Wednesday, July 6, 2011

WISDOM WEDNESDAY: Excercise Your Conscience

" For bodily excercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things having promises of life that now is, and of that which is to come." I Timothy 4:8

When the weather gets warm and less clothes we put on suddenly we begin to pay attention to all the muscles we have been neglecting. I'm definitely guilty of this but as I broke out the Tae-bo DVD and worked up a sweat this morning I could hear a gentle urging of the Holy Spirit, "Bodily exercise profiteth little."

This is not to say that the body is not important but the Spirit within you must not be neglected. While you're running, crunching, sweating be sure to get your spiritual workout on like Paul, "And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men." Acts 24:16

On this Wednesday be wise and exercise your faith in Jesus believe on Him for all things.
On this Wednesday be wise and exercise meekness and humility at work and at home.
On this Wednesday be wise and exercise mercy towards those who have offended you.
On this Wednesday be wise and exercise patience towards your children and the elderly.
On this Wednesday be wise and exercise your arms and your lips by lifting them up to worship the Lord thy God and you're conscience will be void of offence toward God and men.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

(3 Reasons Why You Have) No Excuse

Praise the Lord! It's been awhile since I've posted anything, actually it has been nearly two months and as the title of this post suggest I have no excuse and neither do you for not accomplishing what the Lord God has asked of you.

You may have to pause and ask yourself what has Jesus asked of me. Before you get carried away with the list of great exploits that God has called you to, missionary service, preaching, teaching and saving the nation start with this basic thing: after preaching for three days and feeding at the very least 5,000 men with five barley loaves and two fish Jesus crossed the sea to Capernum and began preaching again. He urged the men not to seek after meat that perishes but everlasting life and someone posed a question, "...What shall we do that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them,This is the work of God that you believe on him whom he hath sent." John 6:28-29

Don't get it twisted God wants you to use your gifts to serve him but he doesn't need you to save one single solitary soul and until your spirit has been renewed he can't even use you. What he wants from you is simple, he wants you, all things were made by him and for him, Colossians 1:16

Yet you must be sanctified if you are going to be a tool for the Master to use. If Jesus is going to use to do anything then you must be a clean vessel. Here's where the plot thickens this is the part where damage ourselves, with little white lies, with quarrels, and idle speech but we have no excuse, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with temptation make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. " I Corinthians 10:13

Is it clear why you have no excuse for cussin' out the lady who stepped on your foot, or sneaking out to have cigarette because your boss is working on your last nerve, for talking about Brenda behind her back just because you don't like her?

1. You have no excuse because the situation, temptation, or trial that you are facing is not some original one that God manufactured just for you but is one that someone on this planet has experienced and has already overcome.

2. Though it may seem like you can't take it, like you're being squeezed by a vice grip the truth is you can take it. You may feel like if this kid doesn't jumping up and down on the bed I'm going to tear that backside up but you can make it with going berserk, wrap your head around this real good, this temptation is not more than you can bear and God is faithful.

3. There is a way out of this temptation that does not lead to sin. He has made a way of escape for you. This way, is Jesus Christ, he is the way the truth and the life. If he resides in you then the way of escape is within you. Call on his name and he will deliver you.

Don't read this and allow it pass over your head as if you don't need some fine tuning, backup one verse in I Corinthians 10 and you will see where the word warns us to be careful if we think we have attained unto righteousness and the results of our vain imaginations, "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." I Corinthians 10:12

You have no excuse when you give in to temptation. When temptation falls upon you if you can't remember the reasons why you have no excuse remember our triune God. remember the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost lives in you. Stop and pray:

Father God, please lead me through this wilderness. Keep me in your way and do not allow me to stray in the mighty and precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen


WORSHIP SONG SERIES: "God Has Signed My Name" by Walter Hawkins and The Hawkins Family

Praise ye the Lord and bless His holy name! Blessed be the Lord God Jesus Christ who is our rock and our salvation!

It's been a while since I posted something in this category but I pray that the worship hasn't stopped. Now that I'm back let's worship the Lord together. Let's not look back at the past but rejoice in our present estate, let's celebrate that our names are written in the Lamb's book of life, let's rejoice and celebrate that we are free from the bondage of sin.

As our nation prepares to celebrate it's independence, let us also celebrate our independence. Sin no longer has dominion over us. We are able to keep are tongues, able to resist temptation, able to love our enemies, and pray for the salvation of their souls without seeking retaliation or retribution.

This freedom was brought with a price the precious blood of Jesus Christ. As you march onward remember that you are no longer a citizen of this land but an ambassador of a foreign country. Let your walk be a praise to God that honours and glorifies his name, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Galatians 5:1

God Bless You, Beloved and Our Nation!