The Word Wednesday (6/21)

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

God loves each and every one of us very much, and he wants the very best for his children. I want you to know today that God has not changed his mind about what he wants for you and me. God wants to blow our mind.

There are some things God instructs us to do. Isaiah 1:19 (KJV) If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

  1. God wants us to be WILLING and OBEDIENT. It is not enough to be one without the other. When your child(ren) or whomever do what you ask them to willing and obediently, doesn’t it make you want to bless them even more? Well, the same as with our Heavenly Father. Yes, he makes his sun to shine on the just as well as the unjust and rains on the just as well as the unjust, but when we willingly and obediently do what he asks of us, it is his great pleasure to give us a little extra blessing!

Matthew 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

2. We are instructed to seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness first. God already knows what things we have need of. We don’t have to put the cart before the horse; although, many times, we find ourselves doing that. But God’s word is true, and we can try to go about it our way and struggle or do it God’s way and leave everything else in his hands.

God knows best, and like I said above, he wants the best for us. Lets do our part and leave the rest to our Heavenly Father, who declares our end from the beginning. IT’S ALL GOOD!

Be Blessed!

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The Word Wednesday (5/24)

“Faces”

Jeremiah 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

Have you ever went forth to carry out an assignment God gave you and when you saw the look on a face or some faces, you stopped in your tracks and retreated from completing your assignment? If you have, you are not alone.

Sometimes, when we look at people faces, we allow what we perceive to stop us from doing what God has given us to do, but in our passage of scripture today, God was instructing the young Prophet Jeremiah to not be afraid of the faces of the people where the Lord sent him. You see Jeremiah was only a child and he told the Lord in Jeremiah 1:6 I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. The Lord responded in Jeremiah 1:7 But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

Many of us are fully grown in age, but we are yet telling the Lord we cannot speak. I hear the Lord today saying, “As I was with Jeremiah, so am I with you. When I tell you to step out and speak, I step out with you. I will put my words in your mouth. Do not any longer let the look on faces stop you from being who I am calling you to be and doing what I am calling you to do.”

Many times when get over our perception of what we thought the face meant and say what God has given us to say, we find that God has already been dealing with the person and has been tilling the ground of their heart and they are ready to hear and receive. And sometimes, the person  does not hear. But, let’s get over the faces today. God is with us!

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The Word Wednesday (8/16)

“Do The Word”

The word today is coming from James 1:22-25:

“22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

Psalm 119:9 states “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

God’s word is Wonderful. It is alive, quick and powerful (Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”) His word is able to find us exactly where we are. And His word shows us exactly who we are. If we want to be saved and followers of Christ, the word is something we should run to.

According to our scripture on today, we should be doers of the word and not hearers only. We deceive only ourselves when we are hearers only because a tree is known by its fruits (see Matthew 12:33; Luke 6:44), and if we are doers of the word, we will look like Christ. As I stated above, the word is able to show us exactly who we are. It is like a mirror. I believe that everyone reading this looked in the mirror this morning, maybe to brush your teeth, comb your hair, apply your makeup, check out your clothing. You wanted to make sure everything looked the way it was supposed to – no food in your teeth, no hair out of place, the makeup blended just right, and/or clothing fitting just right and matching, and if something was out of place, you fixed it.

Well, when the word shows us who we are and something is out of place (bad attitude, angry, gossiper, liar, impatient, and the list goes on), we should do the word to fix it.  (Ecclesiastes 7:9 “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.”) (Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”) (James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”)

We don’t want to deceive ourselves by seeing that something is out of place and going on as if everything is in place – we will not be prosperous. But we who keeps looking in the word and continuing therein, we shall be blessed in our deeds. So, if we want to be blessed, we have to do the word (Romans 2:13 “ (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified..”).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for your word. Your word is here to help me. It is my road map to heaven. Forgive me for every time I have heard your word and not applied it. Help me to be a doer of your word so that I may be blessed in my deeds. Thank you for loving me to show me where I am and who I am. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.

 

 

The Word Wednesday (7/26)

“Give As Unto The Lord”

Philippians 4:19 (KJV) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

In our text today, Paul is talking to the church at Philippi. He wrote them a letter thanking them for the things they sent him. He let them know in the previous verse that he had received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from them, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. He commended the church at Philippi for their well doing and understanding and sharing in his affliction. For thinking of Paul and being a blessing to him even though he didn’t ask for it, he let them know that his God shall supply all their need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

I want to encourage you my brothers and sisters to keep giving as unto the Lord. Keep giving of your time, money, resources, wisdom, etc. knowing that God sees what you’re doing. Sometimes, it may be a sacrifice, but God shall supply, NOT ONE, NOT SOME, BUT ALL your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. You can call God on his word.

Jesus is speaking in Luke 6:38 (KJV) where it says Give, and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. God owns every resource that we need, and he knows what we need. As we give, He is able and he will speak to the heart of man to give to you.

The song is true that we cannot beat God giving – no matter how we try. The more we give, the more he gives to us. So, just keep on giving because it is really true that we cannot beat God giving. God gives seed to the sower. Let’s take God at his word. Be Blessed!

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The Word Wednesday (7/12)

“If God Said It”

(KJV) Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

There are times in our lives when we have been told by someone that they were going to do something and some of them did what they said they would and others did not. Then, I’m sure you can agree with me that there have been times someone told you they were going to do something, and you knew they were lying as the words came out of their mouths.

Well, God is not like man. As a matter of fact, as our scripture states above, “God is not a man”. God is not limited in his abilities, resources, power, strength, etc. to be able to do just want he said and greater. So, I ask you today, “What has God told you? What has God said he’s going to do in your life?” Maybe, it has not come to pass yet. Let me encourage you today to keep standing on God’s word(s). He is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent. If he said it, he WILL do it, and if he spoke it, he WILL make it good. Just because you have not seen the manifestation yet, don’t throw in the towel. Begin to thank God for doing what he said he would. Make sure you are being obedient to any instructions he has given you.

The enemy will use people to try to discourage you, and he will even try to talk to you and tell you that God is not coming, but I know assuredly that Shiloh will come. He has not forgotten about you. He has not forgotten the word(s) he spoke to you. Keep trusting God! Keep believing God! You can stand on his word! Be encouraged!

The Word Wednesday (7/5)

“Vows”

Deuteronomy 23:21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.  (KJV)

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a vow is defined as “a solemn promise or assertion; specifically :  one by which a person is bound to an act, service, or condition”

Have you ever heard someone or you yourself say something like, “God, if you just do this (whatever “this” is), I promise I will do this or that (whatever “this” or “that” is)”? Has anyone ever promised you something? When that person didn’t keep there promise and offered no explanation, how did you feel? I know it does not feel good because I’ve been on both ends, making promises or vows and having promises made to me. So, have you ever wondered how God feels when we make a vow to him and don’t keep that vow and don’t even offer an explanation or repent?

I remember in the year 2011, I went to nursing school. Prior to entering nursing school, I was finishing up with my first year of Biblical Training Seminar classes. I told the Lord that if he would see me through nursing school that year, when I finished in 2012, I would return to the Biblical Training Seminar classes for my second year. Well, God saw me through that one year of nursing school successfully, and we took and passed boards on the first time. At that time, some of my classmates were talking about resuming school in the fall to pursue a higher degree, and I decided that I would continue with them. I had a very difficult time trying to enroll in school and there seemed to be roadblocks everywhere. One day, while I was just thinking about the difficult time I was having, God spoke to me and said, “You said that if I helped you through nursing school, you would go back to Biblical Training Seminar classes.” Those words hit me dead on. I withdrew from the classes and told my classmates that I would not be able to attend school with them, and I went back to Biblical Training Seminar classes.

When I finished with my second year, God spoke to me and said that I could go back to school to pursue a higher degree. That time around, everything worked out so much smoother, and God blessed me to complete that degree one year later.

Perhaps, you have made a vow / some vows that you have not kept. Is it possible that some things are not working out on our behalf it because of an unfulfilled vow? It is time to pay our vow, no matter how small it is.

Remember Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. 4. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 5. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. 6. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? (KJV)

Be Blessed!

The Word Wednesday

“Sufficient Grace”

2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

In our verses of scripture today, we find the Apostle Paul speaking. Paul was mightly used by God in preaching, revelations, miracles, signs, and wonders. Pay attention to what the Apostle Paul said – “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was GIVEN TO ME a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.”

According to Cambridge Dictionary, a thorn in the flesh/side is define as “a person or thing that repeatedly annoys you or causes you pain:”. Here it tells us what Paul’s thorn was – the messenger of Satan to buffet (e. g. “bodily maltreatment and violence:” – Bible Dictionary) him. And here it also tells us why – lest he should be exalted above measure.

For this very matter, or annoyance if you will, Paul besought the Lord that it may depart from him, not one time, but THREE TIMES! The Lord told Paul that his grace was sufficient for him. The Lord told Paul my grace is enough, my unmerited favor will take care of you because Paul my strength is made perfect in weakness. When you’re weak Paul, I can show myself mighty. When you’re weak Paul, you’re at the end of yourself, and I can have my way. When you’re weak Paul, it’s not about you, but all about me. When you’re weak Paul, I can get the glory out of your life!

So, what was Paul’s response? He didn’t continue to seek the Lord to have the thorn depart from him. He didn’t throw in the towel and say “if I have to go through this, I don’t want to be used by you God. But he said, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 

Paul was willing to go through whatever he had to go through that the power of Christ may rest upon him. He understood that when he was weak in himself, then was he strong, not in himself, but in and through CHRIST!

Let me encourage you my brothers and sisters in Christ, some of the things that annoys us, is for our good. Whatever it is, it keeps us from getting “the big head” because God is using us so mightly. It keeps us humbles. It keeps us on our knees. It keeps us crying out to God. If you have sought the Lord, and He has not caused it to depart from you, know that his grace is sufficient for you. He has given you all you need to go through and continue to stand and not lose your mind. I have noticed that some of the times God has used me most mightily is when I was going through something myself and at what I felt was my lowest points. When you are at your lowest point or weakest that is the perfect place for God to step in and show himself mighty. When you have come to the end of yourself and are broken, God can work through you.

So, declare like the Apostle Paul today “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

Whatever your it is, let God get the glory out of it!

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The Word Wednesday (5/31)

“What Do You Say?”

(KJV) Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Are you a sinner?

Do you feel a void in your heart that you have tried to fill with drugs, alcohol, sex, etc.?

Are you tired of doing things your way?

Will you miss heaven if you were called into the judgement today?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Romans 10:8-10 gives us the remedy, the answer, the steps to follow to no longer be a sinner, to feel the void in our heart, to give up doing things our way to do them God’s way, and to ensure that we will go to heaven when we are called into the judgement. The word is in your mouth. If you find yourself lost on today without Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you are ready to make a change, open your mouth and confess the Lord Jesus, that he came in the flesh and believe that he died for our sins and that God raised him from the dead, and you shall be saved.

IS IT THAT SIMPLE?

YES, it’s that simple for 1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God loves us and he sent his only begotten Son, Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins.

Confess aloud today: God loves me! I confess my sins. I believe Jesus died for my sins and that God raised him from the dead so I can be saved. Jesus is Lord! I accept Jesus into my heart today to be my Lord. I AM SAVED!

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The Word Wednesday 5/17

Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

I remember wanting a fried ice cream desert from the Mexican Restaurant one day. I had the money to get it, and I didn’t see anything that needed to be done with the money, so I could have the desert. As I was driving on the highway headed to the restaurant, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “No.” I asked, “Why?” The Holy Spirit didn’t respond. I brushed it off and continued to head to the restaurant when the Holy Spirit spoke again and said, “You don’t need to get the desert today.” I begin to pout because I could not see why I could not get the desert that I wanted so badly; nevertheless, I obeyed the leading of the Holy Spirit and bypassed the Mexican Restaurant. A few days later, something came up, and I needed that little bit of money for it. I thanked God for listening to the Holy Spirit and being obedient.

The word tells us to trust in the LORD with all our heart and lean not unto our own understanding and to acknowledge him in all our ways, and he shall direct our paths. There are times when we don’t know what to do and during those times, we are more likely to seek the Lord for direction. But God wants us to acknowledge him in all our ways, especially when we think we know what we are doing. God is omnipotent (all-knowing), and he sees what’s up ahead and around the corner, and he is more than willing and ready to navigate us through the paths of life if we will acknowledge him. Many times we get in trouble, whether financial, automobile, things breaking down, physical, mental, etc. because we do not trust in the LORD with all our heart and acknowledge him in all our ways and following his leading.

Our Heavenly Father loves us and wants the best for us. We can trust him with our entire being. He will not hurt us, nor lead us wrong. Our understanding is limited, but God’s understanding is limitless. So, lets be mindful to acknowledge God in all our ways and follow his direction. #FatherKnowsBest

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The Word Wednesday 5/3

The word for today comes from 2 Chronicles 32:31 KJV. It states “Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.”

In this passage of scripture, Hezekiah, king of Judah and Jerusalem is being talked about. In the preceding verses, it talks about how God fought for Jerusalem against King Sennacherib and the Assyrian army and delivered them with a mighty deliverance. God really showed up and showed out. Following this great victory, Hezekiah became sick unto death. He cried out to God, and God healed him and gave him fifteen more years (2 Kings 20:6, KJV). After this miraculous healing, Hezekiah had visitors from Babylon, which brings us to this passage of scripture for today. When these visitors came to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land (the miraculous healing of King Hezekiah), God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.

God was quiet while King Hezekiah went through a test. Of course, because God is omnipotent, he knew what King Hezekiah would do. But it was expected that King Hezekiah would not open his home and kingdom so carelessly to these strangers and show them every single precious thing that they had. That’s not how it went though. King Hezekiah “shewed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not” (Isaiah 39:2, KJV). From this, you can see what was in King Hezekiah’s heart. He was so lifted up in pride that he forgot to think about “protecting his house”. Because of the choice Hezekiah made, which was the wrong choice, the word of the LORD of hosts came to him from the Prophet Isaiah saying that the days would come when Babylon would invade their land and take away everything and make eunuchs out of his sons.

As we grow as children of God and learn, there will be times when God will be silent while we are tested. Our Heavenly Father does not want us to act carelessly and make bad decisions like King Hezekiah, but he expects us to apply what we have learned from his word. At the same time, God knows what is in our heart, and he will allow us to be tested so that we can also know exactly where we stand, and sometimes we will find that we don’t have it altogether and we still need deliverance and/or healing in some areas.

So, remember Jeremiah 17:9-10, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

For a full account of the story of King Hezekiah, see 2 Kings 18:1-20:20; 2 Chronicles 29:1-32:33; Isaiah 36:1-39:8

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