Monthly Archives: November 2011

Faithful!

Genesis 41:38 “and Pharaoh said unto his servants,Can we find such a one as this man in whom the spirit of God is?”

After years of waiting,Joseph finally stood tall before the King.Pharaoh immediately recognized”the spirit of God” in this young man.Joseph had responded positively,no matter what circumstances were. Whatever situation you are in ,remember you profess to be a servant of the living God.With all that Joseph had been through and endured,he remained faithful to God, and conducted himself as a godly man inspite of his circumstances. He was rewarded, for glorifying God in his living.
Results are very different when you work in faith,rather than striving in your own efforts.The biblical steward was the man who cared for his master’s property.Like Joseph,each one of us is called to be responsible steward.Because Joseph was a good steward in smaller things,he was ultimately given authority over all Egypt.We may think that our place of service now is insignificant;however,our daily responses in small things matter greatly to God.Every Christian should glorify God by being the best person with God’s help in every circumstance.Joseph was faithful over a few things,and God made him ruler over many. Joseph was given a signat ring,which identified him as Pharaoh’s second in command. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to empower His Church.The Spirit puts His stamp on our lives.As Christians we are called to be faithful stewards over all he gives us no matter how small or great.
As Christians, let us live faithful lives ,and like Joseph honor God in spite of the difficulties and hardships we might face.In all that we do ,let us do it as we would do unto God,that he may be glorified in all that we do.

Fruit That will Last

Galatians 5:25 “If we live in the spirit,let us also walk in the spirit”.

Living our lives with the Holy Spirit in control will bear wonderful fruit:love,joy,peace,patience, kindness,goodness,faithfulness,gentleness,and self-control.Also, in order to show the fruit of the spirit, we need to help others and not be judgmental toward each other.The Holy Spirit will help us do this because we cannot bear His fruit without His help.

With the spirit’s help, our desires and passions should change from the natural desires Paul talks about to become instead what the Lord wants for our lives.We can get to the point where we will desire obeying God over sinning.This is not easy,but when we follow the spirit’s lead,good fruit will be produced.This is what the fruit of the spirit will produce in us.If we surrender ourselves to faith in Christ and His Word, the fruit will grow and stay in our lives.However ,fruit is not something that Christians “work on”, it is what will grow in our lives when we choose to submit to the spirit.If all the fruit is not in our lives,we are not surrendering everything to the spirit.If these qualities of the fruit are not ours,we know we are not following His lead.The fruit describes what a christian’s character eventually should become.The fruit of the spirit is holiness being developed inside you.It is something you are,not just something you do or think.It is not about doing good deeds to show God what good children we are;this is a way of living that genuinely flows from our changed hearts.

Every day we are challenged to live as our old sinful selves or to live by the spirit.The more we live by the spirit,the more we show the fruit of the spirit and produce fruitful lives that will lead others to Christ.

Will you be Ready when Jesus comes?

Mark 13:26 “And then shall they see the Son of man comming in the clouds with great power and glory.”

The daily headlines are never very hopeful, they are filled with stories of hopelessness..But we are to be of good cheer,none of this has any bearing on what God has in store for His children.His word says he will supply our every need.This is not His plan for us,let us not be blinded by the gods of this world,to the good things which God has for those who love Him.

Upon completetion of each intricate part of his creation, God said,”it is good!”Each element of creation was brilliant! Today’s headlines are but a representation of how the evil designs of satan, and our own sin have taken the beauty of God’s creation, and changed it into a distorted world of chaos and dispair. Hatred, plagues,murder,and hunger are not God’s will for His creation.Jesus, our blessed hope, will  come and set things right.Jesus is comming back,and when Jesus returns to earth,He will return as our triumphant King,and all eyes will see him.Every knee will bow to him, and every tongue will confess of him, that he is Lord.He is greater than anything on earth and anything occuring in the earth, so be not discouraged. He is our reigning Lord, Savior and conquering King.When Christ returns, the sun shall be darkened,and the moon shall not give her light, as the true light will take center stage,Jesus the light of the world. And then they shall see the Son of man, in the clouds with great power and glory.(ride on king Jesus) Then he shall gather His elect from the four winds,from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

But until he returns, we have his Holy Spirit to comfort us,and his word to assure us and to hold on to. His word tells us”we wait in hope on the Lord he is our help and our sheild” :”But now,Lord, what do I look for?My hope is in you”:”Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,and my hope is in you all day long”.So saints hold on for “we wait for the blessed hope-the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior,Jesus Christ.” Hold on ,He is an on time God!

Putting Worry in Its Place

                                                                     Sunday School Lesson
                                                                        November 27,2011
Lesson Focus:
Put worry in its place
Lesson Scripture:
Matthew 6:25-34

Introduction:
Faith vs. worry,Jesus gave several reasons why and what to do about worry,the sickness of mind. Jesus warns against being so preoccupied with material needs that the will of God is ignored.His response to worry is,”Don’t do it!” It’s directly opposite of believing in faith that God will always come through.Worry indicates a lack of trust in God or very little trust in His power.Jesus says to the worrier,”Take a look around.The birds and flowers are all taken care of by God.”Instead of working and worring about material things,Jesus encourages His children to busy themselves with the activities to build up God’s kingdom on earth.We must have a hunger for righteousness and close living with God.If that is the focus and desire of our daily actions,we never have to worry obsessively about such things as what we will eat and what we will wear.The heavenly Father will meet those needs.

Evidence of God’s Care in Creation
Matthew 6:25-30KJV
25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
   26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
   27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
   28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
   29And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
   30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Footnotes:

The Lord had just admonished His listeners to keep their priorites straight when it came to true riches.What the world calls wealth is passing.Just as true riches are far more than worldly treasures,life is much more than simply food and clothing.Do not worry,He said;give no thought about your life.Jesus said don’t worry about two things which seems to be top priority in our life. When Jesus said look at the birds of the air and the flowers of the fields,He let the people know that neither did absolutly anything to provide for themselves, and yet the Father in heaven took great care of them.Jesus tells us what good is it to worry ,it won’t change anything,but we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart, soul and might.

God’s Care for His Children
Matthew 6:31-34KJV
31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
   32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
   33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
   34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Footnotes:

Here is the culmination of the Lord’s teaching on faith and provision for daily needs:Do not worry about what to eat,drink or wear.Now he is not saying  that we are not to work to provide for food and clothing, He is saying don’t put the needs of this world before the will of God,for your Father in heaven knows we have need of these things.He said don’t worry about the things in the future for those things will take care of themselves and only distract us from God’s priorities in our lives.We are to cast all our cares upon Him,and trust that if we do as He commands, He will supply our every need.