Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Are you being pruned?

"Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bringeth forth more fruit." John 15:2

Do you feel like God is constraining your life?

Do you feel the brutal force of the shears?

Have you asked God for something from those really deep down desires?

If you have that is probably why you are being pruned.

When we are being pruned God is trying to talk to us.

He is wanting us to get rid of some of that baggage that we have so we can get closer to Him.

He wants to get rid of the lesser things in our life that has take the time away from Him.

He wants to make room for more of His glory!

You see, when God prunes, He is out to thin out, to reduce or even cut off some things.

When God wants more of us, less is best.

He wants there to be more room for His glory.

He wants more room for Him!

God does this by pruning.

Does it hurt?

Sure it does.

Some of us do not even like the word pruning.

Just think about that closer walk with Him.

How bad do you really want it?

When God prunes, he wants to get rid of those dead and dying things in our life that does not produce His fruit.

He is cutting away that which is not necessary.

He wants to develop and increase in new fruit.

God is essentially asking us to let go of those things that hinder us from getting to Him.

Sometimes pruning can hurt, but it is a good feeling at the end.

Did you know that when you grow grapes, the older they are the more that you have to prune.

If you don't prune the grapevine then you will be left with little fruit and a whole lot of leaves.

The older the grapvine the more that it can produce.

It is just like our spiritual walk with Christ.

If you want to stay on the baby milk don't look for a pruning, it is when we are ready for that next step, becoming a mature Christian.

If you plan on becoming a mature Christian, look out there will be a pruning coming.

God will start with your outward activities and your priorities.

God will then go to the inside and work inside of you.

Mature pruning is about your values.

Do you have God's values or those of the world?

Does He have all your heart?

Are you ready?

God has a unique destiny for you!

With each trail, each snip, those pruning shears cut closer to the core of who you really are.

He wants to add strength.

He wants to add spiritual power to you life.

He wants to bring you as close as He can to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." II Corinthians 3:18

Don't pull out of the race now.

You will never know how much you can and will truly grow if you do.

In order to keep going deeper in Christ, we must first pass that which is in front us so that we may go on.

If we do not pass that which is in front of us we will be going around that mountain again.

Once around should be enough.

Don't get frustrated and give up, blessings are just around the corner.

How you respond does make a difference.

Are you going to complain?

Are you going to rebel?

Are you going to compromise?

Are you going to try and run away?

Going through the pruning process will give you joy.

Going through the pruning process will give you comfort.

We are to keep our eyes on the prize which is Jesus!

When we do we will experience rest, and we will forget about the pain of being pruned

When you invite God into your circumstance, He will keep His promise to do all that He has promised for you.

"And know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ." I Peter 1:7

Monday, January 29, 2007

A Table for Two?

"Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine." John 21:12a

A table for two?

Jesus and You.

Fresh Bread and New Wine for

Jesus and You!

No one but Jesus and You.

Nothing but the candle light.

Only candle light to delight yourself in.

Fresh Bread and New Wine just for you!

"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of Life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst." John 6:35

"And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles." Mark 2:22

Fresh Bread and New Wine just for you!

Get alone with God.

Pull the curtain on your prayer closet.

Shut everything out.

Only let Him in!

Just Jesus and you alone.

A table set for two.

Draw closer to God.

"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you." James 4:8a

My God, My Saviour, Let me shut everything out, Help me to pull the curtain on this private table that is set before me.

A table for two?

Will it be Jesus and You?

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Are you a fighter?


"Finally, my brethrenn, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:10 - 13

How do you fight?

Do you feel as if you are ready to give up?

Are you just tired of fighting the good fight of faith?

Do you feel miserable, frustrated or defeated in your life?

Do you try to serve God with your whole heart, and still don't know how to resolve your conflicts?

Do you know how to make choices to change you situation and to be set free?

Do you feel powerless in your battles?

Is your position in Christ secure?

Do you have that protection that is found in Him?

Even though we are new creations in Christ, we still battle the world, the flesh, and the devil.

This battle involves more than just self talk!

You have got to know what you are doing so that you do not loose this battle.

The first thing that we need to do is put on that armor which He has provided for our protection.

Are you dressed for battle?

"The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." Romans 13:12

When we are putting on the armor of God, we are putting on His armor of light.

When we put on Christ, we are taking ourselves out of the natural, which is where we are vulnerable to attack.

When we put on the armor properly, the enemy cannot touch us. It is an act of our will that we allow God to give us His power by the putting on of His armor.

After we get suited up then we can hold our ground against the enemy.

We become immovable and unshakeable against the enemy.

We need to take off all the natural carnal man's armor and put on God's to fully appreciate our spiritual armor. This means that we have to let go of our will, our thoughts and ideas and pick up God's will, God's Word, God's knowledge.

Every piece of God's armor is necessary, by not keeping His armor on we only get slowed down, and that will cause us to stumble in battle.

"Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Ephesians 6:11

We must wear the armor if we are to stand against the devil.

When we don't put the armor of Christ, we are on the same level as our enemy.

"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for th flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." Romans 13:14

As the commander and chief of our army, He has provided everything that we need to stay victorious over the enemy.

You can't expect God to protect you if you don't take part.

We have one on the inside who is much greater than the one on the outside who wants to destroy you.

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." I John 4:4

Great trials await us, we must stand strong in the power of His might.

We cannot let the wind blow us this way or that, do not let your guard down.

We have to continue to stand if we intend to keep what God has already given us.

God has given us the armor and the faith to stand fully clothed as we stand.

Once you have put on God's armor, then you will be able to take over the promised land.

Our hearts should be continuously submitted to His Word and His Spirit, and all our actions will always carry out His will.

We have to choose to obey those in authority over us and trust in Him, then our faith will grow.

We must obey those in authority over us, and do as they teach us.

When we learn these principles and concepts, the principle of authority and submission, we then can apply God's principles to any situation.

God's word should dwell in your heart, and be an automatic response to life's daily challenges.

The word has to be hidden deep within our heart and mind, so it will be ready to speak in time of trouble.

If we can't speak out loud God's Word how are we going to be able to stand?

"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:10

Thursday, January 25, 2007

What does your heart look like?

"My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God." Psalm 84:2

What is the condition of your heart?

Have you just been playing church?

Are you just going through the motions?

Do you still have your religious mask on?

Are you ready to get real with God?

Playing church is only good for so long.

When God is in our life we are not to be self sufficient.

When we start to get real with God, He will unveil all those things that have hindered us.

It's sometimes called the onion effect.

God will peel off one layer at a time, sometimes it maybe painful, negative or even confining.

God's way leads to joy, freedom, victory.

It is the absolute surrender of our will to His will!

God's will, God's way is a lifestyle, a moment by moment.

How do I do that?

We need to let go of our hard outer shell of "self", and let God close to us.

We have to let Him diagnose our heart and let us see what we would not have been able to see.

Should you be concerned about your heart condition?

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts." Psalm 139:23

Would you lay upon the table of the Great Physician, and let Him examine your heart?

Would you let God purge you of all that infection in your body?

What infection?

That infection of arrogance, pride, self sufficiency, lying, cheating, being rebellious, hard-hearted, addictions, and all those other sinful things that plague your walk with God.

God will race to your side as you truly call for help and acknowledge your need for Him.

He gives grace to the humble.

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy, I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 57:15

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." I Peter 5:6-7

"He that humbles himself under the hand of God shall not fail to be enriched, uplifted, sustained, and comforted by the ever-gracious One. It is habit of Jehovah to cast down the proud, and lift up the lowly." - Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

What kind of hat do you wear?

"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:3

How many hats do you wear?

Are you a mother, father, brother, friend, baby-sitter, lawyer, co-worker, pastor, secretaty?

Today, we all have at least one title.

In the world that we live in today it is a very busy place.

We seem to have so many things to do, always in a hurry, yet never really accomplishing anything.

Do you overstretch yourself?

Do you have a hard time telling others "no"?

How many times do you leave god behind, just don't have time to spend with Him?

Personally, I think it's ok to stay busy, but there is such a thing as too busy.

Don't get so busy that your business distorts the image of God.

As of lately I had someone come up to me in church and ask me how many hats I wear.

My first reaction to that question was I don't wear any hats.

They proceeded to tell me that I everwhere they looked I was there doing something to help.

Basically what they were telling me was that just because I was busy helping and doing things in the church it gave me another hat.

I was kinda offended.

I am not doing things to show off.

So, when I was trying to study that night, I couldn't as this was bothering me.

So I started digging, looking for some answers.

I had to step back and take a long look at myself.

It is like looking into a mirror, what do you really see when you look at yourself?

My hearts cry, is Lord when they look at me, I don't want to be seen, but I want that Light that comes from you.

Let them only see You, when they see me.

When this person was looking at me, all they saw was all the things that I have done, or do.

We need to keep our eyes off the superficial circumstances and keep them on God!

So, as I was taking a look at myself, first I looked at my motives.

Were they pure?

Did I have other intentions than that of a servant?

Was I there to try to get ahead?

Was I there to make a name for myself?

Was I there to get closer to my Pastors?

Was I there to try and take someone's job away?

No!

You see, with me, God will place me in an area to help me learn.

He helps me learn better by doing.

I did not want to take there job.

There are lesson that we learn as we serve.

We learn how God's Word will strengthen us as we sevre.

We learn how to be faithful.

We learn how to on God's team.

We learn humility.

We learn discipline.

We are not just being discipled, but we are being groomed so we can help further God's Kingdom.

The most important thing is that you are just not sitting in the sanctuary and getting feed, but you are taking that and applying it to your spiritual walk.

There are so many aspects to learning.

The next time I seen this friend I had an answer to give.

I said, I do not wear many different hats!

I have two hats, one with my name and the other is servant.

This is what we are to do is serve.

It is not to step on peole to get your way to the top.

When we serve we get these little treasures that will keep us humble.

These treaures are to be stored in our heart not our head.

"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23

"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth foth evil things." Matthew 12:35

When we think that we are the least vulernable that is when we are the most vulnerable.

We need to take that step back and listen to God.

Don't let your head get swelled from all the things that you do.

Let God be your light, when you do yopu will not need any other light.

As we serve we are making a sacrifice for our King.

When we serve we are reflecting the greatest message ever to be brought forth - it is that of the cross!

When we serve we are to be about His will, not ours!

It is through the cross that we live.

It is the power to transforms our hearts and minds.

"My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever." Psalm 73:26

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Who is your partner?

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen." II Corinthians 13:14

Do you feel as if you can not get enough of God's Word?

Do you feel as if you have been called to go deeper with Him?

Do you feel as if nothing satisfies you?

Are you longing to go deeper with God?

You can go deeper with God!

The Holy Spirit is not an "it", but a person of the Godhead.

The Holy Spirit wants to help us in growing closer with that relationship with Him.

The Holy Spirit has many functions.

He strives with sinners. - Genesis 6:3

He dwells in the saints. - John 14:17

He teaches us. - John 14:26

He testifies of Christ. - John 15:26

He reproves or expresses disapproval of sin. - John 16:8

He glorifies Christ. - John 16:14

He Comforts. -Acts 9:31

He helps our infirmities. - Romans 8:26

He sanctifies. - Romans 15:16

He searches all things. - I Corinthians 2:10

He works according to His own will. - Hebrews 2:4

I know that there are many other places that you can find each one of his functions, these scriptures are just a starting point to help you further your studies.

We as Christians need to learn how to walk in the spirit and move in His power.

The power of God!

We need to know His voice and listen to what he is telling us.

We must have the mind of Christ to keep us.

The best thing about the Holy Spirit, is that it dwells on the inside of each of us, the believer.

Without a daily communion with the Holy Spirit it is impossible to life a victorious life.

We must never stop our growth in God.

We must strive to press ahead in our spiritual walk.

We must have an intimate relationship with Him, or we will not have that deeper relationship with Him.

He is the One who convicts us and brings us to the place of repentance.

He is the One that anoints us, calls us and empowers us do the Lord's work.

He is the One who illuminates God's Word in our hearts.

He is the One who gives us strength when we need it.

He is the One who gives us wisdom and direction.

He is our helper for every situation that comes along.

The Holy spirit came down to our human level and took on certain traits that we can better relate to and understand so that we may have that fellowship with Him. Read Acts 8:8; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 4:30; and John chapters 14-16.

Won't you make it a priority to know Him?

"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." Romans 5:5

"Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit." Job 10:12

Friday, January 19, 2007

How much do you appreciate?

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork." Psalm 19:1

How much do you appreciate what you have been given?

I went by this church marquee and this is what it read:

Look back with appreciation
Look up with adoration

If we honestly ask ourselves how many times do we do that?

Do you have to see a sign before you remember to do anything like that?

God is such a mighty God!

The real question here is how much do you love your Creator?

How much are you appreciative for what He has brought you through.

Is He your inspiration?

You can look back and be appreciative for what He has brought you through, but do not get stuck in the past as God, He is not there.

He is here, right now with you!

Do you only care about your needs?

Do you take time to appreciate those less fortunate?

Is everything always about you and what you have need of?

Is your heart after the Lord's heart?

Do you look beyond the outer and look to see them as Jesus looks at them?

Do you have compassion for your brother or sister?

Don't get stuck in that pattern of self-centeredness.

Don't let false humility sneak in and take that true humility away from you.

Let His love, compassion, and wisdom shine through you.

We need to lose confidence in ourselves.

We need to come to the point of total dependency upon Him, and Him alone!

The only thing that can stop you from receiving what you need is self.

Will you let God cultivate the garden of your heart.

Your heart is where the living waters flow.

You can have the anointing of His spirit each and everyday, if you choose.

Let the past be the past, and start afresh.

Let today be a beginning of a new life in Him.

Put your confidence in Him!

Lay aside the past, anything that has hindered you and seek Him.

He will close to those that seek Him.

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing.Know ye that the Lord He is good: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of His pasture.Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations."Psalm 100

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

What if tomorrow never comes?

"Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will, hear His voice,
Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:" Hebrews 3: 7-8

What if tomorrow never comes?

Is your heart right?

Are you in right standing with God?

I want to speak to the saved and the unsaved alike.

Do you know where you would go if you died today?

There are many out there who are just playing church---

Close to the kingdom but not in.

God says,"There are those who profess that they are for Me, but there hearts are far from Me.

There are those who need to take that initial step of being saved.

Look I am not out to try to twist your arm.

I am on the look-out for your soul.

What is the most important thing that has occupied your mind?

Are you worried about your sin of adultery?

Are you worried about those little white lies?

Are you a married man who has been fantasizing about other women?

Do you worry about getting caught with porn?

Do you have to worry about keeping things hid when certain people come to visit?

Do you have Sunday attire and then other attire for the rest of the week?

What does your character say about you?

Are you the real deal?

"The most important thought that ever occupied my mind was that of my individual responsibility to God." - Daniel Webster

How do you respond to His little nudges?

How do you respond to His voice?

How do you respond to that feeling that God prompts inside of you?

Are you worried that you can't be forgiven because that sin is not forgivable?

Did you know that there is no sin that is unforgivable except blasphemy of the Holy Ghost.

If you are tender-hearted enough to ask yourself if you have done that, then you have not.

You are responsible to God for your soul.

Do you know that once you have trusted Christ and asked for forgivenes the Holy Spirit comes and lives in you and will help you.

The Holy Spirit will not only live but will in you but walk right alongside of you.

There is no place that you can go to escape God's love!

He will be your guide along life's path if you will let Him.

He will reveal things to you.

The Holy Spirit speaks not of Himself, but the Words of the Father.

Has the Holy Spirit tugged at your heart strings lately?

We need to get into God's Word and find out exactly what it says.

We need to come to the point where we rely on the Holy Spirit.

He will tell us to do.

The Holy Spirit does not live in a human body as you and I.

God is omnipresent, He is everywhere at all times.

He is speaking to each heart individually.

He is there to help when we ask.

Have you asked Him lately?

He will help you so that you know which direction to go.

He will help you choose which school to go to.

He will even help you with your mate.

Don't be afraid, ask today.

God is not limited.

We are the one's who limit Him!

Has He knocked at the door of your heart?

Are you going to open up and let him in?

Let that little tug that has been tugging at your heart in.

You will not be disappointed!

Don't neglect that feeling that you feel inside.

Don't deny God!

Don't harden your heart.

When you harden your heart towards God you are setting yourself up for a big disaster.

"But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." Hebrews 3:13

"But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother hath need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?" I John 3:17

Don't keep putting this feeling off.

The one who hardens his heart shall suddenly be cut off.

God will speak differently to each of our hearts.

Do you take it lightly?

Do you care or not if you hear from Him?

We have everything to gain.

Why would you not want to escape death.

Our life is short, but a vapor and eternal life is forever.

The Lord has given you another opportunity to hear His Word.

What you do with it is up to you.

Do not let Satan deceive you.

God is a merciful God!

The next time God speaks to your heart are you going to answer?

Why not answer, you are not guaranteed tomorrow.

This may be your last chance to know God.

You need to repent of your sins, believe in Christ and accept Him as your personal Saviour.

Will you make that decision today?

Monday, January 15, 2007

The heart of the matter

"And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek Him, He will be found of thee; but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off forever." I Chronicles 28: 9

What does your heart say about you?

You mean it can talk?

Sure it can.

Everything that you have ever done in your life come out of the heart.

"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23

When God created us, He designed our hearts for a special purpose.

He wanted to leave His imprint upon our heart.

He has painted a mural of His Word upon our hearts.

Maybe something important or bad has happened to you.

Maybe you were at the wrong place at the wrong time, and saw something that you should not have seen.

That image is forever burned upon your heart.

It could also be a good thing: maybe something special has happened, such as your fist kiss, your wedding, your first child.

Remember those feelings? They are imprinted upon your heart and spirit.

This is what God is talking about when He said "the issues of life."

Whether it be bad or good it is in your heart.

It is kinda like what you feed you body.

How do you talk?

What do you listen to?

What kind of things do you watch?

These all play factors in your heart.

What ever you put into your body will eventually come out.

Your spirit man will feed on what you give it.

Do you give it a daily dose of God?

Do you set God aside and only use Him for emergencies?

Does He get set upon a shelf waiting to be used?

What is your heart saying to you?

Do you ever listen to your heart?

Are you able to trust your heart?

All those images, all that language that you put into your body resides in your heart.

You will know where your heart is by what comes out of your mouth.

"O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things." Matthew 12:34-35

Do you ever stop to listen to what you are saying?

Have you ever said my "back is killing me?"

"I have broken something, I just know it."

"We are broke."

"I can't do that, I'm not smart enough."

"I'm a failure. I can't do anything right?"

Maybe you have called someone stupid because they didn't do what you told them to do.

Maybe they didn't listen to directions.

We all at one time or another have done or said some pretty rotten things.

These things get stuck in our hearts and come out, because they are what we have put in.

God said that we are responsible for our words, our actions.

"But I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the day of judgment.

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." Matthew 12:36-37

We need to be careful what kind of images that we put in our hearts.

We are all subject to delusion, deception, selfish ambitions.

We need to be able to hear what God is speaking to us.

How can we do that if we are not putting in the right kind of things?

So the next time you wonder why your life is not going in the direction you desire, take a moment and listen to what comes out of your mouth.

Those words and attitudes that come out, those confessions, need to be positive not negative.

We were created by the Almighty.

We can have what His Word says we can have!

We can do what His Word says we can do!

We can be all that His Word says we can be!

There is nothing that can hold us back but our own selves.

Each one of us is a Kings Kid!

What is the abundance in your heart?

Is it foul words, or hurtful language?

Bad thoughts and actions?

If God's Word flows from you, the abundance in your heart is good.

"For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of his evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." Luke 6:43-45

Saturday, January 13, 2007

God is the answer to fear.

"He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but is shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." Psalm 91:4-11

God, Himself is the answer to fear!

God, He is the final answer to every fear that comes from the human heart.

After these things the Word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." Genesis 15:1

Did you know that when God uses "I Am", He is also giving a personal word of encouragement?

He is giving us encouragement that we need in that particular area of our life.

According to His name, He is telling us that He is whatever we need at that moment.

How great is that!

I AM your strength

I AM your healer

I AM your deliver

I AM your courage

I AM your shield

I AM your help

I Am your hope

I AM your courage

I AM your supply

I AM your defender

I AM your forgiveness

I AM your Joy

I AM your peace

I AM your future

I AM your grace

I AM your counselor

I AM your lover

I AM your water

I AM your source.

I AM your praise

Whatever you need to put after the I AM God will be there for you.

He is standing in the gap to help you through whatever situation that you need help with.

Go ahead and fill in the blank.....

"Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee and praise Thy glorious name." I Chronicles 29:13

God is telling us that I AM whatever you need when you need it.

He is the all sufficient God!

He is the only God for every need.

He is the only God for every crisis.

He is the only God for every situation which arises in your life.

We have to believe that He is good.

We have to trust Him in everything no matter what the circumstances say.

We have to trust Him no matter what!

We must learn to trust our Heavenly Father.

We are not to fear.

We are not to worry.

We are not to fret.

No matter what each new day brings, we are to trust in Him!

Remember that nothing can happen to us except it pass through His hands first.

Even if the way seems dark, keep on believing.

Even if the way get a little rocky, keep on believing.

Even if you get tired, keep on believing.

Don't give up!

If God keeps His eye on the sparrow, how much more does He keep His eyes on you!

He cares for you!

"Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you." I Peter 5:7

"Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:5

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Are you in a dry place?

"Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife." Proverbs 17:1

Maybe you are in trouble right now.

Maybe you are trying to find answers to your current situation.

Maybe you have been trying to run your life without God in it.

Maybe you think that you have all the answers.

Well got some bad news to tell ya.

You don't have all the answers that you need.

There is only One person who has all the answers you will every need.

He has all wisdom.

You see, God is the Only One to have all the answers that you will ever need.

God is the only One you need!

He is the way maker.

He makes a way where there seems to be no way.

Did you know that the closer that you get to your victory the harder the enemy fights you.

You see it is because you are close to that breakthrough.

When we become close to our breakthrough then we struggle harder to get through.

Jesus is the answer to our every need!

We must hold fast to Jesus!

There is no security anywhere else.

In water the change is so very small.

In every great moment, in every crisis we all have a choice to make.

What choice is that?

We all have the same choice whether or not we will choose to believe God or not.

Whether or not we choose to believe that God is good, will not excluded from sorrow or suffering.

Choosing to believe that God is good will not automatically guarantee you an easy road to follow.

It is when we choose to believe that we are putting a firm foundation beneath our feet.

There will be times when that road becomes steep, or very dark.

We must choose to go forward.

We must choose to put our confidence in Him.

We must go forward one step at a time, taking all that life has to offer!

Life has to offer....

The good
The bad
The ugly
The unanswered questions.

We are not to give up.

We are not to let our faith waiver.

We are to fear not!

We are to keep on believing in Him!

"Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord." Psalm 31:24

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Do you know the purpose of your success?

"For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hast a favour unto them." Psalm 44:3

"And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God; for it is He that giveth Thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. Deuteronomy 8: 17-18

Why are you good at what you do?

Why do you succeed?

Do you think that you succeed because of your self esteem?

Do you think that you succeed because of that driving force to have a comfortable life?

Do you try to succeed because you have a need to put money away for retirement?

No!

So then why do we succeed?

Do you know that when we succeed it is because God lets us!

Yeah, that right.

You heard correctly.

It has nothing to do with us.

God lets us succeed so that we will make Him known.

You see, our success is not what we do.

Our success is because of Him.

Our success is intended to reflect God and His glory.

"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." II Corinthians 4:4-6

Does your success advertise God's goodness?

How do you use your gift for God's sake?

How do you use that talent that you are good at?

Is it to help further the gospel?

Do you bring attention to yourself?

Do you let God's light shine through?

Do you reflect God even through your failures?

What kind of thoughts do you have?

Are they...

Look at me, I'm special.

Look at how well I did.

We made it all happen because of me.

So, what does your character say about you?

Do you lean daily on God?

Do you put Him on a shelf and only use as needed?

Do you take what God has given you for granted?

Has being successful brought amnesia to you?

Do you remember to give God the glory?

Do you give Him the glory even for the little things as well as the big things?

Generally what happens is we get blind sided when we become successful and forget those who helped get us there.

Why is it that we think when we get to where we want to be that we don't appreciate those who helped get us there.

"For who hath despised the day of small things? Zechariah 4:10a

Why is it that we think that we are better off than those who have not made it as far, or have not done what we have already accomplished?

Truth is you have not accomplished anything on your own!

What??

Yep, that's right!

We did not make it on our own.

God had His hand in it all the way.

Why?

Just so that we would give Him the glory!

That's right.

God is the reason that we are as successful as we are!

"The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works. All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee." Psalm 145:9-10

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Are you going to tithe this year?

This is a new year, last year is forever gone.

Are you planning to start off on the right foot this year?

Tithing is a area most of us do not want to talk about.

The Bible is absolutely clear on how we are to tithe.

I may step on some toes, but that is Ok cause if I have offended you then you have a problem giving God what is actually due to Him.

Are we to obey the laws of the land?

Yes!

Tithing is on the same principle as the IRS.

Would you cheat on your taxes?

Do you try to dodge the IRS when it comes time to pay.

Some do.

We as Christians can not do that.

We have a duty.

"And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Cesar the things that are Cesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marveled at Him." Mark 12:17

We have to give to God what is rightfully His.

This is the only area in our walk with Him that He says to try Him and see.

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, If I will not open you up the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Malachi 3:10

The next time that the plate is passed and you think that by putting in a ten dollar bill is impressive, maybe you had better stop and think about all those blessing that you are missing out on.

He said that the windows of heaven would open and there would not be room enough for us to contain it all.

Wow!

If I had never in my life placed a tithe just reading that would want me to try it and see.

The blessings might not come back as financial, but we have other needs that are not related to finances.

We need to stop living above our means.

God know what we have need of therefore He will supply if you will take the time to only ask.

We are not to give as little as possible and keep the rest for ourselves.

We are not to have a misers mentality.

Why do we blatenly turn or head from the truth?

Why do we not trust our Creator to take care of our every need?

Yes, It is true that God does not need our gifts.

He does not ask to give for His sake.

He asks us to give for ours!

Don't let the enemy come in a rob you from your blessing.

Don't let Him tell you that you have to have all this stuff just to stay up with the Jones.

Don't let Him tell you that you can't raise your kids right without giving them all the material things that their friends have.

Even if the thought of ten percent is too high start small, work your way up and watch and see what God does with your giving!

Never give your gift to God grudgingly, but happily.

We need to learn have that grace in our hearts that we joyfully will make those sacrifices to God.

When we have found that joy, then our gift is most acceptable to Him.

If you give it grudgingly then you have your reward already.

"But I say this, He who soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound towards you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:" II Corinthians 9:6-8

Friday, January 05, 2007

How does your heart fare?

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:" Proverbs 23:7a

How does your heart fare?

Do you guard your heart?

Do you let things in to hurt your heart?

Below are some words that have described some hearts in the Bible?

Does your heart ache for more of God, or for more of the worldly things?

Has your heart been broken?

Broken for more of God?

Do you have a happy heart?

Do you have a deceitful heart?

Do you have a discerning heart?

Do you have a faint heart?

Is your heart faithful?

Faithful to what or whom?

Do you have a foolish heart?

Does you heart grieve for this world?

Does you heart grieve for those who do not know Him?

Has your heart become hardened due to circumstances?

Do you have a praying heart?

Do you have a proud heart?

Is your heart pure?

Is your heart searching for more of God?

Is your heart searching for more of this world's pleasures?

Is your heart sound?

Do you have a willing heart?

Do you have a wounded heart?

A wounded heart on the touch of the Master can fix.

Does your heart sing with merry or does it sing of sorrow?

Where do you stand?

Have you guarded your heart?

What kind of heart do you have?

"My son, attend to My Words; incline thine ear unto My sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:20-23

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

What Characteristics do you have?

Have you ever stopped to think about the different qualities or attributes of God? Do you know what God is really like?

How much do you pay attention to what you read?

Here are some attributes of God...Loving

Divine

Creative

Patient

Everlasting

Perfect

Righteous

Sovereign

Good

Holy

Infinite

Orderly

Trusrtworthy

Faithful

Forgiving

Just

Merciful

Wise

Unchangeable

Supreme

Transcendent

Glorious

One

Triune

Omnipotent - having unlimited authority or influence

Omnipresent - present in all places at all times

Omniscient - having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight

Awesome

Pure

Creative

Spirit

Invisible

Eternal

Supreme

Living

Holy

Do you have any of these qualities?

How did you do on the attributes or qualities of God?

Did you have to think about some of them?

"Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man gloryy in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorifieth glory in this that he understanteth and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 9:23-24

Monday, January 01, 2007

Prayer

One of the most important part of a Christians life is prayer!

Prayer in it's easiest definition is communion with God.

I have put together a brief general summary on the aspects of prayer.

Some important aspects of prayer...

To be offered in the name of Christ
Aided by the Holy Spirit
Urgent duty of Christians
Treasured in heaven
Associated with watchfulness

There are some requirements for effectual prayer

Earnestness
Sincerity
Obedience
Faith
Humility

There are different parts to prayer

Praise and Adoration
Thanksgiving
Confession
Petition

Now that I have given you a general overview of prayer, there are a few examples of prayer that you can go to just as a starter for you to study.

You can dig deeper than these.

The one that comes to mind first is the Lord's Payer: read Luke 11:1-4, but read all the way to verse thirteen.

Jesus' Intercessory Prayer or some know this as the prayer that Jesus' has for each of us on a daily basis. Read John 17:1-26

The prayer of Hannah: how earnest, how desperate are you? Read I Samuel 1:1-20

The prayer of Solomon:the dedication of the Temple.

How dedicated are you to God?

Read about what Solomon has to say about His Lord and King. [I especially like v.18] Read II Chronicles 6:12-42

The payer of Stephen: The first Martyr

Even though everything looks bad, even through our light affliction we can pray.

We can praise Him.

Read about Stephen in Acts 7.

Prayer is an everyday necessity.

"For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." I Peter 3:12