Monday, June 18, 2018

Eracism

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.  But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. (Acts 10:34-35)
 From the early beginnings of this Nation through today, racism roars its ugly head. It is passed down from generation to generation . . . . yes, even within the walls of churches. It is taught; sometimes subtlely and other times blantantly.

Through Satan's eyes, we are separate, isolated, and distant groups with our own agendas and plans. Through the eyes of our Lord and Savior and His sacrifice, we are ONE! Will you and I take a look past culture, past language, past dress, and past color to "see" what Peter was saying in the above verses? Can we place our brotherhood in Christ above a twisted culture and do what Jesus prayed for in John 17: 20-24?

May we all be ONE? It will take some boldness, but as for me and my house . . .  well this is our goal and our agendafor. . . . ERACISM!!!!!!!

#squadgoals/GODgoals

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Celebrate Jesus!

Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows [h]shamelessly uncovers himself!”  So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lordwho chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the LordAnd I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor. ”Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death. (2 Samuel 6:20-23)
Celebrate.....that's right CELEBRATE JESUS! Despite the critics . . . . despite society . . . . despite friends, family, and co-workers! CELEBRATE JESUS!

He is worthy. We do not have to be politically correct. We do not have to do It like everyone else. No one should have to tell us when or how to CELEBRATE JESUS!

It comes from within. " I will be even more undignified than this", David said
(2 Samuel 6:22). Let's be like David today and CELEBRATE JESUS as we please!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Proper Worship is Not Planned

Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.  So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. (2 Samuel 6:14-15)
 Worshipping God should be without form or pretense except out of pure respect, joy, honor and thanksgiving. We should praise Him for Who He is, what He does, what He does not do, and what He will do! Praise and worship is not for us, but unto a Holy and Merciful God!

David had to worship. It was not because God blessed him with riches, but that God blessed him at all. David realized his sins before a Holy God. He had lost the Ark. It was taken from the city. Knowing God even allowed it to return was cause for celebrating right where he was and without preparation.

How often do we simply stop and break out in praise? Is God not worthy of such action? Does praise and worship have to be led and directed by someone else once a week? Praise Him in the shower, in the car, at school, at work, in the grocery store, at the bank, while we are cutting grass, at the gas station.

Every situation and every location is an opportuniy to praise and worship our God! It should not be planned

Monday, June 11, 2018

I Am not A Failure . . . I Simply Fail At Times!


If you would earnestly seek God
And make your supplication to the Almighty,

If you were pure and upright,

Surely now He would awake for you,
And prosper your rightful dwelling place.

Though your beginning was small,

Yet your latter end would increase abundantly. (Job 8:5-7)
We all fail at some point in life. In fact, many of our most successful people have failed greatly, but they have learned from those failures! As believers, we must realize we are born failures from the womb, yet Christ offers a way to success!

God is indeed a Rewarder. However, we must earnestly . . . diligentlynseek Him (Hebrews 11:6). He does reward laziness, faulting others, idleness, excuses, selfishness or self-pity. We are each fearfully and wonderfully made by Him (Psalm 139:14). He knows the best for us.

If we have recently failed or even been living in a pattern of failure, it's time to re-think, re-plan, re-tool, rebuild and restore!

Lord, help me to recognize my failures and commit to You andnYour plans for my life. Revive me! Restore me! Beginning today . . .

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Lack of Respect for Authority . . . .

Then the men of David said to him, “This is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, that you may do to him as it seems good to you.’ ” And David arose and secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.  Now it happened afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe. And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” So David restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul. And Saul got up from the cave and went on his way. (1 Samuel 24:4-7)
God's authority. . . . Parental authority . . . . Authorities in the churches, government, and yes, the Word of God.

Needless to say, there is a general lack of respect for those in authority and the positions of authority today. Here, David is the annointed King, Yet he knew his time had not come. He had the opportunity before him to dispose of Saul and take over. The opportunity was there, but it was not of God! David passed the test and waited on God.

While we as CHRISTians are free to do a lot in this world, all things are NOT Godly! (1 Corinthians 10:23) We must be careful whom we align with, whom we join voices with, and whom we sign up with today. Some things may seem right and good, but may not be Godly!

Our role as CHRISTians is to do good to honor God and bring Him glory. Let God be God. His will . . .

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Choices . . . . now that I have been chosen!

And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him. (1Samuel 22:2)
David, like Paul after him, was a chief sinner. God even caused the rejcts and outcasts to join him and fight with him! Yet that did not remain outcasts and rejects. They became men of God!

Paul was admittedly the "chief of sinners".  (1 Timothy 1:15) Yet the one who would oversee the killing of CHRISTians would be the chief ambassador for Christ!

So for me, one of the "chiefs", I must decide daily if I am to remain in sin or choose to be more like Chrsit. Will I have a heart for God or this world? Will I remain a reject or be a recruiter for the King?

Choices . . . . now that I have been chosen!

Monday, June 4, 2018

far better than any Jonathan. . . . .

 Then Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, since we have both sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘May the Lord be between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants, forever.’ ” So he arose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city. (1 Samuel 20:42)

Jonathan was David's close friend and confidant. He was his "spy in the sky"  . . . . his "informant" . . . . his "eyes behind enemy lines". Unfortunately for many of us today, we have no Jonathan. We do not have a trusting friend and loyal brother. We have way to many Sauls however.

Lots of liars, backstabbers, mockers, and "haters". They arrive in the form of friends but there is no loyalty. Yet we have Jesus . . . . far better than any Jonathan! (Proverbs 8:24)

Friends may turn their backs. Family may plant seeds of doubt. Associates may scheme against is. Even fellow believers can misunderstand our motives. Yet Jesus knows us intimately; faults and all. He cares. He will NEVER leave! (Hebrews 13:5)

Trust Him. . . . Praise Him today!!!!!

Friday, June 1, 2018

If it is of God, you cannot overthrow it . . .

Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while.  And he said to them: “Men of Israel, |take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men.  For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing. After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed. And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.” (Acts 5:34-39)
The Sanhedrin was angry! They had beaten, jailed, and warned the apostles do cease. The leaders had enough of the "lies" being spread. They wanted action and now!

But for Gamaliel, the wise and respected teacher of the Law, all the apostles may have been slain right there. Yet he gave them examples of previous uprisings where folks claimed to be doing God's will yet they and their plans vanished.

I cannot help but observe the world these days . . . . my personal world and the world in general. What is of God and what is of man (Satan) anyway? Many times it is hard to distinguish. Other times we know for sure, yet our hands are tied. We must at times sit back, pray, be sure we are not in sin, and allow God to work!

You and I cannot act out in anger or selfish motives. We may just be fighting God! Watch and pray . . . .

Thursday, May 31, 2018

So why baptism?

So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”  So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. (Acts 4:34-38)
So why baptism?

Baptism was important back then! No, it did not save anyone from sin nor does It today. Jesus' atoning sacrifice on the cross alone does that! Yet, the Ethiopian demanded it. Peter, Paul and even Jesus instructed believers to make disciples...repenting of sin and being baptized in obedience to the Lord as a sign or public commitment to a new life in Christ. (Acts 2:38, Acts 10:48, Acts 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Colossians 2:12, Galatians 3:27, Mark 16:16, Luke 3:21-22, Matthew 28:19-20)

Why do many today not emphasize baptism in regards to fellowship within the Body? I realize, in rare cases, one cannot be baptized. However, it is an act of obedience. It is a witness to a sinful world that "I belong to Christ!"

If it was important to Jesus and the Apostles, it is important to me!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Others' Gifts Are Not Threats But Assets

And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!  You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.  For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity. ”Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.” (Acts 8:18-24)
 Others' gifts are not threats but assets! We may think this kind of thing never happens within our churches today, but sadly it does. Some want all the attention and all the power. Some seek position. Some seek acclaim. Some even seek the money. They do not seem to mind whom they hurt in the process . . . in fact they are so blinded by their own arrogance that they may not even know anyone is being hurt or how many are being offended!

God help us! It is a challenge to pray for others who are hurting us, especially when those we love are also hurt. When bitterness and iniquity set in, it is hard to break and at times hard to even expose. Satan is also at work and can deceive many!

Yet like Peter, as many times as I have been hurt, I pray I too do not become like Simon, but simply seek to use my gifts where they are welcomed in order to please God, not man. I do not want to become angry and bitter myself. These are trying times. God is still God.

Lord please, if it is Your will, show up now. Bind Satan!!!! Be glorified!!!!!