Saturday, February 14, 2015

When Men Hate You

"Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.  Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets." -Luke 6:22,23



9 Investigates: Dad protests Islamic lessons at school

Yet no school teaches Christianity. We live in a country that proclaims
freedom of religion but that only if you are not a christian. For
example Harvard and Georgetown have a seat of Islam in there curriculum
as mandatory for religious studies. But here in the united States we
they refuse a seat a Christianity. As Christians we have to wake up to
the facts the World hates us! John 15:18-19




Here is a link on Jesus-is-savior.com by David J Steward on the subject http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Believer%27s%20Corner/hated_by_world.htm

leave a comment let me know what you think!
Sola Deo Gloria





Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Are the Promises of God really Yes and Amen?




 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. 2 Cor 1:20 NASB

I was asked in Bible study does God ever answer prayers “NO” and though this may seem contrary to what you’ve been told, the answer is no. To the question. But God’s answer is always yes.  To proper prayer.

So what is proper prayer?  Simply it is praying according to His promises and His will. There are two ways we identify God’s promises, first through reading the Bible, and second when God speaks to us individually concerning some event or desire. But on many occasions we confuse that desire that we have with God’s promise for our Life. So there are two passages that helps us to discern the difference between His promises with my desires as it concern my prayers 

  1. Isaiah 42:8I am Yahweh; that is my name; my glory I give to no other,    nor my praise idols.”  
  2. James 4:3 “You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your evil desires.

So many people see God as their servant that they may ask of Him all they desire; or they set ultimatums on God to fulfill their desire; or they put timestamps on when God should get this done. Pastor James MacDonald says “I have found God very unresponsive to my ultimatums. God doesn’t respond to blustering, bluffing, or threats.”
All of these are about our desires, and it clear that God is not answering “no” to our prayers, He is saying “We’ve got your motives all wrong.” To get our motives right we must ask ourselves “Does what I am asking bring Glory to God? Or does what I’m asking fulfill my lust or bring glory to me?”  When we got that right we can move the the next reason we think God answers no to our prayers.
The final reason that we think God answers no is doubt. More than any other I suffer with this! I know that what I’m asking will bring God Glory, I know that what I’m asking is in line with His will, I know that what I’m asking is altruistic as I can possibly get yet doubt take the fervency of my prayer.
James 1:6-8 says But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Any time we allow what we can perceive as impossible to overshadow our faith in God, we fall into doubt. The Bible tells us that doubt destroys our life, it gets us out of line with God. So staying in doubt is not an option for our prayers. And because we need to get rid of doubt as soon as possible God has given us a cure for doubt, it called faith, and the Bible teaches us to get more faith we must become more engulfed in the word of God.
Romans 10:17 says  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
so if we want to kill that doubt we need to know God’s word;  
and we need to speak God’s word;
so that we can hear God’s word;
and when we hear God’s word;
we develop a doubt destroying faith.

And God’s Word says “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: God’s Word says “ All God’s promises are yes”  God’s Word says “ though we are faithless, God remains faithful,  cannot deny himself.
So then if we keep our prayer in line with His will and His promises, and ask without doubt God will answer yes! Always!

Let us pray;
Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for reminding me that You are faithful, that your timing is perfect, Your ways are right, and Your plans are always the best plans. Forgive me if I have set ultimatums, and timestamps, on my prayers because of my impatience. Forgive me Father, if I have come to you in doubt, but thought I would receive what I ask even in my unstable ways. Help my unbelief, and doubt, give me patience that I may learn to wait on you. But more importantly Father strengthen me so that when I come before You in prayer I will know, I will believe, I will live the truth that all Your promises are Yes and Amen.
In Jesus’ mighty name Amen.


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Are You Blocking Your Blessing?



 You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials  so that the genuineness of your faith more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter. 1:6-7

Have you ever noticed that many so called Christian have the ability to point at your failure toward God, at the very time when you need them to lift you up? This is especially true when you are struggling through something in your walk with God. Rather than exhort you and strengthen you to continue in your walk with God they. Accuse you for failing in your walk with God, because you are struggling. It is as if they believe that because you are going through some problem in life you are in more sin then they are! They sit up on their high horse and look down on you because of your problems.

This is a natural reaction of those that truly do not know God. Their lack of knowledge perceives God to be a respecter of men, in that men could earn God’s blessings (Acts 10:34) they justify themselves by their own deeds  Yet the Bible tell us that all God’s blessing are a gift, and gifts are not earned but bestowed on us by the giver. This error of thinking perverts the gospel and the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Let us consider Job, the Bible tells us that Job had three friends who could not understand why Job was going through such unspeakable tribulations. But rather than comfort him, they accused him of sinning and being the origin of his own afflictions.  

  • The first Eilphaz;  asked him “Who that was innocent ever perished” Or where were the upright ever cut off? As I have seen those the plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same(Job 4:7:8)  
  • Secondly, Bildad tells Job “…God will not reject a blameless person, nor take the hand of evildoers(Job 8:20)  
  • Then Zophar instructs him how to cleanse himself from the wickedness of his life. (Job 11:14-17)
But in all this Job maintains his innocence toward sin. Yet his friends don’t believe him.
In August of 2005 I lost my job of 11 years, I went from making around 80 thousand dollars a year to making lest then 12 thousand dollars a year. And up to this point I have not been able to hold down any stable job, jumping from one temporary position to another, struggling, to make ends meet.

While in my Lodebar I would looked for comfort in the presence of my church family. However the only thing I got was blame for my afflictions. Those that God had provided to lift me up spiritually, were only dragging me down.  The church that I was attending had developed the doctrine whereby they believed that my lack of blessing (as they seen them) was the results of sin in my life.  I was told the reason I did not get a better job was because I was not living my life for God. That if I had been living my life for God then I would have no want. This doctrine which teaches calamity only happens to evil people, and that Christians should live a life without suffering and trials and temptations is a direct result of the bad teaching of the Prosperity Gospel. If we are to believe this gospel than every suffering Christians in foreign countries are the origin of their own suffering, every Christian that has ever been killed because of his faith in Christ, The Christian girl that died in the Columbine slaughter, Christian all over the world that are being raped, murdered, robbed, contracting disease, and cancer are all the result of their bad relationship with God. Because Christians don’t suffer? (Selah)

Oh let us be cautious of anyone that says we should be living our best life now!
Fox news reports that every 5 minutes a Christian dies for his faith, that's over 105,000 Christians every year. And if we applied this flawed doctrine about earning God’s blessing than we would see how foolish these suffering Christians around the world are. Some dying, some being beaten and tortured, women being raped needlessly, when according to this doctrine all they need to do to end their affliction is practice Creflo Dollar’s[1] Dollar’s 4 steps to unblocking God’s blessing. or Rick Warrens  four laws of God's blessing, or send a seed offering to some other pastor on TBN.
But the Bible does not teach this “Blocking Your Blessing” doctrine, in fact this is a figment of man’s imagination. In reality, sometimes, bad things just happens to people, both Christians and non-Christians alike. And most of the time it’s not the result of some hidden sin, or evil within that person.

  • When Jesus was asked if the sin of some that suffered was the result of their sin, Jesus turned the conversation from the issue of sin to the issue of salvation through faith and repentance. (Luke 13:2-5
  • The book of James say “WHEN” we fall into temptation” not “IF” (James 1:2) . 
  • Jesus warns us that in this world WE WILL have suffering, (John 16:33
  • The Bible tells us that God makes it rain on both the good and the evil. (Matthew 5:45). 
  • King David was blessed beyond what many of us will ever hope for he went from a shepherd boy to king of a nation, yet he did wrong many times in the sight of God. Did he or was he able to block God’s blessing?  I don't think so.
  • Abraham lied about Sarah being his wife,  but inspite of his deception left Egypt rich. (Genesis 12:18-13:2)  And the proclamation from God that He (God) would bless them that blessed Abraham and curse them that cursed Abraham. (Genesis 12:3)
So the question is not if we go through things, but when we go through things? Don’t believe anyone that tells you, that you have some hidden sin in you, because life has dealt you a bad hand.Sometimes when we are living our lives for Christ the best we know how, trouble still falls on us, and this is perfectly inline with scripture.


Maybe we can’t understand it while we are going through suffering, but our suffering is all part of God’s perfect plan. Hebrews. 2:10 tells us that we are made perfect through our suffering.

1 Pet. 1:6-7 You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials  so that the genuineness of your faith (is made) more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 We rejoice because of the marriage we have with Christ, and Christ tells us to be courageous because he has already conquer the world, and we have confidence that we will also conquer our trials. (John 16:33). Jesus never tells us even once to pray to be delivered out of the trials but that we should be strengthened through them for our own benefit.
So the next time someone tells you that you are blocking your blessing, Tell them the Bible does not teach a “Blocking of Blessing” doctrine but teaches that we will get through our sufferings by the faith and confidence we have in Jesus Christ. And that the life that we are now living is but a precursor to the goodness that is to come. (Romans 8:18). And for those that tell you, you should be living your best life now.

Remind them "If we are living our best life now, your going to hell!

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Soli Deo Gloria