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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 (1)

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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Behind the MASK! Is that you?

Posted on April 30, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Christians ought not have to wear a mask to be in the world. If you are ashamed of Christ, He will be ashamed of you. We are called out of the world to go back into the world as the children of God. There is no need for a long robe or a long sad face. There is no need to pretend and there is no reason to lie. You are still you, but with a different way of seeing things and a new way of thinking. When you refuse to let the world go, then you want to put on the mask. The mask can only hide the face. You can change the color and paint over the stripes of a tiger, and put spots on it to make it look like a leopard, but it is still a tiger. If you cannot change the nature of something, it's still the same. People are the same, the change must happen on the inside so that it may be displayed on the outside. When we are born again, God gives us a new nature so that we don't have to wear a mask. Hiding behind a mask, will not conceal who you are. People who know you recognize your ways, when you wear your mask, you are only fooling yourself. Peter one of the Lord's most outspoken disciples, found out that you can fit in with the crowd, but you can't hide what God has done for you. When you put on your mask, you deny that you know Christ. And someone is always willing to point you out. You cannot hide the fact that the Word of God has caused you to change. Your old friends don't want to drink and party with you because you are not the same. YOU CAN'T DO IT LIKE YOU USE TO! They don't like the new you. Every born again Christian ought to be able to say "I've been CHANGED." And pull off the mask of deception. Then on the other hand there are those who want to put on the mask of Christianity. They dress up and look real nice on the outside, but on the inside they are raving wolves. Being nice will not get it. When someone makes you mad, you can't kill them. When you see something that don't belong to you, you cannot take it just because no one is looking. The real nature (real you) will show up. In the bible (KJV), Paul teaches about the deception of false teachers and leaders. He warns the Corinthians that the false teachers wanted to be like those who are sent by God. II Corinthians 11:13-15, "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all the time. You can't fool God at no time. The devil's greatest commodity (tool) is his lies. And the greatest lie ever told, is that he (devil) does not exist. To LIE or Not to lie, is man’s greatest temptation. It is the truth that makes us free. Be not DECEIVED! Be for real and take off the mask…

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“putting the Lord’s business in the street”


Peace in the VALLEY

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

When you have the peace of God in your life; sleep is sweet. The trials of life will not defeat you when you are in Christ the Lord. Without peace the world would be in total chaos. It is the love of God that gives this world balance. Without love we would all be barbarians and hatred would rule the world. Bloodshed would have no end and life as we know it would cease. There is a TWO-WAY STREET that goes through the valley, one road leads to eternal life and the other road leads to eternal destruction. As you travel to your destination there will be obstacles to overcome. You must overcome Fear and Anxiety. Every traveler must be aware, of DARKNESS, EVIL and DEATH. If you are traveling alone you are in great danger, but you don’t have be alone. Be aware of the propaganda and deception that you will encounter. The propaganda is that God did not create man or this world. The truth is rejected by science and fools. The fool has said in his heart, “there is no God.” Science is the way of the world, “seeing is believing” non-believers will not believe in God the Spirit unless they can see Him. You don’t have to see God to believe in Him. You must feel God in your heart. Believe in Jesus Christ and be born again, you must become spiritual. Then you can experience the love and peace of God. Peace comes only when you are willing to follow Christ faithfully. The valley is full of darkness, but Christ is the Light. King David the psalmist said it best, “The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want.” Christ restores and saves the soul. After restoration, the Lord leads in the path of rightness for His name sake. Even when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you can find comfort in the Lord  because He is with you. When you follow the Lord you must trust in His power to keep you safe. Don’t get caught up in the religious whoopla, which has no spiritual value. There are so many of them (religions), if the blind lead the blind destruction is the outcome. Unless you trust God, you will remain weak and blind. Everyone is seeking a breakthrough and Christ is the only answer. When Christ is the head of your life you will have some mountain top experiences.  But staying on top of the mountain is not an option because the WALK and WORK is in the valley. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to have a fellowship with God as our Father. God responds to the prayer and the cry of His children. When the children of God suffer for righteousness, peace is found only in Christ. As you travel through the valley let the Holy Spirit be your guide and give God the glory…

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The CONSEQUENCES of a bad DECISION

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

When you make the wrong choice, correct it and move on. Take the time to look at your options and make the right decision. You will learn the consequences of making bad decisions are a part of life. Learn from your mistakes, each one should help you grow. It is a bad decision when you hold on to the past. Holding on to the past will only cause more problems. Don’t let your past dictate your future, you have a CHOICE. We like to blame others for our shortcomings, but they don’t have to take the blame. You must suffer the consequences for your wrong decisions and failures. You are responsible for your ACTIONS. It’s time to stand for what you believe. You must do your very best to become all that you can be in the Lord. Regrets will not take the place of a mistake of saying the wrong thing. You must make a sincere apology for the wrong things that you said and for the wrong things you have done. We all have sin and regrets of one thing or another. We can’t change the past but we can look to a better future. To have a better future, we must confess our sins and be born again and become a part of God’s family. Your soul is depending on you to make the right choice. No confession and no repentance, your soul will be separated from the mercy of God forever. If you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, he will do for you what you cannot do for yourself. Your money will have no value on judgement day. You don’t want to miss heaven and go to hell by making the wrong decision. Hell is waiting on all of those who reject Christ. The time is coming for all to give account of their deeds and there will be no acceptable excuse. Jesus makes it very clear when He said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” This is a warning about waiting until it is too late. Seek your soul’s salvation while you can (alive) because no man can work when death comes (the night). God is calling you to come to Christ, don’t delay, repent and be saved today. Eternity is a long time to spend in hell. If you go to hell you can’t blame anyone but yourself, the Word of salvation has been preached and you have a chance to see God for yourself. Work while it is day and don’t let you work be in vain. Great is your reward in heaven…

 

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Stay CONNECTED to the VINE

Posted on March 5, 2017 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

When you understand the word STAY, you must realize that it means to continue. No matter what you must be committed to not being moved. One of our biggest problems is staying power; any little thing can shake our faith. The real problem is when you do not have a SOURCE that you can depend on. Most people rely on resources and the sad thing about resources, they run out and they dry up. When I say stay connected to the vine, I’m saying stick with you SOURCE. If your source is mammon (money), you will find it hard to find at times and when it runs out, what are you going to do? Many strong men have become weak because they trusted in a resource that came to an end. Don’t put your trust in things nor trust in a god that cannot hear and answer you. In your time of need you need a God of love, mercy and compassion. In the bible Jesus teaches a lesson about staying connected to the SOURCE. Jesus uses a parable of a vine and its branches to make His lesson clear. In the (KJV) St. John 15: 4-5, “Abide in me, and I in you, As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.” There are so many things that can disconnect you from your source. If you have no faith, you will not stay connected to the vine. If you fail to pray, your sin will hinder your spiritual growth and you will not be fruitful. Prayer is the lifeline to God. If you love money and the world more than God, it will separate you from your source. God is our UNLIMINTED SOURCE and we can depend on Him. When you love God and follow Christ you are able to produce spiritual fruit. In Christ we have our movement and our being. Jesus is teaching us that the way of love is the KEY to abiding in the vine (Him). Then there is a warning, if you fail to stay connected. Read verse 6, “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered: and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” God does not entertain man in his folly, you must make the decision to live in Christ or to die in your sins. Jesus wants you to know that keeping His commandments will help you to abide in His love. Then He tells us that He has abided in the Father’s love and we must do the same to stay connected…

 

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