of just being faithful to him. It is a blessing to go back and see God still working in these peoples lives. It just makes you feel like maybe your time in the ministry is not a waste of time. Now I am serving in the church as a associate pastor, I teach the Sunday School for the adults, I get to spend time with the young people at the church, and fill in from time to time preaching the Word of God. Sometimes as a preacher people just don't care for what you are preaching or how you preach and this is discouraging at times, however God is keeping track and as long as one is faithful to the Lord in what they are doing he will reward them. It is a blessing when you have people come to you and say that helped me, but I believe even greater than that there will be a time we get to heaven that people will come to us say you may not know it, but you were an influence on my life. That will be a great joy. Pastors, and Preachers, Sunday School teachers sometime pour their heart out to a group of people and it seems like it does no good, however if we stay faithful ,God is keeping track. I just wanted to share this tonight a little different than really giving you a thought or preaching to you, but more from my heart I am so glad that God is keeping record. May God bless you till next time.