MY FRIENDS, HOW LONG WILL WE HESITATE BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS?

July 11, 2017

MY FRIENDS, HOW LONG WILL WE HESITATE BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS?

As a Child of God in today’s society, achieving total commitment and Victory through Christ sometimes seems impossible. There are so many distractions that draw our attention away from what is vital to our Salvation. Even watching the News, becomes so mind boggling, that we transfix our imagesattention on the events of the day and lose all concentration on our goal, life eternal. So let’s make it personal and focus on where God’s Spirit is leading and understand, “in all our ways [we must acknowledge who God is], and He shall direct our paths” Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)

In all our ways we must also acknowledge what God’s love means to us and how do we respond to a love that is selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional. As prophecy unfolds, we must understand we have no time to “hesitate between two opinions?” If the Lord is our God, [we must give Him our all as we take up our cross and follow wherever Christ may lead. But if we chose to follow Satan and the rulers of the darkness of this world, to be our god then that is also our choice] ” 1 Kings 18:21 (KJV)

When the billionaire Howard Hughes died, his company’s public relations director asked the casinos in Las Vegas, where Hughes owned multiple casinos, to show him respect by giving him a minute of silence. For an uncomfortable sixty seconds, the casinos fell eerily silent. Then a pit boss looked at his watch, leaned forward, and whispered, “Okay, roll the dice. He’s had his minute.”  (Howard Hughes: The Hidden Years)

My friends, what about you and I, is a minute all we have for Christ. Maybe we rush into church, honor the congregation with our presence, wave our hands thback and forth as the praise team sings, give a few a-mans as the pastor speaks. As the Spirit begins to move all around us we are moved, so we walk down the aisle for the altar call as the pastor prays. We leave, slap a few hands, and acknowledge we done had church today.

Is that all we have to give God each week. Or is every waken moment of our life dedicated to God as we humble ourselves with a sense of our own weakness, as we give Christ the honor and glory for the awesome privileges that He has given us to live our life through Him and for Him. My friends, our lives must be all about God’s will for us.

th“Myself, my feelings, my knowledge, my ways.” can no longer exist if we have a passion to hear Christ say ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! Remember, our Savior died for our all, and for six thousand years there has been a military struggle over our all. And, like the rich young ruler Christ is asking us for a commitment “of discipleship,” if our desire is to be conquerors through Christ and one day soon receive our just reward life eternal.

If that is our desire His request is only “Follow Me,” because He “will never leave nor forsake you.” But Christ timing for a commitment to “follow Him” has caught most of God’s children at a bad time. “His standard of character for His kingdom is out of touch with what many of His children’s plans are.” So we hesitate between two opinions. But Soon God will say it is finished and our minute will be up.

MY FRIENDS, WE ARE WITHIN REACH, NOW WHAT?

July 9, 2017

MY FRIENDS, WE ARE WITHIN REACH, NOW WHAT?

thWe are “within reach” my friends. And soon we will be more than conquerors through him who loved us. [And being heirs to God’s kingdom we are now] persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)

My friends, Satan never realized what lengths Christ would go through to demonstrate so passionately his burning belief in his own ability and love for us. And now, if we love as Christ loved who demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, denied His royalty and died for us. Therefore we being “within reach” of where Christ is leading us must also deny ourselves and take up [our cross and follow Christ. wherever He may lead] Mark 8:34 (NIV)

Everything in God’s word explains to God’s children that we are “within reach,” so all we have to do is take hold to the hand of God and never let go.th The problem with most of us, we “let go of the arm of the Lord too soon. [Therefore, we must] Press our petitions to the throne, and hold on by strong faith. The promises are sure. Believe ye receive the things ye ask for, and ye shall have them……

Elijah. He was subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly. His faith endured the trial. Seven times he prayed before the Lord, and at last the cloud was seen……” therefore we must “take the shield of faith; for that will guard the heart, the very life, from the fiery darts of the wicked.” (E.G. White, Early Writings, p 73) We must daily with a shared vision and passion hear the trumpet of God.

[And with a shared vision we must witness our family, friends and love one’s who have died in Christ rise. And with passion we must visualize each of God’s faithful who are] alive being caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore we must comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thess. 4:16-18 (NKJV)

By definition, within reach tells us, we have not gone beyond our expected goal but we are close. Close mentally, close physically, and most of all, close spiritually which tells us we are still in the process of eliminating self from our life and living totally in the shadow of the cross as we make Christ our number one priority in our life.

th“Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart [as you finish this journey I have placed you on.] And I will be found by you, saith the Lord:” Jer. 29:13 (KJV)

Remember we will never “find Salvation in any other name” except Jesus Christ, He is the only one we must seek as His Spirit guides us to the promise land. Today we “are within reach” but we must ask ourselves are we willing to reach our goal and “be more than conquerors through him who loved us and gave it all for our salvation.

MY FRIENDS, IS THIS REALLY OUR SEASON?

July 8, 2017

MY FRIENDS, IS THIS REALLY OUR SEASON?

thlooking over our life, most of us have no physical signs that we’ve been in combat for so many years with the enemy. So many lives lost of those we loved or been acquainted with, and with no reservation we know our lives are not some “cunningly devised fables,” but real situations and circumstances that God has allowed us to come through on this journey He has placed us on as we enter this season of our life.

As I write with the help and guidance of an unseen hand and you are able to read and feel and respond by that same presence, more than any other time in our life we must understand we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an a holy nation, a peculiar people; that have been called to show forth the praises of him who hath called you [and I] out of darkness into his marvellous light:” [“for such a time as this] 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)

And with great anticipation we must focus on the words “there is a time and season for everything,” and “Like a grapevine branch, we are not alwaysth producing fruit in our life. That would be unnatural. For a significant portion of a grapevine’s life is nothing but a dry, twisted stick, fruitless with no benefit to anyone. It is even useless for shade, worthless as timber, to all appearances it is only fit to be ripped from the ground, thrown in a heap and burned.

Yet those barren times are as vital in the life of the vine, as the season itself. If spring could tip-toe passed nature without stirring it from its winter slumber; if the sun could slip through the sky without dispelling the night; if rain could fall to the ground without bringing life to the desert, only then should you fear dry times, dark times, lean times. Though [at times we] feel as useless as a fur coat in a heat-wave, the time will come when your warmth is treasured. For everything there is a season.”(Grantley Morris)

My friends, as God’s chosen, today is our season. But first, we must allow God’s Spirit total access, there can be no area of our life that we are not willing to say “Lord not my will but thy will be done. And once we have given it all to the Master while allowing self to die daily, we then begin to realize what faith it will take to understand that prophecy did start with “in the beginning” Gen. 1:1 (NIV)

images4And prophecy will end soon as many live only to make “America great again” not to live for that unique and personal relationship with a Great God.” And it will end with, “It is finished” and “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” Rev. 22:20-21 My friends, oh, what faith it will take to maintain a steady hold onto the saving grace, power, and love of Christ.

But, we must also understand the extent at this point in prophecy Satan is going through to drive a wedge between the Good Shepherd and His faithful Children that will cause our total destruction. That is why we must focus daily on Calvary as Christ disciples while exemplifying that same love towards God and others that “God demonstrated toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died” to save us.

MY FRIENDS, DO WE HUNGER AND THRIST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS”

July 7, 2017

MY FRIENDS, DO WE HUNGER AND THRIST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS”

thTwo blind men were sitting on the side of the road longing for Christ, the “Lion of the tribe of Judah.” To appear. As Jesus passed, they cried out Lord, Lord, have mercy on us, and at that point the crowd cried out hush! But to no avail. I can only imagine their attitude was, Christ has no time for the blind. But remember my friends; man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” So Christ hears the cry of a longing heart for righteousness and immediately stops, and says, “what do you want Me to do for you?”

Their response was, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.” Matt 20:29-34 (NASB) Immediately they were healed. And immediately they followed Christ, because, “blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matt 5:6 (KJV) And discipleship is a testimony to being filled.

One woman said, “if I may but touch His garment, I shall be [filled, and she was]” Matt 9:21 (KJV) As the deer pants for streams of water, so [our]th soul must pant for the righteousness of God.” Ps. 42:1 (NIV) My friends, our relationship and passion for Christ must become real! Our desire to eliminate self and take on the character of Christ who was scourge and beaten by the Roman soldiers as the rabble cried out “crucify Him, crucify Him, His blood be on us and on our children,” must become real.

Let’s look within our heart and ask do we hunger and thirst after righteousness? Christ tells us “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 (KJV) So to thirst after righteousness, “the heart that has once tasted the love of Christ, [and] cries out continually for a deeper draft, and as you impart you will receive in richer and more abundant measure.

Every revelation of God to the soul increases the capacity to know and to love. The continual cry of the heart is, “More of Thee,” and ever the Spirit’s answer is, “Much more.” Romans 5:9,10. For our God delights to do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20. To Jesus, who emptied Himself for the salvation of lost humanity, the Holy Spirit was given without measure.

So it will be given to every follower of Christ when the whole heart is surrendered” [to the righteousness of Christ]angels-jesus-1 (E.G. White, Thoughts From The Mount of Blessing, p 20-21) If we thirst after righteousness the whole heart will surrender to the prompting of Gods Spirit. In addition, our heart must not become unstable and occupied with the things of this world which shifts our focus away from the Bread of Life Jesus Christ.

Remember “Sin will not arise a second time,” therefore if our plans are to be heirs to God’s kingdom, we must be “safe to save” when God says it is finished, Son go get my children. And remember there will be no substitute for the “pure in heart.” So if we are God’s children, it has not yet appeared what we will be. [But what we do] know that when He appears, the [“pure in heart”] will be like Him, because we will see Him as He is.” 1 John 3:2 (NASB)

MY FRIENDS, ARE WE LISTENING IN THE MIDST OF THE NOISE AND STORM?

July 5, 2017

MY FRIENDS, ARE WE LISTENING IN THE MIDST OF THE NOISE AND STORM?

Moses-and-the-Burning-Bush-300x205It’s personal today my friends. So, with a sincere and contrite heart let’s have a conversation with God, as we tell Him how badly we need Him to just get us through the day, because we are breaking under the weight of it all and we are afraid we might fall and become unable to get up. So we feel empty but still willing to keep listening for that still small voice, looking for Him in the midst of the noise and storm of our life to hear if He is telling us to go or stay, or maybe our God is telling us to hold on to Him for just one more day? (Mandisa, Where You Begin)

My friends, this journey Christ has us on and the weight of it all takes its toll at times. And at times we can say with no reservation that we have been in a war zone surrounded by the enemy where it seems there is no way of escape. But like “Moses who was at Horeb, the mountain of God tending His Father-in-laws sheep when a Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire….

And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses!” Ex. 3:1-4 (NKJV) What aimgres11 journey, from a child of parents held in bondage by the Egyptians, to being raised in the royal courts by Pharaoh’s daughter, to a fugitive on the run for murder and now Moses is eighty years old and have been in exile for forty years.

I can only imagine Moses is having a conversation with God but unlike you and I we must listen for God’s voice in the midst of the noise and “breaking news” of this world which at times makes us feel we are breaking under it all. But friends, we must still be willing to keep listening until we hear that still small voice of  God’s Spirit saying here are my plans for you. “Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you.”

And at that point we realize God’s plans for our life were created from the foundation of this world. Even before God said “let there be light” and His desire for our life was sealed with the blood of Christ at Calvary and on the third day He rose, which gives us hope and a future in “that place eye have HereIam-300x225not seen nor ear heard, nor have ever entered into any man’s heart [all that God has prepared for all who love Him [with a passion] and are willing to give it all to Him, even our life]” 1 Cor 2:9 (NASB)

My friends, if it’s personal, we also understand if we desire salvation we must also follow Christ wherever He may lead. And like Moses, we must deny self and everything this world has to offer “and take up our cross and follow Christ.” [wherever He may lead] For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” Matt. 16:24-26 (KJV) and once we have made that choice we will be one of the redeemed who one day soon will come through great tribulations, with washed robes that have been made white in the blood of the Lamb” Rev. 7:14 (KJV)

MY FRIENDS, ARE WE PREPARED THROUGH OUR FAITH TO FINISH THE COURSE?

July 4, 2017

MY FRIENDS, ARE WE PREPARED THROUGH OUR FAITH TO FINISH THE COURSE?

Mark-11.23-300x224[1]“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…….And then the author of Hebrews begins to speak of many “who through their faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated, of whom the world was not worthy wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apartth38URFKJ2 from us they should not be made perfect.” And then chapter twelve continues by saying “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely.

In addition, let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb. 11,12 (ESV) My friends, our Father which art in heaven has placed before us His word. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us….” John 1:14 (KJV)

And the Word who was made flesh tells us Himself “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you [and I] when others will revile [His faithful] and persecute [His faithful] and utter all kinds of evil against [His faithful] falsely on His account.” So [with passion today] we must rejoice and be glad, for our reward [will be] great in heaven [if we are faithful for we must remember] they also persecuted the prophets who were before [us].” Matt. 5:10-12 (ESV)

thMy friends, where is our faith today? And are we preparing for eternity or just our limited stay here on earth from birth to death. Remember Satan’s objected is to shift our focused from the things above, to what self must obtain on this earth and not what God’s will for our life is. Satan is a strategist in the art of war even though He knows the war ended at Calvary when Christ said “it is finished.”

Satan continues to fight assuring all who will listen, it’s not finished you will be great again if you seek first the things of this world, for your reward. My friends, soon God will say it is finished one more time and at that point the controversy will end with Him saying “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to [my faithful] according to [their] works.” Rev. 22:11:12 (KJV)

MY FRIENDS, WILL WE HEAR, I NEVER KNEW YOU OR WELL DONE?

June 30, 2017

MY FRIENDS, WILL WE HEAR, I NEVER KNEW YOU OR WELL DONE?

When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed thin the punishment of the city.” And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand and his family.”

[Oh the love, grace and mercy of a God who wants all to repent and be saved as we come to a knowledge of His truth. Even as we linger, Christ still takes hold of our hand and guides us which then shifts our focus off of the things of this world as Lot’s wife did,] but allows us to Escape…lest we be destroyed when the Son of Man comes in all his glory” Gen 16:23-26 (NKJV Paraphrased)

My friends, the tragedy of this story is Lot’s wife refused to focus on where God was trying to lead her. As we study God’s word and understand where we are in prophecy, many, like Lot’s wife are also lingering and making unwise decisions as to our destination and who we are allowing to take hold of our hand and guide us.

And one day even though we may cry out Lord, Lord, “our iniquities would have caused a complete separation between self and God, and because of 26e82a2d7222a62fa06aa29e0f34e6faone’s iniquities, [He will hide his face from all who were not willing to hear His plea to “come out of Babylon.”] Is. 59:2 (ESV) Therefore the saddest words to all who have “set their minds on earthly things and not on things above, Christ Himself will say “I never knew you: depart from me.” Matt. 7:23 (KJV)

Friends, what a wasted life, that ends with “I never knew you,” because we failed to know who our God was and where He was trying to lead us throughout our life. As heirs to God’s kingdom, we cannot show signs of weakness. “We must be crucified with Christ [daily which means self no] longer lives [within us], only Christ.

And the life we now live in the body, we live by faith in the Son of God, who loved each of us and gave His own life for [our salvation] Gal. 2:20 (NIV) My friends, God has placed each of His chosen, in situations and circumstances where He expects our influence will be duplicated to others as far as what our eyes see, and what we hear, and where we go.

thIn addition, what we put into our bodies, that is detrimental to our health. And as God’s chosen, we are commissioned to follow His lead with passion, as we lead others to Christ. And as God’s anointed we must place before the world a shared vision that allows all who recognizes the light of Christ through us to enter God’s Kingdom.

And one day soon, the most cherished words we’ll hear will be ‘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!’ Friends, Salvation has to be a “Unity of Purpose” which inspires and motivates others through the way we live our lives “for such a time as this.”

And as the world sees us they only see “Men, and women……who do not fear to call sin by its right name; whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; and who stand for right though the heavens fall.” (E.G.White)

MY FRIENDS, SALUTATIONS FROM THE FATHER!!

June 17, 2014

MY FRIENDS, SALUTATIONS FROM THE FATHER!!

th It will soon be Father’s day. And when Our Father which art in heaven establishes an intimate love affair with His Children Its personal because He is a personal God who has made us joint heirs with His only Begotten Son. And His hope is that we will commit to an ever ending love affair becoming one in the same with His Son through His Spirit and when His Son “is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” “And the Father will then see us just as perfectly righteous as His Son [as we enter His kingdom] 1 John 3:2 (NKJV) 2 Cor 5:21 (KJV)

Remember God the Father “made us for an intimate union with Himself.” Man’s definition of intimate is usually defined in terms of sex. But “Paul explains that the human capacity for love is gradually lost through lust….Lust is the ultimate illusion because it promises what it can’t deliver” Eph 4:19 (KJV) (Ty Gibson, A God named Desire) Now with our finite minds imagine a Child who has developed this ever ending love affair with the Father who has always been the light of this Child’s world?

And now this Child seeks love from another. The Father knew, as long as the Child followed in His footsteps He would never walk in darkness, but darkness-light-605x391-300x193would have the light of life.” 1 John 4:8 (KJV) Paraphrased. And it’s that light which defines who our Father is and the ever ending love He has towards His children to save us from the forces of evil.

So, how far does a child rebel before the Father confesses “My Spirit shall not strive with my Child forever?” And how far does a child rebel before the Father grieves in His heart, that this child was a creation of His?” Gen 6:3-6 9 (KJV) paraphrased. My friends, we are never beyond the Father’s love and sovereignty, so only eight reciprocated the love that was extended to the entire world and with that eight the plan of Salvation was put into place.

And so, the Father the light of all mankind gave His only Begotten Son and made him the light of this world that who so-ever believeth in Him shall not parish but will receive everlasting life 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” John 3:16 (KJV), 1 Cor 2:9 (NKJV)

Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven 0401munkacsyyears from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” Luke 2:36 (KJV)

My friends, Anna knew of human love but, when she had a love affair with God her life was never the same. Fathers, you understand the ecstasy of human passion for a woman, your Children, family and friends, now God needs you to Go beyond those feelings as you think of love as Anna loved and as the Father loves us.

That selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional love,“for scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But The Father [the light of the universe] demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, [He gave His only begotten Son to die in our stead and for all who believes]. Rom 5:7-8 (NKJV) HAPPY FATHERS DAY

MY FRIENDS, WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SEEKING THAT HEAVENLY HOPE?

May 20, 2017

MY FRIENDS, WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SEEKING THAT HEAVENLY HOPE?

thAll these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own.

If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Heb. 11:13-16 (NLT) My friends, there is a price in following Christ as we seek that heavenly home.

We are nomads, aliens in a foreign land with no set destination except that place eye have not seen nor ear has heard, nor have entered into the imagination of any man or woman what God has planned for the redeems final destination. The redeemed being His children, heirs through the blood of His Son, and recipients of that free gift, God’s grace life eternal, and that heavenly hope His faithful have received, that “inherited “birthright,” a status given only through Jesus Christ, the firstborn Son.”

And as heirs, the cost of following Christ in Luke 9:57-62 (NIV) tells us there were several who because of the status they thought they would receive as workersth for an earthly king came to Christ seeking discipleship. One said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” But my friends, discipleship cannot be impulse driven because somehow as the Spirit was moving during church service we felt a portion of what everyone else was receiving. Discipleship is a committed heart to serve.

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Christ is telling Him I am a nomad of this world my residence is not of this world. Then Christ said to another follow me. My friends, Christ timing for a commitment can never be an inconvenience, we must be always prepared to go where He leads.

His reply, “Lord, first I must bury my father.” Jesus reply, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” consider what it means to desire heaven, and yet to turn away because of the conditions laid down. Procrastination eventually robs us of total commitment thand discipleship as we carry our cross. Another said, “I’ll follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” My friends, to look back is to lose focus, on our destination. “Non-essentials must be of secondary importance” when it comes to discipleship, committed faith must be the only factor that drives that passion from within that takes us out on the front lines of the battle field or wherever Christ may lead.

By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, [choosing the life of a nomad] with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. Moses commitment [to serve God was of] greater wealth than the treasures of this worrld, for he was looking to that final reward. [the promise land] Heb. 11:24 (NLV)

MY FRIENDS, LOOK BEYOND TODAY ARE WE PREPARED?

May 18, 2017

MY FRIENDS, LOOK BEYOND TODAY ARE WE PREPARED?

Each decade of our life, history, goals and destinations change, family and love one’s move on. The timeline seems imgres1blurred at times, but one thing we can forever count on in our life, are “two forces, both operating simultaneously with each other, both moving in opposite directions with different agendas and different outcomes. One force representing everything changeable, unpredictable, and distressing in our lives where all hope will be lost one day in a state of final spiritual ruin.

The other force, a much more powerful one representing the sure movement of God’s wise and sovereign purposes, forever transcending a deep flow of His unchanging love” along with the power of his Spirit transforming our lives as He prepares us for that place Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which He hath prepared for all that love him.” 1 Cor. 2:9 (KJV)

My friends, where we need to focus today is in maintaining a committed passion that keeps us focused. We are now at the threshold of the promise land, discouragement is not an option, we must hold on, finishing this journey with our “torches still lit.” and shinning bright with the radiance of God’s Son who gave it all for our salvation.

We can never allow our mind to linger aimlessly, seeking after the things of this world, forgetting the prize at the end920x920 of this journey, eternal life. Remember, God’s word which allows His Spirit to transform our character is the only curriculum that gives us that final diploma written within our heart that says we “have satisfied the requirements, prescribed by” our Savior who gave it all for our salvation on Calvary.

It’s personal my friends, and as Children of God there can be no doubt our Savior left to prepare a place for us and He will return. In Rev. 21:21 (NIV) John gives us a small glimpse of that vision. “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl.

The streets of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.” My friends, the discouragement and guilt that keeps us from obtaining and achieving the victory prize, God’s holy kingdom can only occur when we acknowledge Satan who tells us; our dreams, and goals for eternity are unattainable.

And that cross Christ ask us to bear, only a supernatural force has the stamina to carry it. But we must have faith that God will not allow you or I to be tempted beyond what we are able, but with every temptation He will provide the way of escape.” 1 Cor 10:13 (NKJV)

facing-the-stormConsistent with this, “as the tempest rages,” we must remember our Savior controls the elements but He also allows those elements to rage in our lives in preparation “for a time of great tribulation like never before,” for today is only the “beginning of birth pangs.”

But, soon the cause for “Christ to which we must devote our lives, will be the only cause that will never fail.” Though we may perish and “heaven and earth may pass away,” the good news will not.” Because Christ lives, and His truth will triumph and then “the dead in Christ will rise first, and we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus, we shall always be with the Lord.” 1 Thess. 4:16-17 (NKJV)