Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Word Of God

Hebrews 4:12
For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even the dividing asunder of sould and spirit , and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart.

To beging with this morning I want to say I am thankful that God gave of us his Word as a roadmap for our lives. Today there are so many other versions that are passed off as being in the Bible. However these versions take out the most important doctrines of the Bible. Some take out the blood which is a necessity to being saved. Some take out the Holy Spirit, Some take out Jesus being the Son of God, and some take out Hell just to name a few of the problems. I am not posting this to get anyone upset and you have the right to your opinion but I believe the King James Bible is the Word of God for english speaking people. Now before I go to far let me state a fact that I still believe in going to the greek and hebrew meanings of the Word for the simple fact that several words in the English language have different meanings in the greek and hebrew. Now that God has given us his Word there are some things we must do with the Word of God. We must read and study it. The church in general is ignorant of the Word of God. MOst People never pick it up after church service and therefore they are spiritually anemic. Not only to we need to read the Word of God, but we must meditate upon it as Joshua tells us, and as Ps 1 tells us. We also need to memorize it according the Ps 119:11, we must hide his Word in our heart. Lastly we must obey the Word of God. We must learn to do what it says. Now I want to give you three things the Word of God does for us, and pray these are a blessing and a help to you this morning.

I. The Word of Convicts of Sin.
A reason I believe many do not read the Word of God because it tells them what they are doing wrong. There have been many times that I have been in my Bible reading and the Holy Ghost get all over me for something that I was doing, and it hurt but I know it was neccessary. It is amazing how the Holy Spirit will lead you to places in the Scriptures that tell you what you are doing wrong. I am thankful that the Lord loves me enough to tell me what I am doing wrong in his Word.

II. The Word of God Cleanses of Sin.
The Bible tells us in John 15 that we are cleanse through the Word. I am thankful that I can get in His Word and after he shows me what I am doing wrong that I then can find help to cleanse me of what i am doing wrong.

III. The Word of God Changes our lives.
It is amazing to me the more I am in my Bible the more the Lord uses to Word of God in my life to change it.
He changes our lives through the preaching of the Word. As a preacher stands up and preaches the Word of God it is amazing the Holy Spirit uses that Word to change me. I don't know how many times I have heard a message that God has changed my life with.

To close this little post this morning. Do you love your Bible? There are so many people in this world that don't even have a Bible that would love to have one. However most Christians have multiple copies yet never open them. Lord help us to understand the importance of the Word of God. And we wonder why this country is in a mess. Till next time God bless and have a wonderful Sunday at your church.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sitting at the Feet of Our Savior

Luke11:42
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part.The story here is the story where Martha is working and working and Mary is at the feet of Jesus learning from Jesus. The Lord speaking here says that mary chose the needful thing.

As I write this post so many saved people have forgot the needful thing. We do so much of the Lord's work in the flesh and we wonder why we get so tired in our lives. We wonder why we get to the point where we are ready to quit on God. We probably have all been there but hopefully none of us in our heart have quit on God. We have to learn that we can not live this life in the energy of the flesh. THere are some things that happen when we sit on the feet of Jesus.

I. We have a Better Appreciation of the Savior.One of the greatest myths that are baptist preachers preach in this country is the more I serve the closer I get to God. That is so false. I know there was a time in my life that I serve and I was probably the furthest I have ever been from God. When we sit and learn from the Lord what he done for us. We appreciate him more. We need to appreciate most of all for our Salvation, but we have much to brag on our Lord for. He gives us strength through the hardtimes. He gives us stability when we are falling apart. He is a great Savior. We must get to know him like Paul said in Phillipians 3. THe only way we do that is sitting at his feet.

II. We have a better Attitude toward Service.What I mean is it seems like when we don't sit at his feet we get to a point where we have a poor attitude and people see it. THey see our poor attitude and we damage our testimony for Christ. WHen I sit at the Lord's feet it gives me the attitude of graditude and I want to serve my Lord the best I can. THe attitudes we get are the following.We can get a selfish attitude.We can get a sour attitude.But the Lord wants us to have a spirit-filled attitude and the only way that happens is when I get to his feet and learn how to live that kind of life.
There is nothing wrong with a Child of God just stopping for a little while and sit at Jesus feet. As matter of fact I believe the only way we live a victorious Christian life is not by how much I do for my Savior but by how much time I spend at the Saviors feet. God bless you till next time

Friday, April 11, 2008

Dealing WIth Weariness

Dealing with Weariness
Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. We all get weary. I preached on this thought a couple of Wednesday nights ago. We get weary in well doing. As a preacher, or teacher we give and give and give and sometimes we don't get back and it causes us to get weary. There is not a preacher alive that does not get weary. I hope we all try to live for our Lord. The goal of my heart is to stay in fellowship with my Lord at all times. Do I do this no but so want to be an intimate disciple of Christ.
What do we get weary of?

Weary of the Flesh We all battle our flesh everyday of our lives. I get tired of my flesh. I get so tired of me in my life. We realize that Paul told us we should crucify the flesh. Crucify means to put to death. We must put our flesh to death every morning we get up. If we do not do this the flesh will have control, and the spirit will be envying for that control. I wonder how many of us live in the flesh. If I do things my way and allow my flesh to have control then that means I will get weary. The reason so many Christians faint and give up is because they have not learn the truth of abiding. If we abide in Christ we realize we can do nothing without Christ. Who has control today in your life? Flesh or the Spirit.

Weary of the World.We are not be wordly. John 2:15-17 tells us this. I know I have people that visit my site that believe it is alright to dress like the world, listen to the world music( that is what contemporary christian music really is), go to worldly places but God tells us we need to be Holy. The world may make fun us for if you are lady for wearing dresses and skirts all the time, or if you are a man wearing pants at all times but they need to see a difference. The problem with the church today is there are too many worldly people in the church therefore the power of God does not fall on the church. I also get weary of the world by what goes on in the world. I am tired of seeing Homosexuals flaunt their lifestyle in front of us, I am tired of seeing millions of babies being aborted, I am tired of seeing a corrupt government. This sometimes will make us weary. The only way we can deal with the weariness of the world is by setting our affections on things above.

Weary of Fighting I am tired of fighting the devil and his demons. I am tired of the devil winning in Christians lives. The last time I check we are to be different. The devils fight us on our faithfulness to the Lord. This is all areas. Our Church Attendance, Our Bible Reading, Our prayer time, Our soulwinning time. He fights us. Another fight I am tired of fighting is this fight of Promoting Truth. We have so much spiritual deception going on in churches today, that so many people have been decieved.That is what I am weary of So how do I deal with weariness.

I. Lean on Him He is in control. He knows everything about us. He wants us to trust him 100 percent with our daily lives.

II. Lay my Burdens down.My burdens are the Lord's. We as Christians get weary so many times because we struggle with the burden instead of relinquishing it to God.I pray this was a blessing and a help. One day we won't be weary anymore and that is when we get to heaven, but until then lets stay in the fight. Till next time God Bless.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Watch Out the Devil is Coming

I Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vilgilant, because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour.

I am glad to know that while we are in this life that we go through times in our life where it is seems like everything is settled. I don't know about you but I am also watching because I know the devil will not stop. The sad thing is many saved people don't realize the way the devil tries to get in their life. He knows are weak spots in our life. He knows the one thing that makes us fall. The devil never stops he is very persistent. I sometimes wish that we were as persistent at following the Lord as the devil goes after us.

I He is our Adversary.He hates us. He is our enemy. THere are things he wants to do in our life that when we open door leads to destruction. He has a plan for each and everyone of us. The first thing was to steal the Gospel when it was preached but thank God that didn't happen if we are saved. Then literally he wants to kill us. If he could we would all be dead today but we learn in Job that are Father is greater than the devil and would not allow Satan to kill Job, but lastly nd I believe this is one of the things that we must guard against. He wants to destroy our testimony. It takes a lifetime to get a testimony and minutes to destroy.

He has an Approach.
It is decietful. He will put something there that seems alright just to get us hooked again, and getting us to live defeated.
It is dangerous.I believe and some may disagree but when God does a great work in our life, that is when the devil is whispering and adding pressure to our life to make sure that great work doesn't get done.

He has an Appetite. His appetite is to devour us. It says he walks about as a lion seeking whom he may devour. Who does he devour?
He devours the wicked.
He devours the weak.
He devours the wavering.

If we waver in our faith, or if we waver in our decisions we make that is when to devil has the best chance of devouring us.In closing I hate the devil but I also know he hates me and is looking for a spot in our lives to where he can make his presence known. WATCH OUT HE IS COMING. God bless you till next time.