Archives for January 2016


Jan 20, 2016


Maybe it is a new born baby, or your first Job after college, or maybe it is when someone ask for your hand in marriage, or maybe it is on the beach looking at the sun rise, or maybe it is in Road+Sign+Reminders+of+God’s+Presencethe very presence of the One who gave it all for our salvation.

It’s personal today because we all have different ideas of what makes us happy. But how can you compare anything to being in the very presence of God? Or the rush one receives when the Spirit infiltrates one’s being and doesn’t let go until we know with no reservation, there is nothing we have ever experienced that comes close.

My friends Christ is our living Hope, we’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of what this world has to offer, and then we realize we are naked like Adam and Eve when they left God’s presence.

but only in His presence that our hearts must long for because that is where God’s Spirit abides and fills us. That my friends is true unadulterated happiness which tells us it’s pure holy imgresand without blemish.

Isn’t this what Adam and Eve had at one time. So why did they want more, why is it so important that we “be like God, knowing good and evil.” Why isn’t God’s presence good enough? why must we continue to seek what is forbidden by God?

So my friends, we must ask the question how do we maintain pure happiness without defiling it and making it about self? In Satan’s heart “he wanted to be like the most High” “even as the anointed cherub who was upon the holy mountain of God.”

Adoración-a-JesúsOh what unadulterated happiness we can only imagine, but he still wanted to be “the most high.” Paul tells us For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.

For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.” Romans 7:18-20 (NKJV)

My friends there is no more happiness than what our Savior gives, for “the secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” Deu. 29:29 (NIV)

And once we have found true unadulterated happiness while in the presence of God hear on this earth which is only found in the constant study of His word as we allow self to dievic completely in Christ, then we will be and know all that God intended for His chosen.

And then our reward will be what Satan continues trying to keep us from seeking, which is God’s kingdom, which is like a beautiful pearl, one that “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man”

So today we must give God our all not just the part we fill is important for our salvation but our all then at that point we are conquerors because “we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 John 3:2 (NKJV) now my friends that is true unadulterated happiness.


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.






Jan. 19, 2016


images“For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete.” 2 Cor. 13:8-9 (NKJV)

“Truth as is in Jesus Christ, the truth of salvation, as set forth in the word of God.” “And this Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (NKJV)

So now my friends, we have looked at truth and how it deals with our salvation. But the question we must ask and where we must place our focus today is, who controls truth in a child of God? Is it Jesus Christ who is presented before us in the word of God?

Or is it in the god of this world who has said in his heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;….I will be like the Most High.” Isaiah 14:13-15 (NKJV) ar1261991333384411And once He has become like the most High He has promised “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Things meaning “broken hearts, wars and rumors of wars: nation rising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: famines, pestilences, earthquakes, in divers places, which is only the beginning of birth pangs as iniquity abounds, and the love of many continues to wax cold.”

Now let’s look at the word Conscience; which by definition is the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action” My friends once again who controls our conscience?

And who  in our life is deciding right or wrong?  And who decides within us to read God’s word, our Sabbath or Sunday school lesson, or watch Empire, Scandal or House wives of Atlanta on our TV’s sets?

The question was asked who controls our Conscience, but what we must understand about ourselves is “every person has free choice. Free to obey or disobey the Natural Laws [or the laws Why-We-Cannot-Listen-To-The-Word-Of-Godof God].

Our choice determines the consequences [and where our destination lays. And nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices [which is life or death].” (Alfred A. Montapert)

But My friends because of the love our God has for us along with His grace, we will never be forced to choose life over death. But each day He does knock andMan on top pleads for us to make the right decision. Decisions to love the Lord our God, and walk in His ways, and keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments.

[Because He wants] we His Children] to live more abundant lives in this foreign land. But we must also listen to God’s voice  and not be drawn away from Him by the things of this world, as we worship other gods, and serve them.

But if we will allow self to die and live our life through Jesus Christ then we shall be blessed as we travel on this Journey to a ” A land “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard. Nor have entered into the heart of man [or woman] the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” Deu. 30:15-16 (NKJV) 1 Cor. 2:9 (NKJV)


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.



Jan 17, 2015


watcherscanvas“The heart of God yearns over His earthly children with a love stronger than death. In giving up His Son, He has poured out to us all heaven in one gift. The Saviour’s life and death and intercession.

In addition, the ministry of angels, the pleading of the Spirit, the Father working above and through all, the unceasing interest of heavenly beings, all are enlisted in behalf of man’s redemption.”(E.G. White, Steps To Christ p 21)

My friends, a lot is going on right now for our Salvation. The final stages of the plan is being implemented. Angels are being given the final instructions on each individual case on this journey that God has placed us on. I can only imagine from heaven to earth there must be a tremendous amount of movement.

Consistent with this, strategic planning that is being implemented into fighting the enemy on our behalf. “Then the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one 1411997699115_wps_37_image001_pnghundred and eighty-five thousand; and when the people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses all dead.” Isaiah 37:36 (NKJV)

That my friends was only one angel, and that is the power God sends to fight our battles. Remember Christ went before us and showed us, defeating the enemy is not impossible if we believe and continue to put on “The Whole Armor of God” which begins with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the word of God, and prayer.”

Today lets allow God’s Spirit to direct our thought’s as we focus on our life and where we came from because each of us have traveled different roads to get to where we are today, but by the grace of God as we close the final chapters of this life, our ending will be the same, eternal life through our faith, and Gods free gift, Salvation.

So God knows our story, He knows where our protection is needed because he knows in the 21st century as never before, “lawlessness will abound, and the love of many will continue to grow colder and colder.

0d39e1ca0a73f9710f3ccd0b658fdc4cAnd that is why “He [has] given His angels charge over His children, and [He will keep us] in all of our ways” Ps. 91:11 (NKJV) So today our worship must be genuine because we must realize without any reservation if we remain strong in the Lord we have nothing to fear nor be afraid of “for the Lord our God, He is the One who goes with us.

[And] He will not leave [us] nor forsake us.” Deu. 31:6 (NKJV) and as we look back over our life, while praising His name we can’t help but say my worship is for real. Praising God is what I do best, because He has never left me or forsaken me or placed me in time out for my behavior.

He has done what seemed like the impossible, and performed miracles, and cast out demons, and fought battles, and healed my broken heart, and cured my Angel of the Lorddiseases, and “through danger seen and unseen There’s protection all around.

Under the refuge of God’s wings Security is found for there are angels watching you and I to keep us in all of our ways, keeping us from stumbling so don’t be afraid “those Unseen hands guiding us Though our storm and through our rain Healing hands holding us through the darkness of our pain.

Wings of loving hands around us so we will not fear For we can feel the presence covering you and me, Nothing but angels watching, and [I just hope we all have the faith to see].” (Richard Smallwood Angel)


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.



Jan 16, 2016


miraclesWe must never cease to realize that our Salvation is only possible because of God’s “amazing grace. My friends it’s personal today because “I’ve had trials, test, heartaches, and pains I’ve prayed and I praised, and at times it seems like nothing had changed.

But Still I will trust God’s sovereign tear. [“and if He never does anything else for me I still believe in miracles.”] No way, can I explain how things change at his command. But, I still believe miracles happen.

And If you ever need a miracle, just believe that he can do it. If you ever need a miracle, just have faith” (Stephanie Dotson – Miracles Still Happen) Because they do still happen we just have to believe that our Savior the One that wakes us up each day also raised the dead.

And He also made the blind to see and the lame to walk and the deaf to hear and the dumb to talk, before we can believe He can take care of every situation and circumstances in our life. And man-prayingthat is why we must go before our Lord and Savior with humility as we cry out in admiration to the one who gave it all for our Salvation.

“So who am I, that you call me by my name, and count me as one of your sons and daughters” “Heir to your throne and joint Heir with your Son who gave it all so that His brothers and Sisters may share our whole life with Him. Even throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity.

Oh what an amazing feeling we must feel as Gods chosen to be called by name. And what is so great about that is, it’s personal. And my faith lies in the fact that God, “being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ by grace [we] have been saved.

JesusAnd [He] raised us up with Him, and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; Eph. 2:4-8 (NKJV)

But my friends, we must still “be sober, and vigilant; because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) So his objective is to get us away from the Shepard.

“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” Romans 8:36 (KJV) But we have a Savior who personally “seeks thela-ou-le-soleil-s-endort_3467889-xl lost” a Savior that will “never leave nor forsake His Chosen” But we must stay prayed up as we keep our eyes focused on Christ.

“The author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb. 12:2 (NKJV) And one day there will be one final miracle if we believe and endure and it is called “a new heaven and a new earth.”

But we must stand still and recognize the voice of God as He leads us on our Journey to the promise land. A place “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man or [woman] The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 2:9 (NKJV)


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.




Jan. 15, 2015


man-prayingIt’s personal, because the season is changing and we must make sure we are “laying aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us [beginning with self], as we run with patience the race that is set before us. “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

And those He predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. So Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall.” Heb. 12:1 (KJV) Romans 8:29-30 (KJV) 2 Peter 1:10 (KJV)

So first we must “let go of every single dream of this world as we lay each one down at our Saviors feet as we take up our cross and follow Christ. Yes my friends, the journey becomes wearygodnman-300x233 at times and today we need just our Saviors comfort and with that comfort we will know our God is by our side.

And “when the mountains are not moved, that we are needing Him to move. When He doesn’t part the waters we are trying to walk through. When we don’t get the answers we are looking for as we cry out to God where are you today.”

We will still trust in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died on the cross so that we would get through each day on our journey to the promise land. The three Hebrew boys told the king.

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up!” Oh what faith!!

images4James 1:2-4 (KJV) tells us “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that we may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Perfect results, complete, lacking in nothing.

Those words tells us our faith is “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” My friends before Christ comes for the second time. Our goal of living through the ceaseless ages of eternity in a place “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love Him.”1 Cor. 2:9 (NKJV)

Must be based totally on our faith and endurance. And each day we must ask ourselves what have we done or will do before the day is over to affirm 07B8E8310506474BB3C2DEBBC6E6212Dthat faith needed to take us to the next level on this journey.

Remember with greater faith comes greater grace. There need never said of us oh “You of little faith, “why did you doubt?” But we must understand God allows the storms of our life to build strong characters for His kingdom.

That is when the terrain gets rough and we just don’t understand why. But remember, God is preparing us to be “safe to save” for His kingdom because He is the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and now sits at the right hand of the throne of God, [preparing to bring us home soon] Heb. 12:2 (NKJV)


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.



Jan 13, 2016


Sinner, how far has been our decent at times into total destruction? But what is so amazing, no matter how far we have strayed, there are no limits to where our God will go to rescue us. “From 607-21951the mighty mountains of New York.

From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. From the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. From the curvaceous slopes of California. From Stone Mountain of Georgia. From Lookout Mountain of Tennessee and from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.” (M. L. King Jr.)

He reaches, Just to let his children know that His “grace is sufficient for His strength is made perfect [in each of our] weaknesses.” 2 Cor. 12:9 (NKJV) Consistent with this, “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do?

Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish. Matt. 18:12-14 (NKJV)

My friends one of the definitions of lost is “Insensible to, or lost to all sense of duty” In other words if we define lost around one’s spirituality, we are not just lost in regards to trying to findlightstock-115919-jesus-extending-his-hand-as-an-invitation-to-follow-him-7453687a-a58b-48b7-a320-75149fa186a0 our way back home, but we also become lost in regards to our responsibility and opportunity towards where Christ is trying to lead, as we become numb to the fact that we are even lost.

Therefore we cease in trying to find our way back. We become comfortable in our environment that the god of this world has made for us. His invitation is “All this I will give you, if you will bow down and worship me.” Matt. 4:9 (NIV) We then accept.

My friends, Christ was made this same offer from Satan. So He knows how to defeat the enemy and He has also “made a way of escape” for his children. That is why we must not forget His reach is limitless alone with His love and grace which are also limitless.

So He brings our attention to a song we may have sung as a child in Sabbath or Sunday school. “Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so. Or it could have been a song we sung 39302f3bd0bf17ecd4658371d3eadaa7as a congregational hymn in church which says;

“There were ninety and nine that safely lay In the shelter of the fold; But one was out on the hills away, Far off from the gates of gold. Away on the mountains wild and bare; Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.

“Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine; Are they not enough for Thee?” But the Shepherd made answer: “This of Mine Has wandered [far, far] away from Me. And although the road be rough and steep, I go to the desert to find My sheep.

”But none of the ransomed ever knew How deep were the waters crossed; Nor how dark was the night the Lord passed through Ere He found His sheep that was lost. Out in the desert He heard its cry; ’Twas sick and helpless and ready to die.

And all through the mountains, thundering, And up from the rocky steep, There arose a glad cry to the gate of heaven, “Rejoice! I have found My sheep!” And the angels echoed around the throne, “Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!” Because Gods reach has no limits.


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.



Jan. 12, 2016


praise-300x199“I have fixed my mind on another time, and here I mean to stand until God gives me more light, and that is today, today, and today, until He comes, and I see him for whom my soul yearns.” (William Miller)

“For whom my soul yearns.” How sweet the sound “I have fixed my mind on another time.” If we as Gods chosen like Jeremiah take those words, eat them with a passion, and once we allow that to happen they will become the joy and rejoicing of our heart.”

And then through our faith we can completely leave the cares of this world into the hands of our Savior who has taken on that responsibility. The psalmist tells us in Psalm 55:22 (KJV) “Cast our cares on the Lord and he will sustain us; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Now my friends focus on the words He will never let the righteous be shaken. And as a child of God “The righteous are His faithful who “live by faith.” And of course “Faith comes by turn-your-eyes-upon-jesus-hebrews-122hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 (KJV)

Righteousness, faith, and knowing God’s Word, each essential to the life expectancy of the other. So if we take one of those elements out it would be a real catastrophe. Because then “the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” Mark 4:19 (KJV)

In addition, this lets us know before “I can fix my mind on another time” we must dissociate ourselves from the things of this world that do not center our attention on Jesus Christ and Him crucified, starting with what we watch on TV, the internet, what we read, and how we spend, and what we spend the resources that God gives us on.

spiritualityIf we are serious about our Salvation there must be a deep passion to study Gods word which then leads to a personal relationship with God through our faith. In addition, alone with our faith, is our service to God.

“If someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him [or her]? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your 6281812970231441273090076661000023119217142636714398345nworks, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:14-26 (ESV)

So as Christians our faith and works guide us on this journey to a place God has prepared for His children, a promise that comes from Christ on words, “Let not your heart be troubled; if you believe [or if you have faith in God], believe also in me [the Son because], in my Fathers house are many mansions.

[and my friends mansions prepared just for the redeemed to live in]; and if it were not so, I would have told you. I now go to prepare a place for you……that where I am, [all of Gods Children] may be also…..” John 14:1-4 (KJV )

“There you may be also.” What an awesome promise this is why “we must fix our mind on another time” Because God’s promises assures us if we have faith then we must believe this world is not our home, we are just passing through.


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.




Jan 11, 2016


imgresLet’s begin our journey by first, “buckling up” as we Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth or [personal integrity and moral courage,] and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,” Ephesians 6:14 (ESV)

“Eyes on the road” “Let our eyes look straight ahead, And our eyelids look right before us. Ponder the path of our feet, and let all our ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove our foot from evil.” Prov. 4:25-27 (NKJV)

“Watch your speed” The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength, they are eighty years, yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away … so teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

In addition we “do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is our life? For [we] are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead [we] ought to say, “If the Lord wills, imgreswe will live and do this or that.” Ps. 90:10-11 (ESV) James 4:13-15 (ESV)

“If the Lord wills” that must be our aim, motto and pledge for whatever time God has given us here on this earth. But first there must be some clarity, of our purpose and why we exist? And what steps it will take to finish this journey?

keep-calm-and-watch-your-speed-2Remember my friends, it’s a process that can only be found in our searching the scriptures daily. Like a buried treasure it is there, but it will take some effort which requires a passion from within on our part and a desire to understand the teachings of God as we allow God’s Spirit to guide us in all truth and understanding of His precious treasure.

That is why we must buckle up, as we keep our eyes on the road, allowing every “trial in our life to become a triumph and every battle to become a victory” through Jesus Christ, forever watching how far we have come and what distance we have left in eliminating self.

In addition, we do not want to “deviate or wander aimlessly away from what God’s purpose is for our life, we must always remember the plans He has for our lives, “plans for our welfare and not for evil, [to give to His faithful who are willing to endure too the end,] a future and a hope.

And that future is ”in a place “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 2:9 (NKJV) Love5B0017FF-F611-496B-BDF6-669EF89A1BC4 Him meaning with all our heart and soul.

C. S. Lewis tells us, through His word, God defines all our heart and soul by saying “Give me all of you!!! I don’t want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work. I want you!!! All of you!!

I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to kill it! No half measures will do. I don’t want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out! Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams.

Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self—in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.”


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.




220px-Hsas-chart_with_header.svgUsing the Homeland Security Advisory System codes, why does our life always seem to be at a level red which means severe risk of attacks from Satan all the time. Well our God wants me to tell you today, “you are not alone.”

What you are experiencing is only the constant measure of our faith and strength that will carry His faithful to the next level in our life. So instead of a situation, or storm that may exist that sometimes allows us to lose our faith in God while allowing the forces of evil to bring you down to their level.

If we just hold on to our faith and endure through God’s word and Spirit, then His promises become sure which then takes us all the way to the throne room, to His level where He is advocating on our behalf where He can hold His pierced hands up too the Father and say they are mine.

That is why He can tell His children. You are not alone, “for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with myark-of-the-covenant righteous right hand.” Is 41:10 (ESV)

My friends when He uses the word you, that makes it personal that makes our relationship with God a special one that requires special attention in all situations and circumstances of our lives.

The thought of I, meaning you and I, being that special person in His life should bring a feeling of passion that keeps us focus until we can hear “well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matt. 25:23 (NIV)

godnman-300x233My friends there can be no denying of our Savior If we will only let Him take full control because He wants to be our personal Savior who we can call on twenty four seven. Do you hear Him knocking today.

“We may choose to stay or walk away But still we must decide For Jesus cannot be denied. They thought when they cut Him down, His flames would flicker out and not a soul would know what all the  [“breaking news”] was all about.

He’s just another teacher, a fallen human creature, He’ll fade away like ashes in the wind, But then He rose again” (Helen Baylor, There is Know Denying Him) And He cannot be denied because He knocks “come unto me.” I am all you need. My friends, we hear him knocking.

“For what can be known about God is plain to [His children], because God has shown [Himself to each of us]. For His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, 7b0e8964343c510ddd500efa14fd6f68-300x229have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So [we my friends] are without excuse.” Romans 1:19-20 (ESV)

Each of us who lives in the 21st century must realize we are being prepared to bring this controversy to an end. But we must also recognize that not only is this controversy being fought from within us, but  also outside on the front lines of the battle field where we must serve.

So our faith must not waver.  And by equipping our life with the armor of Christ, we are telling Satan that our faith is unmovable and that the victory over the storms in our life was already won on Calvary. Because our God has promised us in 1 john 4:4 [you are not alone]………”Because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.





Jan. 9, 2016


man-prayingA utility man or woman “is expected to serve in any of several capacities” Paul tells us “though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;…………to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak.

I have become all things to all men that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.” 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NKJV) My friends all leaders must be “a servant to all” a utility worker who seeks His kingdom.

Christ himself tells us “and whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:27-28 (NKJV)

But it does not end there, remember the Road is difficult  and “narrow and there are few who will attempt to find it. Christ also tells us “If any man [or woman] will come after me, let him jesuswashingdisciplesdeny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matt. 16:24 (KJV)

My friends, “Our everyday images of leadership do not coincide with leaders being servants. Leaders influence, and servants follow. How can leadership be both service and influence at the same time?”

Well the answer is very simple and can only be found in God’s word  as we allow God’s Spirit to “lead us in all truth and understanding” as we follow Christ lead and how He became a servant to all and a leader.

Leaders must also influence others with a “shared vision” a vision of getting to God’s kingdom and what awaits us once we get there. There must also be a fire from within us and that fire never get’s weary of the journey.

1-corinthians-9_24-27That is why we “discipline [our mind and body] and bring it into subjection [to what Christ wants], lest, when we have preached to others, [we want disqualify ourselves]” 1 Cor. 9:27 (NKJV)

In Joshua 14, Caleb a utility man was only one of the two men who were allowed to enter the promise land. Joshua who took Moses place is now leader of Israel, Caleb tells him “I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land.

And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, I followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly….So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong and just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.

Now give me this hill country that the lord promised me that day. The lord will help me drive them out just as he said.” My friends Caleb’s faith never wavered and His fire never went out. caleb_before_joshua__c-707-262x300As a utility man, or blue color worker for God, he knew his God.

He saw what the plagues did to the Egyptians, he saw the red sea part, manna from heaven, the voice of God at mount Sinai. He also witnessed God bring down the walls of Jericho which should have been done 40 years earlier.

He also knew the battle was not His but the lord’s” that is why the fire never left him or his desire to serve God. My friends let’s all look back over our life and focus where God has brought us from and then ask God to give us that hill of faith and endurance that will lead the redeemed into the promise land.


Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.