Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
It doesn’t matter how much glory, how much power, how much peace or joy or how much prosperity surrounds you or is within reach, it doesn’t help you unless you take it up. That jawbone became a weapon of mass destruction against Samson’s enemies, but he had to take it up.
A young prophet lost a borrowed axe head, it flew off into the water (Elisha threw a stick into the water where it fell and the axe head swam to the surface of the water) within reach, but the young prophet had to put out his hand and take it up.
It doesn’t matter what happens to gas prices or health care, or social security, or retirement plans or anything else, God is still in charge. The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof.
I believe this is the finest hour for the church: We were chosen by God to live right now in this present season, and if God in all of his wisdom saw fit to allow us to live in this season, it is because he believes in us.
But what you need to do is quit pouting and start speaking the Word of God. If you are the only believer on your job it’s because God believes in you. For too long Gods people have shuffled around with their heads down, and their backs stooped over, stepping on their bottom lip crying about how bad it is.
I didn’t say things weren’t bad, I didn’t say I like what’s happening in our world, or that I am not aware of the tragedies that have shaken our world.
What I am saying is: Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world.
What I am saying is: I know in whom I have believed and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
What I am saying is: God is for me, and if God be for me then who can be against me. The world is shaking; Earthquakes, Tsunami’s, Tornado’s and financial storms.
But we are in the world but not of the world.
We are a part of an unshakable Kingdom, built upon an unshakable foundation, ruled by an unshakable King. Jesus Said: Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Mat 16:18
This is no time to tone it down, this is no time to dampen our praise, no time to worry about being politically correct or socially acceptable.
This is no time to hide in a cave or back peddle on our faith. This is the time to Arise and Shine! This is the time to stand up and stand out! This is the time to speak the word of God with boldness, authority and power.
This is the time we declare ourselves:
Moses demanded in the book of Exodus: Who is on the Lords side, declare yourself, make your choice clear.
Elijah demanded the same thing: Choose one side or the other, either serve God or serve Baal but quit limping back and forth between the two.
Jesus also demanded the same thing: He said, He that is not for me is against me, and if you are not gathering with me, then you are scattering abroad.
Why don’t you pick up the opportunity that is before you and declare today! I am on the Lord’s side!
Monday, May 2, 2011
I cannot say that I will never be troubled or perplexed or even forsaken,
And ye are of God little children and have overcome them for greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. 1Jn 4:4
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
John 11: 35 says, “Jesus wept”
Those two words speak volumes, don’t they? This probably isn’t the best translation. What it ought to say is that Jesus burst into tears. This is not a misty eyed response. This is one of those moments where Jesus loses it in compassion for his friends who have lost their brother. I don’t know about you, but that does something for me. We have a savior, a high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, who is deeply moved, who cries when we cry. He cries when we cry, but what I love is that He has the power to do something about it. There are moments in my life when I need someone to cry with me. But there are moments when I need someone who can do something about it.
We have both in Jesus.
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Monday, April 4, 2011
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, New King James Version)
The question I want to pose today is simply this, Are you a sender or a goer? Certainly, all believers are to share the gospel beginning in our Jerusalem and then to the ends of the earth! However, most of us never venture far from our Jerusalem. So how do we reach the ends of the earth? We must become senders to the goers. Not everyone will be called to go! However all are called to send! How are we called to send? Matthew 10:41 sheds some light for us:
41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. (Matthew 10:41, New King James Version)
I don't believe we change the meaning of this verse by simply substituting one word! Missionary for prophet. "He who receives a missionary in the name of a missionary shall receive a missionaries reward."
So how do we receive a missionary. We receive a missionary by receiving their call as our own. Obviously, we can't go with them but we can suppor their call by,
1. Praying for them
2. Loving them
3. Supporting them with our finances
When we do these things, we become a sender, we receive the missionary and we will reap the missionaries reward even though we did not go ourselves. What a blessing!
So remember, GO into your community (Jerusalem) and share the gospel, but also be a SENDER to those who are called to share the gospel to the ends of the earth!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Desperation has a way of getting rid of foolish pride.
Desperate people break religious traditions, risk their lives, climb a sycamore tree, jump out of a boat and onto a lake, crawl on their hands and their knees, get their fingers stepped on and their feelings stepped on and keep on coming.
There’s something about desperation that lights a fire inside you.
By the time people reach desperation they’re willing to try anything. Desperation is the breeding ground for miracles. It was her desperation that brought her to the prophet. The prophet represents the Word of God. What you need is a word from God, one word from God can completely change your world, get you out of your mess and transform your life.
The prophet didn’t give her anything except a Word! What do you have in the House?
The oil represents the presence, power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. Don’t underestimate the anointing; everything you need is in the anointing. Your miracle is in the anointing, Your joy is in the anointing, Your answer is in the anointing. Your deliverance is in the anointing. Your coming out is in the anointing.
If you are not careful you could miss this revelation:
There’s a miracle in the House!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Phillipians 4: 6, 7 says: Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. And God's peace which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Read: Matthew 25: 24-30
Read: Matthew 25: 24-30
Faithfulness is risk and risk is faithfulness.
I think we tend to think of faithfulness in maintenance terms. Faithfulness is holding the fort. Faithfulness is maintaining the status quo. Faithfulness is hanging on to what you have. And nothing could be further from the truth. Faithfulness is return on investment. Faithfulness is multiplying what you have to the best of your God-given ability. Faithfulness isn’t minimizing risk. Faithfulness is maximizing risk because maximizing risk is maximizing reward.
I’m concerned that too many of us have a savings mindset—we want to keep what we have. We’re playing not to lose. And the parable of the talents is all about an investment mindset—risking what you have to get more. It’s playing to win.
Then the man who had received the one talent came.
Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
These are some of the harshest words in the gospels, and the servant broke even. Evidently, breaking even isn’t good enough. In the context of this parable, wickedness is burying your talent in the ground. The wicked servant was afraid that he might lose what he had. Satan wants to put us in a play it safe, defensive posture. And he uses two primary tactics—fear and discouragement. He wants us to run away from fear, uncertainty, and risk. But Christ calls us to a life of risk. Satan would love nothing more than for our ultimate goal to be to play it safe. Never take a risk. Never step out! Let me encourage you to walk by faith, not by sight, not by what you feel, not by your emotions, but by faith! Take a risk! Step out of the boat! Faithfulness is risk!
These are some of the harshest words in the gospels, and the servant broke even. Evidently, breaking even isn’t good enough.
In the context of this parable, wickedness is burying your talent in the ground. The wicked servant was afraid that he might lose what he had.
Satan wants to put us in a play it safe, defensive posture. And he uses two primary tactics—fear and discouragement. He wants us to run away from fear, uncertainty, and risk. But Christ calls us to a life of risk. Satan would love nothing more than for our ultimate goal to be to play it safe. Never take a risk. Never step out!
Let me encourage you to walk by faith, not by sight, not by what you feel, not by your emotions, but by faith! Take a risk! Step out of the boat! Faithfulness is risk!
Monday, February 7, 2011
Three Kings as well as their armies and animals found themselves in a dire situation. They had gone seven days in the desert wilderness without any water. Water is a necessity of life. It's not an option or a luxury. Water is necessary to sustain life. Without water, you will die.
The King of Israel begins to complain and blame God for their dilema, but it was not God's fault. God didn't tell him to go into the wilderness and God didn't tell him to go in a roundabout way. The King did that himself.
The bottom line is that the King was a bad influence. Sometimes the biggest problem we have is our friendship circle and wrong associations. You need to reevaluate your friends and eliminate the whiners and complainers. In other words, sift out the doubters and pouters. Deliver yourself from people with no vision and who spend all their time wallowing in the mud of self pity and then get mad because you won't wallow in it with them.
Wrong associations will kill you! They will steal your joy, steal your passion and steal your faith. If it hadn't been for King Jehoshaphat, who knew the power of a word from God they would have all died in the desert wilderness. He asked, is there not a prophet here that we may inquire of the Lord? He knew that one word from God can change everything.
You need to surround yourself with people that know one word from God can change your world!
Psalm 107: 20 "He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions".