Monthly Archives: March 2011

Stir It Up! It’s in You

2Timothy 1:6-7 “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God,which is in thee by the putting on of my hands, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;but of power,and of love,and of a sound mind”.

Saints we must be mindful not to quench the spirit, instead we must learn to stir it up, it is in us.Gods spirit is like a coal in a dying fire, we must stir that coal and fan that flame that we become truly on fire for God.Too many have neglected the gift and caused the gift of God’s spirit to grow cold. This can cause one to wonder away from the will of God. How can we maintain the courage, strength and the love God gives us through his spirit, how do we stir up God’s spirit with in us?

Paul tells us to “Take up the whole armor of God, that you be able to stand in that evil day”.See saints satan will do all in his power to discourage us, to induce us to become disillusioned and afraid, and to abandon our confidence in God.We must Stand fast in the truth we have learned,(that is why Bible study is so important), concentrating on living righteously regardless of circumstances.Saints we should not let our circumstances determine if we are Christ like or not, you’ve either been born again or you haven’t.We also must be active in doing our part in furthering the spread of the true gospel, never losing sight of eternal life as our goal and using God’s Word as the sword that cuts through all deception.We were given a duty, to proclaim through word and deed the good news of the gospel, and no matter what the situation is we should use it as a opportunity to  proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.(no matter what they did to Paul, he used it as a chance to preach the Gospel).

But equally important is that we pray in the spirit on all occasions.With this in mind, we must be alert and always pray for the saints. Our ability to stir up God’s spirit within us  and remain spiritually strong and active depends on how much we truly rely on God. One of the main keys to keeping the working of God’s spirit  active and stirred up in our lives, is keeping our minds on the big picture of what God is doing.If we make it about us,dwelling on ourselves and our own problems we become far more vulnerable to Satan’s negitive influences.We must see ourselves as part of a great work that God is doing, and remember it is not about us,but about our Savior and his ability to save the lost. It is important that we keep our confidence in God alive and active, so Jesus said “a man ought to always pray”, it is through prayer that we are able to draw near to God, and thus keep his spirit stirred up within us.

Bible Study! Necessary For Spiritual Growth

Hosea 4:6 ” My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:Because thou hast rejected knowledge,I will also reject thee,that thou shalt be no priest to me:seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God,I will also forget thy children”.

Saints it is a must to learn about the Lord.How can you know his will for your life if you don’t know him, and I mean know him for yourself.Yes what mommy and grand mommy,and even daddy tells you is good, but you have to know God personally and for yourself.We take the time to learn our Jobs, careers and we will even read on how to operate and better understand the t.v. remote, yet God who we say is the head of our life, we won’t take the time to read and study his how to book.How is it that we make sure our kids go to regular school, study and do home work, yet when it come to the knowledge of God we don’t have the same urgency.Don’t you know a relationship with Jesus will take your child futher in life than the best education from the greatest college!Now I’m not knocking a good education, “but what profit it a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul”.

Paul scolded the Corithian Christians for their unspiritual attitudes and conduct. He explained that their problems were cause partly by some of them having too little knowledge of God’s ways.Saints most of the division the church now suffers, is from our lack of knowledge and a understanding of the knowledge we think we have about our Lord,  his will for our lives, and the purpose of His church.We cannot properly honor and serve God or his Son, Jesus Christ, unless we have knowledge of his will.We aquire that knowledge through regular, diligent Bible study.We must study to show ourselves approved unto God, that we might truthfully live the word of truth.See saints all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that we may be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work.It is through our knowledge of God and his word that we are equipped to do that which he calls us to do.

Now God said since we reject his knowledge he will reject us, and we reject his knowledge by rejecting the opportunity to learn of him.When we reject Sunday school we reject his knowledge, when we reject Bible study , we reject his knowledge.You might feel you don’t need it , but it is not about you, someone there might need something which only you can share. Remember Jesus did’t need saving, but we down here needed what he had up there, so he came down here that we might have a chance to live with him up there.So let us make it a point to make ourselves available to Bible study and or Sunday school where we can ask questions and become better soilders in the army of the Lord.That we might walk worthy of the person whose name we bear, that all in darkness might seek his marvelous light.

The Great Intercessor!

Romans 8:34″ Who is he that condemneth?It is Christ that died,yea rather,that is risen again,who is at the right hand of God,who also maketh intercession for us”.

The key to solving the problem of sin is the help we receive through Jesus Christ.Jesus came not only to make possible the forgivness of the past,but to help us conquer the stronghold of sins, the entrenched habits that are so difficult to dislodge from our lives.he is our merciful High Priest in heaven,interceding with the Father on our behalf.Jesus is ever ready to help us gain the victory over sin:”And this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith.Who is he who overcomes the world,but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God”? The Apostle John, while acknowledging our human weakness, encourages us not to give in to sin.”I am Writing these things to you so that you may not sin.But if antone does sin,we have an advocate with the Father,Jesus Christ the righteous and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Saints Jesus died to save us from sin not to save us in sin, by his mercy we are forgiven the sins we have commited and will commite, but his grace gives us the strength to not give in to sin and the wiles of the evil one, as it allows us to walk in his spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh.This should give us every reason for encouragement in our daily struggle against sin.After all Christ has experienced the same temptations and fully understands our plight.For our High Priest is one who can sympathize with our weakness,as he has been tried and tempted by the same enemy who attacks us, yet without sin,and he has been given power over all flesh.There fore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness,so that we might receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

How do we get that help?Jesus said ” ask and it will be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds and to him who knocks it will be opened”. Saints he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him,Jesus Christ our great intercessor…………

I Once was Blind!

2 Corinthians 4:4″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”.

Saints at one time we all were none believers, trapped in darkness blinded by the god of this world.The bible represents Satan as the master manipulator of human nature.Our weakness combined with the devil’s influence has led the whole world into sin.Because of Satan’s deceptions and the sinful tendencies of human nature,”all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. We must understand, however, that the devil cannot force us to sin,he simply influences us through our fleshly weaknesses.But several major areas of our fleshly nature are easily manipulated by Satan.

First, our selfish, fleshly desires often get us into trouble.The lust of the flesh,the desires of the flesh which calls us out side the will of God.Second, our natural deviousness, including self- deception, is a major weakness of the fleshly mind.We naturally look for ways to  justify our lust,our sinful desires,and the behaviors that arise from them.We deceive ourselves into believing that, since our desires are natural,they are not so bad after all.But God’s word reminds us that”there is a way that seems right to a man,but its end is the way of death”.Third, we have a natural tendency to resent having our fleshly desires limited by rules, even God’s rules.Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the spirit,set their minds on the things of the spirit.

The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God and blinded to the light of his truth,and love by the deception of the god of this world.One locked in darkness find it hard to see.Those that are in the flesh cannot please God.These and other fleshly weaknesses are what we call human nature.Satan takes advantage of our weak and greedy nature by persuading us to rely even more on our emotions,needs and wants than we normally would.But we play our part.Without the positive influence of God’s Spirit, we are simply not naturally inclined to live according to God’s instructions.If you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.Once was blind but now we see,thanks to Jesus the light of the world……………