For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.
Today we are living in some very perilous times. If there was ever a time for us to no longer compromise our walk with the Lord, now is truly that time which is upon us. Now is the time for the Body of Christ to pray without ceasing. Lately I have been reading so many hateful things being said concerning this presidential election. Many of us have chosen the candidate that we are supporting, and there is nothing wrong with that. The problem comes in when you start to exemplify behavior that is not Christ-like because of it.
If we are assisting in spreading anything negative concerning either candidate, we must truly examine our actions. We must remember the enemy is very crafty at deceiving people. The Word of God states that even the very elect will be deceived. So again, if you are reposting something derogatory about a person, you are not exemplifying the characteristic of Christ. I would like to go the book of Galatians and refresh many of us on what sort of characteristics are Christ-like. In chapter five it talks about the fruits of the Spirit. As Christians we should be know by these fruits, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23).
Now that we know what is Christ-like, let’s take a look at what is considered works of the flesh. We know works of the flesh has nothing to do with the spirit of God right? Galatians 5:19-21 states “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. I need not add anything to this, for it speaks for itself!
I would also like to take a look at the book of Proverbs 6:16-19; “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. With the love of God I would beseech every one of us to truly examine our actions. We cannot allow ourselves to be deceived into believing that this sort of behavior is ok. Remember, “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.”
Finally, we can go to Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5). We profess faith, yet we still feel the need to get in the way of God, with our works of the flesh. So if you are promoting anything negative concerning either party, you are allowing yourself to error before God. We have to be wise; everything that we read or look at isn’t always the truth, remember Satan’s job is to manipulate, deceive, destroy and kill… Are you going to allow yourself to be his tool??? Trust God, for His Word is sure and true!
My prayer for today is for us to lay aside all strife, let brotherly love continue and Let God be God!
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
If we profess faith, we should have works to support that which we have professed! It is easy for one to say “I have faith”, yet when faced with certain circumstances we are afraid to go forth, because we have allowed fear to hinder us. In this case the spirit of fear is greater than your faith. Having faith, means going forth in spite of what it may look like, because you trust God enough to know that he would let no harm come nigh unto you.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6). This scripture tells us that we cannot even please God without faith. We have to continually examine ourselves so we do not become liken unto the scribes and Pharisees who say but do not. When we are called to do a work for the lord, we must trust in Him and not ourselves. This is where many of us get it twisted (like the youth say); we forget that it is the Christ in us, and not ourselves.
I’ll use myself as an example, for I like everyone of us is still a work in progress. One of the things the Lord has called me to do is evangelize. One day I went out, and it was really hot out, and by the time myself and sisters and brother in Christ were done for that day, I was overcome by the heat and felt as if I would faint. Well they prayed for me and I was fine; I went home and had plenty of fluids and lay down for a bit so that my body could regenerate itself. I did not go to the hospital for I trusted in God that I would be well, and so I was. Now this is where it gets interesting…the following week, it was still very hot, and I then began to battle with whether I should go back out in the heat or not? Well the next thing you know three weeks had gone by, and I still hadn’t gone back out. The enemy tried to hinder the ministry the Lord entrusted me with, but I thank God, for my faith was restored and increased and the enemy did lose that battle. God showed me what the enemy was trying to do, and with the power of the Holy Spirit, that enemy was defeated. God has even sent another sister to go out and evangelize with us.
We cannot let fear stagnate our faith, or become an excuse to be slothful in our works. We have to exercise and increase our faith in every circumstance of our lives. We have to know that God is bigger than any problem that we are faced with. We have to know that faith is indeed “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”(Hebrews 11:1). And while we are exercising our faith, we should remember to “endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 2:3). In order to endure hardness, we have to have faith that God will keep us. My prayer today, Father I ask that in these last and evil days that our faith be renewed in you and we stand together in unity trusting and believing that in spite of how things may look or even seem, that you are a very present help in our time of need. I pray that our faith be increased continually in Jesus name, amen!
The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
One whom is called by God to minister His Word should preach it in hope and not desperation. A person preaching in desperation has a hidden agenda. This is not a person whom is sincere, but instead wants to cause more confusion and division. This is not a person that wants to see people get delivered, but instead it wishes to keep you in bondage. This is why the word of God also say’s “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14). We must be real with God, and have a sincere desire to see people free from bondage by not adding affliction to it, but instead preaching His word in love. Preaching His word in love not only gives freedom to those that are in bondage, but also to the speaker, for there is freedom in the Truth and God’s word is true!
We have to be real in everything we do in the ministry for the Lord. First we must remember that the glory is God’s and His alone. If we are doing anything and we are not sincere about it, it would be better for us to not even do it at all. When we are sincere, we do not have to broadcast everything we do concerning the Kingdom of God. Remembering:
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
It’s not about us…It’s about God and doing His will sincerely. If we are not sincere we then become like the Scribes and Pharisees. Matthew 23:12 says, “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he who shall humble himself shall be exalted.” Then when we read further in verse 13 there is a woe. A woe is grief or distress resulting from a serious affliction or misfortune. And the Word says, “But woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites! For you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them who are entering to go in.” (Matthew 23:13). We must make sure we are not operating in this spirit. It is so important to know that you are truly being led by God in all that we do today. God has given us all unique gifts, we should not envy one another of the gifts and anointing that God has place in our lives. But search and pray and ask Him to show you your own unique gifts that He has placed on the inside of you!
It is time for each and every one of us to be real with God. It is not the hour to perform or waste your time on meaningless spirits such as jealousy or get caught in the spirit of self-exaltation. This spirit of deception does not care who it hinders, don’t let it catch you off guard. Be on your post… Be on guard! “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” (Galatians 5:26). But instead let us preach the word of God in love, being sincere in all our ways, encouraging one another and praying for one another. Father I come before you in the name of Christ Jesus, asking you to purge us of all iniquities, let us be a people who loves the way you so desire for us to love, in sincerity…Lord I pray that our walk with you become a real walk that you Lord, may find pleasing, Amen!
We often think of this in terms of a physical wound, a sore or cut of some sort; but there are wounds that go much deeper than those. Wounds of the flesh are most often easily healed, but wounds of the spirit can often take a little more time to heal. We know that we can apply salves and ointments to wounds of the flesh, but spiritual wounds can only be healed through Jesus.
We may mistreat people…they are good enough in the moment, but then are cast aside for no apparent reason, other than we are selfish and full of self; or we know them only when we need something from them. What happens when this very person whom is always there for you, is really going through while they are putting aside their own needs to be an aide to you… And on the inside they are hurting and bleeding and now that you no longer need them, you have cast them aside. The wound deepens, making it that much harder to heal. Do you feel that you have a responsibility to be a help to others instead of always being the helped? God expects us to be a help one to another:
- 1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all your things be done with charity.
- Colossians 3:14
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
- 2 Timothy 3:10
But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
- Galatians 5:14
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- Ecclesiastes 4:10
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up
- 1 John 3:17
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
Sometimes we can be so self-centered, that we do not stop to think that the same individual that was such a source of strength to us may be in need of the very thing they so willingly given us. We are all human, and experience different emotions, and no person if they are truly honest with themselves want to feel as if they are unloved or forgotten. It should be easy to give back what we ourselves have so earnestly received. I had a friend tell me very recently,” the phone line works both ways”… well this is a true statement. We should never do anything because we expect something in return, but we should be real enough to know that everyone needs someone and simply being there for one another is the right thing to do.
As Christians we should know better than to behave in such a manner! 1 John 3:17 says, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? It would be wise for each of us to remember that when we behave in such a manner, it is not pleasing to God. Though through this there is good news, “For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.” (Jeremiah 30:17). Keep standing, and God will restore you, and pray for those who have cast you aside. Be encouraged, and know that though man has forgotten you, God is still with you, and if you call upon Him in the name of Jesus, he will indeed heal your wounds, amen!
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
I asked my son, whom is 17 years old, what would be a pressing topic amongst the youth today! The word he gave me was misguidance. To be misguided means to lead somebody in a wrong direction or into making a mistake. The best way to avoid being misguided is by knowing the fruits of the spirit as well as what is not the fruits of the spirit. Does a person possess good fruit or thorns? If you know how to differentiate between the two, you would then be able to avoid being misguided in every walk of your life.
In Galatians 5:19-21 says “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like.”These works of the flesh are the exact opposite of the fruits of the Holy Spirit; this is the sort of personalities (spirits) you should never allow to guide you in anything, for they will lead you astray. Whenever you see someone operating in this sort of behavior you should flee from around this sort of person. You should also examine your our own selves to be sure that you too are not operating in this sort of behavior (spirit). 2 Corinthians 13:5 says “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” So while we are careful to not be misguided by others, we should also be careful to not be misguided by our very own flesh (ourselves).
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23). Now to recognize the fruits of the Holy Spirit is to recognize a person that is Christ like. A person that is Christ like will not lead you astray; they will try to guide you in the ways of righteousness. Knowing what to look for in a person’s characters is the best way to avoid being misguided in today’s society; and more so to pray for the Holy Spirit to dwell within you, so that you will be equipped to handle whatever comes your way. Our best teacher is the Holy Spirit, and we should remember that the Holy Spirit will never lead you astray.
My prayer today, Father I come before you in the name above all names, the name of Christ Jesus, asking you to lead and guide us in the ways of righteousness. Teach us to discern what is good as well what means to bring us harm. I pray that the fruits of the Holy Spirit will dwell within each of us, both young and old, that we shall be known by good fruits and know whether men gather grapes or thorns, or figs or thistle; amen!
Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm.
Just as the strong arm destroyed Rahab; that same strong arm of God would do the same for His children today. We should always remember that God protects his own…He will come to our rescue if we call upon Him. Exodus 14:14 states “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” We have to be careful of how we handle the situations we are faced with. We cannot confess faith, and when we come face to face with the enemy we try to do battle on our own; this is why the scripture says for us to hold our peace; meaning trust and believe that God is more than able to fight the battle for you.
The scripture states that thine enemies were scattered…When I think upon this, I imagine being in a war and witnessing my enemy retreating, because he knows he has taken on more than he can handle. The enemy has no choice but to run when he knows that it is God he is up against; he knows that this is a battle he cannot win because he is already defeated. We have to come and know with full understanding that there is nothing too big for God, He sits high and looks low, there is nothing that can escape Him unless he so chooses.
Knowing that God is all powerful and being armored with the shield of faith, we know that our victory is sure in God! “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4). My prayer today is for all of us that may be going through, no matter what the affliction may be that God sends his Strong Arm to deliver you from your enemies. I pray that your enemies will be scattered and to never return again, and while God is working in your favor, that you faith be increased and you hold your peace, in Jesus name, amen!
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
When the bridegroom (Christ) came, those that were ready went in with him…It is so vitally important to understand the parable of the ten virgins in its entirety. I would encourage all to read Matthew 25:1-13, and really get a full understanding of what the scriptures are saying. But this week I would like to bring special attention to the word in verse 10, “READY”. Are we really ready for the return of Christ Jesus???
A ready servant lamp would be constantly full of oil…Meaning you are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, you are not only being a hearer of the word of God, but a doer as well. A ready servant is evident by their fruits… Are you fruits likened to the spirit of God? Do you love, have joy, peace, are longsuffering, gentle, good, exercise faith, meek, and do you show forth temperance? We know how we should live, but are we actually doing it…Matthew 7:20 says, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” We know that we cannot hide anything from God, for He knows all things… So if we are not bringing forth good fruits…judgment will come, and when Christ comes back and the door is shut, let us pray that we are accounted with those that were ready.
“For yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2). Are you ready? Are you quenching the spirit of God, are you hindering his children, and are you producing bitter fruits that shall be cast aside? Or are you being a good example of a true Christian by emitting good works? “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” This is the words of our Lord… My prayer today is Lord teach us to walk in the Holy Spirit, so that we may be humble and faithful servants unto you and you are able to do the work in us and through us that you so desire to do. Lord let us always be on watch, lamps full of oil, so that we shall be ready for your coming, in Jesus name, amen.
I have always been a person that many would probably consider overly sensitive…I have had some call me petty and even turn their back on me…And there was a time that I would actually let those actions of others bring me down. I felt well if I can be kind to you and treat you with respect, or be careful to execute what we call “constructive criticism” in a way without using harsh words, why can’t I get the same treatment from people? This is a thought that would play over in my mind every time I would go through these experiences. And I would always come to the same conclusion…People are who they are, you cannot change anyone, you can only pray for them to see the error of their ways. “Never let another person’s error, cause you to error” is what I would tell myself.
I would even tell myself, I’m not dealing with this person or that person any more, but I would then find myself right back there still being a friend in spite of their treatment of me. I actually used to wonder why was I made this way…I would forgive, always forgive “in spite of”. Well now that I am older and yes, wiser; I realize that God had made me this way for a reason… Learning a scripture in the bible “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:15); I was then like; wow…God thank you for giving me a heart that forgives easily…
We cannot control how other people choose to behave; we can only control how we ourselves behave. So instead of examining the way other people treat you, “in spite of” how cruel they may be… Pray for them and move on…You are somebody…Smile…and just make sure their error does become your error… Life is a gift and I choose to wear it with a smile!
Psalm 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
God is the only One that can restore one’s soul. During the course of our lives we encounter many afflictions. These afflictions often bring about wounds, and when these wounds are unattended, they leave scares which are a constant reminder of the pain that we so earnestly want to forget. The good news is that we do indeed serve a God that can heal any wound, and even confiscate the scares that were left behind; for He is a God of restoration.
The way to heal our wounds and have every scare confiscated is by calling on the name of Jesus. He is always ready and willing to ease the pain of His children, as well as perform cosmetic surgery that only He can perform by taking away any reminders of the cause thereof. He leads us in paths of righteousness…Meaning while he is healing us, He is also guiding us back on the right path…the path that leads to eternal salvation. He does this all for his name’s sake; because we our His…when we are His, he will chastise us and even rebuke us. We should never take offense to this, but instead, be thankful because he allows it because of His love for us.
I am reminded of the poem “Footprints in the Sand”, The LORD replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you andI would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”(Burrell Webb). So we see the love of God, and know that he will restore our soul, and put us back on the path of righteousness, for his name sake; for we are His.
My prayer today, Lord I come unto you in the name of Jesus, giving you glory and honor; thanking you for life today…for you are a God of life and restoration. Asking you that you continue to lead us and guide us in paths of righteousness, and that when we are going through afflictions that we remember that you are there to carry us through and that every wound will be healed and every scare removed, and we thank you this day and every day, amen.