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Praise God

Posted on February 3, 2018 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (4)

In your midnight hour, CAN YOU PRAISE God? or do you give up? No one wants questions, when they are seeking answers. But you must answer this question and you must be able to praise God in your darkest hour. If you praise God because someone does, when they quit: you will too. If you praise God for the things that you have, when they are gone: you will leave too. The things we have should not dictate our praises to God! Jesus was able to praise God the Father in His DARKNEST hour, because He was WILLING TO GIVE Himself TO TOTAL SUBMISSION. I want to encourage you to give yourself in total submission to the will of God. Don’t be taken in by this saying “when praises go up, blessing come down.” If you praise go up with the wrong motive, they are REJECTED. Then there is the “believe and receive it concept.” When you believe it, you can ACHEIVE it through Christ. All things are possible with God. In all circumstances, praise God and your sorrows will be turned into joy. In the bible, St. John 15:10-12, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” When we are filled with the Word of God and we are led by the Holy Spirit, we can give God all the PRAISES that He so richly deserves. When you down and out, PRAISE God! When life’s problems are more than you can bear, PRAISE God! God will work it out for you. Just PRAISE Him…

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The CRY that STOPPED God

Posted on January 20, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Blindness is more than not being able to see, without spiritual discernment; you are spiritually BLIND. Bartimeus suffered from a physical blindness, but he had a SPIRITAUL AWEARNESS. Bartimeus had heard about the great work of Jesus how He healed the lame and they walked, cause the deaf to hear. Undoubtedly, there was negative talk about Jesus as well. This blind man received something that he was not expecting. A miracle! He hears the word that Jesus is passing by his way and he began to cry out, saying “Jesus thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” But the people around him said he should hold his peace: “but cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.” Key verse 49, And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. The cry for MERCY caused God to stand still. You cannot stop God until you get His attention. We can get God’s attention by admitting that we are sinners and confessing our sins. We must call on the name Jesus. When Bartimeus got the attention of Jesus, they told him, “Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.” Verse 50 says, And he casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. Casting a way his garment represents letting the things of this world go, letting life’s problems go and come to Jesus. Then, Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord that I might receive my sight. Now understand the change in Bartimeus, he now acknowledge Jesus as Lord. And Jesus said un to him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way. When we pray and cry for mercy, God will give us spiritual sight that we may come out of darkness and follower Jesus. Then we are ready to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and walk in the Light of Christ. You must trust God to grant unto you the miracle of the New Birth, without the new birth, you will continue in spiritual darkness. If we are going to truly follow Jesus, we must be fill with the Holy Spirit. Jesus makes it possible to for all born again believers to follow His path of righteousness. It is through the power of prayer and bearing your cross that make a difference in our lives. We must learn how to pray, there is no secret to praying, but there is a formula. A.C.T.S. A is for ADORATION, C is for CONFESSION, T is for THANKSGIVING and S is for SUPPLICATION. Prayer is the KEY to spiritual awareness. God will answer prayer…   Read St. Mark 10:46-52

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This Gift is for YOU

Posted on December 24, 2017 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Every year at Christmas, we all look for something that we want. No matter how much we would get, we always hoped for more. The miracle of giving is far from us, we think that we should always receive. We must remember that God gave the world what no one else could. This gift is manifested in His Son Jesus Christ. There is no greater love than the gift of a Savior to a wicked people and a wicked world. You can give and not love but you can’t love and not give. God has not forgotten His people and He will not forget you. In the bible St. Luke 2:10-11, “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” The Word of God inspires us first, to not be afraid, but be willing to accept the good news of great joy that Christ has come to save His people from their sins. Then you must personalize this good news because it is for you. Christ must become your personal Savior. The joy of the good news is that God does for us what we can’t do for ourselves, even though we don’t deserve it. There are three things that you must understand about the coming of Christ. 1. The Annunciation, 2. The Proclamation and 3. Invitation.

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel came to a virgin name Mary, saying unto her, “Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” The proclamation is that God, our Redeemer has given us a Savior. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we must become witnesses proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to a dying world. We must let the world know that Jesus Christ is our hope. Salvation is the free gift of God extended to all men everywhere. The great invitation is found in St. Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Accept Christ into your life and receive your free gift of salvation…

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FACING a MOUNTAIN of UNCERTAINTY

Posted on December 9, 2017 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

How do you handle a dilemma that’s bigger than you? Sometimes we are guilty of asking God to do some things that we could do ourselves. Jesus encourages us to have a little faith in God when we ask for something. Christ teaches a great lesson on faith in St. Mark 11:22-23, “And Jesus answering said unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” You must exercise faith by works and by deeds. Faith without works is dead. Then there are some believers who suffer from dead works. Problems don’t go away, you must face them by the power of prayer. A little faith is better than no faith. You can increase in faith by hearing and doing the preached word. The Word of God is what we must believe and do by faith. When you face a mountain of UNBELIEF or a mountain of DISAPPOINTMENT. It’s time to trust God, He will give you the power to overcome. You can overcome all your doubt and fears if you take them to the Lord. You must believe that the Lord will help you. Unbelief is sin! You must let the Spirit of God lead you to accept Christ as your personal Savior. As you began to believe, Christ frees you from sin. His saving power assures the believer that God has all power. When temptation is a problem for you, you should ask the Lord to help you. Temptation comes unexpectedly; we should always be ready for an attack from the enemy. When temptation is bigger than you, God will give you a way to excape. You cannot overcome temptation when your heart is filled with doubt.

The mountain of disappointment is filled with many obstacles that you must overcome. The love of MONEY (Mammon) will be a disappointment for those who love mammon more than they love God. When you put your trust in money, you will be disappointed. Money cannot buy love and it cannot cure an illness. When things are not going well in life, it’s time to make a change. You can make a noticeable change by the power of prayer. Prayer makes weak men become strong men and prayer makes spiritually dead men become spiritually alive men. Men without Christ are all spiritually dead. Only Christ can quicken (make alive) the souls of men. The soul of man is eternal. Disappointment will be the end of all those who reject Christ. It is work that will remove your mountain of uncertainty. If you put your trust in riches, you will fall short of the glory of God…

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It's Committed Workers that get the Job done

Posted on October 22, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Commitment comes out of motivation, people with low self-esteem are not highly motivated. What is it that jump start you? Some people are motivated by GREED no matter how much they get, they want more. Some are motivated by their pride and they are driven by their own lust. A Christian worker must be motivated by love and compassion. You must be committed to Christ with all your heart, it’s the will of God. When you are motivated by the power of love, you are ready to do the work of God. Your commitment to Christ will help you to overcome obstacles that hinder your work. Active Sin in your life is the greatest to overcome, but prayer will see you through. Lives are changed and souls are saved by the power of prayer. Without prayer you will become weak and your commitment will diminish. Committed workers overcome their obstacles and stay focus on their goals. Doing the work of God is not easy, but the joy of Christ lightens the burden. Without conviction there is no commitment. The CONVICTION of the Holy Spirit motivates and inspires each Christian to be committed to the will of God. By the power of the Holy Spirit we can discern between being Carnal minded and being spiritual minded. Carnal minded Christians are Churchians but new born believers are true Christians. Churchians focus on the physical things in life. Their focus is on the church’s earthly needs and it’s finances and not the work of saving souls. Their focus is on church buildings and not the spiritual body of Christ. Committed new born Christian are focused on following Christ. They are always mindful that Christ is The Center of their lives. Being COMMITTED to Christ is to follow Him and be obedient to God. The lust of the flesh and the pleasure of sin will defeat you and you will one day be ashamed. God has placed some responsibility into your hands; be careful how you handle the job. You will have to give an account of your stewardship. Before you start your mission, please get your commission. Instructions are key to a plan; plan your work and work your plan. Maps are used to get you to a place that you’ve never been, use your bible it’s a road map to heaven. Christ is the way to get to heaven and it’s the only way. Read St. John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.” Jesus was committed to doing the work of God and we must be committed to doing the work of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit…

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The Art of Deception

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Deception is a craft that many people are unaware, It’s REAL! It is a work of Art, not only an attempt to deceive, but to hide the truth. If you do not know the truth you are a target. Deception is a practice of illusion, changing the way things look. You are asked to accept what you see, rather than what you know. This is not the common lie that sometimes makes no sense or has no logical meaning. Lies are not hard to discern when you know the truth. The problem is when a lie looks better than the truth, you can be deceived. The adversary wants you to think you are winning when you are really losing. The devil specializes in making the wrong things look right and the right things look wrong. If you’re in darkness you will be DECIEVED without the Light of Christ. Problems are fabricated obstacles to hinder your life. Most of us know that lying is wrong but we do it any way. The consequences of being exposed caused some to think twice about lying. There is no remorse unless you’re caught in a lie. You must be taught the truth and the importance of accepting the truth. There’s no Art to lying and if you think so, you are deceiving yourself. Lies destroy your accountability and make you untrustworthy. But the love of God in your heart is proof that you know God. Don’t let your love be counted as lust. This is one of the greatest deceptions in the world. Infatuation looks like love, it feels like love but the indifference is DECEPTION. A night of passion can be deadly, not only for your life but for your soul as well. Read your bible so that you know the truth. The truth makes you free indeed. If you are going to be saved, you must admit that you are a sinner and that you cannot save yourself. By faith and believing that God loves the repentant soul, God will save you through Christ the Lord. Be not deceived by what you hear and what you see, always know that God loves you…

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The FORCE of Sin

Posted on August 15, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Sin has an impact on everyone’s life, you can’t say that “I’m not a sinner.” We were all born in sin and sin destroys our relationship with God. Sin separates the creature from the Creator. We were all made sinners because of one man’s DISOBEDIENCE and we are made the righteousness of God because of one man’s OBEDIENCE. Through Adam, sin and death entered the world. Adam had received a COMMANDMENT (law) from God and he broke that law. There is a consequence of disobeying God’s Word. Sin is like leprosy, it’s contagious. It will spread like a wild fire and the destruction is devastating. No matter where you go, you can’t get away from sin. Because of human nature, the appetite for sin is unquenchable. There is a craving affect that’s never satisfied. If you are going to overcome sin, you must first realize what sin is and what the force of evil will do to your life. Sin is evil and the benefits of sin will cause you to die physically and spiritually. The bible gives us a look at the consequence of sin when it says, (KJV), Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Then it is very clear about who is a sinner in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” You are a sinner whether you admit it or not. If you will not admit that you are a sinner, you are blinded by the power of sin and it will keep you bound. The adversary (the devil) will claim your soul. But there is good news; Jesus Christ is the only way for all mankind to escape the death and the wrath of God. In St. John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” If you are trying to get into heaven on your good works, you are deceiving yourself. The atonement work that Christ did at Calvary paid the required price of RANSOM to redeem all sinners. You must believe with your heart and not doubt that Christ died for you. And God raised Him from the dead on the third day. You must accept Christ as your personal Savior and be born again and God will do for you what you can’t do for yourself. The power of sin will destroy those who refuse to believe. When you are a new creature in Christ, “let go and let God” be the center of your life. Let hope and love be your foundation; follow Christ and you shall be saved by the power of the Holy Spirit…

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The Venom of a Lie!

Posted on July 14, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The venom of a lie is more deadly than any viper or a cobra. The poison of a snake bite will only kill the body, but the venom of a LIE WILL KILL THE SOUL. A great number of people have lost their lives because of a lie. The lie has caused so many to self-destruct, destroyed homes and relationships. As deadly as venom is, there are some good factors present. Within venom, you can find the ANTIDOTE, which counteracts the effects of a POISON! Sin is poison and it will kill your soul. To LIE is an attempt to deceive; by passing a lie off as the truth. It’s counterfeiting; it’s an imposter. It’s sin and confession is the antidote for SIN! And the TRUTH is the ANTIDOTE for a LIE! If you do not accept the truth, you deceive yourself. What makes a lie so deadly? Words are spiritual and what you say will always exist. Each lie that’s spoken into existence will never die, but it’s power is deadly. If you don’t know the truth, you cannot discern lies. Jesus teaches a very important lesson about the adversary (devil) and his lies. In the bible, study St. John chapter 8 to get a clear understanding of where lies come from. In verses 44-45, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.” Lies are the work of the devil and you become suspect when you will not believe the truth. Dirty hands produces unclean work! Lying comes naturally, no one has to teach you how to lie, but you must be taught to tell the truth. A little white lie has the same impact as a big lie and a half truth is a WHOLE LIE. God has made a way for every man to overcome the devil and his lies. We can find peace in the words of Christ when He said, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” We are all lairs by nature, but the Lord Jesus Christ paid the price for every sinner. I John 1:8-10, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” Then the question is asked, “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is an’-ti-christ, that denieth the Father and the Son.” Read your bible and know the truth and the truth shall make you free…

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Make your RESERVATION for HEAVEN today!

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

You can go to hell without a reservation, but you must make a reservation to go to HEAVEN! I would like to say heaven is the place to be; but I can't because I am still on the earth. It is certainly the place that everyone should want to go. I have made my reservation, what about you? I stress the point of urgency because time is far spent. MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY! Hell awaits the arrival of all unbelievers. There are those that believe that there is no heaven nor hell. Be not deceived, your destiny is waiting on you! It is up to you, please don't let no one else make your decision for you. If you FAIL to plan, you already plan on FAILING. Don't let this be you! To go to heaven is simple; Accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and get your name in the LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE. In St. John 14:1-3, (KJV). “Let not your hearts be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many MANSIONS: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to PREPARE a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye (you) may be also.” If you get caught up in the LIE that there is no hell, shame on you! The devil's biggest lie is that he doesn't exist. Secondly, there is no hell! Far from the TRUTH; as far is the east is from the west. You must be born again and be led by the Spirit of God, to become a child of God. You can go to Heaven through faith in Christ. Believe in the atoning and redemptive work of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Christ paid for the sins of the world that He may redeem mankind everywhere. Tomorrow may be too LATE, make your reservation right NOW!!!!

 

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Be strong in the Lord, when your FAITH is being TESTED

Posted on May 26, 2017 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

We take for granted the good fortune that God grants us daily. We have merited no favor with God and God does not have to do anything for us. God works and moves in our lives as He will. It is certainly not because we have been so good or we have been so faithful. We must be humble and we must stay faithful. There are going to be times in your lives when your faith will be tested. Keep in mind that God does not test us, but our faith. You may think that when your faith is being tested that you are on trial, that's not the case. We are called to come to God by faith, to trust God by faith, and to be faithful unto death. We cannot please God without faith, neither can we be saved without faith. Your life is built on what you believe. What you learn as a child to the age of an adult will be your foundation. Doing these years of your life you are taught basic life skills. You learn how to dress yourself, you learn about the importance of hygiene and about eating the right food. Social skills are key to becoming productive, and interactive with others in society. God has given every man a reasonable portion of faith that can be increased. Faith is increased by the Word of God. As we learn and as we work our faith should grow. Trusting in God is the foundation of faith. When we have faith in God, all things are possible. We must believe and not doubt God's ability. There will come a day when your Christian faith will be CHALLENGED (tested). The three Hebrew boys were able to pass the test because of their faith in God. When your faith is tested be strong in the Lord and trust Him. The three Hebrew boys were facing a fiery furnace, but they did not waver in their faith. In the bible (KJV), read Daniel 3:8-28. This is a great account of Faith. There are three things that we must see when their faith was challenged. 1. First their WITNESS was challenged, when they said, "We will not fall down and worship your golden image, our God is able to deliver us from the fiery furnace, but if not, we will serve Him anyway." 2. Their WALK was challenged, because they were put into the fiery furnace and they walked around in the furnace and they were not consumed. Not one hair on their head had the smell of fire. God was with them! 3. Their WORSHIP was challenged, but they trusted God to deliver them. Then the king blessed God, by saying, "God has sent His angel to deliver His servants that trusted Him and have CHANGED the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God." When your faith is tested, you have two choices; you can give in to doubt and fear or you can trust God...


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