Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What do When the Devil is on Your Back?

First Before I post this thought I want to thank those who still come by. I want to be more faithful to posting but sometimes I wonder if anyone is really keeping up on the posts that the Lord gives us. I want to let those who our my friends on here things are still going well at the church and God is still blessing. I pray you allow this simple thought today to speak to your heart. We need Christians to stay in the battle no matter how hard it becomes.

We all go through times in our life where we are closer to the Lord than at other times. The devil lies to us how good the other side of the fence is. The Bible tells us that Satan desireth you and he will not quit. Satan desiring to sift Peter in Luke 22:31. It is good to know that Satan can not do anything without God's permission. I was thinking recently about area's in my life that I seem to have the most trouble in. I know what they are and I also know Satan knows what they are. I know in my own life I get tired of being defeated in the same areas of my life. I pray and asked God to help me and really want to have complete victory in my life, but for some reason when tempted I fall back in the devils trap. I know most Christians have areas that they struggle in. Remember the devils ultimate goal in our life is to get us to quit on God. I know the reason biblically why I get defeated it is because I have not yielded to the Holy Ghost. I know what the Bible says and I know greater is he that is in me, than he that is in the world. Maybe I am missing something and maybe no one else that reads this has this problem but I believe we all do. I know we are never to quit on God even though I have thought about it in the past. I know people who have given into the pressure of the warefare between the devil and God in their life and now they are not in church and some don't even mention God anymore. I believe the devil has won in their lives. I also know that if we don't yield to the Holy Spirit we also can end up in the same position they are. When I get defeated in an area in my life first I must recognize it is sin and I need to confess and forsake it. I also realize and thank God for this that I have a long suffering God who understands where I am being tempted and will always be faithful to me. I also realize that the only way I can defeat the devil is by staying in the Word and by staying on my knee's. My question to you is when you are defeated in an area what keeps you going. I am reminded for what Jesus done for me and thus I can not turn back on the Lord I must keep going. It will be good one day when we lay down this robe of flesh as one song puts it, and we get a new one and the devil can never again defeat us. Praise the Lord that he will see us through even when we fail him. I don't understand why Christians want to stay in a carnal state. I fail the Lord but I want to get the carnality out of my life so I can be a better soldier in the Lord's army. If we have a desire to live for God, we will want to be close to the Lord. The only way the devil defeats us is when we backslide on God. I pray this was a help and also lets us press on till Jesus comes. Till next time God Bless.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Fellowshipping With God

Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Before I get started on what the Lord has on my heart this morning I wanted to say Praise God for another year. Last year I finished my first year of pastoring in Sept and all in all things went well. Last year me and my wife got that dreaded word that none of us want to hear and that is she had cancer, but praise the Lord that it was the non-agressive type and even though it ruin any chance for us to have a child of our own God saw us through by his grace.

Now I know all us have things we loved last year with our relationship with our Lord and I know we all had those times that we may not have been as closed as we could have been. I told our church this is the theme for this year. It really is the most important thing in our Christian Life. It really doesn't matter how much you teach, preach, sing, reach lost people or anything else you do in the church. We must have a personal walk with our Lord. I am convinced that many burn out in church because they do all their labor for the Lord in the flesh. We have so many helps today. You can find SUnday School Lessons for the year , or sermons for the year online and not have to put much study in and still fake it front of the class or the church. As we find in this passage of Scripture this is the last church of the church age. I believe this is the age we are living in. We have many programs in the church but we have forgotten the most important part and that is the power of God. Most churches across our great land used to have the power of God in the church but what has happened. I have several evangelist friends who I have talked to and they say most churches they go in they ain't much going on in the church. There is no doubt in my mind that many churches today in America that the Lord is on the outside of the church and even though is to be our head he isn't even in the church.

With that being said we can have a personal walk with God. I asked our church how much time do you really spend with God in a week. I didn't want them to answer that because I didn't want them to embarass themselves. No doubt today many Christians don't pick up the Bible outside of church and read it. This is shown in the way they live and by how Bible illiterate they are. Just pastoring over a year now we have many people that have been saved for years that don't even understand the elementary things of the Word of God. I really pray that our people would understand the importance of God's Word in their life. That is where fellowship begins in the Word of God. The second part of that fellowship is our Prayer Life. How often do we pray to God. Most Christians spend less than 10 minutes a day in prayer and we wonder why there is no power in our life. Much prayer, much power, less prayer, less power.

I know in my life I want this to be the most fruitful of my ministry. I believe it starts in that personal worship with our God. Once we learn personal worship, then our personal walk will honor God, and lastly that personal walk will lead us to personally witness to others about the Lord. Just a few thoughts the Lord layed on my heart this morning. God bless you till next time.