Restoration

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.

Salvation

CALL TO REPENTANCE

The ABC’s of Salvation

Admit and Accept:   Admit to God that you are a sinner. All persons need salvation. Each of us has a problem the Bible calls sin. Sin is a refusal to acknowledge God’s authority over our lives. Everyone who does not live a life of Perfect obedience to the Lord is guilty of Sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Since none of us is perfect, all of us are sinners. The result of sin is spiritual death. Spiritual death means eternal separation from God. By God’s perfect standard we are guilty of sin and therefore subject to the punishment for sin, which is separation from God. Admitting that you are a sinner and separated from God is the first step of repentance, which is turning from sin and self and turning toward and accepting God and His word into our lives.

Believe:   Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and receive Jesus‟ gift of forgiveness from Sin. God loves each of us. God offers us salvation. Although we have done nothing to deserve His love and salvation, God wants to save us. In the death of Jesus on the cross, God provided salvation for all who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus. “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Confess:   Confess your faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord to others. After you have received Him into your life, share your decision with another person. Tell your pastor or a Christian friend about your decision. Following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith. “If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believes in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes,resulting in righteousness and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 10:9-10)

                       

Pray this Prayer

“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and here’s my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

Betrayal (The Spirit of Judas)

Matthew 24:10-13
“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

We are warned in this scripture that betrayal is something that many of us will experience at some time in our lives. Therefore having received the warning, one would think that we would then be prepared for the manifestation of it. “It can be a very painful state to have to go through, especially when it’s someone whom you love and have really put your trust in; or even looked upon as a teacher of the Word.  Many have been wounded by this Judas spirit, but “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”  (Isaiah 5:20).

Today too many are compromising their walk with God to satisfy their flesh.  Because we might not like what someone says in truth, they will come against that person.  They are taking a stand against righteousness for the sake of personal gain.  Their love is waxing cold toward righteousness, for they have allowed their flesh to overrule their spirit man.  So those that are standing for righteousness are being betrayed, and even hated while the false prophets are continually being allowed to deceive God’s children.  We say we see, and we say we know…yet are we really willing to take a stand for righteousness sake?  Or are we going to continue to compromise who we say we are in the Lord, by letting the enemy wreck havoc on God’s people.

Though betrayal can be a very hurtful action, we must continue to trust God and stand on His word still.  We cannot sell out in these last and evil days, for the word says that iniquity shall abound.  So if the word of God has prepared us for the things that are happening, do we read the words and allow our love to wax cold and follow after deception, or do we take a stand and live the words, enduring and knowing that our Fathers words are true and “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.”(Psalms 4:5)? “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15). For those that endure to the end, the same shall be saved.

My prayer today, Father I come before you in the name of Jesus; giving you the glory and honor that is rightfully yours.  Lord I thank you for your covering, and I praise you for your mercy and grace, for you love, and your peace in the midst of the storms.  Lord I ask you to give us the strength to stand so that we are not moved by betrayal in these last and evil days, keeping us under your divine protection, covered with your full armor and the blood of Jesus.  Teach us how to stand for righteousness and holiness that our eyes will be opened and our ears truly hear what “Your” spirit is saying in this hour, amen!

Spirit of Discord Exposed

Proverbs 6:12-15
“A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.  Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.”

The word of God says that this person who sows discord is wicked.  We know that the word of God is true, so we dare not question it in any way whatsoever.  This person is called naughty, and has a froward mouth.  The word forward means stubborn or disobedient, so this is a person who does things according to their own will and not the will of God.  This person deviseth mischief continually…Meaning they are always stirring up trouble somewhere…this is usually an undesirable person. And they sow discord…meaning they are always in disagreement or strife with someone, for they love conflict.  It is very obvious that these are not characteristics of a child of God.

If we search the scripture further, Proverbs 6:16 states “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him, and skipping down to verse 19 it says that one of the things that the Lord hates is “A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”  It would be wise for all of us to take heed to these scriptures for they come with a woe to those who are operating in this spirit.  Proverbs 6:15, states that “calamity comes suddenly; “suddenly” shall he be broken without remedy.”

We must remember that God is watching the agitator (the one who sows discord).  Their wickedness will not go on forever, and God’s judgment will come when that agitator least expect it.  My prayer today is Lord teach us to examine ourselves that we error not in this spirit.  Teach us to walk in ways of peace and harmony with one another, learning to speak only that which you give us to speak in obedience, save us from being deceived so that we walk not in the flesh, but the Spirit of God, in Jesus name, Amen.

Be Not Partakers

Ephesians 5: 6-7

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

Let no man flatter you with their tongue, with false teaching or doctrines.  At some time in our lives we may have been a witness to this sort of behavior.  People may have many different motives; it could be for control, or even just for vanity purposes.  “If I exalt Pastor continually, maybe he’ll let me preach next Sunday or if I continue to stroke Sister Sue’s (fictional) ego, maybe she’ll let me lead the praise team.”  Vain words are used often for the sole purpose to manipulate people.  This sort of behavior is not of God, and it says that those who use vain words, brings upon the wrath of God. Let us remember the wrath comes with his judgment…which is much greater and mightier than anything that man can execute.

Now the key to knowing when you are being deceived is by studying the word and developing an intimate relationship with God.  He calls the users of vain words children of disobedience; and commands that we be not partakers with them.  Meaning whenever you are within the company of this sort of spirit, you should know well enough to flee from the very presence of it.  This spirit will try to lure us in by simply using crafty words.  We must be on guard at all times, for if we are not careful, we will find ourselves becoming one of the deceived.  Developing an intimate relationship is easy when you have an active prayer life.  We must make time to study the word of God, as well as seek His presence in prayer and fasting.  God would prefer not to have to bring wrath upon any of us, so let us use wisdom by avoiding any man or woman who are speakers of vain words.

My prayer today, Father let us remain close to you at all times, that we are not deceived by the tricks of the enemy that uses vain words.  Let us always be on guard, and continue to study your word so that we shall know your words and not be partakers with them who are children of disobedience; in Jesus name, amen

Unity in a Time of Trouble

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.  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.

As believers, we need each other for iron sharpens iron.  We must stop the grumbling and complaining, about what’s going on around us, and began to work together.   Defining the word unity, it means the state or condition of being one.  This is why there should always be unity in the body of Christ, especially in times of trouble.  The word of God states in Roman 12:5, “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”  This scripture very obviously supports the scripture in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.  It is important to truly understand what God really expects of us.

Very recently in our congregation we lost a great man of God; our leader and shepherd. This is indeed a time for us to stick together, for the scripture very plainly states that two are better than one.  Just think of how much work for the Kingdom of the Lord we can accomplish if we just simply agree to work together.  Now is the time for believers to put down everything that does not glorify God and come together so that we are able to effectively do good works for the Lord.

Let us remember, when we start to disagree about everything, or try to control everything; we are then losing the fight to the enemy; for we are refusing to come together in unity.  So I implore us all to find a friend, family member, saint or someone you can work with that is willing and does as Ecclesiastes 9:10 states, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;” and “Let brotherly love continue.”(Hebrews 13:1).  My prayers for today, Lord teach us how to work with one another in the body of Christ, that we may have good rewards for our labor.  We shall always know and be assured that if we fall; we will never be alone, that our brothers and sisters will be there to help us back up, in Jesus name, amen. ~ Hayward DeJean

God’s Word is True

Revelation 21:5-7
5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

In revelations 21:5-7, He (God) is speaking and assuring John that His words are true and faithful.  Whenever something is faithful, it is considered authentic, accurate, or believable.  It is done, meaning it shall come to pass, there is no doubt that what He says will happen, shall indeed happen…Then he reiterates the fact that He is the Alpha and the Omega…the beginning and end of all; and to those that thirst of the fountain of water of life, he will give it unto us freely; and for all that overcome, as His children we shall inherit that which is of our father. 

The promise of salvation to all who believes in Him…All he ask is that we believe, and when we thirst, meaning desiring to learn and live His word; actively making it a part of our lives.  We partake of His fruits; and the fruit of His spirit does good works through us, but we have to be willing.  He offers the water of life freely, won’t you partake of it?  Don’t you desire to be called son by the one true God; to inherit all things…?  Are you willing to learn of His word, having faith that his word is indeed true?  For He sat upon the throne and said, “write for these words are true and faithful”; God’s word is true.

My prayer for today father, help us be ye doers of your word and not hearers only.  Let your word be made manifest in our lives that we are able to overcome all adversity so that we may receive our inheritance of you our father.  Lord, help us be submissive to Your will and not our own, in Jesus name, amen. 

The Fruits of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22 
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

When we are a Christian, a true believer, and the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we will never have to tell anyone who we are, for they will see it in us; for the fruits of the spirit will be activated in us as well as through us.  People will see it in the way we live.  Today we often feel we are nobody in the Lord without a title, to go before our name; well I have news for you…a title does not define who we truly are in the Lord.

What does define us is how we live, are we exemplifying the fruits of the Spirit in our everyday lives.  I once read a quote posted by a friend of mine which read, “The greatest compliment a person can give you is when they tell you they can see Christ in you.”  I thought that was such a powerful statement, but this is basically what it comes down to…Can others see the Christ in us.  Examining the fruits of the Spirit, we should ask ourselves, “do I love or show love, do I have joy, do I have peace, am I longsuffering, do I respond or react in gentleness, do I radiate goodness, Do I really have faith as a grain of a mustard seed, am I meek,  and do I exhibit good temperance?  These are the characteristics of a person who has the Holy Spirit and these are the distinctiveness that we should always display.

It is easy to profess to be something/someone, but are we really examining ourselves daily to do our best to allow the uniqueness of the Holy Spirit to truly guide us in all our ways. We do this by surrendering ourselves to the Holy Spirit completely.  My prayer today is Lord cause us to submit ourselves wholly to the Holy Spirit so that we can truly be an example of your goodness.  May we never have to profess who we are in you by either title or words, but instead let in show by the life that we live in the likeness of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus name, amen!

Making Excuses

Luke 14:18 -20
And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

Today we as Christians often find many different excuses as to why we don’t/won’t do something.  That something can be going to church, prayer, or bible study.  That something can be our callings in life.  That something can even be just being kind to people and treating people in a manner we ourselves desire to be treated.

The first person said he had a piece of ground that he had bought and he had to go and see it, something that obviously could have waited.  The second one said that he had oxen to prove, which also could have been done at a later time, and the third got married, and I am sure could have brought his wife with him.  But as they have made these dismal excuses, we are reminded of a time where we ourselves may have done that very same thing. Some of us in fact are still doing it.  Where would we be if God made an excuse every time we needed Him, I fear to wonder where many of us would be at this very moment.

It is time for us to stop making excuses and do what we already know we should be doing for the Kingdom of God.  If this is being kinder to people, forgiving people, answering our callings and executing them,  going to church to be fed the gospel or going to prayer to lift someone else up in prayer.  It is indeed time for us to stop making excuses.  The time is now, not later!

My prayer today is father let us not be slothful any longer.  Cause us to do that which we are called to do and stop making excuses so that you Glory may be truly made manifest to each and every one of us.  Lord lead us in ways of righteousness and remove the scales from our eyes and cause us to see and hear what Your Holy Spirit is saying unto the churches today; in Jesus name, amen.

Holiness

2 Corinthians 7:1
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

When we truly have a fear of god, we should then desire to be cleansed of all filthiness of the flesh as well as the spirit.  We know that in order for us to perfect holiness we must be clean, and being clean is the way to obtaining the promises of God.

God so desires for all of us to receive His promises, but we must do our part also.  The word of God states that obedience is greater than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).  He gives us instructions all throughout the bible, and we know that those instructions must be followed; meaning we must be obedient. To obtain and perfect holiness, we must first learn obedience.

We must remember, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way.”(Proverbs 8:13).  He says further in the scripture that “the forward mouth, do I hate.”  So we know for certain that there is no other way to Holiness, other than first being cleansed of all things that is not of God!  My prayer today is Father, may we always have a fear of you that will cause us to always want to be cleansed and purged of all filthiness of both the flesh and the spirit; teaching us how to obtain and maintain holiness so that we may receive all Your promises, in Jesus name, amen.