STOP Taking God For Granted!

Lamentations 3:22-24

Because of the Lord’s GREAT LOVE we are NOT consumed, for His compassions NEVER fail. They ARE NEW EVERY MORNING; GREAT IS your FAITHFULNESS I say to myself; “the Lord IS my portion therefore I WILL wait for him.”

Good morning family. Praise God for another day. Today Saints I want to tell ALL of us to STOP TAKING GOD FOR GRANTED! This message is for ME also! Beloved EVERYDAY that God wakes us up IT IS A NEW Chance! How GREAT is Gods mercy for people that don’t deserve it! What do we do with that new chance? Do we thank Him for it and sincerely repent of our actions from yesterday and turn to Him? Or do we feel entitled to life and keep moving in rebellion and direct opposition to our GOOD God that has given us another chance? Today I thank God for another chance! Lately the Holy Spirit has been dealing with me and convicting me of my actions! The Bible says in Proverbs 10:19 (NIV) “Where words ARE many SIN is NOT absent, but he who HOLDS his tongue IS wise.” How many of us know this Proverb to be true? How many of us have fallen for this trap? I know I have! Think about it! I found myself falling into this recently it started off as fun and games. I was being friendly and before I knew it the many words that were being passed allowed sin to creep in! Those conversations turned into mean jokes and they were filled with foolishness and childish banter! I was wrong! But I thank God the Holy Spirit brought that Proverb to my remeberence! I thank God for His GRACE to show me my error! Do you know what I did? I headed to the warning and SHUT MY MOUTH! Beloved we need to understand what the Lord tells us in the Bible! We need to listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit when He is warning and instructing us on what to do! The scary part is so many that profess Christ are growing more and more carnal EVERY NEW DAY that God gives them! I know for me 2018 I turned more towards the world and walked in carnality! My prayer life fell by the wayside! My study time was minimal! I even slacked off sending the daily devotions that bless me so much!On this day I cry out and and ask God to FORGIVE me! On this NEW DAY I Zsazsa turn back to the Lord! Today I look forward to walking in OBEDIENCE in 2019 to the Lord! On this NEW DAY I no longer care what man thinks! I turn away from any relationship that is NOT of the Lord! Do you know why I am doing this? I am doing this because these things WILL cause me to miss heaven and put me in an enternal HELL! These things if I continue to do them WILL forever separate me from my LOVING Father in heaven! No man, woman, child, material possession, relationship, friendship, or position is worth that! So on this day if any of us have found themselves in the same boat that I am in I encourage you to do a self evaluation! I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to heed to the warnings that God has given me and you turn away also! Trust me we WILL stand before God and face judgement and have to give an account for what we did in this life! I know that each and every one of us want to to hear “well done my good and faithful servent” verses “depart from me I never knew thee you worker of lawlessness!” Be blessed and encouraged. For this IS the day that the Lord has made. May we ALL rejoice and be glad in Him. Love you all….

New You IN Christ!

Ezekiel 11:19 (NIV)

I WILL give them an undivided heart and put a NEW SPIRIT in them; I WILL remove from them their Heart of Stone and GIVE them a heart of Flesh.

Good evening family. Praise God for another day. I hope we are all staying warm on this chilly night! Tonight what an encouraging scripture and PROMISE we have from the Lord! Saints God does NOT tell us to CHANGE who we are BEFORE we COME to Him! No He says “Come as you are!” God has told us in the text tonight “I WILL give them an undivided heart and PUT a NEW SPIRIT in them.” Now isnt that something! Beloved DONT misunderstand what I am saying to mean that we don’t have any responsibility in this becuse we DO! You see that NEW SPIRIT is the Holy Spirit! Family the Bible has told us in John 16:13 (NIV) “But when He, the SPIRIT of TRUTH, comes, He WILL guide you in ALL truth. He will NOT speak on His own;He WILL speak ONLY what He HEARS, and He WILL tell you what is yet to come.” The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is OUR TEACHER and it also tells us that the Holy Spirit WILL CONVICT the world of its SIN. So what is our job? When we come into our NEW MAN/WOMAN in Christ we MUST yield ourselves to the Spirit of God! The Spirit dwells in every BELIEVER that has taken part in the NEW BIRTH! The Spirit will guide us in truth, righteousness, and the things of God! Follow the SPIRIT and CRUCIFY the FLESH! We must RESIST the enemy, the world, and ourselves! Be blessed and encouraged. For this IS the day that the Lord has made. May we ALL rejoice and be glad in Him. Love you all…

In this LIFE you WILL have TROUBLE

John 16:33 (NIV)

“I HAVE told you these things, so that IN Me you may HAVE PEACE. In this world you WILL have trouble. But take heart I HAVE overcome the world.”

Good afternoon family. Thanking God for another day that He has PROVIDED! Saints this scriptures is clear and tells the BELIEVERS that “In this world you WILL have trouble.” So why do we squirm, run, cry, and complain when the very thing that God has told us that would happen happens? Do we really BELIEVE God? Or are we jaded and want the comforts that the none believer has? Trust me it is sad to say but these temporary comforts that they get is all of the heaven they will ever see. An enternal demise awaits them if they dont turn away and turn to Christ! For them I feel sorry! Truthfully I feel sorry for and have pity for the rich, the carefree, the blind because the enemy is robbing them of eternal life. So today let’s look at some of the difficult things that God has told us the true BELIEVER WILL experience!

1. John 16:1 (NIV)

“All this have I told you so that you will not go astray. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact a time IS coming when anyone who kills you will think he IS offering a service to God.”

Saints I know that Jesus was talking to the disciples in this text. But let us apply this to us. To this very day brothers and sisters are dying daily and WILLINGLY because of their LOVE and FAITH in God. Can the American believer understand this?

2. John 15:18-19 (NIV)

“If the world HATES you, keep in mind that it HATED me FIRST. IF you belong to the world, it would love you as its own. As it IS, you do NOT belong to the world, but I HAVE CHOSEN you OUT of this world. That IS why the world HATES you.

Who really wants to be hated? Not me! But this is the byproduct from this world for those that BELIEVE in Christ. Honestly within the last two weeks I had someone CURSE me out so bad! They called me everything but a child of God. Do want to to know what I did? It was VERY DIFFICULT but I swallowed my pride and apologized! After I did that all I heard was crickets! There was NO response! Sometimes we have to understand that some of the most ugly situations is the perfect time to show someone with our actions the LOVE of Christ! To me that was a VICTORY. I truly hope the Lord strengthens me more so I can do that ALL the time. Trust me I am NOT there yet!

Now let’s look at what the Lord has told us to comfort us when facing these things.

1. Psalm 34:19 (NIV)

A righteous man MAY have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

You see we may go through it for a season. But ULTIMATELY God WILL DELIVER us from it!

2. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do NOT be anxious about anything, but IN EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with THANKSGIVING, present your request to God and the PEACE of God, which TRANSCENDS all understanding, WILL guard your hearts and your minds IN Christ Jesus.

Now I know this is easier said than done! But we need to get our spiritual weight up! So the next time in FAITH make known to God your request! I then challenge you in that same prayer while still going through the trial to start PRAISING and THANKING God in ADVANCE for bringing you through!

Food for thought beloved. Be blessed and encouraged. For this IS the day that the Lord has made. May we ALL rejoice and be glad IN Him. Love you all…

Christ PAID the sin PRICE

2nd Samuel 7:13-14

He IS the one who will build a house for my NAME, and I WILL establish the throne of His kingdom FOREVER. I WILL be His Father, and He will be my Son. When He does wrong I WILL PUNISH Him with the rod of men, with flogging inflicted by men.

Good evening family. Praise God for another day. Saints last Friday I was in my truck on my lunch like I usually do listening to a sermon. On this day the teacher was preaching out of the scripture we have tonight. Beloved as I heard those words “when He does wrong I WILL PUNISH Him” something happened to me. You see I knew this scripture is prophetic and the person that was spoken of IS my LORD and SAVIOR Jesus Christ! I thought to myself “He never did anything wrong.” Then out of NO WHERE it hit me! The wrong being spoken of here is when Christ would lay down His life on the cross the wrong that would be applied to Him is OUR SIN!! I started crying the tears were flowing. This was the FIRST time the truth really hit me about the magnitude of my SIN! I always KNEW that sin was WRONG, but I had never come to place of realizing my SIN is against God! Our sin hurts God because it keeps us separate from Him! God DESIRES a RELATIONSHIP with each and every one of us! In that moment with tears falling I screamed out and asked God to forgive me! The pain was going through my soul! I immediately started praising and thanking God for His forgiveness, His kindness, His mercy, His patience, and His love. But most of all I thanked God for providing a way for a wicked sinner like me to be restored to Him THROUGH JESUS CHRIST! After an intense moment this scripture came to mind Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your SINS ARE LIKE SCARLET, they SHALL be WHITE AS SNOW, though they ARE RED AS CRIMSON, they SHALL be like WOOL.” Now isnt God good? So tonight if any of us have not had this experience I pray that the Lord will touch us so we can see clearly in regards to our sin! This experience has made me LOVE Him more because of it! Be blessed and encouraged. For this is the day that the Lord has made. May we ALL rejoice and be glad in Him. Love you all…

Dont Get Corrupted

1 Conrinthians 15:33 (NIV)

Don’t be misled: “Bad Company corrupts good character.”

Good evening family. Praise God we have life another day. Saints how many of us have heard the term “Birds of a feather flock together?” This is a term used to describe both good and questionable groups. Who we hang around ultimately is who we WILL become! Beloved the Bible tells us in Proverbs 25:26 (NIV) “Like a MUDDIED spring or POLLUTED well IS a RIGHTEOUS man who GIVES way to the wicked.” Family you better BELIEVE once we link up in a strong personal relationship with someone who is not seeking HOLINESS we too will become corrupt! We MUST be careful of this! The Bible tells us that we are to be SALT and LIGHT in this dark world. But again God warns us because He has revealed to us in Matthew 5:13 (NIV) “You ARE the SALT of the earth. But if SALT LOSES ITS SALTINESS, how can it be made salty again? It is NO longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Once we change and start to compromise NO ONE will want to hear what we have to say concerning the Lord! Do we know why? Because at that point we WILL be of and like the WORLD! I know this feeling all to well! If any of us are guilty of this like myself dont LOOSE heart! Instead ASK God to forgive you! Get back in the race! Turn over a new leaf! Remember God is NOT dwelling on or looking at how we fall. Our forgiving Father is looking at how we GET UP! Be blessed and encouraged. For this IS the day that the Lord has made. May we ALL rejoice and be glad in Him. Love you all….

Press On

Hoses 6:2-3 (NIV)

After 2 days He WILL revive us; on the third day He WILL restore us, that we may LIVE in His presence. Let us ACKNOWLEDGE the Lord; let us PRESS on to a ACKNOWLEDGE Him. As surely as the sun rises, He WILL appear; He WILL COME to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the Earth.

Good evening family! Praise God we have life today. How many of us KNOW that the Old Testament PROPHECIES about Christ! Many of us started off in the New Testament, which is a GOOD thing! If any of us have NOT touched the Old Testament I encourage you all to do so! I KNOW that you WILL see our Lord and SAVIOR all throughout it! To help to paint that picture let’s look at a scripture in the New Testament that line’s up with our text today from the Old Testament!

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV)

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance; that Christ DIED for our sins according to the scriptures, that He WAS buried, that He WAS raised on the THIRD day according to the scriptures.

In Hosea it said “on the THIRD day He WILL RESTORE us, that we MAY LIVE IN HIS PRESENCE.” The message that Paul gave in 1 Corthinians IS the GOSPEL! Christ crucified, buried, and ROSE on the THIRD day PAYING the SIN DEBT! Notice the “THIRD?” If Christ did NOT do this then there would be NO way for us to live in ETERNITY in Gods presence!

So Saints tonight I want to ENCOURAGE all of us to KEEP PRESSING ON! Beloved our souls depend on it! While we are here in this life I pray that WE all keep our hearts and minds on the Lord. After all when our time does come dont we want to hear King Jesus say “Well done my FAITHFUL servant?” Be blessed and encouraged. For this IS the day that the Lord has made. May we ALL rejoice and be glad in Him….love you all

Thanksgiving

1st Timothy 4:4-5

For EVERYTHING God created IS good, and NOTHING is to be REJECTED if it IS RECIEVED with THANKSGIVING, because it IS consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

Good morning family. Praise God that we are here and live yet another day. Today is all about the food isnt it! The hustle and bustle of preparing a dinner to feed the ones that we love. Today when God allowed me to open my eyes I felt TRUE LOVE and THANKSGIVING in my heart. I thank God for life, health, strength, family, and friends. But most of all I THANK HIM for WHO He is! There are so many things that we can complain about. But today let us all be THANKFUL! Let us RECEIVE the GIFT of life that He has given us. Let us THANK Him for the things we dont understand yet, because in His time He will make it clear to us. Beloved let us be THANKFUL for where we are right now! On this day of THANKSGIVING someone out there is still hungry they have no one and some dont even have a roof over their head. I THANK God for each and every one of you. Today I pray for joy, peace, and unity for all of us. I pray that we will be filled with Gods perfect love in our hearts so that we can share it with others. Be blessed and encouraged. For this IS the day that the Lord had made. May we ALL rejoice and be glad in Him. Love you all…