Monthly Archives: December 2011

Let The Son Shine

Matthew 17:1-2″And after six days Jesus taketh Peter,James,and John his brother,and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,And was transfigured before them:and his face did shine as the sun,and his rainment was white as light”.

As we embark on a New Year let us allow the Son of God to shine in our Lives.Let us be a accurate reflection of God and His love to all in darkness,by allowing His light to shine so bright on the inside that a dying world can see on the outside that Jesus is the Christ ,the Son of the living God.While we dress up and look like christian, go to church and be around christians,taking part in religious activities to act like christians, let us be sure the Son can be seen in your life. Let us walk so the world will look at us and see the Son of God shinning in our life.Don’t let overcast and weather conditions, determine His visability in your live.

See we can block out the Son with the overcast of un Christ like behavior, and the cares of this world. We can over shadow him with self, not sharing him with those that are in great need of him.He can feel left out as we sometimes choose not to wait upon him.He is sometimes invisible in our life due to a lack of knowledge as to who he truly is.See we sometimes forget that he is a way out of no way, that he has all power in heaven and in earth, so when we find ourselves in certain situation we forget to lean and depend upon him. He said “Let your light so shine before men that they see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven”.So how can we let the Son shine in?

Walk with him in faith, hold to him in hope and share him with others in Love.Jesus separated himself from the world,and with his inner circle,went upon a moutain top where he begin to shine,as who he truly was,was revealed to them. Let us allow Jesus to take us and our inner circle,Faith ,Hope,and Love,above the cares of this world,that he might reveal himself in our lives, and watch him shine. Let this be part of our New Years resolution..Let the Son shine in!

A Life Of Integrity

                                                                    Sunday School Lesson
                                                                         January 1,2012
Lesson Focus:
Live a life of Integrity
Lesson Scripture:
Genesis 39:7-21

Introduction:

A life of integrity,”Lord make me more like Joseph in this upcoming year”,is an excellent request to bring before God at the beginning of this new year.Joseph was a biblical character who exemplified a life of integrity.He was sold into slavery by his brothers,and Pharaoh’s captain of the guard, bought Joseph in Egypt, and from age 17 when he was sold,to age 30,Joseph was an Egyptian slave and imprisoned. God gave him favor with Potiphar,who made Joseph overseer of his household.But there was one problem,Potiphar’s lustful wife,who was set on seducing Joseph.She asked Joseph to lie with her and he refused.He said this would be a sin against God.Her final trick was to grab him in the house when they were alone,but Joseph ran away from her.She then lied to her husband and Joseph was imprisoned.But even in prison God was still with Joseph and gave him favor with the head jail keeper.Because Joseph was a man who lived his life in the light of God,God continued to bless him and use him for His glory.
Joseph’s Integrity Is Tested
Genesis 39:7-12KJV
 7And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

   8But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
   9There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
   10And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
   11And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
   12And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
Footnotes:
Joseph’s brothers had originally planned to kill him,but sold him instead to a caravan of Ishmaelites specifically Midianite merchants, who happened to pass by on their way to Egypt.The merchants then sold him to Potiph,the commanding officer of the royal bodyguard for Pharaoh.Scripture says Joseph prospered and Potiphar experienced the Lord’s blessing on everything he possessed.After a while  Potiphar wife asked Joseph to have a sexual relations wih her.Joseph said no to her advances and saidsuch an action would be a sin against God.Nevertheless she continued day after day badgering him to go to bed with her,and onday when Joseph came to do his daily duties and they were alone,she grabbed him and he fled  leaving behind his cloak.
     The enemy’s tacks are consistant as was Potiphar’s wifes advances on Joseph and like Joseph we must continue to say no to the advances of sin,even when it tells us we are all alone and no one will know.God sees everything.

Joseph’s Character Shines in Prison
Genesis 39:13-21KJV
13And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
   14That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
   15And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.
   16And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
   17And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
   18And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
   19And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
   20And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
   21But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
Footnotes:

After Joseph fled from Potiphar’s house and his wife’s aggressive hand-on demand for a sexual liaison, she used th eclock Joseph left in her hand to full advantage. This was not the first time an article of Joseph’s clothing was used to support a lie about him.When Potiphar returned home and heard his wife’s charge against Joseph he burned with anger and had Joseph imprisoned where the king’s prisoners were confined.In prison like in Potiphar’s house,Joseph was also successful in everything he did because God was with him.In this instance,Joseph had oversight of the entire prison operation and all of the other prisoners.In every circumstances of his life,Joeph conducted himself with integrity as a faithful obedient servant of the Lord,and his faithfulness brought rewards for himself and glory to God.
Our outward actions are the eveidence that the spirit of God is or is not dwelling within us.The ultimate test of Joseph  character was his moral resistance to temptation.To give in to temptation would have been a sin against God.Intergity flourishes when God’s spirit is working in our lives.The person’s integrity in consistent,not on way in this circustance and another way in another circumstance.We should be the same rather it is Sunday at church or Monday at the ballgame.Jesus said without the indwelling of the Holy spirit,godly integrity can never grow(John 15:5).
 

Check The Birth Record

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him,Verily ,verily,I say unto thee,Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God”.

A Pastor friend of mind was interviewing for a position at a local Church, that didn’t have a Pastor.He said they gave him a three page questionaire,which asked him everything.They wanted to know all about his marriage life, if he had been divorced or not. They asked about his family, kids, his education, his credit and other financial matters.They wanted to know his mother maiden name if his wife had been previously married and even how they met.After looking over the questions he told the Deacon that’s alright he wasn’t interested in the job.I asked him what was the problem? Did he have something to hide? He said no, just that with all they wanted to know about him,they never once asked if he had been born again,they didn’t ask about his birth record.

Here in our scripture we have Nicodemus coming to Jesus at night.Now the bible says Nicodemus was a Pharisees, a member of the Sanhedrin council,a ruler, and a teacher of the law,which leads me to believe he went to church, read and studied his bible and had some sort of relationship with God.Yet with all that, Jesus told him you must be born again.See it dosn’t matter your title, the self righteous names we wear, the size of the church house or the number in the congregation,what matters is the birth record.Jesus said you must be born again.He told  Nicodemus it is not enough to be sons of Abraham, which the Jews depended upon and claimed relationship to,No Jesus tell us there must be a work of God from above.It is not enough to go to church,and to do good unto others,Jesus said you must be born again. We must die to the lust ,will, and desires of the flesh and be born of the spirit of God.All we need to know will show in the birth record,the proof of the birth, will be in the fruit of the birth.Have you been born again?

As we go through this life seeking companionship,leadership,or what ever check the birth record,it will tell you all you need to know.It is sad that many who proclaim to be born again will accept a spouse who don’t have a relationship with God faster than they will one who has no income.When we begin to concern ourselves more with the birth record than we do the financial statement, we will find we won’t have to ask God to remove that person from our lives as often.Check the birth record…………..

Worthy?

Matthew 10:38 “Ye that taketh not his cross,and followeth after me,Is not worthy of me”.

Before his cucifixion,our Lord has a foresight of it,and does not hesitate to realize himself as bearing his cross.With equal prescience he foresees each true disciple receiving and taking up his own personal cross.He sees none exempted.Picture a procession led by Jesus bearing His cross,and His disciple making up a cross bearing train following behind Him.This is a real march of suffering which reaches through all time.The chief requrement of a disciple is to follow Jesus in all things,in cross-bearing as in all else.We can’t rejoice with the risen Lord if you are not will to suffer with the crucified savior.
Cross-bearing is trying,laborious, sorrowful, and humiliating,but it is inevitable to all who will follow Jesus.We are bound to take up our own personal cross,I can’t carry yours and you can’t carry mine.Your cross might be giving up certain pleasures or indulgences,or any thing that might hinder your walk in complete obedience with Christ.Be it to live in poverty to proclaim the good news to the less fortunate, or enduring hardship and punishment for the good of others, what ever your cross, you must take it up voluntarily and follow Christ.We are to deliberately take it up,not to choose a cross,not to make your own cross,not to complain about the cross given you,not to faint under it,fall beneath it or run from it, but to patiently endure it ,for Christ is carrying the heavy end.
We ought to be thankful that we only have to bear it,and that it dosn’t have to bear us.It is a royal burden,a sanctified burden,a sanctifying burden,a burden which gives communion with Christ.Let not the righteous dread the cross,for it will not crush them:it may be painted with iron colors by our fears,but it is not made of that heavey metal;we can bear it,and we will bear it right joyously,for the reward is glory.No Cross no Crown…………