Be slow to anger

God blessed me with this word a few weeks ago and I was unsure about posting it until a few days ago when He confirmed to me His direction.  You know in life we go through many unjust events, hurts and let downs that throw us off task or causes us (although we allow it) to loose focus.

Topic of the day: Be slow to anger
Subtopic:  Thou shall not kill
Scripture:  Mathew 5:21-22

 21″You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder ,and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

 Term:  Raca = An Aramaic term of contempt

 The sixth commandment God gave Moses on the mountain was “Thou shall not kill” (Deut. 5:17, Ex. 20:13.)  I know many of us law abiding citizens don’t feel that we have murdered anyone, but I come to correct “us” in “our” thinking because anytime we put our mouth on one another’s character or contemplate harm or ill-will against others, we have broken the sixth commandment.

Anger can be a catalyst to breaking God’s sixth commandment.  It is in direct violation of God’s commandment to love one another.  Webster defines anger as “having a threatening aspect; inflamed as a sore, mad, enraged furious, irate, indignant, seething.”  By its very meaning anger is displeasing, a virus waiting to be set free to reek havoc in our lives.  Anger can lead to violence, physical and emotional hurt, stress, SIN.  It can cause us to fall out of fellowship with God because we loose focus or sight on Him and focus on our feelings (Ps. 37:8-9.)  If we allow it to, anger will cause us to lack faith in God, taking matters into our own hands.

When we do get angry, we must be careful to direct our anger towards the right thing, the sin itself, and take it to God in prayer – while at the same time asking Him to mend our brokenness and/or our hurt.

 God Bless,

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Published in: on May 7, 2009 at 7:08 am  Leave a Comment  

Overcoming Depression

Have you ever woke up just not feeling yourself?  Feeling as if you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, not understanding why you’re in such a funk or blue spirt?  For lack of understanding, what would you call that mood, Depression?  If so, what causes that feeling or outburst of emotions to come flooding in and stealing your ,God given daily dose of, JOY?  The important thing is not to allow it to stay!

 

Topic of the day: Overcoming Depression

Subtopic:  A release of FAITH

Scripture:  Psalms 42:5-6  

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and 6 my God.  My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. 

Depression, also referred to as  sadness; gloom; dejection.  According to the online dictionary, it is a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason.  I’d like to think it is just another tool used by the enemy, designed as a mental attack to draw us away from our true focus and to hold us back from our rewards; that last minute “gotcha” to throw us off course, but I thank God that His promises shall always stand the test of time.

 

Sometimes, in order to overcoming this attack, it is good to understand where it came from, the source or root of the attack: burdens, guilt, lack of control just to name a few.

 

Guilt, the fact or feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined.  As believers, we cannot let guilt cripple us into not praying and/or repenting.  We must be mindful to admit our guilt and request forgiveness from the one(s) we have wronged and most importantly repent unto God for our wrong doing.  Once we have done so, we must trust in God’s forgiveness.

 

Burdens, the load of heaviness or trouble.  We can overcome our burdens by not letting them cause us to change our heart and/or character, but instead use them to make us better.

 

In Exodus 1:12 we see where the Egyptians tried to wear down the Hebrew people by forcing them into slavery, but instead of letting this situation make them weaker, the Hebrews multiplied and grew stronger.  We must realize that we, who are in Christ Jesus, have victory over defeat; and we must understand, without trials there is no victory.

 

Lack of control, the state or act of not being in control of a thing or situation.  Not being in control of a situation or thing that may readily affect us can sometimes cause us great grief.  It is somewhat of human nature to want to feel as if you are guiding your destination and it upsets us sometimes when we find out that we are no more in control of fate then a failed engine on a plane.  Once we realize that it is God that controls our destination and outcome, then it is easier to accept the fact that someone else has the right to make decisions when they are in authority over you (i.e. wives submit to husbands, employees submit to bosses, we all submit to the laws of the land and when we don’t we pay the consequences.)  Once we realize that God has our back and He will not let us be held captives to others, without His given purpose, it becomes easier to “Let Go and Let God.”

 

Once you understand and/or know the source of your state of being, then you will know how to respond.  However, even when you lack the understanding you desire, don’t focus on the attack, focus on the one that is able to release you from all of your stress.  God says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” Matthew 11:28-29.  Although the physical situation may not change right away, He will grant you peace in the mist of your storm.

 

God Bless,

Published in: on March 12, 2009 at 8:19 am  Leave a Comment  

Living with God’s permission

So often we attack life’s decisions without Gods approval.  We react instead of praying; we’re driven by emotion and lead astray.  Proverbs 4:5 tells us to get wisdom and understanding, this goes for anything we do.  We should all be found guilty of seeking God first in all we do, striving to be in His image and follow His guidance.

 

Topic of the day: Living with God’s permission

Subtopic:  Be anxious for nothing

Scripture:  Philippians 4:6-7

 

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

I know through these tough economical times it is easy to worry and fret.  As humans we all face these same fears, when we are drawn away by our circumstances,  to worry and fear because we are no longer in control.  However, if we step back and think about it, even when we thought we were in control we weren’t in control of anything.  As Christians we know that it is in Him that we live, move and have our being.  Nothing that we think, say, or do is though, spoken, or done without Him.  Therefore, we must be found guilty of submitting our lives to Him and understand that  He has complete control and authority over us.

 

From now on when you are faced with making any decisions, consult God first and it is His promise to direct your path (Proverbs 3:6.)  In order for us to receive guidance from God, we must acknowledge Him in all we do, turning away from our own understand and leaning completely on Him.  I challenge each of you to try God at His word and see if you will not be spiritually and emotionally blessed.

 

God Bless

Published in: on March 6, 2009 at 9:47 am  Leave a Comment  

Joy in the mist of trouble

 

There are times in our life when we are tried and tested beyond what  we think we can handle.

There are time when it seems as if trouble is on every hand and there is no end in sight.

There are times when we think God does not hear us or care about what we feel.

There are times when we are so loaded that it seems impossible for us to handle the smallest of issues.

 

But to God be the glory!

 

There are times when we just need to P.U.S.H even when we don’t understand.

There comes a time when we need to look past what we can’t see and put our faith and trust in God.  It is through God that all things are possible.

 

Topic of the day: There are times when….

Subtopic:  Joy in the mist of trouble

Scripture:  Philippians 1:6

 

Sometimes we may not understand what God is doing in our life or on our behalf, but it is at that time when we need to lean on Him all the more.  We need to trust and believe that He is ever present and He understand our every groan.  Psalm 46:1 say that “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

 

Let us go through today giving all praise, honor, and glory to God for the victories seen and un-seen in our lives.  Let us trust in Him for our success and breakthrough during our times of struggle.

 

God Bless You,

Published in: on February 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Godly Representation

Decide today whom it is you will serve; let us be mindful of our actions today.  Keep God’s face ever in our presence.  Seek Him on every decision and want today; let our actions represent who it is that we serve.

Topic of the day: Self-Control

Subtopic:  Godly Representation

Scripture:  Romans 12: 1 – 21

 

Brother’s and Sisters, today we are going to let God minster directly to us through our Brother Paul, Author of the book of Romans, on how He would have us to live our lives daily as representatives of Himself.

 

Romans 12 (New Living Translation)

 

1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

 

3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

 

6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

 

9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

 

14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

 

17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

 

19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

   “I will take revenge;

      I will pay them back,”

      says the Lord.

 

20 Instead,

   “If your enemies are hungry, feed them.

      If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.

   In doing this, you will heap

      burning coals of shame on their heads.”

 

21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

 

From <http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans%2012;&version=51;>

Published in: on January 27, 2009 at 7:59 am  Leave a Comment  

God’s Word on Money

Today we will continue to strive towards God’s word on finances.  Yes, it is hard to think that there is light at the end of the tunnel when you are staring at mounds of bills and it looks like all hope is gone;  I’m here to tell you, you’re not alone!  God is still on the throne and His promise is that He will never leave us nor forsake us according to Hebrews 13:5.

 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,  “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

 

Topic of the day: Money

Subtopic:  God’s advice about it

Scripture:  Hebrews 13:5

 

Money is a very needed substance in this world today, and we all know that, but we must not fall into the of total dependence on  money that we loose sight of God.  It is in God that we live, move, and have our being.  We must learn to be content with what we have and where we are in our lives, even when we are facing financial adversity.  We should learn to be happy with what we have rather than what we don’t; focus on God and His promises of meeting our needs.  Yes, things may be hard now but we must focus on the positive end results such as God’s Blessing to Job after his trials.  We must seek to see God’s love expressed through what He has provided and remember that money and possessions will all pass away but we must be strong and courageous,  not  afraid or tremble at them , for the LORD our God is the one who goes with us;  He will not fail or forsake us (Deut. 31:6.)

 

Father we bless you for the love you show towards us daily.  Help us to not live in fear over the cares of this world, but in all our ways to acknowledge you and as your word says, You shall direct our path.  Father, let us be found guilty of trusting and believing that you will see us through.  A-men.

 

PROVERBS’ Advice on Money

 

  •  Be generous in giving (11:24-25; 22:9)
  • Place people’s needs ahead of profit (11:26)
  • Be cautions of Co-signing for others (17:18; 22:26-27)
  • Don’t accept bribes (17:23)
  • Help the poor (19:17; 21:13)
  • Store up for the future (21:20)
  • Be careful about borrowing (22:7)

 

Be Blessed,

 

Published in: on January 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Financial Breakthrough

During these tough economical times we all are tighting up our financial belts, decreasing our spending and seeking alternative means of income.  What we must first do is understand that God has already set a plan in motion for His people just for times like these; His only requirement is that we trust Him to do what He said He would do.

Topic of the day: Money

Subtopic:  Financial Breakthrough

Scripture:  Proverbs 3: 5-10

 

Dear Chosen Vessel of God, your financial breakthrough starts with your ATTITUDE; your attitude towards God and His abilities.  Start by taking your mind off you and your abilities and instead focus and trust in God and His abilities.  Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding, but in all our ways we are to acknowledge Him and He will direct our path; this include our finances.  Our breakthrough comes with understanding the final outcome.  Let us take the teachings of our Brother Matthew 6:25-34 and don’t worry about tomorrow.

 

 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[a?

 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

My brother and sister let me leave you with a few scriptures that can help guide you on your walk to breakthrough and the handling of your money.

 

  • First and foremost we must give to God first (Malachi 3:10)
  • Understand that money cannot provide safety (Proverbs 18:11)
  • We must gain a proper perspective of its use (Mark 10:21 & Ezekiel 7:20)

 

Be Blessed,

Published in: on January 21, 2009 at 2:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Unjustified Criticism

Remember the old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  This has to be one of the all time untruths that I know.  Often times this phrase was used by someone to cover up the hurt they were enduring by someone else who chose to slay there name, character and/or physical appearance.  As a child, I can remember being one of these people who used this phase almost daily.  I never felt like I was pretty enough and that I was too poor to hang with the cool crowd.  In elementary I was taunted by other kids (bully’s) for these very reasons,  but as life moved on I started on a new path of self worth and never  wanted to look back.

Topic of the day: Unjustified Criticism

Subtopic:  Being the bigger person

Scripture:  2nd Samuel 16:5-14

 

Today I started this topic off with a blast from my past.  I sit in amazement and wonder why my mom used to tell me to say this cliché of sticks and stones back to the person that was, in-fact, hurting me; for years , even through adult hood, I dealt with insecurities and trying my best to “please people”  I thank God for deliverance. 

 

In today’s lesson we find King David on a journey to now flee the land that the Lord had originally gave to him (2nd Samuel: 1,) which was promised to him during the reign of King Saul (1 Samuel: 16.)  During this journey David runs into an old follower of King Saul (Shimei,) who was still harboring ill will against David because of the fallen King (Saul;) ranting and raving curses at him and his followers, spewing out accusations and curses against the fleeing King concerning the death of Saul; for which he (David)  had no part in.  Not  only does Shimei speak these words of negativity to David and his follower’s as they pass by, but verse 13 says that he followed them and continued to speak negatively against them, but David (being that strong God fearing man that he is)  would not give in nor would he let his followers engage the man for his actions.

 

From the foot notes of the NASB Life Application Bible:

 

“…… David and his followers quietly tolerated the abuse.  Maintaining your composure in the face of unjustified criticism can be a trying experience and an emotional drain, but if you can’t stop criticism, it is best just to ignore it.  Remember that God knows what you are enduring, and he will vindicate you if you are in the right.”

Let us stop and reflect on how we have been hurt by others and  then think on how we may have hurt others with our words.  I thank God that David was able to be the “bigger person” wile enduring such slander; not many of us can say that about our own actions.  Let us think before we speak today and focus on God who is willing and able to fight our battles for us if we just be still.

 

God Bless,

Published in: on January 20, 2009 at 11:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Testing and Temptation

 Topic of the Day: Testing and Temptation

Subtopic:   God does test but he does not tempt; there is a difference between the two. 

Scripture:   James 1: 13 –  15

 

Can you remember being  in school, maybe you’re still there, having to go over subject after subject and having things grilled into your memory bank only to be tested on it  at the end of each week.   These test are  given to you in order to determine how much you have actually retained.  What about those “Final Exams” that come at the end of a semester or quarter just to see how much you have actually retained over a given period of time.  At this point does anyone question the teacher/instructor’s motive or do you accept it and apply what you have learned?  Well, this is no different then what God does to us during our daily walk with Him.

 

Testing, is the act of determining the substance or presence of something or someone.  In life as a Christian we are tested on our levels of understanding and our ability to trust and have faith that God will deliver us; to which is contributed to our own spiritual growth.   Just as baby’s we go through our stages of development:

 

  • When we are born, we are wholly dependent on our parents to nurture and care for us.
  • As the days  go by we begin to start taking on more personal responsibility (the holding up of our own heads, then our bottles, then our own weight) but we are never left on our own to handle them without the “testing” of our parents to make sure we can handle it.

 

This same theory holds true for learning to ride a bike, taking on new careers, or learning a new skill.  Testing bring forth confidence.  It is God’s will to build you up not tear you down.  A test is an act imposed by God for the strengthening of your faith (James 1: 3-4.)

 

Tempting, is the act of enticing or provoking an action from someone.  It usually comes with an alteria motive of deception and/or seduction.  The bible firmly states that God cannot be tempted by evil and that He Himself does not tempt anyone (James 1:13.)  His word states that we are tempted when we are enticed by our own lust (James 1:14.) 

 

Although God does not do the tempting, He does provide a way of escape from it (1 Cor. 10:13.)

 

So look to the hills from which cometh your help; all of your help comes for the Lord.

Published in: on January 19, 2009 at 7:15 pm  Leave a Comment